Fidelity is the Enemy

by Jim Boggia

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Brian Bricklin mastered the record at Push Music Services. Butch Ross and I designed the cover (Joey Mutis was a definite influence). Lauren Lyons took the photo. Emily Chatton did the biomorphic faux-daisy graphic. All songs © Various dates by Jim Boggia/scrApple Music Publishing except 'Bubblegum 45s' ©1999 Jim Boggia & Jonathan Coulton and 'Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)' ©1966 Brian Wilson & Tony Asher/Irvin Music. Jill Sobule appears courtesy of Beyond Records. Kevin Hanson appears courtesy of Shanachie Records. Sue and Steph appear without their knowledge. Everyone else appears on their own behalf. By the way, I'd like to work with Jon Brion.

Wanna get a hold of me?
www.jimboggia.com is the website. jim@jimboggia.com is the email. If you think this is amusing, boggiamusic@egroups.com is the email list. The Freda Kelly / P.O. Box 4626 / Philadelphia, PA 19127 is the postal address. I don't answer my phone.

Wanna sue me (you know who you are)?
Nick Sciorra provides the legal representation. Selverne, Mandelbaum and Mintz, LLP 353 Lexington Avenue / Penthouse / New York, NY 10016 provides Nick Sciorra.

Wanna know who I'm going to thank?
First, the musicians and technicians who participated in making this album. Thanks for sharing your talent and helping me create my love letter to Pop music. Then, to my family for enduring my wanderings and still loving me.

Also:
Mike Frank : Nick Sciorra and Selverne, Mandelbaum, Mintz LLP : 'Five Alive with Six in the Mix' - Ben Arnold, Denise Hand, Shane Smith and Jill DiPalo (six comes later) : Lee Schusterman : Jesse Honig : Butch Ross : Lauren Lyons : Mary O'Neill : Mary Krause : Mike and Tony at DiscHounds : Jack Leitenberg : Terry Tompkins and the PMC : Bruce Warren, Michaela Majoun, Helen Leicht and all at WXPN : Dan Fein, Jim McGuinn and Y-100 : Sonia Lee/WJSE : Gene Shay : Fred Shade: Larry, George, Dee Dee, Hollis and all at Tin Angel : Joe, Scooter and all at GSP : Dave, Kristin, Jake and all at the Dawson Street Pub : Rich and all at the Point : Ken, Tina and all at the Bitter End : Dan, Derek and the folks at the Fire : Blythe Brennan : Stargazer Lily : Jill Sobule : Marykate O'Neil : Amanda Marshall and her band and crew : Kyra Kennedy : Marcella Sciorra : Anki King : Lois Keckman : The Chatton Family : Spiro Phanos at ASCAP : Mark, Holly and NARAS : Doug Minnick at TAXI : Jenae Freed and all at MAJA : Joseph Parsons : Dean Sciarra : Billy Kirchner : Angela Acevedo : Tony McAnany : Susan Madrak : Andree and Brian at Fretless Productions.

Wanna know who I forgot?
Maybe You. If so, I'm sorry.

Wanna know what it's like when all your dreams come true?
Thank you, Emily Chatton. Thank you, Emily Chatton. Thank you, Emily Chatton.

Anyway, that's how I remember it.

Jim Boggia, March 2001



The original emails sent out to promote the album:

JIM BOGGIA - FIDELITY IS THE ENEMY

Hey Kids (shake it loose together),

403 days, 100+ sessions, 25 musicians and technicians, 8 studios - all
to make recordings of 10 (well, kinda 11) songs.

And you said it would be hard.

After an I N C R E D I B L Y long and taxing process, I am tired to
announce the completion of my first full-length LP 'Fidelity is the
Enemy.'

"I want one!" - I hear you saying.

Not so fast (you didn't think anything in this process would be fast,
did you?).

The recordings and artwork are currently at the manufacturer and it was
my intention to make them available for the May 6th show. But somewhere,
someone somehow thought 6 plus 6 equals 12 and now I will NOT have them
until next week.

"That kinda sucks" - I hear you murmur.

Well, yes and no. While it is true that you will not be able to give me
the disposable income that I've been trying to take from you for over 13
months now, you CAN hear the record (well, most of it).

Thanks to our new friend, Technology, you can zip on over to:

www.mp3.com/jimboggia

and listen to 10 out of the 11 songs on the record. You can even read
the lyrics.

"Great, then I won't have to buy the record - I just saved myself 12
bucks!" - I hear you exclaim.

Don't be that way.

Besides, the record sounds better, has cool little bits between songs
and features my 20 second spot on rendition of Brian Wilson's unused
background vocals from 'Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)' (a $40
value, yours free with any Lancome purchase).

As an added bonus, there's a picture of a really cute kid listening to
records on the front cover.

As an even greater added bonus, the picture of me is kept off the front
cover and small so as not to startle you too badly or distract you from
the listening experience.

Oh yeah, and there's the obligatory bonus tracks.

I'd really appreciate it if you'd all take a listen (in HiFi PLAY if you
can) and let me know what you think.

I'll send an even wittier email next week with details on how to
actually own your own copy (I hope you'll want one).

Thanks to everybody for being so supportive and patient and thanks also
to those of you who've already found the mp3 site and written me with your kind
remarks.

Hope you like it,
Jim


BOGGIA FOR SALE

Not since the release of the Milli Vanilli Anthology box set have so
many yearned so long in anguished anticipation for an album to be made
available for purchase.

Yearn no more.

Extinguish your anguish.

There's dissipation for your anticipation.

After exhaustive negotiations (excerpt -
Me: Um, do you want to sell these?
Pat: Yeah, alright.) I have reached agreement with my dear friends at
Main Street Music in Manayunk to distribute my mildly anticipated debut
album,'Fidelity is the Enemy.'

Main Street Music in Manayunk will be the EXCLUSIVE retail source for
'Fidelity is the Enemy' through at least 6.15.01, the date of my RECORD
RELEASE PARTY at the North Star Bar (8:30p - details to follow).

Reasons to buy 'Fidelity is the Enemy'
* Kid Rock does not appear on any song.
* Jill Sobule does.
* It's only 46 minutes long, so you can get quickly back to listening to
music you like more, like Kid Rock.
* There are bound to be plenty of lawsuits, so get it now while it's
still available.
* I could use the bread.

Reasons to buy from Main Street Music:
* There's no other place to get it, unless you come to a show.
* You can avoid having to go to a show.
* The Kid Rock section of Main Street Music is mercifully small.
* They could use the bread.

So, that's it. Stop crying to me about when can you buy the record. I
hope you will like it.

'Fidelity is the Enemy' - Collect them all, trade with your friends.

Thanks,
Jim

credits

released May 30, 2001

scrApple SWBO 101

FIDELITY IS THE ENEMY
Program 1
So Full
Toy Boat
Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulders)
Bubblegum 45s
Several Thousand
Black and Blue

Program 2
O/P
Nothing Wrong with Me
Peter Pan
Weather
That, For Me, Is You

Still to come:
Kevin Hanson plays an insane solo.
I am the humbug. GOO GOO GOO JOOB. ("No, You're Not!" said little Ruby Zima).


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Track Name: So Full
It came to me.
Arriving at a blinding speed.
For how long, who knows?
I'm trying hard to not let go.

I found my soul.
I've never had the well so full.
An overflow.
I've never had the well so full.

It comes in dreams.
It comes in drugs and alcohol.
Sometimes it seems
like reading writing on the wall.

I found my soul.
I've never had the well so full.
An overflow.
I've never had the well so full.

Now, after all of this time
finding my way in the dark.
Knowing the moment arrives
if I wait for the spark.

I changed the scheme
(it was AABB, now it's ABAB, baby),
but somehow I don't even care.
Sometimes it seems
like finding what's already there.

I found my soul.
I've never had the well so full.
An overflow.
I've never had the well so full.

I found my soul.
I'm trying hard to not let go.
Track Name: Toy Boat
Say "Toy Boat"
fast three times
in a row.
I'm tongue-tied.

You twist my tongue.
You break my heart.
You set my mind off racing.
You twist my tongue.
You break my heart.
You ask a leading question.

Say "Toy Boat"
fast three times
in a row.
I'm tongue-tied.

I say my mantra
and I imagine
that with each recitation.
I say my mantra
and I imagine
each time our lips are meeting.

She sells seashells by the seashore.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Rubber baby buggy bumpers.

You twist my tongue.
I say my mantra.

Say "Toy Boat"
fast three times
in a row.
I'm tongue-tied.

Three free throws
in a line.
Say "Toy Boat"
I'm tongue-tied.

Again and again and again and again and again and again and again.

Again and again and again and again and again and again and again.

Again and again and again and again and again and again and again.
Track Name: Bubblegum 45s
Take out the Fisher-Price.
I've got memories
trapped in vinyl and they come to life.
All that I have to do
is set the needle down
and I'll have a smile
because I know that I'm going to be right . . .

Right back in my room like I was four.
Bubblegum 45s scattered on the floor.
Spin 'Crimson and Clover'
I'd sing along over and over
trying to get it right.

I think fidelity is the enemy.
I like mine cut out from a cereal box.
Every skip, scratch, and pop
is a joy to me
and I have a smile
because I know that I'm going to be right . . .

Right back in my room like I was four.
Bubblegum 45s scattered on the floor.
Spin 'Crimson and Clover'
I'd sing along over and over
trying to get it right.

I believe sometimes words are meaningless
and just get in the way.
A set of chords or a well-placed electric harpsichord
can have a lot more to say.

I know that I'm going to be right.
Right back in my room like I was four.
Cereal box records scattered on the floor.
Spin 'Crimson and Clover'
I'd sing along over and over
and I'd try to get it right.
Track Name: Several Thousand
Every time I see you I'm exalted.
I want to write you letters every day.
That double rainbow ain't got nothing on you.
My feet are shredded but I feel okay.

Every time I think about you
(several thousand times a day)
I can feel this pull
like a river toward the ocean.
Tell me - do you feel this way?

I've got myself caught in a situation.
I tried to lock myself inside my room.
That only made it sink in that much deeper.
It only made me want to be with you.

Every time I think about you
(several thousand times a day)
I can feel this pull
like a river toward the ocean.
Tell me - do you feel this way?

You could say I'm not playing fair at all.
I won't even try to argue that away.
But where you're concerned my control has failed me.
What else do I have to say?

Every time I think about you
(several thousand times a day)
I can feel this pull
like a river toward the ocean.
Tell me that you feel the same.
Track Name: Black and Blue
You seem surprised to find
that I'm human
and that I can do things wrong.
For my frailties your heart
has no room and
you go write a song.

You take glee in making me
play my faults out onstage.
You can spit your venom out
but I must hold my rage.

And I'm feeling black and blue
like I'm beaten through and through.
I'm cut and bruised.
I'm black and blue.

Would it give you any
satisfaction
if I said I can be mean?
Would you then admit in our
interactions
your hands aren't quite clean?

When you tell your stories
that recount my every sin
you always leave out the beginnings
so you can look good in the ends.

And I'm feeling black and blue
like I'm beaten through and through.
I'm cut and bruised.
I'm black and blue.

This is the point at which
I need to write a bridge
for this.
But I haven't done it yet.
It's proving hard to get.

When you find the next thing
that I'm lacking.
Please don't tell me to my face.
For my pride has taken
quite a whacking.
I can't stand up straight.

So, take my latest failure
and be sure to write it down
so you can pour it out like water on me
when I start to drown.

And I'm feeling black and blue
like I'm beaten through and through.
I'm cut and bruised.
I'm not like you.
I'm black and blue.
Track Name: O/P
There are silver clouds all over the sky
but you'll find the black lining.
If you're looking for happiness
why not cut back on your whining?

And be an optimist
so when it all goes wrong
you can still find your way home.
But you're a pessimist
and you pay for it.
And your drag is all your own.

You're crying 'bout your half glass of milk
before you've even spilled it.
I have a glass that's half-empty, too -
but I know life refills it.

'Cause I'm an optimist
and when it all goes wrong
I know I'll still find my way home.
But you're a pessimist
and you pay for it.
And your drag is all your own.

Only you could see this day
and find a way to bitch.
It's such a fucked-up way to live.
It keeps you down.

I'm such an optimist
that when December comes
I can still believe it's June.
But you're a pessimist
and it eats you up.
And you'll probably die too soon.

I'm a optimist.
And it all comes down
to the way I choose to see.
But you're a pessimist
and, hey, that's your choice, too
but don't you lay your drag on me.
I don't want it.

There are silver clouds all over the sky
but you'll find the black lining.
Track Name: Nothing Wrong With Me
I was told by you
I was the problem.
Now, with someone new,
it's all been solved.
I bought your song
but now - so long.
There's nothing wrong with me.

I came back to life
when I decided
lose the constant strife
that you provided.
Now I'm strong,
so run along.
There's nothing wrong with me.

I ain't saying I'm the easiest guy in the world to live with.
I ain't saying I'm incapable of doing something wrong.
But what I'm saying is now I've been given some understanding.
Somebody recognizes my good intentions
without throwing all my motives up for constant re-invention.

You - Forget my name
and my existence.
I will do the same
and say "good riddance."
Now we're through
and Wow! It's true.
It all was you
(so whoop-de-do.)

There's nothing wrong with me.
Track Name: Peter Pan
Peter.
Peter Pan, that's what you called me.
You never seem to get I'm childlike -
that doesn't mean I'm childish.
There is no contradiction.
Though you'll deny . . .

Think happy thoughts and you can fly.
Think happy thoughts and you can fly like . . .

Peter.
The one that you cast as the bad guy.
The one you said could never handle
adult situations
like the baby in your belly
that isn't mine.

Think happy thoughts and you can fly.
Think happy thoughts and you can fly so high.

(Hi).
How ya doin'?
How's yer life been?
Pity 'bout your present situation
but don't you cry.
Think happy thoughts and you can fly.

No more.
I can't take the aggravation.
If you need to reach me I will be flying.
Flying to my island
where they taught me something
that you should try:

Think happy thoughts and you can fly.
Think happy thoughts and you can fly like . . .

Peter.

I'm flying.
Track Name: Weather
So, prodigal friend
you've run away
for the last time.
No more open doors
for your return
when you arrive.
I gave 'til I was sore.
Then you asked for more.

And the wind's blowing strong today.
I'm chilled to the bone.
It's four long, hard months 'til May
and I'll weather them alone.

I was into you
much more than you
were into me.
Why did I refuse
to see the truth,
so plain to see?
I wasted so much time
while you robbed me blind.

And the wind's blowing strong today.
I'm chilled to the bone.
It's four long, hard months 'til May
and I'll weather them alone.

You're not worth it anyway.
So, I'll weather this alone.
Track Name: That, For Me, Is You
What's it like
when all your dreams come true?
When your life
is given something new
and you begin to live the way you've always wanted to?
That, for me, is you.

How did I
become the lucky one?
Now - my time;
my moment in the sun
and all because the faith you gave me
finally pulled me through.
That, for me . . .

You - a cloud, a fantasy,
a perfect chord, a reverie.
All the gifts of life
I see in you.

And now I look upon my life
and can't believe the view.
That, for me -
so much more than I imagined
it could be.
That, for me, is you.