Goodnite

by Walt Mink

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Dark, melodic and hauntingly beautiful, Brandtson explodes with shredding intensity A live, 75 minute, best-of collection including songs from Colossus, El Producto, Bareback Ride and Miss Happiness. On November 1, 1997 at New York's Mercury Lounge, Walt Mink played their last and final show to a capacity crowd that was treated to a new song "Fourth Wave" which was written specifically for the final event, as well as favorites from the entire discography. It was a moving show and fans in attendance called it Walt Mink's best performance of more than 500 shows. The show was recorded live by John Agnello (Sun Volt, Jawbox, Triple Fast Action, Camber) and Kurt Wolf (of Pussy Galore) and released as Goodnite. A must have for any Mink fan. (DER-368)

"On Walt Mink's latest CD, America's favorite 'band-that-won't-quit' lets us eavesdrop on their last live set at the Mercury Lounge, NYC. The great mixture of a live album and a band that sounds great live isn't lost on me here. I suspect that WM's studio sessions aren't as pyrotechnic as this! The energy exploding from Goodnite's jewel box comes from Walt Mink's stadium rock bigness being boxed into a smaller-than-stadium capacity venue. Ladies and gentlemen, this is bombastic yet sublime rock music at its best! Goodnite also serves as a nice retrospective, spanning the musical life of the band's last ten years. College radio-heads will surely find things on here that bring back the memories. "Miss Happiness" is performed here with reckless abandon. For big, bad indie rock that still means indie rock, look no further than Walt Mink." - Splendid

"I can think of few bands of the past decade that had such an original sound and unswerving conviction. Walt Mink music was a hybrid of complex guitar riffs, bubblegum pop vocals and frenetic rhythms. During their impressive career, this band had me by the balls from the first release. And to their credit, they ended on a good note...releasing the best full-length of their career (Colossus, also on Deep Elm). I was very saddened to hear that the band had broken up...so it seems particularly fitting that this live recording of the band's last show in New York has been released for closure for Walt Mink fans. This disc just pulses with energy. I have a feeling that bandleaders John Kimbrough and Candice Belanoff will resurface somewhere or another. They're just too talented to not be making music. I normally don't like live discs, but this one is an exception. I would highly suggest folks go back and check out the band's entire catalog. I will never understand why this band didn't capture a larger audience. They were surely far ahead of their time." - Babysue

"The venerable Walt Mink is gone. Musically, Walt Mink's sound was grounded in unique time signatures, nimble yet memorable guitar hooks, and singer John Kimbrough's sparkling, freshly-scrubbed tenor. As a final offering to its devoted fan base, Walt Mink (with the help of John Agnello and Kurt Wolf) has recorded and released the live album Goodnite, capturing the bands last (and arguably best) moments on stage at New York's Mercury Lounge on November 1, 1997. The recording starts off with the chugging beat of the new song "Fourth Wave" that Walt Mink wrote for just this occasion. All throughout Goodnite, Walt Mink rocks you the way you want to be rocked: with crashing dynamics, blazing guitar heroics, and an odd meter twist here and there to keep you on your toes. The blistering version of "Frail" delivered here burns full throttle and convinces you that there is no tomorrow. Many other songs here rage with the same elegant ferocity, making you grind your teeth in delight and ask yourself how they could have kept their energy up through gigs like this. Goodnite is even arranged to feel like a real live rock concert, complete with snippets of between-song banter and hollering from the crowd for encores, of which they receive several. Walt Mink has proven once and for all that it could rock the house till the walls came down. It's proof not soon to be forgotten, and Goodnite is a fitting tribute to a band who will be missed." - Consumable

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released September 15, 1998

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Track Name: Fourth Wave
god and earth decide. rewards for what you've tried. wonder why the world don't get me high. i'm a fourth wave guy. shame it should end this way. with the winter coming down around the shoulders of our town. someone pass the tragedy around. head on. open up your mind. to all the brand new sounds. listen to the music from the sky. and say goodbye. goodbye
Track Name: Stood Up
her heart was broken like a cup. she stood stood up. where will she go. what will she do. she's wishing all the things she'd said before. had talked him into leaving her. my baby's brittle little life. collapsed around her over night. around the corner there's a brand new day. that's waiting for her. my baby's brittle little life. was draped around her like a shroud. and all her misery allowed. was that she saw his figure. big as life in everything. she took the train home in a daze. saw not a soul along the way. and when it dawned on her too late. that she had missed her stop. she smiled
Track Name: Everything Worthwhile
there's the sadness on a clear night. when the wind is up. and we go stumble through the sand. drunk and yet awed. sober in a special place. which made almost everything. absolutely everything worthwhile. there's the sadness on a clear night. when the wind is up. and we go boating on the pond. drunk and yet awed. sober by the size of things above. almost everywhere. absolutely everywhere above. in his mind. it's time for saturday. it's time for holiday. yeah. in his mind. it's time for. blue
Track Name: Goodnite
giant footfall. restless motion in the hall. goodnite one all. post his likeness in the local station. and i'll deny everything and so will you. i'm down but what's done is done and this is true to the picture. i'm ashamed aren't you. grownup heartbreak. show the missus to the door. secret teacakes. served at the wake. and i'll deny everything and so will you. i'm down but what's done is done and this is true to the picture. i'm ashamed aren't you. i want to walk just where i please. and never feel the need to run. i want to be her son. i want to be her son. and when i close my eyes i see a world where we can be as one. i want to be her son. well she's a sun
Track Name: Frail
they stuck in her throat. the words that she whispered. and lies fill the room. and reside in her eyes. he felt like a dog. and he chuckled through tears. and he told her his love was as real. as her lies. she asked in a quiet. dispassionate way. if he cried to himself much. when he was alone. and this hung for a moment. suspended in air. like a feather that suddenly dropped. like a stone. everything rings with truth and amazement. and every voice sings its particular praise. i am frail. and gone over the rail. how many times she said she'd never go. how many lies she's lied we'll never know. she's young and she's lonely. her bedroom is dark. and the friends that she knew once. have all moved away. the shadows surround her. and swallow her whole. like a blanket they've come. to extinguish the day
Track Name: Betty
a steady rain fell. and froze on the sidewalk. while betty made her way among the crowd. wondering aloud. which guests would be invited to the do. and wondering who'd sit next to. who's the most talented hostess of all. she live in a basement apartment. moved cat-like through the rooms. he had died and left her to struggle. ten years ago last june. now he's walking across to her. once again he's the boss of her. it's important to understand. the menu for a party must be well planned. and everyone gets along just grand. guess that plain old chicken wouldn't do. wouldn't do at all. and who's the most talented hostess of all. now betty feels his eyes upon her in the aisle. now betty turns around. presents him with her biggest brightest smile. but folks are cruel. her smile is greeted by emptiness. that shocks her in her world. an empty truth. she hurries home. and tries to shake it off. a steady rain fell and froze on the eyelids of her
Track Name: Miss Happiness
she's got the glower on. she's not miss happiness today. have i done something wrong. to make her glower in this way. isn't it a shame. he's got his waders on. and he's as happy as a clam. and when his shadow's long. he'll make his way back to the land. but it's allright on the holidays. hooray. isn't it a shame. scowling for days on end
Track Name: Showers Down
someone's gone put their mind to the cork. and the drink spilled over the floor. now we fall and we soil our knee. drink it up cause there might not be more. someone's gone dropped a bomb on our house. now the tv don't work good at all. and all your favorite channels are blurred. cuz you're banging your head on the wall. here stands the fence i build. there is a crime. someone's died but their soul couldn't rise. cuz it was too weighted down with the guilt. so it slithered around on the ground for awhile. till it found a small hole in the tomb we'd built. someone's lost but they feel like a fool. cuz they were so sure they'd find their way through. without your offer of help. but you've abandoned yourself. and let them get them into you. so he got upset with himself. and carved out a hole in his head. and these were the friends in this cry-suits. who showed him the way to the dead bed. showers down
Track Name: Twinkle And Shine
we watched and were awed at the war that she waged with herself. and we saw that she swayed with the weight. of her father and brothers and boyfriends who piled like a landfill. and swallowed her smile and her gait. till at five o'clock sunday she purged them away. and shift it all into gray. like cops conceal holsters beneath their lapels. she hid dangerous things. but she downplayed them well. and instead chose to focus on twinkle and shine. while her watch ticked off seconds and bang was in time. for the party she there when she turned twenty-nine. so welcome to twinkle and shine. as an encore she faded away. stepped out of the party and into the street. she had nowhere to go. what does she say to the relatives who came to see how she had grown. and who could have known. that the time was approaching when she'd be alone. yeah who could have known. that the time was approaching when little miss wonderful stepped out on her own
Track Name: Lost In The World
lonely and lost in the world. the spaceships are coming down. hiding, he waits for his orders. and blends with the merchants uptown. shoot straight my son. see them for what they are. and when it's done. you'll see it's best by far. my son. we'll let things grow. and soon there'll be no sign. of the presence, no. memories will fade in time. my son. when the spaceships come down from the sky. who will stand by your side. when your factories and cities are gone. who will answer your cries. and laugh at your tired alibis. this time. the tyrants are falling in line. when the word comes down. plan ahead don't be around. the cleansing fire. will engulf this blackened ground. when the spaceships come down from the sky. who will stand by your side. when your factories and cities are gone. who will answer your cries. i was coming back on the scene. wanted to get out of here. they came down in a flying machine. yeah. that's when i saw my ticket out of here. when the spaceships come down from the sky. who will stand by your side. when your factories and cities are gone. who will answer your cries. and laugh at your tired alibis. this time. the tyrants are falling in line. they will fall in line
Track Name: Brave Beyond The Call
i asked you for an answer. i wish that you would be. a little more dishonest babe. the truth is bad for me. when last week's generation. has grown too old to see. you'll be alone and miserable. just like you like to be. in fifty million houses. there's fifty million lies. and fifty million brains avert a hundred million eyes. you want to be my baby. you want it to be so. well here to you is my advice. if you love it let it go. what a drag. mama's secrets never leaked and she was brave beyond the call. put the welfare of her family's illusion over all. lost in outer space dementia. she'll prevent ya from it all. runs on ethyl alcohol. the man has called a meeting. on the 52nd floor. but meetings bring me down so i ain't. going to them no more. some people's never sated. there's always something more. they're giving up their bodies like. a drug addicted whore. what a drag. mama's secrets never leaked and she was brave beyond the call. put the welfare of her family's illusion over all. lost in outer space dementia. she'll prevent ya from it all. runs on ethyl alcohol. i asked you for an answer. should have known what was in store. but the answer that you gave me babe. just made me more unsure. what was i looking for
Track Name: Overgrown
please show me what i want but haven't got. please row me out and drown me like a cat. we lost our purpose back aways. now we while away the days. overgrown. she calls me up and scares me half to death. these days i wonder when she'll have had enough. dreams keep me coming back for more. keep evening the score. overboard. weren't you afraid i'd be somewhere far away. didn't you trust in love. i got burned that way. wasn't i afraid you'd stay. to watch me struggling through the day. and prey upon my soul. while drudgery takes its toll. we lost our purpose back aways. while following the latest craze. by spitting out some catchy phrase. and bathing in our parent's praise. while we while away the days. overgrown
Track Name: Subway
riding in the subway on a snowy afternoon. avoiding people's eyes. noticing how many different kinds of shoes there are. watching them go by. riding in the subway on a snowy afternoon. dreaming about you. wondering how the light in here makes everyone look blue. i look like i feel. my body keeps it's distance from the couple that dozes awkwardly in a love embrace. i'm happy cause i found a little inner space. could you love me. riding in the subway on a snowy afternoon. wishing i was through. we've been through a lot i know. so this i pledge to you. i'm still in love with you. and i still love you
Track Name: She Can Smile
jean's serene and pleased to be around today. but as she sits upon the stoop she wonders. why she doesn't always feel quite this way. it seems like every day she's deeper underground. and when the light from the day goes down. she can smile and it makes her astounded. it's a game. later on she settles into the routine. where there's a certain kind of liberation. see's an old acquaintance in a magazine. and is reminded she forgot to take a shower. and when the light from the day goes down. she can smile and it makes her astounded. while the sugar plum world goes round. it's a game. jean's serene and pleased to be around today. but we're tired of having to hear about it. now she's found a way to make the feeling stay. so we'd better all get used to her new powers. and when the light from the day goes down. she can smile and it makes her astounded. while the sugar plum world goes round. it's a game
Track Name: Shine
I'm sorry i couldn't shake my gaze. she's crying now. as he slides away. in sweets it charms. and led us all a bit astray. and so disarms. brings peace to a world in decay. shine. into me. and was his trust in love betrayed. she spurned allegiance far inside away. leaned on friends who lived a lie. and hung on for the ride. for another day
Track Name: Love In The Dakota
guy and ro belong together. guy and ro moved in today. he's a struggling entertainer. she's there to help him make his way. meet the neighbors in the elevator. stop and chat to pass the time. guy and ro were asked to dinner. by the folks who lived next door. they were glad for conversation. but they got more that they bargained for. they'll help you out once in a while. rosemary knows in water blue eyes. and in her secret smile. rosemary knows her love is a lie. but nothing's keeping rosemary down. guy and ro expect a baby. gonna happen very soon. and though they seem to be elated. looks like the neighbors are more tickled by the news. meet the neighbors in the elevator. they'll pick you up when you are down. rosemary knows in water blue eyes. and in her secret smile. do you suppose she's losing her mind. she thinks she hears her child. somewhere there's hope for her place in the day. her face regards the sun. rosemary knows her love is a lie. but nothing's keeping rosemary down
Track Name: Factory
in the evening. i close my eyes and slip away. in the morning. i wake and greet a brand new day. all around us. the oldest have the far away eye. in their auras. my future seems to wither and die. wither and die. all that we can do baby. today. is touch down in every possible way. waiting for the breakdown. let's drive to the factory. that thrived when plastic was a fad. we'll throw rocks at the seagulls. and sit along the blackened riverside. there's plague in my hometown. and i wish my dreams would leave me alone. the gods they just wait for sundown. to turn my neighbors into stone
Track Name: Settled
hey. who's afraid. of growing old and settled. stay while you can. you make it all better. streets and empty doors. broken glass and puddles. fear is everywhere. it leaves me bare and troubled. downright. free and lost. i'm down but i'm learning not to care. love's been known to make the best of it. but love was never here. here's to the boys in their summer dresses. breeze blows 'em up. and silently caresses