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"I Love Me"

When Fot Records/Home Recordings owner Steve Rubin asked Pink Bob in 1993 if he'd be interested in taking on a Tiny Tim CD, Pink initially thought he was joking. He wasn't. Steve took care of all of the business aspects of the project, and Pink was given the legendary ukulele star's phone number.

After several mind-bendingly long conversations over the phone, Pink had compiled a list of ancient recording artists (and heard Tiny Tim's rendition of them over the phone sung loudly from his Des Moines hotel room at ungodly hours of the morning). A few trips to the local libraries turned up many of them, and for weeks he actually drove around McLean County in his Mazda with Al Jolson and Bing Crosby drowning out the farm implements and honking minivans!

Tiny showed up at Sedistudio Lexington for two full days of recording, both multitracked material Pink had prepared and stream-of-consciousness solo DAT offerings. After some much-deserved rest, Steve and Pink poured over what they had and couldn't help but noticing they were quite short of a proper-length CD release!

Steve set out to find what rarities and short-run indie 45 releases he could license, and Pink decided to put together a special version of The Sediments to flesh out their half of the CD. One of the people Steve had met in Chicago was an amazing multi-instrumentalist named Winston Damon, who could play everything from percussion to woodwinds to brass at virtuoso levels. Winston was brought down for a number of sessions and contributed quite heavily to the arrangements of the Sediments-backed tunes.

Long-time Sediments contributor Tommy O'Donnell also came out for a number of overdubs, and brought his brother Jimmy (also from Chicago) in for the fun. Pink Bob's wife Shawn even added some clarinet to The Star Spangled Banner! Notable guests included infamous home taper R. Stevie Moore (on "She Left Me With the Herpes") and Eugene Chadbourne (master of ceremonies for the wonderfully demented "Depression Medley"). Needing additional hands, ears and equipment for the mix, old friend Tim Thomas was brought in to put the finishing touch on things.

Sadly, Steve Rubin died of cancer in 1994 before the project was completed. Shelved for another year, the CD was finally released on Negativland's Seeland label with the addition of a handfull of tracks from the fabled "Wedding Album" sessions in Minneapolis. Prior to the master musicologist's death in December 1996, he confided in Pink Bob over the telephone that he felt that "I Love Me" more than any other release showcased the breadth of his musical interests. He was still slightly befuddled over the "Depression Medley" featuring the long-distance duet of himself and Eugene Chadbourned (whom he'd never heard of!), but, when Pink pointed out it was his own personal avant garde "Revolution #9" statement, he laughed.

"Mr. Pink Bob, you thought of everything for this one!"

"I Love Me"

(Tracks featuring The Sediments are in bold...)
  1. I Saw Mr. Presley Tip-toeing Through the Tulips
  2. If I Had You
  3. The Laughing Policeman
  4. Religious Medley
  5. I Love Me
  6. Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two)
  7. Soul Twister
  8. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  9. I Woke Up With a Cold
  10. *
  11. She Left Me With the Herpes
  12. Tell Me That You Love Me
  13. Sweet Sue (Just You)
  14. True Love
  15. Star Spangled Banner
  16. Comic Strip Man
  17. Depression Medley
  18. **

* engineered & produced by PB
** engineered by PB; produced by Eugene Chadbourne

Sediments Track Credits:

TINY TIM Vocals, Ukulele
Pink Bob Keyboards, Computer, Sousaphone, Drum Machine, Tapes, Didjeridoo
Winston Damon Trombone, Drums, Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Didjeridoo
Tommy O'Donnell Guitars, Mandolin
Jimmy O'Donnell Banjo
Tim Thomas Treatments
R. Stevie Moore Guitar (10)
Shawn Harper Clarinet (14)

Produced and Engineered by Pink Bob.
Mixed by Pink Bob and Tim Thomas.

Mastered by Pink Bob at Sedistudio Lexington.
Front cover drawing by Shawn Harper.
Additional artwork by Richard E. Deutsch.
Design by DAM.

Copyright 1984-2003 by The Sediments.
Last update: November 23, 2002

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