Daily Song Study

Jump Rope Girls – Layaway

In songs on September 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

In the late ’90s, my friend Casey Hess underwent some very risky surgery to cure a heart problem that was going to kill him. It took his band Doosu off the road, and arguably off the path to stardom. He spent a long time in the hospital afterwards, during which he began composing in his head the songs that would become, with the help of producer Don Relyea, the 1999 album Eight Track Demos. The duo billed themselves as Jump Rope Girls, a band which only ever made that one record, but it’s a good one.

There is a palpable sense of vulnerability here, one that is likely born of being tied to a bed, fearing for one’s life. Sometimes experience is the best teacher.

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  1. Holy shit, that’s good.

  2. Indeed. He plays guitar for rock bands like Burden Brothers and Descender now, but I tend to favor his spacier stuff. Also does an amazing Professor Frink impression.

  3. BTW, this album is one big reason I bought a Roland VS-880. I saw that he made that whole record with that little device, and I freaked.

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