Sonic Doom: A loFi Home Companion

by Salvatore Baglio

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Frenchie Love this collection of songs and such a variety of ideas. Reminds me of Townshend’s Scoops and Springsteen’s Nebraska at times. Great insight into the songwriting of Sal Baglio and more…
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    25 lofi home recordings written and recorded over more than 2 decades in 4 different cities on 1 reel to reel, 3 Tascam cassette recorders [one borrowed, two owned] and GarageBand.
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jet age super trash white star hero i don’t think that his feet have touched the ground jet age super trash white star hero i don’t think that he’s ever coming down his hands are electric his hands are electric his hands are electric his hands are electric jet age super trash white star hero i don’t think that his feet have touched the ground jet age super trash white star hero i don’t think that he’s ever coming down his hands are electric his hands are electric his hands are electric his hands are electric jet age super trash white star hero i don’t think that his feet have touched the ground jet age super trash white star hero i don’t think that he’s ever coming don’t think that he’s ever coming don’t think that he’s ever coming down © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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Starboy 02:56
a long time ago when i was starboy we played on the moon hopping the lorry to alpha centauri transmitting satellites tuning in tunes a long time ago when i was starboy we danced on the dunes and summer heather went on forever then untethered we left too soon isn’t it time to get back? isn’t it time to get back? but we can never go back a long time ago when i was starboy i heard a butchers broom sweeping the sidewalk and from a window a radio playing in my room isn’t it time to get back? isn’t it time to get back? but we can never go back © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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Happy Days 02:00
ritchie and malph arthur fonzarelli hanging out with buddy cavaleri i didn't know what i didn't know and those were happy days juan epstein vinny barbarino going to school with charley sego i didn't know what i didn't know and those were happy days © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP all rights reserved
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he was the kind of kid in the neighborhood who was always told he was no good and everybody let him know it and when he went to school you see the kids would not let him be they would make him grovel and cry everybody knows the emperor's got no clothes but nobody really wants to see the boy with the amplifier head everybody thought that he was born that way when they shut him down he made that awful sound the boy with the amplifier head "I hear everything loud" he was the kind of kid in the neighborhood who always did just what he should and nobody let him know it when he went to class you know they put him under glass you know so they could see him grovel and cry everybody knows the emperor's got no clothes but nobody really wants to see the boy with the amplifier head everybody thought that he was born that way when they shut him down he made that awful sound the boy with the amplifier head © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP all rights reserved
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45 03:02
well there’s nothing like the sound of a 45 like a rolling stone and rain ’66 ’65 no there ain’t nothing like it sends something shimmering and mean and the new world came when candy turned 16 sha la la now there once was a boy full of dreams and stars he wanted to fill the world with songs and guitars he got lost along the way his arms all full of scars he’s faded and he’s old and playing in some bar sha la la every now and then the boy comes back alive when he hears the sound of some 45 should he put it to his mouth blow off the back of his head? he puts the needle to the groove and plays the song instead that’s right sha la la © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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before the train to liverpool kevin rode the ferris wheel all aboard martin newell, mike mcgear and emma peel before the train to liverpool on the train to liverpool i fell into a woozy sleep perfect fare with rain and jules poppins and a chimney sweep on the train to liverpool chim chim chiminey chim cheree chim chim chiminey chim cheroo chim chim chiminey chim cheree well you can get the haircut and the rick guitar and still only be who you are "sorry boys take that" said the old fat man in the pork pie hat so ferry cross the mersey beat all aboard take a seat you're all just bones without the meat swabbies on a ship of fools all on the train out of liverpool chim chim chiminey chim cheree chim chim chiminey chim cheroo chim chim chiminey chim cheree © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP all rights reserved
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tuesday rain girl tuesday rain girl you weathered never had a sunny bright day world sunday's the one day that never came true for you are the same blue tuesday rain girl © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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Heavy Rain 01:50
heavy rain is fallin’ and i’m just tryin’ to make it somewhere i’m a tired branch and i am broken and this wind just won’t put me down heavy rain won’t stop fallin’ and i’m just trying to make it home © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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i like days like these when the wind is at my window and the cold from the northeast keeps everyone in doors i like days like these when the world is gray and gloomy and there’s no one around to come bother me no more oh days like these i wish days like these would last for always and keep me here inside with no worry no fear oh days like these © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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let me introduce you to the electric eel seven hundred volts will change the way you feel slippery and slimy moving all about delivering shock waves in and out riding the same strip up and down all night long swimming thru the day partying at night saying things like “man, out of sight” inventing new martinis sipping old wines cooking up a dish of hippy dippy slime then wearing a lampshade on his head everyone laughed and went to bed et me introduce you to the electric eel seven hundred volts will change the way you feel it’s a new dance craze that’s goin’ round eat the fish like going down everyone gets pink and purple and makes a lot of chums all night long © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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i’m thinking back of a girl with a choker somethings are too good to last summer it shot by like a rocket a new world came so fast long ago before the malls we would play with pimple balls when they were cool now they’re blue i’m thinking back of a girl with a choker somethings are too good to last the summer it shot by like a rocket and the new world came so fast © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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Chinatown 02:28
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Majorette 03:15
she was a majorette when she was seventeen he got her wet beneath the mezzanine she was the youngest yet didn't know her life would be one of regret she recalls october skies the way he looked into her eyes as he parted her virgin thighs oh oh miss majorette miss majorette she's old at 22 smokes cigarettes with nothing much else to do she was to old now too late she lives her life on stamps and section 8 she recalls october skies.... © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP all rights reserved
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Hobo Song 03:24
i wish i were a hobo named john friendly brown wish i had a dollar for every drink i downed no one knows my name keep runnin’ here comes a train down on the track i wish i were a hobo with nothing to do all day but come into town pass it around think up a hand to play no one knows my name keep runnin’ here comes a train down on the track train on the track it’s comin’ now let’s catch a train aye ee aye ee yay oh i wish i were a hobo named john friendly brown wish i had a nickel for every drink i downed © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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Canzone '65 02:39
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before the train to liverpool kevin rode the ferris wheel all aboard martin newell, mike mcgear and emma peel before the train to liverpool on the train to liverpool i fell into a woozy sleep perfect fare with rain and jules poppins and a chimney sweep on the train to liverpool chim chim chiminey chim cheree chim chim chiminey chim cheroo chim chim chiminey chim cheree well you can get the haircut and the rick guitar and still only be who you are "sorry boys take that" said the old fat man in the pork pie hat so ferry cross the mersey beat all aboard now take a seat you're all just bones without the meat swabbies on a ship of fools all on the train out of liverpool chim chim chiminey chim cheree chim chim chiminey chim cheroo chim chim chiminey chim cheree © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP all rights reserved
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pull that dream out of your pocket and toss it in the air take your daddy’s watch and shop it you ain’t goin’ home again with a hatful of good wishes wash your face and comb your hair steady boy already boy you’re feeling’ so alone pocket of dreams empty pocket of dreams some get caught between the seams and escape through the holes in my jeans pocket of dreams empty pocket of dreams like a drunk down on his knees in pine street on christmas eve so here’s a drink to what ails you and another to wash it down clean here’s to the man who keeps is hands in his pocket full of dreams pocket of dreams empty pocket of dreams some get caught between the seams and escape through the holes in my jeans pocket of dreams empty pocket of dreams like a drunk down on his knees in pine street on christmas eve © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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Teen Idol 04:03
well i’m a teen idol yeah that’s me i’m the one that you wanna be there’s loads of money and lot’s of girls tons of fun come on give it a whirl when i walk down the street everybody stares at my leather boots and my long long hair and i act like i just don’t care cuz i’m a teen idol well i’m a teen idol yeah you know me well you love my taste and you love my smell my head is big and it’s still on the swell cuz i’m a teen idol well i’m the big hit maker on the record machine i’m the pretty face on the movie screen yeah i’m riding around in my black limousine i’m a teen idol teen idol what’s your game? did you have to change your name? did it end in a vowel? when will you throw in the towel? well i’m a teen idol want my autograph? i might sign and it and i just might pass i’m the one that all the fans adore “come on sugar give me some more” with my purple velvet hat and leather pants of red teenage girls hiding underneath my bed i’ll get some sleep when i’m dead cuz i’m a teen idol teen idol you’re getting old how many records have you sold? do you feel like a whore now that you’re on the oldies tour? © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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if you hear this song on the radio then i’m dead they’ll say that i turned blue before my rights were read well they’ll probably play this song forget me when i’m gone if you hear this song on the radio i’m dead na na na nanana… well if you hear this song on the radio then i’m gone i’m sure they thought that i hung around here too long well picture the obituary of some minor celebrity if you hear this song on the radio i’m gone na na na nanana… if you hear this song on the radio i’m dead they’ll say that i turned blue before my rights were read number one with a bullet clean right thru the head if you hear this song on the radio i’m dead na na na nanana… Sayonara Arrivederci Goodbye Auf Wiedersehen Buona Sera Thank you all very much signing off Elvis has left the building © Salvatore Baglio SweetBreadSongs ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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bug caught in the ceiling light of a miserable hotel in new york city at the bottom of the ceiling light of a miserable hotel in new york city are all his dead brothers and extended family bug caught in the ceiling light of a miserable hotel in new york city is trying to escape valiantly bug caught in the ceiling light of this miserable hotel in new york city just makes it to the top almost then slides down into the pool of all his dead brothers and extended family. sad and helpless, i pack to leave and carry out with me the memory forever of the bug caught in the ceiling light of a miserable hotel in new york city ©Salvatore Baglio All Rights Reserved
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Tersanctus 03:17

about

“Sonic Doom is amazing. Caught me by complete surprise, very different and incredibly inventive. It is as though there are a million ideas trying to escape”
Don Valentine
hearasingle.blogspot.com

Lo-fi is what I do best musically, so when I’m introduced to a 25-track album of such lo-fi beauties I’m indeed like a pig in muck. Recorded in various places on various recording equipment over the last 20 years by Salvatore Baglio, and compiled into this gem of a release.
Songs that makes one think of XTC, Guided By Voices, Cleaners From Venus, Clinic, and The Beach Boys at their crazy best amongst many other, what these songs have are invention, melody and tongue in cheek humour, and a great amount of songwriting talent.
There is the wonderful warmth that one gets from using cassette tapes to record that this album and these songs benefit greatly from; the warmth most of these songs, if not all of these songs, couldn’t be improved upon by using a state of the art 64 track studio, for what people do not quite grasp is that to succeed in making truly great lo-fi music you have to be a hugely talented songwriter with a inventive mind as you cannot hide behind 32 tracks of synths or millions of overdubs and get some producer to cover up some of your weaker tracks with studio trickery, and this album really does not have any weak tracks.
From the experimental instrumentals to stunning guitar pop all are polished gems. Some achievement that over the 25 tracks one does not find their minds wandering or wanting to skip songs. This really is a album all music lovers need to dive into and lose themselves in; a truly wonderful album and a masterclass in songwriting.
Brian Bordello
monolithcocktail.com

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released April 22, 2020

Sal Baglio all instruments, pots n pans, drill bits, bastard file, litter box shaker, fudgicles, megaphone, vocals
except
Tracks 22 and 23
Brad Hallen bass
Seth Pappas drums
Track 17
Seth Pappas glockenspiel

Words and Music by Salvatore Baglio
SweetBreadSongs ASCAP

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