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by Joe Bendik

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ElectricBananaClub.net One of the best punk albums to come along in quite some time, even more amazing when one realizes that it's the same guy singing & playing all the instruments. Favorite track: MIDDLE CLASS GOT CANCELLED.
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Recorded June through August 2016

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released August 10, 2016

All music written, played, sung and recorded by Joe Bendik

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Joe Bendik New York, New York

NYC Antifolk since 1986. Post Punk/Hardcore from (1979-1985). Other works include soundtracks and production.

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Track Name: FOOTNOTE
DON’T WANNA BE A FOOTNOTE
JUST SOMETHING FROM A QUOTE
NO REAL MENTION IN THE HISTORY BOOKS
SUCH A BAD NASTY FEELING TO BE OVERLOOKED
MAKING ME A FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE FOOTNOTE

THOUGHT I’D PUT IN MY TIME BUT I WAS WRONG
SPENT ALL MY TIME TRYING TO WRITE A DAMN SONG
GONNA START AN ANTI JUG BAND (1) PLAY IN THE STREET
HOPE THAT I’LL GET A SHOUT IN SOMEONE’S TWEET
MAKING ME A FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE FOOTNOTE

CUT OFF, CUT UP AND CUT DOWN
LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE JUST TO BE AROUND
KEEPING ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW
SHOOTING LIKE A BROKEN ARROW

NEVER BEEN A JUNKIE, NEVER BEEN A WHORE
SOME PEOPLE CALL ME AN OUTRIGHT BORE
CAN’T DO PUNK CAN’T PLAY HARDCORE
EVERY TIME I THINK I’M DONE, THEY ALWAYS WANT MORE
MY WIFE SHE’S NOT MY GIRLFRIEND ANYMORE
ALL THAT STOPPED SINCE SHE SLAMMED THE DOOR

TURNED ME TO A FOOTNOTE
A LITTLE BABY FOOTNOTE
WOO

I FEEL IRRELEVANT 
IN A PLACE THAT BARELY IS
EASY TO FIZZLE
WHEN THERE’S HARDLY ANY FIZZ
I’M NOT PALEFACE (2), I’M NOT LACH (3)
I HAVE NO TROOPS TO DISPATCH
I’M NOT HAMMEL, BUT I’VE BEEN ON TRIAL (4)
HELL, I’M NOT EVEN ME AFTER AWHILE

CUT OFF, CUT UP AND CUT DOWN
LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE JUST TO BE AROUND
KEEPING ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW
SHOOTING WITH A BROKEN ARROW

MAKING ME A FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE FOOTNOTE
DON’T WANNA BE A FOOTNOTE
DON’T WANNA BE A FOOTNOTE
BUT I’LL TAKE IT


1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-folk

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleface_%28musician%29

3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lach

4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamell_on_Trial
Track Name: RR (A REVISIONIST HISTORY LESSON)
RONALD REAGON
RONALD REAGON
EVERYONE LOVES RONALD REAGON
I’M NO FAN OF RONALD REAGON
WOULDN’T SAY THE WORD
WOULDN’T SAY THE WORD AIDS
I WATCHED A BROTHER DIE
IN 1988

RONALD REAGON
RONALD REAGON
HISTORY LOVES RONALD REAGON
GREAT LEADER
GREAT READER
READER OF CUE CARDS
READER OF INDEX CARDS
NANCY REAGON
I SAY NO
RONALD REAGON
THERE YOU GO AGAIN

RONALD REAGON
RONALD REAGON
THE ONLY GOOD HE DID
WAS TO GIVE DEAD KENNEDYS A CAREER
THE ONLY GOOD HE DID
WAS INSPIRING WORLD FEAR
WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER
RONALD REAGON
WHAT AN ACTOR
RONALD REAGON
REST IN PEACE
COULDN’T SAY THE WORD
WOULDN’T SAY THE WORD AIDS
I WATCHED A BROTHER DIE
IN 1988
Track Name: I'D LOVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE EXISTENTIAL THINGS
I’D LOVE TO WORRY ABOUT EXISTENTIAL THINGS
BUT LIFE GETS IN THE WAY
WHERE DO WE GO WHEN WE’RE GONE I DON’T CARE
AS FAR AS I KNOW, WE DON’T GO ANYWHERE
NO TIME TO PONDER, NO TIME TO WANDER
TIME EATS ME ALIVE AND I’M SCARED
I’D LOVE TO WORRY ABOUT EXISTENTIAL THINGS
BUT LIFE GETS IN THE WAY

I WOKE UP TODAY JUST TO PAY MY BILL
FOR SERVICES, I CAN’T CONNECT
WHAT A TRAVESTY, NO ONE’S THERE TO HELP ME
THEY SEND ME TO INDIA, THAT’S ALL THAT I GET
I’D LOVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE EXISTENTIAL THINGS
BUT LIFE GETS IN THE WAY

I DEAL WITH EVERYDAY
HEAR WHAT THEY SAY -HEY
MY LIFE TRIED TO FIND ME
IT’S SO FAR BEHIND ME
CAN’T BE SATISFIED
FEELINGS ARE FRIED -CAN’T HIDE
IT’S LETTING ME DOWN, IT’S GETTING ME DO

WORKERS CLIMBING MY FIRE ESCAPE
I JUST WANNA GET OUT OF THIS STATE
AND I DON’T WANNA BE LATE FOR RENT
I’M BUDGETING EVERY CENT
I’D LOVE TO WORRY ABOUT EXISTENTIAL THINGS
BUT LIFE GETS IN THE WAY

I COULD LET YOU GET ME DOWN
BUT I’LL LAUGH INSTEAD
AND YOU WON’T MATTER
I WON’T FEEL ANY SADDER
I COULD LET YOU GET ME DOWN
BUT ONE DAY I’LL BE DEAD
AND YOU WON’T MATTER
I WON’T FEEL ANY SADDER
Track Name: MIDDLE CLASS GOT CANCELLED
(THE NON WORKING RICH AND THE NON WORKING POOR)

MY LANDLORD GOT ARRESTED HE WAS
FORCING PEOPLE OUT
LETTING THINGS DISINTEGRATE
MY LANDLORD’S GOING TO JAIL
NOW WHO’S GONNA RUN MY PLACE?
JUST WHO’S GONNA RUN THIS PLACE?
(ALL I DO IS RUN IN PLACE)

I JUST WANNA BE MIDDLE CLASS
I USED TO BE MIDDLE CLASS
BUT CLASS GOT CANCELLED

WHEN I STARTED OUT I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD BE A STAR
NOW I’D JUST LIKE TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD A CAR
HOUSEWIVES GETTING BONUSES
JUST FOR BEING THERE
WE HEAR THEM COMPLAINING
AS WE WATCH THEM DO THEIR HAIR

I JUST WANNA BE MIDDLE CLASS
I USED TO BE MIDDLE CLASS
BUT CLASS GOT CANCELLED

(THE NON WORKING RICH AND THE NON WORKING POOR)

NOW I LOVE JUSTIN, I REALLY DO
I LOVE HIS MUSIC WHEN IT’S NEW
BUT IF HE’S DRAINED BY TAKING PICS
HE SHOULD MAKE A LIVING CARRYING BRICKS

I JUST WANNA BE MIDDLE CLASS -3 MEALS A DAY -SAVE UP MY PAY
I JUST WANNA BE MIDDLE CLASS -GOTTA MAKE ENOUGH-SO I CAN SAVE UP
I USED TO BE MIDDLE CLASS
BUT CLASS GOT CANCELLED

(THE NON WORKING RICH AND THE NON WORKING POOR)
Track Name: JUSTINE MADE A TWEET
JUSTINE MADE A TWEET
BEFORE SHE TOOK HER FLIGHT
HER FLIGHT TO AFRICA
SHE SAID ‘SHE HOPE SHE DON’T GET AIDS
‘CAUSE SHE'S GOING TO AFRICA
GOING TO AFRICA
SHE’S GOING TO AFRICA AND SHE'S WHITE’

JUSTINE MADE A TWEET
BUT SHE WAS JOKING
JUSTINE WAS JOKING
BUT IT WAS NO JOKE

SHE MADE A BAD JOKE
NOW WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

JUSTINE MADE A TWEET
SOMEONE SENT IT OUT TO GAWKER
IT EXPLODED FROM THERE
JUSTINE IS A GONER
JUSTINE IS A GONER
JUSTINE MADE A TWEET
AND SHE TOOK THE HEAT
AND SHE TOOK THE HEAT
JUSTINE MADE A TWEET

SHE MADE A BAD JOKE
NOW WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?
JUSTINE MADE A TWEET
Track Name: POISON PEOPLE
STAY AWAY FROM POISON PEOPLE
WE ARE THE POISON PEOPLE
KEEP YOU THERE FOR THEIR AMUSEMENT
TO WATCH IT GO TOO FAR
SHACKLE YOU WITH SACCHARINE TRUST
AS YOU LOSE WHO YOU ARE
HERE COMES THE POISON PEOPLE
WE ARE THE POISON PEOPLE

HERE THEY COME
THEY COME TO MOCK YOU
THEY GLIMMER WHILE THEY GRIN
AND THEY WANNA PUT YOU DOWN IN THE HOLE THAT THEY ARE IN
PUT YOU DOWN
IN THE HOLE
PUT YOU DOWN

HERE COMES THE POISON PEOPLE

BUILD YOU UP WHEN NO ONE’S EVEN LEFT TO BRING YOU DOWN
IT’S BETTER TO HAVE NONE OF THESE POISON PEOPLE AROUND
GOTTA KISS ASS TO THE ASSHOLES
JUST TO STAY AFLOAT
WHO HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE ABOVE YOU
AND RAM IT DOWN YOUR THROAT
RAM IT DOWN
DOWN YOUR THROAT
RAM IT DOWN

BUILD YOU UP WHEN NO ONE’S EVEN LEFT TO BRING YOU DOWN
IT’S BETTER TO HAVE NONE OF THESE POISON PEOPLE AROUND
COME AROUND THEY COME AROUND
COME AROUND
Track Name: 48TH ST MUSIC ROW
I THREW OUT DAVE STEWART ONCE WHEN I WORKED ON MUSIC ROW
THEN BO DIDDLEY CAME IN ON A SATURDAY MORNING AND GAVE US ALL A SHOW
DAVE ANNOYED WITH HIS NYLON STRING DISTORTED MARSHAL SOUND
WHY COULDN’T BO DIDDLEY JUST STICK AROUND?
BO BOUGHT SOMETHING THERE JUST SO YOU KNOW
HE BOUGHT IT ON 48TH STREET MUSIC ROW

GOTTA GO GOTTA GO
48TH ST MUSIC ROW

ONE DAY I WAS ABOUT TO GO TO LUNCH AND LIGHT A CIGARETTE
SHE WALKED IN AS I WAS WALKING OUT -TIME STOOD STILL, OUR EYES MET
THINGS LIKE THAT THEY JUST DON’T HAPPEN ANYMORE
WHO COULD EVER FALL IN LOVE IN A MUSIC STORE?
BUT IT HAPPENED THERE AND THEN YOU KNOW
IT HAPPENED ON 48TH STREET MUSIC ROW

I WAS IN MID TOWN THE OTHER DAY
THERE WERE SOME BILLS THAT I HAD TO PAY
I WALKED ON 48TH AND BROADWAY
NOW THERE’S A ROW OF BANKS AND LUXURY
WHAT HAPPENED THERE I’LL NEVER KNOW
WHAT HAPPENED TO 48TH STREET MUSIC ROW?
Track Name: JUMP IN YOUR GAME
I DON’T WANNA JUMP IN YOUR GAME
IF I DON’T PLAY OR PLAY IT’S THE SAME
I APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE
AND KEEPING ME UNDER THE GUN
I KNOW WE’RE ALL JUST ONE FLAME
BUT I DON’T WANNA JUMP IN YOUR GAME

I’M NOT GONNA JUMP IN YOUR GAME
THERE’S NOTHING THAT I WANT TO GAIN
NOTHING THAT I’D WANT TO OWN
I NEVER COULD LIVE ON A THROAN
THERE’S NO NEED FOR STAKING A LONE CLAIM
I DON’T WANNA JUMP IN YOUR GAME

I DON’T WANNA JUMP IN YOUR GAME
OR FILL UP YOUR LIFE WITH MY PAIN
WHEN YOU’VE GOT ENOUGH BY YOURSELF
YOU DON’T NEED MY KIND OF HELP
NO DOUBT THIS SHIT IS INSANE
I DON’T WANNA JUMP IN YOUR GAME
Track Name: RIDICULOUS POUT
GOT MY RIDICULOUS POUT
MY PUNK ROCK POUT
MY NEW YORK POUT
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
AGING AND RAGING
ENGAGING THE STAGING 
RIDICULOUS POUT

I GOT MY RIDICULOUS POUT
MY PUNK ROCK POUT
MY NEW YORK POUT
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
OVER 50 OVER 50
OVER 50 HITTING 60
RIDICULOUS POUT

LET’S GO TO OTTO’S SHRUNKEN HEAD
LET’S PRETEND WE’RE NOT DEAD
RIDICULOUS POUT

GOT MY RIDICULOUS POUT
MY NEW YORK POUT
MY RUNWAY POUT
MY PUNK ROCK POUT
OVER 50 OVER 50
OVER 50 HITTING 60
RIDICULOUS POUT

LET'S TAKE SOME PICS
FOR ALL THE HICKS IN THE STICKS
TO DROOL OVER
I'LL POST MY GIG
PUT ON MY WIG
AND SING "DON'T BE CRUEL"
OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER

RIDICULOUS POUT

PUT ON MY LEOPARD SKIN TIGHTS
BABY LET'S ROCK IT ALL NIGHT
PUT ON MY LEOPARD SKIN TIGHTS
BABY LET'S ROCK IT
BABY LET'S ROCK IT
ALL NIGHT
Track Name: WORRY
DON’T CALL ME A HATER
WHEN I HATE WHAT YOU DO
THAT DOESN’T MEAN
THAT I HATE YOU
YOU’RE IN YOUR OWN WIND
STEEP IN THE STEAM
DRENCHING YOUR SOUL
ALONG WITH ME
DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME
YOU WORRY ABOUT YOU
I WORRY ABOUT ME
YOU WORRY ABOUT YOU

SHARP DRESSED MAN LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER
KEEPS ME IN HIS SIGHT
HE GIVES ME A STARE
WITH A BUN IN HIS HAIR
BUT I DON’T LOOK GOOD IN LIGHT
SORRY IF YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT MY APPROPRIATION
IT’S JUST MY WAY OF SHOWING OFF MY APPRECIATION
DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME
YOU WORRY ABOUT YOU
I WORRY ABOUT ME
YOU WORRY ABOUT YOU

CAN’T GET A COCKATOO TO SING ON CUE
SHE JUST WON’T DO IT, IT DON’T MATTER FOR WHO
JUST DODGES BULLETS , TURNS IT INTO STYLE
SHAKES IT BACK AND WAITS FOR THE NEXT ONE WITH A SMILE
SHE’S NOT WORRYING ABOUT YOU
YOU WORRY ABOUT YOU
I WORRY ABOUT ME
YOU WORRY ABOUT YOU
Track Name: MOVE
dowhatchadowhenyouknowwhatyou’redoing

I GOTTA MOVE
GOTTA MOVE
MOVE ON
MOVE ON
GOTTA MOVE

AWAY
SOMEDAY

FORCE FED IN BED
GOTTA MOVE
FORCE FED THEN YOU’LL BE DEAD
YOU GOTTA MOVE

dowhatchado

I GOTTA MOVE

gowhereyougowhenyouknowwhereyou’regoing you go

YOU GOTTA MOVE
I GOTTA MOVE
MOVE ON
MOVE ON