Hold Your Breath​.​.​. and Then Some

by Unisex

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JM-003 / MORT:027
Ottumwa Archive Series #2

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released February 1, 2005

Unisex existed for about a month during the summer of 1993. It's quite possible they were Ottumwa's first punk rock band. This is their entire recorded output.

Tracks 2-21 were recorded at Studio 16 Productions on July 13th, 1993 and were engineered and produced by Chris Hunter. Set-up, soundtrack, recording and mixing were all completed within 2 hours. 100 copies of the "Hold Your Breath" demo were sold.

Tracks 26-45 were recorded between September 1 and 6, 1994 on a boombox in Mike's basement for the second pressing of 50 copies on Jack Mackerel Records.

Tracks 23-25 were recorded April 5, 1995 on a 4 track in Mike's basement by Mike Hoff for the "This is a Tiny Town" compilation.

Tracks 1, 22, 51-56 were all recorded during various rehearsals and live shows on a boombox.

Tracks 46-50 are pre-Unisex recordings done sometime in 1992. 46+47 were recorded on a karaoke machine, 48-50 on a hand-held recorder.

Spence - Bad Breath
Mike - Small Strings
Andy - Big Strings
Brian - Big Steel Drum

Paula - Skilsaw on track #40
Shawn Wright - Backing Vocals on #4

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Track Name: Fallen Trees
(instrumental)
Track Name: The Unfriendly Store
I walk into this store
I say hello, I say hello
This guy stares at me
He says nothing, he says nothing

What did I do to this non-social asshole?
He’s looking at me like I just punched his mom
His eyes, his eyes look like cherry bombs
Cherry bombs

No, no cherry bombs
No, no cherries
No, no cherry bombs
No, no cherry bombs
Track Name: Adam Turner's Dick
(instrumental)
Track Name: I Still Like You
Even though you kicked me in the balls
I like you
Even though you threw me to the ground
I like you
Even though you spit in my eyes
I like you

Please, please be my friend
I thought we’d be together till the end
Now I’m all black and blue
But I still say…

I like you (x3)
I like you, you, you and you
Track Name: Duck Crossing
Quack, quack, splat!
Track Name: Got No Teeth
Got no teeth
Don’t need no toothpaste
Track Name: Flood
Stop and open my eyes
Find truth and lies intertwined
Truth lies! Truth lies!
Find my head boxed in lines
Darkness engulfs me and hate unwinds
Fighting to see (open my eyes)
Fighting to be (open my eyes)
And I’ve got just one question
When power becomes obsession
And I’m boxed in greed and possession
How long will it last? (open my eyes)
How long can it go? (open my eyes)
How blind are we?
I want to know
Track Name: Brown Cow
How now, brown cow?
Moo!
Track Name: I Like Breakfast
Blood-soaked breakfasts are the best
I love them so much I can hardly rest
Eating like this is so much fun
Ha, ha… look at Granny run

Run, Granny, Run – Run, run
Run, Granny, run – Run, run

Hey, pass me those scrambled legs
Then I’ll be ready for the Granny steaks
Track Name: Kool-Aid and Crayons
(instrumental)
Track Name: Disabled Me
Looking around at the people I see
Why do they seem so afraid of me?
Just because I don’t have a nose or an eye
Sure doesn’t give them a reason to fight

Me, disabled Me
Me, disabled, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me

I wish people would just leave me alone
So I can get some sleep at home
Kids running around making fun of me
Oh, please God, let me be

Me, disabled Me
Me, disabled, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me
Track Name: Gardener's Anthem
I spend my life cutting down trees
Trimming up branches
Getting rid of weeds
Fighting off mosquitoes
Chase dogs on the run
Being a groundskeeper isn’t any fun
Track Name: Ralph
Pasty pictures of a guy named Ralph
Airing his views for all to see
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
All day long

Disagreement, then humility
His ignorance turns to violence
Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang
Till they’re all gone

Poor old Ralph in front of the judge
Exhibit “A” on display
They’re gonna throw, throw, throw, throw, throw, throw
Throw you in jail

Thirty long years and twenty-two dead
As Ralph looks back on his day
He got, got, got, got, got
To speak his mind

Don’t drop the soap (x4)
Track Name: Wipe Flush Wash and Leave
(instrumental)
Track Name: Broken Spence
(you figure them out)
Track Name: Cheese Omelette
Omelette du Fromage
Cheese omelette!
Track Name: Ceiling Fan Massacre
Spinning round and round
The blades of a ceiling fan
Installed it much too quickly
Say hello to death

Nuts and bolts falling down
The blades rip through your head
Your blood splatters on the wall
Sit and laugh while you lie dead
Track Name: Abandoned Brandon
Left on someone’s front door
When he was only four years old
Parents didn’t like him at all
Unwanted and completely alone

Taken in by somebody else
Someone to finally fill the void
Brandon was so god damn happy
Jumped to his feet and danced up a storm

Every night and every day
He would rip up the dance floor
Improving his steps every time
His dance skills couldn’t be matched

People came from miles around
Begging Brandon to display his stuff
He would say “Get out of my way.
This dance floor has my name all over it.”

Brandon, please dance with me
Feet shuffling like Fred Astaire
Brandon is the dancing king
Look at him go, it’s really amazing

Brandon’s life is sublime
Things couldn’t be much better

Polish up your dancing shoes
Brandon “Teen Idol” is coming to town
Track Name: Hi-C
Hi!
Track Name: Hot Chocolate
Brush the snow off of my clothing
As I come in from the cold
Pour the hot chocolate
Defrost my frozen bones

As the liquid flows down my throat
I regain feeling in my toes
The warm sensation, don’t stop there
Drinking my cocoa in my underwear

Marshmallows on top
Keep them coming, just don’t stop
Drink it ‘till it’s gone
Oh, hot chocolate you’re the one for me
When it is cold outside
Track Name: The Unfriendly Store
I walk into this store
I say hello, I say hello
This guy stares at me
He says nothing, he says nothing

What did I do to this non-social asshole?
He’s looking at me like I just punched his mom
His eyes, his eyes look like cherry bombs
Cherry bombs

No, no cherry bombs
No, no cherries
No, no cherry bombs
No, no cherry bombs
Track Name: Karma Chameleon
(Culture Club cover)
Track Name: Can't Understand (Alternate Take)
I can't understand
Why you don't like me
Track Name: Can't Understand
I can't understand
Why you don't like me
Track Name: Fallen Trees
(instrumental)
Track Name: The Unfriendly Store
I walk into this store
I say hello, I say hello
This guy stares at me
He says nothing, he says nothing

What did I do to this non-social asshole?
He’s looking at me like I just punched his mom
His eyes, his eyes look like cherry bombs
Cherry bombs

No, no cherry bombs
No, no cherries
No, no cherry bombs
No, no cherry bombs
Track Name: Adam Turner's Dick
(instrumental)
Track Name: I Still Like You
Even though you kicked me in the balls
I like you
Even though you threw me to the ground
I like you
Even though you spit in my eyes
I like you

Please, please be my friend
I thought we’d be together till the end
Now I’m all black and blue
But I still say…

I like you (x3)
I like you, you, you and you
Track Name: Duck Crossing
Quack, quack, splat!
Track Name: Got No Teeth
Got no teeth
Don’t need no toothpaste
Track Name: Flood
Stop and open my eyes
Find truth and lies intertwined
Truth lies! Truth lies!
Find my head boxed in lines
Darkness engulfs me and hate unwinds
Fighting to see (open my eyes)
Fighting to be (open my eyes)
And I’ve got just one question
When power becomes obsession
And I’m boxed in greed and possession
How long will it last? (open my eyes)
How long can it go? (open my eyes)
How blind are we?
I want to know
Track Name: Brown Cow
How now, brown cow?
Moo!
Track Name: I Like Breakfast
Blood-soaked breakfasts are the best
I love them so much I can hardly rest
Eating like this is so much fun
Ha, ha… look at Granny run

Run, Granny, Run – Run, run
Run, Granny, run – Run, run

Hey, pass me those scrambled legs
Then I’ll be ready for the Granny steaks
Track Name: Kool-Aid and Crayons
(instrumental)
Track Name: Disabled Me
Looking around at the people I see
Why do they seem so afraid of me?
Just because I don’t have a nose or an eye
Sure doesn’t give them a reason to fight

Me, disabled Me
Me, disabled, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me

I wish people would just leave me alone
So I can get some sleep at home
Kids running around making fun of me
Oh, please God, let me be

Me, disabled Me
Me, disabled, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me
Track Name: Gardener's Anthem
I spend my life cutting down trees
Trimming up branches
Getting rid of weeds
Fighting off mosquitoes
Chase dogs on the run
Being a groundskeeper isn’t any fun
Track Name: Ralph / Andy Being a Dick, Pt. 1
Pasty pictures of a guy named Ralph
Airing his views for all to see
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
All day long

Disagreement, then humility
His ignorance turns to violence
Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang
Till they’re all gone

Poor old Ralph in front of the judge
Exhibit “A” on display
They’re gonna throw, throw, throw, throw, throw, throw
Throw you in jail

Thirty long years and twenty-two dead
As Ralph looks back on his day
He got, got, got, got, got
To speak his mind

Don’t drop the soap (x4)
Track Name: Wipe Flush Wash and Leave
(instrumental)
Track Name: Broken Spence (Instrumental Version)
(instrumental)
Track Name: Cheese Omelette
Omelette du Fromage
Cheese omelette!
Track Name: Ceiling Fan Massacre
Spinning round and round
The blades of a ceiling fan
Installed it much too quickly
Say hello to death

Nuts and bolts falling down
The blades rip through your head
Your blood splatters on the wall
Sit and laugh while you lie dead
Track Name: Abandoned Brandon
Left on someone’s front door
When he was only four years old
Parents didn’t like him at all
Unwanted and completely alone

Taken in by somebody else
Someone to finally fill the void
Brandon was so god damn happy
Jumped to his feet and danced up a storm

Every night and every day
He would rip up the dance floor
Improving his steps every time
His dance skills couldn’t be matched

People came from miles around
Begging Brandon to display his stuff
He would say “Get out of my way.
This dance floor has my name all over it.”

Brandon, please dance with me
Feet shuffling like Fred Astaire
Brandon is the dancing king
Look at him go, it’s really amazing

Brandon’s life is sublime
Things couldn’t be much better

Polish up your dancing shoes
Brandon “Teen Idol” is coming to town
Track Name: Hi-C
Hi!
Track Name: Hot Chocolate
Brush the snow off of my clothing
As I come in from the cold
Pour the hot chocolate
Defrost my frozen bones

As the liquid flows down my throat
I regain feeling in my toes
The warm sensation, don’t stop there
Drinking my cocoa in my underwear

Marshmallows on top
Keep them coming, just don’t stop
Drink it ‘till it’s gone
Oh, hot chocolate you’re the one for me
When it is cold outside
Track Name: Gardener's Anthem
I spend my life cutting down trees
Trimming up branches
Getting rid of weeds
Fighting off mosquitoes
Chase dogs on the run
Being a groundskeeper isn’t any fun
Track Name: Hot Chocolate
Brush the snow off of my clothing
As I come in from the cold
Pour the hot chocolate
Defrost my frozen bones

As the liquid flows down my throat
I regain feeling in my toes
The warm sensation, don’t stop there
Drinking my cocoa in my underwear

Marshmallows on top
Keep them coming, just don’t stop
Drink it ‘till it’s gone
Oh, hot chocolate you’re the one for me
When it is cold outside
Track Name: Got No Teeth (Take 1)
Got no teeth
Don’t need no toothpaste
Track Name: Got No Teeth (Take 2)
Got no teeth
Don’t need no toothpaste
Track Name: Untitled
(instrumental)
Track Name: Who the Fuck is Adam Turner's Dick?
(instrumental)