DiMauro / Tabacco : Pasta Pre​-​Rivera (1984​-​86)

by John Tabacco

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about

Pre-Rivera? What the?...

I met Nick DiMauro in college (the Stony Brook Music Department to be exact) and to make an absurdly long story short, I gave him a cassette of my crude musical experiments and he didn’t run away screaming. He actually dug it. And if the atmosphere was right during Orchestration class he would even quote a line from one my songs, most notably, You’re Gonna Die Someday. It was then I knew that he wasn't one of those fly by night acquaintances. We hung out a little more each successive day, sometimes at his house (which was a new experience for me) and listened to records on his father's ultra class A Hi-Fi equipment. Nick was without question, the funniest, most obnoxious, imaginative person I'd ever met, so that in itself was cool and enough to keep me from being one of the most anti social characters in the music department. Our shared sense of humor, philosophy and love for hip chord changes made going through the motions of college a lot easier. To top it off, his parents were always kind to me and countless times fed me some of the best home made cooking anywhere. Speaking of food, it was Nick who introduced me to chicken and broccoli, cold noodles in sesame sauce and Chinese roast pork. He taught me why it was ok to take off my jacket at other peoples houses especially on hot summer days. And he exposed me to David Lynch's film
"E r a s e r h e a d " which put my absurd life into perspective. Yes, things were changing for me. For both of us. Soon my sister Laura would
think to herself, "Who is this strange guy my brother is hanging out with?" " He doesn't know how to hang out or have friends."
Well, that was 1982...

Two years later Nick and I purchased some 8 track equipment and set up tent in my bed room, and occasionally at his upstairs vortex. We collaborated on many ideas, honed our engineering skills and even got paid for recording local talent. This CD is a preview of the work we would do once we really became involved in the “real music world”. The absurd humor still carried over and the sarcastic-parody like flavor of this early work still remains intact. Of course the song writing and the arrangements are tighter now-a-days and the fidelity is far superior from these 8 track babies. But it was with these musical fornications that the “dog/child” Brian Rivera was born. It’s future still dangling by a Muffin. It’s hibernation in the late 90s still one of speculation. What will happen? More tunes? Mutant Catalytic Converter Puppies? A re-grouping of new philosophies and styles? As Brian once sang : Time Will Tell.

- JT 10/18/97

credits

released November 24, 2014

Nick DiMauro : Vocals, Keyboard, Programming, Recordist, Mixer
John Tabacco : Vocals, Keyboard, Drums, Guitar, Programming, Recordist, Mixer
Gerry Palisi : Electric and Nylon Guitar
Cheryl Palisi : Vocals, Backup vocals

Recording device : Tascam 38 - 8 Track with DBX noise reduction
Mixing board : Tascam M50 and Amek TAC Scorpion
Mixdown deck : Sony ES 501 PCM to Beta tape
Sequencer : Hybrid Arts
Monitors : Paisley, JBL 4231, Auratones, Yamaha NS 10s
Amp : Crown, Rotell, mono tube Luxman

Recording location :
Suburban Hermit Studios 1 - St. James, NY
Backdoor Studios - Huntington Station, NY

Mastering : Bob Ball. JT using the SA3 risc process

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Like an unfolding musical diary / puzzle, Tabacco’s music and art are constantly being re-worked, juxtaposed and intertwined.

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Track Name: Is There Something In There Mick?
ND : Mick?
Mick : Yeah?
ND : Is there something in there Mick?
Mick : Yeah... yeah.
ND : Ah huh. OK. OK.
Track Name: Garden Girl (Ain't That True?)
GARDEN GIRL (Ain't That True?))

Ya came across the garden girl
In ya "silveret" and runners too
Ya didn't know that I was there
But I watched you for an hour or two
You don't always walk that way
Somethin' must have fallin' through

Ya came to me one rainy night
That we, fell in love for somethin' new
A wonder world in "dippy light"
We conjured up a lie for two
But lovin' goes on that way
Just wastin' time girl
Ain't that true?

Some people say that love's a drug
that'll cause you nothin' but pain
Well, they maybe right but it tastes so fine
Just bring out the bamboo shoots
And the anodyne

Another "dago" flyin' by
N' the boredom make it hard to chew
Maybe he'll get up this time
But I doubt it cause he's through with you
You know what the Chinese say:
"There's always room for someone new"

We played around a little while
But ah, girl you know your time is through
We're movin' in a different style
It's time to try a different crew
But lovin' goes on that way
Just wastin' time dear
Ain't that true?
Track Name: Find A Way
FIND A WAY

I looked all over for a girl like you
One that could make me feel that love was true
But every time I feel the same old pain
If I don't find her soon I'll go insane

FIND A WAY
FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH
COME ON AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE MY LOVE TRUE
COME ON AND FIND A WAY
FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH
OH OH OH
BUT THERE'S NO WAY
WITHOUT A GIRL LIKE YOU

I gave you lovin' but you just don't care
you're kind of lovin' ain't the kind to share
I tried to make it work but hey, no way
I'll keep on workin' till I hear you say

FIND A WAY
FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH
COME ON AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE MY LOVE TRUE
COME ON AND FIND A WAY
FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH
OH OH OH
BUT THERE'S NO WAY

You had that willing look about you all night long
But now it seems it's not the same
Cause here I am a child, a victim of your wrong
But I can't play your little game
OH OH OH OH OH!

FIND A WAY
FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH
COME ON AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE MY LOVE TRUE
COME ON AND FIND A WAY
FIND A WAY TO GET ME THROUGH
OH OH OH
Track Name: Hiding Behind A String
HIDING BEHIND A STRING

You're always walking around dishing out the heartache
You don't care how meager it sounds
No matter how cold or fake
It's not that simple you say
There's a truth within me
And you hide behind that made up face ignorin' every plea
Whoa oh oh

You're always talkin' about how you love and need me
I don't wanna go that route
I've already paid the fee
I've got the time now you tell
Just take my hand and see
But it's just another hard day sell
I know how it will be
"Cause you're

HIDING BEHIND A STRING
DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN'
HIDING BEHIND A STRING
TRYIN' TO MAKE ME THINK THAT YOU'RE SOMETHIN'
HIDING BEHIND A STRING
DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN' NOW
HIDING BEHIND A STRING
YEAH

They're always hangin' around
Your friends close behind you
I've become another face in the crowd
Another one in the crew
And it's been so long since we've been alone
Just me and you
But you just keep playin' the same ol' games
Do you know what you put me through
Well your

(cool Juno 106 organ solo that Nick sang into the cheap little Panasonic tape recorder and quickly transcribe plays here) :

HIDING BEHIND A STRING
DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN'
HIDING BEHIND A STRING
TRYIN' TO MAKE ME THINK THAT YOU'RE SOMETHIN'
HIDING BEHIND A STRING
DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN' NOW
HIDING BEHIND A STRING GIRL
DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHIN'
YOU HIDE BEHIND A GOD , GIRL
HIDIN' BEHIND A GOD
Track Name: It's A Constant Attack!
IT'S A CONSTANT ATTACK !!!

Don't you know it's aggravating?
There's a perfect life awaiting
But perjury and spite are in my boat
Find myself appreciating
The mystery of procreating:
Absurdity and death remain afloat

Dream of more than milk and honey
Even when I have the money
But jealousy and greed are at my throat

IT'S A CONSTANT ATTACK!!!
SO I RUN (which only makes me tired)
SO I RUN (until I have expired)
YEAH I RUN
I RUN
I RUN
IT'S THE BOREDOM EFFECT!

I can sense a wall around us
I would break the laws that bound us
But apathy and hate are in my boat
This ignorance can sure be blinding
We are one genetic binding
Bur prejudice and fear must stop our growth

IT'S A CONSTANT ATTACK!!!
SO I RUN (which only makes me tired)
SO I RUN (until I have expired)
YEAH I RUN
I RUN
I RUN
IS IT ALL IN MY HEAD?

Don't you know it's nauseating?
There's a perfect world awaiting
But somethin' tells me were not even close
I can sense a wall around us
Could I break the laws that bound us?
Or does a deeper truth control our boat?

ALWAYS UNDER ATTACK!!!
SO I RUN (which only makes me tired)
SO I RUN (until I have expired)
YEAH I RUN
I RUN
I RUN
IS IT ALL IN MY HEAD?
Track Name: So Let It Go
LET IT GO

ANOTHER DAY OF INDECISION - GIRL I JUST DON'T KNOW
ANOTHER DAY, A NEW DIRECTION BUT IT JUST WON'T FLOW
I LOOK FOR YOU TO FIND A REASON BUT THEY JUST WON'T SHOW
I CAN'T LIVE IN DARKNESS FOREVER SO LET IT GO
WHY DON'T I LET YOU GO?

ANOTHER DAY OF CONTRIVED AFFECTION - GIRL IT'S ALL YOU KNOW
ANOTHER WAY TO LEARN MY LESSON, GOT SO FAR TO GO
YOU'VE GOT THE MIND , YOU'VE GOT EMOTION BUT THEY JUST WON'T GROW
IT SEEMS WE'VE BEEN WAITIN' FOREVER SO LET IT GO
GUESS I'LL JUST LET YOU GO

WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL
GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL
AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER
WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL
GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL
AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER

ANOTHER NIGHT TO TEST MY PATIENCE AND YOU TURN TOWARDS THE WALL
YOU FEED THE FRIGHT, SUSPEND RELATIONS, WONDER WHY I DON'T CALL
YOU LIGHT THE FLAME, YOU RUN FOR COVER, THEN SIT BACK FOR THE SHOW
BUT I CAN'T TAKE THIS FOREVER SO LET IT GO
WE'LL HAVE TO LET IT GO

WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL
GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL
AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER
WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL
GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL
AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER

WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL
GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL
AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER
WHEN YOU DECIDE ON ANOTHER GIRL
GIVE WHAT YOU ARE TO THE OTHER GIRL
AND THEN YOU'LL FIND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOREVER
Track Name: Just Another Minute
JUST ANOTHER MINUTE

You stare right through me like I’m not even there
You leave me here with nothing to say
You’ve got your mamma’s eyes (that same cold stare)
Oh god how can you treat me that way
You wanna end it all with no conversation
Girl I don’t work that way
I’m not asking for another year
I don’t need another week
No no not even a day
I need

Just another minute
Just another minute
Just another minute with you
Please give me
Just another minute
Just another minute
Just another minute with you

It blows my mind to think what we once had
We said our love would never fade or die
But now it’s all just a dream gone bad
I put my head in my hands
I just lay here and cry
We built our world around a common devotion
I guess it just wore thin
This is the day the walls come tumbling down
It’s the day that my earth caves in
So give me

Just another minute
Just another minute
Just another minute with you
Please give me
Just another minute
Just another minute
Just another minute with you
Track Name: Where's My Milk Russ?
ND: Russ? Russ? Where's my milk Russ? OK.
Track Name: Do What You Have To
DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO

I met a girl from Babylon, she said: "John my man it's true, ..
The last remains of a peaceful life have been taken by the ZOO!"
Then she turned to her friend in chains and produced two rosewood sticks
They beat each other up black and blue
And the open wounds they'd lick

I met a man from Washington who said: "John my boy it's true, ...
The only way to enjoy yourself is to fill your head with GLUE!"

And I said:
DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO
DO WHAT YOU LIKE
YOU WON'T LIVE FOREVER SO YOU BETTER LIVE IT RIGHT
DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO
DO WHAT YOU LIKE
SO LONG AS IT DOESN'T CAUSE A MURDER
IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME
IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME

I know a fellow who spends his time writing songs no one can play...
He'll audition a thousand folks just to turn them all away
Ah, then he listens to the radio and examines the latest smash
Writes himself a pop song hit and then puts it in the TRASH!

I know a gardener from my home town, slavin' labor for some rich snob...
She won the "lotto" some years ago but she ain't givin' up her JOB!
And I say:
DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO
DO WHAT YOU LIKE
YOU WON'T LIVE FOREVER SO YOU BETTER LIVE IT RIGHT
DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO
DO WHAT YOU LIKE
SO LONG AS IT DOESN'T CAUSE A MURDER
IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME
IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME
Track Name: Don't You Know It's Not Nothin'?
DON'T YOU KNOW IT'S NOT NOTHIN'

They say let's talk about a life together (something cool)
Or picture perfect life in rainy weather and the holy jewel
But somethin' must be goin' wrong here
'Cause i see i'm not exactly what i used to be
And here i am the perfect stranger
suddenly...

I think about a little girl in leather (something used)
All the creases of a promised treasure in high heeled shoes
But somethin' must be goin' wrong here
'Cause i see it's not exactly what you want to be
The papers say the times are changing
but are we?...

Oh oh oh don't you know it's not nothin'
When i'm sitting alone in your room
Something's cryin' in the kitchen and i think it's your broom
Oh oh oh don't you know it's not crazy
To wanna lie next to you in your bed
I've been loving you so long i think i'd rather be dead

I see them snake around in technicolor (they look so fine)
It's a free for all ; a dream uncovered for another time
But somethin' must be goin' on here
And i'm up for a wake the moment i walk through your door
The easy chair is no solution
It's a bore..

Oh oh oh don't you know it's not nothin'
When i'm sitting alone in your room
Something's cryin' in the kitchen and i think it's your broom
Oh oh oh don't you know it's not crazy
To wanna lie next to you in your bed
I've been loving you so long i think i'd rather be dead

Still it seems a bit tragic
Sweeping sins of a god through a dark open tomb
Coming home to panic...

Oh oh oh don't you know it's not nothin'
When i'm sitting alone in your room
Something's cryin' in the kitchen and i think it's your broom
Oh oh oh don't you know it's not crazy
To wanna lie next to you in your bed
I've been loving you so long i think i'd rather be dead
Track Name: Take Another Chance On Love
TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE ON LOVE

We’ve been working it out all night
We struggle through the hurtful words to find an answer
Now you’re telling you’re all right
But something else is in my ear
I pray to God that what I hear is...

So we’re taking the time to talk together
As if to show how much we care
Are we gonna hang on or break away?

Well I know that you want your space
I guess I’m falling to the touch of sweet temptation
Now I’m willing to slow the pace
But only if you compromise
And swear you’ll never leave my side

You have always been there to soothe my madness
Though at times you’d let me slide
Can the two of us stop our selfish ways

Should we take another chance on love
It’s all we have in the end
Take another chance on love or say it’s over
Is it written in the stars above that we could make it my friend
Track Name: Looks #2
LOOKS (Genteel Version)

I remember a time and place
Where a boy with a twisted face
Said he didn’t know why the circus was his home
And his mother always carried a picture-cube of someone else’s kid
‘Cause she couldn’t live down the stories of her womb

I remember a time and place
Where a girl with a pretty face saidshe didn’t know why a boy like that should live
And her mother snapped several pictures for somebody else's kids
Ain’t that a good enough reason to do away his life?

‘Cause looks are super special when you don’t look deep inside
The rejections hit the likes of you and me
Looks are superficial and out weigh the finer gifts

There may always be time and place
For a role in a super race
Where the ugly in life no longer have a home
But I doubt that it matters what dream you dream so long as you awake
To a world of bigger egos than yourself

‘Cause looks are super special when you don’t look deep inside
The rejections hit the likes of you and me
Looks are superficial and out weigh the finer gifts
Track Name: I'll Go With You
I'LL GO WITH YOU

Do I remember a kid from a while ago
Who spent his time in a box you might know
Did he emerge from a war with some inner self
The only one true foe

And now he's willing to live in a changing time
And share his life with someone new
So if you see him around could you let him know that someone might be you

And if you like me you might stay a while
And if you don't well that's OK
But if the time comes when you need a hand
You know what to say

Well I can move through a mine in a darken space
And hold your fear as I hold my own
And we can take all the turns at your own pace
And you won't be alone
Be alone

And if you like me you might stay a while
And if you don't hey, that's ok
'Cause there's a feeling I've got deep inside says
I know you'll find your way

I'll go with you
Well it isn't just a thing to say (no)
I'll go with you
Well, it's time to try a whole new way
I'll go with you
Well it's something that I've got to say (yeah)
I'll go with you

And if you like me you might stay a while
And if you don't hey, that's ok
'Cause there's a feeling I've come to trust inside says
I know you'll find your way

I'll go with you
Well it isn't just a thing to say (no)
I'll go with you
Well, it's time to try a whole new way
I'll go with you
Well it's something that I've got to say (yeah)
I'll go with you
Well, it's time to try a whole new way
I'll go with you
Well it isn't just a thing to say (no)
I'll go with you
Well, it's time to try a whole new way
I'll go with you
Well it's something that I've got to say (yeah)
I'll go with you
Track Name: I'll Be There Always
I'LL BE THERE ALWAYS

And if you feel it’s not enough
And if the moment seems to fade away
And your perception dulls a misty shade of gray...

I’ll be there to rest your fears
I’ll be there to dry your tears
I’ll be there to steer you clear
Always

And if you find yourself alone
And every game becomes a soldier’s play
And if you ever want to throw it all away

I’ll be there to rest your fears
I’ll be there to dry your tears
I’ll be there to steer you clear
Always

And if I gave you my heart, would you come to me?
Or would you tear me apart?

And if you say it’s not enough
And all tomorrow’s just a day gone by
And every laugh becomes another way to cry...

I’ll be there to rest your fears
I’ll be there to dry your tears
I’ll be there to steer you clear
Always
Track Name: Are We All Gonna Be Just A Memory?
Unused lyrics:

ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY?

People, we're a silly bunch
Imagine man, a part of us
Is dying, and the only one
To save us from the things we've done
Is a god who might never be
Could we face this as reality?
Well part of ous is dying fast
Faith alone won't make it last

ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY?
A TELEVISION BEAM THAT BEARS NO HOME
DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY?
TO SOME SMARTER SUCKERS SOMEWHERE-ELSE?
ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY?

I say nobody should starve on Earth
But the laws of nature can be cruel
We can rearrange the common dirt
But if selfishness prevails to rule...

WE'RE ALL GONNA BE JUST A MEMORY
A TELEVISION BEAM THAT BEARS NO HOME
DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY
TO SOME SMARTER SUCKERS SOMEWHERE-ELSE
ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY?

There hasn't been a time when I can say I wasn't selfish
But I always allowed myself the chance to give away what I didn't need
Still I've got to wonder about those who might be hurtin'
Should I care?
And what is fair?
Are we headin' in the same direction?
Is there a direction?
Or:

ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY?
A TELEVISION BEAM THAT BEARS NO HOME
DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY?
TO SOME SMARTER SUCKERS SOMEWHERE-ELSE?
ARE WE DESTINE TO BE JUST A MEMORY?

don't know.
Track Name: Mystery Juxta / More Seattle Talk
MYSTERY JUXTA / MORE SEATTLE TALK

JT : (sings angrily) “I feel blessed!”

LT : What are we...
ND : We're on a... where are we 64?
LT : Yeah, we're on 64...
ND : Now wait, we're just coming off the...
JT : (singing) We're on 64
ND : So I just wanna know I'm gonna take like route 80 OK?
LT : OK.
JT : a thousand feet above the sea level darlin'...
ND : What is it?
LT : Flagstaff
ND : Flagstaff?
JT : If you don't know what you do...
ND : Alright so 180 is the place
JT : There's got to be a better place than London. Sorry.
ND : Is that a real tune?
JT : Nope.
JT / ND (singing in unison) : There's got to be a better place than London!

ND : I believe we are heading into a fortnight of "tumbulous" terror.
JT : Salt water disposal.
ND : Salt water disposal neck.
JT : Take a urine-natal sample.
ND : Have yourself some urine. (laughs)
JT : Don't drink all of it this time.
ND : Don't spit up on the cheese.
JT : The Cisco Kid!
ND : Awww..

(Instrumental mix of "This Man Called Harlan With Observing Mode" plays in the background.)

JT : (Mimicking the horn line to the song "Cisco Kid") Beh... Beh... Beh...
ND : This is our "Paul" portion of our program.
JT : Meh…Meh, Meh, Meh….
ND : What the fuck are you doin' John?
JT : I'm playing the Singapore, Sinatra Harmonica!
LT / ND (laughs)
ND : Can't you see what I'm doing you fool? I'm playing the Singapore, Sinatra Harmonica! And at my side is Pancho Mongo. Loading up his small guitar people so that they might ridiculate on some asphalt membrane.
JT : Thank you...
ND : And with that we bid you...
JT : Oh sock..
ND : We bid you a saul - a small smelly watermelon rapped up in hosiery that was used during the civil war to keep the Russians from invading China.
JT : (As the Priest) And as McKensie Phillips once said… PHILLIPS!
ND : (As the Priest) As McKensie PHILLIPS once said, “Oh my god somebody stuck a Black and Decker™… (laughs)
JT : (laughs)
ND : You know, I… I asked for a moose Phillip.
JT : (laughs)
ND : This… Look, come here. I wanna show you the difference. OK? C’mere. This’ll be easier if I illustrate it.
Look… Look outside. You see the tumble weeds? You see the thing moving. Groping next to the tumble weeds?
That’s a fucking moose. OK? This… This is a 1200 watt hair blower… (laughs)
JT : (laughs)
ND : Ya plug it in, ya blow yer hair! See what happens when you plug a moose in. (laughs)
JT : (laughs)
LT : (laughs)
ND : It’s self explanatory. When they get the stitches out, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Scooby Watts : Well that reminds me of the time Daddy and I drove cross country just after the storm of 64 when everybody in the house had to leave because the basement hadn’t been redone yet and everybody had to find a place to stay or else the huge rains that always come down usually in Montana just before the monsoon season was like everybody had nobody would be able to go the huge state fair that was supposed to be going on till after they built that new fence that took us clean across country before the best white lines were laid down everybody went for a lard breakfast shoe store! Goodbye! Whoooo!

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