I grew up living across from Golden Gate Fields race track in the East Bay. My friends and I would collect the mud spattered goggles tossed away by the jockeys after they rode in each horse race. Golden Gate Fields was always an interesting place for us to hang out at, and so were the people that we would meet there.
This one was originally sung by Matt Freeman on Rancid V (Rancid 2000). Rancid played it fast with a west coast forbidden punk beat. Matt and I have been friends since we were 5 years old. We both wore black derby jackets when we were kids. Growing up in the bay area the weather gets mighty chilly at times.
When I was a kid I could look out from my front porch and see the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco and imagined what lied beyond the horizon. I used to read books about that bridge and how it was built and all that shit, and later I started writing songs about it. It must be some sort of muse for me.
Written by Tim Timebomb
Tim Timebomb – Vocals, Guitar
Kevin Bivona – Mandolin, Accordian, Piano, Background Vocals
Fugazi, Verbal Assault and Operation Ivy played together at the Rocket in Providence Rhode Island. It was April 16th, 1988, on Ian Mackaye’s 26th birthday. We’ve remained friends ever since. During that time Operation Ivy toured in a 1969 Newport that was beat to hell. The 69 Newport had a giant box on the roof that my father had built to store our equipment in. Fugazi is one of the greatest and most powerful live bands I have ever seen. Blueprint was on the 1990 Repeater album and is one of my favorite tunes.
This one was written by John Fogerty, and recorded originally by his group, Creedence Clearwater Revival. John wrote the song about a down and out musician playing a gig in Lodi, which is a small agricultural city located in the Central Valley of California. John claimed that he thought Lodi had “the coolest sounding name”, and that’s what inspired him to use it in the song. John was from our neighborhood, born in Berkeley, Ca.-which is about 70 miles from Lodi, and he went to El Cerrito High School. Growing up in the East Bay, coming from a working class family, Creedence was the Holy Grail of what we consider great, and cool about music.
Written by John Fogerty
Tim Timebomb- Vocals, Guitar
Brett Simons- Bass
Hunter Perrin- Guitar
John Morrical- Piano
Kevin Bivona-B3, Background Vocals, and Tambourine