I just want to write a few words about a couple
of the unreleased songs. The first song entitled The Song Dave Hated is
an interesting little piece of work. It was probably composed in about
an hour and was my feeble attempt to disassociate keyboard bands as being
wussy, cheesy and weak. Grunge had just hit the seen back in 92-93 and
nobody could care less about bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, Erasure and
the like. I guess punk was pretty popular too but I didn't listen
to a whole lot of that. So I decide to write this really fast, really
hard, not-cheesy keyboard song. Only it turned out to actually be one of
the lamest songs, cheesiest songs anyone had ever heard which only labeled
keyboard bands as being even lamer and cheesier. To this day, I still
can remember Dave's exact words when I played him the song. He said,
"Dan, this is the worst song you have ever
written!" So it got scrapped. Honestly though, I still kind of
like it. ;-)
The three cutting room floor songs are just
short instrumentals typical of stuff I'd throw together late at night while
thinking up our next hit single. They're just bass lines, a beat and a
tune. A simple start of what could become a song with some work.
Once we decided not to do the song however, it would never get developed any
further. These were some of my favorite from the group of songs we never
After we had released Dreamdom, we decided
we wanted to one more song. And we once again wanted it to be a little
harder, a littler deeper, a little bit less happy. So we coaxed our
"one and only true fan" Cary Judd to play guitar on a song that we
had been working on called Abuse. Cary was more than happy to help out
and was a great and very funny guy to work with (Cary, you still rock man!).
We finished the song during that summer and then Terminal Bliss hit the
highway. That was the last song we ever did together.
One year later, after being gone at a
college in Idaho and away from my keyboard for 8 months straight, I sat down
to write one more song. I'm not sure where Dave was at this time.
I'm pretty sure he had already hooked up with Dave Stowater and 29 Died was
formed and beginning to make the Industrial scene pretty heavily. I was
still into my keyboards, but wasn't about to make a life changing decision to
pursue music any farther than for entertainment purposes only. So I
whipped out one last song called Premish. It's
done with all the same gear (and less) as we had for Terminal Bliss. It's not all that great, it's
not all that fancy, but it's a song I've always liked listing to just because
it was the last one I ever composed and taped - even to this day.