This first installment honors the debut album of Jersey Weirdo band, Ween-pals, and Shimmy Disc confidantes, False Front. I distinctly recall grabbing their debut album (the terribly-titled Dude) out of WPRB's to-be-listened-to pile in 1992 and being immediately taken with the lush acidity of the opening track, "Maniac I." The twin guitar leads sounded like Thin Lizzy under the magical spell of Robitussin, and let's just say that lyrics like "when all the acid hits your brain, leave it to me to feel your pain" spoke with a particular kind of townie-DJ poignancy for me when I was 20 years old. Subsequently, the song became a staple of my program for years afterwards, even following me to WFMU (where I've apparently only aired it twice, according to the playlist search database. Both times in 2007. Huh.)
Having lost track of my own copy of the album years ago, I might've forgotten all about "Maniac I" had it not popped up randomly on the iTunes rotation yesterday. I went back and listened to it three times in a row. Yep, still a great song! Listen using the player below.