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Demotion (2009)

My first attempts recording with my Boss 900, resulting in some level issues. Nonetheless, happy overall with the results. Atomic Thoughts - I wanted to write a Ramones song with the word cranium in it. You Do Little - An oldies progression. I was pretty happy when I heard Smooth Jelly humming the solo to it one day. Dream Me a Lover - Yes, you can capo an electric guitar. I really like the outro lead. My Girl Takes the Tube - Smooth Jelly says my Three Blind Mice lead is off key. Hmm, works for me. Good Morning, London - I woke up one morning with "Matthew someone singing some shit 'bout he's back into you" in my head. Time Upon The Rack - This should really be played on a piano, at least in my mind. Doubt - I likeit, wish I had executed better. Will tweak the words slightly some day. Tonight - I wanted more of a punk sound here but I ran into some guitar issues. Started from "Trying hard to think, trying not to drink." Another Day - My vocals bit, I was coming down with a

Demons (2010)

First off, this photo isn't mine, I found it on the internet, and it is really striking. Some songs from a not so good period. Go Go Go - Words are a waste! A Little Praise - About being taken for granted, or at least feeling that way. My Sorrow - An attempt at a blues song by a white man. I Am a Robot - I picture a video with the Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" guys. Not really sure where this came from, but it sort of goes back to last album's "Atomic Thoughts" in a way. Then I Raise Another - Horrible execution of what sounds awesome in my mind. My Irish drinking song. Demon in a Bottle - About alcohol, of course. It refers to a story in one of the Thieves' World books where a man named Setios has a demon in a large glass bottle and well, it got out. Train - I have some issues with my upbringing and some consequences along the way Hate - As a song, no. As a record of where I was at, pretty good. Ellen and John - I wrote this about two people I worked with, where he was re

Live From Woods Hole (2011)

In 2011 we joined forces to add the piano stylings of Smooth Jelly to the guitars, vocals, and now bass work of Hot Property. Thanks to an iPhone app there are also some drums! Feeling Good - A duet with Tamar Boursalian. Flexed my file management skills. Piano bridge suggested by Smooth Jelly. Don't know if I ripped off some country song I heard in passing. Sickle Moon - I walked out of work one night and looked up and saw the sickle moon. "Won't you come down and chop off some heads" immediately popped into my head. I knew I wanted to finger pick it and have the bass kind of stay rooted on C. Manny Being Manny - Baseball is a metaphor for life. Hee Hee Ho Ho - Something about being able to sell anything to anyone crossed with that overplayed Train song. Eyes - I started with Buddhist and nudist and was only able to get better when I rhymed "hottie" with "manicotti." Ocean Rain - The keen ear of Smooth Jelly helped me reconstruct this and finish it off an old tape I had lying around. Trouble Bre

Democrats (2012)

A random collection of punk, country, blues, and singer-songwriter stuff I put together in essentially a week. Hello My Name is came from driving and hearing "Here I Am" by Lyle Lovett on the radio. The chorus was in a dream I woke up and slurred into a cassette player. Anthem just started out as "Don't be a xxxxhead" and grew. Drunk As Scott Weiland started as a take off on a reggae song I had heard on the radio and then the rhyme hit me. Me And The Reaper comes from that old joke about running into the living room if you only had five minutes to live. Amy is about a girl, of course. Sins has been growing for years and will probably keep doing so. Devil Blues isn't creative but there it is. Enlightened comes from something I first worked on twenty or so years ago with a guy named Kevin O'Neill. I'll Always Love You is one of those oldies-sounding songs. Poopy the Bear is a kids song. Really.

Icarus Flies Again (2013)

A collection of songs loosely based on picking oneself up after getting kicked in the teeth by life, again.

Wrongdoing in Nightmares (2014)

A collection of blues rooted rock. The songwriting is growing, wish I hadn't been singing through a cold all month.

He's Climbin In Yo Windows, Snatchin Yo Ice Cream Up (2015)

A mix of styles, with some awesome assistance by my son Calvin and a guest appearance by my son Edgar on "Snow Day."

Zimmerman! (2016)

10 songs based on Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall.

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Doug Smith

BIOGRAPHY

Reinvented in 2011 as the Gold Smith Jazz Combo to incorporate the piano stylings of Calvin. Edgar joined in 2015 as a vocalist. Tamar reappears after a few years to sing lead in 2016 on "Boy" and "Tin Man."

BAND MEMBERS
Doug Smith - vocals, guitars, bass, drum programming
Calvin Smith - keyboad, electric guitar, backing vocals
Edgar Smith - vocals
Tamar Boursalian - vocals

YEARS COMPLETED
2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016

GENRES
,Singer/Songwriter Rock,Unclassifiable,Indie Rock,Alternative Rock

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.songoftheyear.com/webawards/d/dougsmith.htm
http://www.songoftheyear.com/results/dougsmith.html


Completed Albums

Demotion(2009)

My first attempts recording with my Boss 900, resulting in some level issues. Nonetheless, happy overall with the results. Atomic Thoughts - I wanted to write a Ramones song with the word cranium in it. You Do Little - An oldies progression. I was pretty happy when I heard Smooth Jelly humming the solo to it one day. Dream Me a Lover - Yes, you can capo an electric guitar. I really like the outro lead. My Girl Takes the Tube - Smooth Jelly says my Three Blind Mice lead is off key. Hmm, works for me. Good Morning, London - I woke up one morning with "Matthew someone singing some shit 'bout he's back into you" in my head. Time Upon The Rack - This should really be played on a piano, at least in my mind. Doubt - I likeit, wish I had executed better. Will tweak the words slightly some day. Tonight - I wanted more of a punk sound here but I ran into some guitar issues. Started from "Trying hard to think, trying not to drink." Another Day - My vocals bit, I was coming down with a


Atomic Thoughts   (preferred)
You Do Little
Dream Me a Lover
My Girl takes the Tube
Good Morning London
Time Upon the Rack
Doubt
Tonight
Another Day
I'm A Corpse

Demons(2010)

First off, this photo isn't mine, I found it on the internet, and it is really striking. Some songs from a not so good period. Go Go Go - Words are a waste! A Little Praise - About being taken for granted, or at least feeling that way. My Sorrow - An attempt at a blues song by a white man. I Am a Robot - I picture a video with the Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" guys. Not really sure where this came from, but it sort of goes back to last album's "Atomic Thoughts" in a way. Then I Raise Another - Horrible execution of what sounds awesome in my mind. My Irish drinking song. Demon in a Bottle - About alcohol, of course. It refers to a story in one of the Thieves' World books where a man named Setios has a demon in a large glass bottle and well, it got out. Train - I have some issues with my upbringing and some consequences along the way Hate - As a song, no. As a record of where I was at, pretty good. Ellen and John - I wrote this about two people I worked with, where he was re


Go Go Go   (preferred)
A Little Praise (Goes a Long Ways)
My Sorrow
I Am a Robot
Then I Raise Another
Demon in a Bottle
Train
Hate
Ellen and John
Balada
Oh Oh Tokyo

Live From Woods Hole(2011)

In 2011 we joined forces to add the piano stylings of Smooth Jelly to the guitars, vocals, and now bass work of Hot Property. Thanks to an iPhone app there are also some drums! Feeling Good - A duet with Tamar Boursalian. Flexed my file management skills. Piano bridge suggested by Smooth Jelly. Don't know if I ripped off some country song I heard in passing. Sickle Moon - I walked out of work one night and looked up and saw the sickle moon. "Won't you come down and chop off some heads" immediately popped into my head. I knew I wanted to finger pick it and have the bass kind of stay rooted on C. Manny Being Manny - Baseball is a metaphor for life. Hee Hee Ho Ho - Something about being able to sell anything to anyone crossed with that overplayed Train song. Eyes - I started with Buddhist and nudist and was only able to get better when I rhymed "hottie" with "manicotti." Ocean Rain - The keen ear of Smooth Jelly helped me reconstruct this and finish it off an old tape I had lying around. Trouble Bre


Feeling Good
Sickle Moon
Manny Being Manny
Hee Hee Ho Ho
Eyes
Ocean Rain
Trouble Brewing
We Are Strong
My Ordeal
Lullabye   (preferred)

Democrats(2012)

A random collection of punk, country, blues, and singer-songwriter stuff I put together in essentially a week. Hello My Name is came from driving and hearing "Here I Am" by Lyle Lovett on the radio. The chorus was in a dream I woke up and slurred into a cassette player. Anthem just started out as "Don't be a xxxxhead" and grew. Drunk As Scott Weiland started as a take off on a reggae song I had heard on the radio and then the rhyme hit me. Me And The Reaper comes from that old joke about running into the living room if you only had five minutes to live. Amy is about a girl, of course. Sins has been growing for years and will probably keep doing so. Devil Blues isn't creative but there it is. Enlightened comes from something I first worked on twenty or so years ago with a guy named Kevin O'Neill. I'll Always Love You is one of those oldies-sounding songs. Poopy the Bear is a kids song. Really.


Hello My Name Is
Anthem
Drunk As Scott Weiland
Me and The Reaper   (preferred)
Amy
Sins
Devil Blues
Enlightened
I ll Always Love You
Poopy the Bear

Icarus Flies Again(2013)

A collection of songs loosely based on picking oneself up after getting kicked in the teeth by life, again.


No tracks have been uploaded for this album yet.

Wrongdoing in Nightmares(2014)

A collection of blues rooted rock. The songwriting is growing, wish I hadn't been singing through a cold all month.


Journey
Shout It Down The Well
Stand Pat
Ghost
Ebb and Flow
I Warned Them
Texas Radio
One Bad Daddy
Another Song   (preferred)
Calstrumental

He's Climbin In Yo Windows, Snatchin Yo Ice Cream Up(2015)

A mix of styles, with some awesome assistance by my son Calvin and a guest appearance by my son Edgar on "Snow Day."


Snow Day
The Internet
Against The Grain
Bride
Head Held High
Fan   (preferred)
Snowboarding
Blow Out The Candles
Winter Blues
Dame Fortunes Bastard Son

Zimmerman!(2016)

10 songs based on Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall.


Candle
New Hampshire
Inside Of My Head
Boy   (preferred)
Tin Man
Tower Of Babel
Nap Of The Earth
Mirror
No Ninja
Foes, Friends, And Peers