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  1. Mike F.
    May 19, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

    Nice write-up. I have always felt that Charlie Freak does not get enough notice. It may be obscure compared to their well-known tunes but the story it tells is devastating and yet the melody is very pleasing if downbeat and dark in tone. For me, this song is in the same category as Fagen’s much later Mona and Miss Marlene, short songs that excel at relating tragic stories that feel complete within an incredibly melodic framework.


  2. Jos kleiss
    May 19, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

    When the demon is at your door, in the morning it wont be there nomore, any major dude will tell you.
    These words kept me alive, more then once, sleepless till dawn.


  3. neal
    May 21, 2017 @ 11:53 am

    I think the author has “Barrytown” and “My Old School” mixed up. “Barrytown” is about the “Moonies,” Rev. Sun Mung Moon’s Unification Church, headquartered in Tarrytown, upstate NY. The followers walked around in monk-like getups, shaved heads, carrying Poppies to sell at airports. Generally, a weird bunch. “I see my friend by what you carry you come from Barrytown.” “By what you wear and how you cut your hair, I see you come from Barrytown. My take from what is out there on this song.


    • Scott Brown
      September 6, 2017 @ 11:29 pm

      I always wondered if Through with Buzz was about Sun Myung Moon. Takes all his money. Maybe he is a fairy (a pagan deity). Perhaps one of them began to be involved with the cult, like others in entertainment being involved with Scientology. Later they may have written “Barrytown” as a final goodbye to an involvement in that cult. I dunno, maybe I am crazy!


  4. Scott Brown
    September 6, 2017 @ 11:24 pm

    agree that Barrytown is about the Moonies.


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