Houston, We Have a Drinking Problem

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HOUSTON, WE HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM: Sonically speaking… meaning the sound and arrangement… this is my favorite track. I tried this one as a piano ballad and as a Dylanesque folky tune but nothing worked. The version on the album was a real full band collaboration – it came together over a series of practices down in Pine Hill, NJ at drummer Rob Martin’s baement. The inspiration for the song came from a front page NY Post article. I took the headline and ran with it, made it mine. I love the idea of astronauts wandering around lost, asking for directions, smoking cigarettes, drinking martinis, waiting in line for the free lunch… all in full astronaut gear. You know the Buzz Light Year helmet, big white suit, and moon boots. You can dress people up, put them in office, a movie, music video, or a space shuttle… but they have the same weaknesses and strengths as the rest of us. Oh, the Cheap Trick reference in verse one sort of captures the same idea. I think. - Mick


from Three Nights (2010), released May 1, 2010


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The Successful Failures Trenton, New Jersey

Formed in 2005 in Pine Hill, NJ The Successful Failures are Mick Chorba (guitar, vocals), Ron Bechamps (bass, mandolin, vocals), Rob Martin (drums), and Pete Smith (guitar). Eight full length albums under their collective belts and the band is still difficult to pigeon-hole. Call them indie-rock, power-pop, roots, or Americana, or better yet: no-nonsense rock 'n' roll. ... more

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