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Houston, We Have a Drinking Problem

from Three Nights (2010) by The Successful Failures

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Rebecca6 I heard this song (as with many recent discoveries) on the wonderful Bend & Scoop podcast. If there's such a thing as power pop that's super fun but also taken seriously by the artist - this song is it! Listening to more from this band is on my to-do list for the near musical future.


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 first thing you should know about The Successful Failures is that any attempt to plug them into one genre or another is very much a fool’s errand. Hailing from Trenton, N.J., the band deftly combines Americana, Pop, Rock, and enough of a dusting of Bluegrass that serves as an appetizer to the main course without overwhelming the entire meal." - July 2020, Rock is the New Roll ... more

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