The Stinkypuffs

Songs & Advice for Kids Who Have Been Left Behind

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On Songs & Advice for Kids Who Have Been Left Behind, Simon Fair Timony continued to flourish as a prepubescent singer and songwriter. Unfortunately, the disc was the band's final release. With Jeffrey Rotter and Cody Linn Ranaldo on guitar, Eric Eble on bass, and Timony's mother, Sheenah Fair, on drums, the seven-song disc hinted at greater things to come. On the opening track, "I Know, I Know," Timony seems to exorcise his frustration over his mother's divorce from musician Jad Fair. While the musicianship is not as clean as other similar groups (Noise Addict, for example), the charm of the child musician rings clear. "The Vitamin Song" is a playful romp, and is followed by a re-recording of "I'll Love You Anyway," Timony's ode to Kurt Cobain, whom he befriended in the year before Cobain's untimely death in 1994. On "Cody Jeff and Simon," the band's three guitarists offer a playful guitar instrumental. On "A Play," Timony sings "Tomorrow" from the play Annie. The album ends with a raw and broken-down cover of Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver." The Stinkypuffs were, in the end, a junior-high garage band who had the advantage of Timony's musical connections. Despite that undeniable fact, the band made simple, endearing songs full of optimism and innocence. The disc was recorded at Coyote Studios in Brooklyn, NY, with producer Mike Caiati.