Rodney Anonymous (The Dead Milkmen) - "Billy Wants a Voodoo Doll" and "Her Name is Witch"
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As a Halloween treat to us all, Rodney Anonymous of The Dead Milkmen is slowly rolling out "The Halloween Demos." I think I'll do the lazy journalist thing here and use Rodney's own words to explain them:
I’ve probably written fifteen or sixteen songs this year. Of those, I’ve submitted at least a dozen to the Milkmen as demos. Out of those five or six will probably land on the next Milkmen album if I’m lucky. That’s the way songwriting works in our band: everybody writes and submits songs (or parts of songs) and we keep a few and the rest are never heard form again. It’s pretty much the same process the Duggars use to decide which of their children they’ll allow to live.
Normally, I don’t share my demos with people outside of the band. This is because the songs always tend to sound better after the other guys contribute to them. Or, in the case of the songs that get scrapped, I relieved that I was sparred the embarrassment.
That said, of all the songs I’ve submitted in the last few months, five were of a particular spooky nature. These I’ve christened “The Halloween Demos”.
The two songs he's released so far are "Her Name is Witch" (about former witches being reprogrammed as witches) "Billy Wants a Voodoo Doll" which is inspired by another song, "Billy Wants a Doll," from a 1970 Marlo Thomas special. Both songs are really stripped down and bare bones. But, for a lifelong Dead Milkmen fan, they're a great look into the band's songwriting process. Plus, they're Halloween themed, so yay!
You can listen to "Billy Wants a Voodoo Doll" and "Her Name is Witch," along with other upcoming releases from "The Halloween Demos," on Rodney Anonymous' website. For The Dead Milkmen, check out their website.