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A Glorious Moment

We’ve already discussed the infamous leg operation that contributed to all the pain in misery of Pinkerton – an X-ray is featured in the single art for “The Good Life” – but this little tape-recorder snippet takes Rivers Cuomo’s documentarian instincts a step further. Recorded the afternoon following the surgery, Cuomo reports he is “eating Saltines, drinking juice” after having just peed on his own “for the first time” (since yesterday, one presumes). “It was a glorious moment,” he says feebly. Publishing this clip is a funny and candid way to cap off Alone III: The Pinkerton Years, especially considering that disc was a companion to Cuomo’s journals dossier of the same time period. As with a similar track on the first Alone, though, it also underscores the ample wasted space on a CD that could have included legendary, still uncirculated demos like the solo piano recording of “Devotion.”

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