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I Wish You Had An Axe Guitar

Clocking in at 36 seconds, this one is short like a couple of other Alone offerings (ex. “Ooh,” and a few Songs From The Black Hole transitions), but differs from those in that it’s…not actually music. Rather, it’s a clip (dated 1984!) of conversation from an early rehearsal between the members of Rivers Cuomo’s first band, Fury. Cuomo, then barely a teenager, is heard aspiring to be like Kiss (something he’d later put to music with “In The Garage”), and wishes that his bandmate had an “axe guitar” for onstage cool factor. His reputation for being a difficult bandmate probably began around the time of this little artifact: you can hear him scolding one of his underlings as the boy struggles to grasp Cuomo’s vision for their visual identity. “A wig, you fool!”