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Adam: On March 15th, 1991, my brother's band, One, were playing a show and Andy introduced me to Animal during their break. He knew the two of us were both looking for musicians to work with and that we both had a certain unique perspective on the world and life in general. Animal had actually tried out to be their guitarist, which is where they knew him from.
So, Animal and I formed Magpie and thus began our musical union. We wrote a half dozen songs together and played a couple of shows. Musically, we never really clicked, but lyrically, philosophically, and socially we clicked seamlessly. He still feeds me lyrics and we still hang out and such. So, in that sense, Magpie never really broke up, we just stopped making music together.

It wasn't until about 5 years later when we performed together again. We didn't have a set list or a plan or anything, but the show went really well and we had a lot of fun. Highlights from that show will likely appear on a future Superpickle release.

Greg: Sometimes, when I look into the darkness, and I scream into it and it neither returns nor echos, and I can see my reflection and it reflects nothing, and I know the cozy constellation stars are light-years lonely for each other, and the arguments I make to convince my heart to still beat grow weaker and lamer, infallibly, a jolly porpoise will saunter up to me, flop a fin on my shoulder and hand me a Zagnut bar. I wrote this on the way back.


The Employee:
"Watching the tubes have got me down.
Who is that on the bridge?
I feel the moments inflate.
But time is money.
(No, time is space,
didn't Einstein prove that?)
As long as we're here
let's get something done.
Let's learn astrology, let's form a bond.
It may not matter in a hundred years
But just in case it does...
The Bossman:
"Pulling the serfs have held me up.
Who is that on the tubes?
I feel the moments escape.
But time is space.
(No, time is money,
didn't Patek Philip prove that?)
As long as we're here
let's get something done.
Let's learn nuclear physics,
let's form a bond.
It may not matter in a hundred years,
but just in case it does...
The Arbitrator:
"I've heard both sides and their variations
'Nothing matters and so what if it did'
and 'It's all so important,
so who you tryin' to kid'
They both stand in misrepresentation
and they could use
a little clarification.
Everything's about as real
as your very first intention.
Maybe it's all just symbols from another dimension.
Maybe it's all random natural evolution.
Maybe it's all impersonal elaborate experimentation."
The Arbitrator's final word:
"As long as we're here,
let's get something done.
Let's learn symbiosis,
let's form a bond.
It just might matter in a hundred years
so here's to when it does!"


from Chameleon In A Kaleidoscope [25th Anniversary], released January 1, 1996
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: Greg Skillman, Adam Rabin


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Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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