Monday, May 7, 2007

Kiss It Goodbye

kiss it goodbye volume 3 number 4
here's a true rarity, a song written by all four of The Bears at the very beginning of the band in 1985 which for some reason was never released.
this version begins with the demo made quietly in my bedroom,
then continues to the full studio version.
a cool song with a good social message in keeping with the band's conscience.
so why did it get left behind?
none of us seem to know.
like opening a lost family photo album here it is,
a snapshot of an excited band who had yet to play a concert or make a record.

bass: bob nyswonger
drums: chris arduser
guitar and vocals: rob fetters
guitar and vocals: adrian
"bedroom demo" recorded on april 9, 1985 at home in Urbana, Illinois
track recorded on december 27, 1985 at QCA Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio
engineer: gary platt


  1. Excellent! I'm headed over soon to buy this; I heard the song live at Bears shows in '87, and always thought it was an album-worthy composition. Are we going to get other Dust particles from this same studio recording session? The other major early Bears "lost songs" that I'm aware of are Wiser Idiots and Nobody Knows, both of which sounded great live back in the day.

  2. wow, i had a casette copy of this song that i lost track of over the years , it was a gift from jim seigert . i beleive that someone had copyed it while house-sitting for a certain real estate tychoon/bear that shall remain nameless . also on the tape was a cover of the buck owens song tiger by the tail . thanks for bringing this material to us early . the downloads are a really cool concept , and this particular number, an excelent glimpse into the birth of the bears .

  3. If anyone's been on the fence about buying Kiss It Goodbye, let me say that if you're a Bears fan at all, or a psychodots/Raisins/Fetters fan, it's well worth your $1.49. It's a solid song, and the minute-long excerpt of the demo tacked on to the beginning is a big bonus. The demo shows off Adrian & Rob's vocal chemistry in a natural, unproduced context, and they sound great. Plus, the song was different at that point: the chorus has a different melody, which you'll recognize if you've heard the song Malcolm And Margerie from Fetters' solo album Musician (and it really dates back to an ancient Raisins song from the 70s). If this kind of stuff is of interest to you, download the song, then join the psychodots fan group at Google Groups (see, where we've been discussing such trivia in depth.