You Come and Go like a Pop Song (1999/2001)
Sep 21, 1999
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Bob Forrest, front man of the almost famous early ‘90s alt-rockers, Thelonious Monster, is back from the near-dead. After an eight year musical hiatus due to heroin, cocaine, living with John Frusciante, blundering the National Anthem, and fulfilling the L.A. rock star stereotype, he has re-emerged as the Bicycle Thief. More monk than monster, his new release You Come and Go Like a Pop Song delivers a collection of parables—three minute life lessons taught by a man who’s licked the bottom and managed to get up.
Unlike Thelonious Monster’s underrated final album,Beautiful Mess, You Come and Go Like a Pop Song was never intended to be a major release. Instead, it was born from accident and slowly grew into a not-so-messy work of beauty. In 1997, Bob contacted old friends at the L.A. concert promotion firm Goldenvoice in hopes of getting a gig as a messenger (he was washed up, barely sober, and presumably out of the music industry for good). But the big guys at Goldenvoice knew that Bob should be writing songs, not delivering mail, and prompted him to put together a demo. So he recorded You Come and Gowith the help of former Geraldine Fibbers drummer, Kevin Fitzgerald, producer Josh Blum, and Josh Klinghoffer, a teenage prodigy who masterfully plays most of the instruments on the album. Frusciante even sits in on “Cereal Song”, a bleak tune about heroin and cocaine and losing your teeth. […]