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Featured video: Ozma performing "In Search of 1988" live in Austin, TX, Oct. 2003.

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Featured article: The Doubble Donkey Disc


The Doubble Donkey Disc is the second studio album by American rock band Ozma. The album was initially released in 2001 on Ozma's own Tornado Recordings label. A remixed and remastered version was released under Kung Fu Records the following year, on June 25, 2002.

The Doubble Donkey Disc is comprised of two EP concepts sequenced to form one full-length LP. The first, dubbed the Russian Coldfusion EP, comprises the first five tracks. Included on this EP is a cover of "Korobeiniki", a 19th-century Russian folk song later popularized as the theme song to the Game Boy port of the video game Tetris (though it technically appeared first in the Macintosh/Apple IIgs versions by Spectrum Holobyte).

The second half of the album, dubbed the Bootytraps EP, features five tracks, each named after a member of the band's alter ego. The idea for this came from the original "booty" song, "Flight of the Bootymaster".

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"If My Amp Had Wheels" is the seventh track from Ozma's first full-length release, Songs of Inaudible Trucks and Cars.

The song is notable for its composition credits, as it is the first Ozma song to feature writing credits from the band's three primary songwriters: rhythm guitarist Jose Galvez, lead guitarist Ryen Slegr, and bassist Daniel Brummel. Galvez recounted that they wrote the song while still high school students at La Salle College Preparatory in Pasadena, California. "Ryen and I were bored at our lunch break," Galvez explained in 2000, "so I came up with the bass line, singing it barbershop style, and Ryen came up with the main verse melody over the bassline. [It is] the only Ozma song written without real musical instruments." Brummel's contribution would come later.

The song's title came long before the track itself was written. Slegr had previously announced he wanted to write a song titled "If My Amp Had Wheels" after having carried a large "4-ton" Gallien-Krueger amp for use during band practice. Xochitl, a name mentioned in the song (and pronounced "Sochi"), was a friend of both Slegr and Galvez.

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Daniel Brummel and Ryen Slegr, in a liner notes photo from Commuter Music I: Kick the Tires, Light the Fires, their 2000 record under the name Commuter Music.
Art by: Commuter Music
c. 1999

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Featured quote - An excerpt from one of Ozma's earliest interviews.

Although Ozma has played large shows in the LA area alongside other bands, performing at private gatherings is what the group enjoys the most.

"Parties are cool because there's so much less pressure," said Brummel. "And after you play you can go hang out and smoke cigarettes with the people instead of trying to sell them your album. Not that any of us smoke cigarettes."

"We don't smoke cigarettes," Slegr added. "Or anything. Not really. Not on a regular basis."

-Daniel Brummel and Ryen Slegr, UCLA Daily Bruin interview, April 2000

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