The Special Goodness (album)

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The Special Goodness
The Special Goodness cover
Studio album by Patrick Wilson
Released November 21, 1998 (Japan)
Recorded March-April 1996
Tom Ackerman's house
White Horse studios
Genre Alternative rock
Length 37:04
Label Rock Records
Producer Tony Lash
Patrick Wilson chronology
The Special Goodness
(1998)
At Some Point, Birds And Flowers Became Interesting
(2001)

The Special Goodness is the debut album by Patrick Wilson, generally considered to be the debut album by his side-project of the same name.

Overview

The Special Goodness was released in 1998 exclusively in Japan, a full two years after the album was recorded. A US release was negotiated with Geffen Records (who went so far as to press CD-R promos in late 1996), Vast Records (the label that released the benefit compilation Hear You Me! A Tribute To Mykel And Carli), and Loosegroove Records (who folded before the deal was completed). For various unknown reasons, these deals fell through.

Recording

The album, which is affectionately known as The Bunny Record due to its original cover art, was recorded in March and April of 1996, before the completion of Pinkerton. The album was recorded digitally, at Wilson's preference.[1]

The album is technically credited to Wilson, with The Special Goodness seemingly being the album's title alone. However, it is typically considered the first project under the moniker of the same name. All songs were written and primarily performed by Wilson. "Pay No Mind" and "Pardon Me" would be later revisted for the 2003 album Land Air Sea.

Though unconfirmed, some fans speculate that the album's lyrics reflect Wilson's experiences during Weezer's initial rise to stardom, and the personal dynamics within the band, specifically disillusionment with rock stardom, and the behavior of Rivers Cuomo from this period.

Handmade copies

While the album was officially released in Japan utilizing the standard bunny artwork, there were also numerous (possibly one-of-a-kind) handmade versions sold while the band toured throughout 1999 and 2000. These handmade CDs are typically parodies of popular artwork or other album covers, often with cut-and-paste images of the members of the hip-hop group Handsome Boy Modeling School placed over faces. The artwork for most, if not all, of these cover variants were done by Karl Koch, working with inspiration from Mikey Welsh, who loved the idea and was an avid collage artist in his spare time on the road. Koch found a large stack of Handsome Boy Modeling School promotional stickers and some discarded promotional CDs at one of the clubs on the Special Goodness 1999 tour, and decided that these elements would be the basis for all CDs sold for the rest of the tour. The very first versions were sold, and then color photocopies were made of some of the favored designs to keep up with the demand as the tour went on. Koch saved a few examples of each, but several were one-of-a-kind and their survival rate is unknown. Some of these alternate releases have been cataloged online. However, as a result of the band's lack of popularity in addition to the album's lack of official release, they are generally sparsely known and rare.

Documented copies

Personnel

Track Listing

All songs written by Patrick Wilson.

No. Title Length
1. "Congratulations"   3:43
2. "Fatigue"   2:32
3. "Pay No Mind"   3:11
4. "I'd Like To Know"   3:54
5. "Conquistadors Of Nothing"   3:59
6. "A Hundred Times As Good"   2:56
7. "Pardon Me"   2:52
8. "A Fortunate Mistake"   6:50
9. "I'm Not Too Proud"   2:28
10. "It's All Here In This Book"   4:42
Total length:
37:04

See also

References