Love Yer Brain

"Love Yer Brain" featured Richard English on piano. The band purchased an old upright piano specifically to demolish it in the studio to conclude their new album.

Richard's quote from Staring At Sound:

"I think we got a pretty weird reaction from the people selling it. They wanted to know if it was going to a nice home."

In various fanzine interviews, the band helped spread the rumor that they had destroyed a white baby grand piano that Elton John gave Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, a former owner of the Dallas recording studio where Oh My Gawd was produced.

Wayne wrote "Love Yer Brain" after a drug-addict friend of his came to visit him at Long John Silver's, but Wayne was too busy working to get a chance to speak with him before he gave up and left the restaurant. Wayne found out the next day that the man had committed suicide.

Wayne's quote from Staring At Sound:

"If your choice is to do drugs or kill yourself, I'd say that you should do some drugs."


Sometimes I don't know what to think about the world
When this guy is burnin' up in the street with gasoline
And the flames show no mercy

So when you really need someone to talk to you
It doesn't always work like it's supposed to
You can love yer brain
Even if it slips down the drain
I said, man, I'm not no drug addict
But a person's gotta have something
To keep him from going insane

Well, this man kills this other man
Who's killed this other man, so it's okay
And this fourteen year old's sittin' in the electric chair
Smilin' and smokin' a cigarette
So I guess I was right all along readin' Mad magazine

'Cause when you really need someone to talk to you
It doesn't always work like it's supposed to
You can love yer brain
Even if it slips down the drain
And I said, man, I'm not some drug addict
But a person's gotta have something
To keep him from going insane

Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ahhh
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ahhh
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ahhh
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ahhh
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ahhh
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ahhh


Discography Appearances




Live

"Love Yer Brain" has been played sporadically over the years, usually on special occasions or as part of an intimate set, but also occasionally featured in the regular setlist. The modern version emphasizes the ending vocals much more than the original, with Steven screaming to conclude the song.

 

Live Performances

03/22/1989 Charlotte NC USA Pteradactyl Club
The Brain has documented 16 Performances
The Brain has documented 7 Live Downloads available
05/23/2013 London England BBC Radio 6 Maida Vale Studio Steve Lamacq Show Download Available
09/15/2006 Oklahoma City OK USA The Zoo Ampitheater  
08/29/2006 Columbus OH USA WWCD CD101 Big Room  
04/04/2006 Toronto ON Canada Phoenix Concert Theatre  
04/01/2006 New York NY USA Webster Hall  
03/31/2006 New York NY USA Webster Hall Download Available
03/27/2006 San Francisco CA USA Bimbo's 365 Club Noise Pop  
03/15/2006 Austin TX USA Fox and Hound South By Southwest Download Available
05/23/1996 Austin TX USA Liberty Lunch  
05/10/1996 Seattle WA USA Moe's Download Available

 


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