Saturday, September 29, 2012

Congratulations on Your Decision to Become a Pilot
"When we were kids we built a treehouse from our neighbors' windows and if you get far enough away it looks like a giant eyeball"

Congratulations on Your Decision to Become a Pilot
Congratulations on Your Decision to Become a Pilot
(Aisle 2 Records, 2000)

There used to be a small CD store named musiCDrome near my old office that I hit on my lunch break on a regular basis. They had a dollar bin that afforded me many prizes over the few years they were around, and I missed them when they moved to a new location many, many miles away.

One of my favorite dollar bin finds at musiCDrome was the eponymous, and only, album by Congratulations on Your Decision to Become a Pilot. As soon as I saw the ridiculously long band name and super-stark cover art, I knew I had to at least give it a try. Luckily, they had a couple of CD players, so one could sample potential purchases before making a decision. I listened to a few seconds of the opening track and walked out with it moments later, $1.06 gone from my wallet.

Sadly, they split sometime after this album was released, but not before contributing the otherwise-unavailable track Tied Up Overhead to the Doubleplusgood Records Pop for Charity: Sound Progression compilation CD.

7 biased opinions:

Brushback said...

Yeah, this isn't that bad. That Jackyl track is crap, though.

Lightning Baltimore said...


I've endured much scorn over my love of Jackyl over the past two decades.

Brushback said...

I remember their video with the chainsaw in it (forget the name of the song); at the time it was kinda cool, because everything had really fallen down a hole as far as total generic hair metal goes, and so the Jackyl video was somewhat different at least.

But now I listen to it and I'm like, uh, this isn't that good...

Lightning Baltimore said...

That was probably "The Lumberjack," though the chainsaw has been used in a few other songs, too. I've been told before that my taste is completely random and unpredictable, so to each his own. :)

Brushback said...

Random and unpredictable is good, keeps people confused.

Biki said...

interesting, it sorta gets going into a groove and then takes an extreme turn, and goes a bit odd, then gets better again. i do like the heavy bit towards teh end of the song. the whole out of tune-ness of it really appeals to me.

Anonymous said...

I've got a copy of the "Tied Up Overhead" and another unreleased song on an old promo cassette tape called "Hookey" both from Congratulations On Your Decision To Become A Pilot. Good stuff, I can share, maybe?