Let Me Be Your Liquor Man
Confession: Liquor Man may sound like a joyful bender gone sonic, but Liquor Man is not a party song. Quite the opposite. It’s a song about succumbing to an awful genetic inevitability, about acquiescing to alcoholism. That was a real fear of mine back then, even as I knew I was doing exactly that. When I was screaming my ass off in that song, that was an honest expression of emotion. I was angry, frustrated, and resentful. The rage and pain were real. The giveaway is the bridge: “I got good genes in me.”
I wrote it as tongue-in-cheek joke, but I guess it really wasn’t that funny. I quit drinking on January 2nd, 2020, deciding that I would not let my “good genes” dictate the course of my life.
I still enjoy playing the song now and again with my new band, and a version of it is available on the Today, Satan! EP. There are three versions of the song presented here. Version one is the Minni-Thins’ single, as used for a dirt biking promo video out of British Columbia. The second is a clip of The Minni-Thins performing the song live, and the third is the music video for the Shiny Red Nothing studio version of the tune.