I'll Repay You: A Benefit for John Fackler - featuring the songs of John Fackler and Jettison

by Kansas City Area Musicians

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This album is a benefit recording featuring the songs of John Fackler and Jettison as performed by a number of Kansas City bands and musical artists.

All proceeds from this album's sales go directly via Paypal to the account for gofundme.com/FundFackler to benefit John's medical and transportation needs so he may continue working and living the life that he wants to lead.

In other words, your money goes straight to the person who you are helping when you purchase this album.

Each album sold directly helps John get the wheelchair and van that he needs to live the life that he wants.

PLUS, every purchase gets you this album with John Fackler and Jettison's songs played wonderfully by Kansas City area musical artists and bands!

Thank you for your help.

So many great people worked so hard on this project. Please see each track for credits on who did what. These are all local Kansas City people who gave their time to help John Fackler get what he needs to live a better life, and he will try to repay each and every one of them in some way for such a kind and downright noble gesture for the rest of his life.

A special thank you must be given to Justin Petosa, who worked tirelessly on every aspect of this project to make sure it came into existence. He downplays his role, but it was crucial. Thank you, Justin.

A very amazing THANK YOU goes to Melissa Dehner who provided the beautiful artwork for the benefit album. Find more of her work at www.honeybeecreative.net

Unending gratitude to Chris Meck and John Velghe who both took evenings and HOURS out of their already very busy schedules to engineer these tracks. Thank you both.

A very loud (Good loud. Nice and punchy loud) thank you to Duane Trower who mastered everything at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO.

If you would like to learn more, please visit the following Web site:

www.gofundme.com/FundFackler

For the original Jettison recordings of these songs, please visit this Bandcamp page:
fundfackler.bandcamp.com/album/the-original-jettison-tapes


Here are the liner notes about each track as well as the track credits:

********************Temperature Drop********************
Written by John Fackler, though he could have never imagined those horns. He is very happy with those horns. Bridge has been expanded into the dream sequence it was always intended to be by this amazing band. Fackler has been told that Chris Wagner had a lot to do with that part of the arrangement, but is not completely sure to what degree. John does know that John Velghe came up with those horn lines on his guitar before showing it to his horn section, who elevated the outro to a level approaching the heavens. John really likes those horns. Listen to that pedal steel. John Fackler really likes that last chorus. It kind of blew his mind. Also, that drummer. Oh man. John Fackler can't even begin to talk about the vocals. We will be here all day if he starts.

John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons are:

John Velghe - vocals, guitar, etc..
Mike Alexander - guitars and vocals
Chris Wagner - bass guitar and vocals
Giuliano Mingucci - drums
Josh Quint - Pedal Steel
Michael Walker - Trombone
Sam Hughes - Saxophones (plural)
Hermon Mehari - Trumpet

Studios:
Whisker Gables, KCMO - Chris Meck
Guttersnipe Recording Co., KCMO - John Velghe

Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO


********************Closer Then********************
Written by John Fackler, but influenced completely by Revolvers (and Husker Du). John remembers seeing Revolvers play numerous times and wanting so bad to be as good as them. This was an early attempt at that concept.

Now it is a Revolvers song. Fackler could not be happier with the results. He views it as an absolute honor.

Buddy - Drums
Mike - Guitar
Chris - Bass
Justin - Vocals

Studio:
Whisker Gables, KCMO - Chris Meck

Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO

********************Severed Strings********************
Written by John Fackler, but influence heavily by Armchair Martian, who--oh man--was one of the best bands ever. CRAZILY enough, the bass player on that album by Armchair that John loved so dearly sings and plays guitar on this song! John loves how this all works out, and thinks it's a little bit like living in a dream. All the changes this band made to John Fackler's song are Fackler-Approved.

Steven Garcia - guitar, vocals
Tracy Flowers - bass, vocals
Pat Tomek - drums

Studio:
Whisker Gables, KCMO - Chris Meck

Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO

********************Up To Zero********************
Written by John Fackler, whose own version does not make him cry a little during the second verse.

The Dead Ven version does make him cry, but just a little, during the second verse. Reportedly.

This song was always a country song in hiding. John grew up punk, then discovered Dylan and Hank. This song is a 20 year old's attempt at something like that. The Jettison version is still a little country. You know, that "No Depression" sound or whatever.

But Dead Ven's version...

It blew John's mind.

Listen to that fiddle.

Listen to this man's voice. Man.

Ven Smith - guitar and vocals
Katie Benyo - fiddle
John Velghe - 12-string guitar and harmonica

Studio:
Guttersnipe Recording Co., KCMO - John Velghe

Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO


********************Doubleback********************
Written by John Fackler, though he could never make this song sound or work like he wanted.

Chad Rex made this song sound and work like John always wanted. Listen to that guitar solo! Chad is one of John's favorite guitar players of all time. Everything John THINKS he is doing on guitar, Chad actually IS doing on guitar. John might just give up guitar and call Chad next time to do the guitar parts.

All the other stuff on the track? That's Chad also. Fackler heard through the grapevine that Chad said this song was a really good mesh of Husker Du and Rush. He would totally be correct, but John makes it a rule to never admit out loud that he sorta likes Rush sometimes, and would rather say this was a "Owner of a Lonely Heart" era Yes influence played by Husker Du, but he probably won't say that out loud either.


Chad Rex - Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocals

Studio:
Hot Door Studios - Chad Rex

Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO


********************What I Set Out To Do********************
Written by John Fackler, who has come to terms with his own version of the song, after a long and difficult history with it.

Ben Summers' version has a vulnerability that John now knows he should have never suppressed. Thank you, Ben. John is very moved by your version.

Ben Summers - Accoustic and Electric Guitars, Vocals
Jimmy Fitzner - Harmony vocals
John Velghe - Piano

Studio:
Guttersnipe Recording Co., KCMO - John Velghe

Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO


********************I'll Repay You********************
Written by John Fackler, who doesn't have all the words necessary to describe how much he loves this version by Suicide Robins, but he will try.

1. So punk. John is a big fan of this type of punk. The "get up and form a band!" type.
2. He loves how in-your-fucking-face it is
3. He LOVES the backup vocals, especially before the "guitar solo" of which he never wrote one, and one still remains unwritten on this version with Melissa playing guitar. John would have it no other way. Just hit the guitar with your hand and make it make a loud noise. That's good enough. Maybe slam your guitar against your amplifier. Try to draw blood. That should do it.

John's version was always "Please come back, please".

Suicide Robins' version is more "Fuck you"

John loves this difference.

Members: Melissa - Guitar/Vocals
Don Dawn - Drums/Vocals
Mike - Bass/Vocals

Studios:
Whisker Gables, KCMO - Chris Meck

Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO


********************Porcelain********************
Written by John Fackler, but would not exist without Revolvers or Mike A. This was an attempt to really play fast. Sometimes John had trouble keeping up with the rest of his band, who were much, much better players than he was. Much.

Mike has no problem keeping up. Buddy throws the song into the stratosphere and then gives it a kick and laughs at it. Chris, as usual, plays the bass parts that make John go "Yes. That. That is it. That is bass."

The first time John heard Mike's vocal on this track, he turned to Mike halfway through and said "It's fun to sing, isn't it?"

Mike just chuckled a little and nodded.

Mike A. - Guitar/Vocals
Chris Wagner - Bass/Vocals
Jon "Buddy" Paul - Drums

Studios:
Whisker Gables, KCMO - Chris Meck
Guttersnipe Recording Co., KCMO - John Velghe

Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO

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released May 20, 2016

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Track Name: Temperature Drop - John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons
It may seem
I won’t adhere to this
But the times I've tried
Always seemed so hit or miss

She's the one with the hourglass in her hand
I'm the one with the second hand wrapped around my neck

Feel my temperature drop
With every thought for her
But these tired lungs
Haven't had a thing to breathe today
To say these things

She's the one with the hourglass in her hand
I'm the one with the second hand wrapped around my neck

Feel my temperature drop
I'm asleep
And I can dream, here, anything
And I don't feel alone
When she comes to wake me up

If my conscious ain’t got a clue
Then my conscience isn't being used
She saves up all her time
Wrapped in her fingers while it slips through mine

She's the one with the hourglass in her hand
I'm the one with the second hand wrapped around my neck
Feel my temperature
Drop
Track Name: Closer Then - Revolvers
Turn these lights out
And shut me down
I've stopped holding
On to you now

And it won't get closer then

At the time it seemed that anything could go

You've stopped talking
I'm leaving soon
You're still staying
Down in my room

And it won't get closer then

At the time it seemed that anything could go for you

Look at us both in the mirror
Without me you're much clearer

And I won't get closer then

At the time it seemed that anything could go
Anything could go for you
Track Name: Severed Strings - Deco Auto
These hollow bones can't hold me up now
You would take it all if you could
Now wouldn't you
Heighten gravity until I fail
Hold me down and I'll disconnect

I'm gone
With these severed strings
Stretching miles behind
But I can't let go of you

And the wind burns on my skin here
And it waters my eyes, this velocity
'Til I can't tell which way is up
Lost the bearing to navigate

I'm gone
With these severed strings
Stretching miles behind
But I can't let go of you
I fall back to the ground it seems
Fall back to the ground
I've got the strength
But I can't make it work

I fall back to the ground it seems
Fall back to the ground
I've got the strength
But I can't make it work
I can't make it work
Track Name: Up To Zero - Dead Ven
Every time I get close to you
We talk and then you have to go
Guess I'll see you in the summertime
I won't lose my mind

We can catch up on the old times
Old friends I never cared to know
And it doesn't matter anyway
You're leaving any day
And it adds up to zero

Adds up to zero
Adds up to zero again
Adds up to zero again

You were talking with your eyes closed
Smiling like you knew just what to do
We were driving in the blue car
Down the country roads
Miles away from your school
We were talking like we had all day
We never watched the minute hand go around
And it's my fault
You're gone again

All adds up to zero
Adds back up to zero again
All adds up to zero again

And I don't know why I'll see you
Only ends in memories
God only knows why I need you
Guess I didn't want to lose sight

All adds up to zero
Adds back up to zero again
All adds up to zero again
Track Name: Doubleback - Chad Rex
Would it seem low
If I didn't want to see you
I stood in the freezing rain
And watched you drive (away)

Is it any wonder
Does it really matter

Would you blame me
Could you even bother
Watched ‘til you were out of sight
Then I turned and you doubled back

If I gave you what you gave me
You'd be standing holding nothing
You'd be standing holding nothing

If I gave you what you gave me
You'd be standing holding nothing
Is it any wonder
Does it really matter
Does it really now
Track Name: What I Set Out To Do - Ben Summers
As it stands
She's never going to hang around again
Wish I could see her
Every time I do
It just gets worse

Wish I had told her
Every time I tried
I’d get tied up

Now I'm out of time
And not in the frame of mind

Wish I could do
What I set out to do
Wish I didn't hold my hand out
I can't be alone

As it stands
She caught me going back and forth again
I tried to keep my mouth shut
Ended up no use

As it stands
She's never going to see my face again
I'm tied to
I'm tied to her
I'm tied to her

And I wish I could do
What I set out to do
Wish I didn't hold my hand out
I can't be alone

Do
What I set out to do
Wish I didn't hold my hand out
I can't be alone
Track Name: I'll Repay You - Suicide Robins
It’s happened more than once
And I know
It's gonna come through now
It's like I thought so many times before
Didn't say a word 'til now

As long as I can see what's going on
I can get to thinking
You’re coming back again

These last few days with the television on
Waiting for the phone to ring
I got myself to thinking I was wrong
I’ll never be right again

As long as you can tell me where I belong
I can get to thinking
You’re coming back again

Give me the price and
I'll repay you
Or you can give me the place
And I'll meet you
I'll meet you

As long as you can tell me where I belong
I can get to thinking
You’re coming back again
Coming back again
Track Name: Porcelain - Hipshot Killer
You’re like a porcelain doll
It seems your face is blue
Your face is blue

You stopped breathing now
Your words: I “did this to you”
I “did this to you”

This mess is in my
This mess is in my hands
This mess is in my
This mess is in my hands

So I'll burn this time with you
This ain't my home
You’re not my home
I’ve stopped breathing now I'm blue
You're not my home
You're not my home

This mess is in my
This mess is in my hands
This mess is in my
This mess is in my hands

And the message on the phone says you won't call again
And the message in my mind says you're not here
And I can't stand to see another day

This mess is in my
This mess is in my hands
This mess is in my
This mess is in my hands

And I can't stand to see you any more
Wish you'd walk out the door
And leave