Bald Spot Dawning

by The Scent

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The beginning and the end of an era.... all in one.

The very last weeks of the 1980's.
The first proper album by The Scent. And yet the last recordings The Scent would do in California before their life changing voyage to Virginia.

Recorded & mixed in 10 hours on 8 tracks, December 18 & 20 1989 at Zou-Zou Studio, Gardena California by Erik Missak Ter-Sarkissian at a total cost of $146.39. “Flip It” was recorded at Rancho Audio, San Pedro California. "Moco Mix” was done live at Electric Papas, San Pedro California, both free of charge.

Remastered February 2017 from the original 1/4" 2 track by Analog Cabin Recordings®


released February 27, 2017

Scott Dougan, Erik Korte & Thom Lynch and the mighty Alesis HR-16 preformed on almost all tracks with help from Ruben Espinoza on “Flip It”, Eddie on "Oh Eddie" and a Boss DR-220 on "Moco Mix"

Cover art by Kirstin Korte
Most special thanks to Jim Hospe



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Born out of non-necessity in San Pedro, California. Continuing to make music no matter how many decades it takes to complete.

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Track Name: Dragnet

Saw you in the deep blue water standing all around you
Steel hull black grey concrete re-bar ballast
Oh-oh dragnet baby big black boat dragnet baby
'Twas on a brillig night I could see it through yonder smog
Bowsprint mast and hangin' boom nine sails it was a sailors tomb
Oh oh... take a break Oh oh... I'm not one to make a mistake
Will Conjetta's rust consume? Will she see the bottom of the lake?
Shaggy daggy and a kinda draggy ragged & bragged and I waved goodbye
Track Name: Moth

Flippin' through the window like a dirty piece of paper
Lighting on nothing not on the butter
Flittering upward twittering vapor
Spastically spinning caught in a flutter
To the light on the ceiling then falling back down
Bumping and hopping but making no sound
In a fast bit of struggle then tossing again
Like a torn paper bag or an old grey rag
Track Name: Yentle

What was it that I said to make you want me to be far away from you?
Track Name: Humiliator

Rolling wrecked avocado pouch I look like my car when I get off the couch
Stagger down stairs squeakily sweater snags fake manzanita tree
I can't find a comb to start this heap it's as much fun to drive as it is to sleep
Get this shoe on the road off the street it fires up like a piccolo pete
Coughing puffing downhill sprint 80 mile an hour just to make it up again
Okay man what's the knackwurst? It's the rusty pine box no shock hearse
Putting around in a bucket is fine this rickety metal shack ain't even mine
Can't hang with this shake & bake & rumble driving this car will make you humble
You were a sweet a sweet car once
It stands true that you ran smooth
Now you are just an old boot
But you are the pride of Lou
Driving through hysteria hockenberry area
Track Name: Cauliflower Ear
"Cauliflower Ear"

You always call me on the telo-line my ear is feeling like a watermelon rind
Help me out don't call again write a letter use your pen
My ear is going to have a fit you call me up and chew on it
Tell me what you want from me my time is really not for free
I'm tired of having this cauliflower ear
Help me get it of the telephone line
I'm tired of having this cauliflower ear
Track Name: Oh Eddie
"Oh Eddie"

Oh Eddie can't you see what you're doing to you what you're doing to me
Mr. Larossa said "We need to cut it back"
Oh Eddie help me out it was a piece of 949 not a piece of 941 don't you see what you have done?
Jose' cut me some slack I don't need your stupid mouse trap
I need another white slip I didn't charge you for the last trip
Connie cut out I've got enough to worry about
You're not the boss don't play around just tape my check to the door in the back
Track Name: Work Is For Suckers
"Work Is For Suckers"

I need more sleep if I'm gonna sit still
But when I'm working I work better with less
In this case less is more
I need more sleep if I'm gonna sit still
But when I'm working I work better with less
Less is more in this case
Odd but true what's on TV
Track Name: Marmalade

Watchdog lie-back 510 borderline
Cauliflower toe-hold... dihedrals away
Mickey Mouse "hi there, Klaus", grandma's house... team teen
Vitamins ball point pens coffee sugar and cream
Laundromats lactose Letterman... slide-bone
Bee pollen car stalling hangin' 5 with Raul (in the big house)
Track Name: The Justified Hairdoo
"The Justified Hairdoo"

The hairdoo can show them who dwells inside the real fool you
You say I've got a point there hence Your Mickey Mouse hairdoo is making me tense
The man with the image the dud with the stuff
He's maxin' on flimsy he's a cream-puff
The babe with the look she never read a book
The poor tease girl her intentions they're mistook
The justified hairdoo smile with the zest for life
Strut you are the gimmick you feel like a million bucks
(This is the real me)