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A post-apocalyptic roach
I don’t know when to quit
Outlived my scene
And the junkies, punks and skids

I'm always skating on the edge
Living breath to breath
Giving up the ghosts
They're never coming back

It's been a long, long time

Comparing ink, revealing scars
Hanging out in bars
Trading stories
Of the wars we never fought

You know my memory is shot
I just can’t place the face
Were we enemies?
Or friends?
In another life

It’s been a long, long time

Put out to pasture, put on ice
Wouldn't that be nice?
But I’ll never know
The meaning of the word retire

And while our heads were in the cloud
The whole world went to hell
And all we got was
This lousy abandoned mall

It's been a long, long time


from Long Long Time b​/​w Jezzie's Dance, released September 4, 2020


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Thoughts Detecting Machines Normal, Illinois

Rick Valentin spent a good part of the past 30 years touring and recording with the indie guitar group Poster Children. He also spent the '90s playing synthesizers with the instrumental electronic combo Salaryman. Thoughts Detecting Machines is Rick armed with only a guitar and laptop, building loops into songs that are simultaneously emotional and mechanical. ... more

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