When I was in high school, my band was called The Raid. We played this song, "Crazy Baby", at the 1983 Ithaca High School Talent Show. The music is heavily influenced by two bands I listened to a lot that year: The Police and The Who. I'd been grooving on The Who's song "Eminence Front" a lot, and this has some similarities. At least that's what I remember about my contribution to the song writing, which was usually done during rehearsals by all three of us honing parts together. Tim wrote the lyrics in the wake of Mark David Chapman's insanity plea in the trial for murdering John Lennon.
This was recorded in Moonfish Studios in Ithaca, NY, in the summer of 1983. The band was about to go on a hiatus as Andy and Tim started college, and we wanted to get a recording of the band at it's most-rehearsed peak before an uncertain future. We recorded the guitar, bass, and drums live then overdubbed the vocals. This Moonfish tape of five songs ended up on the album The Raid.
Thanks for listening!
Crazy Baby You come mostly at night when the world's asleep Your master orders you or a spectre speaks Keep your promise any way that you can But if they catch you -never again You've broken all the bars on your old playpen You've wandered off to play with your toys again Your complex mind leaves a shadow of doubt As to just what this world's about And they call you crazy baby You seem so sane They'd never think that you were at it again They'll never catch you crazy baby We hear cries in the night but it's not you Some innocent victim, but somehow we knew You wouldn't be like the other boys You wouldn't want to play with normal toys And it could be anyone that you seek With five fatal shots you made round glasses break Men of all parties have been gunned down Kings have been thrown from under their crown Tim Odell --- 3&27 December 1981