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SUPER GOOD FUN (2009)

Unclassifiable... not because I'm breaking new ground here, but this album is a stylistic jumble. The guiding principle was to play fun music. So, like the other projects I have worked on over the years(esp. Headless Saints and Wide Awake), this one is a war between the different types of music that I love: 1. American/British pop 2. folk/blues 3. electronic grooves 4. experimental noise 5. ultra-bombastic arena rock Sometimes one type or the other dominates. Sometimes a sublime synthesis of styles occurs. Sometimes it's a real mess. Anyway, here it is.

WOW! (2010)

WOW! What a great album! Musical elements timewarped from the 50's 60's and 70's meet for a very 2010 lovefest. A Pop/Rock album on the whole. I'm calling it Alternative because of it's broad scope. Mainly a Mike Haley production, but with lots of key input from John Jones and Bob Haley, including the excellent Jones-penned "Hope Is Dead". Some of the more glaringly obvious influences on display: Beatles/Pink Floyd/MC5/Van der Graaf Generator/Tom Waits/Mahavishnu Orchestra/Carl Perkins/Black Keys If anyone misses the free-form noise experiments from last years' "Super Good Fun", they've moved to my other project, "The Chaos Council". Check it out.

The Good Times Never End (2011)

Another classic!! A little sloppier than past efforts but the songs are good and the feeling is there. Thank you John Jones for drums on "Crazy" and "Love You Still". Thank you Alan Bull for drums on "The Joker", "The Light Beyond the Door" and "What I Don't Know About You". Thank you Tom for writing "The Ayda-Mobile".

Kooks in Space (2014)

Super Good Fun is back with a concept album! I didn't set out to make a concept album, but I've been reading a lot of Sci-Fi lately and it bled through into my lyrics. So here it is, a soundtrack album for a space epic about, you guessed it, some kooks in space. Other than the space theme, it's pretty much like all the other SGF albums: Kitchen-sinky, some tunes, some noise, a hard rocker(Kickin'), a spacey jam(Sargasso), lots of gimmicky stuff thrown in whenever convenient, and mountains of mellotron. Special thanks to Tom for writing some great sequences on Caustic. This was all recorded on Audacity, with the keyboard sounds coming through Psycle, 2 awesome free music programs which really made these awesome sounds possible. Peace and Love to kooks everywhere.

Beyond Epic (2015)

A straight-up pop/rock album. Mostly heavy psychedelia with some experimental bits and a Dylan homage. Enjoy

EXP (2016)

EXP means "experimental". Or "Eternal Xylophone Power". Whatever. Hard jamming wins out over thoughtful compositions this year. Lyrics and vocals were mainly an afterthought. Very little keyboard/synthesizer. Lots of electric guitar. Plus the spectacular Anson Haley played drums on "Run Fast" and "EXP"! PLAY AT MAXIMUM VOLUME!!!!!

Avalon (2017)

Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream. SGF goes space-rock. Headphones recommended.

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BIOGRAPHY

Super Good Fun is Mike Haley and whoever is in the room while the tape is rolling.
The only rule is: It has to be fun.
I am a Pittsburgher transplanted to Cleveland then to Orient Point, Long Island. I have been a member of off-beat pop-rockers The Uninspired 5, prog-rock band Mother of Girls, and Kent, Ohio Alt-Punkers Ball Peen Gidget. Then followed two home-recording projects with friend John Jones, "Wide Awake and All Alone" in 1999, and "the Headless Saints of Tremont" in 2001. I have also contributed to the work of psych-pop super-hero Keith Kofron and was guitarist for the hard-rock/metal outfit Department of Degradation.

2009:Wife Karen, son Thomas, and brother-in-law Larry help inaugurate the Super Good Fun era of human history

For 2010, I got old friend John Jones and brother Bob on board to make major contributions via the "internets".

2011: John Jones returns and brother-in-law Alan lets me convert his living room into a drum studio for 2 days.

2014: Just me and Tom this time. Album written, recorded and mixed in 2 weeks. Whew!

2015: Just me and my overblown ego on this one. Lots of bombastic rock anthems and surreal/psychedelic imagery. A feast for the ears!

2016: Special guest drummer Anson Haley joins the Super Good Fun revolution this year. Fewer production gimmicks, more Rock! Lean and brutal, bad and beautiful!

2017: A journey into the psyche of a cosmic drifter. Welcome to the funhouse!

BAND MEMBERS
Mike Haley
Karen Haley
Thomas Haley
Larry Bull
John Jones
Bob Haley
Alan Bull
Anson Haley

YEARS COMPLETED
2009,2010,2011,2014,2015,2016,2017

GENRES
Unclassifiable, ,Psychedelic,Rock


Completed Albums

SUPER GOOD FUN(2009)

Unclassifiable... not because I'm breaking new ground here, but this album is a stylistic jumble. The guiding principle was to play fun music. So, like the other projects I have worked on over the years(esp. Headless Saints and Wide Awake), this one is a war between the different types of music that I love: 1. American/British pop 2. folk/blues 3. electronic grooves 4. experimental noise 5. ultra-bombastic arena rock Sometimes one type or the other dominates. Sometimes a sublime synthesis of styles occurs. Sometimes it's a real mess. Anyway, here it is.


01 Super Good Fun   (preferred)
02 Junkyard Chicken
03 That's Love
04 Bernanke's Railroad Blues
05 Captain Hotdog
06 Nobody's Fool
07 R. Buckminster Fuller
08 The Kind of Thing That You Say
09 The Propaganda Catapult
10 Peter Pan/Too Pretty To Die
11 The Land Beyond Oblivion
12 The Cloud Room
13 So Glad

WOW!(2010)

WOW! What a great album! Musical elements timewarped from the 50's 60's and 70's meet for a very 2010 lovefest. A Pop/Rock album on the whole. I'm calling it Alternative because of it's broad scope. Mainly a Mike Haley production, but with lots of key input from John Jones and Bob Haley, including the excellent Jones-penned "Hope Is Dead". Some of the more glaringly obvious influences on display: Beatles/Pink Floyd/MC5/Van der Graaf Generator/Tom Waits/Mahavishnu Orchestra/Carl Perkins/Black Keys If anyone misses the free-form noise experiments from last years' "Super Good Fun", they've moved to my other project, "The Chaos Council". Check it out.


Rainbow Car   (preferred)
The Return of Stingray
Hope Is Dead
Stick It to the Man
The Whiteness of the Whale
Love
A Crucifix Carved Out of a Rhino Horn
Al Haig
She Done Me Wrong
Lake of Fire

The Good Times Never End(2011)

Another classic!! A little sloppier than past efforts but the songs are good and the feeling is there. Thank you John Jones for drums on "Crazy" and "Love You Still". Thank you Alan Bull for drums on "The Joker", "The Light Beyond the Door" and "What I Don't Know About You". Thank you Tom for writing "The Ayda-Mobile".


1 - Crazy
2 - The Joker   (preferred)
3 - The Ayda-Mobile
4 - Love You Still
5 - Somewhere
6 - The Light Beyond the Door
7 - What_I_Dont_Know_About_You
8 - On the Ground
9 - One More Song

Kooks in Space(2014)

Super Good Fun is back with a concept album! I didn't set out to make a concept album, but I've been reading a lot of Sci-Fi lately and it bled through into my lyrics. So here it is, a soundtrack album for a space epic about, you guessed it, some kooks in space. Other than the space theme, it's pretty much like all the other SGF albums: Kitchen-sinky, some tunes, some noise, a hard rocker(Kickin'), a spacey jam(Sargasso), lots of gimmicky stuff thrown in whenever convenient, and mountains of mellotron. Special thanks to Tom for writing some great sequences on Caustic. This was all recorded on Audacity, with the keyboard sounds coming through Psycle, 2 awesome free music programs which really made these awesome sounds possible. Peace and Love to kooks everywhere.


Kooks in Space Theme
Galaxy Caravan
Chaos in Hyperspace
Sargasso in the Stars
Quasar Dance
Planet of Vampire Women
Android Party
Cosmic Disco
Alien Love Interlude
Kickin' It Old School
Space Drift
Make Freedom Happen
A Friend
Victory
The Coral Canyons of Your Mind

Beyond Epic(2015)

A straight-up pop/rock album. Mostly heavy psychedelia with some experimental bits and a Dylan homage. Enjoy


Do You Still Believe
Icarus
Mike Haley's American Idyll
Pinky Machine Gun
Captain Hotdog Saves the Day
Church of Cowboy, Indien, and Cheval
Sleeping in the Daytime
Tom Cruise
Red Heavy Blues
The Last Rock and Roll Song
It's Time for Love

EXP(2016)

EXP means "experimental". Or "Eternal Xylophone Power". Whatever. Hard jamming wins out over thoughtful compositions this year. Lyrics and vocals were mainly an afterthought. Very little keyboard/synthesizer. Lots of electric guitar. Plus the spectacular Anson Haley played drums on "Run Fast" and "EXP"! PLAY AT MAXIMUM VOLUME!!!!!


I'll Fight
The Black Eagle
New York Hassle
Run Fast
Nobody Knows
Read the Writing
EXP
Julian Forth and Officer Ailing
Sacrifice   (preferred)
Cosmic Prairie

Avalon(2017)

Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream. SGF goes space-rock. Headphones recommended.


Lonely At the Top   (preferred)
The Sacred Fool
If Words Have No Meaning
The Discarded Troll
The Love Planet
Elegy for Larry Coryell
The Child Blesses Us All
Avalon