Super Good Fun
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!
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! 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.
A straight-up pop/rock album. Mostly heavy psychedelia with some experimental bits and a Dylan homage. Enjoy
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!!!!!
Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream. SGF goes space-rock. Headphones recommended.