WEIRD PAUL / Paul Petroskey DISCOGRAPHY
 

The following is a list of all releases that Paul Petroskey has appeared on or played on. It includes availabiliy (never released tapes are included because most of them were borrowed and copied by people at some point, thus making them more or less "available"), year of release and other notes.

 

WEIRD PAUL IN 2-D (1984) and YOU CAN'T STOP SATIRE (1985)
(never released)


Paul's first two recordings (about a half hour each) were re-recorded later in 1985 as DRUNK DIVER DOWN.

 

 

 

 

DRUNK DIVER DOWN (1985)
(never released)


Paul's first full length (45 mins) cassette is all rerecorded versions of the songs on his first two never released EPs. 9 of the 13 songs are about Paul's 8th grade teachers, Mr. Lebbeda and Mr. Deal. All the songs are sang over top of popular hits of the day, such as "Beat it, Mr. Lebbeda", a'la Weird Al's parodies.

 

BEATEN WITH THE UGLY STICK (1986)
(never released)

4 of the 12 songs are Paul "playing" the guitar - the other 8 are again, Paul singing over top of other songs with new lyrics - "Crazy Train" as "Gravy Train", etc. "I'm a Guitar" and "I Went Over My Friend's House" from this tape were later re-recorded and released on other cassettes. The cover features Paul being hit with a big stick by his dad.

 

 

IN CASE OF FIRE THROW THIS IN (1986)
(never released)

This was recorded a year earlier than the "legal one" and features totally different songs, but the same cover. 5 of the 19 songs are "sing over the original" parodies. Five of the songs on this tape also appear on "the legal one", others were re-recorded for other future tapes.

 

 

SEEKING THE DEATH PENALTY (1986)
(never released)

5 of the 19 are again parodies (including the later released "Toilet Seat" based on John Mellencamp's "Rumble Seat". "Simulated Wood" (the first song Paul wrote with power chords) appears in a rough form. Most of the other songs have never been released. The cover is a photograph of an ace of spades playing card.



 
HALF LIVE PETROSKEY (1987)
(never released)

This tape has 14 live songs (a couple of which can probably be seen on the WHO'S THAT IDIOT? video release), from concerts given in Paul's house. The other 6 songs are studio tracks and include "My Father's Toe". Cover is a photo of Paul lying on the couch holding props from the covers of his past tapes.
 
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PETROSKEY (1987/1989) (never released) Paul's last home recording before he began releasing his tapes for sale. It starts out with the 19 minute "Concept Track" which was later released in an edition of 10 copies. Of the 15 other songs, a few again are parodies and some are sung with Paul playing the music. "X-Mark", "Weed Killer" and other songs were later on other tapes. The original tape was borrowed in 1987 by a guy named Al Richardson who never returned it. "The Concept Track" had been copied prior to this loss, but the rest of the tape was lost. These songs were re-done in 1989 for the tape that now exists in Paul's archives.
 

IN CASE OF FIRE THROW THIS IN
(THE LEGAL ONE) (1987) R&R001

32 songs. The first 30 copies of the cassette have a slightly different cover (same as the unreleased version) but was then re-taken after Giant Eagle lost the negative. Early copies have Paul billed as "Off the wall Paul". This was released on CD in 2006.

 

 

I NEED A PENCIL SHARPENER (1988) R&R002


32 songs. The first 20 copies came with a free piece of "Tiger Taffy". Early copies have Paul billed as "Off the wall Paul". This was released on CD in 2006.

 
PURPLE LIFESAVER (1988)
Edition of one copy, sent to California Pa's radio station WVCS. Has songs from the first 2 Weird Paul tapes, plus other songs, most of which were released on side two of THE CONCEPT TRACK cassette. The whereabouts of this tape are currently unknown.
 

I WANT CAKE NOW (1988) SSS24
This cassette features 27 songs taken from R&R001 and R&R002 and was released by Manny Thiener's SSS label.

 

 

 

 

 

BILLY JOEL LIKES CAKES/RAMONESYLVANIA (1988)

A release of 3 copies (one in Paul's archives, one sent to CMU radio station WRCT and one given away in the first R&R contest). All the songs are "sing over the original parodies" of Billy Joel and Ramones' songs. The Billy Joel half was released in 2000.

 

NOW I BLOW MY ABC'S (1989) R&R003

26 songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. With Ed (a-go-go) on drums. Released on CD in 2007.

 

 

 

 

LIVE AT THE UNDERGROUND (1989) R&R004


43 live songs on a 90 minute cassette, recorded at The Underground in California, Pa. Also features Ed (a-go-go) on drums. This was released on CD in 2007.

 

 

 

OTHELLO (1989) R&R005

Othello was a band comprised of Paul and his sister Linda. This tape was released of just some of the many recordings they made.

 

 

 

THE PETROSKEY COMPILATION (1989) R&R006

This tape features songs by every member of the Petroskey family, even Paul's Mom and Dad. Paul's five songs are 4 previously released tracks, plus a cover of "I Only Wanna Be With You". (This cassette is
no longer available).

 

 

 

INTERVIEW/JAMMING CASSETTE (1989)

This no longer available tape was a recording of a live Weird Paul interview/performance on radio station WRCT, along with loose versions of previously released songs.

 

 

 
WRCT (1989)
This was a tape manipulations piece Paul recorded under the fake artist name of "Dead Studio Audience", featuring WRCT djs, including Manny Theiner and Brian Welcker. A single copy was "released" to the possession of the radio station. It is unknown if it was ever played on the air. The track was played live once, at the first and only Dead Studio Audience concert in 2005.
 

DOES ANYONE WANT THIS? (1989) R&R007


Cassette of 32 songs. This was released on CD in 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

SONGS FOR SANTA (1989)

Side one is Paul playing various Christmas songs, including a few originals ("Santa Got Sent Out to the Fat Farm). Side two is Paul reading Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Released on CD in 2006.

 

 

 

THE TALERAMA COMP. (1990)

Things That Go Records, ReadySet1 -- a cassette featuring songs by all the bands that played at a Pittsburgh "talent show". Paul's track is "You Can Own Your Own Home Without Even Breaking My Heart" (live). (no longer available).

 

 

THE CONCEPT TRACK (1990) R&R008

This tape was a limited edition of 10 copies (which sold out quickly). It includes previously unreleased songs from the tapes THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PETROSKEY and PURPLE LIFESAVER.

 

 

YOUR FAVORITE GUM (1990) (never released)

The title and cover from this cassette were used ten years later on the Home-aid CD release. The songs on this tape mostly showed up on MY LAST TAPE, although there are some that are still unreleased (a few came out on the home-aid CD and still more show up on THE MESS OF WEIRD PAUL).

 

 

 

 

CATS IN OUR BACKYARD (1990) Peas Kor 003

Karl Hendricks' label, Peas Kor, put out this cassette of Pittsburgh bands doing 2 tracks each. Paul's are "Great Gal" and "I Must Ask Myself" (never released elsewhere). The tape came with a booklet with each band using a page for whatever they wanted. (this tape is no longer available).

 

 

 

 
BILLY JOEL STILL LIKES CAKES/ANGRY SAMOAS AND OTHER DELIGHTS (1990)
(unreleased)

A "sequel" to BILLY JOEL LIKES CAKES, the first half of this tape was releaesed in 2000. The second side is Paul playing/singing along to other bands' songs (adding vocal or instrument). The Angry Samoans are one band, thus the title.

 

SUCKING CHEST WOUND (1990) POP BUS 001/R&R011

500 copy pressing of Paul's first 7" sold out fairly quickly. POP BUS became Manny Theiner's 7" label. The cover art was drawn by Mr. HCI of The Happy Flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

MY LAST TAPE (1990) R&R012

Cassette of 30 songs. This was released on CD in 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

ACU-PUNK-TURE (1990)

From a series of comps released by Zugang fanzine (in which Paul did an infamous interview), this tape features two (otherwise unavailable) Weird Paul tracks, "Eat Your Meat (That Fell on the Floor)" and "Mr. Mailman". (no longer available).

 

 

 

 

 

WRCT 7" (1991)

This 7" was put out by CMU radio station WRCT and mostly sent to other stations across the country. It features preformances by bands that played live on the station and includes a track by "Weird Paul", "Pizza Man (live)".

 

 

 

 

 

NOW YOU'RE GETTING SILLY (1991) Peas Kor 005
This was the third cassette by Karl Hendricks, released on his own label. Paul appears doing a spoken intro to the song, "Punk Rock Superstar".

 

 

 

 

 

THE SHIRLEY FEENEY PROJECT (1991) R&R013
This tape features songs written by Paul and Jennifer McFeely. Paul plays guitar and other instruments on the tape, as well as singing on some tracks, two of which, "Pandamonium" and "Feeding Squirrels Fire" were also concurrently released on LO FIDELITY, HI ANXIETY. (this tape is now out of print).

 

 

 
MISSING TWO TEETH (1991) R&R014
A cassette produced by Paul, featuring one side of songs by his sister, "Wacko" Sheila and the other by his brother "Little" Ward. Paul wrote the music for some of the songs and can be heard playing guitar on those songs. Sheila's songs include "My Best Friend is Speak'n Math", a song she had written several years earlier and that Paul had covered on the "Who's That Idiot?" concert video.
 
LO FIDELITY, HI ANXIETY (1991) HMS 166

Homestead records released this now hard to find album on LP, cassette and CD. The songs are half never before released and half newly recorded versions of songs from past cassettes. The LP contains 2 tracks not on the CD or cassette, "Nacho Sin Casa" and "Harangue" (new recordings of these songs originally on I NEED A PENCIL SHARPENER).
The cover art was drawn by "Little" Ward Petroskey.


 

A WHAT? (1992/1993)
(unreleased)

Paul put out no new music for the two years after his mainstream debut. He did, however, record this archival cassette, copies (with no cover art) of which were given to a few handfuls of people. Three of the 28 songs have still never been released; the others were all put out on either BEST SLED EVER, THE PROLIFERATION OF MATTER, THE MESS OF WEIRD PAUL or the I WAS A TEENAGE IDEALIST 7".

 

 

I WAS A TEENAGE IDEALIST (1994)

This 7" was released in a pressing of 500 copies (still available) by Yary Hluchan's Corrugated label (Yary was also responsible for the Weird Paul t-shirts, one of which can be seen being worn by Chris Xefos of King Missile on the cover of their "My Heart is a Flower" CD single). The three songs are not available elsewhere.

 

 

 

WORM IN MY EGG CREAM (1994) R&R015

Another of the sing over a recording style releases, this one is different in that all the music is instrumentals. All 16 songs are called "Worm in my Egg Cream" and were all inspired by a scene in the film "Squirm". This was released on CD in 2006.

 

 

 

 
IN THE BLEACHERS (1995)
This was the theme song for a local (Bethel Park) public access sports show. The lyrics were written by Paul's father, Ward. The vocals and music were performed by Paul. It was played every week at the start of the program for awhile and may still be in use.
 

THE RESIDENTS UNMASKED! (1995) Ecto30
Paul has one track ("Weight Lifing Lulu") on this three tape set of bands doing Residents' covers, that was released by Oklahoma's Ecto label. (Not known if this set is still available).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RESIDENTS UNMASKED! 2 (1995) Ecto41
This single tape of "leftovers" from the 3 tape set features 3 more Paul Petroskey Residents' covers: "March De La Winni", "Melon Collie Lassie" and "Possessions". (Again, not known if this tape is still available).

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST SLED EVER (1995) R&R016

Cassette of 26 songs. This was released on CD in 2006.

 

 

 

 

THE PROLIFERATION OF MATTER (1996) R&R017

Cassette of 27 songs. This was released on CD in 2006.

 

 

 

 

THE BLAZING BULKHEADS (1998)

Paul's band from 1996-1998. The cassette is all live material (the band never went into the studio) and about half of the 24 songs are newly written, with the other half being live versions of previously released Weird Paul songs. This was released on CD in 2006.

 

 

 

 

THE DAME THAT DROVE ME NUTS (1999) R&R018

Cassette of 25 songs. The first of two releases by "Paul Petroskey" (without the "Weird"). This was released on CD in 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR FAVORITE GUM (2000) HAR005/R&R 030

Home-aid recordings released this 12 track, half hour CD/cassette by Paul. A contest to name the atari game heard in the song "Please Don't Break My Atari" was won in May, 2002, by Josh Bell. The answer is "Pressure Cooker". The CD was re-released in 2006 by Paul on his Rocks & Rolling label.

 

 

 

 

PINE 'N LOSE (2000) R&R020


Cassette of Paul reading the over 100 poems he wrote between 1989-1999. A limited edition of 10 copies. (No longer available).

 

 

 

BILLY JOEL LIKES CAKES (2000) R&R021

A single cassette that compiles the two previously unavailable tapes BILLY JOEL LIKES CAKES and BILLY JOEL STILL LIKES CAKES. This was released on CD in 2006, with 3 bonus tracks.

 

 
THE ROCKS & ROLLING COMPILATION (2000) R&R022
Weird Paul has a (unreleased elsewhere) track on this cassette comp ("The Savage Seven"). Paul also performs on the following songs on the tape: Guitar on "Dust in the Wind" (The Songs SIngers), Guitar on "I'm Growing Hair Every Day" (Wacko Sheila and the Cellos), Guitar and vocal on "Diggin' a Sick Hole" (Rectal Pencil), all the instruments on "Inside Your Brain" (Tristan Petroskey) and Guitar and Vocal on "Guardians of Hell" (Othello).
 

GO DOWN FIGHTING, COME UP SMILING (2001) HardTravelin'01

Weird Paul's band, The Blissful Idiots, had their first and only ever released song ("I Hate To Be Right All the Time") on this Pittsburgh bands compilation CD. (The song "Here Comes My Heart" on I PUNCH YOU!, originally by the band M.O.T.O., is actually also The Blissful Idiots.)

 

 

2001 (2001) R&R023

Cassette/CD of 24 songs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MESS OF WEIRD PAUL (2002) R&R026

Cassette of outtakes and extra songs recorded during the sessions for Weird Paul albums all the way from 1987-2001! Last Weird Paul album to be released on cassette. This was just released on CD in 2007.

 

WEIRD COOKIE (2002) R&R027

A CD of songs by Paul's son, Tristan Petroskey. Produced by Paul and featuring instumentation by Paul on 8 songs.

 

ADVANCED CALCULUS (2003) TBAM005

This compilation CD was released by Doug Luce, producer of Carnegie Mellon University radio station WRCT's live bands show "Advanced Calculus". 28 songs by Pittsburgh Bands who played live on the show include "Human Eye" by Weird Paul. This CD was distributed nationally by Matador Records.

 

 

I PUNCH YOU! (2004) R&R029

CD of 22 songs.

 

 

 
WEIRD PAUL: A LO FIDELITY DOCUMENTARY (2006) R&R031

CD release of the soundtrack of Stacey Goldschmidt's documentary on Weird Paul. 26 songs include the 24 that are heard in the movie. There are songs previously released on Lo Fidelity, Hi Anxiety, 2001, I Need a Pencil Sharpener, In Case of Fire Throw This In, Sucking Chest Wound, Your Favorite Gum and The Blazing Bulkheads, as well as three songs from Tristan Petroskey's Weird Cookie.

There are also never before released live versions of 4 songs, and acoustic versions of songs only heard in the movie. This CD also features the only release of the music video version of "I Got Drunk at Chuck E. Cheese". There are also two bonus songs not heard in the movie: "I Dropped My Almond Joy Bar (MySpace version)" and "Human Eye 2006".
 

MEDICALLY NECESSARY (2006) R&R032

CD of 22 songs.

 

 

 

 

BRAINS ARE SERVED- HALLOWEEN COMPILATION6 (2006)

Paul has a not-elsewhere released song ("I Don't Wanna Go To Camp Crystal Lake") on the 2006 volume of this annual CD compilation release.

 

 

PARTY IN MY PALM - A TRIBUTE TO BARNES AND BARNES (2007) wd77

Paul does a cover of "De Pumped Out Blues" on Wood Records' Barnes and Barnes ("FishHeads") tribute album.

 

THE ORDER (2007)
Paul recorded guitar and back-up vocals on this song by ERIC AND THE ELECTRIC MP3 PLAYER in 2006. The next year, it was performed live by the artist, using the track Paul played/sang on as back-up.


CHUCK & DANIELLE (2007)
Paul was commissioned by Brendan Weeks of Maryland to write and record a song for his friends' wedding as a gift. The song was "released" into the sole possession of Mr. Weeks. It was hailed as "an instant classic" and the groom referred to it as "maybe one of the best presents we got".


RIPPP - PRODUCTION PROCEDURES PRODUCTIONS HALLOWEEN COMP 2007 (2007)

The Weird Paul Rock Band had their first ever released song ("Murder Garage") on the 2007 volume of this annual CD compilation release. The song was not released elsewhere.


VIOLENCE WITH VIOLINS (2007)

Paul wrote the lyrics and performed the vocals on this collaboration with Microscope in 2006. The next year, it was released to the Microscope MySpace page - www.myspace.com/microscope

 

ELECTDEAD - PRODUCTION PROCEDURES PRODUCTIONS HALLOWEEN COMP 2008 (2008)
The Weird Paul Rock Band had their second released song ("Beasties") on the 2008 volume of this annual CD compilation release. The song was not released elsewhere.

 

RETURN TO THE MOTHER - A TRIBUTE TO NINA HAGEN (2008) wd90
Paul does a cover of "Flying Saucers" on Wood Records' Nina Hagen tribute album. Available at http://maxpages.com/woodrecords/NINA_HAGEN_TRIBUTE


AS HEARD IN MY DREAMS (2009) R&R033
CD of 20 songs.

 

SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK - PRODUCTION PROCEDURES PRODUCTIONS HALLOWEEN COMP 2009 (2009) The Weird Paul Rock Band had their third released song ("Commit to the Count") on the 2009 volume of this annual CD compilation release. The song was not released elsewhere.

 

POLICE BAFFLED; PUBLIC AROUSED (2010) R&R035
This 20 track CD was entirely written, recorded and performed by Weird Paul and Ben Blanchard (keytard player in the Weird Paul Rock Band). One track ("Cut Rate") features guest drummer Greg Cislon.

 

SIMULATING THE ACT OF LOVE (2010) R&R036
The first full-length release by the Weird Paul Rock Band. 20 songs include 4 never before released tunes ("Hot Water Heater", "May I Sit on Your Ice Chest", "I.C. Lite and I PBR" and "Take a Dump on My Jacket".) The other 16 are studio re-recordings of songs from Paul's prior home CD releases, including "I Got Drunk at Chuck E. Cheese", "Cold Drinks" and "Bowl Cut".