-1990, DB Records
-1986, Throbbing Lobster Records

"Not too many Alternative artists can claim to be as musically diverse...(he's) achieved Country music success and he's a power-pop marksman. A precise blend of acoustic and electric guitars leaves a lasting impression from this versatile musician." The Gavin Report

Reviews:

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      "The influences are clear, but not overplayed.  Fans of thoughtful pop should become fast friends with Lloyd." The Boston Globe
       
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      "The title is a reference to the blind men that all describe the same elephant differently because they all touch different spots.  A multifaceted performer, Lloyd's got something for every listener - you don't have to be blind to hear that?  CMJ
       
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      "Not too many Alternative artists can claim to be as musically diverse...(he's) achieved Country music success and he's a power-pop marksman.  A precise blend of acoustic and electric guitars leaves a lasting impression from this versatile musician." The Gavin Report
       
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      "This is prime pop-rock...bright guitars, infectious tunes, and enthused vocals make this an overwhelming success." Goldmine
       
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      "...thereís a new heir to the throne of clever, infectious Beatlesque pop." The Metro
       
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      "Lloyd writes intricate, tense pop songs that achieve the difficult trick of not getting consumed in their own smartness." Music Row
       
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      "...this is college radio pop that stands up better than most; Lloyd has a real presence and control over his material." Option
       
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      "When this swell CD arrived on my desk, I listened to it and practically shouted with glee.  Suddenly, here was a disc with great song after great song, clever lyrics, swell hooks and guitar riffs.  Moreover, the album's clear, concise sound and rockin' attitude had been produced by a guy best known for his membership in the country duo Foster and Lloyd.  A perfect addition to my year end best-of list, I thought, and was halfway into reviewing it, when I read the liner notes - and learned that the songs had been recorded as demos in 1983-86, and had been originally released on tiny Throbbing Lobster Records in 1987." Westword
       

Credits:

            "This Very Second"  (Bill Lloyd, 1983)

            I played acoustic and electric guitars, some kind of keyboard on the bridge and sang.  Byron House played bass guitar and Marc Owens played drums.  The basic tracks recorded at High Street Studio in Bowling Green, KY by Marc and I. It was mixed at MTM Studio in Nashville, TN by Rick Will while I sort of hung over his shoulder.  Eight big tracks.  I need to thank Jim Marshall for his help with the original arrangement on this one...thanks Jim.

            "Nothing Comes Close"  (Bill Lloyd, 1985, Lawyers Daughter Music)

            I played electric six and twelve string guitars, bass guitar, and sang.  Marc Owens played drums.  The basic tracks wererecorded at High Street Studio in Bowling Green, KY by Marc and I and later Rick Will and I mixed it at MTM Studio in Nashville, TN.  Eight.

            "Feeling the Elephant"  (Bill Lloyd, 1983)

            I played acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and sang.  The black (not green) tambourine and handclaps were provided by those on hand...Marc Owens, Doug Carman, Byron House, Billy Smith, Anthony Kinney and meself.  The Casio played itself.  Recorded and mixed by Marc Owens, Billy Smith and me at High Street.  Another Eight Track!
             

            "Lisa Anne"  (Bill Lloyd, 1985 Lawyers Daughter Music)

            I played a mess o' guitars on this:  acoustic six, electric six, electric twelve, and bass guitars.  I'm also responsible for the mandolin, crappy tambourine and, of course, the lead vocals.  Marc played drums.  Diana Haig and I sang background vocals and figured out our parts.  Rick Will & I recorded the basic tracks at MTM, but the drums and tambourine were later added at High Street.  More overdubs were done at MTM by Mike McCarthy and finally Rick and I mixed it there.

            "All at Once You Unzipped"  (Bill Lloyd/Diana Haig, 1986 Lawyers Daughter/Queen of Sheeba Music)

            I played guitars and sang.  Byron House on bass and Marc Owens on drums.  That's John Cowan and me doing the background vocals.  Zippers courtesy of Rick Will, Radney Foster, and me.  Marc Owens and I recorded the basic tracks at High Street and later Mike McCarthy and Rick Will overdubbed stuff at MTM.  Rick mixed it at MTM.  8.

            "It'll Never Get Better Than This"  (Bill Lloyd, 1984 Five Towers Music)

            I played acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar and sang.  Tommy Dorsey programmed the Fairlight and played the pop bottles.  Recorded by Tommy Dorsey in the synth-room at The Castle in Franklin, TN.  Larry lee with Keith Odle assisting mixed it at Leche Studio in Nashville.  This is on 24 tracks!

            "I Wanna Sit and Watch the Credits Roll"  (Bill Lloyd, 1984 Five Towers Music)

            I played the acoustic and electric guitars and talked.  Tommy Dorsey programmed the Fairlight.  Jim Marshall came out and helped Tommy match it up to his original drum part from the demo.  Tommy and Giles Reaves recorded it and Winnie Nuyens made sure it sounded "modren."  The tape ended up at Leche Studio where Larry Lee (with Keith Odle assisting) mixed it.  Another 24 track recording.

            "Susan Scorned"  (Bill Lloyd, 1986 Lawyers Daughter Music.

            I played acoustic guitar, electric six and electric 12-string guitars, and Mirage keyboard and sang.  Byron House on bass.  Marc Owens on drums.  Recorded and mixed at MTM Studios in Nashville by Rick Will.  I assisted.  Back to eight tracks.
             

            "This Must Be the Place"  (Bill Lloyd, 1986 Lawyers Daughter Music)

            This track features The December Boys who are:  Scott Sullivant on bass and background vocals;  Jim Hidgekins on drums; David Russell on guitar; and I played guitar and sang.  I also played the Mirage on the bridge.  Marc Owens recorded the basic tracks at High St. in B.G. and Rick did the overdubs at MTM and he and I mixed it there.  Special thanks to the December Boys for all those live gigs.  8.
             

            "Everthing's Closing Down"  (Bill Lloyd, 1986 Lawyers Daughter Music)

            I'm on the Mirage piano and that weird "arr" sound, the bass guitar, backwards six string electric and vocals.  Kim Richey and I arranged the background vocal parts and sang 'em.  Recorded at MTM by Mike McCarthy and mixed there by Rick Will with meself hanging around...
              
      Lyrics:

        "This Very Second" (Bill Lloyd)

        V1       You, she said, are like an unmade bed
                    One big mess that’s always calling
                    I might be what you refuse to see
                    Just one guess, then who will fall in line

        CH      This Very Second  I fell in line
                    This Very Second  I’m falling
                    I’m in love.. I’m in love with you

        V2       You refuse to let me win or lose
                    No time out, no time remaining
                    I take threats like unplaced bets
                    No one get’s around to claiming who

        CH#2  This Very Second  I’m naming you
                    This Very Second  I’m claiming
                    I’m in love.. I’m in love with you

        BR       I’m not sure about yesterday
                    I’m not sure about how or why I stay
                    and I’m not too sure about what’s in store
                    I only know about now.. only know about..
                    Now

        V3       You, she said, are like an unmade bed
                    One big mess but always fetching
                    She insists it must go on like this
                    I confess this fever’s catching on

        CH#3   This Very Second  it’s catching on
                    This Very Second  we’re matching
                    Wrong or right.. I think I’m in love with you

                    I’m in love...
         

        "Nothing Comes Close"  (Bill Lloyd)

        V1       I’ve got a rage for this machine
                    that’s keeping me out of heaven
                    But that’s the way that it goes..when
                    Nothing Comes Close

        V2        I’ve gotta’ face this sight unseen
                    that’s keeping me out of trouble
                    Just when I wanted it most.. then
                    Nothing Comes Close

        CH       All the clues point back to back
                    we break each code at random
                    Like mirrors we can stand them end to end
                    Let it go again

        V3        I’ve gotta’ track this circle back
                    around to where it started
                    Love in one lethal dose.. but
                    Nothing Comes Close
         
         

        "Feeling the Elephant"  (Bill Lloyd)

        V1       With the tail in one hand
                    tell me everything you feel
                    With the trunk in two hands
                    tell me everything that’s real
                    It feels real

        V2       Reach across the side and tell me
                    where it all begins
                    Reach across the side and tell me
                    where everything ends

        CH      We’re all Feeling the Elephant
                    blind and Feeling the Elephant
                    blind and Feeling the Elephant
                    it’s all we know

        V3       With the tail in one hand
                    show me everything you see
                    With the trunk in both hands
                    there is still a mystery

        V4        Reach across the side and show me
                    where it all begins
                    Reach across the side and show me
                    where everything ends

        CH      We’re all Feeling the Elephant
                    blind and Feeling the Elephant
                    blind and Feeling the Elephant
                    it’s all we know
         

        "Lisa Anne"  (Bill Lloyd)
         

        V1        Here’s my reply Dear Lisa Anne
                    How can I make you understand
                    I let you slip right through my hands
                    Oh Lisa Anne

        V2       Remember when you left me behind
                    I was in love and love is blind
                    I nearly went out of my mind
                    My Lisa Anne

        channel #1
                    There’s nothin’ left for me to do
                    All that I wanted left with you
                    I’ve got a whole in my life
                    the size of your apartment

         CH      Oh, Lisa Anne is this the end?       Oh, Lisa Anne be mine again

        V3       I admit I took a wrong turn
                    Love is a lesson we must learn
                    Love left my heart.. I felt it burn..my Lisa Anne

        V4        I overheard you said that you’d doubt
                    I’d stick around and stick it out
                    That’s when I knew what you’re about
                    Oh, Lisa Anne

        channel #2
                    There’s nothin’ left for me to say
                    How could you turn and walk away
                    I’ve got a whole in my heart the size of your jacuzzi (babe)

        CH      (repeat chorus)

        BR       All I wants a simple answer..take a chance
                    Your future is at stake..it’s not too late

        CH       (repeat chorus)
         

        "All At Once You Unzipped"  (Bill Lloyd/Diana Haig)

        V1       You booked the last flight home to finish what you started
                    You had your face on straight ‘til you found out she was gone
                    And in some hotel bar, your tongue became unguarded

        CH#1  And you let fly with an amazing line of star quips, health tips
                    All At Once You Unzipped

        V2       You woke up wrapped in a blanket of depression
                    and wearing wing-tipped shoes you stumbled straight into a church
                    And the priest said, “Son, you missed today’s confession”

        CH#2  And you let fly with an amazing line of backflips, hand grips,
                    All At Once You Unzipped

        BR       You learned the art of just letting go
                    The text is all in your head
                    The words spill out but you never know
                    Half the things that you said

        V3        You tracked her down to a continental cafe
                    Where she fell out of a booth behind a teenage boy
                    He threw down your credit card stolen last Sunday

        CH#3   And you let fly with an amazing line of
                    loose-lipped-head-trips
                    All At Once You Unzipped
         

        "It’ll Never Get Better Than This"  (Bill Lloyd)

        V1        It was always like summer when you passed out on me
                    The heat took you under but it made me believe
                    I was in for the long ride when you gave me the kiss

        CH       (And I said..)
                    It’ll Never Get Better Than This..  It’ll Never Get Better Than This
                    It’ll Never Get Better Than This..  It’ll Never Get Better Than This

        V2        It was always like daybreak when the truth knocked me down
                    And I wished for a mistake.. and I wished I could drown
                    But I felt it all turning as I unclenched my fist

        CH       ( I thought that..)
                    It’ll Never Get Better Than This...  It’ll Never Get Better Than This
                    It’ll Never Get Better Than This..   It’ll Never Get Better Than

        BR       This.. is the circle of doubt and fear.. there’s an out
                    if you make it clear.. Love’s the one thing you can’t resist
                    and It’ll Never Get Better Than This

        V3        It was always like midnight when you came back around
                    And we wound it up so tight.. that it twice shook the ground
                    We weren’t looking for pleasure.. we were looking for bliss

        CH        (we knew)
                    It'll Never Get Better Than This.. It’ll Never Get Better Than This
                    It'll Never Get Better Than This.. It’ll Never Get Better Than
                    This
         

        "I Wanna' Sit and Watch the Credits Roll"  (Bill Lloyd)

        V1       I want 'em all in a line
                    I want 'em under control
                    I want 'em all to be mine
                    I Want to Sit  and Watch the Credits Roll

        V2       I want 'em over for lunch
                    I want 'em down in a hole
                    I want 'em all in a bunch
                    I Wanna’ Sit  and Watch the Credits Roll

        V3        I want ‘em always on top
                    So they can do as their told
                    I want ‘em never to stop
                    I Wanna’ Sit  and Watch the Credits Roll

                    Roll ‘em

        V4       I want ‘em there at the end
                    I want ‘em there with my soul
                    I want ‘em there as my friend
                    I Wanna’ Sit  and Watch the Credits Roll
         

        "Susan Scorned"  (Bill Lloyd)

        V1        All that remains here
                    are two paintings of you
                    One’s painted in red
                    and one’s painted in blue
                    I saw you in clear sky
                    I saw you on fire
                    Like heaven and earth
                    You were split by desire

        CH       And when it rains it comes in torrents
                    Current pours out of this storm
                    of electric fury, I was warned
                    There’s nothing like Susan Scorned

        V2       Out in the desert
                    with a bucket of ice
                    How long will it take
                    for someone to be nice
                    When we were shipwrecked
                    we both held our own
                    Now we hold onto
                    each other too long

        CH      (repeat chorus)

        V3       All that remains here
                    is a room with a view
                    I sat by the window
                    thinking of you
                    Of how you were angry
                    Of how it was real
                    I never could tell you
                    How helpless I feel
         

        CH      (repeat chorus)
         

        "This Must Be The Place"  (Bill Lloyd)

        V1        From Friday night ‘til Sunday morning
                    She wore her black lace party dress
                    Nothing here is ever boring
                    So why should one settle for less

                    Racing against time
                    This one’s yours and that one’s mine
                    Crawling through this maze
                    We’re all here so This Must Be The Place

        CH       This Must Be The Place
                    where everybody goes and everybody knows
                    the perfect dance,  the perfect face
                    We’re all here so This Must Be The Place

        V2        He took her hand and held it lightly
                    and shoved her through the sliding door
                    He used the words he practiced nightly
                    And she knew what those words were for

                    Racing against time
                    I’ve got yours and you’ve got mine
                    Crawling through this space
                    We’re arriving .. This Must Be The Place

        CH      (repeat chorus)
                   (instrumental bridge)
                   (chorus and out)
         

        "Everything’s Closing Down"  (Bill Lloyd)

        V1       Everything’s Closing Down
                    Everything’s quiet   All over town
                    The streets are all empty
                    There’s nowhere to go right now

        CH #1  None of the stoplights are red
                    Everybody’s home in their beds
                    This night is officially dead  .. ‘cos
                    Everything’s Closing Down

        V2       Everything’s Closing Down
                    Everyone wound up  All came unwound
                    Circumstance says there’s no one to mess around..

        CH#2  Nothing but time left to spend
                    Drag yourself home in the end
                    Sometimes you just need a friend.. when
                    Everything’s Closing Down   

About The Songs:

            "This Very Second"  (Lloyd)
                 I remember wanting the lyric to be as immediate as the way the guitar
                 felt.. so it's a song about how immediate feelings are.. they can come and go
                 This was also featured on a compilation album, City Without A Subway.

            "Nothing Comes Close"  (Lloyd)
                 I knew more about what this song was about after playing it live for a few years
                 than I ever did when I wrote it. Usually that's not a good sign, but sometimes the
                 subconscious lyric tells more about you than you ever thought it could. So in that
                 spirit, that's all I should say.

            "Feeling the Elephant"  (Lloyd)
                 My most well known song in Nashville before Foster and Lloyd enjoyed some
                 hits. This was played regularly on Vanderbilt University's radio station, WRVU
                 and featured on a local compilation. Recorded in 1983 in Marc Owens basement
                 studio in Bowling Green,Kentucky, I had only moved to Nashville 6 months prior.
                 The title came from a conversation with Rodney Dillard (of The Dillards.. also
                 known as The Darlin' Family on The Andy Griffith Show). He was kind enough to
                 give me advice and I was a real fan of theirs. Rodney used the phrase speaking
                 about the music biz.. where to find one's place in it. I just thought it was of great
                 use as a metaphor. I sort of remembered the blind men and elephant  parable and
                 took it to mean that life is so big, we'll never get the whole picture. At least not now.
                 I did have a drunk Vandy student call me one night . They  swore the song was
                 about  Reaganomics. I told them that was as good a guess as any.

            "Lisa Anne"  (Lloyd)
                 Songs with girls names have always been around. This was my first and only.
                 I liked the way the name sang. There's a couple of funny lines in this one but
                 it's a totally crafted song. The part of me that strives to write like Guy Clark cringes
                 while the side of me that likes Let's Pretend by The Raspberries thinks this one
                 is okay.  Thanks to the Rhino folks for including this on their Poptopia series.

            "All At Once You Unzipped"  (Bill Lloyd / Diana Haig)
                  We started with a provacative title and tried to figure out what it meant over the
                   phone. Most of it was written over the phone too. Jason and The Scorchers were
                  local heroes dun' good and the music and attitude was a nod in that direction.
                  Yes, Radney, Rick Will and I really used our zippers for a percussion track.

            "It'll Never Get Better Than This"  (Lloyd)
                   The Springsteen influence mixes with a Big Star / Tommy Keene vibe.. the
                   Fairlight drums and keyboard sounds put it smack dab in the '80's. More lyrics
                    about immediacy.. it was a theme and I never knew it.

            "I Wanna' Sit and Watch the Credits Roll"  (Lloyd)
                 My '80's dance track. I was trying for Lou Reed-garage rock but I was
                 working with a Belgian benefactor who wanted it to sound "mod-ren". I still like
                 the idea for the song. By that time, I'd been to enough parties to notice how people
                 would often reel off their own resume before any real conversaton happens... if it
                  ever happened.

            "Susan Scorned"  (Lloyd)
                 The truest story on the album and the best song in retrospect. Also the last song
                  recorded once I knew the album was turning from demos to vinyl in '86.

            "This Must Be The Place"  (Lloyd)
                  This track features the band I played with live during this period. They were
                  originally named Practical Stylists and they were Nashville's answer to XTC
                  and The Jam. I loved 'em and joined about a year after moving to Nashville. The
                  band split and they later joined me as The December Boys, backing me on
                  my gigs. The song was just about being young.. it fit the time. One would never
                  think now that Nashville had its own post-punk-pop scene.

            "Everything's Closing Down"  (Lloyd)
                    I wrote this about the nights back in my hometown of Bowling Green, KY. when
                    there was NOWHERE to go after the bars closed at 1:00. That was just too
                    early to go home, especially by yourself, in the prime of youth. When this was
                    recorded, Kim Richey was staying for a short while with me, deciding whether
                    she was going to stay in Nashville or not. Her stay in '85 was very short but I got
                    her to sing on this for me. She was credited with drums on the first pressing of
                    the Throbbing Lobster version on vinyl.