Jay sent me an email and asked me to write something describing the music. It could definitely be much longer and more in depth. There is something different about these songs. There's something different and unique about the Holland Tunnel, the Turnpike, Seaside Heights, and the people who wander these roads and stroll through these places. These songs weren't written to impress, make money, or change the world. They were written for immortality. In 100 years, our great, great grandkids will be listening to these songs and they will know what we were thinking of and what was going on in the world 100 years before. I can only say that I wish my great, great grandfathers had done the same for me. I would've loved to know what they were thinking. These songs are about life in the hard working middle class enclaves of the New Jersey/New York Metropolitan area extending down to the Jersey shore. They are about doing it yourself, DIY. They are about working several jobs, growing up, being married, raising kids, paying bills, figuring it out, laughing, learning, fighting, respecting, loving, trusting, hoping, wondering, and taking control of your own existence. They are about underdogs and everyday heroes - real people. People we are and people we know. There is a song about the original Bayonne Bleeder - Chuck "The Champ" Wepner. Not Chuck Wepner the man, but Chuck Wepner - the man who was expected to be a pushover and instead knocked down the greatest fighter of all time while lasting until the end of the fight with the whole world watching only to have another man take that moment and eventually become filthy rich and famous from it while Chuck went back to a regular, everyday Hudson County existence. You will hear that sentiment at the end of the last song in the lyrics "we're all Bayonne Bleeders, stumbling our way through life". Aren't we all? There are 2 songs about the neverending struggle between the Northern seasonal migrants from New York City and it's surrounding sprawl (the Bennys), and the people who permanently live in the land known as the Jersey Shore (the locals) that becomes descended upon by these migrants every late spring up into the early fall. The song "I'm A Benny" was written from the point of view of a Benny while "Benny Go Home" is from the other side. "Roller Girl" is a song written out of respect for a group of women who one day decided they were going to get together at night and knock each other off of their feet in the name of the great American tradition of roller derby. The Jersey Shore Roller Girls are pure DIY and now sell out the Asbury Park Convention Hall on a regular basis. Very song worthy and very American. There is a soldier song, a song about having kids, a song about drunken bar fighting, etc., etc. Some of the songs are simply momentary thoughts. The Bayonne Bleeders consist of Mike Mullane on guitar and vocals, Joe Saroshinsky on bass and vocals, and Jay Santoro on drums. We wrote and recorded everything ourselves. We are not songwriters or musicians most of the time. We are not part of any scene. We walk alone with only each other to count on. We are blue collar working people. This is the soundtrack of our lives and experiences growing up in the highest property taxed, most polluted, most mocked, most crowded, and in our opinion most interesting region of America. If Bob Ross were writing this, right about now he would probably say "Happy Listening". Enjoy. - Mike.