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ABOUT SQUAREPEGZ AND THE FUTURE OF THIS STRIP

SQUAREPEGZ was:


MC Sancho Swift - vocals/beats/guitars


Big Mouth Bass - vocals


MC Sam Sinn - vocals

guest vocals provided by Zen Boodamasta, Unknown Souljah, Dope Jedi and Punk Rock Mouse

When I first started working on this strip, I had a few goals in mind. I'd just gotten through yet another webcomics drama which had brought me out of a hiatus and I was looking for something to work on that would challenge me artistically as well as technically. I had been working on music using computer software and decided to experiment intigrating music into webcomics.

The other big reason I started working on THOSE WERE THE SALAD DAYZ was that my wife and I were expecting our baby daughter and we were thinking about moving to Vermont once she was born. This strip enabled me to get together with all my friends and spend a lot of quality time with them as I involved them in helping me create the strip and the music for it before our big move.

I cherish the year we spent playing music together and performing some of these songs in live settings. Many of my friends were inspirations for the characters in the strip and the three main MC's from the fictional band SQUAREPEGZ were voiced by their human counterparts in my real life hip hop band SQUAREROOTZ.

Upon arriving in Vermont after our long trek across the country from south Texas I had come to terms with the fact that I'd accomplished the two goals I'd set for myself with this strip: spending time with all my good friends and involving them in my work before leaving the Rio Grande Valley (Dirty Dirty South) and continuing to push those experimental webcomics boundries. The strip had even gotten a couple writeups.

So, yet another "noble failure" to add to my growing collection, only in my heart I know I got everything I wanted out of this even if I didn't finish the story.

By the time we'd left south Texas I had completed most of the instrumentals and songs for the comic. I also had a basic outline for 200+ episodes that would tell the tale of the bands' journey to the "BEATOFF" which included getting busted for selling pot brownies, acquiring a zombie busdriver named ZEN BOODAMASTAH, inadvertently opening a gateway to hell that would unleash a demon attack that would wreck the competition and finally losing a character in a glorious grand finale.


A few months before we left I started making CD's of all the official songs for the strip under the pretense of selling them. I got exactly two orders. I wound up giving a lot of them (probably most of them) to friends and family. Which was ok with me because, like I said before, I was mostly doing all this for them anyway.

I've been noticing over the past few months that the strip is still getting a steady stream of visitors every day and I started to think I should post all the songs and an explanation as to why there haven't been any more comics in so long. so without further ado, here's all the songs we made for this strip. Enjoy!


THOSE WERE THE SALAD DAYZ

by Squarepegz

featured in the strip

the practice

literary dub

sam sinn was his name

fired from the band

chillin' on the couch

itchy crabs theme

instrumental 16


never made it up

big mouth bass with itchy crabs

bright idea

i couldn't get to sleep last night

maybe it's the weed

dancehall daze

funk crown rhythm

i'm coming back from the dead (booda's theme)

gingerbread man

happy lovey instrumental

cigarello

kiss my sassafras

punkrockmouse's theme

sancho swing

timetickingclock

saybaybeh

snibblets of rhymes

suffocation kiss

worldwide

beatdown

booda wins the beatdown

all's well that ends well


extras

cigarello (cooler than cool remix)

THOSE WERE THE SALAD DAYZ audio ad

As for the strip, no I'm not really abandoning the characters just yet, but it might be a while before I get back to doing anything with them. The chance for any new SQUAREPEGZ musical material is pretty slim being so many miles away from my collaborators. More than anything, the characters will live on in a life quite similar to all their other cartoon band counterparts through music and random images. Word on the street is there's a Sancho Swift solo album in the works for sometime next year...

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