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Some songs come quick. especially if I I had watched 'Boys Don't Cry' with Hillary Swank as Brandon Tina, a tough one to get through, and produced a pretty solid first draft immediately after. As
sad as it is to say I was looking around, not particularly proactively, for a third victim of hate crimes. I think Mike Watt, currently the bass player from Iggy's Stooges and of course of the late great Minutemen that was during a tribute concert in Texas for Brian Deneke, a punk rock kid that had been run over in a parking lot at night because somebody didn't like the way he looked. that what initially caught my attention and little by little more details of the crime kept coming into my world. as a matter of fact I ended up meeting the girl who was in the front of the killer's truck when he did it. She was completely caught off guard, she had just wanted a ride home and all of a sudden she was a witness to a brutal murder. The murderer only got probation, as crazy as that is, but violated probation and got sent to jail finally. It's a crazy sad savage world sometimes, in places you'd least expect it.


Brandon Tina and Brian Deneke met for coffee in heaven last week. He said, "I like mine black." He said, 'Do you ever want to go back?" He said, "No, we can be who we want to be."

He said, "No, we can be who we want to be."

Matthew Shepard dropped by for dessert. And they asked Matthew, "Does it still hurt?"

And he paused and spit over the rail It flew down to earth just like hail.
He said, "No, we can be who we want to be."

He said, "No, we can be who we want to be."

Down on earth, he held her tight, it was the morning, they'd cried all night. Through the window he saw the hail, and he asked her, "Have we failed?" She said, "No, we can be who we want to be."

She said, "No, we can be who we want to be."


from TOUGH LOVE, released October 7, 2013
Produced, engineered and mixed by Ed Hamell. Recorded at Bass-Mint Studios, Middletown, NY. Ed Hamell: All instruments.



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HAMELL ON TRIAL New York, New York

Hamell on Trial is loud, fast music informed by politics, intelligence and a wicked sense of humor.
1995-Mercury Records-Big as Life, The Chord is Mightier Than the Sword.
1997- Choochtown
2003-Righteous Babe Records-Tough Love
2005, Songs For Parents Who Enjoy Drugs.
2007-“The Terrorism Of Everyday Life,” (Edinburgh Fringe Herald Award)
2012-New West Records -The Happiest Man Alive.
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