BTPV4: Mr. Utopia

by David Broyles (Dr. Pants)

Almost Toast 03:39
Give Up 03:51
Tomorrow 02:54
Being Away 03:47
Paranoia 06:33
Us 04:58
Mr. Utopia 05:19
Together 05:05


Before there was Dr. Pants…

…there was Mr. Utopia. It was my third and final homespun cassette of “song-oriented” material before I would morph into Dr. Pants around 1998 or so. I think it is easily the strongest of those albums; my songwriting had grown in the first two years I was in New Mexico at the College of Santa Fe, and even more so, my ability to manipulate my 4-track cassette recorder had improved. My teacher and mentor Kevin Zoernig even told my classmates at CSF that it was the best production he had ever heard on 4-track cassette. I wore that like a badge of honor, I’ll tell ya.

The music within, despite its improvements over what came before, still feels like juvenilia to me some of the time. My wide-eyed, innocent sincerity was still pretty prevalent. I am sure some would argue that I still write that way, but maybe in a more “mature” way? When I listen, I hear a younger me that is trying desperately to hold on to innocence; events in my personal life would take away some of it in the next few years. All of that said, it’s still a record I’m proud of. It certainly has a focus to it that Feezle Day, the first Dr. Pants release, does not.

I managed to find a few extra goodies to make into bonus tracks…but not as much as I hoped I would. Several outtakes from these sessions would end up on Feezle Day 4 years later, and some others would get edited, chopped up, and incorporated into Werks, the first “absurdwave”/avant sort of release I put out in 1997. So, we have some more stripped down versions of several songs that I recorded during the period of 1995-1997. The versions of “Great Job With Me” and “Song For Manic Days” were recorded for acoustic demo tapes I used to book gigs during that time. “Give Up” is a first draft of the song that I recorded right after I wrote it.

I am "reissuing" this now in hopes that 1) there are still people out there who remember this cassette (and the ones that preceded it) in a relatively fond manner, and might like to obtain a digital copy and 2) there are people I have met since who like what I do enough that they would feel compelled to investigate this early material.

I have decided to not include a pdf of the original liner notes of this release for personal reasons.


released January 21, 1996

All material composed, performed, recorded and produced by David C. Broyles, EXCEPT:
The voice of Scott Hakel is heard on (Theme From) Mr. Utopia.
Cover art by Phil Gonzales (Dave caricature) and Brian Williams (the rest of the stuff).


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Dr. Pants Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dr. Pants and Weird Files are the musical monikers of David Broyles, a songwriter/composer from Oklahoma City. Rock, folk, hip hop, electronic music, chamber composition and other things, from a nerdy, quirky perspective.

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