Johnny And The Self Abusers track, which became as well known as
Saints And Sinners and Dead Vandals.
The morning after their meeting with
Charlie wheeled an amp to
John Milarky's house to talk about fleshing out
Johnny And The Self Abusers.
Milarky played them his first composition,
Pablo Picasso, which
Jim remembered as being frightenly good.
It became one of the centerpieces of the band's set, and was even used as encore material during
the Life In A Day and
Real To Real cacophony tours.
Pablo Picasso was written about
Milarky's brother; a blonde, leather clad motorbike fanatic.
It also drew inspiration from a Jonathan Richman composition called Pablo Picasso, performed by
John Cale (Helen Of Troy, Island 9350, November 1975):
Well some people try to pick up girls,
And get called assholes,
This never happened to Pablo Picasso,
He could walk down your street,
And girls could not resist his stare and
So Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole.
Well the girls would turn the color,
Of the avacado when he would drive,
Down their street in his El Dorado,
He could walk down you street,
And girls could not resist his stare,
Pablo Picasso never got called an asshole.
Milarky didn't feel the
same way about his brother:
Leather freak, leather freak, stay away from me
Because all the girls think you're a fucking asshole.
The lyrics have never been published.