I was transferring a bunch of old forgotten VHS tapes to my computer the other day, and ran across this video gem from 1993. This is easily one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever shared on the internet. Enjoy.
Song: “Why?” Year: 1993 Original by Dave Eric Smith
There’s an interesting story behind this song, but you probably don’t care.
Back in the early 90’s, my friend Mike was really into 4-wheeling and camping in the mountains… as well as drinking lots of beer and shooting guns. My friend Chris and I were pretty much city boys, but we would go on many wheeling trips with Mike. Chris and I wrote the lyrics to this song in ’92, and the original version of the song (at that time called “Mike in the Woods”) was born.
I played the guitar and bass, programmed the drum machine and sang the lead vocals… Chris, well.. he pretty much just drank beer and shouted out a few background vocals.
In late 2014, I was sitting in my studio and I decided to remake the song. Chris didn’t participate this time, so I was able to redo the whole thing in about 2 hours. After you’ve watched this lyric video of the “new” version here, check out the original audio version of the song below it.
And 2 decades earlier… here’s the original 1992 version of “Mike in the Woods (Mike is Camping)”:
This one is hard to explain… 1991. I found my roommate’s carton of orange juice in the refrigerator had become a science experiment. It was turning green and growing all sorts of fuzzy things inside. So I wrote a song.
This is truly random… maybe offensive? Nah… I believe we all have a bit of OCD in us. I mean, I don’t wash my hands over and over again, but I do sometimes have to circle the block and drive back by my house because I can’t remember if I actually closed the garage door… even though I just did it 60 seconds ago.
Anyway, the tune is obviously to “If You’re Happy and You Know it…”.