Catch 22’s Keasbey Nights is one of my favorite albums. In high school, my friends and I all shared a lot of music, but actually owning the music I grabbed from them was a big deal to me, so I can clearly remember the day I found a CD of Keasbey at now-defunct Tower Records in Bellevue.
Many years later, Tomas Kalnoky caught wind that Victory Records was going to release a remastered (read: almost identical) version of Keasbey Nights and decided that he’d rather re-record the entire album with his more recent band, Streetlight Manifesto. He had never been particularly happy with the way the original Keasbey sounded, and savored the opportunity to right what he felt were past wrongs (I personally think he’s insane and that the original Keasbey sounds great, but Kalnoky regularly re-records single songs for different albums and projects, so it’s likely he’s just an insatiable perfectionist).
Today’s song comes from the fruits of that labor, and while I think that in general, Streetlight’s re-recording of Keasbey Nights borders on unnecessary and is certainly non-essential, a few songs really benefited from the treatment, and this is one of them. Originally, Day In, Day Out simply repeated the same verse twice before moving on to the bridge, whereas now there are two distinct verses, the second of which adds a lot of texture to the meaning of the song. I still don’t know why the narrator ends up “alone/in my room/with a bucket full of phlegm” but I’m OK with that.