“One shot, one beer and a kiss,” Adams drawls in a tune that could easily have come straight out of an old, ‘60s country album. “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, To Be High)” – Heartbreaker Adams best opening song to date—to get the full effect, it must be listened to coupled with a recorded argument he and Dave Rawlings have over Morrissey, which is technically the first track on the album.
But even all by its lonesome, “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, To Be High)” is, true to its name, a tumbling, energetic tune that sings straight to the core of youth.
In mid-1993, Oberst self-released his debut album Water on cassette tape.
The release of the album was financed by his brother Justin on what they called Lumberjack Records, the indie label that would become Saddle Creek Records, making them founders and present day executives of the label.
In that short amount of time, Oberst wrote enough songs to fill out the set, establishing himself as an artist.
Shortly thereafter, Oberst began committing his new repertoire to tape in his parents' basement with his father's four track cassette recorder and an acoustic guitar.
Here's to Special Treatment was followed by 1996's The Soundtrack to My Movie, a cassette only released on Sing Eunuchs! Kill the Monster Before It Eats Baby, a split 7" vinyl with Bill Hoover, was also released around this time.
Oberst wrote some songs as he watched the snow pile up, then he headed into ARC Studios, which he built with his friend and Bright Eyes bandmate, Mike Mogis.
Oberst put down simple, spare demos of the new songs over a 48-hour period.
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