I wrote “Slow Poison” for the Cowlix in 1990, aiming for an Everly Brothers kind of thing that, as I discovered, was beyond my reach at the time. Still, it was a solid uptempo number (even if our attempt at an X-style harmony didn’t help) and we learned the song anyway.

But “Slow Poison” really came to life with the Boarders, the band that followed the Cowlix (and actually was the Cowlix, minus two members). Our energy suited “Slow Poison” well, as this crackling, slightly over-the-top rehearsal recording demonstrates. Recorded in The Basement on Oct. 18, 1995, by the Boarders: drummer Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, bassist Gretchen Schaefer and me on guitar and vocals. (As Day for Night, Gretchen and I continue to perform “Slow Poison.”)

Hear “Slow Poison” below! Buy it on Bandcamp! (“Slow Poison” copyright © 2010 by Douglas L. Hubley. All rights reserved. Below: The Boarders in 1994. From left: Doug Hubley, Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, Gretchen Schaefer. Photo by Jeff Stanton.)



The Boarders in autumn 1994, shown in front of the original Three Dollar Dewey’s. From left: Doug Hubley, Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, Gretchen Schaefer. (Photo by Jeff Stanton)



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