March 7, 2005

Thanks Cave Creek and St George


Wow! I just got home from a great little mini tour of St. George, Utah and Cave Creek Arizona. These two places never cease to amaze me. I brought Stinky along for the ride to play his snare drum and percussion, and he eneded just playing a cardboard box. He was given the box by Bucky or Craig or Linda at The Electric Theatre and it was brilliant. Brilliant, I say! The sounds that this man gets out of a crappy little box with his magic brushes are insane. His harmonies were spot on and the energy was zinging around like a superball on a cement handball court.

By the time we got to Phoenix (actually Cave Creek. I just wanted to say it the other way) Dave and Anita (our lovely host and hostess) were scurrying about to find other cardboard boxes at dumpsters throughout the town. We had a blast and I danced naked for stinky in the van while he drove down empty desert roads in search of Yoo Hoo and Twinkies. I sang the entire sountrack to Cabaret while the jackrabbits and slithering rattlesnakes were darting across the landscape. It was really creepy.

The picture above was taken by Dave Anderson (owner of the Cave Creek Coffee Co.) in mid-strum of the song Chinese Checkers. Thankyou St. George and thankyou Cave Creek. We'll be back.

Check the tour dates for a show near you. I'l be bringing Stinky and his magic cardboard box to a city in your proximity. Don't miss it.

Here is a little ditty for you to listen to at work or home. I really just wanted to say the name of tennis great Vita Gerulaitus. I got the idea for this song a few years back when Joe Daly (aka Westy) commissioned me to write it while he was living in The Windy City. He thought it would be great if you could just order a new head when you had a cold. Just pick one out of a catalogue if you will. Please let me know which person's head you would like to order. I'm very interested.

See ya soon.



The Boy Needs A New Head

The boy needs a new head he’s always catchin’ colds
So he chopped off his old one and bought one more
As easy as takeout or changin’ his socks
The boy got a new head delivered in a box

Tonsils earaches too many colds
He saw a new head and said “hey I’m sold”
Wisdom teeth and poor eyesight
He got a new head and now he feels alright

The boy needs a new head he’s always catchin’ colds
So he chopped off his old one and bought one more
As easy as takeout or changin’ his socks
The boy got a new head delivered in a box

Flu and zits and gingivitis
He bought the old head of Vitas Gerulaitas
Now he’s as healthy as a tennis playin’ stud
He bought a new head and now he’s my bud

The boy needs a new head he’s always catchin’ colds
So he chopped off his old one and bought one more
As easy as takeout or changin’ his socks
The boy got a new head delivered in a box

Well the old head wheezed and sneezed and rattled
So he chopped it off and he fed it to the cattle
Wrote an i.o.u. a.s.a.p.
and u.p.s. delivered it to me

The boy needs a new head he’s always catchin’ colds
So he chopped off his old one and bought one more
As easy as takeout or changin’ his socks
The boy got a new head delivered in a box

Posted by steve at March 7, 2005 9:27 AM


I'd order billy harvey's, but the one on his website. 'cause I'd laugh and I'd laugh.

this song kicks arse.

Posted by: sean at March 7, 2005 10:41 AM

Hey, I like that song...very "88 lines..."-esk...why does it remind me of that little ditty, I wonder?

Could you write a sister song, entitled, "The girl needs a new heart"?

First line:
The girl needs a new heart cuz hers is on the floor...
He kicked it once for good measure on his way out the door...

I'm not bitter. Hey, Steve...I can't wait to see you in my 'hood (I know, I'm too white to actually say that) at Hooleyfest!!

Posted by: Poppylady at March 7, 2005 12:24 PM

will a new head come with a singing voice?

Posted by: marina at March 7, 2005 1:09 PM

Yes, it was an incredible show in Cave Creek. You made several new fans (people I begged to go to the show). I'm pretty sure Stinky will have box companies all over the USA fighting over sponsoring him. "Use my box!" "No my box is better!" "My boxes can be tuned!" get the picture.
T. Ali

Posted by: T. Ali at March 7, 2005 1:35 PM

george is a saint now?

that's rad.

Posted by: ccc at March 7, 2005 1:45 PM

Lou can pick my head since he has to look at it all the time. I've never written a sentence like that before.

Will we meet Stinky in Austin????!!!! They have lots of boxes thair.


Posted by: Rain at March 7, 2005 1:51 PM

That picture is awesome.
Is it April yet?

Posted by: Frag at March 7, 2005 4:43 PM

Waitaminit... what was really creepy? You singing Cabaret, or the rabbits and snakes? Or the combination of the three?

As far as heads go, I'd like one with inner workings that are less damaged than mine. And while you're at it, can you get me a new body too? I don't think this is the one I ordered from the manufacturer.

Posted by: Frag at March 7, 2005 9:47 PM

"Use my box!" "No my box is better!" "My boxes can be tuned!"..........

...somehow, this makes me think of carence.

Posted by: sean at March 8, 2005 11:47 AM

Definitely Keith Richards head. His is a good looking cranium and it seems to be rather immune to toxins.

Posted by: Greg at March 8, 2005 5:34 PM

In the picture it looks like Stinky is thinking about whose head he wants to to change fer. Looking forward to the fall in Cave Creek.

Posted by: Steve at March 9, 2005 9:51 AM

I think I'll take Cheryl Crow's head so I can jam with you in a cave...makes sure it includes her voice cuz I can't sing. If crow heads are all sold out I'll be the raven eating roadkill on the side of a desert dirt road. Then again...Georgia O'keeffe's head'll do too. Paint well friend.

Posted by: Lynn Cornberg at March 9, 2005 9:29 PM

Poltzy, it was great to hear you on Scott and BR again. I wish I could be there on Friday night. That's gonna be one helluva yoga session.

Posted by: Greg at March 10, 2005 4:06 PM

no one could go wrong if they had marty willson-piper's head.attractive in a horsey kind of way and very musically minded,and you'd end up with a cool accent instead of a stuffed-up-in-the-head sound ,where when your friends ring they say "oh you poor thing,have you got a cold??".Damn,that's annoying.And if you had the head in a box like that you could take it out and brush its hair and practice plaiting tecniques(spelling?that doesn't look right to me today)and all.Yes,it must be said that all round it would indeed be advantageous!!And you could get into head swapping with your mates,and go "wanna borrow Jackie O.this week,or do ya want Marty?"Good stuff.

Posted by: michaela? at March 10, 2005 4:12 PM

Great song! Especially when perfomed with the "Stinky Box". Was a great show last night! It is truely amazing how Stinky can take an ordinary Box, and turn it into a magical percussion instrument. It is a friggin box! He played a friggin box about the whole night! A Mormon Tabernacle box to be exact! (Spell checker is off here! ) Those of you who havn't seen Jeff play the box... Go... It is crazy! For some unknown reason the Box doesn't go well with Ten Chances though! Lol... ;-)

Thanks for Playing the Scotch and Soda song! A real treat! And the Amazing Grace was just that! AMAZING! You really put your heart and soul into that song!

Mmmmm and for whose head i would want?
Well, if you really want to know?? Well, I would have to be greedy here! I'd choose to have your manager's head. That way I could have you perform in my livingroom once a month to hear all your new stuff! ;-)


Posted by: Mark at March 11, 2005 11:16 AM

I like the picture.



Posted by: tussy at March 11, 2005 12:35 PM

Neil was really excited that you were going to play this song.

oh well

Posted by: Sharon at March 12, 2005 7:52 AM

Steve and Stinky,
Here is a goodbye poem for the "box"

A farewell speech for Stinky’s Box:

This simple box was for shredded Cheese
Much like Honey is for Bees
Most artists would use a drum and symbols
Like a teenager has Zits and Pimples.
But during a break, Stinky spoke to Kyle and Me,
About this box he found near Salt Lake City.

Stinky found its’ sound quite nice!
Like a Jim Beam on ice!
Everyone knows that Stinky is the BEST drum Player,
And that Steve Poltz is WAY better than John Mayer!
But towards the end of the second set,
This box became quite upset
And as Steve sang Bleeeeed til he was Blue,
The box was in need of some real strong glue.
Stinky beat and beat on the box, like nothing mattered
And this poor box became warped and tattered.

As the second set came to an end,
Stinky reached behind and grabbed a new friend!
It turned out stinky could play ANY box,
Much like Dr. Sues in Fox in Sox!
This box sounded so great every night,
The fans would cheer in delight!

So we promise not to throw this box away,
Cause stinky will play it at the Grammy’s someday!
We all admire this box with much dignity,
So when it passes, it may find its’ Deity!


Posted by: Mark at March 13, 2005 12:50 PM

Whoa! I can't believe you dusted off that old chesnut and fancied it up like dat! That kicks more butt than a butt-kicking kid who kicks other people's butts in butt-kicking contests.

Well done, my son!

Posted by: JD at March 15, 2005 1:37 PM

Don't they have computers in Texass?

Miss you stinky. And you too Stinky.
(even though I don't know Stinky -- I was jest lamenting that the other day -- Why don't I know Stinky?)

xo to sxsw and l&r&l&p

Posted by: tusstard at March 17, 2005 7:20 AM

'effin' brilliant....

Posted by: j eastman at March 17, 2005 9:56 PM

Love it! I miss seeing you play since moving to The Great White North.

Posted by: bil rosky at March 18, 2005 10:29 AM

Holy crap, man -- I can't believe you remembered this one.

Still congested, hairy chested,

Posted by: Kermit at March 30, 2005 10:36 AM

Kermie!!!! Ha! I love that you're immortalized for being a snothead.

Stop by the forum and say hey!

Posted by: ms p at April 4, 2005 4:14 AM

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