Q: Wow, a live CD. I heard you guys sucked live and you had a huge fight onstage and Heeley started a riot and Jack got arrested and that’s why you broke up and don’t play any more shows.
A:
That’s not really a question at all.  And none of it’s true.  We don’t really play anymore because we all decided it was time to move on.  We made this live CD for you, our wonderful fans.

Q: Gee, thanks! How can we buy this live CD?
A:
Check out our merch page and email us at callmepopps@hotmail.com to place an order.

Q: Who recorded this for you?
A:
The first 5 songs were recorded by longtime soundman “Animal” directly off the soundboard at legendary STL venue Mississippi Nights.  Mississippi Nights is now closed and that makes us very sad.  The last three tracks were recorded with Ryan Michael’s mini-disc recorder and a small microphone (that’s why they sound different from the other tracks) at the Enigma Lounge.  The Enigma Lounge is also closed but that makes us very happy. Why? Because they stiffed us after a show we played and didn't pay us.  Come on, that’s bush.  Bush league.

Q: Is that why you say “...now we rock the Enigma but we don't get paid…” at the end of the live version of “Round & Round” on this CD?
A:
Yes.

Q: What’s up with some of these songs on the live CD?  I’ve never heard of them.
A:
We were a band for 6 years, so we had quite a few songs that we played at live shows but wound up never ended up getting recorded.  I’m sure that you’ve heard some of these songs at our shows if you’re a longtime fan.

Q: But I’m a newer fan!  Can you tell me a bit about each of these weird songs?
A:
Sure.
Victim Of The Hookup is a newer song that would have been on our next album (if we had made another album.) Aaron is very proud of his intricate and groundbreaking bass solo that occurs early in the song.
Get It is a few years old and has gone through some changes over the years. It was written after some phone calls from a few very tenacious telemarketers.
Beautiful also takes us back a few years. We noticed that a lot of bands have a song called ‘Beautiful” and we wanted to be cool like them. So we listened to a few of our favorite ‘Beautiful’ songs, stole borrowed a line from each, and wrote a song around them.

Bite The Wax Tadpole
is another oldie that the Somnia faithful may recall as our standard set-closer. It's about people not understanding other people.

Q: What the hell does the title mean?
A:
We heard a story once about Coca-Cola -- when it was originally marketed in China way back when, the word ‘Coca-Cola’ was translated into Chinese.  Unfortunately, the translation was poorly made and ended up meaning something along the lines of ‘bite the wax tadpole’. Doesn’t sound like a very appetizing soft drink, does it?  Turns out the story wasn't 100% true, but it made an interesting song title. Just google the phrase if you want to find out more about it. And wait.....wasn't I telling you about our ‘weird’ songs that you’ve never heard before? Quit interrupting me!

Q: Sorry.
A:
It’s okay, we still love you. Finally, for those that don’t know, Helter Skelter is a Beatles song. It’s common knowledge among musicians that in order to cover a Beatles tune, your band has to be either really good, really cocky, or really stupid. We'd like to think we're a little bit of all of those.

Q: Who is Steve Waller and why does everyone think he’s cute?
A:
Steve Waller was the frontman for Just Add Water, our old pals in the STL scene. And he is pretty cute.

Q: What’s up with the Movie Tunes Intro thing? Who is that guy and what is that from?
A:
Our drummer Mike Lowder used to work as a sound engineer. He recorded a lot of on-hold messages and commercials and stuff. The Movie Tunes clip you hear is actually part of a larger Movie Tunes spoof that we used before a few of our live shows. Lowder used an unnamed STL voice talent to imitate the Movie Tunes guy, who recorded a bunch of material. Lowds then made these into various 'Movie Tunes' segments. We’d play these clips in between songs in the house music before we went onstage. 

Q: I have a few questions about the photo collage. Why is there a naked girl's boobs on TV in the collage?
A:
Didn’t you read our goodbye message located elsewhere on this site? If you had, you’d know that Heeley’s tour van had a cool setup inside – a TV and a SuperNES and a VCR. Occasionally, on the long dusty road, we’d pop in an adult film.

Q: Ewwwww. Gross.
A:
Hey -- don’t judge.

Q: What's Heeley doing on that $2004 bill?
A:
Every year, Somnia would play a New Year's Eve Show sometime during the week around New Year's. These shows, known as "Mike Heeley's Rockin' New Year's Eve" Shows, were a staple for 6 years running.  That fake bill was was a ticket to the New Year's Eve 2003 show. Rumor has it that unused tickets from that show are now legal tender in certain parts of Venezuela.

Q: Where is that marquee from? Is that really Beatle Bob pointing at Aaron’s guitar? Did Jack always smoke onstage?
A:
Chicago, yes, and yes.

Q: Who's that guy in the red shirt between Heeley and Aaron -- the guy playing synchronized guitar with them?
A:
That is longtime Somnia producer Darrell McClanahan. He produced all of our albums and we heart him very much.

Q: Okay, then who's that other guy onstage with Somnia?  He's not Jack, he's not Darrell.....who is he?
A:
That is former Somnia guitarist/megaphone artist Max Eisenberg. He left the band to pursue a career in the art of the seductive laugh.  He remains good friends with the band to this day and we also heart him very much.

Q: What if people reading this have other questions that they want answered? Can they email them to you at callmepopps@hotmail.com and will you possibly answer them on this site?
A:
Yep.

Q: So tell me again how I can buy this live CD, along with all of your other CDs which by the way, make great stocking stuffers?
A:
Check out our merch page and email us at callmepopps@hotmail.com to place an order.