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(released December 1993)
(reissued as tracks 1-10 on the CD  Jeremy Gloff – THE FIRST TWO ALBUMS)

You Could Never Love Me (lyrics)
I Sleep Alone (lyrics)
Song About Katie (lyrics)
I Wish You Were My Child (lyrics)
The Latch On The Door (lyrics)
Child (lyrics)
Over and Over Everyday (lyrics)
True Stories (lyrics)
Hollow Elation (lyrics)
Winter (lyrics)

TRUE STORIES was my very first album, recorded on 4-track in the bedroom of the house I grew up in. I remember at the time being so very proud of this album. It was such a thrill to go down to the copy store, photocopy the cassette covers, (CDS weren’t really available to the underground for a few years yet…) and to buy those cheap-ass cassette tapes and high speed duplicate for hours on end. I had yet to come to terms with my sexuality, but in the lyrics to these songs I sent out the first hint to my friends that something queer was going on in Jeremy-villle. The big moment came at the end of the album, when I say “I wish he was here again.” My friends were shocked when they heard this, and I did a quick cover-up job, saying it was only meant for a friend. Yea right, the friend in question was this guy I was totally in love with. Many of the themes I explored in my music over the following decade first make their appearance here: unrequited love from straight boys, guilt over being sexually active, and my tendency to obsess over unhealthy, destructive people. Looking back on it all I have written some of the most beautiful songs about people who treated me in a very ugly way. Sonically, I will admit that this album is somewhat of a tough listen. My vocals were very raw, and all I had for instrumentation was a cheap keyboard and drum machine. I think “I Wish You Were My Child” is a pretty obvious Madonna tribute, but lyrically and aesthetically I was very much inspired by Sinead O’Connor. I took the genuine, contemporary, naked emotion of Sinead’s music as a challenege-I strove to write songs as soul-bearing and personal as hers. At the time, I couldn’t believe I was actually releasing some of the stuff I was writing about. But this was only the starting point – throughout the next decade I would always try to expose and unearth what I was truly thinking and feeling via my song lyrics.

All music and lyrics written, produced, arranged, and performed by Jeremy Gloff
Copyright 1993 Riotboy Music ASCAP
Front Cover Photo: Melanie Smith
Shaved Head Photo: Kristen Spinks
Cover Design: JG