89 Mojo

89 Mojo

 Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
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Rock/Power pop originals and fun (and often unpredictable) covers. Hooks, harmonies, and good times...and a great local following.

Biography

Ever since forming in 1999, 89 Mojo has been one of southeast Wisconsin's favorite rock 'n roll party bands, earning them praise such as "the perfect festival band." Being a "do-it-yourself" indie band that mixes in an equal amount of fun cover tunes has provided the group it's successful niche. It's what works for the band, as well as any fan of melody-driven rock and pop music. An energetic live show, coupled with their recordings, has built them a great fanbase. They have performed at many of the area's well-known venues and festivals, including Milwaukee's Summerfest, the legendary Brat Stop, and Chicago's famed Cubby Bear. Regular dates at Milwaukee's Potawatomi Casino and Racine's Rt 20 Outhouse have helped secure the bands fanbase in SE Wisconsin. In March 2012, they made their Nashville debut with two nights on the famous Broadway strip, and made a return trip in Feb. 2013. The band has also played in Las Vegas each year since 2010, with more and more friends and fans joining them for each adventure.

89 Mojo are not here in search of their "big break" or to set the music world on fire, but simply to have a fantastic time making music and memories.

"...well-written, well-played music.....89 Mojo are practically a Kenosha institution. Lots of melody, lots of talent, and lots of energy..." - Matt Specht (Action Magazine, Jan. 06)

Performance history:
Milwaukee Summerfest, Racine Harborfest, Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, Kenosha's Southfest & Weekend at the Lake, McAuliffe's (Racine), Bradley Center (Milw. Bucks showcase), Rio Casino (Las Vegas), Whiskey Bent (Nashville), Tequila Cowboy (Nashville), Dry Bean (Madison), Potawatomi Casino (Milwaukee, WI), Rt. 20 Outhouse (Sturtevant, WI), Vnuk's (Cudahy, WI), Pitcher's Mound (Beloit), Brat Stop (Kenosha), Cubby Bear (Lincolnshire, IL), and many others...
Opened for:
Grand Funk Railroad, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Great White, Will Hoge, Sister Hazel, Night Ranger, Fingertight, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Firehouse, and others...

Lyrics

Get

Written By: Grant June & Paul Geasland

Walking through the mall
I was confronted by a hottie
who was almost fine enough to be an angel
she told me she was hungry
so I offered her my fries
I said "you know the burnt pieces have more flavor"
she said "tell me all about it
I've been burnt so many times
because noone ever really got to know me"
so I shook my head and said "whatever"
'cuz I couldn't think of anything clever

I just wanna get back home
I just wanna get with you
I just wanna get my piss on
and call my friends and get drunk on the lawn

(if that wasn't bad enough, then my alarm clock went off)
Walked into the office and I grabbed myself some coffee
and I started playing games on the computer
This guy next to me he's 55 his life's a mess
He's got a wife and I think he's gonna shoot her
Bossman he's been screamin' 'bout the homerun we've been needin'
but he never even really got to know me
so I shook my head and I said "whatever"
'cuz I couldn't think of anything clever

(Chorus)

And I know tomorrow won’t go any easier
This isn’t a perfect place
But right now I’m cool with the warmth of you
And the sun on my face

From the sweat shop to the pawn shop
to the bar which was my last stop
where I met an Irishman from California
He said "you should be cautious
'cuz I feel a little nauseous
I get pissy when I miss me daily porn, yeah"

(Chorus)

("hey, where are my car keys?")

Pretty Girls (Invisible)

Written By: Grant June

My oh "my how your eyes sparkle" (*) - I stole that from a song
Yeah, I know that sounds cliché - but I know that it isn’t wrong
I am sure you’ve got a boyfriend - if so, he’s a lucky guy
And if not, you have your pick - and losers need not apply

When I play out in my mind, the hundred different lines
Somehow each one leads to rejection every time

The pretty girls, no they don’t see me
They dance and laugh and get their drinks for free
It sucks to be me, I am invisible
The pretty girls move effortlessly
Walking on air with their manicured feet
Sucks to be me, I am invisible
Invisible

You move with so much style and grace, just bringing a straw to your lips
I caught a hint of your perfume - it’s become my favorite
Think I’ll smile and wave and buy you a drink next time you turn around
And approach you with the confidence of knowing I would be shot down

(bridge & chorus)

If you took a chance to know me, I’d make it worth your while
‘Cuz I could spend a lifetime just trying to make you smile
"My oh my how your eyes sparkle", I'd say if you came near
Someday I'll say it to your face, but for now it's to my beer

(chorus)

*taken from "Not that cool" by Will Hoge (we highly recommend!)

Darkest Days

Written By: Grant June

When you’re happy and healthy, and the world is treatin’ you as it should
Jot in all down in a letter, and send it off when the time is good
But you’re my friend and we’ll get back together again… (yeah)

I’ve got a dimly lit little light - helps me find my way in the blackest night
I think of you now and then - not as often as I’d like, not quite
But I know you, and you’ll be alright on your own

But in your darkest days, you call me - and I’ll find you..home

No, goodbyes aren’t forever - just a gradual distance
And good intentions leave little resistance
As persistence greets non-existence

But in your darkest days, you call me - and I’ll find you..home

The world can rip your heart out and leave you filled with self doubt
There’s nothing you can undo
The clouds will break up, the sun will shine through
This I promise you

So when you’re happy and healthy and the world is treatin’ you as it should
Write it down in a letter and send it off when the time is good…

But in your darkest days, you call me - and I’ll find you
In your darkest days, you call me - and I’ll find you
In your darkest days - I’ll find you…and we’ll go home

You don't have to have a good time to drink

Written By: Grant June

Grab a cold one – I’ve got a story to tell
One you know all too well
I was hangin’ – hanging out at my regular barstool
When she called me – then called me a fool

I said “Baby, what is wrong with a couple of drinks with a couple of guys?
I’m not cheatin’, and I’m not telling lies”
She said “Baby, please don’t call me baby anymore
You’ve been out every damn night since November 2004”

She left me, I let her – now I’m trying to forget her
Before my heart starts to sink
No, you don’t have to have a good time to drink

Took a cab to the Rendevouz, but there was nobody there that I knew
So I sat down for just one or two
A beer and a shot and a dozen rum and cokes
Couldn’t drown my sorrow, but it sure got soaked

Got a few dollars, but my heart is broke
I got to laugh, but it’s no joke
But tonight I’m with friends, I think
No, you don’t have to have a good time to drink

You don’t have to dance and you don’t have to sing
And have a perfectly terrible time
‘Cause misery loves company, and it mixes so well with wine

I was mumblin’, I was fumblin’ – I came bumblin’, stumblin’, tumblin’ down
I took two pretty girls with me to the ground
My vision was blurred and my speech was slurred when I tried to apologize
It’s too bad bouncers are not paid to sympathize

You know that he’s pissed when your face meets his fist
And you’re down before your bloodshot eyes blink
No, you don’t have to have a good time to drink

Salute.

The Other 167

Written By: Grant June

Put on a clean shirt, find a smile to match
Wave to the neighbors, or something like that
Trying hard to walk the walk; sometimes I fall flat on my face
Showered and dressed in my Sunday best, then tripping on my shoelace

Just longing for a pure heart, reflected in action and voice
So I walk through the church doors to worship and rejoice
And it feels real good for an hour or so, then it’s back to reality
Where the everyday troubles and personal struggles try to get the best of me

It’s the other 167 that make me nervous
It’s the other 167 that I’m worried about

Sometimes the weekend, I fear it, if I’m weakened in spirit, and my heart plays tug of war
The dance of one step forward and one step back – I’m right back where I was before
You know what they say about idle time, and it’s gonna be a long, long night
As the devil to my left tells me to forget about the angel to my right

It’s the other 167 that make me nervous
It’s the other 167 that I’m worried about
Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord stay with me
Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord stay with me

10,020 minutes, each one of them has temptation in it
10,020 minutes, each one of them has salvation in it
Stay with me, the rest of the week….please

Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord stay with me
‘Cuz it’s the other 167 that makes me nervous
It’s the other 167 that I’m worried about
It’s the other 167 that make me nervous
It’s the other 167 that I’m worried about

10,020 minutes -10,020 minutes – only 10,020 minutes to go

Maybe it's me

Written By: Grant June

It's in the way I call and nobody's home
The way I go out and wind up alone
And we started with 22 people

Or maybe it's the way I've learned to fight and argue
About anything, it doesn't matter with who
It's finally beginning to sink in
Don't want to admit it, but I should be thinkin'

Na, na, na - maybe it's me
Na, na, na - maybe it's me
I am starting to wonder, maybe it's -

The way things never go my way
I've never had a lucky day
The world is out to get me

Or maybe it's the day you said you're leavin', goodbye
No, it's not you, I gotta go, don't know why
But something in your eyes as you leave
You're parting sweet sorrow, I shouldn't believe

Na, na, na - maybe it's me
Na, na, na - maybe it's me
I am starting to wonder, I am starting to wonder, maybe it's -

The day you said you're leavin', goodbye
No, it's not you, I gotta go, don't know why
But something in your eyes as you leave
You're parting sweet sorrow, I shouldn't believe

Na, na, na - maybe it's me
Na, na, na - maybe it's me
Na, na, na, na, na, na (na, na, na, na)
Na, na, na, na, na, na (na, na, na, na)
I am starting to wonder
Maybe it's, maybe it's, maybe it's you

Discography

"Watching my world go by" - 2000
5 song EP - 2002
"89 Mojo" - 2003
"Five" - 2004
"Wish" - 2005 (Christmas single)
"Live" - Nov. 2007
"Fear the Deer" - Milwaukee Bucks Saturday Showcase Sampler, Vol. 3 - 2010
"Hi-Fi Christmas Party", Volume 3 (Vandalay Records) - 2011
"TODAY!" - July 2011
"Free For The Giving" (Grant June solo) - Dec. 2012

Set List

A huge repertoire of both covers and originals keep each show fresh and uniquely entertaining.

Cover examples (often our own version):

Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Sugar, we're going down - Fall Out Boy
Violent Femmes medley
Rodeo Clowns - Jack Johnson
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
Don't ask me why - Billy Joel
Ring of Fire - Social Distortion
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
50 ways to leave your lover - Paul Simon
80's Medley (Cars, Police, INXS, DuranDuran, etc)
American Idiot - Green Day
No such thing - John Mayer
Sublime medley
Every Monday - Marvelous 3
Sick of Myself - Matthew Sweet
1985 - Bowling for Soup
Hole hearted - Extreme
Banditos/Mexico - Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
Just like a pill - Pink
Sedated - Ramones
Always something there to remind me - Naked Eyes
Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
Suck my kiss - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
Beatles - (we often play one or two songs of the dozen in our catalog