Ben Krieger

Ben Krieger

BandRockAmericana

Legend has it that the members of Guided By Voices and Fleetwood Mac got together in the early 90s and rerecorded the entire *Pleased to Meet Me* album by the Replacements. Sadly, no one ever heard this minor masterpiece, but the world does have Ben Krieger’s music, which apparently sounds close.

Biography

The following biography was created by a fan on Ben Krieger's Ad Lib Biography Page. You can read this blend of truth and fiction or feel free to make your own! (http://www.benkrieger.com/benkriegerbio.htm)

In a downtrodden corner of Cleveland, Ohio, somewhere north of the Nimbatubutu River, one can still find Jean Charles's Guitar Shop. It is here that an 18-year old Ben Krieger bought his first guitar for $77, using the money he made by walking pet rhinoceroses for upper-class families on the other side of the tracks. There’s a hunger in his songs that could only stem from such a unique, lower-middle class childhood. Rock critic Chuck Rudolph noted as much in a review of 2003's "Drama Queen" record: "In the spaces between each delectable pluck of a guitar string, one can practically hear the sound of crying rhinoceroses, and the material is that much more compelling."
As prolific as Mozart, as lyrically gifted as Cyndi Lauper and as white as Dido, Ben is on a journey of the heart and soul, spinning tales of dismemberment as easily as he does tales of heartbreak. He's a political writer as well, setting his sites on such topics as bear management...and always skewering his targets mercilessly. In fact, in the spirit of Prince's "Black Album" and Brian Wilson's "sMile", Ben Krieger fans can be found scrambling on message boards for bootlegged copies of "Third Time's the Charm, You Bastard" his unreleased triple-length concept record that attacks John Kerry over the course of 180 minutes.
In 2005, Ben released (in all seriousness) three CDs: "Queen of the Ocean, Commander of the Sea" (a prog-folk outing), "Now We Are Kissed" (a pedal steel-laden geek-folk outing with the Modern Major Generals) and "A Fine Line Between" (a glossy production with rock band GunStreetRadio). Simply put, it would be difficult to find an artist as creative, as vital, or as neurotic as Ben Krieger. To ignore his music is to do so at your own peril.

Lyrics

Lightning Man

Written By: Ben Krieger

Dr. Destruction has taken control of the Hoover Dam
The President swears that there never as been such a devilish plan
So I’m strapping my boots on, donning my mask
Swallow a shot down and pay up my tab
I could stay a little longer
I could stay a little longer
But the world keeps c-c-c-calling me

I’ve gotta go, don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
Don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
Danger’s demanding
Can’t stay here standing
I’ve gotta go, don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
And the world’s got another disaster
The world’s got another disaster for me

She was a student, she blew me away with her bangs and bows
Seven years married, she waited up late with the midnight show
‘Til a 6 A.M. taxi cab drove her away
One of the people that I couldn’t save
Could’ve stayed a little longer
She could’ve stayed a little longer
But the world keeps c-c-c-calling me

I’ve gotta go, don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
Don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
Danger’s demanding
Can’t stay here standing
I’ve gotta go, don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
And the world’s got another disaster
The world’s got another disaster for me

Holiday dinner left warm on the plate as I shot through space
Children stay loving and faithful if they can remember your face
Crayola pictures that I cherish dear
The mail stopped bringing them over the years
Could’ve stayed a little longer
I could’ve stayed a little longer
But the world keeps c-c-c-calling me

I’ve gotta go, don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
Don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
Danger’s demanding
Can’t stay here standing
I’ve gotta go, don’t you know I’m Lightning Man?
And the world’s got another disaster
And the world’s got another disaster
And the world’s got another disaster
And the world’s got another disaster
And the world’s got another disaster for me

Words and music by Ben Krieger © 2003

Donavan Beach

Written By: Ben Krieger

Driving to Donavan Beach
4-door sedan with the circus all loaded
Susie and Richard and me
Dad’s at the wheel and mom’s got the road map
Hours on end in the sand
Three of us running on down to the lighthouse
Richard with shells in his hand
Susie would lift him up over the broken glass

Oh, Richard, listen to the whispering waves
What do you imagine they’re saying?

Driving to Donavan Beach
Shiny new van with the circus all loaded
Susie and Richard and me
Mom double-checking for all the prescriptions
Hours on end in the sand
Grey battered boardwalk with popcorn and hot dogs
Richard too tired to stand
Susie would steer him around all the broken glass

Oh, Richard, listen to the whispering waves
What do you imagine they’re saying?

Driving to Donavan Beach
Black limousine like the ones in the movies
Mom and dad hardly speak
I’m making different shapes with my fingers
Susie holds Richard in hand
Lifts up the lid and the misty wind takes him
Blowing all over the sand
Into the sea shells and over the broken glass

Driving to Donavan Beach
I’m at the wheel and Barbara’s beside me
Richard is in his seat
Dribbling oatmeal and mumbling gibberish
Splashing around in the foam
Filling his bucket with sea stones and star fish
Curls all sun bleached and blown
His laughter it echoes the uncle he’ll never know.

Oh, Richard, listen to the whispering waves
What do you imagine they’re saying?

Words and music by Ben Krieger ©2001

Butterfly

Written By: Ben Krieger

Stars burn out for you
Flowers bend down for you
Birds fly west for you
Shorelines crest for you
Boys break down for you
Hearts beat hard for you
Rainbows bend for you
Teardrops end for you

I am a butterfly, I am a rainbowed-clover
And you are the brand new flower I’m fluttering over
I like the way your lips press a little bit warmer
I like the way you pin-up and kiss me in corners

With my colors always on display
I’m known for shyly staying at bay
But I like your style
If you hold out your finger, I’ll flutter on down
If you hold out your finger, I’ll flutter on down
If you hold out your finger, I’ll flutter on down to you

I am a butterfly, I am a song for ages
Don’t try to bend my wings back and press me in pages
Then if the wind blows strong and your petals are reeling
I’ll cuddle close to you ‘til the storm is receding

With my colors always on display
I’m known for shyly staying at bay
But I like your style
If you hold out your finger, I’ll flutter on down
If you hold out your finger, I’ll flutter on down
If you hold out your finger, I’ll flutter on down to you

Words and music by Ben Krieger ©2003

Discography

Now We Are Kissed EP (2005)
Queen of the Ocean, Commander of the Sea LP (2005)
Pirate Radio EP (w/ GunStreetRadio - 2005)
A Fine Line Between LP (w/ GunStreetRadio - 2005)
Drama Queen LP (2003)
4-Way Break-up EP (w/ GunStreetRadio - 2002)
The Wasabi Recordings LP (2002)
Keeping The Day Job LP (1998)
I Know What You're Wearing EP (1997)

Set List

Ben plays all original material, with an occaisional cover for kicks.

A 60-minute set might look like this:

Mr. Hitman
It's Not You (It's Me)
Denver
Me & My Lotion
Ordinary Rose
She's Got My Records
Missing Number Blues
Long Gone Track
Miss Magic
Laced Your Gloves
Yummy Yummy (The Ohio Express)
Lightning Man
Funeral Band