The Bicycle Thief – Memories Come and Go Like a Pop Song

By Chris P of Immediate Family

My earliest memory of this record was getting into the passenger seat of my best friend’s Nissan Altima in 2004. I was about 18 years old, a care-free musician who also happened to be a Red Hot Chili Peppers fanatic.

My buddy handed me the CD tray to this mystery record as he popped the CD into his car stereo and said, “Check out this record. It’s a band called The Bicycle Thief. It’s got that guy Bob Forrest who is friends with Anthony. John is on this record too.”

To be honest, that’s really all I needed to hear at that age to be sold, and I totally was. The “Cereal Song” quickly became our anthem, “Stoned” became our big rock track, “Tennis Shoes” was our art track. That record was a gem – and back then we kept gems to
ourselves.

It’s bittersweet for me, reflecting on my teenage years – there always seems to be this rosy retrospection happening.

Everything back then was “great.” The music I listened to, the music I made, the movies I loved, it was all perfect.

Today, when I revisit the great loves of my past, I tend to see blemishes that I never noticed as a kid. I can see behind the curtain – I can see how the trick works.

For some people that may be a downer, but for me it shows progress. How much I’ve learned, how much I’ve grown. That can also mean parting ways with the things you loved.

So naturally, the years moved on. I never “made it” in a band, but I was able to make music my life. Holding jobs in the various sectors of the music business – touring, management, PR, blogging.

I learned how to carve my own niche, and for me, that was just as good as performing. That meant it was okay to constantly digest articles, albums, and documentaries.

Which leads to a summer night 14 years later. A Saturday night with Chinese take-out and a scroll through the TV for something to watch. I see a documentary recommendation called, “Bob And The Monster.”

I think to myself, Bob? Bob…? Bob and The Monster? Who was that guy again? So I hit play and every minute that passes in the documentary refreshes my memory.

Thelonious Monster, the Chili Peppers, Josh Klinghoffer, THE BICYCLE THIEF! Of course! “Stoned,” “Cereal Song,” “Tennis Shoes,” and all the GREAT songs and players sprinkled throughout this spectacular movie reminded me of the beautifully underrated and understated songwriting genius that Bob possessed.

~ Chris P.

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The Bicycle Thief Vinyl Reissue – You Come and Go Like a Pop Song

Bob Forrest was part of the legendary band, The Bicycle Thief, with Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam fame.

On September 21, 2020, their 1999 album, “You Come And Go Like A Pop Song,” was re-released by Immediate Family Records on a collector vinyl edition to celebrate its 21st anniversary.

In addition to The Bicycle Thief, Bob was also the front man for the iconic LA band, Thelonious Monster.

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The Bicycle Thief performed ‘You Come And Go Like A Pop Song‘ live in its entirety at Alo House in Malibu, California in celebration of the band’s 21st anniversary vinyl reissue. Watch the video here.

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