Good – Better than Ezra

Better Than Ezra is an American alternative rock trio based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In addition to vocalist, chief songwriter and guitarist Kevin Griffin from Monroe, Louisiana, the other current members of Better Than Ezra as of February 2009 are bassist and background vocalist Tom Drummond and drummer Michael Jerome, who joined the band in 2009. In addition, James Arthur Payne accompanies the band on tour, singing background vocals and playing supplemental guitar and keyboard accompaniment.

Better Than Ezra was formed in 1988 by its four original members – vocalist and guitarist Kevin Griffin; Joel Rundell, the lead guitarist; bassist Tom Drummond; and drummer, Cary Bonnecaze. All four members were attending Louisiana State University at the time of Better Than Ezra’s formation. Their first practice also took place in 1988, shortly after the band’s formation. Better Than Ezra’s first public performance was at Murphy’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, also in 1988. Though many theories abound, the band refuses to disclose the origin of its name.[4] Fans of the group often refer to themselves as Ezralites.

Better Than Ezra circulated a demo cassette tape later in 1988, the Chimes Street Demo. While not an official release, this demo is sought-after by the band’s fans, and traded by collectors. In 1990 the band released a cassette-only album, Surprise.

Joel Rundell, the band’s lead guitarist, committed suicide on August 8, 1990. The remaining three members of the band took some time off to reassess its future following Rundell’s death. However, Griffin, Drummond and Bonnecaze reunited Better Than Ezra as a trio by the end of 1990. The trio continued playing house parties and fraternity shows across The South during the early 1990s.



Looking around the house
Hidden behind the window and the door
Searching for signs of life but there’s nobody home
Well maybe I’m just too sure
And maybe I’m just too frightened by the sound of it
Pieces of note fall down but the letter said

Uh huh, it was good
Living with you
Uh huh, it was good

Good, good, good, good, good, good

Sitting around the house
Watching the sun trace shadows on the floor
Searching for signs of life but there’s nobody home
Well maybe I’ll call or write you a letter
Now maybe we’ll see on the Fourth of July
But I’m not too sure
And I’m not too proud
Well I’m not to sure
And I’m not to proud to say

Uh huh, it was good
Living with you
Uh huh, it was good

Yeah you were so good
Yeah you were so damn good.

(Yeah, that’s right!)

  • Audio from the 1995 album, Deluxe:


About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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