The morning of the meeting, I got an email just letting me know what the show was going to be, what it was going to be about, and what the characters were. I was kind of taking it slow, so I was still in my pajamas. I opened up my phone, I looked at this, and I got so excited. I wrote the song pretty much in 10 minutes in my head, just reading the thing, I was like, “It should sound like this!” And then I’m scrambling to put on real clothes and drive over to the studio, humming guitar parts into my voice notes at the stoplight.
Basically, by the time I got to the meeting, I had a fully recorded song. And this is the first time they’re meeting me, this was the “get to know you” thing. I was like, “I have something,” and it ended up being one of those magic things that doesn’t happen that often. But sometimes as a creative person, every so often you have one of those things where it just is exactly right. Your first thought is exactly right. So, I played them the song that I wrote that morning, and it’s pretty much what you hear in the show now.
Fast-forward nearly a year later and I was able to get in touch with Mike Joyce, designer for Take This To Your Grave and founder of Stereotype Design. Mike has generously shared several never-before-seen assets from the making of TTTYG exclusively with The Bad Habits Collection. The following is a complete dissection of these contents, their fascinating history, and the artistic process that guided the way.