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Gearing up for their second real stint in the studio, Wayne and Michael spent weeks scrutinizing their favorite albums by Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and others, obsessing over the sounds they wanted to capture at Goodnight Audio in Dallas with engineer Ruben Ayala. Oh My Gawd!!! makes more use of dramatic dynamic shifts and subtle textures to color the music, with Wayne alternating acoustic guitar with bursts of electric noise, Richard overdubbing piano and the group adding more taped samples. "It wasn't so much experimental as it was, 'Let's have raucous fun with the music we love,'" Richard said. Highlights include the ballad "Love Yer Brain," the rollicking anthem "Everything's Explodin'," and the nine-plus-minute-long, Pink Floyd-style freak-out, "One Million Billionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning." There also are some failed experiments and misguided over-indulgence (chief among these: the tape-collage tomfoolery of "Ode to C.C. (Part I)") and the band would come to regret the name, chosen at the last minute because the label needed something for its catalog. "That truly is a shitty title," Wayne said.