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Keep Left on Backstage Pass-0

Keep Left singing Track 3 on the 1996 album, "When She Wears Black".

Keep Left is a semi-active wonky rock band that Phineas & Ferb creator Dan Povenmire collaborates in.

The main band members are Michael Culross Jr, Mike/Michael Walker, Dan Povenmire, and Carl Williams. All four (along with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh) are credited for having written "Today is Gonna Be a Great Day", the main theme for Phineas and Ferb. Michael Culross Jr also continues to write songs for Phineas and Ferb, most often just listed under Michael Culross.

The band probably had its formative years some time in the 80s while Dan was in college. They actually released two professional albums-- the first of which has almost no proof of ever existing on the Internet, currently. In-fact, perhaps the most prevalent information about the band on the Internet stemmed originally from Povenmire's own YouTube channel, where he posted two performances by the band. Both albums also used to be available on aurec.com, previously a CD publishing website.

Keep Left, 1996

The first album cover, as scanned after purchase on 4/23.

Very, very recently, Keep Left's self-titled first album appeared on ebay.ca, from exactly one lister.

Quoted from the listing:

"This is their self-named debut album, featuring 12 songs,

produced by Keep Left and mixed by Bruce Bouillet.

  • Olvera Street
  • Public Service Announcement
  • When She Wears Black
  • Karey Likes to Sing
  • Bigger
  • Nobody's Home
  • Ida Marlowe
  • Keep the Devil Down
  • The Pencil Song
  • Sherry Wants a Baby
  • Angela
  • River's Edge"

Message received from lister after purchase.

(Side-note: Public Service Announcement is also listed on IMDb as the themesong for a little-known political satire show called Gab's Blabs ... a show which, coincidentally, appears to have disappeared entirely. Also, even more interestingly, in a recent performance, Public Service Announcement was revealed to have been the source of the long-standing running joke for Phineas and Ferb, "Yes, yes I am.")

UPDATE 4/26: The album has been RECOVERED, after 18 years of obscurity!! In related news, the album is REALLY good and even better than I personally ever dreamt. There's lots of hilarious stuff hidden in the album artwork, too, especially in the fine print on the back. Also, in a surprise turn of events, there are TWO extra tracks at the end labelled Bonus!

Album Download in MP3 Format (.zip, 81MB)

Album Download in FLAC Format (.zip, 372MB)

Album Scans w/ Album Art & Lyrics (.zip, 6MB)

Lyric transcriptions coming soon.

Letters from Fielding, 2000

The album cover for Letters from Fielding.

A message about Keep Left that Dan Povenmire left on the old website for his alma mater, the University of Southern California.

While currently out-of-print, Keep Left's sophomoric album is still plenty available in the Used & New section on Amazon. As a precaution, if ever it disappears entirely, the original poster intends to make it available on this page, as well.

As of 2017, Letters From Fielding is available on several streaming services including Spotify and iTunes.

The tracklisting is as follows:

  • I Took Your Mom to Disneyland
  • Fielding Went Bowling
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Mister Go
  • Man Bites Dog
  • Not Like Chocolate
  • They Got 'em Wrong (about 2 days)
  • Throwing Things at Cars
  • Numb
  • So Much Water
  • Drunk Again
  • 24 Hours Behind
  • My Girlfriend's Mom
  • God and Elvis
  • (Bonus Track)


The band in 1991. From Dan Povenmire's Twitter, 14 May 2018.

Michael Culross (left) and Dan Povenmire (right) performing in 1987. From Povenmire's Twitter, 29 Jun 2017.

Keep Left in the 1980s vs. 2020. From Povenmire's Twitter, 22 Feb 2020.