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A popular term for any substance claimed—without substantive evidence—to effectively treat one or more medical conditions

snake oil

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'Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets is different from Mad World in that it's not piano-driven, it's acoustic guitar driven, and that I wrote the songs for it,' he says.
Such ingenuity would have made a snakeoil salesman proud.
Gary filled his time constructively, returning to college to complete his English degree, and in 2001 he returned to his native San Diego to work with Michael Andrews and record the songs that would evolve into Trading Snakeoil.
Jules recorded his debut album, Greetings From The Side, in 1997 and it has been followed by a second album, Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets, which is set to be released in the UK following the success of Mad World.
'I put Mad World on my album, Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets,' he says, 'and it began to get community radio play in the States.
Still, there's something comforting about the thought that while it may be high-tech biochemical bandaids are holding my goddamn brain together, those wily wingnuts are busy mainlining themselves direct to the cortex with the steady drip of synthetic snakeoil.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK...GARY JULES: Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets (Sanctuary).
GARY JULES HOT on the heels of his wonderful reworking of Tears For Fears' Mad World, Gary Julesreleases his wonderfully original sounding album, Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets, mid January.
That meant the song was only available on Gary's album, Trading Snakeoil For Wolf Tickets, which he sold over the net.