King of the World (Cover)

March 4, 2017 8:51 PM

Super 8's "King of the World" is one of my favorite long-lost '90s songs.

I recorded this, per l'usuale, with the ol' Telecaster Thinline, the Super Champ XD, and GarageBand, fast and dirty. This is one I've been working on off and on for about 10 years, though.

The back story and qualifier for the "Storytime" tag is this: This was one of those songs I'd heard on the radio sometime around 1996, fallen in love with, then eventually stopped hearing and never managed to find again. It wasn't a big hit, but it got a good bit of play on local radio. Then one day, maybe a decade later, I was in Vintage Vinyl, the local record store, flipping through the bargain bin, and there was the CD!

So yeah, this song is one of my staples, deceptively simple but something I could always layer more on top of, the kind of thing I'll always riff on when I'm warming up. And it has enough chord variations that I'll always forget one here and there, always rendering it a bit loose around the edges. Also, GarageBand kind of cut out in the middle like it does sometimes (claiming too many live tracks playing at once when there are only 2 tracks audible, le sigh), but I don't actually mind the breakdown effect that created.

The other part of the back story is that I've been trying to record myself singing an average of a song a day this year (previously, per the Do the Thing That Scares You challenge). I don't record accompaniment for most, and many songs I've recorded via video, singing along with the radio while filming the traffic I'm driving in. Counting those (I count anything that involves recording myself singing, since this is basically immersion therapy via band practice), this makes about No. 72. So I'm right on target, and I think my singing is indeed improving.

Thanks for listening!

posted by limeonaire (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

glittering and gorgeous.
posted by dorian at 9:54 PM on March 4 [1 favorite]


I like this better than the original (which I'd never heard before, but I looked it up just now). And I like that clean chorus channel overlaid with the distortion and the reverb.
posted by not_on_display at 9:33 PM on March 10


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