Worlds Collide

August 21, 2009 4:46 PM

Written and recorded in or around 2004 (although exhibiting a very '80's sound & texture), I've been thinking, in a desultory way, about re-recording this one - comments on whether it's worth the candle welcome, as ever....

I always thought this sounded vaguely like an outtake from the Psychedelic Furs "Forever Now" sessions or perhaps "Mirror Moves": I can - in my wildest dreams - hear Richard Butler singing at least the hook. In some respects, given the Bowie acolyte references that have been levelled at some of my uploads (that's said in a "fair enough" spirit btw - I can't deny the Thin White Duke is a seminal, although very early, influence), it's hardly surprising - DB is a fan of RB and vice versa - an inescapable vortex......

posted by MajorDundee (6 comments total)

Oh, and apropos the current thread about "grear porn" - all the guitar parts on this were recorded with a single instrument- a Fender Stratocaster Ultra which, thankfully, I still have - it's an utter babe - if you're a guitarist and ever get the chance to buy one of these (now discontinued) sweethearts, don't hesitiate - it's the ultimate general purpose electric guitar to die for in my humble op.
posted by MajorDundee at 5:18 PM on August 21, 2009

"gear porn", obviously...
posted by MajorDundee at 5:19 PM on August 21, 2009

It sounds pretty good to me, although I'd really like the chorus to "punch" more -- I never thought, "yeah! Here's the chorus again!" which is what I like to do.

I like the way the first verse starts, when the vocals come in -- is that a key change?

The first half-second reminds me of "Every Breath You Take."
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:48 AM on August 23, 2009

Ha! Great, it's like the Police meets Men At Work. Well done, great guitar tone
posted by CarrotAdventure at 7:27 AM on August 24, 2009

As always, it's really well executed. It doesn't rock me the way some of your efforts do, and I think I have identified why -- in fact, I have figured out that I can split your posts into two categories. Your songs are always beautifully produced, but sometimes they have this sort of "polite 80's texture" to them. That brings the feel of the production too close to the sort of soft-rock/lite jazz type sound for me. In other songs, there is a bit more darkness somehow, or weight. Those appeal to me, sometimes a whole lot.

Both categories feature excellent songwriting and arrangements etc, so it's always a pleasure to hear your stuff either way. But in terms of personal taste, that's how it breaks down for me.
posted by edlundart at 8:04 PM on August 25, 2009

Thanks all - have to admit that I tend to get wasted on Friday nights and then take poorly-judged upload decisions. oooyesh, tha soundsh fuckin fabyoolush.... Gotta stop that.

edlundart - yup - know what you mean. The stuff I've written and recorded over the last two years or so has got darker and rougher (and better received). I see it as a progression from the cleaner earlier stuff typified by this effort. But because of my random and non-chronological"programme", it probably confuses the hell out of everyone and sounds very schizoid.

Intrigues me that anything smelling vaguely of jazz does seem generally to be rather frowned upon - and not just in the MeFiMu community. I've no idea why, and it's kinda sad really because in the right hands (not mine obviously) it is a very powerful, rich and potent form of music. As an example of something that will pin you to the wall more powerfully than most rock bands, check out Coltrane's "Blues Minor" - and play it LOUD. The intensity is almost unbearable. The inventiveness endless.
posted by MajorDundee at 12:29 PM on August 26, 2009

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