Aging rock act on new album: This time we wanted to go back to the basics

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Seems like every other issue of RS features a legacy act describing their new album as a return to basics, or something similar. I feel like I've seen Dave Grohl and Bono do so recently but can't find the quotes. Hopefully this Muse statement, even if it is slightly anti-album, can serve as inspiration to get the thread rolling:

https://i.imgur.com/5T3KfOi.jpg

But in a radical twist, they have decided to lose the high concepts and release new songs individually weeks after recording them (...) "It reminds me of when the band first started..."

This thread should also have room for quotes in the spirit of "we went into the studio with 300 new songs and in the end only 14 made the cut"

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:23 (two years ago) link

i'm into this radical new idea of just focusing on one song at a time.

and in my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine♪♫ (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:24 (two years ago) link

"..and release new songs individually weeks after recording them .."

didn't Ash try this approach for a while ?

mark e, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:33 (two years ago) link

here's Grohl on the latest Foo Fighters:

So we were like, ‘God, if we were to record again, how are we going switch it up?’ For us to switch it up right now (whistles) would be to go into the studio and make a record like a normal band. That kind of became the focus, it was like alright, now that we can sort of shed that other stuff and just write songs and record them in a studio as you do.”

https://www.alternativenation.net/dave-grohl-reveals-foo-fighters-will-switch-new-album-sonic-highways-dead/

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:41 (two years ago) link

wait, what were they doing before? not writing songs and recording them on the moon?

scott seward, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:45 (two years ago) link

seattle grunge rocker rob halford will tell you that it isn't always so easy to go back to basics.

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28685635_10156694694627137_7491661337674484406_n.jpg?oh=262fb34b4144f30bdf1ec04eae601257&oe=5B44A395

scott seward, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:46 (two years ago) link

haha, I love that image

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:50 (two years ago) link

This is Wire since they came back for the 2nd time, isn't it?

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:51 (two years ago) link

Flagpole: This interview is about your new album, but since it hasn't been released yet, can you tell us something about it?

Michael Stipe: Well, it's a lot louder than the last three records. It's
very raw, and, uh, punk rock. It's kind of in-your-face.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:58 (two years ago) link

Joe Strummer on Cut the Crap

"We wanted to strip it down, back to punk rock roots"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O12XU0KS8fU

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:58 (two years ago) link

Ha, that Grohl quote is priceless! Pure Spinal Tap.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:08 (two years ago) link

I'm guessing mookieproof's Stipe qupte relates to Monster.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:10 (two years ago) link

*quote, even.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:10 (two years ago) link

Was searching for a Nick Cave quote, circa Nocturama and Grinderman, on writing and recording quickly. Fifth google result already bled into Pixies interviews:

https://dailycollegian.com/2017/09/a-conversation-with-the-pixies-joey-santiago/

DC: Your new record “Head Carrier” sonically builds off the new addition of Bassist Paz Lenchantin. I’m wondering what it was like to get into the studio with her? Did she contribute anything new to the Pixies sonically?

JS: Yes, of course she did. Her suggestions and her arrangement ideas. When we got into the studio with Paz, it was time to get back to basics, whatever that meant with us. We didn’t have to work hard at finding a new connection. When we start making music, it’s just making music. There’s no thought or pressure involved in it. If it’s good, it’s good. If it’s bad it’s bad. That was our only criterion.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:19 (two years ago) link

Talking of Spinal Tap, here's Scouting For Girls on how people don't want to watch them play anymore because they're shit:

We’ve gone back to basics and we’re playing Academies and smaller venues, it’s all very intimate and we much prefer playing the smaller venues. We love being on the road and seeing the country.

By the way, in the same interview they actually do talk about going back to basics in the recording of their new album, they use the phrase back to basics twice in the same interview, but that's enough from Scouting For Girls.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:31 (two years ago) link

i swear every single new U2 album has a quote from Bono that's akin to, "we just wanted to get back to the sound of four guys in a room playing."

omar little, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:34 (two years ago) link

came here to post about u2, beaten to the punch

War, Famine, Pestilence, Death, Umami (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:40 (two years ago) link

I'm sure there is a Chris Frantz quote about getting back to basics before Little Creatures was released. Google (or my memory) is failing me.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:57 (two years ago) link

U2 find it impossible to make an album that sounds like that, which is the funniest thing about it.

(xxxposts)

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:57 (two years ago) link

someone mentioned Stipe but i was gonna say there's at least a couple R.E.M. records that qualify for this, right?

alpine static, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:24 (two years ago) link

"back to basics is the death of romance" --Stephin Merritt

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:41 (two years ago) link

bill wyman's bass is v cool

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 22:02 (two years ago) link

someone mentioned Stipe but i was gonna say there's at least a couple R.E.M. records that qualify for this, right?

― alpine static, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:24 PM (fifty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah that quote Mookieproof posted refers to Monster (as Turrican guessed) but I automatically assumed it was Accelerate...

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 22:19 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6gKe9Fr2ok

Brad C., Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:20 (two years ago) link

go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band

calstars, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:39 (two years ago) link

Ok I Googled "back to their roots" in Goog News and here's what I found:

Of Mice & Men go back to their roots on new material -
“I think what we’re doing right now, which is the most important thing that we can, is really just honing in on the elements of what makes our music sound like our music.”

25 YEARS AGO: BON JOVI RESTART THEIR CAREER WITH ‘KEEP THE FAITH’ -
“We needed to find ourselves individually,” he said. “The Bon Jovi situation was extremely successful, and I was very happy to be in a band of that stature, but there was almost nothing left to write about at that point — we were all just so tired and so burnt out. All we were writing about was bein’ on the road and bein’ in a hotel room and bein’ lonely and talkin’ to your girlfriend on the phone. They miss you and you miss them — that was what our lives were about at that time.
“So to actually take a step back and see what was happening in our lives gave us some more stuff to write about. Plus, all of a sudden I was working with people like Eric Clapton and Tony Levin from Peter Gabriel, and Jon was workin’ with Elton John and Jeff Beck, so workin’ with all these different artists gave us different influences, which we brought back to Bon Jovi. It made it fresh and brand-new, and we were excited to be with each other again."

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:49 (two years ago) link

Every huge artist has their "Keep the Faith"

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:58 (two years ago) link

Future historians will explain all culture - indeed, all of history - primarily through the lens of Bon Jovi's discography.

John F. Kennedy was the American presidency's "New Jersey."

"The Winter's Tale" is Shakespeare's "Keep the Faith."

The Ford Model T is the "Slippery When Wet" of cars.

Stonewall Jackson's famous flank march at the Battle of Chancellorsville was the Confederacy's "Have a Nice Day."

tater totalitarian (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:18 (two years ago) link

We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually

calstars, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:35 (two years ago) link

actually my favorite Bono-ism on this front is referring to Achtung Baby as "the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree."

omar little, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:40 (two years ago) link

suck on that, eno

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:54 (two years ago) link

There's some serious g-droppin' goin' on in that Bon Jovi quote

doug watson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:08 (two years ago) link

also rofling at Puffin's history lesson through the lens of the BJ discography

doug watson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:09 (two years ago) link

Never said by Yes, Tangerine Dream, or Gentle Giant.

clemenza, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:11 (two years ago) link

This thread should also have room for quotes in the spirit of "we went into the studio with 300 new songs and in the end only 14 made the cut"

ahah, I have always hated these comments.
Especially when you hear how shitty the remaining 14 tracks are, most of the times... makes you wonder what the other 286 sounded like !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:15 (two years ago) link

Animal Collective: 'We wrote our new album as a rock band'

Asked how it differed from their previous albums, Weitz said: “We all moved back to Baltimore, the last few records we’ve written apart and by sending each other stuff. This time we all wanted to write in the same room together. We went back to our roots and we got a little practice space in this barn on Josh’s [Dibb – fellow band member] mum’s property and it was like being a garage band again.”

This one we wrote as a rock band in a room and we wanted to record it that way.”

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:18 (two years ago) link

and yeah, the original "back to basics" move was the Beatles' Get Back sessions, surely.
Or maybe the Stones' Beggars Banquet, actually.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:18 (two years ago) link

^^ bonus points for "a barn" xpost

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:19 (two years ago) link

and yeah, the original "back to basics" move was the Beatles' Get Back sessions, surely.

― AlXTC from Paris

wasn't this inspired by the Basement Tapes?

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:25 (two years ago) link

While the band's two albums for Sony have been rockers, Ness says Social Distortion plans to turn it up a notch for its next studio effort.

"I'm about half way through writing the new album and on it I'm going to stray away a little bit from the country and blues influence and I'm digging back to that late '70s feel. It's a personal thing I gotta do. I just want a real hard-edged, stake-our-claim, back-to-our-roots record.

"It's like, 'Hey, you flannel-wearing, pony-tail, pierced-nose kid. I took beatings so you could dress the way you dress and we were doing this long before any of these other people were doing it,"' says Ness.

how's life, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:26 (two years ago) link

not an album but an early back-to-basics move: Elvis' 1968 comeback special

Brad C., Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:29 (two years ago) link

yeah, I thought about the Basement Tapes but how was it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ? It wasn't Dylan going back to his folk songs alone with his guitar...

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:31 (two years ago) link

the unspoken truism here presumably being that layman's-terms descriptions of the recording process are fundamentally dull

like, I'm struggling to think of a plausible summary of one which wouldn't invoke some form of music biz cliche

suspect the audience that things like the OP are written for is now small and stubborn enough that if this kind of thing got excised from the 'big band with new album' narrative entirely they would be sore about it just because it's a thing that one expects to read

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:31 (two years ago) link

ouch sorry : but it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:32 (two years ago) link

Some bands get back to basics differently than others.

"For us, we wanted to go back to our roots. So we said, yeah, let's go to a house like the Stones and Led Zeppelin used to do. Let's just do our own project and have some fun.

"So, we rented a house in Spain, a villa overlooking the sea, and that allowed us to make a really free sounding record. I mean, on Hysteria, I remember spending a month recording just one guitar riff. On Slang the emphasis was on the song, the inspiration for it, the vibe.

"We wanted it to have more the feel of classic albums by bands we liked, like the Stones or Zeppelin."

how's life, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:35 (two years ago) link

Also, wondering about artists with a very strong and long back catalog but who NEVER did the "back to basic" move : Prince (I'm not too sure about his 90s output) ? Bowie ? Stevie Wonder ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:35 (two years ago) link

yeah, I thought about the Basement Tapes but how was it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ? It wasn't Dylan going back to his folk songs alone with his guitar...

― AlXTC from Paris

as good an explanation as any for why the "basement tapes" don't suck but every single "back to basics" record it inspired does

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:37 (two years ago) link

Wasn't Hours Bowie's Back to Basics?

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:39 (two years ago) link

I'm sure Bowie did this, he tried virtually everything else post-Scary Monsters.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:41 (two years ago) link

Fans who have followed the band since the beginning may think of Let's Rock as a return to form: stripped-down, chugging, blues-rock that recalls their early days playing in garages and basements in Akron, Ohio. They say shedding the layered production that has characterized their later work was a natural move.

"We got together in the studio and it was like it was already agreed upon, but we hadn't even spoken about it: It was just going to be a guitar and drums record," Auerbach says. "There's no keyboards, no other musicians, no outside producers, just the two of us. After so many years apart, that was the way that it had to be."

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 03:15 (one year ago) link

from Goss:

Luke’s been staying with me in Vegas while we rehearse and we’ve been mucking around together, just being brothers. We played Marco Polo in the pool the other day for the first time in decades, which was hilarious. Luke came along to my show that night and was sitting in the front row, still shouting “Marco!” I was like “Fuck off, I’m busy!”

aw, bless

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 03:20 (one year ago) link

That Suede drummer one is so perfect.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 4 July 2019 18:25 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Mike Rutherford on Genesis' Duke:

There seem to be a lot more group compositions coming out at the moment. And Then There Were Three had more individual songs but this one is getting back to the basic stage of ideas being worked on jointly.

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Sunday, 22 September 2019 04:37 (one year ago) link

Albums like Pin Ups or World Gone Wrong are a separate category--not "back to basics" but "back to my original inspiration."

Add Paul McCartney's Run Devil Run and Jeff Lynne's The Long Wave to that list.

Where do ukulele solo albums fit? (I can't remember who else did this besides Eddie Vedder, but I know there was at least one more.)

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 22 September 2019 12:15 (one year ago) link

Back to basics: John Mellencamp's Dance Naked was a response to the failure of the more musically ambitious Human Wheels.

With Leonard Cohen or the Ramones, the follow up to a Phil Spector production can't help but be a back to basics.

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 22 September 2019 12:24 (one year ago) link

Where do ukulele solo albums fit? (I can't remember who else did this besides Eddie Vedder, but I know there was at least one more.)

Please assure me that this never happened.

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Sunday, 22 September 2019 12:27 (one year ago) link

Amanda Palmer, that's the one I was thinking of.

And somebody had a project to gather uke covers of every Beatles song.

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 22 September 2019 12:33 (one year ago) link

Every Genesis song, now you'd be talking

funnel spider ESA (Matt #2), Sunday, 22 September 2019 12:50 (one year ago) link

i would love to hear "return of the giant hogweed" on uke

i really liked wang chung's version of "rain" from that uke project, it's my favorite version of one of my favorite beatles songs

here is a great resource on ukulele players

https://www.ukulelemusicinfo.com/blog/famous-ukulele-players/

please enjoy reading about great ukulele players such as "Taylor Swift", "Lou Barbow", and "Barrack Obama"

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Sunday, 22 September 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link

ach go on then

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBweqmLk6dU

Fox Pithole Britain (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:03 (one year ago) link

don't know where else to post this but palmer appears fully nude on the cover of her latest album. saw it completely by chance on my most recent visit to barnes and noble. thought about lodging a complaint but it's not their fault, so i just took the cd and put it in the joe bonamassa section. sorry this has nothing to do with the topic of this thread whatsoever.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:06 (one year ago) link

Wow. First time I understood the lyrics, I think.
(xpost)

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:10 (one year ago) link

so the lyrics aren't "kill the wabbit"?

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:15 (one year ago) link

Ha!

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:16 (one year ago) link

don't know where else to post this but palmer appears fully nude on the cover of her latest album. saw it completely by chance on my most recent visit to barnes and noble. thought about lodging a complaint but it's not their fault, so i just took the cd and put it in the joe bonamassa section. sorry this has nothing to do with the topic of this thread whatsoever.

― Totally different head. Totally. (Austin)

am now waiting for joe bonamassa to release an album with a nude photo of him on the cover so i can file it in the amanda palmer section

Etsy Jam (rushomancy), Sunday, 22 September 2019 20:26 (one year ago) link

BONAMASSA: NO PEDALS, NO AMPS, NO PANTS!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:09 (one year ago) link

BONAMASSA: Nothing On But Me Guitar!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:16 (one year ago) link

BONAMASSA: I Named My Balls 'Blues' & 'Rock'

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:21 (one year ago) link

they're actually a good pairing, what with the overbearing everything and general insufferableness.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 22 September 2019 23:48 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

As the most commercially popular punk band in the history of the United States, Green Day have often admirably taken it on as their obligation to make Rock For Our Times, to heal — or, if the case requires, salt — our national wounds. It’s a tough gig. The Clash only had to make London Calling once; Green Day have been around for 34 years, six presidents, four or five stupid wars, a few global financial collapses, and 17 seasons of The Voice. That’s a lot of American shitpocalypse to churn through.

Sometimes the band has leapt into its role as generational spokespunks (2004’s landmark American Idiot); at other times, they’ve seemed to sort of slide there by default (2016’s Revolution Radio). Their latest album arrives at the dawn of an election year, but this time out, if you’re expecting the band to cater to our pain and spray-paint another blood-red Rorschach on the Washington Monument or tell you who to vote for in the New Hampshire primary, well, you’re going to have to get that advice from Paul Krugman or Bon Iver or whoever. If you’re just looking for some catchy pop-punk rock & roll tunes, they’ve written 10 of those, and most of them are real good.

The band heard on Father of All Motherfuckers (or Father of All…, as it’s being sold at the Safemart over in Cowardsville) sounds refreshingly, almost Kerplunk-ishly, unburdened by legacy or accrued stature. While the album’s title might reasonably describe the current occupant of the White House, Billie Joe Armstrong recently told Rolling Stone that the band specifically set out not to waste their time on a bunch of songs about Trump. Instead, they wrote a bunch of songs about being middle-aged rockers in love with their record collection. In some ways, Father of All… recalls 2000’s Warning, an album released at the nadir of alt-rock’s cultural reach in which they displayed their mastery of vintage rock songcraft. Like that record, this one seems uniquely minor for Green Day, both in design and execution, and in a good way.

omar little, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:02 (seven months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EQMje4tX0AgzgAI?format=jpg&name=small

mookieproof, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:04 (seven months ago) link

They're really "managing expectations" hard with that press release, lol

dad genes (morrisp), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:11 (seven months ago) link

oops tough to tell the difference

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/green-day-father-of-all-motherfuckers-review-948579/

omar little, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:12 (seven months ago) link

an album released at the nadir of alt-rock’s cultural reach in which they displayed their mastery of vintage rock songcraft

hwæt

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:25 (seven months ago) link

re: "vintage rock" - for the minute they were on in my lyft it sounded like green day recognizing that to kids queen, weezer and my chemical romance are all 'vintage rock' and there's not enough bandwidth to stake a brand on any further distinctions.

Lumli, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 05:02 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...
four months pass...

“And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 10 September 2020 13:51 (two weeks ago) link

 “We wanted to get back to what it was like to be in a band when we first started being in bands – remembering what it was like the first time you picked up a guitar, or the first time you sat behind a set of drums,” he says.

https://rockandrollglobe.com/pop/clem-burke-full-moon-empty-hearts/

peace, man, Friday, 18 September 2020 11:56 (one week ago) link

choice quote

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 18 September 2020 14:07 (one week ago) link

first time I picked up a guitar I held it the wrong way round and probably dropped it

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Friday, 18 September 2020 14:08 (one week ago) link

The first time I picked up a guitar it didn't have strings on it.

velcro-magnon (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 18 September 2020 14:14 (one week ago) link

Looking forward to a full record of someone violently strumming an out of tune acoustic guitar (all open strings because you don’t know how to fret notes yet).

spastic heritage, Friday, 18 September 2020 15:32 (one week ago) link

Looking forward to a full record of someone violently strumming an out of tune acoustic guitar (all open strings because you don’t know how to fret notes yet).

https://corwoodindustries.com/

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 18 September 2020 16:56 (one week ago) link

Found this in The Wallflowers’ Wikipedia page:

When in the studio, the band were intent on using as little recording equipment as possible. Dylan explained: "If I could have had it my way I would not have seen a microphone or a cable anywhere."


Wtf does that even mean, lol?

Scam Likely (morrisp), Thursday, 24 September 2020 03:42 (five days ago) link

Dylan goes unelectric!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 24 September 2020 11:33 (five days ago) link

Dylan unrecorded !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 24 September 2020 11:43 (five days ago) link

Great title, not great subtitle

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 24 September 2020 14:18 (five days ago) link

Charlie Daniels not known for subt(it)lety

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 24 September 2020 14:39 (five days ago) link

lol

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 September 2020 14:43 (five days ago) link

lol that jake Dylan quote, it’s like yeah I know what you mean but it still sounds completely psychotic

brimstead, Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:31 (five days ago) link

lol that jake Dylan quote, it’s like yeah I know what you mean but it still sounds completely psychotic

Would rather read an interview with the engineer in charge of taping microphones to the ceiling out of his field of vision, or sneakily clipping one to the brim of his hat just before he starts singing...

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:56 (five days ago) link

The Wikipedia page says: However, finding a producer who was willing to work with them proved to be difficult. The band was intent on recording live and few producers were willing to produce that way. Paul Fox eventually stepped in and agreed to produce the album.

This was the band's first album, btw. It's kinda funny to read between the lines: "Yeah, Bob Dylan's kid wants to make a record, and record it 'live'... Sorry, I'm all booked up..."

Scam Likely (morrisp), Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:14 (five days ago) link

The album also sounds kind of thin and shitty, if you listen to it.

Scam Likely (morrisp), Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:26 (five days ago) link

Jakob [to engineer]: "OK, can we listen to that one back?"

engineer: "Yeah, absolutely."

Jakob: "...um...I'm not hearing anything...?"

engineer: "No, see, Jakob, this is exactly what you asked for: no mics. How do you like your new 'back to basics' sound? Also, I'm still on the clock."

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:39 (five days ago) link

the equivalent of this for nu metal bands that were covered in kerrang ! in the 1990s was always "this is our heaviest album yet".

despacito ergo sum (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:46 (five days ago) link

In British literary circles a couple decades back, there was a joke about how one of the most unlikely book titles would be "My Struggle," by Martin Amis.

(Sorry to kill the joke with explanation, but the implication is that it was probably very easy for the sun of a massively successful author to get a book deal.)

I'm thinking that one could construct a similar joke about how the Wallflowers needed to pay their dues by touring in a decrepit minivan, playing in tiny clubs to nonexistent audiences, etc. etc. until finally a brave A&R guy decided to take a chance and give them a record deal.

velcro-magnon (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 24 September 2020 19:06 (five days ago) link

erg, "son," not "sun." sorry

velcro-magnon (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 24 September 2020 19:07 (five days ago) link


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