This is my favourite track for a lot of reasons. Although the sonic quality is awful because it was recorded on an 80’s portable cassette player (AKA “ghetto blaster”) in a garage in Richmond BC, the vibe of this song gives me a lot of joy.
Here’s the story…
I came to practice one day with a bass line. Stadler’s Fault immediately started playing along and Roy jumped in not long after that. In about 10 minutes, we had the basic structure of the song written. Nigel wrote the lyrics while the rest of us finalized the arrangement. 15 minutes later, we played the song for the first time as a band and this is the recording of that moment in time. It’s a newborn song that we all wrote together. This became our closing song when we played shows because it just kept getting more and more kickass every time we played it.
Things to keep an ear open for:
- You can hear Roy and me struggle to find the correct pitch with our backing vocals the first time we try them. We quickly find our way and nail them on the second pass of the chorus. You can mostly hear me because I was closer to the ghetto blaster and I’m not so much a “singer” as I am an “exuberator”.
- Stadler’s Fault decides to give his snare drum a serious beating starting at about 3:30. Why only hit it on the 2 and 4 when you can hit it on the 1, 2, 3, and 4 instead? Great musical choice.
- During the guitar solo you can also hear the bass line that inspired the rest of the song.
- Damn…we were really a good band. We rocked, but we grooved too.