Just been lounging by the pool, listening to my iPod. As I quite often find myself doing while on holiday, I was listening to a bunch of my own recordings: the latest b******* tracks that me and Mark Adams have been putting together; the last recording sessions that I made with singer Sofi Nieto, back when we were The Snags; and the Kings of Inertia “live” album I recorded with drummer Si Blades.
In the cold light of day I think that all of this stuff, in its own way, is pretty good. The new stuff me and Mark are doing really does have commercial potential – if only we knew what to do with the end product…
As for the Snags stuff, the last thing we ever recorded – a cover of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car – remains the best thing we ever recorded. I remember the evening I finished the mix, I brought it out with me on a CD to the bar where Sofi was drinking, and got my friend Neil to play it loud on his car’s CD player. It sounded brilliant, brought a lump to my throat. I think Sofi liked with too: she and her friends sat in the back of her boyfriend John’s van and played it over and over.
Success! I thought… and we never recorded another note together ever again.
The last thing I ever recorded with Simon as Kings of Inertia – 13 original tracks in an afternoon – also remains the best thing that he and I ever did. 13 songs, most of which I’d never ever played to another living soul, rehearsed once, then recorded: drums, rhythm guitar, vocals. The next day, I overdubbed bass, lead guitar and backing vocals: an entire albums-worth of songs recorded in two days, like an early Beatles album.
Success! I thought… And we never recorded another note together ever again.
So, will it be third time lucky with b******* and Mark Adams? Bloody well hope so…