|the beyond tomorrow media library|
Here's a bit of trivia for you: the guy who produced these ads for Toyota is the bass player for Gadfly, the band that opened for Stan at his Anatomy release party / concert in June of 2000. They met through this series of commercials, and that's how Gadfly eventually came to the enviable position of opening for Stan.
recorded 1977 on my trusty sony 2 track TC 630 and the trusty Rhythm Ace I got from Daws Butler... before Wall Of Voodoo "the band" really got together. I had another band that played the Masque called Model Citizens. This was for them but before we could put it together we broke up...
Two Guys With A Lot On Their Minds
a song written for "Mosquitos" that featured Bert and Charlie from "Can't Complain". This one came first I think. I figgered I really didn't need two songs about these guys. A kind of schizoid song really...This could be two guys or maybe just one talking to himself. The Great Esccape meets One Flew Over the Cooku's Nest..."hide the beer" gee...I forgot about that one...somehow a cousin of "Wake Up Sally" ..funny how things get used even years later..
Roadblock (Original Mix)
When I was making Partyball, this was the first version of Roadblock i cut. I dug it this way ( kinda Doc Watson meets David Lynch with Goddard cranking the camera..) but then I worked out the other version which I thought was a little more straight foward musically and maybe a lettle more "friendly" . I dunno. This one is I consider the "real" one though cuz it was the first one. Pretty crude but oh well..i'm a primitive at heart. This would have also been a short film for the record if Geffen had put up the dollars but at this point they had pegged me "crazy ridgway..what's he up to?.." and I was getting shown the back door..I'm playing everything here and using my old Prophet 5 keyboard for most of it. Sound efx and all. Can ya hear the tires screech?
Live mp3 of stan and band at Symphony Space
The Kurt Weil Centiniel Performance in NYC 2000..? A fun show and we got to meet and follow Kitty Carlise, famous and gracious NYC socialite and celeb..(married to Moss Hart..)she sang a very sweet version of September Song and then we came on...a couple of older attendees stood up in the front row when Rick King's guitar came in and shouted "turn the thing down..now!"..it was like we were the kids crashing the adult party but I think we won them over in the end..fun.
- What keeps Mankind Alive?
- The Cannon Song
- Mack The Knife
Mark: Hi, Stephanie, this is Mark.
Stephanie: Hi, Mark, how are you?
Mark: I'm fine, I was wondering if you wanted to come over to my house for dinner tonight.
Stephanie: Oh, I can't, I'm on my way to th' airport right now.
Mark: What? Are you in your car?
Stephanie: Uh-huh! I put my home phone on call forwarding so it rings in the car. I'm just gonna pick up an old friend who's flying in from Rio.
Mark: Who do you know from Rio?
Stephanie: He's a guitar player, his name is Jim McGuinn, and he's back from Rio.
Car Phone (excerpt)
By Roger McGuinn
Copyright 1991 McGuinn Music (BMI) / Wild Gator Music, WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Misspelling count: two, the usual E, and they never spell his name correctly.
Update! June 5th, 2002: I got this note from Kenn Scott (thanks Kenn!), clearing up the last little mystery:
Roger McGuinn was initially known to the world as Jim McGuinn on the first few Byrds releases. He then changed his first name to Roger because he felt that the mystical, spiritual properties of having a name that started and ended with "r" would better put him in touch with the forces of the universe. (I'm not making this up. It was the sixties, and this was considered perfectly rational behaviour for a rock star.)
In any event, a widely-reported rumour sprung up that 'Roger McGuinn' was actually Jim McGuinn's brother. 'Roger' had been drafted into the Byrds to replace Jim, who had fled to Rio, possibly to avoid drug charges. Not true, of course, but the rumour kept resurfacing, and McGuinn would have to deny it every few years. Hence, McGuinn's eventual solo album with the tongue-in-cheek title "Back From Rio", and the reference to Jim McGuinn.
Here's the text of what Stan said:
Well, Dread, it's Stan Ridgway, and I'm afraid I did not get it together. You probably figured that out... I think I'm gonna nail myself to the cross of, uh, the Residents now, and just become a mole-man. But I didn't get anything together. I'm just not happy with what I had. I wish you good luck with your record, and um, maybe there were other people that, uh, this happened to. I tried, but it just wasn't in the season, or something. Sometimes music is, is, is seasonal. Maybe if this, this'd, uh, started, uh, now, we'd-a had it by summertime. You see how these things go. But, um, let's keep in touch, and um, once again, I'm afraid you're going to have to count me out. It's kinda like I wish I could, but, it's, it's just not appearing. Like a, like a slight-of-hand magic act that suddenly, is not happening. But, well, good-luck-to-you, and the giant ant farm. We'll talk soon. Bye.
excuse / Booker Tease
By Stan Ridgway / J.E.D.
By Stan Ridgway
Copyright 1986 International Record Syndicate, Inc.
Published by Mondo Spartacus / Illegal Songs, Inc. (BMI)
You just can't find good bells anymore!
Yah! Yah! Sure!
Tom Shane's a friend of mine!
I really like himhe's in the industry!
I used to be somebody!
I used to be somebody, do you hear me?
Do you hear me? I'veI've been there!
I used to be somebody, god damn you!
I've been there before!
Don't walk away!
What, y'you wanted unleaded?
Unleadedthat's next pump over, so keep on movin', okay?
Naw, it's out of order.
Hey, hey, uh
Hey, y'all, get outta my way!all ya sunday drivers!
Hey, you want one of these, ah, Slim Jims? They're good!
What?what? You don'tyou don't want one?
Well they're 100% meat!
Haven't I seen you somewhere before?
I know, I know, Anchorage, that's where I seen ya, Anchorage.
Well, where you goin'?
I'm sorry, I don't go in that part of town anymore.
I don't need my windows washed.
|other fun with sound|
Here we gosame kind of arrangement, right?
'Cause she's hangin' out there still! At
Uba's, Uba's, Uba's, Uba's, Uba's
To give you a sense of what the cover is like, I've ripped a 45-second chunk of it. You can find it here:
Mexican Radio (excerpt)
as performed by doubleDrive
from their 1999 album 1000 Yard Stare
Copyright 1999 MCA Records, Inc.
At least they can be said to have some taste in covers. Here's a 30-second excerpt of their speedy, wailin', difficult-to-understand cover of Mexican Radio:
Mexican Radio (excerpt)
as performed by Celtic Frost
from their 1999 collection Parched With Thirst And I Am Dying
Copyright 1992 Noise International
By the way, even though this should only be considered an "excerpt", this is really all of the song I ever did. I like it as it is, and I'm not sure I could sustain something interesting for the length of the original piece... so sorry, but this is all yer gettin'.
Drift She Said (excerpt)
as performed by Larry Hastings
Copyright 1998 by Larry Hastings