Great track by a great rapper
This is my demo for Queens Innuendo for QR’s Take Cover CD.There’s nobody in QR playing on this,my assistant at the time,Leo played all the guitar.ENJOY!!!!!
A Dollar at a Time
Here’s another case of writing what you know. This song would not have been possible without my good friend George Frangadakis. He was the manager of my local strip club The Brass Rail,his family has owned it since the ’60′s. I used to take rough mixes from the first record and play em on the clubs PA system to make sure it sounded good in the club and the girls could dance to the songs. I’d leave with some good info about the songs and usualy a chick from the club haha. When I moved to LA I’d fly back to the bay area to continue my test on the first record and usually fly one of the girls back with me. This started a long standing joke: when people asked me what I did for a living I’d tell em I was in the Import/Export business haha…….Oh to be young and rich haha.
Basically the flip side of the above. Everybody wants to find that person that makes life feel right. Another very rough and unfinished song,but the point and the direction are there.
This is one of the last songs I wrote for SRC 2.It’s called Strung Out and has Martina Axen singing on it. I never felt like it was finished,but figured I’d post it for you guys cuz I’ll never get around to finishing it.
Art of Whore
Another unfinished SRC2 song.The track has been re recorded and used by another band,but even in this very rough form I really liked the direction of the production. It is really about the creativity and the art that went into the sounds. I really labored over getting the right guitar sounds together and the rhythm section sounding unique.This really coulda been sumthin if I had finished it. SRC2 was really headed towards being a very creative rock record. I was trying to make the record a lot more uniform so the label would have an easier time marketing it and so that we didnt get lumped in with the Orgy’s etc. of the time.
I’ve added a song called Dying which was one of the first songs I started getting together. This version of the song has Martina Axen singing on it as her performance sounded a lot less forced than the version with Tobey singing it.
The second song I posted is called Hide. It was written by Troy VanLeeuwen,Eddie Nappi and I. It was one of the last songs written for the record and has Tobey singing on it. Her performance kills on this one, I doubt anyone else could have pulled this one off, it’s one of my favorite songs we did,mostly because of Troy and Eddie’s work on it.
Wont go Quietly
Revenge of the Triads
Revenge of the Triads was a project that Charlie Clouser,myself and Troy VanLeeuwen put together. We recorded a bunch of songs and were making some headway when Troy got an offer to play in Queens of the Stoneage. He woulda been retarded not to go do it,so the project got put on hold. Meanwhile I was producing records and got an offer to join a well known band and Charlie started scoring the TV shows Numbers and Fastlane. Long story short,we all got busy and never finished the record. Here’s a song called Serve thats pretty indicative of the direction we were going.It’s far from finished. I had a ’67 Firebird and was living a life of excess if that car hadnt died I surely would have haha, but it made for a good lyric.
Earshot was a band that I found in LA. I produced their first record with David Kahne. These recordings are rough mixes of the basic tracks before David worked on it. We did 10 days of pre production/writing and tracked the record in 12 days. Josh Freese played drums,Troy VanLeeuwen played guitar and I played bass on a few things.I was really proud of this record,the band was shopping a demo when I met them and had been passed on by a bunch of labels. I got together with them and recorded a new demo in their rehearsal space and got them a deal at Reprise/Warner Bro’s with the new demo and made these recordings a few weeks later. I really enjoyed working on this record,it was a perfect example of great musicians, and not technology,making all the difference between an average recording and a good one. At this point in the record there were no edits,Josh and Troy played each song a few times and we kept the best take.Nowadays the drums would be edited to a grid and the guitars would be cut and pasted all over the place.The lack of using a computer up until this stage of the recording allowed us to record a song a day and give David what he needed to do what he does and get the record on the radio.
Asleep I Lie