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G-a-go-go (with claps) demo 97
I thought saccharine was a sacrament
Today’s song is very meta. (Listen in the player above)
It’s a song about itself almost.
I didn’t have a lyric idea when I made this demo1, but it was a rocker in the key of “G,” and I announced it as “G-a-go-go (with claps)” at the beginning of the recording.
I made this in my bedroom in 1997, with no drum machine or metronome, just claps and a sort of tambourine stick clacking along to the mumbles and original guitar part.2
There is also a Farfisa organ on this recording, which I had purchased to better sound like my new favorite group at the time, Stereolab.
Eventually, I stroked my beard a bit and thought back to the song “Going to a go go,” which appears on the 1982 live album “Still Life,” by the Rolling Stones—a record I had purchased with my paper-route money and listened to more than might seem reasonable in retrospect.
I thought maybe that was why I had called it “G-a-go-go,” because of “Going to a go go.”
They’ve upheld that bargain.
These things started working their way into the lyrics.
And then my band FAUX JEAN recorded “G-a-go-go” for the self-released 2001 album “Kiss Life on the Lips,” which was then re-released on the Susstones label under the new name, “NATURE,” in 2002. (listen in youtube link below.)
It’s all a bit confusing, ain’t it?
In other news, Epic Games completed the sale of Bandcamp to Songtradr, and half of the staff at Bandcamp has been laid off, if the post I saw was accurate.
I took screen shots of all of my releases on Bandcamp in case they disappear.4
I am hopeful those folks will get their jobs back and nothing changes over at Bandcamp.
Here’s a screenshot for my archiving purposes:
I remain your humble servant,
Which is obvious upon listening to the garbled nonsense that I spewed onto the cassette tape.
There was no plan or arrangement when I recorded this. I just jammed it out for 4-plus minutes on guitar and then started adding vox & other instruments, playing along with that first guitar. I toyed with the idea of shortening this demo for release today, but then thought, screw it, let’s keep it real.
A German slang word for television is “Flimmerkiste,” which wound up on the album versions.
Gee I hope that doesn’t happen. Gee.