Tuesday, July 3, 2007

THIS HALLOWEEN I'M GOING AS YOU



Ian C Stewart "This Halloween I'm Going as You" MP3

At some point in 1995 or 1996 I had the idea to record a bunch of wacky acoustic songs about suicide, recorded on my Sony TCM-81 Cassette-Corder. The songs were basically improvised though I did usually rehearse them a couple of times to tighten up the parts once the parts were there.

The wacky lyrics about suicide ran out quickly. I think "Leaping from the Tallest Structure in Town" might've been the only set in the end.

During this time I was working third shift at Kinko's downtown. I'd get home around 8am or so, catch up on correspondence, eat a bagel. Take a bath. Maybe do some recording before going to bed at noon. It was a nonstop party being me.

The songs were recorded quickly & with even less regard than usual about production values or y'know, being able to understand or even hear the lyrics. Hence the title of the mixdown album..... Bullshit. It was a bunch of bullshit I threw together.

Oh yeah, & I loved Martin Landau in Ed Wood, when he said "bullshit! Let's shoot this fucker." That was funny.

this halloween I'm going as you
you're like a ten-car pile-up
your face is like dirty bathwater
and next year you can go as me




The other side of the tape.... Variations on a Theme... was recorded the same way & eventually was released by Mark Ritchie on his cassette label, KAW Tapes. Me, obscure singer/songwriter. Mark, obscure singer/songwriter/tape label honcho. That's a lot of obscurity there. I forgive the world for never hearing about any of this in any context ever.

2 comments:

Darrin said...

What in the world is that chord at the end (before all the screaming and kung fu movie sound effects)?

I think Cold Burrito and Dr. Pepper Saved My Life sound like cool songs.

And that restaurant is hilarious. I bet there are 100 of those restaurants in Tokyo.

::: said...

I'm not as organized as you when it comes to recording song ideas, so I have no idea what any of the chords are to those songs.

Cold Burrito is okay.

Dr Pepper Save My Life is a ballad.

:)