In the studio with Polyphonic Spree drummer Jason today, who also played drums on this work-in-progress Space Summit series of songs – all 21 of them. Today he was back to play bass. It seemed like it wouldn’t be such a crazy idea to have the drummer play the bass, so that’s what we decided and today we managed to get the bass down on four songs. It wasn’t particularly straightforward, some of these songs have some tricky twists and turns, even though they are catchy tunes. Have you ever analysed God Only Knows?
So, it was an intense, concentrated day in the studio today and my head was full of five-day tests and long innings, but I managed to stump, catch, bowl out and run out any opposition from the demons to us all getting our songs down, we are used to the pressure because we’ve all spent our lives doing this. Jed is new at this but has such great melody and lyric ideas, it’s like he’s been doing it since the seventies…when surely some of these songs would have been successful if we weren’t born in the wrong era.
John was engineering first, followed by Kevin into the evening when the desert cold hit in contrast to what was a beautiful warm day with not a cloud in the sky, which was so clean and blue it looked like a perfect advert for toothpaste. It’s hard to believe we were at -12°C so recently.
I finished off the night with a midnight sesh with Arktik Lake Tony in Sydney, the music never stops.
Music today has been The Box Tops – Cry Like a Baby (1968). The first time Alex Chilton appeared to the mainstream public with the debut Box Tops album The Letter/Neon Rainbow (1967) and their No. 1 single The Letter, followed only four months later by Cry Like a Baby. He was just 16 years old and singing hit records. We all know what happened next. I saw him live twice over the years, both times in New York and years apart, both times the shows had few people. The last time I saw him, he said “This is a Michael Jackson song…no really” and he sang Rock with You (written by The Invisible Man, Rod Temperton)