Yesterday an LA label Immortal Records called and asked me to contribute to an ‘unplugged’-type compilation they’re putting out. Like a mad fool I agreed! That meant spending about 18 hours today recording a new version of the song. It needed a guitarist, so I called up Eli Nelson from Notorious, the band I played with at the Red Devil Lounge a few weeks back. He and his roommate Erik Schramm have a studio in their house in the Haight, so I drove up here early evening and we put down acoustic and electric guitar and vocals. It’s now 1.30am, the track is finished and I’m waiting for it to be burned to disk. Tomorrow I have to be at the airport at 7.30am to get on a plane to Portland. I will leave the finished masters with Kathleen to be FedExed to LA so they can have them in hand Friday morning.
I don’t usually work this fast! It’s not like me to let something go out unless I’ve sweated over for weeks or months. But it was either that, or turn down the project altogether. I think I like the results. It’s a bit like doing a BBC session in the old days. They were rough around the edges, but they had a certain vibe that got lost when we chose to spend months in the studio. I still treasure a cassette of Siouxsie And The Banshees on the Beeb, circa 1979. I don’t think they ever improved on it on their albums.