Right On Time
Ok! New subject!! I’ll talk about somebody else’s record! But I recorded this one!
We did this mostly at Rock Romano’s Red Shack. We did a few things at my place, like a few little vocal lines and maybe a guitar or two.
Right On Time is the first track:
Larry played guitars and did all the singing on this track. He played bass and I played the drums and the piano interlude. Yes that’s me playing the live drumkit! How you like me now??? We wanted live drums, we had a drumkit and mics and such. But no drummer. So we said “ok Trumm you better go figure it out”. So I did! And we laughed and laughed! It’s not really the best drum performance on Earth, but we thought it usable.
I think Right On Time is a great song and could really be a hit single kind of thing. It’s just a solid thing. And I love the reverb and sound of the whole thing when he says “there’s a dead man at the wheel”. And the distorted guitar is nice nice nice. That’s a classic peavy amp mic’d up with a Neumann U47 – we really had some neato keen tools.
Another cool thing we did in this one is I made a sort of warrw warrw guitar effect on the accoustic guitar by manually tweaking an EQ knob in time while we mixed down. We mixed this stuff on the same mixer I mixed Cult Of Nice on, which meant it was all manual – no digital automation or being able to recall stuff later.
But yeah, right on time. It’s so up beat and positive, really. Very pop stuff. This whole record is so poppy but then also subversive. Larry’s good at writing that way. You end up nodding your head to something that’s actually saying you’re a head nodding moron.