Saturday, December 5, 2009
Happy 25 Years
for some reason I woke up this morning musing over
the music from desire caught by the tail.
my third solo record.
the first record on which I played all the instruments.
my first all instrumental record.
the record which cost me my record deal,
the record label (island) hated it so much.
and so the record was unceremoniously dumped.
many fans didn't even know about it.
one fan (sic) hated it enough to break the vinyl
record into pieces and send it back to me!
but frank zappa after hearing desire was quoted
as saying "adrian has re-invented the electric guitar".
so I went to the kitchen computer and played the first
piece, the seven and a half-minute tango zebra.
it brought back a flash of memories of fiddling with
the earliest guitar synthesizer, of playing the steel-
bodied dobro with the daddad open tuning,
of playing on the back of the dobro
with rubber mallets to create drum sounds.
of riding my bike to the closet-size studio each day,
thinking of myself as some kind of "artiste".
and as I reeled from the sensory overload I realized:
this is desire caught by the tail's 25th birthday!
to this day it remains undiscovered by many people
who like my music and that's a shame.
the japanese re-issue CD we sell at the online store
is so perfectly re-mastered that the quality sounds
as fresh as though it were made yesterday.
...25 years ago...