August 28, 2010

On with the Show, Good Health to You

Kind words about Show Business is My Life from Jeffen at (It's one of the coolest music blogs around - check it out. If you're like me, you'll probably learn some things.)

Also, if you've never heard the Fastbacks' cover of "Book of Revelation" you can find it here. I remember Dave Parasite once asking me: "be honest, you had some help with that solo, didn't you?" I was a little loaded, probably, and I think I just stared at him uncomprehendingly, in that uncomprehending way I have. I don't know if he meant "composing" it, or physically playing it (or, if the latter, how that might have worked.) Kurt Bloch once told me it was too hard to play live. Which was funny. Kim Warnick sang the backups at Dancing Dog in Emeryville in between soundchecks at the Berkeley Square, which was a proud moment for me.

Posted by Dr. Frank at August 28, 2010 05:59 PM | TrackBack

population: us is still one of my favorite all time songs.

and that cover is awesome.

Posted by: .jeff. at August 30, 2010 05:00 PM

a) I always thought it was cool that you wrote a perfect Fastbacks song, then they eventually covered it.

b) What piece is that initial harpsichord ditty from? It's been driving me crazy for years.

c) I've always wondered if Kurt Bloch was a big Toy Dolls fan. Algar & Bloch have similar lead styling.

Posted by: Billy V at August 30, 2010 06:04 PM

There's a slight difference in the original guitar solo that I love, which if Kurt had played it would have occurred between the riffs of 2:01 and then immediately following at 2:04 in the Fastbacks version. As it is, he plays the same riff twice, without the cool change Frank makes, which is probably called "inverting the relative minor" or something. All of this is to say that "Book of Revelation" is an outstanding song over which I have no reservations about getting so nerdy.

Posted by: GM at August 30, 2010 08:13 PM