Top 5 Chronological Label Projects
Mercury Rev / Spiritualized / Flaming Lips / Hum / Posies
|1||01 Car Wash Hair||6.13 MB||6:41|
|2||02 Medication||7.55 MB||8:15|
|3||03 She Don't Use Jelly||6.73 MB||3:40|
|4||04 Stars||9.44 MB||5:09|
|5||05 World||3.6 MB||3:56|
Top 5 Indie Projects
Turnerjoy / Absinthe Blind / Centaur / Hi-Fi Drowning / Hopesfall
|1||01 Home||7.33 MB||4:00|
|2||02 Teenager of the Year||4.11 MB||4:29|
|3||03 Zen Magic Marker||8.3 MB||4:32|
|4||04 Its a Sunday||2.78 MB||3:02|
|5||05 Escape Pods for Intangibles||2.26 MB||2:28|
Top 5 Personal Demos
Keith Cleversley / Submarine
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This page has just a few favorites from the hundreds of songs I’ve recorded and/or produced. It’s almost impossible to choose and so much music and bands I still enjoy have been left out, but perhaps as the technology and my time grows, I’ll find an easy and organized way to post more of what I think are some of the best productions I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of.
“Car Wash Hair” from Mercury Rev was the first published project I engineered and got credit for. Technically, my first published music was my engineering work on “Priest Driven Ambulance” from the Flaming Lips, but I wasn’t credited on that album, so I’m not sure that counts.
When Spaceman 3 showed up at the Grand for Mercury Rev’s debut in the U.K., and then subsequently listened to my recorded work with Mercury Rev, they asked me out on the road with them. While I was out on the road with Spiritualized on the Rollercoaster Tour, we happened to see the Flaming Lips at a show in San Francisco. At that show, Wayne Coyne asked me to produce the next Flaming Lips record (which would become “Transmissions from the Satellite Heart”). Unfortunately, Jason Pierce from Spiritualized had just asked me to produce what would become “Lazer Guided Melodies”.
I had to choose one. I absolutely LOVED my life in the U.K., truly living the dream, living with Jason Pierce and Kate Radley from Spiritualized, driving around my Austin Mini in Rugby that everyone gave me endless grief over. But then, there were the Flaming Lips; a band that truly did give me my start, who believed in me enough to work with me in the studio and take me out on the road with them as front of house engineer. I was having a bit of a difficult time with the ultra-dry humor of Britians, and I missed the down-home, burbon-laden evenings crowded around the only window A/C in Michael Ivans’ apartment, as Scott, the Flaming Lips manager meticulously laid out donuts so we could properly watch David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks”, one episode a night, over the course of a month.
In other words, there was something familiar and comfortable about the United States. All of my friends were there. If I chose to move to the U.K., and build a career as a producer in England, I would likely be there for a long, long, time, with completely different opportunities presenting themselves to me. I was already working front of house for a number of bands in England; Verve, Spiritualized, Lush, Ride, Submarine, and a few others. I was close friends with the folks at Jungle Records (who signed Mercury Rev), namely Graham Combi, and was beyond elated at the new career I was building there; a career that was free from the clutches of Wayne Coyne.
Yes, it’s sad that so much of my life and decisions revolved around Wayne Coyne, but that’s the kind of person he is/was. He demanded complete loyalty, he did everything in his large intellectual power to ensure that everyone was being exactly who they were. In that, is a beauty; he loved people for exactly who they were, warts and all, and it’s only when he felt people weren’t being true to themselves that all hell broke loose. People were punched in the face, got their faces smashed into snowbanks, were on the tour bus, driving, in the middle of the night, only to be woken up and told that they needed to choose an exit to be dropped off at.
For me, it was scary stuff to witness, time and time again. I was always terrified that it would one day be me. But, I always had Wayne whispering in my ear that I had transformed his vocal sounds, that I single-handledly made people believe that he could sing, and sing well. I clutched that compliment with my life, as well as a few others, and hung on for dear life day after day in the tour bus and at the Estately Wayne Manor during the off-times.
Anyway, in the “PRESS” section of this website, I tell more of my story of becoming as deeply embedded in the music industry as I did through the press I managed to save up here and there, as well as the via the multitude of photos I took while out on the road in the 1990’s. I discuss my decision about whether to work with the Flaming Lips or Spiritualized in “Melody Maker – Spiritualized Hits #1” article elsewhere on this website.
In the “Top 5 Demo Projects” I have presently unreleased demos from the 300+ songs I’ve recorded of my own music. Sometime I dream of working with someone to help me narrow those 300+ songs down to just 3 albums, so I can then work on current albums and release them as they’re completed.