I had a 1966 Cadillac Sedan Deville that I had bought just a little after we released Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. It was huge. One of the longest cars ever made. 19 feet 8 inches if I remember right. It fit eight people easily. It had five ash trays. It was the most perfect car I ever owned.
For the Horse Pills video we decided to pile eight people into the car and basically have a raging party while I drove down I-5 and 405 in a circle around Portland. We turned the camera on and just passed it around the car taking turns filming. Looking back I’m thinking it might have been a bit dangerous but we were young and carefree. The video is a document of one of the best periods of my life. To me it works as an extension to the video for Bohemian Like You that was mainly filmed in my Rock Dorm apartment and my two favourite neighbourhood bars featuring most of my favourite people. It feels like one of those nights when we would all leave Slabtown and pile into my Caddy and head across town. It’s a great low budget DIY video that just works.
One thing that popular movies get wrong about bands recording an album is that the whole band sits in a recording studio in a circle and just plays “the songs” live. Nah, man. That may have been the case in Little Richard’s time, but for well over 40 years, songs – and albums – have been assembled like a puzzle, with the only real guide the original intent of the songwriter (via his/her demo recording) and the intuition of the producers and recording engineers. The only real limitation is time. While this process can result in legendary recordings (like our own Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia), when it comes to playing the songs live, you kinda have to reverse engineer your parts.
Part of Zia’s process in learning her parts for live performance is what you see here. Zia makes these notes for herself during the initial rehearsal sessions whenever the Dandys venture forth on performing new material. She doesn’t need keep the notes on hand very long at all, just a few days. Quite frankly, I don’t know how we still have this sitting around the Odditorium, since these notes were obviously transcribed two studios ago. I think we have not thrown anything away, ever.
Now Courtney usually eschews discussing what songs “mean,” but in this interview conducted in 2000 with Ink 19, the subject of Nietzsche comes up, and…
Courtney, you’ve had this fascination for Nietzsche, and now you’ve written a song named for him. How was that song inspired?
Courtney: That came straight off the bathroom-stall wall of a private college in Portland. Pete and I roadied for a swing band that was playing there. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that. I was like “Okay, I’ve gotta use that. That’s amazing.” It said “I want a god who stays dead, not just plays dead. Even I can play dead.” And that’s the lyrics to the song.
Read the entire interview, which includes some anecdotes on the recording of Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, as well as what Saturday morning cartoon Zia thinks the Dandys are most comparable to, by pointing your interweb browser HERE.
Zia’s buddy Dave from Dave’s Killer Bread has joined this Sunday’s Clean Water Portland Earth Day benefit concert bill with his blues band Dave’s Killer Grandaddies. This is the third of seven in the concert series Zia has organized on behalf of Clean Water Portland to raise money and awareness for the Portland anti-fluoridation campaign. More info on this show HERE.
From the Facebook event page:
Earth Day weekend, what a perfect time for an evening full of spectacular musicians to join together against adding fluoridation chemicals to our precious water supply. We also have an extra special guest to announce. Portland’s very own legendary drug free bread maker, Killer Dave of Dave’s Killer Bread is showing his support this Sunday by rocking the blues.
Come to the Good Foot for the third of seven benefit concerts, to hear great music and protect our water. Together, we can do this!
Dave’s Killer Grandaddies
Daniel F. Haley
Early Matinee Sunday show.
Doors at 7pm, bands start at 8pm.
Sliding scale $5-20 w/all proceeds going to Clean Water Portland’s effort to keep fluoridation chemicals out of our water supply. The more you give the more cool Clean Water swag you get! Buttons, yard signs, T’s etc!
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Vote NO to fluoridation chemicals on this May’s ballot!