Happy New Year. Feels like it’s going to be an interesting one. To start it off as such, how about pulling out some skeletons in the closet?
Lauren Weisbecker, the twelve year old daughter of my high school bandmate and drummer, Will Weisbecker recently posted a comment on The Early Years. In response, I dug around for a live recording of our band, Renegade, that Will had unearthed and sent to me a few years back. Check out my completely bizarre guitar solo on this Lynyrd Skynyrd song:
Now, I’d like to think that I was channeling Robert Quine, but given the fact that I had no idea who he was back then, it is but wishful thinking.
While surfing around for that nugget in my strange but true audio folder, I found two others that merit exposure.
This was written and recorded by my friend and fab musician, Gunnar Madsen back in the late 90′s when Gunnar was a staff composer for Atari Games. He hired me to play metal guitar on this dittie for use in an auto racing arcade game called California Speed. Just imagine yourself tearing down Highway 101, becoming airborne, literally flying, smashing into trees, cars, rocks, and miraculously crossing the finish line – no doubt propelled by this double shot of caffeinated metal riffage. Since neither Gunnar nor I own any rights to this tune, I post it in the hope that one of us will get sued by Atari. We could use the exposure.
The game only received a very limited release, but I did encounter it once in real life while on tour with Ramona the Pest. We were hanging out in some sports bar in Denver, Colorado when, incredibly, the tune sort of wafted by. I exclaimed, ‘Hey that’s my guitar!’ to my skeptical band mates, who made a beeline for the game and played it quite a few times.
This is a recording made in the late 90′s for an ad agency competition. Two friends of Steve Lucky‘s worked for a big firm in SF and Steve got me in on the gig. We recorded it on a 1/2″ 8-track reel to reel deck at my warehouse space in Berkeley. Steve plays organ and I play the slide guitar bits. A fun tune that apparently earned an honorable mention, but lost out to…a heavy metal tune. Apologies for infringing on someone’s copyright here.