Friday, September 06, 2013

And Speaking of Gorgeous...

..and at the risk of tooting my own horn, you could have knocked me over with a feather Wednesday when ace drummer Glen "Bob" Allen, my musical director for the last 40 years, forwarded this track to me -- a late 80s remake of "You Won't Have to Tell Me Twice," one of the songs on that Floor Models CD I may have mentioned here recently.

I say you could have knocked me over with a feather partly because I had pretty much forgotten this existed, and partly because I think it's absolutely exquisite.

Anyway, that's the song's composer, Gerry Devine on vocals and rhythm guitar; Glen is pounding those pagan skins, and I'm on bass and keyboards (I was trying very hard to sound like Bob Andrews of Brinsley Schwarz, which what success you can judge for yourself.) The astoundingly melodic lead guitar work is by the incomparable Doug Goldberg, who took over six-string duties after ace Rickenbacker guy Andy "Folk Rock" Pasternack, who played on the original, departed. And if we ever have a Floor Models reunion, I really hope Doug's on board (playing in a band with a three guitar line-up is a long cherished dream of mine).

I should add that an alternate version of this -- with rewritten lyrics and a botched mastering job -- appears on our 1995 indie album as The Hi-Beams...

...but this one, for me at least, really is the bomb.

Seriously -- the jangle level here goes all the way to 11.


Gummo said...

That's real nice.

I like that whatever you guys did, there was always a strain of 70s-ish country rock running through it; it added a sweet layer of, well, sweetness. (Give me a break, it's early, I'm still working on my first cuppa.)

I hear a bit of The Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang" in the guitar part in the left channel. Nothing slavish, just a nice subtle referencing.

steve simels said...

Doug was our Robbie McIntosh.

tommy quest said...

you have every right to be proud of this