Mar 26

Danger Zone


Edited: Mar 26

Walter introduced me to some great recordings of indigenous peoples of Africa that were pretty wonderful . We could listen to the fascinating rhythms (and sung melodies) for hours. {listen to a sample here}. In the early 90s Walter made a track inspired by the Ituri forest Pygmies.


No samples in his track, however; it's a simple loop made by hand and includes a haunting voice component. Here's the result.


(Common sound issues on this one abound, so to “best” hear all the track

components, listen from the Download)


Kudos to Matt Kerns for the amazing slideshow


Danger Zone

Walter Becker

© 1993; 2018 Zeon Music LLC


Well you're a long time coming

On this Rocky Road to Hell

The friends you meet they're oh so sweet you know they wish you well

But then the miles fall behind you and you're standing all alone


Now that the truth is known

You come here on your own

You’re sinking like a stone boy

Down in the danger zone

Down in the danger zone


You know your eyelids tremble your tongue goes cracked and dry

You come on tough you play your bluff seems like it's worth a try

But that smile you're still smiling well it gives the game away


Now that the truth is known

Your cover has been blown

You face the end alone boy

Down in the danger zone

Down in the danger zone


You wake up laughing at a joke you can't recall

You just got time to drop one dime too bad you smoked them all

You leave your wallet on the table and step on through that door


It’s time to roll them bones

Into the great unknown

Accept the truth your shown

You take it for your own

You face the end alone boy

All in the danger zone


Mar 26Edited: Mar 26

Fantastic! I wish he would have included this one on the set list for the Slim's show in '95. I feel like it would have translated really well into a live groove with the Lost Tribe crew. Smoke 'em if you got 'em! P.S. I don't see it in the Downloads list yet, though.

Were there other recordings of WB at Slim’s in 95’? 3 Sisters is one of my WB fav.

Other WB recording with Lost Tribe ?

Can’t wait for more.

Thank you D-Mod!


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Are you certain this song wasn't composed and submitted for the soundtrack to a movie about Fighter pilots with names like Maverick and Ice Man and Goose? And are you sure Kenny Loggins wasn't somehow involved? In all seriousness...I really like this one. It's seemingly unique in the WB/SD catalogue in its world music influence. The kind of thing you might expect from a release on David Byrne's label, but maybe not so much from Walter. Which just goes to prove how much more there was to him than met the eye/ear, and how much more he was capable of. Makes me miss him all the more. That little sung figure/drone in the background is catchy. Now I'm humming it, and likely will be for days.

Mar 26

A really nice surprise to find today! Thank you!! I, too, am really diggin' that African beat/vocal figure that runs throughout the song. So infectious!

It's really different, but I really like it!

Mar 28

DMod, Matt, o thanks... hard to pull myself from the vortex.... o thanks....

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