Anyone woman at all familiar with his Whack work and demos would think long and hard before sweetly trilling "write me a love song, dahling!" -- knowing she was as likely to get one of these than an Almost Gothic or a Paging Audrey. That musical bouquet of his was always as likely to conceal a shiv than sweet-nothings.
This tune was one of three demos Walter sent me on a DAT in late 1997 (ever-thoughtful, he bundled it with a portable "Walkman"-type DAT player.Sort of like Voyager. I was impressed). I asked him: "so these are rejectsfrom Whack?" to which he replied nah, just a few things he'd been workingon lately. By this time he was deep into writing for Two Against Nature withFagen, so it took me a couple of beats to realize that after his Whack work,he and his Opcode had apparently just kept on trucking along.
He must have liked this one, must have been keeping it on his "potentiallyactive" list, since he was still occasionally listening to it few years later...
PS: His vocals on these three '97 demos were uncommonly lackluster,to put it kindly. One of them, in fact -- a tune called The Love You Ax --will remain forever sealed, falling into the rare category of the demo vocal he would never allow out of the box. It's a nice tune though; perhaps one day'll post an instrumental of its solo and outro, for a sense of its feel. I just have to guess first if that would make more of you pissed or pleased.