A few toll-booths back I mentioned a song called Love You Ax, written round about 1996-7, that I’ve so far decided not to release. This is based in large part on Walter’s stated dislike of the song — a member of his “shoot this one every day at dawn” collection. He particularly disliked his singing on it. He was also dissatisfied with the lyrics as they were and said they left a “bad taste” in his mouth (!).
In any case he was never able (or didn’t try) to get an improved version to his liking…and although this wasn’t one he explicitly asked me in his final weeks not to release, I’ve extrapolated from the known facts and decided — at least for now — that it not be publicly posted.
Which is a bit of a shame — because it’s basically a sound, interesting song with good bones, and had a cool instrumental center section and outro that we both liked.
In this clip we've stitched those instrumental sections together. It starts with the center section (which of course begins with a gorgeous modulation out of the chorus). The outro section starts at 0:39-40. The link should open a clip player in a new tab or window.
The pipeline. You know what that is — it’s the very conceit behind WBMedia itself. Like most writers in any medium, he always had stuff in his pipeline that he flushed into later tunes and recorded songs. Matt and I have been gobsmacked at the lines, melodies, and ideas in his earlier audio and notes that were reincarnated — sometimes a generation later— into something striking that we all recognize now.
This guy never let a good idea die. And it’s just so fucking fucked that so many of those ideas, now languishing unrealized and unheard, outlived him in the bitter end
Anyhoo… what say you to this snippet of a “work tape” — just a beat and a low-volume bass —
from the mid-90s? The link should open a clip player in a new tab or window.