March 29, 2000
Orange County, CA.
Shit! I've lost my muse. I'm hoping to find her in this here
pint of Guinness. Muses are supposed to be women, aren't they? You know, nubile
young things. Doesn't matter. This entry is way too late to wait around for any
mythical visitors, so here goes.
Noodles and Butch Vig
A few weeks ago we recorded a couple of songs for some movie
soundtracks. We covered Agent Orange's "Bloodstains" for the movie "Ready To
Rumble," and AFI's "Total Immortal" for the film "Me Myself And Irene." "Bloodstains"
is one of the first punk rock cover-songs that we ever learned note for note and
we've been playing it for years, so it was no problem for us. The only changes
we made were in the form of beefier guitars, some effects on Dexter's vocals to
make them growl a little ( the vocals on the original did seem a little
distorted in the recording so we tried a bit of that), and some feedback that we
added in the choruses. The feedback was Butch's idea. Butch is Butch Vig of
Garbage. For you younguns' out there Butch has also produced a record or two.
Butch brought along his friend Billy who helped with most of the editing.
Working with these two guys was great and something we'd like to do more of in
the future. They both put the rest of us at ease and seemed to know what we
wanted even before we did. But don't expect to hear "Bloodstains" unless you
like sitting through the entire rolling of the movie credits. It is the second
song played during the credits, which of course means that they were saving the
best for last right? But if you do care who the 2nd assistant to the third grip
is, or if you are dying to know who buttered David Arquette's bagels, then
there's a chance you might get to hear it. Fuck it! Just go buy (or steal) the
fucking soundtrack! I've heard good things about the movie, but there are more
important things to do during the credits, like take a piss or have a smoke.
The other song that we did was very different for us. It is
also a cover song, but it's a new one. If you're not a fan of AFI, you should
be. They are one of the best new punk bands around even though they've been
around for at least five years and are only "new" if your own band has been in
existence for 15 years or so. Still, they sound new on every record (in ways
that are great) and are helping to lead punk rock in new directions. "Total
Immortal" is off of their Halloween e.p. and is simply a great song. There are
some great harmonies on this song which we thought would be fun to try to do in
our own Offspring way. Its has a very fast beat at just over 200 beats per
minute (that's 400 downstrokes per minute in a couple of places) and some
other-than-barre-chord riffs which are pretty cool. It was a fun song for us to
record and it taught us some things as well because it is different from most of
the stuff we do. It is also harder to try to cover a new song than it is to
record a song that you've been playing for fifteen years. With "Bloodstains" we
were pretty sure we could nail the song and make it sound fresh. "Total Immortal,"
being new to us, was a little tougher, but I think that we managed to catch the
power urgency that makes the song so great. Again, Butch and Billy totally
helped in this matter, partly due to their recording techniques. We've already
started stealing some of their tricks. Don't tell them, okay? I don't know where
this song will be in the movie, but I do know that the film stars Jim Carrey and
is being produced by the Farrelly Brothers. I'm a big fan of both, or all three,
or...how many fucking Farrelly Brothers are there? Whatever, you may actually
find this song in the movie somewhere.
Another project we are working on is another home movie for
video release. Its early in the production stage right now, but I can tell you
that I get to do some snowboarding in it and it looks as though Ron might get to
do some surfing in it. It'll be similar to the video we released last year, but
with better production (film rather than video), and we are going to try and
show you more of our ugly muggs. I leave on Saturday to do some of my
snowboarding stuff. I can't wait. I haven't been up yet at all this year.
Other than that, we are all just farting around. Oh...uh...I
mean we are all very hard at work making a new record. I'm really busy trying to
learn how to play guitar. You see it turns out that there are these things
called notes and if you put some of them together they form what may be called
chords, then over these chords go a certain amount of other notes which are
called scales which were invented by some guys named Van Halen and Hendrix. It
all sort of depends on where you put your fingers. Words to live by, my Friends,
word to live by. I'll let you know more as soon as I know. I do know that I've
been messing around with some new amplifiers and am getting some fucking gnarly
sounds right now. Big, Loud, and Phat; that's the way I like it.
So until next time,