The quest to write, record, produce and release a song a week. To read why I’m doing such a thing as well as being a full-time producer and musician for others, check out the first ‘A Song A Week’ blog post HERE.
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Welcome to Week 19 of the A Song A Week blog. I’m going to dive straight in with how ‘Tune In, Freak Out, Get Beaten’ came to be…
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Born In The Shower
Hey folks! I trust you’re doing exceptionally well.
Well, the bones of Tune In, Freak Out, Get Beaten was born in the shower.
Now my girlfriend complains I’m long (…time…) in the shower, but I can tell you I’ve never been so long as to have a fully formed idea for a song in my head for a song!
This shower was no longer than usual but I had it all there, ready to be recorded… too bad I was headed straight out the door and wouldn’t be back and able to record for a couple of days.
Well, anyway, I quickly got my phone out whilst I was getting ready for the day and recorded a poorly sung voice memo of the ideas.
The guitar riff you hear I came up with in the shower, the melody you hear I came up with in the shower, even the arrangement I more or less came up with in the shower.
I even knew what I wanted the drums to do too.
Easy peasy! What a cool way for a song to be born.
Inspiration and Brief
So in the lead up to writing this song I’d been listening to a lot of the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kills, Bloc Party (as ever, if you’ve never listened to these guys – do it! You won’t regret it) and I was obviously feeling inspired by them.
Particularly Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I think I can hear a big influence of them in this song.
So because I’d basically been immersing myself in those guys and pretty much explicitly only listening to them, it must have created some creativity like I’ve never had before.
Well actually that’s not true – I’ve got voice memos from years and years of me coming up with snippets of ideas, but often I won’t act on them and certainly this is the first time I’ve ever had a fully formed song in my head!
Well, it just so happened that I’d been given a brief (that Tune In, Freak Out, Get Beaten wasn’t used on in the end… boo!) for a TV show that wanted the lyrics to be about drug use.
Well, my own drug use consists of a trip to Amsterdam at the age of 20, a few music festivals, a very slightly wild couple of years in my early 20’s and not an awful lot else.
Sure I’ve had some crazy times, but nothing I personally felt inspired to write about or necessarily want to share.
So I thought it’d be a cool idea to reference some books and films that are classics when it comes to drug use, so I referenced ‘Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas’, ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Crank’ (again, if never seen/read… watch/read!)
So that’s exactly what I did and I think it’s turned out pretty great (along with audio from a video I found about an LSD experiment from the 50’s!!!)
Conclusion and Dedication
So what to take away from Tune In, Freak Out, Get Beaten? Well, inspiration can come at any time and you can either choose to act on it, or you can let it wash over you.
Pre-A Song A Week, I’d have probably thought nothing of the shower idea, but now, I’m acting on anything I come up with that I think is good.
Makes me wonder what other good ideas pass us al by every single day!
Now, also just a word on Chris Cornell too.
The Soundgarden singer that died in the week I wrote the song.
That guy was incredible and a real inspiration of mine.
Their album Superunknown (if you haven’t… you know what to do!) is easily one of my most listened to albums of all time and will continue to be for the rest of my life.
So in a weird way (weird considering the context of his death and the subject matter of the song) Tune In, Freak Out, Get Beaten is for him.
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