Thursday, November 25, 2010

ATLAS SOUND: BEDROOM DATABANK VOL. 4


B. COX: Clock Repair, Honesty

1. FARMLAND FANTASY
2. TERRARIUM
3. SPECTRE (ROYAL TRUX)
4. TALENT SHOW AUDITION TAPE, WINNEPEG 1975 +
5. WIRE BRUSH STOMP
6. EX-PRODIGY (FOR NORBERT WIENER)
7. MOONLIGHT ON VERLAINE
8. HOW TO PASS THE TIME

RECORDED AT HOME NOV. 24 2010
+ RECORDED IN THE BASEMENT OF TOMMY'S PARENT'S HOUSE, APRIL 1975

DOWNLOAD (NEW LINK UPDATED 11/26/10)

TALENT SHOW AUDITION TAPE, WINNEPEG 1975

In the fall of 1974 Tommy's Parents bought a 4-track Reel to Reel machine. Henry, his friend and a aspiring songwriter who also had good grass connections, convinced Tommy to form a band with him. The main reason for this was to gain access to the reel-to-reel, although Henry was also somewhat intrigued by the build-your-own synthesizer kit Tommy had recently acquired. 

Henry had been dating a boy named Sue. We politely called her "her" although she was born with both sets of privates. Henry always joked he had found the jackpot and we politely high-fived him, giving each other sideways glances. When he insisted to Tommy that she join the group, Tommy was reluctant. The issue was resolved upon the appearance of four valiums that appeared in an envelope in his locker with a girl/boy's handwriting addressed to him. 

Sue brought with her Pat, whom nobody knew nothing about. Even its gender cannot be recalled now. Pat played a Teisco bass through a wood paneled cabinet. He/She once requested the stage-name of Depth Charge.

Tommy's little sister Anne insisted on playing drums. She was quick to remind Tommy that his "no-girls-allowed" policy was now demolished with the presence of Sue. She also threatened to tell his parents about the valium.

Tommy now recalls driving to Tommy and Anne's house on a snowy evening in April, 1975 to record this, one of three total songs committed to tape by the band. He drove his Mom's Volvo and the moonlight shined on the broken leather with the foam showing in the backseat. There was a book of constellations laying in the floorboard. Tommy was supposed have been doing his astronomy homework that night.

His only memories of the evening are that the snare drum presented much difficulty. It was the loudest thing in the room and sounded like a dry cough. Tommy convinced Anne to put one of his Playboys on it and the sound became far more manageable. 

The room was filled with cigarette smoke. Tommy's reel to reel made a lot of noise and the black lights hung along the walls caused a certain amount of interference with Pat's bass amp.

Finally, at two in the morning, they listened back to their three song discography. They were full of excitement and hopefulness. Sue kept going on and on about how it was a little rough now but they would practice away the rough edges. They were all just so excited to have made something. 

The next day during discretionary, Tommy took the tape by the library and gave it to Miss Calson to give to the review board for the talent show.

A few days later he received the rejection letter in his locker. His initial excitement at what he thought were a few more valium pills was replaced with a weird since of failure and sadness. He stared off into the hallway where bright light reflected of the snow outside a window. Lots of people were passing by carrying their books, rushing off to classes. The final bell rang and he relaxed his eyes and let the hallway go out of focus.