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Views Read Edit View history. I would write his top line guitar parts, often the bass part too, and then lock them all together, as if in a sequencer. But Steve could flesh out my simple ideas and make them huge and dynamic. Tim wrote some great songs and really interesting lyrics so actually his departure had the biggest impact, removing a whole raft of songs from our repertoire.
As we moved forward as a duo again I was now writing nearly everything Wake Up Soon - The Beloved - Happiness (CD the two songs we co-wrote on Happiness are Your Love Takes Me Higher and Sun Rising which were both his ideas initially which we then developed together, with me writing the lyrics and vocal melodies. Demos are interestingly included on the reissue — what was the demo writing process at the time and how were they put together? Who had the initial ideas, how were they developed and then finalised?
We wanted to find a coherent way of formulating a companion disc for the re-issue. When we went through all the available audio we realised that we had recorded enough music in Wolf, Brixton, over the same period to fill a whole CD. Some are demos, some unreleased songs, three B-sides and one unreleased mix of Sun Rising. Any chance we had to get studio time, especially inwe jumped at. I was incredibly prolific around then and was writing all the time — triggered by exposure to amazing music on pirates, in clubs, everywhere in fact.
Your Love Takes Me Higher — Steve had made a basic demo on four-track cassette and then I wrote the vocal and we went in and recorded it as soon as possible. We actually did three mixes — of a demo! That was obviously a blueprint for how we would work in the future.
Love You More we had played live a few times so was a bit more developed. That was January just before we became obsessed with house rhythms.
Were there any particular artists that were a direct influence on any of the tracks on Happiness and what kind of music were you listening to at the time — or did this basically just boil down to music you were hearing in clubs and being caught up in the club culture, raves etc?
The list would be endless! Sun Rising is the 5am dance floor. But I lived and breathed that world in those years and the music inevitably reflects it. But I took him to Shoom and he loved it and understood exactly where I was coming from but was definitely less wiped out every Monday in the studio.
I had to force myself to ration my clubbing while we were recording, which was no mean feat in itself, Album). What kept these tracks from seeing the light of day earlier and how was the original tracklist for Happiness finally settled upon? These songs are all demos as well, in as much as they were recorded alongside the four songs on CD2 that are also on Happiness.
Same studio, same amount of time per track. But they are songs we never went back to, for stylistic reasons or because we wrote better alternatives or whatever. I like them all but they would not have fitted on the finished album. Terrible waste of time and money — he literally added nothing to the arrangement or instrumentation.
So that died on the cross. On Sally we started re-working with Martyn Phillips, as it was probably my favourite of the four, but, incredibly, it mutated into Hello! Jackie was another song that started with Steve. Jennifer Smiles was me trying to write a Wake Up Soon - The Beloved - Happiness (CD Cole type song but the lyric is probably the most direct ecstasy-inspired of everything.
A strange collision of styles but I remember it was written and recorded in about 48 hours all told. None of the songs are about particular people — I just went through a phase of using names as starting points. Adding multiple items to your order can reduce the cost per item. Choosing a different delivery option can change the cost per item. Final delivery cost will be shown in order review page.
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