The (Musical) Weirdness of Youth

I posted a video yesterday that was produced around 2003, featuring a song I’d written in the late-1980s. There are a lot of other songs from that era, though most of them don’t have visuals associated with them. That’s probably a good thing.

My creative aesthetic, such as it was then, largely involved being autonomous and independent, creating the strange sounds I wanted with enthusiastic amateur collaborators, mostly in the studio, though occasionally in live settings. I worked with guitars, basses, synths, and all sorts of weird analog equipment, most of it used incorrectly. There was no such thing as too much signal processing in my world.

It’s charming, over a quarter of a century later, to be able to listen to the musical whimsy of my youth. I actually sing better now than I did then (my singing voice has deepened significantly, so I’m Johnny Cash range now, not Robert Smith of the Cure range), though I rarely sing anything outside of karaoke settings these days. I must also admit to flinching at how bad some of the lyrics I wrote in the 1980s were, but without these baby steps at the beginning, I may never have blossomed into my current creative persona, such as it is.

So here are some representative songs for you, written as far back as my late ‘teen years, and recorded on cassette tapes in the mid-to-late 1980s, a little peek into the misdirected energy of my stupid youth, some lifted raw from mixing boards, some demos with a little studio gloss applied. Music and lyrics written by yours truly, with lyrical co-credits due to Greg Partney (“I Just Count”) and Adam Paterson (“Halloween”).

The Disinclined

I Just Count

Mechanical Walker

Barcelona

Anathematics

Every Morning Still The Same

Dream in a Stranger’s Car

SH7

Belaboring The Necroequine

Coda From Prodigality

God of the Pigs, Part 1

God of the Pigs, Part 3

Halloween

Wordlessly Going Mad Together

One thought on “The (Musical) Weirdness of Youth

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s