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”).