EVERY DOG - what or who did the drums,
track by track (thanks to Chris Adams for asking!)
1. MR Rack (Ensoniq) triggered
by my LinnSequencer (vintage 1986)
2. Akai S950 sampler
also triggered by the LinnSequencer, one of the fastest ways to work I've
ever encountered, groovewise.
3. same .
The LinnSequencer, by the way, is the grandfather of the Akai-Linn MPC-60,
MPC-3000, and MPC- 2000 boxes of today.
4. this little Univox
Drum machine the size of a wallet. I gave it away later, to Harry Toldeo,
a good song writer... I also doubled its 'snare' with a real one, me just
standing there with the mike maybe in my other hand (an SM 57, of course!)
5. Old Oberheim DX drum
machine, with a few special chips from Sammy Merendino, and the snare was
doubled with white noise from my ole Crumar DS-2 synth (my first!), and
the kick drum was doubled with an explosion sample that I had put in my
old Electro-Harmonix Instant Replay first generation triggered sampler
fx-stomp box. (I think I'd made the explosion on the DS-2 too.) The hi-hat
also triggered a Valley People Dyna-Mite noise gate, through which I had
routed my B-3 track. So the organ doubles the hi-hat's rhythm pattern,
but on the other side of the stereo mix.
6. Also the old
Oberheim DX ( I had made it a 'stretch' DX.)
7. Yogi Horton played
drums on this one. We were relaxin in the studio. Then later, Albert
Bouchard, from the Blue Oyster Cult (now he's in the Brain Surgeons)
doubled the snare the same way I did on #4...but he finally killed the
snare head ...it was on old animal skin one that belonged to my future
8. Same tiny Univox
Drum machine, or maybe it was a little old Korg that belonged to Hilly
Michaels. Yogi overdubed his kit on that in the studio, but we only used
the snare. The whole kit was too powerful. Frankie Quinn engineered a pre-mix
where we recorded this cool echo-delay effect he found, for Yogi's snare.
Frankie's a drummer too.
9. Oberheim DX?
Maybe that was S950 samples, I forget.
10. Ensoniq SD-1 synth's
drum sounds and sequencer. All done in a hotel room in Paris.
11. Hilly Michaels (he
played with Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson with me, and also in Ellen Foley
and in Sparks, and with Dan Hartman, and he had 2 solo albums on Warners
in 1980-81). AND he's a great (record) producer. (see my book, chapter
4 or 5...) Well Hilly used to come into the studio, eat a Hershey's with
almonds bar, and without having ever heard my song before, say "start recording,
and signal me when the chorus is about to come." And then he played FANTASTIC
drum tracks, the first time through. There was already an cheezy drum machine
on that particular track that we couldn't totally erase, so that's there
12. Eric Parker on drums,
and Marc Rivera on percussion and bell (he took apart an office bell to
play that track on, you know the kind you pound on to get someone to come
to the desk in an old hotel?! )