Seems like a ominous title for this point in time. Back in the year 2000 (just after the first big crash), Ramona the Pest released its second album, Little Knives. Crash was a secret unlisted track that could only be heard after 20 minutes or so of silence that followed the last song on the CD (ala Nirvana’s original Nevermind CD release). Hence, few heard it and those that did were likely startled out of their inside voice when it came blasting out of the speakers, perhaps while vacuuming (the original multi-task).
This was one of the first songs Val and I recorded together back in 1993 with just acoustic guitar and voice. I always wanted to produce a sort of Bo Diddley rave up version and finally got the chance with Toby Hawkins on drums. Toby is a most creative and talented drummer/percussionists, but rarely ever gets behind a kit. In fact, the only other time I had the pleasure was on Gunnar Madsen’s fantastic Power of a Hat record in 1997.
Toby had been over at the warehouse studio doing a djembe overdub when we three got to talking about the old days and had a little jam. For Crash Toby jumped on the always mic’d up red sparkle WFL kit, adjusted a few things to his liking and we were off. Tracked live with Val on acoustic and vocal, myself on electric guitar and Toby on kit with a few backups added right after. That’s often how great tracks happen, it comes together fast. Val is spot on as usual and I was happy with the guitar work. Check the hi-hat work and the hoodoo groove Toby came up with – really interesting. And when the chorus hits it really swings!
Recorded 100% analog on my dearly missed 1969 3M M23 1″ eight track open-reel machine and Soundcraft Series II board. My guitar chain was completely analog at the time, so the echo on the guitar (and on Val’s voice during the mix) is a Maestro EP3 Echoplex through my trusty ’65 Princeton Reverb. I love this track, hope you do too!