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The Pretenders “My City Was Gone” (Cold Duck’s Reconquista mix)

September 30, 2012

mixed at the Hideout in 2011-2012

From their 1984 comeback LP Learning To Crawl, “My City Was Gone” features Tony Butler (of Big Country) on bass and Rockpile’s Billy Bremner on lead guitar.

This mix has had a long and complicated development. I started creating loops of the song’s intro back in December of last year, and was pretty sure I wanted to make a short dub mix of the tune. However, over the next six months I made little progress beyond those initial loops. Then, in early September, I found inspiration and put together a 7 minute instrumental version. Listening to that mix, I felt it really needed some kind of vocal, but I was unsatisfied by my efforts to extract Chrissie Hynde’s voice from the music. So I went online to search for an acapella version … and I found Rush Limbaugh.

Somehow, even though I’ve loved this song since it’s release, I never heard that Rush used the track as an intro bed for his radio show (I don’t listen to it). Following this discovery I was at a loss for several days: I wasn’t about to make an instrumental/dub mix that in effect imitated (or worse, celebrated) Rush’s use of the song, and I wasn’t comfortable with creating a simple extended vocal either. Plugging in even just two of the original’s three verses lengthened my instrumental mix considerably, and evading the politicization of the song by the Right-wing windbag seemed almost to condone Rush’s idiocy.

So, in an act of almost traditional, conservative values clarification, I kicked this dilemma around with my mother and my immediate supervisor at work. Their enthusiasm for a political remix, an attempt to take “My City Was Gone” back from Rush was infectious. Over the next few evenings I put together a collage of found sound and filtered vocals by Chrissie, and then dubbed these bits over my extended vocal edit. I never intended this to be a political work of art (heck, I didn’t want to use vocals at all), and while assembling my sound bites I hadn’t really had the idea of skewering Rush at the front and center of my concerns. However, listening to this mix, I think I treated the blowhard somewhat like Spaniards treated their infidels during the “Reconquest” of Spain before 1492 … which is to say pretty harshly. Not that Rush would spare me any quarter were I to cross his radar!

To sum up, I am pleased that politics did not succeed in trumping this essay into artistic creation. I almost gave up on the whole project when I discovered Rush’s use of this song, but I think the final result is not only much, much better than the instrumental/dub mix would’ve been, it’s also been a pleasure to try and pry this gem from that sick fat man’s oily hands.

The Jolly Boys “Back To Back, Belly To Belly”

September 26, 2012

video edited at The Hideout in 2012
filmed in New York in 1991

One of several videos I created for Funzalo Records of performances by the original Jolly Boys. The Jolly Boys are cited in the documentary Marley as one example of local Jamaican music Bob was exposed to in his childhood.

The Jolly Boys “Tenement Yard”

September 26, 2012

video edited at The Hideout in 2012
filmed in Jamaica in 1989

One of several videos I created for Funzalo Records of performances by the original Jolly Boys. The Jolly Boys are cited in the documentary Marley as one example of local Jamaican music Bob was exposed to in his childhood. This cover of an old traditional classic has been by far the most popular of the Jolly Boys videos I’ve created for Funzalo.

The Jolly Boys “Shaving Cream”

September 26, 2012

video edited at The Hideout in 2012
filmed in Jamaica in 1989

One of several videos I created for Funzalo Records of performances by the original Jolly Boys. The Jolly Boys are cited in the documentary Marley as one example of local Jamaican music Bob was exposed to in his childhood.

The Jolly Boys “No Rice, No Peas, No Coconut Oil” (Cold Duck vidmix)

September 26, 2012

video edited at The Hideout in 2012
filmed in Jamaica in 1989

One of several videos I created for Funzalo Records of performances by the original Jolly Boys. The Jolly Boys are cited in the documentary Marley as one example of local Jamaican music Bob was exposed to in his childhood. This video required extensive audio remixing and video overdubbing from other performances to cover gaps in the original film footage of the group’s performance of “No Rice.”

The Jolly Boys “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”

September 26, 2012

video edited at The Hideout in 2012
filmed in Jamaica in 1989

One of several videos I created for Funzalo Records of performances by the original Jolly Boys. The Jolly Boys are cited in the documentary Marley as one example of local Jamaican music Bob was exposed to in his childhood.

Moby “All Sides Gone” (Cold Duck vidmix)

September 26, 2012

filmed and mixed at The Hideout in 2012

A video I made set to a track from Moby’s Destroyed Remixed. The video uses eight photos of my daughter playing with dinosaurs on a “dance floor” she marked out with chalk. This is an alternate version I created after watching the initial mix online. Somehow viewing an uploaded version made me see this differently….

PS. This video was recently banned in Germany for copyright violation, so watch it while you can….

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