Wednesday, July 25, 2012
One (Or Two) More From The Vault
I wrote about as many songs as Ringo did when he was a Beatle and all of mine were worse than "Octopus' Garden." A few did manage to become Pep In The Cat staples, thanks to main songwriters Carl Mealha and Frank DeStefano. I was also afforded the token lead vocal from behind the kit. But first, a little about this P.I.T.C. original.
I scribbled out lyrics to "Settle For The Best" and handed them to Carl with the idea of creating a Motown-style dance number. I even went as far as suggesting "party sounds" on the studio demo, just like the Temps did on "I Can't Get Next To You" and "Psychedelic Shack." The band bought the idea and it was executed. Great demo, but we weren't the Funk Brothers, unless you count our mood swings.
This live version from the same show as yesterday's Prince cover, works much better to my ears. Kind of reminds me of Squeeze, which is a more realistic comparison. I think there is some nice playing by all.
I've also included, thanks to some encouragement from Frank, our cover of Marshall Crenshaw's "Favorite Waste Of Time," with me honking out the lead vocal.
Thanks for letting me indulge.
Settle For The Best
Favorite Waste Of Time