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And to start off with the answer to your obvious question I can inform you that “Squawky” is the word you type in around 4 am when you’re done with the final stages of mixing a new song and the computer prompts you to write something to “save file as”. And considering the samples used in the track I guess it kinda fits. So with April finally here I can happily announce this month’s bonus release: The Squawky! EP by Call Me Greenhorn! Three tracks with the title track taken from the coming They Call Me Superseven OST album – albeit in a different mix – plus two exclusive bonus tracks.
Anyway, drawing inspiration from Piero Umiliani‘s Mah Na Mah Na, that most people probably remember from either Jim Henson‘s Sesame Street or Muppet Show, but originally appeared in Italian Mondo oddity Sweden – Heaven and Hell, the track was made up on the spot and is exactly as silly as you usually feel when you’re exhausted from work and it’s getting past 2 am. But listening to the track now I’m satisfied with the results and think it’s got a nice bounciness to it while still being very, very silly.
The second Moog version was just me trying to out-Wunderlich German schmaltz organist Klaus Wunderlich and the idea came about while listening to the title track the day after and setting out to see how lame I could make it. But the one track I’m really stoked about is The Name is West. Ever had a song jump out of you? Well, those occasions are pretty damn rare for every musician, but that track was made in five minutes tops. I’m not bragging, but the damn stars must’ve been aligned or something because everything just clicked while working on it. A totally random rhythm loop followed by an even more random bass line, the main organ was done in two takes (culling the best of each to create a melody), with percussion and FX synth added in two separate takes. Five minutes later I’m listening back with a smile on my face going “Well, that was easy”. I just wish every damn song was that smooth to write, ha ha ha.
You can check out the EP on my Bandcamp here, the title track is also available via SoundCloud here, and get a taste of the pretty bad-ass vibe of Sandra West‘s own theme below:
Now how can you not be flattered by criticism like that? I ask you. Dare you even. I’m excited to say that The Norliss Tapes video for Groovy is sure starting to climb in amount of views on YouTube. I’m stoked as hell and thank everyone involved for agreeing to do this. Keep sharing!
You know the phrase “stoked”? Well, I’m no bitter old man (although I do unleash The Angry Old Fart every once in a while) and I consider myself to have most of my childhood enthusiasm intact, but I still think words like “stoked” or “awesome” have become a bit overused. A bowl of corn flakes is nice for breakfast but calling it “awesome” might be taking it a bit too far. That said I am stoked and thrilled to announce the premiere of The Norliss Tapes video for Groovy featuring the cast of The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West! Yes! Yes! Yes!
The second installment of what I call The Trilogy of Awesomeness, this idea was born early on as I am a fan of the series, but it took some time for me to finally muster up the courage to email Robert and Jerry that produce the series asking if this was doable. To my surprise they said yes and a short while later I had all the footage needed to edit the video. How cool is that of them? I know there’s still a couple of weeks left, but so far this video is the most fun I’ve had in 2012. Awesome!
Anyway, as an added bonus we decided to make this a free download for fans of the band as well as the series. It’s roughly 335 MBs and you can get it here. Please share the link. If you have YouTube both Norliss and the S7 crew would appreciate you sharing the video and don’t forget to check out the Herz und Liebe EP on Bandcamp here.
UPDATE: Director Robert Griffith created an event on Facebook for the video, so please join up here and share among your friends etc. We’ll all appreciate it. Thanks!