Saturday, January 13, 2007

TVDW 14/01/2007 - Fine Young Cannibals - I'm not the man I used to be (1989)

"A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do". Vandaar, morgen even onder het mes. Een kleine ingreep voor de mensheid, maar (toch nog) een (behoorlijk) grote voor mij. Drie kinderen, dat is genoeg - soms zelfs: méér dan genoeg. En de met een knipoog gelanceerde tvdw - altijd al mijn favoriete FYC track geweest - is dus, vanaf morgen, wel van toepassing. Knipoog, ja. Knip.



Blogger DDay said...

Mmmm, nice song, maar way too much information... Yikes!

Genoeg gelachen, zoals u weet werd deze song en de hele 'The Raw & The Cooked' CD in Studio B van Paisley Park opgenomen.
Hier nog wat achtergrondinfo:
In 1989, David Z was an engineer and producer based in his hometown of Minneapolis, working in the not-unpleasant shadow of the talented and demanding artist then (and now) known as Prince. Z had even recorded the demo that got Prince his first record deal. He continued to work with Prince and his musical minions over the next decade, but by the mid-1980s was chafing to establish his credentials outside of Prince's stable. But his association with Prince would turn out to be beneficial in an ironic way:

“I got called out of the blue on [Fine Young Cannibals],” recalls Z, whose production discography also includes records for Billy Idol, Big Head Todd, Collective Soul, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Lang and Leo Kottke, as well as Prince offspring like Sheila E. “What it was, they wanted to work with Prince for their next record. They were told that Prince doesn't work with anybody that way, as a producer-for-hire. But they were also told there was someone who works with Prince who does. That was me, and they were willing to try it out.”

Z had a meeting with representatives of Fine Young Cannibals' label, who mentioned that the band, then living in London, had been taking an unusually long time between their first and second records. “[The label] suggested that they come to Minneapolis so that they would have no choice but to work and get the record done,” says Z, who also points out that there is precious little to do in Minnesota in the wintertime besides hibernate and work. “They faced extreme culture shock when they got over here,” he recalls. “They had shaved heads and a punk attitude, and we didn't have a lot of that yet in Minnesota. I took them over to some clubs on First Avenue, and all they could do was comment on how everyone looked so big and blond and Swedish. I don't think they ever really got used to it over here.”

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