Remember last spring and summer when I started sharing and remastering tracks from Swim Herschel Swim? And then we had our second baby? And then we launched a new section of dooce.com? And then Heather got signed by HGTV? We’re back!
This song is one I take a modicum of pride in writing. I wrote all the music for this one and of all the songs we did, this embodies what I heard in my head when I met with Rich and Rod to discuss linking up as a ska outfit. I had composed this on my Ensoniq EPS (old school 16-bit sampler with an eight instrument limit) and when the band showed interest, I felt like I could die. Once the horns kicked in during the first rehearsal of this song I did actually die for about 2 minutes.
We recorded this one during one of our all nighters and I fought very very very hard to make sure this wasn’t too fast. I won, but not after making several control room guests uncomfortable. I think this was the one where outside observers felt that Pat and I should get a room. I absolutely love this horn line and playing it faster would ruin the vibe.
For this session, our tenor sax guy, Andy, doubled up on Baritone sax and we enlisted a trumpet sideman as well. I think we had six or seven horn tracks by the end. Sloppy and beautiful. I also got to play the massive grand piano in the studio. We tracked this mostly live in a few takes; only vocals, horns and the shout chorus were overdubbed. The bass is a real stand up double bass that Kent smuggled out of BYU late and returned super early so no one would notice its absence. It was tricky as shit to record, if I recall and we struggled to get a good tone on tape. Once we started rehearsing this, Rod thought it would be great if we added some Cab Calloway shout to the chorus. While we are screamingly white in how we sound, I think it adds a nice touch.
Lyrically, Rod wrote the words after we played a show for the Anti-Defamation League (if I recall correctly) and some dipshit skinheads showed up outside and beat up our biggest supporter, the legendary Ska Bob after Bob defended a person of color in the parking lot of the show. Douchebag racists.
This remaster should feature much punchier horns and capture the live quality of the session: