Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cover of Possum Dixon's "In Buildings"

Quite a few years ago I lived in an absolute shit hole apartment in Minot ND that my friends referred to as 'Melrose Place'.  One sweltering July Saturday afternoon I escaped to this great new and used Record store that happened to be located right next to a liquor store for some one stop shopping.  It was also air conditioned so I spent an hour or so malingering through the rows of CD's.  Suddenly, like a screaming messiah, some pounding drums, a piano crash and with an upright bass kicked in and the clerk cranked it up..."but you nerve me."  I was hooked by the chorus, mesmerized by the second song (In Buildings) and purchasing the Cd by the fourth song.  The clerk and I listened to the whole CD since it was the only copy the store had (he wanted to hear the rest of it and I wanted to enjoy the air conditioning).  We listened and talked about how awesome it was.  Quick stop at the liquor store for a flat of beer and I probably terrorized my good neighbors at Melrose Place for the rest of the night with Possum Dixon cranked to, not 10, all the way to 11.
The Possum Dixon story is quite sad and tragic but man they released some amazing albums through all the chaos.  Released in 1993, I always thought of "In Buildings." as the love song for the underemployed disillusioned youth of the 1990's, which was me.  Twenty-three years later years later I covered it.  I am not longer underemployed but some days I still feel disillusioned...

The guitar and bass came together real easy.  I initially used a latin beat drum program and labored over a lot of synths.  By the final mix, I dumped the synths and the drum programs and added some rockier drum loops.

The video is made up of random photos taken during a day trip across Highway 13 in Saskatchewan, also known as 'Ghost Town Trail' because there are 32 Ghost Towns that stretch across it.  Some of the remnants of these towns are in the video.