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Today's track has been slowed and throwed especially for Screw Rock 'n' Roll reader Lucas Molter, who requested that I do it. And, hell, I didn't know I did requests, but apparently I do. So, anyone out there who has any desire to hear something chopped and screwed, holler at saturdayclubproductions at gmail.com, and I'll see what I can do. No promises - if it's just going to sound shit I won't do it (unless there's cash involved, of course), but most of the time I reckon I'll be able to accomodate you.
So, Lucas wanted this Sublime track screwed, which was kind of a new experience for me, since prior to this I'd heard one Sublime track in my life. And I have no idea what it was. Blink-182 played it when they guest programmed Rage, and I think the video may have been black and white and involved people jumping off a cliff. But I could have some/all the details wrong. I kind of get the impression that Sublime are one of those bands that are super popular in America but not so much anywhere else. So... Sublime... I can't say I've been converted into a fan, but I don't mind today's track, "Waiting For My Ruca." I especially like it screwed, because that way it's even more dubby and warped. And in tribute to the Jamaican influence in the original, I added an Elephant Man rap, which comes from... hold up, let me check... "Elephant Message." Anyways, check it out - I think it worked really well, and it was a lot of fun to do.
I must admit, however, that my favorite part of "Ruca" was the snippet of Minutemen's "History Lesson [Part II]" that opens the track. I must admit my woeful ignorance of this band, which, I assure you, is being rapidly remedied, but nevertheless, I fell in love with this track pretty much straight away. Apart from the R.E.M.ish guitar line (R.E.M. heads - does it remind you vaguely of "Walter's Theme"?) it's got all these great lyrics about "this is Bob Dylan to me," that sense that, hey, much as I think Bob Dylan had some good songs, there are some of us who grew up in a different time, and our meaningful music arrived in a different package. And... OK, this track has some DJ Michael Watts in it. I'm sorry. I couldn't resist. Mike Watt... Michael Watts... yeah...
Anyways, this turned out really great, and it was so easy to do - everything just feel into place like that, so dammit, grab it quick. It's right up there with the best I've done, I think.