Originally done for the U.S. where it played, like, forever, now I’m getting royalty statements saying it’s playing in the U.K. Seven Years after me and Jay sat in my bedroom studio… me with a Mandolin and he with a Ukelele (or it might have been the other way around) and just bashed it out along to the movie file a couple of times. This was one of three Pedigree commercials I did with Fitz from Fitz and The Tantrums. Yes, the guy from Fitz and the Tantrums used to do Pedigree commercials. Awesome.
Why anyone would want a track like this for a Liam Neeson Taken type movie is beyond me. It must have been something to do with the lyrics. “mister lover, lover, you thought there was only one Barry White, but there’s another, that’s me you see sittin in the place, stuffin my face, Ihop, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, I’d like to see some fucker try and take it from me….PHAT” Far out. One of my best tracks yet and comes from an album called “Kill All Billionaires”. Release pending.
Not sure how the movie did. Not sure how the track was used. Anyone seen it? Any good? I didn’t like Taken. I mean, it was a good movie, but I hate hearing about stuff like that, kidnapping, even if it is a movie.
This was a fairly easy job. Except for the fact that I went into my booth for 10 nights and blew my voice out. Blew my diaphragm out to be more precise. We want Imagine Dragons they say. Yeh doesn’t everybody I say. What the hell, like, doesn’t anyone know the energy levels that go into a vocal like that? Yes I should have got some help on it, but it seemed so easy at first. Haha. Anyway, I got one of three placements. The “Hey Mister”, used under who-knows-what circumstances. Total buy out. Work for hire… but good money. And I’m pissed I didn’t get the other two empty spaces. There must have been some pretty good tracks to have beaten me on this. Especially the intro/action/dubstep opening scene. WTF. See below.
This was a thing. These’ll be playing for months. Aveeno, Johnson and Johnson. Ten of them. English, Spanish, Fifteens, thirtys, cut downs, 25/fives, 20/Tens. It went on for weeks. Not a single hic up. Plain sailing, just get it done kind of thing. And to think, the agency thought we/meaning “I” might not be capable because we’d been doing Neutrogena for so long, as if Neutrogena was all I might be capable of. Hell no, I’m a folk musician first. Easy stuff. And Adam at my Agency was brilliant at keeping everything organized and on track.
My favorite out take/alt is Don’t Stop 02 Kitty, up the top, in at number one. Kitty Pipatcharoenkij is Thai, but I never heard someone from Thailand sing with so much soul. Or is it pain. Either way, it sounds good. By far my second favorite is “Dont Stop 07 Laura r1” which is me, Rei and Laura doing the 80’s rap treatment, as per requested, in fact I think it was a 90’s rap type that was requested but we went totally 80s. Recording the vocals on that version was one of those, ‘this is why being in a recording studio is so much fun’ moments!
This was a fun little job. Several vocalists were called in to do different versions of a hook ‘don’t stop the music’, as per clients request. Kitty, Laura, Rei and myself all doing different versions. Lo and behold my vocal/track won the job. Everyone did fantastic tracks and vocals though. In fact I might post some of the other tracks.