A Little Dog Called Snuckles

Mp3 link: Passenger Dreams.

Do you remember falling asleep in the back of a car, the sunlight flicking through your eyelids when the car went past trees, the radio on just above the hum of the engine, the driver silent? Best thing.

To me it seemed a good thing to write a song about, too. It’s another song built around a groovy bass riff.

This mp3 is a recent mix down of the track, which is actually about three years old – the vocals were one of the first things Lee and I did together. It is supposed to be bassy and moody, but not quite so much as this mp3 would lead you to believe, as some of the definition has gone from the instruments in the rip process.

There’s lot of weird stuff hidden in the deep background, as I wanted to give it a dreamy, subconscious feel. In particular I have inserted at various points an mp3 of a famous blooper from U.S. AM Radio stalwart Casey Kasem, in which he gets angry about being set up to give a dedication about someone’s dog dying (a little dog called Snuckles) right after having come out of a happy ‘up-tempo ‘number. Not realizing the mike is still on, Kasem totally loses his shit and berates the studio tech guys with all sorts of demands (and foul language).

It’s pretty good to hear, especially for those of us who grew up with his voice representing a kind of smug and distinctly American self-control.

Something we can all understand...

Something we can all understand...

Seeing as it’s mixed so quietly in the song (it is in there, believe me…) you might want to listen to the mp3 on its own. It is here.

Keep your feet on the ground, Casey.

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Boris the Moth

Mp3 Link: Boris the Moth (demo version).

Did you ever read something called the Knowhow Book of Spycraft? It was in the library at our primary school and I must have read it a dozen times. Nothing – other than Get Smart – has ever tapped into the fundamental silliness of spycraft and detective work in the way that book did.

I don’t think it was entirely deliberate; much of the information provided was supposed to be for serious fun, the kind where you spend hours cutting and glueing elaborate masks and so on – but I don’t think anyone at our school ever actually made the masks or did any of the other activities it suggested. It was a book for daydreaming.

Strange But True: Muzak Jazz for the Modern Amateur Spy is the name of an album of home studio nu-jazz I made in Adelaide in 2005-6, in honour of that book. I gave quite a few copies to friends but took it no further than that.

Here’s a tune to get you started – this is the story of how that shady character Boris the Moth skipped town. It features Greg Osman on the saxophone and Louise Kleinig on vocals. This is a demo, so don’t be surprised if it’s a little crunchy in places.

Boris the Moth