This is actually a kind of special edition of People I Met and Liked, because there’s an interesting story behind it. Basically, a good eight years ago I went to this recording of ‘Live in the Lounge’. It was a short series of live music performances in a lounge-ish setting, filmed infront of a live audience that aired on the station that was then known as C4 (now known as ‘FOUR‘). My particular ‘episode’ was a show by Goodshirt. Before the whole band came on, the lead singer – Rodney Fisher – came out and sang a song that I always remembered as ‘the hair cut song’. In short, I really liked it and for years my brother and I tried to find a recording of it (to no avail)*.
Fast forward to a just over a month ago. I was on Facebook and a message popped up from Rodney Fisher himself, completely out of the blue:
We got to talking and I told him about how I’d been at ‘Live in the Lounge’ and how James and I would really like a copy of the recording of ‘the hair cut song’ (aka. ‘Artichoke’) because we’d been unable to find it. It turned out that he’d never made a recording of it and I asked him if maybe I could video him singing it so I could post it. He said he thought it should be a duet. I suggested Maddy because she is always singing in the car and I think she’s actually pretty good. He said he’d give it a go. Then we took it to the next level, I asked my friend Ben at Red Bull Studios if it would be possible to record it there. Ben said yes. The rest is history and above is a little video of the recording process with the resulting song as the audio. Happy days.
While this whole thing was going on, I also got to ask Rodney a few questions about things he likes and trends he hates and music and his awesome ‘Songs From The Backyard’ project (take a look, it’s *very nice* (Borat voice)), so that’s coming shortly in Part 2 (when I’ve done the transcribing). Keep your eyes peeled readers, and until then – enjoy.
Big thanks to: Rodney Fisher for all of the above, Maddy Budd for constantly doing things for this blog without complaining and being a closet great singer, Dave Khan for stepping in on violin at literally 10 minutes notice and without knowing the song at all, Murray Fisher for mixing, James Lowe for the hours spent on the video (no time code on video = difficult to line up lips with lyrics) and Ben Lawson for being cool and recording this for us without crying like a little bitch. Also, big ups to Red Bull.
*Someone put up a youtube clip of the performance of that song for ‘Live in the Lounge’ about 9 months ago and for that, James and I are eternally grateful.