There was sirensong. Had some inquiries recently about these recordings, so 25+ years later, here they are. Michelle Poppleton sang, I played guitar, Paul Zutrau played bass, Kasson played keys, and Jim Maguire played drums. Lovely cover art by Stoltze Design.
Some thoughts after hearing it with different ears today:
– Somehow, it’s both overproduced and underproduced at the same time. So that’s a kind of achievement!
– I mainly recall fussing over every note and driving everybody crazy.
– Splashdown listeners will find a number of what I’ll call “Easter eggs”.
– As soon as I heard Portishead’s “Dummy,” I knew I had to start over. Hence, Splashdown.
Here’s the latest from Keith & I…
New band, new music.
Keith’s on guitar and vocals, I’m on bass and a guitar squiggle here and there, and Jason Sakos played the drums.
Long story, but a friend of Kasson’s discovered some ancient studio tapes from Splashdown’s first album and was able to painstakingly recover them in a format ideal for remixing. These 20-year-old tapes were lost to the mists of time… until now. Remix them if you want to. Go crazy!
Splashdown multitrack audio stems for “Beguiled” & “Pandora” are available for download.
.:. These are being released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
This means that you can create your own derivative works for the 2 songs, and share those works, but not sell or use commercially. If you release/publish your derivative version of either of these 2 songs on the internet, please make sure to credit Splashdown as the copyright owner, and that the songwriters are A.Buhler, K.Crooker, and M.Kaplan.
Please do not redistribute these source stems/audio files; point interested parties to the link above. Please do not edit down and share samples/segments of the source audio stems. These audio files are released so that you can create remix/alternate versions of “Pandora” and “Beguiled” for non-monetary use.
All songs copyright Splashdown 2015, All rights reserved for the original versions/recordings/mixes.
I noticed recently that the options for finding this online had dropped down to a single site with lousy 128 kbps audio quality. High quality versions available here. I thought about lopping off the questionable Sugar High remixes that the band never asked for (although we loved the Doc one), but for the sake of completion, I’ll leave them on.
Note that Stars & Garters and Halfworld aren’t included — those are still for sale online, and we do receive royalties from them.
While listening to some Queen, I realized that the movie “Interstellar” has the exact plot of the song “’39”. Whoa, dude.
I was interviewed for a second time by this great blog. I salute the interviewer, Alex, for transcribing the whole hour-long thing by hand. Damn.
If you are interested in plunging down the deep, deep rabbit hole: