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August 28, 2011 / John Sieger

Dark Out

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This was recorded in a loft on 5th and National occupied by John Kishline and Debra Clifton in the mid ’80s. We called it West Hell. They graciously allowed the R&B Cadets to use it to record and rehearse there and the sound of this big space is all over this recording. (It’s also augmented by some electronic reverb.) This was recorded by Mike Hoffmann before there was a Semi-Twang. Mike was already getting a rep as a go-to producer engineer in Milwaukee and it was fun working with him. The song is a true oddity—all dominant seventh chords, key change-y in a weird way and shifty as can be harmonically. Then, right in the middle, a 12-bar blues for Robin Pluer’s organ solo. It absolutely cracks me up every time I hear it—she demolishes the song, ignoring the changes in a completely hilarious way. It’s one of those things that are so wrong they’re right. The rhythm is a direct lifted from Tex-Mex as played by Sir Douglas.  I still want to get this song together and put it on a CD. So many songs, so little time!

© 2011 John Sieger


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