Peter talks about
This is a lovely little
song that we wrote back in the days of Suffer Machine. For the most part
it seems like a simple plea for companionship, but in the second verse
I revealed my growing scorn for revolutionary dogma. I was heavily influenced
by the Clash and liked the idea of being a punk rock revolutionary illuminating
injustice and hypocrisy with my righteous sword of rock! Ha ha
most punks were young kids who knew next to nothing about the world and
had enough problems managing their own personal relationships let alone
healing the world. I once saw an interview with Kurt Cobain in which he
was asked about the anger in his songs. He answered something to the effect
that he supposed it was because he did not have a girlfriend. I thought
that was one of the most honest things I had ever heard an "angry
young man" "voice of a generation" say.
Stephan talks about
This came about from one of our more creative bursts in Suffer Machine
- circa 1991, when Scream of Love was being recorded - this one missed
the cut by a few months. It was originally a warm-up exercise for me.
I had this compulsive ritual of doing some padding to test out all the
MIDI connections and then went on to some more frenetic exercises to get
the blood flow to my hands - every practice was the same. One day Ted
started playing drums to my test pattern and much to my chagrin (I thought
the chord progression sounded dated and saccharin) it was picked up quickly
by band members and jammed to - Pete came up with lyrics almost right
away from what I remember. Our guitarist at the time wrote that beautiful
turn around right before the chorus and that was it for 14 years.
When it became obvious
'The Cool Mothers' was going to resurrect this song for its own repertoire,
I really wanted to get another part down since it seemed musically repetitive
to me. Plus, a former band member rewrote parts of the song and I felt
co-opted, but challenged to add more to the song at the time. It reminded
me of something or someone I really liked but I could not put my finger
on it. Peter nailed it when he said it reminded him of John Lennon.
I have been resistant to doing Suffer Machine songs in the Cool Mothers,
but Stephan kept persistently hounding me. My perspective was why dwell
on the past when we can write some new great material. However, that is
easy to say when most of the onus for writing songs is on Stephan. Also,
this song was never recorded by Suffer Machine and it is a very fun song
to play live.