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15 Albums Recorded In Truly Weird Places



There comes a time in every professional musician’s profession when she or he checks out at the natural beauty and also stretch of Abbey Road Studios or Capitol’s Studio A and believes, I question what this would certainly seem like if we established in a deserted tire manufacturing facility rather? It usually creates a fantastic tale when artists choose to videotape in unusual areas – a castle, or a church, a washroom, a jail… area, also. Periodically, also creates a fantastic document.

Here are a few of our favored cds tape-recorded in some absolutely unusual areas.

Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral (1994)

At initially, Trent Reznor made it seem unintentional that, of all the unusual areas on the planet, he’d selected the Hollywood Hills house where Charles Manson’s cult killed Sharon Tate and also 4 others as the area to document Nine Inch Nails’ trademark cd. “I checked out a great deal of areas, and also this simply occurred to be the one I suched as most,” he informed Entertainment Weekly as the team’s work of art was being launched in 1994.

Years later on, he possessed up to a macabre attraction in Rolling Stone and also defined a serious experience with Tate’s sibling: “For the very first time, the entire point type of put me in the face.” You may envision he was getting poor resonances from the bloodthirsty past of the since-demolished house, however Reznor stated the cd – that includes “Hurt” – was affected by something much more melancholic. “The residence didn’t really feel frightening even unfortunate, in harmony unfortunate.”

The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main St (1972)

Exile On Main St was just one of the essential DIY cds by a significant band. Keith Richards and also his after that companion Anita Pallenberg had actually resolved right into Villa Nellcôte, an estate called “a miniature Versailles.” However the snazzy decadence of the palatial scene stood in plain comparison to the raw recordings after the band generated a mobile device to videotape in the spacious, incomplete cellar. The title The Basement Tapes had already been taken, but this was the album The Rolling Stones could have more rightfully called Dirty Work.

Wings: London Town (1978)

Moored, moored, moored – how do you like it, how do you like it? Before “yacht rock” became not just a joke but a Sirius XM channel, certain rockers discovered the joys of recording on the waves. As Wings began to dismantle in the late 70s, Paul McCartney took the remaining members to Watermelon Bay in St John’s, among the Virgin Islands, where the group recorded much of their penultimate album in a makeshift studio on a charter boat.

Much swimming ensued and, true to the nature of yacht rock, there was no particular drama associated with the setting. Later in the 80s and 90s, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour took up boat recording in a more permanent way, adding a houseboat to the list of weird places albums have been recorded, in order to capture portions of the final three Floyd studio albums as well as his last two solo efforts.

Katie Melua: Concert Under The Sea (2007)

From weird places to low places. Not to be undone by Beatles or Floydians who record merely on the water, British singer Melua and her band made the Guinness World Records in 2006 by recording a live concert at the bottom of an enormous drilling platform, attended by an audience of 20 oil rig employees. Sadly, her set did not include any Little Mermaid covers.

Prince Harvey: PHATASS (2015)

The title of rapper Prince Harvey’s debut album is an acronym, standing for “Prince Harvey At The Apple Store: SoHo.” Shoppers may find Apple stores weird places for other reasons entirely, but for Harvey it was the locale where he pulled off an entire a cappella recording, using only GarageBand on the shop’s laptops over a period of four months. Prince Harvey claimed he was driven to recording in a retail environment after his own computer was seized while being left with an evicted friend. After his unauthorized in-store performances initially led staffers to warn him not to hog the mic, they eventually came around to giving the stunt their unofficial blessing, as customers took to the ongoing performances.

Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (1968) and At San Quentin (1969)

Johnny Cash never did an actual stint in the penitentiary, but his mid-50s smash “Folsom Prison Blues” did such a convincing job of making the world believe he had served time that plenty of fans assumed he was making a homecoming when he recorded a live album at the song’s namesake. At the time, Cash convinced Columbia to let him take a mobile recording device into the slammer, along with a touring revue that included June Carter Cash, The Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins.

Was it a deeply felt gesture toward the downtrodden or an amazing, career-rejuvenating gimmick? Why not both? A year later, At Folsom Prison was succeeded by an even bigger-selling sequel, At San Quentin (with its guaranteed-to-get a-rise-out-of-the-inmates “SOB” cry in “A Boy Named Sue”). Soon, prisons were no longer seen as weird places to videotape albums, as Cash inspired other rootsy performers to release their own prison sets, among them BB King (Live In Cook County Jail), Little Milton, Tracy Nelson, and Marshall Chapman.

Ben Vaughn: Rambler 65 (1997)

Car culture in rock’n’roll reached its lo-fi apotheosis when American musician and producer Ben Vaughn recorded an entire album inside his vintage Rambler. The mixing board was in the front seat, and the eight-track reel-to-reel was in the back, where Vaughn did most of the singing and playing. No room for an isolation booth? Vaughn was able to fashion one out of the Rambler’s very roomy trunk. The same year as the album’s release, Repo Man director Alex Cox directed a 25-minute rockumentary about its creation.

The Black Keys: Rubber Factory (2004)

One of Akron, Ohio’s two most famous exports paid homage to the other when The Black Keys set up shop in an abandoned General Tire factory. Though seemingly pleased with the results, Dan Auerbach described the conditions to the Chicago Tribune as a better idea in theory but, in practice, being “not really ideal in any way.” He continued, “It’s too far away. It’s on the second story. It’s hot as hell. You can’t open the windows. The acoustics are horrible.” But just imagine the old factory’s lingering olfactory benefits.

Chris Hadfield: Space Sessions: Songs From A Tin Can (2015)

Can you moonlight when you’re up by the moon? Yes, you can, as Canadian astronaut Hadfield proved when he took advantage of his position helming the International Space Station to record the first (and so far only) album ever made outside of Earth’s atmosphere. As the title suggests, he recorded a zero-gravity cover version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (a viral video sensation in 2013) alongside a set of all his own, which had actually rather less gravitas.

Killing Joke: Pandemonium (1994)

Killing Joke’s bassist, Martin Glover (aka Youth) became convinced in the mid-90s that the post-punk outfit should indulge in some serious pyramid power by recording inside the world’s most iconic millennia-old structure, the Great Pyramid at Giza. Youth was forced to concede there were problems with the antechamber’s “fuzzy energy” when the batteries they’d carted into the sacred space began to give up after 10 minutes instead of the allotted 10 hours. Faced with a supernatural level of power suckage, he did what any sensible rocker would, stripping nearly naked and conducting a ceremony that involved sage, quartz crystals, and holy water. Psychic conditions improved, to the point that Youth believed he saw frontman Jaz Coleman levitating while cutting vocals.

Michelle Shocked: The Texas Campfire Tapes (1986)

Alan Lomax had been capturing field recordings for decades, so a campfire hardly ranks high among the list weird places to make an album. But British producer Pete Lawrence captured the then-unknown singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked singing on the ultimate lo-fi mobile recording unit: a Sony Walkman. He released the album on his Cooking Vinyl label in 1987, propelling her to press darling with a major label contract. Shocked promoted her debut album at the time, however later disavowed it, upset by the Lomax comparisons and claiming it was an exploitive “bootleg” that Lawrence had released without gaining her consent. After gaining control of the tape, Shocked released her own expanded and pitch-corrected version in the 00s. Authorized or not, Texas Campfire stands as one of music’s unlikeliest (cult) “star is born” moments and DIY albums.

Jackson Browne: Running On Empty (1977)/Billy Bragg And Joe Henry: Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad (2016)

The term “field recordings” is associated with audio anthropologists such as Alan Lomax, but, occasionally, established artists go into the field themselves. Browne’s Running On Empty remains one of rock’s great conceits: a “tour cd” recorded in hotel rooms, rehearsal spaces, and on buses rather than in front of a live audience (though there was some of that, too). The aim seemed to be to find some form of spirituality in the drudgery that is touring.

On a very different kind of tour, the Anglo-American duo of Billy Bragg and Joe Henry spent five days traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles via rail for their Shine A Light project. Along the way, they recorded standards by old-school train lovers the likes of Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rodgers in their lodgings and even on railway platforms. Hobo-rock never sounded so good.

Cowboy Junkies: The Trinity Session (1988)

Cowboy Junkies reportedly billed themselves as The Timmins Family Singers when they rented out one of Toronto’s grander churches, not wanting their real name to set off any alarm bells. They spent much of their meager recording budget on the church and some on additional musicians, first appearing to have made a mistake, as they had trouble finding the right placement for the single microphone they were gathered around.

What they came up with on that day was an Americana landmark that not only came to be one of the biggest critical successes of its time however also went platinum. Other performers have subsequently experimented with DIY albums in challenging sanctuary acoustics, including The Decemberists, who recorded their Picaresque album in a church in Portland.

Paul Horn: Inside (1968)

The famed flutist wasn’t authorized to set up shop inside the Taj Mahal, but that didn’t stop him when he recorded an entire major-label album in one take during a 1968 trip to visit the Maharishi with The Beatles. There’s never been a reverb chamber quite like one that naturally produces a 28-second delay, and things got trippier when a guard began chanting along with Horn’s improv. The result was one of the stranger jazz albums released in the 60s, though some would say Horn was indulging less in jazz than helping to pioneer the ambient and New Age genres. No stranger to the exotic, Horn went on to record in a variety of weird places (sometimes even with permission) at the Great Pyramid Of Giza, the Kazimieras Cathedral in Lithuania, and the Temple Of Heaven in Beijing.

The Modern Lovers: Rock’n’Roll With The Modern Lovers (1977)

History seems unclear: was this album recorded in the men’s room at CBS Studios in San Francisco, or the ladies’? Guitarist Leroy Ratcliffe finally set the record straight: the sound in the recording studio so upset Richman that they decamped to a guys’ bathroom, with all the cables running down the halls to the control room. But Richman still wasn’t happy, so off to the other-gendered bathroom they went. After all that reconfiguring, the singer still was dissatisfied, so returned back to the boys’ room.

“The decisive factor,” Radcliffe recounted to a fan site, “was undoubtedly the male urinals that had an impact on ‘that particular sound’.” The Modern Lovers are hardly the only ones to experiment with bathroom acoustics, “Weird” Al Yankovic’s breakout single, “My Bologna,” was recorded entirely in a California Polytechnic campus men’s room.

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Jonas Brothers, Lenny Kravitz Among 2023 Hollywood Walk Of Fame Inductees




Jonas Brothers, Lenny Kravitz as well as Pentatonix are amongst the songs acts that will certainly get a celebrity on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023.

” We can not wait to commemorate them as they enter into Hollywood’s background with the introduction of their celebrity on the globe’s most popular sidewalk,” stated chair as well as iHeartRadio host Ellen K, in a declaration.

Jonas Brothers as well as Kravitz are being sworn in right into the Walk Of Fame in the Recording classification together with Marc Anthony, Sheila E, Blake Shelton, Charlie Wilson as well as executive Irving Azoff. Vocalist Jenni Rivera is readied to be recognized posthumously.

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