Archive for June, 2010

Mark Cunningham’s Sgt. Pepper

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on June 27, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I hadn’t planned on writing about this (don’t even know why) but I happened upon the Sound on Sound article that talked about Mark Cunningham’s 1987 Pepper remake. I was interested in hearing what his re-recording of this Fab4 masterpiece sounded like. I had also lucked into Mark’s email, and decided to say hello.

I was  surprised to get a reply from Mark with several of the tracks attached (sorry, but I won’t be making them available on this blog). Although the mp3’s were created from cassette transfers, the  music sounded great! Everything had that signature Beatle vibe.

After a few more emails, Mark  graciously sent me a recording he did of Lennon’s Love from the Plastic Ono album. He recorded it with the intent of arranging it, and playing it as The Beatles might have had they produced one more album after Abbey Road. It sounded really cool (he’s a bad-ass guitar player), and maybe one day Mark will make this available to the public.

Thanks again, Mark, for letting me listen to these tracks.


On My Way

Posted in Music with tags , on June 19, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I recorded this tune back in ’08. On My Way doesn’t have any real “proper” song structure, but it’s trippy and it’s weird, and it sounds really cool. It’s also got one of the better vocal sounds that I’ve been able to pull out of my DAW, and all of the backing vox were done the old fashioned way: One track at a time.

Stick with it, ’cause it kicks in after around the minute mark.


On My Way

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I hate Mike Love.

Posted in R.I.P. Rock Stars with tags , , , on June 5, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I hate Mike Love.  I just can’t stand him. I tried to listen to “Pet Sounds” this weekend, and upon hearing his crappy voice, I had to turn off the album. There is no plug in on Good God’s Earth that can make his shit voice sound good. Le_Pétomane’s farts were more musical.

Mike just plain ol’ ruined the Beach Boys, and his vocal “contribution” to “God Only Knows” is proof enough that he ruined the song and the band. Why is that? Because that nasal pricks’  voice sounds like a Kazoo. At least in the mono version his voice is buried so deep in the mix that it doesn’t offend. Why didn’t Brian erase his tracks and leave him off the album?

EDIT: I’ve been told that Love didn’t sing on “God Only Knows”, but I still think he ruined the song if only because he was sending Brian bad vibes for not sticking to the “formula”. 🙂

What’s more: Nothing, and I do mean NOTHING, can take away from the fact that the no-talent son of a bitch nasal prick rode on The Beatles’ coat-tails right into the Maharishi compound with his suitcase packed with cigarettes, batteries and film which he proceeded to sell to everyone as they ran out of their own supply. Nice hippie spirit Mike. Go f**k yourself, and don’t forget to choke on your mantra.

It feels good to say this again, so I will: FUCK YOU MIKE LOVE. You’re the biggest no-talent piece of shit ever to hit The Big Time. You give all bald musicians a bad name, so why don’t you take off that hat, and let it shine, you has-been dickhead?

I’ll leave you all with a picture of the biggest Rock and Roll douchebag of the 20th Century. This picture makes any photo taken of  Mick Jagger in the 1980’s look masculine: