Welcome back to Wodnesdæg and Song for Odin™, and to the Minor Secrets of "Not Guilty," which is a song that appears on the 1993 MTX album Our Bodies Our Selves. https://youtu.be/GemvKvdT7Oc It's been awhile since I've posted a song from this 1992 Southampton UK show. (For those who want to keep track this will be the sixteenth posted of the eighteen-song set, leaving, if I'm doing the math properly, two to go on this one. What a long strange trip it's been.) I was slightly surprised to see this song turn up in the set, as it is so firmly associated in my mind with the following line-up / era of "Gun Crazy" / Our Bodies Our Selves" -- as opposed to this MTX iteration, which is basically the Milk Milk Lemonade one. But clearly we were doing this song at that time, pre-OBOS. It seems to be a work in progress, not all the way baked, with the lyrics in a state of transition and some vocal stuff that didn't make it to the recording stage. I think we were just, you know, fooling around with it at that stage, and I doubt we played it very often. I seem to have been largely free-associating the lyrics. At any rate, the rhymed couplet "keep all your clothes on / or I'll turn the hose on" did not make it into the final recorded version! It's the only non-previously released song in the set. ("Together Tonight," a version of which was re-recorded for OBOS, doesn't qualify because it was released on the Spanish Munster Records 7" released for this tour.) I'm fairly certain that it and "Together Tonight" were the only OBOS songs we were doing at that time, because I remember precisely when I came up with the Gun Crazy songs, in my Oakland apartment with my recently-acquired Les Paul Jr (the white one) and a Marshall half stack. It was in the aftermath of this tour, during which the band basically disintegrated and I was wondering what it was all in aid of, even as I knew that "More Than Toast" and "Swallow Everything' were worthwhile enough that maybe, just maybe, it would be worth trying to wring one more recording out of the seemingly completely wrung-out Mr T Experience. And that's in fact what happened. And it must have been pretty quick (though it doesn't seem that way in memory - in my memory that post Euro-tour uncertainty and doubt and the staring-at-the-cracks-in-the-ceiling "spirit of '91" Les Paul Jr. strumming stretches endlessly.) But the recording session, with MTX now as a trio, in Bob Couver's shed studio in Berkeley, happened soon enough after our return to the US in July 1992 for the Gun Crazy 7" to be released at some point before the year was out. We recorded "More than Toast," "Swallow Everything," "Not Guilty," "Together Tonight," and the Banana Splits cover "Don't Go Away Go Go Girl" in that session. (I'm pretty sure the tiny budget was mostly covered by whatever we got from the label, Skull Duggery, that commissioned the cover - that was how we used to operate.) Gun Crazy turned out great, but was strangled in its crib, so to speak, by our having stolen the photo for the cover. A cease and desist letter from the photographer's lawyer ended its career before it was even released, if I recall correctly. That's one reason why those three songs were awkwardly shoehorned into the CD version of the subsequent Our Bodies Our Selves album, because the 7" was just, you know, gone. Anyway, back to "Not Guilty": I'm not sure it ever got all the way "baked," and it was certainly of lesser overall quality than "More than Toast," but there is something cool and bracing and, I don't know, brazen about it. And it's got "something" even in this ragged performance. It's trying, sort of, to leverage minimalism without sounding minimal. I was consciously trying to fine-tune and elevate my songwriting approach at this time and I probably could have done a lot more with this one but whatever, it's part of "history" now as it stood then and stands now. A very small part, I know, but we can't retroactively re-engineer things like that. Small is beautiful, I think the saying used to go. Peace and love. Like and subscribe. Share and comment. Forever and ever. notes: studio recording from the Our Bodies Ourselves LP: https://youtu.be/_ncgN4s5GcU Gun Crazy on discogs: https://www.discogs.com/The-Mr-T-Experience-Gun-Crazy/release/462914 Banan Pad Riot: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Banana-Pad-Riot/release/1873066 Our Bodies Our Selves: https://www.discogs.com/The-Mr-T-Experience-Our-Bodies-Our-Selves/release/1633652 #music #songs #video #punkrock #minds
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