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Before During After: Woodentops - Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I put some thought into the best way to describe the general vibe of "Giant", The Woodentops' debut LP. What suddenly popped into my head was this: had Ferris Bueller been a real person, "Giant" would have been his favorite album. Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron could easily have had The Woodentops in the tape player of the Ferrari GT California as they escaped on the eponymous day off.
It is probably no coincidence that this film and "Giant" were released in the same year-- it might just be that both works share a recognizable feel that captures their year of Side note: an official soundtrack for Ferris Bueller's Day Off was, lamentably, never released. In fact it was when I first saw an add for "Giant" in one of the music mags.
It was probably Spin. I looked for the record, bought it, then took it home to the turntable. I loved it immediately.
I remember bringing the LP to friends so that they could hear it too. Sharing music in those days required real effort, no iPods for us. This record remained on my playlist for as long as I had a turntable, which, unfortunately, turned out to be not that much longer. As the '80s ended, "Giant" and The Woodentops became part of a vinyl collection that I would never hear again. For some reason, The Woodentops were never reintroduced into my collection in CD form.
That changed yesterday when the CD of "Giant" arrived from Amazon. Has this CD always been available, I wonder? I had never completely forgotton this record. When I put the disc in the player, though, it was like I had last heard the album only yesterday, and could sing along as if it had been fifteen hours instead of fifteen years.
Here's the thing you need to know about "Giant": it is an album of twelve consecutive bona fide radio hits that never were-- an album that could have been The Woodentops' "The Queen is Dead" or "Black Celebration" but wasn't. I understand the album did achieve a modest degree of commercial success, but the only time I ever heard The Woodentops was on my turntable.
So a live radio broadcast became a live album. It was the track we ran out of time for. He was a fan and saw us getting the whole place bugging out. So the live album came out and he chose to play that song, because of the percussion and acoustic guitar, and of course the beat and chorus. He was one of several DJs then playing that song, mixing it in with other styles. It exploded over there we had no idea.
We noticed that the mosh pit was become more a get down and boogie pit. We did a secret gig at the Wag Club. Almost a completely different audience. Packed to the gills and dancing like mad. I got a call while in the US from Paul Oakenfold in which he explained we had a massive hit on our hands and must get to Ibiza now! He said there are as many as 10, people in these clubs and they go beserk for Why.
However this was at that really opening stage of the whole scene. Daft Punk are 1 as I write this! The music business was not focused in this area. I went out at 11 pm and the business people went to bed. So we actually could not get approval and help to get there.
I was mad about that at the time. One of your favorite venues to play was the Loft in Berlin. Recall one night that sticks out in your mind. It would be hard to recall one. They blend! The Loft was special. It was run by Monica who was an older lady but very artpunk.
Super nice and basically looked after all those guys like Nick Cave and Blixa and the crowd of bad boys there. So nice. A very fun time. I live to play live and tour and I enjoy every moment of it. Had you been a fan of these bands? The band began including sampling and computers with ambient mixes. Then we played them acoustic. Then it became possible to introduce elements of electronic work actually on stage. We had the first affordable samplers soon as they came out! Great one was the Casio FZ1.
Drums went in that one. Emax had a lot of our Casio sounds transferred into it and some of the keyboard motifs and sound effects. I take it you would have chosen a different visual to grace the exterior? Haha, I had no idea about it until I saw one. I was pissed. But it was already out. I was WTF is that? Impaling myself on my Levin guitar was not a daily occurrence! There have been a few bootleg recordings that have been in circulation for years.
Which do you feel really capture the essence of The Woodentops? I only know of the Loft ones. We were quite unpredictable and shakey in those days. Still trying to get there. So being recorded from the desk, a kind of upside down balance compared to what people in the hall actually hear, it felt like they were a bit inferior.
I have both of them. I even got a few myself to hear how we were doing! Rolo, you write all of the material yourself, let me ask you where that inspiration comes from. In your writing process do the lyrics come first or the melody? No rules. Some the words were roughly there, others messing with a drumbeat started it, or a bass line. Like What? Top Ten Releases. Schema Julian Jeweil Drumcode. New Releases.
Desire Matador Rukus. Baby Four Tet Text Records. Featured Charts. Exclusives Only: Week 5 Beatport. Weekend Picks 6 Beatport. January Charts Sven Tasnadi. Hype Picks. Under Skin Artche Question Reality. New Stems. Both were re-mastered from the original tapes - which themselves had first to be lovingly restored by an oven baking process overseen by lead singer Rolo McGinty. On top of this are all manner of live, alternate and remixed versions, plus a handful of tracks that give a tantalising glimpse into what the 3rd unfinished album might have been.
Something of a live fixture on the Spanish coast in the mid 80's, the band often found themselves booked to play large outdoor clubs that were in fact all night discos.The band formed in in South London with an initial line-up of Rolo McGinty (vocals, guitar, formerly of The Wild Swans and The Jazz Butcher, Simon Mawby (guitar), Alice.