Out Of Nowhere
comments by Jimi Tenor
1. Out of Nowhere
"I wanted to get a sci-fi feel
into this track. I tried to remember the opening scene
from The Planet of the Apes, where they walk in the
hot desert - maybe it's not the opening scene actually.
Anyway, a hot burning desert in a deserted strange planet.
I was one of the members of the orchestra in the take.
I was playing my photophone next to the string-section.
The first take was too slow and I didn't play well.
I told Tadeusz (the conductor) that it needs to be about
two minutes faster, otherwise the younger audience will
lose interest in the album. We knew it was going to
be the opening track. Second take was fine."
2. Hypnotic Drugstore
"This is the only track
that I had to modify a lot in editing and actually use
a sequencer. The version on the album is mostly jamming
between takes. We recorded everything on Dat during
3. Paint the Stars
"This was the first track we recorded
because it has only the orchestra, not drums and bass
rhythm section. I didn't reveal the nature of the vocals
for the orchestra. Actually I didn't know exactly what
I was going to sing. I did the vocals later on in London.
I guess I was trying to make something quite sexual."
"This was a totally improvised
piece. I put a simple bass line playing in our living
room through a small guitar amp and improvised a sax
melody while Nicole was playing chimes. I later added
5. Blood on Borscht
"I got carried away with this
one. The original length was at least double compared
to the album version. When I started to print the score
I counted the bars and decided I could easily make it
shorter. I erased about 80 bars and the song got the
length that is on album. I actually erased 81 bars accidentally
and that's why one of the cycles before the halftempo
bit is only seven bars!"
6. Backbone of Night
"I feel slightly guilty about
this... the version we rehearsed was very different.
I was very bombastic and drum heavy. I was happy about
the version. It wasn't tight enough so I decided to
do almost an ambient version. I guess we'll rerecord
the heavy version next year?..."
"This seems to be the most commercial
track of them all. I was happy to notice that not all
I do is uncommercial. Mike Kearsey did a very good job
with the arrangement. I think everybody was quite happy
while making this song. I was at least... I wanted to
have tubular bells in it. And I got them!"
8. Better than Ever
"This track pleases me a lot and
is my personal favourite. The arrangement in the middle
bit worked out nicely. Chris Dawkins made a big contribution
for this album and the guitars in this one are great!
(at least to my taste). They had a nice Hammond in the
studio in Poland that I played in this song."
9. Night in Loimaa
"This was a nightmare to record
and edit. The stuff we wrote was quite difficult rhythmically
and we had to record the track in segments. I'm happy
with the final result. It sounds pretty crazy. I hope
it sounds Chinese to people who don't have a slightest
idea what China is like."
10. Call of the Wild
"This is without orchestra although
it was perhaps the song I most wanted to have them to
play. We ran out of time and didn't have the score ready
in Poland. Later we recorded the rhythm track with Mikey
Wilson in London and I started to gather stuff on top
of that. I went to NY to record Satoru Ito's guitar
and Mike Kearsey played many tracks with trombone and
euphonium. My wife Nicole made the lead vocals and Wanda
Pittman did BV's. Most of the stuff I recorded with
my walkman and pasted later on to the multitrack."