Over the course of preparing for the release of the Retrospeculative I was reminded of a number of events I’d completely forgotten, particularly gigs, which suggests there may well be other performances missing from the the Annals.
With Ben about to jump ship and the end of the band in sight we decided to record our tunes live in the studio. Not a music studio of course but the drama annex at Collyer’s College Horsham.
We played along to drum machine and second guitar parts pre-recorded to DAT onto our usual four track cassette machine. A little vocal reverb was added in the mix but nothing was replaced or overdubbed.
Twenty nine songs in one session was a gnats optimistic and we flag in places but it may be of interest as some of these songs were markedly different in their live versions and a few had benefited from a couple of years of gigging.
I had hoped to run a competition involving cover versions of Happy Song on the Gits Facebook page but Jim wasn’t keen and then put it up without discussion which meant I hadn’t done the extra work around it so gave up at that point.
I didn’t actually expect any entries but like the other things I couldn’t get posted in the other place I was just trying to interact with the folks who had spent money on our music.
How To Play Happy Song by The Gits (UK) For Guitar
And for the lower pitched.
How To Play Happy Song by The Gits (UK) For Bass & Drum Machine
The tracks for the Restrospeculative were selected by a long, drawn out and overly complicated system of voting where songs were rated as in, out, or maybe by the core four of the band and Uwe from Firestation Records plus a few other folks whose opinions were combined into a single vote for comparison.
A wild card system saw Happily Mad make the cut despite a split vote and although it wasn’t popular with the record label Mother Knows How, being Jim’s choice, stayed in the game.
Similarly Jim wanted to leave off The Greatest Gift as he felt it wasn’t his best performance but as a Firestation favourite it was selected. Indeed at one point it was due to be the first track but given it’s history as invariably the second song in any live set that’s where it ended up on the CD.
Ben made the case for a much shorter compilation to maintain the quality but we’d probably still be arguing over what to include if that route had been pursued.
I’ve thrown the Gits Retrospeculative up on Bandcamp for three quid.
Anyone with a physical copy who hasn’t ripped it themselves can have the download in return for a picture of the CD with some local colour. For example here’s a photograph of ‘Orsham residents thrilled at the arrival of a Moscow Club release.