Chips: "It took a long time for us to
find some free studio time but now we're almost done. Sadly we had to
stop again because the Music-A-Matic studio was booked and then it closed
down for some construction work. There are only two songs left to be mixed,
which will be done at the end of June."
COMPLETED SONGS MAY 2005
1 SO DRESSED UP
We recorded this one first for a German compilation which no one heard.
We like it too much to be a lost song so it will definitively be on the
album. A classic Sator punk/rock track in our opinion.
2 YOU AIN'T NOTHING TO ME
A really angry punk 1977 style track that has been around for a
while. A new "I'd rather drink than talk" maybe?
Our negative side taken to the extremes. Say no to everything! Working
title was AC/DC. No further comments.
4 THINGS YOU DON'T
Classic Sator around Stock Rocker Nuts with bits of The
Who thrown in for extra excitement. It was written between Stereo
and Musical differences but got lost along the way. We found a demo of
it recently and thought it was a great song that we have to record now.
5 GOODBYE JOEY
Kent wrote this one as a tribute to Joey
Ramone when he died. Probably the saddest songs we've ever recorded.
A real tearjerker for all you lonely hearts out there. Before the song
got mixed Johnny and Dee
Dee died too so Kent had to rewrite the lyrics twice.
6 THE GHOST OF MY CONTROL
If Suicide would do a Sator cover it
might sound something like this? Possibly the last song written for the
7 THIS AIN'T THE WAY HOME
Kent called Chips and told him to write a classic. He came back with the
verse and chorus for this one in 15 minutes. The middle eight part was
added later. The sequel to "I wanna go home"? This might be
the first single from the album.
8 THE WORLD KEEPS TURNING
It started out as a very different song based on a guitar riff from Kent
but it became something else in the end. Neil
Young and The Ramones in a car
crash with The Mamas and the Papas and
this is what crawled out of the wreckage.
9 ANGELINA COME ON
Not like anything we've ever done before. Not that it's that weird but
maybe it might become our biggest hit?
10 YOU WALK ALONE
Our tribute to The Wipers or Dick
Dale goes punk. Recorded totally live in the studio with very few
overdubs. This is the second take. The first one was similar but with
less crazy guitar solos. It's the story about a couple of kids from a
small town trying to get out of that hell-hole. The arrangement was very
loose, we just let the tape roll and went for it.
11 AT THE END OF TIME
We wanted a song like The Undertones'
"You got my number (why don't you use it)". As usual the end
result sounds nothing like we planned. But it's great. Chips, Kent and
Michael got together in Stockholm, borrowed a rehearsal place and instruments
from Michael Lohse (ex-Atomic
Swing, now in The Kooks) and worked
it all out. Several more songs were written during this session but so
far this is the only one we've used. It's a very positive story about
two people going straight to hell together.
ALBUM TRACKS TO BE MIXED LATER
12 IT'S OUTTA MY HANDS
We've had the intro riff for years but we never found the right
song for it. Finally all the pieces came together. Another future Sator
13 WATER ON A DROWNING MAN
Another fast typical vintage Sator song. If Motörhead
came from the Louisiana swamps they might have sounded something like
SONGS TO BE MIXED LATER BUT NOT FOR THE ALBUM
THE GOOD GUYS
A fast rocker inspired by the mid 80's Australian wave. All these
bands like The Lime Spiders and Hoodoo
Gurus were a great relief at a time when most other music sucked.
ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING
A heavy groove in the vein of "Sideshow screwballs", "Skyscraper"
and "Gruesome Sunday morning".
Fast and furious. Like a new "Baby Doc Holiday". One of the
first songs we wrote for the album but it might not make it. The working
title was "Kickin' ass for the working class". That's where
the joke about the album title came from.
ESCAPE FROM PIGVALLEY BEACH
You wanna know whatever happened to that guy? Here's the answer 16 years
These songs didn't turn out the way we wanted so we dropped them. Some
of them will surely be re-recorded eventually.
TIME AND DISTANCE
Michael: "We decided that there was no
point doing this one again. The version already out sounds great so why
do it again. This version was never finished. We just did the basic tracks."
The title track that did not make the final list. Another fast one in
the Stock Rocker nuts vein.
Heikki: "We never did anything more
than the basic tracks on this one. It's a good song but we didn't get
it right this time."
ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES
Like Joan Jett backed by The
Faces was our idea with this one. As usual it turned into Sator
anyway and became something else.
Hans: "I'm really disappointed that this
one didn't make the album. It was one of my favorites. I hope we'll do
it again for the next album. It's too good for a b-side."
Chips: "We actually finished this one
but it only came out 90% as we wanted it. We will rather drop it and do
it again than live with the feeling that it didn't turn out 100% right."
IF TIME DON'T GET ME THIS WAITING WILL
All our early punk influences put together in the same song.
Kent: "It's the same with this one.
We all love the song but it didn't came out the way we wanted. We'll do
it again next time instead."
All photos taken by Ola Solving at Music-A-Matic Studio Gothenburg.