I have to say there is nothing better than reading about a band that has had some success and then start to become overly indulgent in the recording of their new album. When these bands were starting out they would have stabbed a homeless man for any kind of studio time but now after some success recording their new album in a studio just isn’t going to cut it.
Yesterday I was reading the new edition of Rolling Stone and they were talking about Franz Ferdinand recording their new album in a closed down drug clinic. U2 just finished recording their new album in a villa in Algeria performing in an open courtyard. Other bands have recorded in houses that they thought were haunted, in exotic locales, and just in odd places like Nine Inch Nails recording an album in the home of murdered actress Sharon Tate. (Really who doesn’t want to channel Charles Manson when recording an album?)
A lot of artists will say that it is about inspiration, that getting out of the studio gets their creative juices flowing. Others will say that they can use the ambience and location in producing different sounds on the album. Like on the new Franz Ferdinand album they used a human femur on a drum and recorded vocals in an office with lots of drapery to produce a muted tone. Yeah that is a cool story and all but absolutely nobody listening to the album will notice or even wonder about it. It was totally done out of personal amusement don’t bullshit us.
Personally though the fact that they are doing this for personal amusement cracks me up because I totally get it. What better way to show your power, be a pain in the ass artist, and make people think you are original? If I were a rock star I would totally play this card too. Here are a few locations that I would ask for:
-The bathroom where Elvis died- It’s Graceland you know the bathroom has to be big enough to fit a four piece band, perhaps put the drum kit in the shower.
-The Texas Book Depository- I heard the acoustics are superb.
-Neverland Ranch- Come for the acoustics, stay for the Jesus juice.
-The house from “Silver Spoons”- I just honestly want to ride the train.
Where would you pick to record an album?