Green Man Said: Out Tonight
 


From its quietest point, the album here returns to the loud electric guitar, as Rockin' Johnny Fial (pictured here in session, July 2004) wrings the neck of his unlucky Fender Stratocaster like a psychotic turkey farmer late for Thanksgiving.
Johnny, almost unique among rockers in being very fit and very cheerful, is a shredding player of the Hendrix school of wails, whom I know from our days playing together in Miami rock band Slide Area, an ensemble notable mainly for its succession of extremely loud lead guitarists. Engineer Mark Hornsby's background is in the Nashville scene, and so he appeared to have some difficulty in lowering his gain levels sufficiently to accommodate the shattering volume levels Johnny assured us he needed to get his tones ("I gotta get my tones, man!"). Mark's technical explanation to me, as he quickly pulled off his headphones for the umpteenth time, was: "he's too $%#@*in' loud!" which in this case was exactly what we were going for.
The track, even with a fade-out, is an unapologetically long duelling-guitars workout in which my own heavily processed lines played at my top speed - slowly - contrast with Johnny's frenetic shriek in an attempt to produce something of a musical analogue of the conversation and domestic drama which are the subjects of the lyric. The track also includes the rest of Slide Area: myself, Bob Miller on bass, and Doug "The Love Machine" Freeman on drums, along with the return of the girls Tali, Leigh, and Jodi on harmonies. Leigh fulfilled a long-held ambition by putting in the Dark Side of the Moon scat on the bridge. There's also a visit by the mighty John Camacho (The Goods, Mongo, The Beethose, etc.) on organ. John's studio demeanour was like that of all the players I had the honour to work with on this album: evincing a calm, courteous and inspiring professionalism you might not necessarily expect from their often frankly crazed stage personae.

 

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