SIS Bands Who You thought were solo artists and New MAD SEASON!!
by Jolene,posted Feb 19 2013 8:34PM
Sit N Spin
Bands Who You thought were solo artists and New MAD SEASON!!
To start things off a word on the new Mad Season from Barrett Martin of Mad Season, Screaming Trees and Walking Papers!
Hey Folks, I want to say a few things about this new Mad Season box set because it gives me great honor and happiness to release the first of 5 bonus tracks that are included in the new “Above” deluxe edition. This song, “Locomotive”, was recorded with myself, Mike McCready, and Baker Saunders back in 1996 when we were working on basic tracks for the second Mad Season album. It features Mark Lanegan on vocals, my former band mate from Screaming Trees, who was also an honorary member of Mad Season. Mark co-wrote two of the songs on the “Above” album, those being “Above” and “Long Gone Day”, and he is also featured singing those songs with Layne on the DVD that is included in the box set. There is no other singer in the world but Mark who could have sung these songs in the way that Layne would have intended, because those two understood each other better than anybody. Mark was one of Layne’s closest friends, and the 3 bonus songs that he wrote lyrics for, and sang on, are a tribute to both Layne and Baker, and I know they would be proud of Mark’s contribution to their memories. And I personally believe, after overseeing this entire process with Mike, that this is going to be a beautiful package that all fans of Mad Season will enjoy. The original album “Above” has not been altered, and we included these 5 bonus tracks as a memoriam to our friends, and nothing more. And by the way, Peter Buck of REM co-wrote and played guitar on one of these bonus tracks back in 1996, because he also loved Mad Season and was a friend of Layne and Baker. We played our first shows at Peter's nightclub in Seattle, The Crocodile Cafe! So as we release these songs to the world, please remember that they were done in the spirit of love and friendship, because that’s the way Layne and Baker were as human beings. They loved people first and foremost, and they did not judge anyone. I always thought those were the finest qualities any man could have; love and non-judgment. And those are the qualities they would want from all of us in the world today. I wrote an essay about that magical period of time, which is included in the booklet of the box set. It’s about the healing power of music and the interaction we all had together, as we made that album. And while we're at it, let’s not forget Skerik (Nalgas Sin Carne), who played tenor saxophone and percussion on “Above”, as well as on the bonus tracks. Or Brett Eliason, who co-produced “Above” and helped us put this entire collection together. Remember, Mad Season was more than just 4 people; it was a family of Seattle musicians who loved music and loved each other. That’s why it was a special band from the start.
Peep the song if you haven’t heard it!
And then we followed that up with Sit N Spin: Bands Who You Thought Were Solo Artists!
APRIL WINE “I LIKE TO ROCK”
FLEETWOOD MAC “OH WELL”
FRANZ FERDINAND “TAKE ME OUT”
HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH “HOLD MY HAND”
J GEILS BAND “FREEZE FRAME”
JETHRO TULL “CROSS EYED MARY”
LED ZEPPELIN “NIGHT FLIGHT”
LYNYRD SKYNYRD “CALL ME THE BREEZE”
MARSHALL TUCKER BAND “CAN’T YOU SEE”
MOLLY HATCHET “FLIRTIN’ WITH DISASTER”
PINK FLOYD “YOUNG LUST”