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Saturday, October 08, 2016

You don't need to die

Paisley Park opened to the public:
The complex opens one week before a memorial tribute concert in St. Paul, which is adjacent to Minneapolis. The public opening of the studio complex is a milestone for music lovers and historians. The complex opened in 1987, and was a fully functional recording studio used by a number of artists during its peak in the 1990s, including the Stone Temple Pilots, REM and Madonna.
Among the various acts that recorded there was Psykosonik. We recorded and mixed Unlearn there, although I spent almost no time in the studio since my only meaningful input on that CD was lyrical. Dan and Paul were going in a mellower, more ambient direction, and both Mike and I were not interested in it. We both left the band at the same time, after the CD was recorded, but before it was released, to focus on computer games.

However, I thought that one song off Unlearn, "Need to Die", would be of interest in light of yesterday's post about the way in which the choice to confront one's fears or run from them as a young man tends to play a significant role in an individual's life. Keep in mind that the song was written 22 years before "The Broken Freaks of Fandom".



Caught in the mist like a rain shower
Life's got you between your eyes
And wishful thinking don't make it go away
That's no surprise, yeah
There's no surprise
Of living a lie
There's no surprise

Face your fears alone now
And make them fly
When your dreams come home now
You don't need to die

Been holding back on your inside
Looks like you hide it well
But laughing faces can't cover all your pain,
That keeps you in Hell
That keeps you in Hell
If only for a day
That keeps you in Hell
If only for a day

Face your fears alone now
And make them fly
When your dreams come home now
You don't need to die

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23 Comments:

Blogger Paul Lutgen October 08, 2016 5:18 PM  

Thanks for sharing this song. I really enjoyed listening to it I think I will get this on iTunes. I'm sure these are on YouTube but still it's still nice.

Blogger The Kurgan October 08, 2016 5:33 PM  

I don't know anything about music, but it's clear you were doing something different from other 1980s stuff.

OpenID simplytimothy October 08, 2016 5:44 PM  

You are proud of your musical career. That is good.

Blogger tz October 08, 2016 5:46 PM  

One of the most oft repeated phrases of Jesus is "Be Not Afraid". The only thing he said to fear was not even the Devil but Hell.

Or 1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

One can suffer, but if it has purpose, it can both make sense and redeem us.

Blogger - TheFinn - October 08, 2016 5:59 PM  

Nice

Blogger Fenris Wulf October 08, 2016 7:07 PM  

The sounds and the mood remind me a bit of Seal from the same era. Some decent digital synths were coming out then, not as good as analog synths, but better than the infamous DX7.

Re: Paisley Park. A number of successful artists have built big-money private studios, but they usually turned into for-hire studios because it was the only way to keep them open. Just the electric bill for a large-format analog console and associated cooling system would run a few thousand dollars a month.

Anonymous Wyrd October 08, 2016 7:42 PM  

The sounds and the mood remind me a bit of Seal from the same era. Some decent digital synths were coming out then, not as good as analog synths, but better than the infamous DX7.

Synths remind me of early Enya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYzZLnIj85I

Agreed about analog synths. Was listening to ABWH recently and Wakeman's digital synths really grated. Give me a Moog, Hammond, and Mellotron any day of the week instead.

Anonymous Reader October 08, 2016 7:55 PM  

What's happening to the site? I'm seeing random letters in 3 blogs.

Anonymous Jack Amok October 08, 2016 8:15 PM  

Harambe can smile now
Harambe can smile.
He lives in the clouds now
Harambe can smile

Blogger AdognamedOp October 08, 2016 8:18 PM  

Good stuff. Putting this CD on wish list.

I'd love me a moog. But I couldn't picture what ABWH's "Quartet" would sound like with analogs.

Blogger M Cephas October 08, 2016 8:19 PM  

There is something sinister about a Dark Lord who was in a techno music group.

The song is motivating.

Anonymous Wyrd October 08, 2016 8:23 PM  

Harambe can smile now
Harambe can smile.
He lives in the clouds now


Time to be humble.

I'd love me a moog. But I couldn't picture what ABWH's "Quartet" would sound like with analogs.

It would be better, fam.

Anonymous Johnny Caustic October 08, 2016 11:59 PM  

This seems like a good moment to thank you again for the three Psykosonik demos you released through the blog. I like "Sex Me Up" and "Down to the Ground" more than Psykosonik's actual releases.

Are you ever going to finish The True and Obscure History of Psykosonik? Seems to me you left it half finished.

Blogger William Warren October 09, 2016 1:16 AM  

Nice music. I have added them to my spotify premium..:)

Blogger VFM6974 October 09, 2016 1:17 AM  

VD: That was a great song for the time, what happened to the band that broke it?

Blogger VD October 09, 2016 6:26 AM  

This seems like a good moment to thank you again for the three Psykosonik demos you released through the blog. I like "Sex Me Up" and "Down to the Ground" more than Psykosonik's actual releases.

Those were just Paul and me. So, the team vibe was different than when Dan and Mike got involved. Dan was a successful DJ, so he strongly preferred that heavy club thump-thump and didn't really like guitars.

Blogger VD October 09, 2016 6:28 AM  

VD: That was a great song for the time, what happened to the band that broke it?

Mike and I left the band, Paul and Dan continued further into their ambient spiral, and the record label rejected the third album that they recorded together.

Now Mike is the audio director for Epic, Paul is a tech startup specialist, and Dan does soundtracks for Disney and other Hollywood companies. They're all quite successful.

Anonymous SciVo October 09, 2016 8:04 AM  

On the topic of music, it turns out that Die Antwoord's new album has a rather Ilkish song: I Don't Care. Much more melodic than their other stuff. Pleasant, even.

Anonymous Bob Just October 09, 2016 8:47 AM  

VD:

Prophetic vision, crystal ball or time machine?

Abortive to the face A dream that fills your night
Decades later it seems George Orwell might be right
Your dead poetics have sent millions to their graves
Despite your army still we'll never be your slaves

Technojihad!


I can show you what you want to see
Won't you open up your eyes to me?
Well, I can make a brand-new reality
That's the power in your soul
And believe in me


Zuckerberg?

Blogger VD October 09, 2016 9:10 AM  

Corrections:

A boot into the face the dream
polemics
Touch the chalice to your skull

Blogger Roger G2 October 09, 2016 11:10 AM  

love this badass song.

Blogger Unknown October 09, 2016 5:10 PM  

Not bad. Kind of a mix between Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.

Anonymous Athor Pel October 09, 2016 7:22 PM  

Found a Psykosonik playlist on the tubes. One of the videos was a 2006 live performance by Basic Pleasure Model in Seattle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAXCx32UNEw&list=PLooYjE1BsDRidJTYGAUcchtRboGN0hys-&index=11

It's a cover of Psykosonik's "Welcome to my Mind". Not exactly a cover since it's Paul Sebastien.

Fun to see it performed in its element with audience reaction and all.

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