Pete Townshend’s episode of Behind The Music introduced me to The Who’s Lifehouse project, the ambitious post-Tommy rock opera that fell apart and was never released. Some of its best songs ended up on Who’s Next, including “Baba O’Riley,” “Getting In Tune,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
Off and on I’ve worked on a playlist of Lifehouse as it might have been, cobbling it together from Who’s Next, Odds & Sods, Who Are You, and various b-sides and bonus tracks. It’s pretty fun to listen to.
Having done things of this sort*, I was predisposed favorably toward the brilliant Albums That Never Were blog (discovered this morning via The AV Club). In soniclovenoize’s own words:
because i have too much time on my hands, i waste it by reconstructing famous unreleased albums. here are some of them. enjoy.
I’ve only been able to scan the blog so far, but I’m already looking forward to:
- Weezer’s Songs From The Black Hole
- Smashing Pumpkins’ Glass and The Machines of God
- The Clash’s Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg
- Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams
- and of course, soniclovenoize’s version of Lifehouse
Not only are these lost albums reconstructed with careful attention to audio quality and source material, there are extensive notes and background reading on each one. I’m amped about this find, and will thoroughly enjoy exploring the blog; thanks, soniclovenoize!
* See also re-arranging Springsteen’s Live 1975-85, Ken Burns’ Jazz box set, and Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label into chronological order, enjoying Radiohead’s 01 10, reversing The Roots’ Undun, etc.
Congratulations to Fally, who was featured by Buzzfeed this past week for her year-in-the-life video “Just a Sec.” It’s no surprise that the creator of I Heart Local Music saw a ton of shows in 2014 along with hanging out with her family, driving around Lawrence, and more.
After our show the other week Megan asked for direct links to the songs we played in the set. In sequence, if you missed it, or want to relive it:
Radio Edit – http://marslights.bandcamp.com/track/radio-edit
Straight Shots – http://marslights.bandcamp.com/track/straight-talking-straight-shots
Nukular – http://marslights.bandcamp.com/track/nukular-ft-s-morris
Ghost You Out – http://marslights.bandcamp.com/track/ghost-you-out
No Witnesses – (unreleased; already recorded for the next LP. This is a heavy, kind of 90s-sounding one that Drew sings, and has a huge weird guitar solo, but the chorus is kind of quieter.)
Nein – http://marslights.bandcamp.com/track/nein
All Tied Up – http://marslights.bandcamp.com/track/all-tied-up-ft-t-scahill
Stars Above – (unreleased; slotted for the next next LP. This has a kind of stompy Zeppelin main riff, and I sing/shout lyrics derived from the plot of Alien)
Stangray – (unreleased; already recorded for the next LP. Starts and ends with this kind of circular guitar lead of Drew’s, catchy with a half-time chorus inbetween the circular leads.)
“ONLY BANG IS BANG” EP & “RADIO EDIT” VIDEO OUT TUESDAY 1/6
2015 January 7, Wednesday – Kansas City, MO – Mars LIghts at the recordBar w/ Scammers. $5, 18+, 9:30 PM.
2015 February 20, Friday – Wichita, KS – Mars Lights at The Elbow Room w/ Vehicles. $???, ??? PM.
2015 February 21, Saturday – Lawrence, KS – Mars Lights at The Jackpot w/ Vehicles, 88er. $???, ??? PM.