‘I hadn’t slept for 10 days’ – the Lemonheads on making It’s a Shame About Ray | The Lemonheads

Evan Dando, singer, songwriter

The first time we toured in Australia I favored it such a lot that I requested my agent to get me again there once conceivable. I went again on a solo excursion, opening for Fugazi. It was once a good time. On that shuttle I met Tom Morgan, who was once the singer in a band referred to as Smudge. We went thru the entire tune we favored, akin to Lou Reed and the Stooges. We simply get on well in an instant.

Over there on the time there was once an entire tradition of most of these youngsters who had been at the dole and simply taking medication and writing and taking part in rock’n’roll. I used to be swooning in envy, and the following time I used to be in Sydney I attached with Tom once more. I hadn’t slept for 10 days however I used to be younger and OK. It stuck up with me later.

We got here throughout a newspaper tale a few child referred to as Ray who saved getting kicked out of each college he went to. In the item a clergyman was once quoted announcing “It’s a shame about Ray”, which become the name of the primary track we wrote in combination. I already had the chord development and the remaining came about briefly, like the most efficient songs ceaselessly do. We labored up the lyrics in 20 or half-hour.

I used to be seeking to create the type of tune I favored to hear – a bit of Byrds, a bit of psychedelic. Lyrically the observe may be very cryptic. It assists in keeping you guessing, however to me the road “in the stone above the dust, his name is still engraved” means that Ray has died. It’s a track that may imply a number of stuff or not anything, however it was once amusing to sing.

When I were given again to Los Angeles I made up our minds I sought after to seem after issues myself, so I fired my control. I sought after to pick out the band up, observe for an hour an afternoon for a month after which make an album, which is precisely what we did. The track It’s a Shame About Ray was once recorded in no time, with Juliana Hatfield on bass and David Ryan taking part in drums. It was once the generation of: “Phew, we’ve got another one finished.”

Winona Ryder was once a Lemonheads fan and she or he made a tape of our songs for Johnny Depp. He favored the stuff and mentioned to us: “Come and live in my house.” We didn’t precisely move and are living in his area, however we made the video there, with Johnny in it. It was once our first track to chart in the United Kingdom. Back then I used to be below a large number of drive to ship hits, however I nonetheless just like the track. We by no means were given the drum beat in combination or labored at the association however infrequently the least idea out songs are the most efficient.

Tom Morgan, songwriter

Smudge had simply launched our first unmarried once we supported Evan at Sydney’s Annandale Hotel. I’d met him in short earlier than on a Lemonheads excursion, however then on his acoustic excursion we each were given up and did a couple of of his songs with [subsequent Lemonheads bassist] Nic Dalton on drums. Evan stayed in Sydney for some time and we simply began placing out.

Being up for 10 days feels like this kind of factor they do to torture somebody. Evan will have been up for that lengthy however it was once two days for me. We’d been at my female friend Nicole’s area taking pace, taking part in tune and strolling round. The Sunday papers had simply pop out in order that they had been in a package deal on a boulevard nook: we grabbed one and took it again to the home. We laughed on the closing line of the item: “It’s a shame about Ray.”

We ended up again at my sister’s area, truly early within the morning. Evan wrote Rockin’ Stroll and Confetti, then we began writing in combination. The opening line got here from one thing I’d mentioned previous – “I’ve never been too good with names” – then once we were given to the refrain he mentioned: “I do know … ‘It’s a disgrace about Ray!’ The line fitted completely. After we’d completed that and Bit Part, he went again to america and 6 months later Nic and Evan had been taking part in It’s a Shame About Ray at the David Letterman display.

It’s bizarre to be happy with one thing you probably did 30 years in the past on medication, however I’m satisfied the track made issues occur for Evan and I’m satisfied I may assist him with Bit Part and a number of different songs. I’m more than happy that when 30 years we’re nonetheless nice pals.

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