Charlies's view on Baboon Strength
Baboon Strength: Cool name, huh?
We recorded Baboon Strength at Trout Studio in Brooklyn. They have an old school set-up
where everything happens in the same room, instruments, mixing desk, tape machine, everything.
We recorded to 16 track two-inch tape before putting it in the digital realm (for those of
you who are interested).
Erik brought his 1970s Yamaha combo organ, Casiotone and Echoplex. His sonic aesthetic and
abilities as an improviser are impeccable. Go Erik!
Tony played Trout's big ass bass drum, snare and toms. He also happens to be, in my opinion, the
best pure pocket drummer I've ever heard. Science. In terms of groove and time it's his world,
we live in it, act accordingly. Erik and I both concur that he gets the game ball for this record.
I brought some decent songs and tried not to overplay. It's a never- ending process.
Dave McNair did a hell of a job mixing and mastering the disc. Check out the fat drum sound on
Athens: This tune is really supposed to be a kind of a set opener or closer, a "theme" so to speak. We call
it Athens because the high-pitched one note melody is our version of said city's (Greece, not Georgia)
horde of excruciatingly grating motor scooters
Astronaut Love Triangle: You know the news story.
Welcome to Frankfurt: What can I say, Europeans like this because it has a four-on-the-floor bass
Difford-Tillbrook: We call this one "The Squeeze Tune". It has that vibe.
A Song for Karen Carpenter: I think she was a great singer and wrote this with her in mind.
Baboon Strength: Did you know that" strength" is the longest word in the English language with only one
Fine Corinthian Leather: A four -chord jam.
Porter-Hayes: This ended up with a quasi-Stax kind of sound so I named it after their two top
AbadabA: I was reading "Billy Bathgate" by EL Doctorow and decided to name this one after Dutch
Schultz’s number crunching assistant.