A Self Called Nowhere - They Might Be Giants - John Henry
Label: Elektra - 61654-2 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
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Feeling that John and John had taken the band as far as it could go with reel-to-reel tape recordings and drum machines, Susan Drew of the band's label Elektra persuaded them to recruit a live band for the second phase of their year long tour in support of Apollo John Henry would be the band's first studio album recorded with their touring band.
The sound was quite different from A Self Called Nowhere - They Might Be Giants - John Henry albums, many of the tracks were guitar-heavy and live horns were used on several tracks, creating a harder-rocking feel and allowing them to better mold the moods of the songs. Drums on the album were handled by new band member Brian DohertyJon Feinberg having left after the end of Apollo 18 tour, and two tracks feature Maimone's replacement on bass, Joe Jackson Band veteran Graham Maby.
Some longtime fans of the band became upset by the changes and even went so far as to stage boycotts of the band's live shows. To generate excitement for the album, John Linnell created a HyperCard stack for Apple Macintosh that was released in May and distributed on alt. It contained previews described as "interpretive snippets in extremely crappy lo-fidelity" of the album's 20 songs, which consisted of short instrumental and vocal samples pitch-modulated and played in sequence to resemble melodies of the album tracks.
A web recreation of the HyperCard stack can be played with here. In an event repeated with TMBG's next album, Factory Showrooma bootlegged demo tape of eight tracks from the album's studio sessions was leaked.
These demos existed only in cassette form prior to the release of Podcast 27A inwhich included high-fidelity versions of seven of the tracks. Full-band studio demos were recorded with Pat Dillett for all of the songs on the album, with DJ J-Break - Homegrown Breaks EP exception of " Stomp Box ".
Inall these demos were collected and released officially as John Henry Demos to the Instant Fan Clubfollowed later by a CD and vinyl release in Sales and performance of the album were somewhat of a paradox.
John Henry peaked at No. At the time, this was the shortest span for which any They Might Be A Self Called Nowhere - They Might Be Giants - John Henry album had charted, with the exception of Pinkwhich failed to chart.
In addition, " AKA Driver " was released as a promotional single, but did not chart. The disc was a selection of live tracks from Live!! Personal tools Create account Log in. This Might Be A Wiki. See Discography Abbreviations for definition of various terms.
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