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by Martin Popoff
"Oh absolutely, absolutely. And there was a point at which, for, you know, even in the jazz world, there was this thing called fusion, sort of a combination of jazz and R&B and rock music, that we were fans of then. You know, Miles Davis, Bitches Brew, Tony Williams, Carlos Santana... we were major fans of that kind of thing. So there wasn't really such pressures; it was already there. And it was already there ethnically as well. Now Return To Forever or the Mahavishnu Orchestra or even the Doobie Brothers (laughs)... again, in terms of the history, it's all blues. And if that wasn't live music, I don't know what is. And it's all based on that mode of thinking. So we took those elements that I just spoke of and added to it. What could be considered at the time hip-hop, or of going with the no wave sort of idea, we fell right into that."
Concerning producer of Vivid, Ed Stasium, Glover figures, "Ed's career, he ranges from doing stuff with Jagger, and then he did things back in the day with The Chambers Brothers, an old funk rock band. So he has a wealth of knowledge of sound, and that's one of the things he was called for, that particular sound. He was great with that. His ears are still amazing, as a guitar player, and he, like the rest of us, felt like this has to be about the four of you, not the four of you with backing tracks. Not the four of you and a rhythm track. You know, there's a point when people were suggesting, what if you put in a rhythm track? Well, because there's only the four of us and there's not another guitar player in the band."
And of course playing live... I saw the band in a sun-dappled enormo-stadium in Toronto (that no longer exists), backing up an ant-sized Stones, and as best they could half a mile away, they indeed had a clear shot at reproducing the record exactly.
"Yeah, and it worked. And we worked at that. And that's what he wanted. He wanted to capture what we were doing, out in the clubs in New York. And as he saw us in CBGBs or other places, he said this is what I want this record to sound like; it's like you got on stage and you played--that's what I want this record to be. People, if they could hear that, they will be convinced."
You can indeed hear, in Living Colour (the least on the first album; increasingly through the five record catalogue, actually) the no wave thing Corey checked, or as they called it in the UK, post-punk...
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