Behind the Scenes — “Show Us Your Hits”

Posted: February 17, 2012 in 21st Century, Rock n Roll

Scott Young and Kevin Swain at the Board

It’s 2012, so before the End of The World As We Know It, let’s hit the studio! As mentioned in previous blogs, our plans for a 2011 CD release had gone sideways due to circumstances beyond our control. However, the band is finally back on track, and recording sessions are now underway and taking place as we speak.

Up until recently, we were confident the CD’s title was going to be the typically irreverent “Show Us Your Hits”. Unfortunately, it has come to our attention through some judicious Googling that a recording act called The Bloodhound Gang already has a greatest hits CD with that same title. Now we could be absolute jerks and steal the title (hell, they’re in Pennsylvania and we’re on the Wet Coast, so who’s to know). But not wishing to risk a lawsuit or a cease-and-desist order, we will therefore rename our disc to something that hasn’t yet been used. Something like Greatest Hits, or The Best Of… (yeah, right). We do have a multitude of potential choices already, but we may indeed leave the new title to our fans, the Apple Corps. What do you think, gang? If YOU could pick a title for a Sparkling Apple CD which features remastered versions of previous records as well as two newly-recorded tracks, what would it be? Tell you what: to the person who comes up with the title of our forthcoming disc, we will award a Free Trip to Ladner on a Torpedo, and a warm beer with Captain Maniac. How’s THAT for incentive? Go ahead and leave a comment on this page. Go ahead. Make my day. Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do you?

So about the CD: our plan is to do the Pink Floyd thing and digitally remaster our back catalog, as well as include two brand new recordings featuring the surviving members of Sparkling Apple (Art, Colin & Kevin). To this end, Ray Roper has transferred our old tapes (some of which are at least 30 years old) from the old master reels to a digital format in his own studio. This process involved playing the tapes on a vintage tape machine, graciously borrowed from the Smithsonian Institute. This operation proved to be frustratingly time consuming, due to the fact that crud and grunge buildup from the ancient reels would throw a Spaniard in the Works; frequent cleaning of the tape capstans would be mandatory. Like Capstan Maniac! However, the tapes have ultimately been transferred and are awaiting further instructions.

For the two new songs, we have chosen to utilize Alchemy Sound Studios in New Westminster, BC, with Scott Young (Chairman of the Board) engineering. The name of producer will be whoever is not afraid to admit being involved with this project. Vocals and drum tracks have already been contributed by Captain Maniac, as well as Kevin’s bass tracks, so last night (February 16, 2012) it was Art’s turn to record guitar solos. Armed with a vintage Gibson Les Paul and a combination of Mesa Boogie/Crate/Fender amplification, Art was given free reign to go nuts — the resulting guitar tracks have been said to sound like a hybrid of AC/DC and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. A loud and proud wall of sound! And NO keyboards in sight!

The Beast Is Back!

Scott in story-tellin' mode!

Sparkling Apple 2012

Louder. Much louder. Louder than 11.

  1. LISA says:

    THAT’S SO COOL….Sparkling Apple I LOVE TO SEE THE SHOW…..

  2. Anonymous says:

    When do we have to submit our ideas for the new album??

    • Hi Anonymous! We have not set a deadline for fan input, with regard to ideas for CD titles — but if you’ve got some cool ideas for what we might call our upcoming disc, DO send them to us as soon as humanly possible. As noted, we do have a pantload of potential titles already, although we want to see what YOU come up with. Can’t be any worse than “Golden Hits”!

      Good luck and may The Fart be with you.

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