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The Kerbcrawlers Album

Released in 2005, this was the first of the three albums that were recorded by The Kerbcrawlers.
Ian Edmundson

Ian talks us through the songs and the stories behind them. as he remembers them:

"The band hadn't been together long when we recorded the first album and we were really quite astonished at the results when we were mixing the tracks. It definitely helped that we had a very good engineer / producer (Mark at Frog Studio, Warrington), who knew exactly what he was doing. We had been playing the songs quite regularly before we went into the studio and we were a really tight little unit.

Once we learned a song, we generally stuck to that arrangement of it, so we never messed them up on stage.

The tracks on all three of the albums were all basically played live in the studio with a live guide vocal and then usually, the main vocal would be re-recorded, to lose any spillage onto the vocal mic from other instruments, etc. I did the album cover in an hour."

1   Get over it

"Originally recorded by The Eagles on 'Hell Freezes Over'. I hadn't ever heard it and wasn't a particular fan of The Eagles, but Ian Hutchings was quite mad on it and Colin Scott had been to their show at Huddersfield and was a fan. We would give a song that someone liked a fair chance and this one turned out to be a winner for us. Hutch taught the song to the rest of the band and I didn't hear The Eagles' version for years after we started doing it. I think our version sounds a lot smoother, but then I'm used to it. Hutch did most of the arranging of this song, even though it's close to the original.

It's a bugger to sing and Col did a great job on it, though he was often breathless and an interesting red colour by the time we finished it. After a while, we moved it to the start of the second set, as it was too punishing to start the first set with. It's fast and also relentlessly wordy. I tried singing it once. It was a nightmare!!"

2   Learn to fly

"Steve suggested and sang this one. It was very often the second song in the show, as well as second on the disc. I like the way the guitars work off each other - Ian and Steve were always just marvelous at arranging guitar parts like that. Both of them are very tasteful guitarists and they always did what was best for the song, rather than stamping on the fuzzbox and going louder than each other.

The Foo Fighters did this one first. Another band I have never really got into, myself, but we also tried another song by them, No way back, which didn't really take root with us and we sort of gave up on it, after playing it live a few times. We should have persevered with that idea, as it's a good song."

3   Black magic woman

"I think Hutch was the keenest of us on this one initially , though Col ended up singing it. Hutch certainly did a nice solo on it. It was a good one to let us calm down and give us a rest during the set. If it had been down to me, all the songs would have been like I knew the bride - quite fast and we would have been damp rags after a while! Steve's style really blended beautifully with Hutch - both such tasteful and skilled players. Nice laid-back disco-ey beat under this version. It's certainly more Santana than Fleetwood Mac. It was one to pull out when we played clubs.

The first album was recorded with a regular kit. Later on, Colin went over to an electronic kit and the sounds he used on this later - bongos and all that, were brilliant. It's a shame he didn't have the electronic kit when we did this, but never mind..."

4   Behind Blue Eyes

"We quite fancied doing a Who song, such as Won't get fooled again, but we didn't want to cheat and use tapes or a sequencer on stage, as that wasn't on, besides, you could never hear the bloody things. We were a very loud band. It was either Steve or myself who came up woth this idea. I was a very big Who fan.

I know Limp Bizkit had put a feeble version out, that failed miserably to include the second half of the song and one of Steve's guitar students may have asked him about it. Whoever came up with it, it was a good idea. I fancied singing it, but Steve pounced on it and immediately did a very good job. The built-up harmonies in the studio were nice and Col used to do the really high notes on stage and go all red-faced, leaving me in fits of laughter, he was so funny doing that! Steve played an acoustic guitar on this. I think a picture of it comes up in the video. It sounds reallly nice and clean"

5   The boys are back in town

"This song was one I never thought I'd be able to sing and play, as there is so much going on in the original by Thin Lizzy. Someone requested it at a gig in Burnley (when Colin and I were in a three -piece band before Hutch and Steve joined). We would busk anything we could and this one came up as a request. I decided to sit down and work on it properly, after our bash at it off the cuff, at that show. The harmony guitars are quite a masterpiece and Ian and Steve sat down and worked them out, in small sections, until they had mastered it. It was amazing to sit and watch them.

Of course, the song went down a storm live. One venue that we played had a landlord who tore up setlists and stopped them playing the most known classics. This was one of our specialities, but this song couldn't go in our set. So we sound-checked with it instead. The crowd loved it. Oh well..."

6   Surfing with The Alien

"This was Steve's featured party-piece  in our live set for a couple of years. It really shows off his superb ability to sit down and slavishly learn someone else's music to the point where you can't telll whether it's him playing or the original artist.

I used to watch his fingers when that really fast trill comes up after a couple of verses and I absolutely loved it every time I watched him do it. Sheer genius! This was another song I hadn't really heard until Steve suggested it."

7   Still got the blues

"The Gary Moore classic.

Colin sings and Steve gets the lead guitar tone spot on. The crowds used to go righteously nuts over the end solo on this when we did it live and Steve would often put some of his own lead guitar melody parts in, to keep it going a bit longer, that fitted really well with the original."

8   I knew the bride

"I love all of Dave Edmunds' records (My favourite of his is 'Get It') and just about all of Nick Lowe's. This was a favourite from when they were together in Rockpile. All songs should be like this.

The chorus has a rotating set of lyrics that I could never ever remember the running order of on stage, so you could get any combination of them at a show."

9    Proud Mary

"Ian H loved this song and we did it for the length of the band.

No Tina Turner shock wigs in the band, more's the pity."

10  Sabre Dance

"Ian H's featured guitar piece. What an epic!! While Ian was frantically working his cahunas off, Steve had only one chord to play at one point, so he would often down a pint in one go with one hand, while holding and sustaining the G chord with the other. I always loved playing this live. It was one of those songs no-one else dared attempt and really showed off what we could do.

The huge and obvious strength of the band was that whatever we did in the studio, we could do live. I think we only ever overdubbed a guitar once while working in the studio, because a song needed a little bit of acoustic zing on that version."

11  I don't want to talk about it

"This was a really difficult one to record in the studio, because we needed the vocal to be there, while we were recording, to keep us in time with each other and know where we were in the song. The only problem was that Colin was playing drums as well as singing it - we couldn't have him doing both at once, as the vocal would spill into the drum mics.

The number of false starts and mistakes we made before we agreed Ian H should do a guide vocal and add his guitar later was unbelievable. Mark actually asked us if we'd ever met before we went in the studio!!

I used a Burns Bison bass on this and there's a nice photo of me next to the huge monitor speakers the studio used. The bass sound is just right for this. Lovely vocal from Colin too."

12  Comfortably numb

"This is Steve's EPIC.

Lovely guitars from both of the guys. I like the keyboard part notes that Hutch actually did on guitar under the 'There is no pain, you are receding' section of the song. Lovely.

We did think it was slightly too fast later on and considered re-recording it, but it is a nice version. Steve had a trauma in the end guitar solo at one point, and he nearly had a nervous breakdown over it. No-one else in the world has ever spotted it, so I won't mention it.

After Ian H went to live in Spain, we STILL did this LIVE as a three-piece and Steve carried it off quite magnificently."