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You take inspiration wherever you can get it from... I found it one night back in the 80s, when I had been divorced for awhile and sat, minding my own business, listening to friends of mine who were playing at a large restaurant/lounge. You'll find the rest of the tale in the song... except for the fact that we dated for about two years after that.

This is a remix of a LIVE basement session, recorded at the home of a fine *hobbyist* drummer, Bob Baker.

This, the second of three takes, included four discrete MONO tracks: 1) Drums; 2) Vocal; 3) Rhythm Guitar; and 4) Faux Bass.

I brought those tracks into LogicExpress and added some harmonies to the chorus, a little synth part and some little guitar pieces.

This was definitely slated to be a *JOE HOLLYWOOD* number. He was such a slut! :D
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LAST NIGHT
Music & Lyrics © 2006 By J.A. Stewart
— ALL RIGHTS RESERVED —

I woke up this morning with a smile on my face
I guess I had a good time Last Night,
I guess that everything went alright
I found a woman to hold me tight, Last Night

I woke up this morning with a girl in my arms
I know I had a good time Last Night
appears that everything worked alright
I found this woman, she pulled me through Last Night

Chorus:
Last Night, Last Night, Last Night, etc.

I drank too much bourbon, it went right to my head
And then this lady sat on my right
We talked and laughed and then danced, oh so tight
and then she asked me to stay with her, Last Night

I woke up this morning in a strange, unfamiliar place
I’m sure I had a good time Last Night
It’s clear that everything worked out right
I found this woman who got to me Last Night.

Last Night............
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Fans: 5
Plays: 1186
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Uploaded: Jul 10, 2006 - 04:04:47 PM
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2006 - 04:04:47 PM Last Played: Jan 07, 2019 - 05:35:51 AM
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Hardware:
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster / Bass: Faux bass part, using Electro_Harmonics Octave Multiplexer / Mics: (Drums) Shure SM-57s (snare & tom), SM-53s (overheads) and EV-664 (The "Hammer") for bass drum --- (Guitars) SM-57 --- (Vocal) Shure SM-58, / Recorded on a TEAC 3340-S 4-track reel-to-reel recorder.
Software:
LogicExpress 7, Peak
Comments
said 4605 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Good job
Very funny actually to me. Like the sound, good mix. Has a nice sheen to
it. :) Good job
J.A.Stewart said 4605 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
Good job
Thanks for listening and commenting, Jonathan.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I did try to slip a little bit of humor into the lyric. I hope
that is what you found funny. ;-)

--- Joe



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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
said 4604 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
Yeah!
Great stuff J.A. Love the humor. The mix is excellent. The playing superb
as per usual.

Be well!
said 4604 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
Yeah!
Great stuff J.A. Love the humor. The mix is excellent. The playing superb
as per usual.

Be well!

Check out: http://www.macjams.com/song/22465
J.A.Stewart said 4604 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
Yeah!
Hey, Micheal... welcome back!

Thanks for listening... and for the props. ;-)

Hang in there, guy.


--- Joe



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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
FEEL said 4604 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
Really nice Mix
It's amazing what you can do now days with the technology available. What is really cool is to find some one add some old tracks into this technology and enhance it even more. Just for that it deserves a 10 somewhere. Another point I would like to include is the fact that you came up with this song in the 80's and to me it's quit current. Isn't that nice about music... doesn't really need the technology in that aspect. Really catchy and way off the wall for an 80's listener. Outstanding comp and great mix... thanks for sharing.

John
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J.A.Stewart said 4603 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Really nice Mix
Thanks for your comments, John.

On the tech side, working with the old 4-channel reel-to-reel recorders back
in the 70s and 80s seems rather primitive now. You had to produce
near-flawless performances in real time of each part to achieve a
good demo recording.
These demos were truly performances... played in full, as if for a
club audience.

Today, you can build a composition piece-by-piece, cut and paste repeating
parts, etc. The biggest improvement that I appreciate is the sound quality
when monitoring for vocals and harmonies. Monitoring on those old tape
machines was accomplished by a separate playback head on the recorder.
The fidelity was muddy and lo-fi, at best. It made it a challenge to accurately
overdub harmony parts.

On the social side, the pre-AIDS 80s were relatively relatively free-wheeling
and uncomplicated. How *current* its message or appeal might be? I burned
a copy of it for my son to give to a buddy of his... who apparently just had a
similar experience. The beat goes on, eh? ;-)

--- Joe


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For a Good Time... Last Night and Lady-Killer
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
composerclark said 4604 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Fun pop!
Fun, infectious, silly, and fully professional. Great production=I really
enjoyed everything about this.

I get that it's basically a silly/'up' song, and this may be an off-the-wall
comment, but I it would have been REALLY cool to throw in an ironic
twist at the very end... So, possibly after waking up in a "strange
unfamiliar place," and singing "it is clear that I had a good time last
night," you tell us something completely unexpected, like, oh I don't
know, it turns out you'd been in a fight, had a fright, your wallet was
light, etc. There's lots of possibilities that rhyme with ''-ight!"

Very fine singing, with lots of stylized nuances, and a great job overall!
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J.A.Stewart said 4603 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Fun pop!
I'm glad you enjoyed the song, Clark.

An Up tune in the particular context of the theme is certainly an
interesting... and appropriate choice of words. :D But I prefer to view it as a
celebratory exclamation. The incident followed a self-imposed six-
month period of personal retreat and contemplation after my divorce.

While I fully appreciate and enjoy life's constant ironies and often try to
observe them in my lyrics, this particular song was handled in somewhat
more formal reportorial fashion. For me, at that particular time, it
was... Front-Page News. ;-)

--- Joe



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For a Good Time... Last Night and Lady-Killer
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
turnerup211 said 4603 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Nice sound
Has a real Dr. John feel to it (sorry if your not old enough to know who
that is) I hate dating myself. It's nice to hear that "old" analog sound. Nice
mix. enjoyed it.
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J.A.Stewart said 4603 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Nice sound
Welcome to MacJams, Andy.

Thanks for listening and commenting. Glad you enjoyed it.

Over the years I've grown accustomed to hearing people compare me with a
variety of performers, but no one's ever mentioned Dr. John??? That's a first.

Sorry, I don't remember him... as a baby model on Ivory Snow boxes. :D

Besides, as must be clear from my tale, I was obviously in the *Right Place* at
the *Right Time*. ;-)

--- Joe



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For a Good Time... Last Night and Lady-Killer
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
ktb said 4599 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
inspiration
We should take it where we find it :-). You write some hooky solid
songs Joe. I really groove on well written pop tunes. Solid vocal work.
Judo's all around
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J.A.Stewart said 4599 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
inspiration
Thanks for the props, John. I'm glad you liked it.

In many respects it's harder to stay within the confines of the old
Pop formula, but I like the challenge... and enjoy the results.

--- Joe



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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
apb said 4587 days ago (July 28th, 2006)
.. what the heck ..
.. did I do last night? .. hmmm . .. ah well nevermind ..

nicely done track, oodles of energy .. reminds me a bit of the Cars "just
what I needed" (probably keyboards) with a touch of the Sweet in places ..

particularly excellent vocals and guitar work, good structure too
.. would be a great live number ..

let the good times roll ...
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apb said 4587 days ago (July 28th, 2006)
.. what the heck ..
.. did I do last night? .. hmmm . .. ah well nevermind ..

nicely done track, oodles of energy .. reminds me a bit of the Cars "just
what I needed" (probably keyboards) with a touch of the Sweet in places ..

particularly excellent vocals and guitar work, good structure too
.. would be a great live number ..

let the good times roll ...
Check out my latest song called Stowaway
J.A.Stewart said 4587 days ago (July 28th, 2006)
.. what the heck ..
Thanks, Daft...

Although it no longer sounds like it, this tune *was* done live...
with just my rhythm guitar, drums and my vocal.

Adding the additional parts and FX gave it more of a studio sound.

I'm glad you likes it... the good times CONTINUE to roll. ;-)

-- Joe



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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
stacey said 4577 days ago (August 7th, 2006)
Hello!
Joe Hollywood... you crack me up! Slut!

I love this song! It has me chair dancing!

Stacey
Check out my latest song called tick tock
J.A.Stewart said 4575 days ago (August 9th, 2006)
Hello!
Yes, my alter ego Mr. Hollywood *was* somewhat of a slut. But I have managed
to lead him to the straight-and-narrow path (or at least I *think* I have).

Be careful on those chairs, Stacey... don't hurt yourself. ;)

--- Joe



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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
eleveneyes said 4562 days ago (August 22nd, 2006)
one night stands are cool
fun tune. very poppy and i love it! lot's of live energy on the track which is
great. such a cool mix of multi-era elements. great song writting and
arrangement. enjoyed this track tremendously. and tomorrow i will have
enjoyed this song last night.
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J.A.Stewart said 4540 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Re: one night stands are cool
Thx, eleveneyes...

As an excellent producer yourself, you know how hard it can be sometimes to
evoke that energy... and capture it... especially in an environment where you are
staring at a furnace and ducts. LOL

But apparently the inspiration of that night was enough to get me through it. ;)

--- J



---
For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
tbivans said 4232 days ago (July 18th, 2007)
A bit of...
the Cars sound, Ric Ocasek vocally. The keyboard is definitely a Cars sound. Were you going for that? Sounds like it. The song was produced really well.
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J.A.Stewart said 4232 days ago (July 18th, 2007)
A bit of
No, I wasn't consciously aiming for a Cars sound. But the live basic tracks I digitized from a 4-track recording are from that era. So perhaps I unconsciously picked up on that zeitgeist.

Thanks for the listen and the comment, Tim.

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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
announcer said 4231 days ago (July 19th, 2007)
Outstanding song
I worked as a music director in a pop station back in the 70s and a bit into the 80s and this is as good as anything I remember auditioning in those days. That does not mean that the song sounds dated in anyway. I still believe a good pop song is a good pop song.

Part of the appeal of this song may be the way it was recorded. It has a "second take" enthusiasm about it which is hard to create when working (and overworking) individual tracks.
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J.A.Stewart said 4231 days ago (July 19th, 2007)
Outstanding Song
Thx for the props, Bill.

I agree with your observation about good pop songs... a good melody with a good hook can survive the test of time. A lot of technology has been added to the Pop music palette since then, but success still largely hinges on a song's melodic content that resonates with the listener.

I also concur about the *enthusiasm* factor. It's a lot easier to muster it when you're working in a "quasi-live" situation, with other musicians playing along. Sitting alone, laying down multitrack layers isn't nearly the same. ;)

If you liked this one, you ought to give my 80s anthem --- "Dance, Dance, Dance" a listen. :)

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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
said 4229 days ago (July 21st, 2007)
LIKED THE VOCAL
I LIKED THIS ONE .. GOOD JOB ..

Regardz
===============
Yeman Auf Al-Rawi

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I REMEMBER : http://www.macjams.com/song/33577
J.A.Stewart said 4229 days ago (July 21st, 2007)
Liked...
Thanks for listening, Birdman.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
guitapick said 4229 days ago (July 21st, 2007)
Wow...
...this kicks and it's so uuuuPPPPP!

Awesome stuff, Joe. My first listen. Great playing, recording technique, tune, lyrics...got it goin', you do, you do...

Man...you've got that TEAC? Now I'M jealous!

;-)


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J.A.Stewart said 4229 days ago (July 21st, 2007)
Got TEAC?
Thx, Bob... I DO! I DO!... sort of. Had to find one on eBay and got lucky... got a reasonably-used (and priced) 40-4 to rescue my moldy oldies. ;)

Yes, I was shooting for an *Up* performance... but not sure it quite matched my *Up* performance of that chronicled night. lol

Thanks for your comments.

--- Joe

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For a Good Time... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22455">Last Night</a> and <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/22071">Lady-Killer</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Ibstrat said 4220 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Last Night
This song is really fun to listen to.You have an extremely wonderful singing voice and the song is just a great pop song.
Nice guitar work as well!
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J.A.Stewart said 4220 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Re: Last Night
Thanks for listening... and for the compliments, Mark.

I thoroughly enjoy your guitar work, as well. ;)

--- Joe

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SmokeyVW said 4187 days ago (September 1st, 2007)
i'm smilin'
there's no way not to smile listening to this.

it's a great tune - fun, and well executed!
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J.A.Stewart said 4186 days ago (September 2nd, 2007)
Re: I'm Smilin'
Thanks, Bill. I'm glad you liked it.

Bringing a smile is always a good thing. ;)

--- Joe

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Love is in the air at MJ's... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/34270">She Can</a>
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BossHook said 4070 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
Power pop gem
Reminds me of Eric Carmen and the Raspberries with vocal touches of George Harrison. Great writing and flawless band tracking.
J.A.Stewart said 4070 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
Re: Power pop gem...
Thanks for listening and for the kind comments, John.

The homeboys Raspberries have been getting together for the past couple of years and have a DVD coming out.

I did a lot of Beatle covers back in the day, so I guess it occasionally leaks out. lol

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Char said 2692 days ago (October 6th, 2011)
Is
siting on your "right" a euphemism? (Um, never mind, I'm channeling Alannah.) Lucky you. Thanks.
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J.A.Stewart said 2691 days ago (October 6th, 2011)
Re: Is...
I LOVE euphemisms and innuendoes, Char. Every word I write is a potential euphemism waiting to erupt! Oh... and if you're watching The Allanah channel, be sure to keep plenty of beer handy. ;)


--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
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