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I'm On Fire


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racerat

 Genre: Ballad

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This song was recorded on a Yamaha 4-track tape recorder in 1992 in a loft in Brooklyn, NY. The artists are myself, Racerat: guitars, bass and drum machine button pushing (start/stop, woohoo!) and Sonny Jim on vocals. It is an entry for the Analogapalooza Vintage Music Festival.

There are 6 tracks, thanks to the wonder of ping-ponging, that distructive, fully committed wonderment of the limited-track -tape-limits-pushing set (you know who you are!) There are drums, 2 guitars, 1 bass and 2 vocals. Count'em, 6.
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Lyrics
I’m On Fire
©1992 SonnyJim & Racerat

The world turns away from the sun this time of year
And the days get shorter, and the nights get colder
All alone
And I cringe when I think of her

She wells up inside me like a moth to the flame
And I just can’t remember what I meant to say
She strikes a chord in me so deep I can’t say
And when she’d near, it makes me want to run away

I’m on fire

Well her planet's turned so far from my sun
And my nights are long before her days begun
I’m spending time I don’t have, thinking of the one
Who wrecks my life and makes me think that I should run

I’m on fire

She strikes a chord in me so deep I can’t say
And when she’d near, it makes me want to run away
I’m spending time I don’t have thinking of the one
Who wrecks my life and makes me think that I should run

I’m on fire
Song Stats
Hits: 3172
Comments: 18
Fans: 9
Plays: 138
Downloads: 111

Uploaded: Aug 07, 2007 - 07:56:58 PM
Last Updated: May 08, 2010 - 10:54:52 PM Last Played: Aug 02, 2019 - 06:57:23 AM
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Hardware:
Yamaha 4-track
Memorex Cassette tape
Shure SM58 mic
Duct tape
coat hangars
Software:
none
Comments
five_extra_arms said 4423 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Sonic Youth vs REM vs Husker Du
This is really unusual, original and I think it's groundbreaking stuff. Was bud in the room too?

Those dissonant chords at the beginning did not prepare me for Matt's brilliant vocals. Those vocal harmonies have my head spinning. I'm perplexed. I can hear the sticky side of the duct tape. The guitars are really crunchy and somewhat drunken.

Maybe I've had too many NA beers tonight, but I just don't know what to think of this song. I love it, but it just doesn't sound like anything I've ever heard before. Your voice couldn't be more perfect for this unlikely combination of sounds.

I'm sure bud was in the room.

I've downloaded this baby.

I think it's a fabulous entry into Analogapalooza.

Check out my latest song called Draw
racerat said 4422 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
duct fire
Thanks Five,
Sonny Jim has been off the hook for the last 15 years and counting. His vocals and harmonies on this make my neck hairs tingle every time I listen to it. To think we only had a foot pedal to punch-in with, and I doubt he even used it on this one. It's kinda dark, but then sweet, then harsh. It just drags you around by the throat.

Plus you just can't get that volume and quality of tape hiss these days with Logic. Come to think of it, they should make a "add hiss" filter....;-)

Thanks for the ear.

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
bud said 4423 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Great tune Philip - and excellent use of
your six tracks. That was where I'd usually tried to stop - 4 down to stereo mix - mix back to two and add two more. I really like the guitars and bass and your button pushing is off the hook. I think this is my favorite of the many great vocal performance I've heard from Matt M on previous releases. Nice tension to this one.

About Bob - I think he thinks everyone in Brooklyn hangs together - though in 1992 I was still in Manhattan. But I'm flattered that he would associate me with such a cool session.
Check out my latest song called mixer 2
racerat said 4422 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
bud in the room
Are you SURE you weren't there? Hmmm, maybe it was just all those NA beers.
Thx bud, gotta go check out your submissions now. Ciao.

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
five_extra_arms said 4422 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
LES Sound?
Oh come on guys, are my extra ears so sophisticated that I can detect common influences? I actually scrolled up to read if bud's name was there and it wouldn't have surprised me if it was.

Besides, doesn't everyone in Brooklyn hang out together?

This song is even better this morning than it was 12 hours ago!

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she'll love five extra arms.
Check out my latest song called Draw
Feter said 4422 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
I%u2019m On Fire
nice work realy I m enjoyin the singin
the second vocal is good as well ...!!

lol Coat Hanger !!?

thnx for sharin this here !!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
racerat said 4422 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
extra equipment
Coat hangars and Duct Tape are the spit and bailing wire of the amateur (and maybe professional) studio. I can't tell you how many mic stand additions and pop screens I've created over the years with coat hangars. Just thought I'd send out the props to the hangar gods! Thanks for listening!

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
echoroom said 4422 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
Races on Fire
Feckin' great this - hints of REM/Byrds being taken out for a ride round the darker side of town . Matts vocals are fantastic - he has a really distinctive voice - I love how he reaches up in desperation to the chorus.


I'd forgotten how much I love drum machines like this.

How come I can't get stuff to sound this good with 3K worth of equipment and Logic Pro (er, talent???).

How come you never got a record deal with stuff like this????

Great track.
Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
said 4422 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
Memory Lane
Well, it's good to hear this here; a bit of a change of venue from those limited- edition CD runs.......!
For me, the interesting thing about these old songs is that they point up Philip's early interest in production (both pre- and pro-); I can assure you, those vocals didn't sound anywhere near as nice on their way INTO the mic.
Plus, he played everything!
Thank you to everyone for the props.

racerat said 4418 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
Mr. Jim short-changes himself
The real props Mr. Sonny are to you. You pulled these vocal takes out of your pocket like they were pennies, rarely a second take, and certainly no looping or comping . Harmonies spot-on without a batted eye. Many times you did them without ever actually having worked out what you were going to sing, or much less what the words were you sang in the first place. Your passion and energy ooze out of these old tracks. Hats off.

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
Ed Hannifin said 4422 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
At one point, when I was still working with my Boss BR-8...
I thought of sponsoring a contest or challenge on MacJams, of creating songs with only eight tracks... which, back when I WISHED to heck that I could afford an Alesis ADAT, with EIGHT DIGITAL TRACKS (!), seemed like all I could possibly need, ever...

Now I grouse when I've filled twelve to sixteen tracks on things that started out as relatively simple folk songs, wishing I had more power and more RAM...

There's something so cool about working within limits, and coming up with something so cool sounding from it...

I really like the hook line, and the vocals...

Ed
Check out my latest song called Chime (Alone) (Inspired by Particle Dots)
racerat said 4418 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
less is more
Agreed! Back in the day (hear the rocking chair creak...) we had to think a lot more about what the song needed, because we would only have 1 or 2 tracks left to work with. If it gelled, we were psyched. If it didn't, we moved on and wrote and recorded another3 or 4 songs in the afternoon. Now, we labor over a song for weeks, tweaking, looping, re-arranging, mixing mastering,...repeat. I sometimes wonder which was better....

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
said 4418 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
ahead of its time
You guys had a great sound.. Thanks for sharing!
dantimmermans said 3869 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Was secretly hoping for a springsteen cover...
but this was much much better. the harmonies are wonderful but what makes this for me is the completely unexpected chord changes, suprising in the same way every bowie song is the first time you hear it.
would love to hear this with real drums.
Check out my latest song called One Way Street
racerat said 3866 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
real?
I don't think they made real drums in 1992. LOL. Thanks for the listen dan!
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
davisamerica said 3869 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
phillip
what have you guys done ... killer track ... at bit rem ... but naw ... just great stuff and .... downloaded !!
Check out my latest song called ok char2(Vic and Flatrock mix)
racerat said 3866 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
rem
Yeah, we heard that comment a lot back in '92. And the sad thing was I didn't really even know who REM was and the fact that people said we sounded like them just pissed me off!...;-)
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
sonnyjim said 3866 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Yep
Guilty as charged. I had a major case of 'Michael Stipe disease'. Even though it seems to have been in remission for a while now, I'm still reluctant to say I'm completely cured......
Check out my latest song called A Bell In The Valley
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Name: racerat
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I went to school for the fine arts, painting, and taught that for a while, but I am now a graphic design executive by day, and a musician most the rest of the time. I play guitar and bass mostly, do midi synth stuff, use drum machines ... [see more]

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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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