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Half a Million Miles (Dolby Cover)



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I was fired up when Phil (Dolby) let me take a crack at this song. I was really drawn to this track because the story reminds me of the Pedro the Lion song "Indian Summer" from their masterpiece "Control". But make no mistake, this is a great Dolby track that really stands out on its own and shines. I really wasn't going for anything in particular with the sound, although I wanted to emulate Topper Headon's drum sound from Sandinista or Combat Rock. For whatever reason, dirty-ing up MIDI drums was just not happening for me.

Dolby's original version can be found here: Half a Million Miles

It's a song from Phil's album "Where Are We Now?". The song on its own is fantastic, but what I really admire about Phil is that he is donating to profits from the sale of this album to a hospital in Cambodia. For more information go to
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Half A Million Miles
(by Phil Dolby ©2007)

Six o’clock and workers are all heading for their cars
For the evening migration home
Staring into tunnel vision, pumping on the gas
Push the air conditioned zone
They have no idea that the time
Is getting ever nearer death
But the engines keep on humming
As the clock just keeps on ticking
To the planets last resentful death

Half a million miles away
His kids are playing truant
So he takes another long haul flight
From the demons in the middle of the night

8.00 a.m. and mothers are all escorting their sons
And daughters in their four-by-fours
To school gates where the teachers just look on in grim despair
And wait for them to take them home
They have no idea that these wheels
Were not designed for city crawl
But the engines keep on running
And the clock just keeps on ticking
As they plough on through the urban sprawl

Half a million miles away
His wife is being nailed
By a salesman with a pack of lies
So he turns his head up to the sky

Another day another place another kind of heaven
For the businessman so far from home
Another hotel lobby for a meeting that could happen
By Internet and mobile phone
They have no idea that the deals
They broker now will make no sense
On a planet still revolving
Where the problem they are solving
Is of mankind in the former tense

Half a million miles away
The place he loves is empty
He never stopped to wonder why
He took another long haul flight
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Uploaded: Sep 01, 2008 - 02:36:39 AM
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2008 - 03:10:20 AM Last Played: Feb 16, 2019 - 06:38:31 PM
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I used a Teisco amp from the 50's for the bass and guitars (not one of the cool, collectable ones). my Tele, Fender Jazz Bass, Yamaha keys, and SM48.
lavalamp said 3823 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
great sound Eric
Tom Petty, The Cars, Weezer, The Pixies, and Elvis Costello rolled up in one.

F*ckin' great one, brother.

BTW, Great song, Phil.

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Lennon714 said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
looks like
somebody's been snooping around my record collection. Thanks David. I'm glad you dug it. Phil does have a great tune here. Great lyrics and a great foundation.
dajama said 3823 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
This is way cool
and I mean WAY cool! Great song, first of all, and what a great performance. Lovely use of guitars, and those drums are crisp and clean and perfect for the song. Vocal is great, nice attitude and expressiveness, and the sound is spot on. I can't think of a thing I don't love about this. Very cool. Nicely done. Peace.
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Lennon714 said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Thank you very much.
I very much enjoyed your version of "Caroline Knows". What a fun challenge! It was strange working on someone else's song. I couldn't be as lazy as I normally am :). Thanks for the kind words!
sonnyjim said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Great Fun
What dajama said.... Plus, a Petty girl! What else could I ask for?

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Lennon714 said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
It was a lot of fun. Glad you enjoyed it.
Nick_Flash said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
I love the clean sound you put together on this. Your vocals do a nice job of piercing through and sound excellent. My head was bopping and foot tapping through the whole thing.
Nice cover.
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Lennon714 said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
I think the vocals are mixed a bit hot, so maybe that's why they're piercing :). Thanks for your kind words.
Vic Holman said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
million smiles
dave really got it right with the comparisons.

cool guitar work and the vocal delivery is excellent.

a very cool cover. classy new waver.
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Lennon714 said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
New Wave
I got a distinct new wave vibe when doing this, but I didn't feel like it could be classified as such. It's not in your face new wave, but I think I know what you're getting at... I just can't articulate it. Thanks for listening!
Feter said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Half a Million Miles
Fantastic ...Rockn roll my friend ...wow ..what a
work you ve done here ..the song grow bigger each
minute pass by ...just amazng vocal work ...
thnx alot for sharin such rockin groove !!!!
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Lennon714 said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
I think that's one of my staples. I try to make one verse different from the others, usually by adding something here and there. Sometimes it's subtle, sometimes it's not. My older recordings have a lot of the same thing go on so I'm trying to shy away from that.
davisamerica said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
right then ...
ahhh ... lavalamp stole my comment ..."F*ckin' great one ..." Well it is!!
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Lennon714 said 3822 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
damn that dave
Lavalamp.... comment stealer and all around ne'er-do-well. Pretty good songwriter, too. I'm just glad you came by, listened, and enjoyed it. Thanks!
dolby said 3822 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Well, I like it too!
Really priveleged that Eric took this on - and absolutely blown away by the result. It's been an interesting experience as this is the first time someone has done an interpretation of one of my songs. I really couldn't hear the song as anything other than a punk thrash (like my original), so when this came back sounding like some hybred of Wire and a million other New Wave influences it made total sense.

I love the stops that Eric has added, and hearing a genuine American voice having a go at this is very interesting! You even stuck to 'mobile' phone and not cellular!!!!!!!

Cheeers again Eric for a brilliant job - respect!

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Lennon714 said 3821 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
trust me
the privilege is all mine. Your song is top notch in every aspect. I would go back and compare the two and really start sweating it after yours would start up. From your vocal delivery to that rumbling bassline... a top tune if there ever was one. I especially loved the contrasting musical breaks. Good stuff. Thanks for letting me take a stab at it!
HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3822 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)

I like the song building , the sounds and your singing especialy .
Lennon714 said 3821 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
is a tough one for me. I love my tracks until I start singing on them. So thanks for the compliment. I'll soon learn to trust myself a bit more.
rsorensen said 3821 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
holy cow
wow eric this is amazing. I really like what you've done here. I'm off to hear the original after this, but man I love the arrangement and your vocal performance is stellar. I feel like I just listened to an old super rare really good lost demo from a band that made it huge. You know that feeling? Man this is good. I could go on about all the parts and why I like them but I wont. I'll just say I love it all.
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Lennon714 said 3821 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Ok, so you got me. This is a demo from when I was the 4th Jonas Brother. You'll dig the original. It's a great tune that kind certainly isn't getting the love it deserves. I'm flattered you liked it so much. Your Hamlet Machines cover is off the proverbial hinges.
sloparts said 3820 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
I Can't decide, so I won't
on which version I like better. Both have a lot of energy and both deliver the message equally well.

Let's just say I'm impressed with both of them and leave it at that.

Nice track, well done and well mixed with good vocals and backtracks.

Thanks for sharing,

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Lennon714 said 3820 days ago (September 4th, 2008)
I like that approach. I certainly don't want to try to upstage Dolby's incredible song. I say writing the song makes him the automatic winner. When I first heard it I wished I wrote it. Solid lyrics that drive a point home are so hard to do, but he does it so seamlessly. Thanks for listening!
Rebsie said 3820 days ago (September 4th, 2008)
Good stuff ... nice harmonies and guitar tones. Enjoyed.
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Lennon714 said 3819 days ago (September 4th, 2008)
Thanks Rebsie
I appreciate you stopping by, listening, and commenting.
racerat said 3819 days ago (September 4th, 2008)
Great harmonies. Fun guitar breaks with delicious delay. Poignant lyrics. Rubber band twangy distorto bass and thin as a wire drum sound. Very retro-cool. Congrats.
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Lennon714 said 3819 days ago (September 4th, 2008)
The comments make me feel like I know what I'm doing :). Your cover was a ton of fun. Funky as hell with solid pop-rock. Loved it.
michael2 said 3818 days ago (September 5th, 2008)
that i hadn't left a comment under my own name. this is great. super cool power pop. you just kicked some serious butt on this one: XTC, marshall crenshaw, nick lowe, the fabulous poodles: so many touchstones on this one. i really need to say that you're guitar playing on this slays me. and the vocals. it's perfect: pure pop for now people. amazing really.
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Lennon714 said 3817 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
A lot of the credit really goes to Dolby for coming up with a top track. I'm always flattered by your comparisons, even though a lot of the times I'm like "who?". But that's cool, because it gives me someone new (to me) to check out. Glad you liked. Great idea for a challenge. Hope we do it again.

BossHook said 3809 days ago (September 15th, 2008)
You hit
that Topper drum hit perfect. I agree with Lava, let me throw Marshall Crenshaw in there - popalicious.
Lennon714 said 3808 days ago (September 15th, 2008)
I'm flattered you stopped by to listen. I still maintain that the chorus to "She's a Writer' is one of the best hooks here at MJ. ...suiting the "bosshook" title well!
craft said 3805 days ago (September 18th, 2008)
great cover
the guitar work is really good.. This song soundz fresh
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Lennon714 said 3805 days ago (September 18th, 2008)
thanks craft
Dolby's original is as good as it gets. Thanks for listening!
said 3791 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
Excellent cover man!

What lavalamp said...

Be well!
Lennon714 said 3790 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
glad you enjoyed.
_Rex_ said 3559 days ago (May 22nd, 2009)
Love It Like It want Some more of it!
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Lennon714 said 3559 days ago (May 22nd, 2009)
more you shall receive. I'm almost done with Caravaggio. As soon as I throw some bass on it you can get your pleasure on.
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