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Mars Needs Ducks 2 (w/Vic Holman)



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When I retired the Rik account last year, quite a few tunes went away with it. Some of that was a good thing, but a few were pieces I was rather pleased with when they were posted. This one was a particular joy - and has some history.

When Bud launched the CBGB Demo Challengein March 2008, I served up an early eighties-sounding piece of crazy electropop called "Mars Needs Ducks". That version, incidentally, can still be heard on the MacJams Music blog CBGB Podcast Volume 2 and is the only song ever posted to MJ featuring me whacking away on a guitar. So far, anyway.

I decided to take another crack at it, only with a real guitarist this time, and sent a note to Vic Holman asking if he might be interested. And since Vic's sense of humor is as keen as his playing, he cheerfully agreed to have a whack at it. This song is mostly what resulted. Mostly.

The version I ultimately posted version had a few problems - mostly due to me being a bit too eager to post my first collab with Vic. Many of the comments pointed out the technical errors here and there - the guitars not being synced quite right, this being a little off, that being a little off. Drakonis, in particular, was very helpful in pointing out little things I'd missed but were detracting from the flow of the song. I also didn't heed Vic's advice about boosting the lead vocals in the final mix, and as a result they were almost buried.

So..... I resolved to take my time this time around, and do the very best I could to iron out the technical issues that were raised the first time. I also took Vic's suggestion about restoring a synthesizer solo that I'd deleted to make room for Vic's guitar. Initially I thought that there would be too much instrumentation soloing going on, but now I'm of a mind that if the soloing is good, then play all night till the sun comes up! Vic thought the synth solo was pretty cool and should stay in, and as usual, Vic was quite right.

So here's the fixed version. It's still far from perfect, but I think it shines a lot brighter than it ever did. Big, big thanks to Vic Holman for the incendiary guitars that power this tune like booster rockets on max! And to Drakonis and the rest of the MacJammers whose feedback helped make this version so much better.
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Mars Needs Ducks

I lie awake at night
Looking at the sky
Stars and moon
Are whispering goodbye
I don't know just who to fool
I don't know just what to feign
Mars Needs Ducks
Keeps flashing in my brain

I sleep away the day
And tell myself it's fun
Tourists drinking
And pointing at the sun
They don't know just who to trust
They don't know just what remains
Mars Needs Ducks
Repeating in our brains

Words & Music (c)2010 Rik Berryere
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Uploaded: Oct 25, 2010 - 10:48:41 AM
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2015 - 06:05:51 AM Last Played: Jul 25, 2019 - 08:29:49 AM
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Char said 3276 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
This is nice.
I like the synth. It is out of this world. How are the ducks going going to get to Mars? Beautiful playing by Vic Holman. Wild lyrics. Great for a campy Sci-Fi movie. I think the worst of that bunch is Attack of the Killer Klowns. I love the line, "What are you going to do with those pies, boys?" So, I as, "What are going to do with those ducks, boy?" Thanks. :)
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michaeljayklein said 3276 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
Having seen "Mars Needs Women"...
...and now hearing this, my life is complete! Delightful guys and thanks for doing it up for us!
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drakonis said 3276 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
Mars FINALLY got ducks!
"Take your time"... the best advice I ever got :-) So glad to hear this re"vamped" and reposted, definitely worthwhile! Vic's guitar work is awesome here, love the crybabywah and extra-terrestrial sparkly special effects and synth work. I still think you could boost your vox a little more in this mix, but it is a solid red-planet rocker... and look! It just beat out the #1 Spanish-Mars hit, "Ares Tu", you guys ROCK!

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michael2 said 3276 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
this sounds a lot different than the first mars needs ducks, a really nice new version. Vic always brings something great to the table and this is no exception. loving those 10cc not in love choir vox right before the synth solo, nice touch. for me it's always about the details and there is plenty of good stuff to chew on here. great track.
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dave_b said 3276 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
Mars Needs Ducks 2
I love the hook. It's getting me hungry for green curry duck, one of the delicacies at the local Thai. Some really nice layering of the synth parts, great overall production. Oh, and both of you guys had killer solos. Nice work!
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magnatone said 3276 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
Mr. M!!!! Love this version - what a great collab from you guys - thanks for making my day!
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jdholliday said 3276 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
Hey Rik!
Well done, great call to re-visit this piece, love the guitars! cool vocals! Hey I agree Mars foes need ducks and geese, and you know what would be cool, martian chickens! Vic's the man!
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Vic Holman said 3275 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
revenge of the ducks
one heck of a extended revitalized mix Rik. nicely re-visited & updated

after all this time i totally forgot what i did. so it's refresher course 101 for me.
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ted23 said 3275 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Cool guitars and synths.
Realy like the interesting vocal style.

davisamerica said 3275 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
rik ....
too cool ....
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Jarvoid said 3275 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
I guess
that these are chinese ducks because there is a definitely Oriental feeling to the licks and riffsthroughout this...I remember the original Mars needs ducks ad this has lifted what was already cool to a whole new level !
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sloparts said 3275 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Like one vulture said to the other vulture,
patience Hell, I'm gonna kill something.

In this case though, patience was the virtue that brought a great song up to it's potential.

I do have to agree with Drak on the vox level though, it could be higher and would help the song if it were.

It's really great to hear you two getting together on this fun and funny song. Excellent work from the Rik & Vic show band.

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RosaLinda said 3273 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
went down nice with my morning coffee!!:)
I hear all the work you have put in this and its a good song! Great all of it!
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MarkHolbrook said 1921 days ago (July 11th, 2014)
How in the heck
did I miss this!? Thanks for the forum post in Fav... totally cool!
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VicDiesel said 1896 days ago (August 5th, 2014)
Lead vocal
Great tune. You could still jack up the vocal a little.

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