Reintroducing Darren Watson | The Mono Mixes

by Darren Watson

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Re-Introducing Darren Watson
2019 Mono Digital Reissue

Thanks for deciding to check this out. You now have the album I released in 2014 as I originally intended to release it. In mono.

It’s a long story which I’ll attempt to shorten here for you.

In early August 2014 I released a single called Planet Key and my friend Jeremy Jones made an animated video and popped it up on Vimeo. Within a week it had had thousands of views and the tune went into the top ten NZ and iTunes charts. I knew there would be some folks who did not like it but I was not prepared for the Electoral Commission to send me advice that we should remove the song from sale and the video from the internet. Anyway, thanks to a good friend we took the Commission to the High Court hoping to remove the ban before the election. The judge reserved his decision meaning I would not be able to sell the song or have the video online. Obviously this got a LOT of attention in the mainstream media and ironically gave the tune and video way more air than it would ever have gotten if whoever dobbed it in to the EC had just ignored our little effort.

I got hate mail. I got messages of support. I got quite unwell from it all but I had an album to finish so I pushed through it and got on with doing overdubs and we started mixing, deciding early on that I wanted to release this one in mono. Everything I’d been doing with the arrangements, the way I’d layered things etc really lent itself to being mixed down the middle, more front-to-back, than the 3D separation of stereo. We worked like that for weeks and I was really happy with how it all sounded. Right up until I was delivered the master for manufacturing. Whereupon I was convinced mono was a huge mistake. I was angry, and sad, and confused, and literally in tears one minute and laughing manically the next at what I had decided was my hubris and stupidity to think I could do something as radical as release an album in mono on compact disc and online in the year 2014! What the fuck was I thinking? It sounded ‘dated’ and folks were going to laugh at me. I really was a mess. In tears I phoned my engineers, who had done exactly as I had asked all the way through the recording and mixing process – so this was ALL about my state of mind, not their ability. I begged them to magic me up a stereo version of the entire album asap. Which to their credit they duly did. And completely irrationally I hated it. I was feeling like scrapping the entire album and starting again . . . can you tell I was extremely unwell? Anyway other people’s sanity prevailed – we really had to release it as the record had been crowdfunded and folks were waiting for what they’d paid for. The album was released and really well-received.

Go figure. What do I know? Nothing at all when my head is that messed up.

Fast forward to August 2019 and I stumbled onto the original mono mixes on my computer. Bugger me if the songs and arrangements don’t work better this way?!! So I figured I might as well offer the mono version to anyone who has bought the stereo album.

In the absence of still having the original mono masters I’ve remastered it myself from the original mono mixes. I reckon it’s more representative of the vibe I was after when I was working on this during 2014 than the stereo album we released back then.

You may think there’s little difference, or even prefer the stereo release.

But I like these mixes and the way the instruments ‘smear’ together, creating something like what we used to call a ‘big chomp’. It punches above it’s weight. It’s just more cohesive to my ears . . .

Anyway nobody died.

And I feel better now.


Cheers

Darren Watson



PS. I’m working on a new album for release in 2020.
I’m quietly excited about it’s prospects.

I’ve also decided to ‘fess up about who exactly played what on the album.

So here is a track by track list of the musicians involved.

01 Some Men

Richard Te One | Drums
Elliott Fuimaono | Bass Guitar
Alan Norman | Piano
DW | Vocals, Guitar, Handclaps

02 I Don’t Know What It Is

Richard Te One | Drums
Andre Paris | Saxophones
Chris Selley | Trumpet
DW | Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Bass Guitar, Percussion

03 Slow Cooker

Richard Te One | Drums
DW | Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Bass Guitar

04 Thought I’d Seen It All

Richard Te One | Drums
DW | Vocals, Guitars, Organ, Bass Guitar, Percussion

05 Who Gave Up?

Richard Te One | Drums
Alan Norman | Piano
Andre Paris | Saxophones
Chris Selley | Trumpet
DW | Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Bass Guitar, Percussion

06 Wanna Be With You

Richard the One | Drums
Alan Norman | Piano
DW | Vocal, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Handclaps

07 Southern Sunshine

Richard Te One | Drums
Steve Moodie | Double Bass
Craig Denham - Accordion
DW | Vocals, Guitar, Percussion

08 I’m So Shallow

Richard Te One | Drums
DW | Vocal, Guitar, Organ, Bass Guitar, Percussion

09 Every Morning

Richard Te One | Drums
Steve Moodie | Double Bass
DW | Vocal, Guitars
Cicadas | Noise

10 Hungarian Rhapsody For A Kiwi Fulla

Delia Shanly | Conga
DW | Drums, Percussion, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Organ

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released September 5, 2019

Recorded and mixed by Andrew Downes & Darren Watson 2014
Mastered by Darren Watson at Lamington Recording August 2019
All songs (C)2014 Darren Watson except Thought I'd Seen It All (Lake-Baysting), and I Wanna Be With You (Lake). All permissions through APRA/AMCOS

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Track Name: Some Men (Mono)
Now some men lie and some men cheat
don’t you know darlin’
that ain’t me
some men lie
some men cheat
don’t you know darlin’
that ain’t me
oh baby
hooo darlin’
that ain’t me
(aside: that’s John Key)

Now some men do and some men don’t
know about everything
a woman wants
some men do
some men don’t
darlin’ I know what you want
oh baby
hooo darlin’
I know what you want
what you want

Guitar solo

Now some men know and some men don’t
well some men will
and bay some men won’t
some men cry
and some men weep
darlin’ some men try to put a girl to sleep
oh baby
oh darlin’
that ain’t me
no that ain’t me
Track Name: I Don't Know What It Is (Mono)
I don’t know what it is
that makes us do the things we do
I don’t know why we just can’t help each other through
we blame the other guy
it’s all the many ‘gainst the few
we never think about the evil that we do

I wanna try to believe in my fellow man
I really want to believe there is a plan
But I don’t know what it is

I don’t know what it is
that makes us all believe the worst
I don’t know why it really matters who comes first
we seem to think we know
every single little thing
we never seems to guess the pain our pride will bring

I’d really like to believe in my fellow man
I’d really like to believe there is a plan
but I don’t know what it is
I don’t know what it is

Guitar solo

I don’t know what it is
that makes us say the things we say
I don’t know what all the hurt won’t go away
we blame the other guy
it’s all the many ‘gainst the few
I don’t know what it is
that makes us do the things we do
things we do

I wanna try to believe in my fellow man
I really like to believe there is a plan
But I don’t know what it is
still don’t know what it is
Track Name: Slow Cooker (Mono)
Oooh weee baby put the slow cooker on
I’m tired of that bad fast food
Oooh weee baby put the slow cooker on
I’m tired of that bad fast food
when you get that cookin’ darlin’
really get a man in the mood

oooh weee baby throw the meat in the pot
you know I really dig that stuff
oooh weee baby throw the meat in the pot
you know I really dig that stuff
when you make it nice and tender, darlin’
you know I just can’t get enough

Guitar solo

oooh weee baby put the salt on the fish
you know I like to taste that thing
oooh weee baby spread the salt on the fish
you know I like to taste that thing
yeah when you get that fish going darlin’
make a grown man wanna wail and sing

Oooh weee baby put the slow cooker on
I’m tired of that bad fast food
Oooh weee baby put the slow cooker on
I’m tired of that bad fast food
when you get that cookin’ darlin’
really get a man in the mood
Track Name: Who Gave Up (Mono)
Who gave up on who?
I never gave up on you
who gave up on who?
I never gave up on you

Love and marriage the Sinatra way
not so much a marriage as a man and slave
all that I remember is the shouting and crying
angry words and slamming doors and sisters crying

Daddy
Who gave up on who?
I never gave up on you
who gave up on who?
I never gave up on you

If this ever figures out I guess
all of my inheritance will be this mess
wishing you the worst and hoping for the best
was it everything you wanted
what the preacher blessed?

Yeah, time plays it’s tricks
but time don’t mean nothing
why did you leave us there to cry
how does a father really say goodbye?

Guitar solo

Hello father from your only son
who only knows you from the lies I heard from mum
yeah I got a family
so much more I love
there’s nothing you could show me now I’m more proud of

Daddy
Who gave up on who?
I never gave up on you
who gave up on who?
I never gave up on you
Track Name: Southern Sunshine (Mono)
Out in the southern sunshine
we played until the sun was gone
and even way past our bedtime
our bodies and our thoughts were warm
fun was something certain
guaranteed just like the dawn
and baby we weren’t wrong

But lifetimes later
we tried to make things like they are
start to think things are greater
and that southern sunshine seems so far
away from things we think we need
the house and family, wife and car

Don’t you know southern sunshine
it’s all yours and mine
we should take time
take time away

Guitar Solo

What’s with all this crazy shit
working hard when we could play?

Don’t you know southern sunshine
it’s all yours and mine
we should take time
take time away

Southern sunshine
keep playing ‘til that sun is gone
keep it way past our bedtime
our bodies and our thoughts are warm
fun is something certain
guaranteed just like the dawn

Don’t you know southern sunshine
it’s all yours and mine
we should take time
take time away

Take time away
Track Name: I'm So Shallow (Mono)
I have to admit I put up with your shit
‘cause you’re so pretty
and I’m so shallow
I should have been wise when all my friends rolled their eyes
but I just kept plowing
though the field was fallow

The things that you did
I should have run
but I kept thinking I was the lucky one

You lie and you cheat and never stay on your feet
but baby you’re so pretty
and I’m so shallow
you had me convinced though those were your fingerprints
all over the pinstripes
of your new work fellow

The things that you did
I should have run
but I kept thinking I was the lucky one

You
I can see you as you really are
and it makes me wonder who I am
how could I be such a shallow man?

Guitar solo

Getting married was dumb
I was still sucking thumb
but baby you’re so pretty
and I’m so shallow
baby those vows seem ridiculous now
how did we keep straight faces
making all that hollow?

The things that you did
I should have run
but I kept thinking I was the lucky one

Now
I can see you as you really are
and it makes me wonder who I am
how could I be such a shallow man?

I’m so shallow
Track Name: Every Morning (Mono)
Every morning and every night I think of you
Every morning and every night I think of you
you know that you always resting on my mind
I think about you nearly all the time
every morning and every night I think of you

Every morning you wave goodbye with your pretty smile
Every morning you wave goodbye with your pretty smile
you know it gets me thinkin’ ‘bout you all day long
I could never go and do my baby wrong
every morning and every night I think of you
yes baby I do
and here’s what I’m gonna do

Guitar solo

Every morning and every night I think of you
Every morning and every night I think of you
you know that you always resting on my mind
I think about you nearly all the time
every morning and every night I think of you