Smithereens 11: Guitarist Jim Babjak Breaks Down 11 Essential Smithereens Tracks
Smithereens lead guitarist Jim Babjak breaks down 11 essential Smithereens tracks.
"Behind the Wall of Sleep"
From Especially for You (1986, Enigma/Capitol Records)
"Behind the Wall of Sleep" was the second radio single off our first album in 1986. I still get emails from people telling me they purchased a Rickenbacker because I played one in the video.
I used my '72 Rickenbacker on most of the early recording sessions, but on this track I had borrowed a black Les Paul that was lying around in the studio. I can't remember who it belonged to, but it was just right for the rhythm track. I did play the Rickenbacker for the guitar solo, because the combination of both guitars worked well together.
I never meant to deceive anyone by using the Rickenbacker in the video. We were still on the road when we filmed it, and I had to use the guitar because I only owned two at the time. The other one was a black Rickenbacker 12-string. As we started to film more videos for MTV, I kept using Rickenbackers because by that time, we had built a relationship with the company and were endorsing them.
Part of it was also perception. I always loved the way a Rickenbacker looked. Of course, anyone who saw us in concert back then witnessed all the songs played on my Burgundy Rickenbacker through a I00-watt Marshall. It was just as powerful live.
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