Smithereens 11: Guitarist Jim Babjak Breaks Down 11 Essential Smithereens Tracks
Smithereens lead guitarist Jim Babjak breaks down 11 essential Smithereens tracks.
"House We Used To Live In"
From The Smithereens Live In Concert! (2008, eOne Entertainment)
A proper Smithereens live album was long overdue. After considering other possible venues, we chose to record three nights at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We charged only $5 for admission, the same price as when we used to play there in the early '80s. There's no doubt the Court Tavern was our Cavern Club, so it was a natural choice.
Kurt Reil from the House of Vibes brought in his portable studio equipment to record all three nights and later mixed the best performances in his studio.
"House We Used to Live In" always had an extended ending for live shows, but this particular night it clocked in much longer at 11 minutes. When I thought I was about to wrap up the jam at what is now the halfway point, Pat pulled out a harmonica. This surprise added a whole new dimension and I was thrilled when I heard the results. The chemistry between the four of us was really strong that night. Luckily, this spontaneous jam was captured on tape.
I used my 1952 reissue Telecaster through a I00-watt Marshall 800. I love this combination when I'm on the road because the Telecaster travels well and is versatile. I can get a nice crunch at top volume, and by using the different pickup positions and volume knob I can get exactly what I need. It's not a fussy guitar and I do beat the crap out of it.
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