Once upon a time, in the nineties, I polled the other band members on their favorite albums of all time. Don Varner's was David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
In hindsight, I consider it a huge lapse in judgment that at the time I was dismissive of DV's favorite album. I had borrowed his copy having never really heard it, and when I gave it back, I was honestly mostly unimpressed. Don was low key about it, but I suspect that my summary judgement was a disappointment on a couple of levels. At any rate it was definitely an opportunity missed by the band. But the seed was planted, and my own self conscious fandom germinated not long after.
(And that happens to me sometimes: Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Dylan are other examples, of where I really didn't WANT to be a fan, and my superego ended up as the last passenger on board).
So fast forward to yesterday: I'm guessing a lot of people lie about this kind of thing, but I was actually playing Ziggy Stardust on my guitar just before bed last night, and still had the song stuck in my head when when a text arrived with the bad news about David Bowie this morning.
And I had REALLY wondered this yesterday: Why did the song's narrator just automatically have to break up the band? The Crickets went on without Buddy Holly; why not the Spiders?
(Somewhere along the line, the Continuity Department of my subconscious apparently decided that the song was narrated by Mick Ronson.)
Anyway, Tin Machine broke up a long time ago, and good riddance. But the Spiders will live forever.
OK, so until today it's been very
confusing to locate a copy of My New Invention - the song - because it
does not actually appear on the My New Invention CD - which was named after the band, not the song. But as you will read shortly, the band was itself named after the song.
We cut this track live in studio,
with Tru Records boss-man Robert Trujillo instigating behind the
glass. Came into the studio at his request, after we'd already finished
recording our album, to do something new specifically for his compilation CD, called Live Bands in
the House. So the song was done totally live including all the
little solo instruments. Rocked like a freight train when we were
recording it, very fun ... we liked it enough to rename the band after
it, right then. Hope you like it too, and don't forget to give it a
bunch of stars in your review !!