Well, it all started back in
the April of 2018 when George did our patio for us. It's very nice, isn't
it? Now, at the time, it was still five months before the name of Magic
Bullet had even had a first mention, and as far as I knew, Skit Zoyd
was nothing more than a name I'd made up to do some Ehrlich Bullet stuff in
1988. So, why exactly I thought to ask George if I could record a sample of
his magnificent tool, I honestly don't know. I'd been really impressed with
it and would love to have had a play with it myself, but health and safety
and all that, it's the world we live in today, sadly. However, call it
kismet, call it fate, call it fortunate, but he was more than happy to whip
it out and show me what he could do to a leftover half a paving slab with
it. I held out my Sony IC Recorder in eager anticipation. Rum-rum-rum, he
fired it up and went for it. It tore through the paving slab like, well,
like a circular saw through a paving slab, for want of a better metaphor.
"'Ow's that?" He asked.
"43 seconds of bliss." I
replied, chortling happily.
"There ya go." He smiled
I think he was a little bemused
and rather puzzled as to what I intended to do with the recording, so I
explained my fondness for experimental music and assured him I'd make him
famous one day. George, this is your big moment!
When it came to our REM track
this month, we wanted to do something a bit different after half a dozen 35
minute noise wipeouts. We were midway through, after all, time for a
"Elling was kind enough to
record a bit for Communitas," I was telling Skit over a lemonade and
a packet of crisps, "so let's surprise him and do something that isn't just
a noise blast. Do you have any ideas for something a bit different?"
"Beaty drums!" Skit began
"Yes," I nodded, surprised he'd
said something vaguely sensible, "we could do a decent rhythm track."
"And power tool. Skit like
Sometimes, I think, there's
just no point in arguing. However, time was getting tight and we didn't
really have enough of it to go searching for new samples. As luck would have
it, it was about then I remembered the recording of George's tool that had
been tucked away in Dr. Magic's Audio Lab for the last 28 months, and
fortunate that I did, because we were both very happy with the
resulting track! So much so that we thought we'd do a single mix (dubbed
'7 incher', in tribute to the glory days of vinyl, why else?) and an
extended version (dubbed '12 incher' for the same reason, obviously)
to compliment the full length track, et voila! Oh, while I think of it,
probably worth pointing out that George's Tool isn't an anagram of
anything, Skit said it worked pretty well as a title anyway, and I trust his
judgement, so there ya go...