Album #: 32
Recording Dates: 1999 - 2000
Release Date: 2001
Recording with the Sheep Fiends increasingly made up the bulk of my musical output as my free time turned to other endeavours. A sick fascination with the stock market ensued, and an emotional obsession was fostered by way of the rise and collapse of Wall Street. I must forever live with the knowledge that at an April 2000 Sheep Fiend jam, I warned through song that “The Nasdaq is gonna crash” - while in real life I kept my tech stocks and took a beating.
My former role as multi-instrumentalist in the Sheep Fiends became mutated, as I slowly transformed into one of the main vocal presences in the band. My unique improvisational take on reality and what should be done about it meshed well with the more folk and hippie elements typical of the Fiends lyrics. A few of the band members began making edited CDs of our rehearsals, and the Sheep Fiends’ archiving ritual was stepped up a level.
I purchased a digital 8-track recorder which saw little use - “Vikings (part 3)” and “The Skyway” being the only recorded output to date. I also played around with sample manipulation using my PC, and participated in a few left field collaborations.
Anisa and I kept quite busy during this period, our primary activities being the creation of the “Vortex of Skrochocracy” website, and making preparations to buy a house and finally ditch the dirty city…
Five Track Sampler
Track 02 - The Rising Price of Gasoline (Sheep Fiends) - Behold my autobiographical rage at the concept of having to pay 20 bucks for a tank of gas. Those were the days my friend… [Scratch on Vocals]
Track 03 - The Wind Cries Howard (MX Skroch and Dave L.) - The Howard Stern show occupies Jimi Hendrix in this indigestion-fraught reinterpretation that I don’t…really…understand. But I was happy to lay down the bass track for this jam and think it’s an amusing one-off track. [Scratch on Bass]
Track 08 - The Skyway (MX Skroch) - Sadly, a rare example of my solo work during this period. The Sheep Fiends were fairly active and my projects with Suneel were underway so my personal output was scarce. But I really like the few tracks I did knock out; including this rocking tribute to the tollway lifestyle. [Scratch on All Instruments]
Track 13 - The Madness (MX Skroch) - Just samples and effects. Despite a slightly rough final production I think this track sounds just as cool today as it did a decade ago. [Scratch on Sample Collection & Manipulation]
Track 17 - Unhappyman (MX Skroch and Suneel Viktor) - I pour my freshly plucked sample collection all over Suneel’s synthy grooves to satisfying effect. He thought there was no way he could lose… [Scratch on Sample Collection & Manipulation]