So okay… like the movie Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone …was like totally one of my favorite movies when I was a teenager. I could probably recite every line from any given scene if I was asked ( I doubt that would happen to be honest) I had seen it so many times. When I had first moved to L.A. I remember stopping to get beer at a convenient market in North Hollywood and my friend Dave who had a studio down the block told me that where I had picked up my beer was the same store in the scene of Clueless where Cher gets held up at gun point in the parking lot and is forced to lie on the ground in her like totally expensive designer coat. I went like totally ballistic! One of my favorite things to do is quote movie lines and talk about very cheesy 80’s and 90’s movies ( my favorite movies to quote include Don’t tell mom the babysitters dead, Adventures in Babysitting and Ghost ) …
I could actually write a whole blog post about my best cheesy movie recommendations for a good laugh …but I’ll spare you for now. If you made it this far down the post your probably wondering why I’m even talking about this anyway. Well there is a correlation between Love Zombies and the Clueless Soundtrack (kinda …well the kinda-related you are to someone through their cousins best friends ex-girlfriends mothers sisters aunt) Still…. theres a story here…and what better lead in with then the adorably sexy and clueless Alicia Silverstone ( I don’t know a lot of men -or woman for that fact— who won’t admit what a babe she is!)
So anyway..one day my manager called me and told me he had set up a writing session for me while I was in England. He told me the producer and writer I was going to work with was named Ian Broudie. Now me being American and all I didn’t actually know who that was right away. I hadn’t been to England yet and to be honest I was pretty ignorant about a lot of things pertaining to England besides some of the major things like …you know The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and …er The American Revolution…those sorta things…. Breaking free from the mother country and all. ( I was a History major mind you —). Excited to be working with a producer in England I immediately googled Ian Broudie and found his wikipedia page.
I found out that Ian was a pretty big deal in England. Some actually referred to him as the “Fifth Beatle” ! He had written a really big hit UK football chant and anthem called Three Lions, he had produced loads of bands..including Echo and the Bunnymen and The Subways who I had been a big fan of. He was the lead singer and founder of The Lightning Seeds. I wasn’t sure if I knew the Lighting Seeds so I headed over to youtube and yes… and there it was the blazing from my computer speakers… their song “Change”. I recognized it immediately. It was one of my favorite songs in Clueless!! I was so excited I scrambled back to the Wikipedia page —just to make sure…I scrolled down— and there it was: “….. the second single from the album “Change”, which reached No. 13 in the UK Singles Charts, becoming the band’s second UK top 20 hit. The song was also featured on the soundtrack for the hit movie Clueless.”
Now to some people this may not really sound like a big deal. So what a song he wrote was in a movie…but when it happens to be one of your favorite movies growing up…and he happens to be one of the first real big time producers you are flying to England to write with— it is a big deal.
I ended up writing with Ian before I formed my band Love Zombies and in the early days of our band when we were finding our “sound” he recorded and produced a great track called 16 Razors. I think it definitely has a bit of a Beatles vibe to it ( not surprising as I mentioned earlier Ian has been referred to by some as the “Fifth Beatle”) It was a really great experience working with Ian and we had a lot of fun making this track at RAK studios ( Rak was founded by the legendary producer Mickie Most) in London. What’s really cool is that we actually end up becoming friends after that and I have to say he is one of the most humble, genuinely talented and funniest guys I ever met.
The song we recorded has never been “ officially” released and is not currently available for sale anywhere else but as a THANK YOU for being one of our subscribers I want to give it to you for free – no strings attached.
Download Sixteen Razors here.
If you like the track you might also consider checking out our debut album Passionfruit.
Thanks and Talk Soon!
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