Subaphotic – Bluminosity (album)
I’ve not listened to this album anywhere near as much as the earlier ones. Mostly because it was released in 2010, not long before I left the country. Not that that’s much of an excuse – I did have the MP3s with me.
‘Whisky Wizard’ – For this song, my Dad asked me to come up with a title that he could then write a song to. I like alliteration! And whisky.
‘In The Matrix’ – Another re-recording of an older song. I’m not sure I actually have a copy of the original – if I do it’s probably on cassette. Happy enough having this version though – it’s a good song – probably my favourite on this album actually. Not sure why, but I’m not as keen on this album as the earlier ones.
Subaphotic – Junk Male (sampler)
A sampler of 7 tracks for what became the Pix Elated album, but which had a working title of Junk Male. My Dad liked word play and puns, if that’s not obvious!!
Subaphotic – Subaphotic Theme (single promo)
I’ve called this a ‘single promo’ for want of a better description. It’s just a CD with this 1 track on it. It was before Pix Elated was finished and I really wanted a copy of this track.
Subaphotic – EBE (demo)
Called ‘EBE’ because the tracks begin with those letters – ‘Endangered’, ‘Backwards’ and ‘Ex-Phials’. Plus, y’know, the alien reference (Extraterrestrial Biological Entity, for those not as X-Files obsessed as me). All these songs ended up on ‘Ex-Phials’, unsurprisingly.
‘Endangered’ – Ooh this is a different version to the one on the album! I’d totally forgotten that. Obviously an earlier version. Not sure which I prefer. They’re not hugely different I guess – possibly just a different mix.
Subaphotic – Recent Tracks (demo)
This is actually the same 3 tracks again, but then with a bonus 4th track called ‘Failure’, which didn’t end up making it on to the album, slightly ironically!
‘Failure’ – Not sure why this didn’t make it on to the album. I think maybe it just didn’t quite fit well enough with the other songs. Though it does include the lyric ‘toilet full of rats’, which is a reference to the X-Files episode ‘Teso Dos Bichos’. Probably one of the worst X-Files episodes, but I think we’d watched it recently on one of my many X-Files rewatches.
Subaphotic – 4 tracks (demo)
Not entirely sure what this CD was all about. Quite possibly a selection of potential tracks for Ex-Phials, as it includes 2 tracks that did make it on (‘Backwards’ and ‘Angry’), plus 2 that didn’t (‘Champions Of The Cause’ and ‘Psychosis’).
‘Champions Of The Cause’ – Oh, this was the song that Dad started making a stop-animation video for, using Doctor Who figurines and stuff. He always wanted to make a video for ‘Backwards’ too, using video clips playing backwards, like in the Red Dwarf episode of the same name. I remember recording some random video footage of me pouring milk on to cereal and dropping a load of playing cards on the floor so he could use them in the video. Not sure how much progress he made with it – he always had a gazillion projects on the go, as well as doing the 9-5 job too. Ooh, I just found my video clips. The one where I make a cup of coffee includes a close-up of the base of my kettle, which I didn’t go to the effort of cleaning!! Ew. I do kinda miss my cow kettle though. It mooed and everything! Though that did get annoying quite quickly. Thankfully you could turn it off. I’ve also got 4 clips of me pretending to play the keyboard in various outfits. I’m assuming they were going to be used in the video too.
‘Psychosis’ – Not sure why this didn’t make it on to the album – I feel like it would have fit in well.
Ok, now I’ve gotten sucked into looking at all the random camera videos I’ve got saved on my computer that I’d totally forgotten about. I took a video of some of the ceilidh dancing at my friends Phil & Kat’s wedding. I’ve also got footage of the burlesque class at their hen party, though I’d remembered that one! Awww, I’ve also got footage of us singing Happy Birthday to my Auntie Margaret on her 80th birthday. I definitely don’t use the video function on my camera enough these days – I apparently used to use it a lot – often pretty randomly – I’ve got a brief clip of some friends just chatting in the pub – maybe taking video footage was still quite novel to me at the time.
Subaphotic – 3 tracks (demo)
Another 3 potential tracks for Ex-Phials. 2 of these made it on (‘Experimints’ and ‘Placebo’) and 1 didn’t (‘Everyone Else Is Happy’).
I’m going to leave this here for now, as want to go have lunch and dye my hair (not simultaneously), but I might well listen to some more later on today.