(c) 2003 by Lewis D'Aubin
"The new cure-all sensation that's sweeping the nation! I call it..."
Well, it wasn't originally called 'Placebo' but then, originally it was supposed to have been a Huey Lewis knockoff! But then, these songs tend to morph uncontrollably once I start hammering away at the keyboard... so, once it had congealed in my head, I began laying this one down and, wouldn't you know it, it quickly turned into a DEVO cum 'Weird Al' mishmash with a gooey Reggae center! Lots of fun, and we needed an uptempo new-wavey number. After the song was blocked out, I wrote the keyboard solo around a lick that I would actually have a chance at being able to perform live at that tempo.
This was one of the last tunes to be finished for the CD 'In C.O.G. We Trust'. We quickly decided that it was the perfect candidate for a music video, which we taped at Jeff's apartment complex (right before it started raining!) and in Touro hospital after hours. A local Jewish Community Center filled in for the hospital exterior. A little bluescreen shooting in the Lab substituted for live footage that we had intended to get the previous week at Twiropa, where we had premiered the song. As usual, Jeff edited the video and I conformed it and finished it, with a temp mix that Jeff had prepared. I added a couple keyboard stabs (in a parody/tribute to 'Hush' by Deep Purple) and prepared a slightly thicker, more guitar heavy mix for the CD version.
Oh, and this was also the first song off of 'In C.O.G. We Trust' to be played on Dr. Demento, on January 2nd!
Lead vocal......Lewis D'Aubin
Backing vocals..Lewis D'Aubin
Recorded and mixed 2003 at C.O.G. Secret Lab, Harahan LA