The Fashion Jungle - Shortwave Radio (1982)

from Songs by Doug Hubley: Faster Louder More Fun! by The Fashion Jungle / Howling Turbines

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Leonard Cohen once told an interviewer something to the effect that performing “Bird on a Wire” reminded him of his duties somehow. “Shortwave Radio” plays a similar role for me. I started writing the lyrics in an art history class in 1981, and finished the song up over a gin gimlet in my sister’s living room on a summer evening, Bob Newhart on the TV, volume muted. This stayed in the repertoire for more than 20 years, from the Fashion Jungle to the Boarders to the Turbines. This version was recorded in 1982 at Portland's Studio III. We laid down rhythm guitar, bass and drums in one pass, and overdubbed lead guitar and vocal. I don’t think we needed a lot of takes. The result was probably a third faster than it should have been — studio nerves, maybe. The playing was good aside from the speed. We went in with no ideas about production or what sound we wanted.

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from Songs by Doug Hubley: Faster Louder More Fun!, released July 28, 2020
Ken Reynolds, drums. Stephen Chapman, bass. Doug Hubley, guitar and vocal.

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Doug Hubley Portland, Maine

Doug Hubley is a musician and writer in Maine.

He has covered arts and lifestyle for publications in Maine and Massachusetts.

Doug began learning guitar in 1966, and hopes to finish the job one day. He has played with such bands as the Fashion Jungle, the Cowlix, the Boarders and Howling Turbines.

Today he is one-half of Day for Night, an acoustic country band also starring Gretchen Schaefer.
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