The Wischt Segment This is when we were workin' on our first album.

SIEGE: I was living in that weird house by Cowan Park, sleeping on a couch. Jonathan was living in that apartment in the U-District. We started learning and doing everything ourselves on a four track because we didn't have any money. We did some of it in an empty duplex. Wild Road & Australia we recorded in a high school library, on Duncan's Dad's tape machine. Then Jonathan got a house on Capital Hill, we bought a PA system from another band, and set up the first real band room and recorded there.

DUNCAN: 50 million overdubs- many experiments tons of EQing-- massive eqing, that didn't really help us at all, which we discovered later- to our chagrin... but it was COOOOL.

... (it was) a time of marathon session- practice the song times 60 times in a row, and then record the song 60 takes,...all in the same day!!! those are my memories of it... for five cents... the main problem was that we um - nothing was tracked.

All the mixing was done ahead of time, with reverb and everything. First we figured out some stuff about echo, and then how verb was cool. So that meant that if anyone screwed up, we'd have to stop, go back and do it again. We have lots of tape with screams of anguish, and also angst and pure rage, all over playing a wrong note.

above: the Cover of WISCHT

Wischt Track List  
side one side two

MR CASHFLOW
CACTUS COATS
FINLAND 65
FRANK
SIBERIAN ANGEL
TV BRICKS
THE MOSQUITO TURMOIL
YOUR NAME
BAD COLD
THE HEDSIOD PAPERS
WAR IS A DEAD END

 

THE CHILD
COUNMTRY PUNK
HELSINKI 61
JESIUS SHOES
NIGEL
JUST YESTERDAY
AUSTRALIA
GETAWAY
WILDROAD

OSTROGOTHS (Secret Track)

 

BAND ROOM #1- our first serious room: note the "forest of wires" on the floor... and the ever-present cup of tea in the background....

SIEGE: Do you remember what I used to ask you guys at the beginning of every take? It was what the date was, so that we'd know what century we did what take... but you guys would always answer with some stupid answer that was clearly not what day it was.

So we decided to make an album... that's actually not true. We knew - there was never a question. It was just down to how and when we were going to do it. The answer was: Immediately. How long did it take? We had a few tracks already from early stuff, the stuff that was just two mikes. We must have... Wild Road was spring of '84, and Wischt came out in '86. So most of the recordings happened at the end. Duncan on Jonathan's songwriting: esp. Jesus Shoes- it was like someone producing a David Bowie song, but on speed-- so many rhythm and mood changes- so many separate parts....it was cool. though.....

Remember, Nobody Home was still called the DETAILS then. Our first album WISCHT was recorded on a 4-track, and certain that our very hard work would be recognized, it was with astonishment that I saw our first review! It was trashed by the Rocket. (the Rocket was Seattle's Rock Rag, now gone after degenerating to a miserable death...) The writer was a local bigshot, and managed to mention his own band in the middle of a review of our album. Here's what he wrote:

"unfortunately they have a scarcity of talent and original ideas.
The lyrics are just plain dumb, and the lead singer
(sic) can barely sing in tune...."

 

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