SH Spotlight "Cecilia Ann" by the Pixies, yes, I wrote & recorded the song as The Surftones with my buddy Frosty

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  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Why those f*****s!

    :^)
     
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  2. MitchLT

    MitchLT Two for the show

    It’s your version of CECILIA ANN on there...
     
  3. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

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    North Carolina
    Will the B-side ever get released? :shh:
     
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  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Frosty and I better get on that.
     
  5. tdavis0903

    tdavis0903 Shine A Light

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    That is great, has some elements of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits in your version and I mean that as a compliment, love him and DS.

    Steve, just an amazing story. Been a member here for years and had no idea about the song and creation, and I spend an hour a day here. Like your own Wonders moment as That Thing You Do is one of my favorite movies: "We wrote it in my apartment back in Sherman Oaks CA"
     
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  6. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

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  7. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Forum Resident

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    What a great story. I remember trying to buy a tremolo guitar pedal in that era. No one had one. And I didn’t know what the effect was called. A guy at Spitzers music was real nice said he’d order one. I described it as a surf sound. He ordered me a Boss tremolo I still have. Lime green. That era the stores were filled with electric drums and huge digital rack effects. The old pedals were not popular. And the surf stuff wasn’t on the radar.
     
  8. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Wow, where's my lighter? Cool.
     
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  9. bloodlemons

    bloodlemons Forum Resident

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    This is by far the coolest thing I've learned today.
     
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  10. wellhamsrus

    wellhamsrus Surrender to the sound

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    A great story, which I recounted to my wife and she nevertheless found it interesting.

    I'll use this as an opportunity to plug The Atlantic's Bombora, Australia's greatest contribution to surf music in 1963, IMO:

     
  11. rediffusion

    rediffusion Forum Resident

    I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering, how much money do you make from the track each year? You probably don’t want to divulge the info but I thought I’d ask. Maybe I’ll write myself if it’s worthwhile. ;)
     
  12. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    C'mon..
     
  13. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I saw him in the 1980’s. He was so good.
     
  14. Lemon Curry

    Lemon Curry (A) Face In The Crowd

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    Mahwah, NJ
    Cecilia Ann Got Married?
     
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  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Nice one. I'm going to suggest it to Frosty..
     
  16. Raylinds

    Raylinds Resident Lake Surfer

    I saw him twice and the last time was 4 or 5 years ago and he didn't lose any of his fire- he blew the roof off the joint.
     
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  17. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I'll bet.
     
  18. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I was asked via PM what microphones I used to record CECILIA ANN. A pair of AKG C 414 B-TL II. Straight, no EQ or direct inject. Mixed flat, mastered flat; just the sound of my little apartment living room..
     
  19. Steve Carras

    Steve Carras Forum Resident

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    I lsitened, and recognized it.very 1960s, rather than 80s (not a criticism at all..!)
     
  20. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    That was the idea, it was supposed to be vintage. We even made up a fake record company name to put in the credits. Can't remember what it was now.
     
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  21. c-eling

    c-eling I never dreamed another way.

    Rice & Beans? Nice :laugh:
     
  22. punkmusick

    punkmusick Formerly 4011021

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    Great story
     
  23. Now if we could just get him to be an author...:whistle:
     
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  24. hangwire13

    hangwire13 Forum Resident

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    My buddy was a DJ at our local hangout in the late 90s and used to open his set with instrumentals. This was one of em. Cool story of where it came from!
     
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  25. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical Omnivore

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    Victoria, Canada
    I had Beach Classics on cassette at one time, it might even still be around someplace. I like the one Pastel Six compilation CD I've had for ages well enough so I might try to get both those 'Surf Legends' on CD, if that's even possible now...

    So cool to have been involved in that new vintage style track, I love stuff with that kind of sound! I would've bought a Surftones LP and put it near The Kaisers and The Neatbeats, and nearer The Ventures and Astronauts. Less can be more. Dig that stereo separation! :cool:
     

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