Spoon’s Mashup Songwriting Process

Spoon’s Britt Daniels had a recent interview about his new album, love of Kroll show and the promo for the new album—Vinyl Gratification—which encourages people to shop in indie record stores.

He also talks about the songwriting process, which involves playing songs in the style of other artists during practice to get a feel for where they should go:

We got together maybe five or six times for maybe three or four or five days apiece before we started recording and there were a lot of times where nothing came of it. Or we would play these games to sort of spur us to come up with music, and they were fun games but maybe they didn’t necessarily work. And then sometimes we knew we had a song, like “Rainy Taxi” was a song we had from pretty early on. I knew the words were good and the melody was good but we didn’t know how we would play it.

So we played it first, we called it minor-Kinks; it was sort of like a minor-chord Kinks song, and then we did Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man,” and then we did sort of like a death metal sort of version which was really cool, and so we recorded that version, and we thought this is all really good except the drums and bass are too of that genre, so lets erase those, re-record those and keep everything else, and then that’s how we kinda got the song, as it stands.

From Britt Daniel: “Buying records in record stores is cool!” {salon}