By this point we had all had fairly dispiriting experiences in professional recording studios - the last band me and Giles were in prior to JD was The Millers.
We'd recorded a whole album for a Norwich-based indie label which never saw the light of day, mostly because the recordings we did didn't sound anything like us. We tried our best to fill every inch of the tape with more and more guitar tracks - it was our 'Be Here Now', minus the drugs and money.
Amongst other things, this experience gave us a dread fear of Professional Studios and Compression, an effect which smooths out the audio peaks and troughs in an audio signal.
For Johnny Domino, it was always a point of honour that we got good quality recordings from our 4-track recorder.
For 'Rabbit Themes' we were trying to record a Lo-Fi 'indie' version of De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising" - a sprawling collection of songs interspersed with daft skits and sounds. As we labelled it on our website for many years, this was the sound that four men make in a room full of instruments when they think that no-one is listening.
The original tapes were mixed onto DAT in Ilkeston with no compression / limiting / finalisation or mastering. We pressed up the CDs ourselves and Artists Against Success re-issued it a couple of months later.
I'm assuming they did nothing to the tapes - I seem to remember Rob asking me if we wanted to pay to have it finalised but being tight, we refused.
Last year I put all the "Rabbit Themes" tracks through a Limiter in Audacity, so these are the REMASTERED "Rabbit Themes".
Get the whole thing and you'll even have a PDF booklet of Giles' lovely sleeve artwork.
Giles and Steve formed JOHNNY DOMINO in the summer of 1993.
Over the next 3-4 years they recorded over 100 songs (known
as THE SHITHOUSE MASTERS) on a series of knackered 4-track recorders, drafting in other players on an ad-hoc basis.
Long-term SHITHOUSE alumni Jim became a full-time Domino in 1996, followed by Marc.
Johnny Domino played their final gig on December 23, 2006 at The Vaults, Derby....more