First day in the studio, The Laundry Room, in the El Serrano section of L.A. Ulysses Noriega at the helm. Great guy. Every doctor should have such a bedside manner. He nudged us at just the right times. We did basic tracks for nine songs. I drank a lot of tomato juice, munched pretzels. My knee gave me grief toward the end of the session, but overall I felt pretty good for 44.
Bowie and I finished basic tracks. Pepsi and goldfish. Reno started guitar tracks. Ulysses hooked him up with a monster Marshall stack. My god it was loud. Been going to shows for 20 some odd years and I couldn't be in the same room with that amplifier. After that it was vocals. My favorite part of recording because I finally get to hear what the lyrics are. I don't know if we're going to stick with Too Big to Fail. One back up title: Short Stories with Guitars. I fly home tomorrow. Next month Bowie and Reno finish the vocals and mix.
-- Mike Faloon