"Great reviews and low sales," says Janis. "Story of my life, most of the time. I would have thought a duet with Willie, Cher Atkins on lead, might have gotten sone radio play but... well, heck. We can't even manufacture more because I don't own it. Sadly."
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- God & the FBI
- On The Other Side
- When You Love Someone
- Play Like a Girl
- Days Like These
- Boots Like Emmy Lou's
- She Must Be Beautiful
- The Last Comeback
- Murdering Stravinsky
The Basics: Released March 21st,2000; features Memphis (a duet with Willie Nelson) and a solo by Chet Atkins. Instruments & vocals by Janis, Jim Cregan, Marc Moreau, and Philip Clark.
The Inside Scoop: Working title: "In Dog Years I'm Dead". Janis realized that if album sales didn't pick up, this would be her last recording for a major label. "Nobody gets a fourth career, and I've gone through three." Since she had nothing to lose, she felt that "if I'm going down, I'm going down in flames". So she decided to act as though this were her last album, and stop worrying about what people would think. The first decision was to record the entire album in a house rather than a studio "so we could experiment without watching the clock". They lived there through the recording process. "The goal was to create a bunker mentality - us and them - we almost made it. Not quite, but almost." The second decision was to have the core group play everything. "What we couldn't play, we created". When Janis wanted a tuba part on "Boots Like Emmy Lou's", no one was willing to learn the instrument - so it's actually co-producer Jim Cregan singing a tuba part, which is then electronically dropped an octave lower. When she wanted a full choir for the Requiem at the end of "On the Other Side", everyone learned the parts in Latin and sang in various octaves, doubling and tripling until the effect was achieved. And when she wanted electric guitar solos, she was forced to take them herself! The only song to have outside musicians is "Memphis", which features the same band used on Revenge plus Marc and Philip. It's also, by the way, a duet with Willie Nelson, and features a guitar solo by the great Chet Atkins. "I lucked in and met Chet when I first came to Nashville; he's been a staunch friend ever since. And Willie… well, I didn't think he'd do it, not in a million years. I figured he wouldn't have heard of me. But he told me he loved the song, and he loved my work, so I jumped at the chance. He was everything I'd hoped he'd be; outside of Swami Satchitananda (her neighbor in New York during the '60's), Willie's the most there person I've ever met. A real gentleman, and an honest-to-goodness legend." The album's title is taken from the song "god & the fbi", about Janis' early life with her parents and the FBI's effect on her. "My dad was a chicken farmer who made the mistake of going to a meeting about the price of eggs; they picked him up for questioning the next day. We were on the watch list from then on. It took me nine years to get our FBI files. Mine was disappointingly thin - I'd hoped I was more of a threat than that! But it's scary to look at that period in our country's history, and discover that you were being watched by informers through binoculars while you played at summer camp. I hope that whole organization is more like The X-files portrays it than our experiences with them." Asked if she'll get into trouble for referring to "J. Edgar Hoover in a pink tutu, investigating anyone who thinks like you", she laughs and says "Trouble seems to find me, but it never gets a good grip."