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10 Neurotics in​-​progress mixes & outtakes

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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Here are early in-progress mixes of every track from the 10N album. These are (for the most part) just my parts before drums, vocals & other instruments were added.

Included are two protosongs that were abandoned (just discovered today, no recollection of recording them), and one track where Katzenjammer Kabarett tried adding some electronics.

As usual I worked in the studio on my own, building the songs over time before I wrote lyrics and brought in the others to record. One track had a different process: on “Tell Me You’ve Taken Another” Brian and I worked together one afternoon to map out the flow of the song, as I revamped it from the original dirge on 1999’s AS ONE AFLAME LAID BARE BY DESIRE. Brian’s guitar is on this recording as well as mine, and that’s a flute synth guide and Laurie’s backing vocals.

I began “Inch Worm” in April of 2007, it’s the earliest track on the album. It gave me a lot of trouble trying to figure it out.

“Benefit Street” is the original name of “Marmalade Cat.”

I believe the drums in the middle section of “In Dystopia” are recycled from a Revue Noir track that we never finished. I recall Brian adamantly wanting to replace them. In my mind, Zurich-Military-Dystopia are a short Revue Noir set in the middle of 10N.

I had asked Nico of Katzenjammer Kabarett if he’d like to try adding some electronics to “The Pleasure and the Pain,” to see where it might go. I never used what he did, all I have are his rough mix. I headed the song in a heavier direction with Brian’s drums on the final.

“I strike you down” was first recorded for PROJEKT200, the instruments were augmented for 10 NEUROTICS; this is a pre-PRO200 basis of the song.

On “Caught by a Stranger” I sampled and rearranged bits of instruments from “The Whipper” making a whole new track.

“Glassy” was the in-progress title for “Curious, Yet Ashamed,” which was named after I recorded Lucas’ vocals. In my mind, Philip Glass + Death Rock = this track.

I suspect November’08’s “ElectroVerse” and “Fast” were attempts to create a few more songs to wrap up the album; they weren’t doing it for me and were forgotten when I came up with the final two tracks: “Rotten Zurich Cafe” which I remember starting on New Years Eve (I named it after I heard about the new Spiritual Front album ROTTEN ROMA CASINO; my title inspired the lyrics), and “Tell Me” which is the final track started for the album, a few days later in January 2009.


released June 27, 2022


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Black Tape For A Blue Girl creates darkwave, ethereal, neoclassical, ambient, goth albums. This page also includes my ambient/electronic music, as well as side-projects. Thanks for listening. Sam

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