04. Be My Man – 05. Help Me (please)

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04. Be My Man
S.Rhatigan/J.F Morrison © 1996

Be My Man (more a challenge than a proposal) and Help Me (please) were written during a very prolific period for John and be-my-man_100x100pixelme coming as they did just after we had  released Late Developer and the band with Bryn on drums were riding high and hard…

It was during what I remember as my finger bleeding era.  Still pretty much blagging my way around the guitar, I had to employ any means at my disposal to get from the start of a song to the finish, often relying on the thrash the thing as hard as you can to get a sound out technique which often resulted in slices of digit gristle and blood drenching my guitar, further compounding my wounded hands as they desperately grappled for something approaching the correct notes… I like to think it was ‘alternative’ but often it was just shit…

However the rhythm guitar sound on these 8track demos is one I am quite proud of.  It did require hitting the strings pretty hard and recording the sound through my Fender Vibroverb amp extremely loudly.  The Vibroverb does that really well, retains a lovely clean sound, warm and clear even when it’s being driven by the learner from hell…

suzanne-golden-50_100x100pxl05. Help Me (please)
S.Rhatigan/J.F Morrison © 1996

How hard can it be?  Very as it turns out.  We try so hard to appear in control, that’s what others want isn’t it?  What bigger turn off is there than, neediness, desperation, uncertainty?  It’s uncool.  It’s social suicide to actually in plain language simply ask for help. Unless of course you say please…

Suzanne Rhatigan Vocals, Guitar, Wurlitzer
John Morrison Bass
Bryn Burrows Drums