|Before the holidays Marc DeSisto and I mixed some
stuff for Jimmy Iovine. The Pitbull was riding high because of the Belinda hit, and we did
mixes of Patti Smith's "People Have the Power" and Breathe's "Hands to
Heaven" and a B side I think, but they weren't used. Jimmy said in that voice,
"ehh, sounds like disco". Shelly eventually mixed the Patti Smith song with Mark
McKenna over Xmas and Mark didn't help him much. If you listen close, the snare sample is
triggering all over the place.
January 5 -17, 1988
We mixed "Don't be Cruel" first and "The Flame"
is a story in itself.
Anyway it was my first #1 (Don't be Cruel hit #1 also) and a claim to fame Jamo didn't let me forget for a while.
The new Studio D was well on it's way and in my downtime I worked in the shop drawing connection panels (Bob at Apollo) and pictures of outboard gear on a Mac SE30. It was a little tedious and MacDraw would crash the box a lot, but it gave me something to do. The wiring design of D was overkill to the max, and the idea was to have a second engineer be in on it because they actually plug the stuff in. Known problems in the other rooms were discussed and addressed in D. It seemed like a good idea but a lot of it was never used, at least while I was there.
January 26 - 30