1988_0330 : Never Gonna Make It Back

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My sentimental stage was suddenly marked by more songs with direct-“I-can’t-live-without-you” lyrics. This came about when I began to experience unforeseen difficulties with my girl friend T., who in the estimation of most of my friends, was a “child-woman with the mentality of a fourteen-year-old,” whose charm rapidly faded when this all became increasingly clear to me. At the time however, she prompted some more lyrics I’d be glad to forget about having written.

After my November airplay on KROQ for Charitable Girl, I was given an opportunity to do some free recording at SoundMaster studios, where the recording school would engineer bands that came in. In exchange, I would receive a mixed master. The only drawback was that they weren’t terribly interested unless I had a live band.

One month later, I was approached by two fellows who worked at the other Eddie Bauer store, both of whom were in their own little band with John C. (the bass player’s) brother, and who wanted to rehearse some songs with me. They really liked what they had heard on the radio; I told them that I had some new songs and so with John Matthew, I rented out a rehearsal room in West L.A., with the understanding that we were going to split the bill and go over my new song, Never Gonna Make It Back. When the date came around, I arrived there, along with the drummer and Albert B., their guitarist, but the others didn’t show. We waited about ten minutes, and then started running down All of These Lines, Charitable Girl, and Never Gonna Make It Back. By the end of the night, I had given up on the others and didn’t call them back, as I had to front to whole studio bill myself and hadn’t gotten even a phone call from them saying that they would be late.

The amazing part was that they had the nerve to show up one week later where I worked, and to tell everybody that they were my band.