the Family Name” & “Work Song”
When we did this recording session, we were really looking to interest a record company in signing us. The band crammed into my basement where we rehearsed 6 to 7 days a week. Ken Rasek put up a couple of mikes—that’s the way they did it in the old days. Now that’s the way to record an ensemble-all at once-whether a symphony or a combo. I gave my band the cue and they did it, cutting every song in a single take.
"Disgracing the Family Name": One day my mom walked into my room, and I had something outrageous on—I don’t remember exactly what it was. She turned to me and screamed, “All you ever do is disgrace the family name!” I thought, wow, she just gave me my next song. I wrote it in a matter of minutes. I really do have a brother named Peter and a sister named Mary Lou.
Work Song: I tried to use the intro to express the cold, industrial feel of the steel mill environment I was raised in. I wanted the song itself to express the emotion - the futility, nobility and regiment of work—work—work!