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"Talking with Jeff Tweedy" (Montreal Gazette)
Gazette: I wanted to ask you about the way the album was recorded, because I know that at one point you were talking about a double record or two records released simultaneously. When it looked like that was going to be happening, did they each have their own identity, like when Springsteen did that not-very-good pair of albums in the early 1990s?
Tweedy: I don’t know if I’m that familiar with those records, but yeah, I think ours had very, very distinct personalities. It was maybe even schizophrenic – I don’t know if they sounded like they were from the same band. And I guess the irony of that is that most of the songs ended up on the same record. Really, it is a double record, if you think in terms of LPs – it’s going to be on two LPs. But yeah, one record was much more languid, sort of atmospheric country-folk songs and one record was a lot more exuberant – I call it obnoxious pop music, but when I say “obnoxious,” people think of Ke$ha or something. I mean obnoxious in the sense of the Seeds or the Sonics – a garage-band kind of obnoxiousness.
Gazette: Is that why you sampled the Stooges’ T.V. Eye for I Might?
Tweedy: (Laughs) No, that wasn’t an effort to tie it into that obnoxiousness – it was more that that lyric, every time I tried to sing it, that’s what I heard in my head. I wanted to be able to sing “brother” exactly the way Iggy Pop sang “brother” on T.V. Eye. And since I couldn’t do it, we called in the cavalry. (Laughs)
Gazette: On that song in particular, and Art of Almost and maybe a few others, it sounds like you were going for word association with the lyrics. Was that the case?
Tweedy: No, those songs and maybe a few others, the process is more like translation than any other process I could make an analogy for. I grunt and make noises and sounds that I think sound like what lyrics would sound like if I had any, and then I go and listen to them over and over and over and over again until it sounds like words, and then I write them down.
Gazette: So you’re basically transcribing grunts?
Tweedy: Yeah, basically. I try not to stand in the way too much – if I start thinking about meaning, it really derails the process.
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