I saw the words, “How lonesome have you ever been?”
“Bad black lonesome. Awful.”
Flying Color played “Bad Black Lonesome” briefly after Hector left the band, along with a handful of my new tunes from that period. When the band eventually broke up in 1990, our producer Tom Mallon cut me a bargain on making a four song demo. Paul Collins produced the session where I made a new version of the song, which I include here after the piano demo. I imagine it was Paul’s idea to play faster, since that’s his thing!
I find that if one attempts a newer, improved recording of a song, something gets left behind. It’s that “two steps forward, one step back” idea. I prefer the tighter brighter guitar version over the lo-fi dirge that is the piano demo, but I miss the slow, soaring, “bad…” backing vocal. It’s also referred to as demo-itis.
Bad Black Lonesome remains one of my standby songs for my solo live set. I played it last night.