I had my reservations about Lucifer. Quite a few, in fact.
The show is supposedly based on the DC character Neil Gaiman created, and…it’s REALLY not. At all. Other than sharing a name and a few bits of backstory, the two characters are nothing alike, and things like that always bother me. But @snarke raved about it, tearing through the seasons quickly, and I found myself watching the first episode a few months ago. Despite feeling so sure I wouldn’t be able to get past the “adaptation problem,” I discovered (to my surprise) that I actually quite enjoyed it.
“Well,” said I, “maybe one more.”
But I realized pretty quickly that I do, in fact, love the show. And a few months back, we were watching Season 3 (a rewatch for @snarke), and came upon this scene,** which I think is my favorite so far.
**If you’re watching Lucifer currently and haven’t finished S3, don’t click that link. Spoilers!
While I knew “In The Air Tonight” was featured on Miami Vice, I hadn’t actually seen the episode, so I didn’t pick up that Lucifer’s furious drive down the highway was an homage (@bganderson informed me later).
It’s a phenomenal scene overall, but—as I often do with moments like this in film—I couldn’t stop thinking “How perfect is this cover? I’ve GOT to know who made it!”
The answer to that, BTW, is Jon Howard. The song appears in the series twice with identical instrumentation; the first version can be heard in Season 1, with the vocals done by his wife, Natalie Taylor
This song was new territory for me in every sense: recording, playing, mixing. It’s the most keyboard work I’ve done since “Sweet Emulsion,” and the ending has quite a few things going on.
I couldn’t find a drum track that would even remotely fit what I needed, so instead of stitching one together via edits, I actually built it from scratch one note at a time via drumbit. I talked about that process a little on a previous Triple Llama episode. The second half of the drum track is a slightly-slowed-down karaoke version of “Shout” by Tears For Fears. The famous drum fill is courtesy of Dust over on Looperman.
Let’s take a listen, shall we?
Original artist: Phil Collins
In the style of: Jon Howard
Acoustic guitars, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals: Joseph Camann
Drums: Joseph Camann, karaoke version of “Shout,” and Dust Looperman sample
Mixing: Joseph Camann
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, Oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, Oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight? Oh Lord
Well, if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
I’ve seen your face before, my friend, but I don’t know if you know who I am
Well, I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been
It’s all been lies
And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, Oh Lord (let it all out) (shout, shout)
I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life (these are the things I can do),
Oh Lord (come on)
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight (can you feel it?) (come on), Oh Lord
(You shouldn’t have to sell your soul),
(You shouldn’t have to sell your soul), Oh Lord, Oh Lord
(And when you’ve taken down your guard)
I can feel it coming in the air tonight (these are the things I can do), Oh Lord
(I’d really love to break your heart)
I’ve been waiting for this moment (one-track minds) for all my life
(I’d really love to break your heart), Oh Lord (break your heart)
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight (When you’ve taken down your guard)
(Really love to break your heart)
Want to see everything I’ve created in the same place? Because you can do that!