A while back, @gingerblivet and I recorded a duet about people being in vastly different spaces, so to speak. We really enjoyed working together, so we made a short list of other songs we might try in the future (I’m so tempted to drop a hint about the one Kendra suggested, but I don’t want to spoil it). At the top of that list was “Big Bang,” a song about…people drifting slowly apart.
OK, look, we didn’t plan it that way. But if the Universe didn’t want us to cover two songs about doomed relationships in a row, then the artists we enjoy should make their music less great. I don’t know what to tell you.
So @thedoubleclicks and @jonathancoulton played “Big Bang” live on JoCo Cruise a few years back, and I instantly loved it, hoping it would make the next Doubleclicks album (which, fortunately, it did)! Yay!
The original key was slightly too low for Kendra, so we moved it up a step. That meant I had to sing higher than I’m used to, but it also meant Kendra had to play three solos in an unfamiliar key, and I’m in awe of that. Mad skills, y’all.
I wanted to preserve the drum feel as much as possible. It’s difficult to find drumwork at this tempo that isn’t overly snare-heavy, but I was able to create a stitch a track together, which I talked about in last month’s Inside the Triple Llama episode.
We also made a music video for this song. Between Mixes 1 and 2, Kendra sent me her footage for that…and when I heard it, I realized she was harmonizing with herself on the one of the verses. I raved about this unexpected addition and noted that it wasn’t too late to add extra vocals into the song…and later that evening, a track full of lovely harmony appeared!
Here’s “Big Bang”
Original artist: The Doubleclicks (feat. Jonathan Coulton)
Vocals: Kendra Zzyzwyck and Joseph Camann
Cello (on bass): Kendra Zzyzwyck
Guitars and bass: Joseph Camann
Drums: Karaoke version of “Gentleman cambrioleur” by Garou. Additional drum sounds sampled from a swing drum pattern by Michael Buswell on YouTube
Mixing: Sean Lake
Image: The Doubleclicks on YouTube
I don’t know when it happens, but at some point in the past
there is nothing, and then the universe just starts
I don’t know when it happens, but at some point in the past two years
we started on a path that leads to two broken hearts
What happened next – in space, everything starts moving out,
and between all of the planets is a big and empty vacuum
What happened next – somehow our bed becomes thirty miles wide
It’s impossible to see that we’re still living in the same room
It’s weird to think there was nothing in the whole universe,
and then molecules were everywhere
It’s weird to think, the way we haven’t touched in months
that we we ever together, that we were ever a pair
and I resent the way your molecules are everywhere
We thought the next stage would be a house
After a party, after a dress
after you got me a ring
But instead we’ve grown apart
We’ve grown apart
We’ve grown apart
But babe, since the Big Bang,
so has everything
Want to see everything I’ve created in the same place? Because you can do that!