“Memoirs of a Manwhore” Playlist
The title track to the MANWHORE album was the last song written for the album, even though the name had already been chosen for months based on the unifying emotional themes that recurred in the vignettes the songs embodied.
The original recording was marred by the fact that, because Adam and I were recording it in England, I couldn’t get back to fix my scratch vocals, which had wildly varying tempos and rhythms. Adam, therefore, had to build the arrangement around a rhythmically impaired singer’s vocal quickie. On top of that was the fact that my voice was still recovering from massive trauma and not necessarily hitting the notes right.
This year, Paul and I got into the studio and fixed all that. We were still able to use Adam’s arrangement by tweaking the timing digitally on the other instrumentation. Then Tom and Julian and Paul threw together a kick-ass extended intro that primarily focused on funk and rhythm, and Julian added live bass to the recording to really ramp up the energy levels.
Here’s a link to the SPOTIFY PLAYLIST that you can enjoy. It features a lot of the funkier tunes that inspired me (Isaac Hayes, Michael Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder were the driving impetuses behind the melody and arrangement) and the singer-songwriters who guided the lyrical development of the song (particularly Paul Simon, but I think there’s an element of Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel evident as well).
The Random Hubiak Band/Memoirs of a Manwhore
Stevie Wonder/Living for the City
Paul Simon/Think Too Much (a)
Isaac Hayes/Theme from Shaft
Michael Jackson/Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough
Elton John/Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance)
Stevie Wonder/Higher Ground
Michael Jackson/Workin’ Day and Night
Terence Trent D’Arby/Dance Little Sister
Curtis Mayfield/Move on Up
Prince/I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
New Radicals/Mother, We Just Can’t Get Enough
Philip Bailey/Walking on the Chinese Wall
Stevie Wonder/Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
Michael Jackson/Get On the Floor
Pointer Sisters/Baby Come and Get It
Michael Jackson/Off the Wall
Billy Joel/Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
Peter John/Farmer’s Daughter
Bruce Springsteen/Born to Run
Paul Simon/Train in the Distance
Neil Frances/Ask Me Anything
The Random Hubiak/Memoirs of a Man Child (Radio Edit/Clean)