I was given a copy on cassette during a recording session in New York sometime back in 1990 or so. Engineers and producers tend to share these sorts of things (I’ve got the Buddy Rich tapes, the Linda McCartney vocal isolation tapes, etc), though I don’t know who gave this particular tape to me.
We also tend to MAKE these sorts of things, rolling tape while the band is in the main studio arguing over something idiotic, then sitting with studio staff after the session and having a laugh. They’re easier to get your hands on then they used to be (like I said, they were kind of an insiders’ joke once upon a time), but no less enjoyable.
The story with this one, or at least the one I was told, is that it’s a spy tape recorded while the Troggs were in the studio trying to come up with a follow-up to the hit “Wild Thing.” I’ve also been told that the tapes were one of the inspirations for the film “Spinal Tap.”
I don’t know if that’s accurate or not, but I don’t care. I love ‘em both (tapes and film), and still use expressions from this recording like “fucking drummer, I shit him,” and “you have played it tonight” (which really needs to be said in a British accent).
But enough of my yakkin’ as Marty DiBergi would say (if you don’t know who that is, rent Spinal Tap immediately). On with the tape (feel free to right click and download it if you want.)
Enclickenate here for the Troggs studio spy tape (left click for stream, right click to own it yourself)