Tomorrow Never Knows
'Tomorrow Never Knows' is a 40th anniversary tribute to The Beatles' 'Revolver' album ... not an album of Beatles covers but a cover of an entire Beatles album. And not just any old album ... one that is consistently voted among the Top 5 albums of all time ... ever! If you love The Beatles you'll appreciate some of the touches in these versions. For example, every Beatles fan knows The Jam stole the bass-line from 'Taxman' for their song 'Start.' Well, in revenge, Catdesigners stole the bass-line from a Jam song ('A Town Called Malice') and, with some adjustments, used it for this version of 'Taxman.' A melody line from a song on The White Album ('I Will') appears as a keyboard part on the chorus of 'For No One'. Following the sea-faring theme, 'Yellow Submarine' has re-emerged as an old English sea-shanty. 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is industrial glam (think somewhere between Iggy Pop's 'The Idiot' and Goldfrapp's 'Supernature') Liberal quantities of influences that both pre-date and post-date The Beatles have been lovingly applied to this re-interpretation, from folk and blues to glam and electronica. When Nick Troop (aka Catdesigners) hit on the idea of doing a cover of an album rather than an album of covers) it took literally 2 minutes to decide on 'Revolver,' an album that has inspired him for a long time. (In fact, it was a toss up between 'Revolver' and 'Rubber Soul') Some Catdesigners history: Catdesigners is Nick Troop's secret identity (woops!) and this is Nick's third album released under the cloak of Catdesigners. The first was 'Chemical Jazz,' a mixture of full versus minimalist arrangements and beautiful versus dirty Little Rock songs. The second was 'Strange Little Creature,' a selection of curios and ambiguous figures. Based on these albums Nick earned a reputation as 'a fertile mind in overdrive' and as 'a man who soaks up influences like other people drink soup' (I think that was meant as a compliment). Between 'Strange Little Creature' and 'Tomorrow Never Knows' Nick joined forces with Steve Heath (smiley bass) and Fred Binding (famous Cuban fag) to show up as Catdesigners for live performances. Then in the last year Nick started performing solo acoustic shows under his own name before going back into the studio to record another solo Catdesigners album. One day this control freak will let someone else join in! (Well, maybe) Luv on ya.