From the recording NEW JULIA
c1993 by Wishnefsky and Rod Clark
Wishnefsky - vocals, electric guitars, synth, tapes
Dave Rodgers - drums
Todd Jameson - synth, vocals
Rod Clark â€“ bass, vocals
New Julia is a fictional story inspired by someone I met in Russia. Itâ€™s another song from the early days of the band.
The tapes of voices portend some of the production touches on Southland.
The voice in the beginning is a loquacious Finnish guy named Mika whom my wife and I met in Helsinki. He volunteered to be our tour guide and took us to a mysterious foggy island where we traipsed about some ancient runes while he recited poetry. I captured some of it on my trusty video cam. It later turned out that Mikaâ€™s real motivation was to capture Tina â€“ and me â€“ in the sack. Freshly married and not quite willing to share our passion with anyone else, we politely declined.
I recorded the voices heard during the bridge and outro at a church at the Kremlin in Moscow. A tape of a manâ€™s voice narrated a slide show about the history of the church. The New Julia translated for us. (Shortly after I recorded that, we went to the Red Square and saw Stalin's corpse floating in a transparent tomb for all to behold â€“ a truly ghastly experience. The air was very heavy and gravity seemed stronger than usual.)
I recorded the song heard at the very end in a large public square near the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. It was a propaganda number broadcast over some very tinny sounding speakers. It sounded magical.
Just before the propaganda song comes in, Rod plays several fretless basses multi-tracked in a musical treat only he could create.
A few years later, Todd gave me a piece of his incredible artwork that included a few lines from this song in his sublime calligraphy:
â€œIâ€™ve been climbing up molehill mountain,
Backstroke in the soda fountain.â€