Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

20th Anniversary of SO FAR IN EVERY DIRECTION

July marks the 20th anniversary of the release of SO FAR IN EVERY DIRECTION. I still remember the spring of 1997 quite well. My family and I had moved into our Bridgewater, Virginia home the previous summer and I was still sort of trying to figure out just where I was going to record my music. The basement? No, I'd record much of 1998's IF I SHOULD FALL as well as WASP 51 down there, but not SO FAR IN EVERY DIRECTION. The big bedroom. Nope, in 1997 older son Daniel had claimed the big bedroom for himself. I'd record dozens of songs there in the 2010s though. The garage? Yep. I think I did the whole album out there. I started it in the spring but did the majority of the recording in June and early July. I think I'd go on to record part of WRITING ON THE WALL, as well as all of THE 1999 SPECIAL LISTENERS CLUB HOLIDAY COMPACT DISC, 2004's I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE, 2007's DIFFERENT and 2008's THIS IS YOUR BOOK OF KILLS in the garage, so I suppose that was a pretty good place to be creative. Don't guess I'm going to do anything special to mark its release. Hell, October 31 will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of THE HAUNTED LIFE and I'm pretty sure I don't have anything planned for that one either, though I did produce a re-mix of it in 1998. I remember Black Francis during an interview being asked why he hadn't remixed his old Pixies catalog. His response was that they already sounded the way he wanted them to sound so there was no use to remix them. I guess that's sort of how I feel about the matter. But the truth is, 60-70% of the stuff I've recorded no longer exists in its multitrack format anyway.

"I'm an untrained musician. Untrained musicians don't really have any music theory, they don't have a lot of rules. We break the rules, but it's mostly because we don't know what the rules are. It's easy for us to go to certain places, so I'm not surprised that a lot of people were amused by my songwriting style." -- Black Francis