Mimicry and Memories

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Mimicry and Memories
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Compilation album Studio and compilation double album by
ReleasedMarch 2015 (2015-03)
GenreRock
LengthMemories - 48:47 - Mimicry - 67:21 - Total - 116:08
Producer
  • Alan Cooper
  • Davey Kimsey
  • Electric Six
  • Ken "Doom Bunny" Hughes
  • Kevin Ingersoll
  • Pat Divis
  • Tammy C. Lymond[1]
Electric Six chronology
Human Zoo
(2014)
Mimicry and Memories
(2015)
Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!
(2015)
Electric Six covers chronology

Mimicry
(2015)
You're Welcome!
(2017)
Electric Six compilation chronology
Sexy Trash
(2008)
Memories
(2015)

Mimicry and Memories is a double-album by Electric Six with disc one, Mimicry, the band's eleventh studio album, composed entirely of cover songs, and disc two, Memories, consisting of demos, B-sides and rarities by the band. It was funded through a Kickstarter campaign and self-released directly to the campaign's backers.

Production[edit]

Following the success of the cover songs recorded as perks in the band's "Absolute Treasure" campaign, the band launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 in order to fund the album. It was successful with a total of $64,977 being raised.[2]

Each member of the band chose a song to cover on the Mimicry portion of the album. Dick Valentine selected "Ah! Leah!" by Donnie Iris, Smorgasbord selected "The Look" by Roxette, Da Ve selected "Buckingham Green" by Ween, Tait Nucleus? selected "I Got the Six" by ZZ Top, Percussion World selected "Do You Love Me? by Kiss and Johnny Na$hinal selected Girl Wants To Be With the Girls by Talking Heads.[3]

One specific pledge reward as part of the Kickstarter campaign was to choose a song to be covered on the album. The four songs chosen by fans through this method were "Turn Me Loose" by Loverboy, "Rockets" by Tomas Ford, "Stuck In a Closet with Vanna White" by "Weird Al" Yakovic and "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" by David Bowie.

As a stretch goal, the project's backers were given the option to vote for an additional cover to be included. The options were "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac (which the band were performing in live shows at the time), "Easy Lover" by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins and "In the Dark" by Billy Squier.[4] "Everywhere" won the vote and was included on the album. Due to the tight vote, a second stretch goal was announced allowing backers to vote for one of the two losing songs to also be included. "Easy Lover" won the vote and was included.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Mimicry
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Everywhere[6]" (Originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac)Christine McVie3:27
2."Easy Lover" (Originally recorded by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins)Nathan East, Phil Collins and Philip Bailey4:55
3."Ah! Leah!" (Originally recorded by Donnie Iris)Donnie Iris and Mark Avsec3:39
4."Cat People" (Originally recorded by David Bowie)David Bowie and Giorgio Moroder5:11
5."Do You Love Me?" (Originally recorded by Kiss)Bob Ezrin, Kim Fowley and Paul Stanley3:32
6."Buckingham Green" (Originally recorded by Ween)Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo3:20
7."I Got the Six" (Originally recorded by ZZ Top)Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard2:52
8."The Look" (Originally recorded by Roxette)Per Gessle3:58
9."Girl Wants To Be With the Girls" (Originally recorded by Talking Heads)David Byrne3:36
10."Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White" (Originally recorded by "Weird Al" Yankovic)"Weird Al" Yankovic4:47
11."Rockets" (Originally recorded by Tomás Ford)Tomás Ford3:51
12."Turn Me Loose" (Originally recorded by Loverboy)Mike Reno and Paul Dean5:40
Memories
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Exterminate Tour Intro" (Played to introduce the band during their Exterminate tour)Tyler Spencer1:31
14."Dance Epidemic (XFM Session)" (A version of the song from Señor Smoke recorded at XFM)Tyler Spencer2:41
15."Typical Sagittarius" (Demo originally intended for inclusion on Zodiac[7])Tyler Spencer3:16
16."The Sheik Don't Lie" (Demo originally intended for inclusion on Señor Smoke)Tyler Spencer2:24
17."Taxi 2 Nowhere (Demo)" (Demo of Taxi to Nowhere featured on Señor Smoke)Tyler Spencer1:31
18."Shortlove" (Unused demo)Tyler Spencer2:18
19."Night Vision (Demo)" (Demo of the song featured on Switzerland)Tyler Spencer3:23
20."One" (Originally recorded by Harry Nilsson, was recorded and submitted to EA for inclusion in an ad campaign for Army of Two, but Mastodon were chosen instead.[8])Harry Nilsson3:18
21."I Don't Speak French (Demo)" (Demo originally intended for inclusion on I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the Master but ultimately recorded for Dick Valentine's solo album Destroy the Children)Tyler Spencer2:42
22."I Can Translate" (Bonus track originally included on the iTunes deluxe edition of Zodiac[9])Tyler Spencer2:44
23."My Struggle With Heroin" (Unused demo)Tyler Spencer3:19
24."Free Samples (Demo)" (Demo of the song of the same name on Heartbeats and Brainwaves)Tyler Spencer2:13
25."Badass" (Unused demo)Tyler Spencer2:15
26."Gay Bar (Live At Manumission Ibiza 2004)" (Live recording)Tyler Spencer2:40
27."The Warrior" (Originally recorded by Scandal, recorded during the Zodiac sessions with the original intention being included on the album. That changed to releasing it online for free as a gift to fans when it wasn't completed in time[10])Holly Knight and Nick Gilder4:02
28."Dancing Like An Idiot" (Unused demo)Tyler Spencer1:58
29."Technical Difficulties" (Unused demo)Tyler Spencer1:01
30."Slices Of You (Demo)" (Demo of the song featured on Switzerland)Tyler Spencer4:37
31."Turn It Up (Demo)" (Unused demo)Tyler Spencer2:46
32."Strike While The Iron Is Hot (Demo)" (Unused demo)Tyler Spencer3:28
33."Ziggy" (Song commissioned by a pledger on the band's previous Kickstarter campaign[11])Tyler Spencer3:25
34."Fucking In Another Man's Clothes" (Recorded for Human Zoo but left off of the album due to space-requirements when pressing it to vinyl[12])Tyler Spencer3:53
35."Suitcases" (Recorded for Human Zoo but left off of the album due to space-requirements when pressing it to vinyl[13])Tyler Spencer2:47
36."WikiLeaks" (Recorded for Human Zoo but left off of the album due to space-requirements when pressing it to vinyl[14])Tyler Spencer3:30

Two additional tracks, "White Eyes – Demo" and "Bleed for the Artist – Demo" were originally announced on the album's tracklisting [15] but were not included in the original package. The band made the statement that this was due to them sounding almost identical to the finished songs and them deciding that they weren't worth including. Due to fan backlash that this caused, they made the demos freely available to download on the band's official SoundCloud page.[16][17]

Personnel[edit]

  • Dick Valentine - vocals
  • Tait Nucleus? - synthesizer
  • Johnny Na$hinal - guitar
  • Percussion World - drums
  • Smorgasboard - bass (Mimicry, tracks 13, 15, 20-22, 24, 27, 33-36)
  • Da Ve - guitar (Mimicry, tracks 33-36)[18]
  • John R. Dequindre - bass (14, 16, 17, 19, 30)
  • The Colonel - guitar (tracks 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21-22, 27, 30)

Legacy[edit]

  • The band's cover of "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" impressed the original song's record label when it was brought to their attention in the rights clearing stage and they were asked to contribute another David Bowie cover to a tribute album A Salute To The Thin White Duke The Songs Of David Bowie. They covered the song Blue Jean which features on the album.
  • The songs "Fucking In Another Man's Clothes", "Suitcases" and "WikiLeaks" have since been occasionally performed live at the band's shows as part of separate Kickstarter project pledges. "Cat People" also became a staple of shows during the band's 2015/2016 tour.[19] Following David Bowie's death in 2016, the band included the song in a segment of their New Year's Eve live performance setlist dedicated to musicians who had died in the year, along with "Little Red Corvette" by Prince and "Freedom '90" by George Michael.[20]
  • A cover of "WikiLeaks" was later included on Dick Valentine's solo album Quiet Time with it becoming a staple of his live shows.
  • A demo version of "Suitcases" was subsequently released on "The Dick Valentine Raw Collection".
  • The band performed a stripped down, acoustic version of "WikiLeaks" on their third live album, Chill Out!.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electric Six – Mimicry and Memories (CD Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  2. ^ "Mimicry And Memories by Electric Six". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  3. ^ "Mimicry And Memories by Electric Six". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  4. ^ "Mimicry And Memories by Electric Six". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  5. ^ "Mimicry And Memories by Electric Six". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
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  7. ^ "The Pulse interviews Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  8. ^ "Mimicry and Memories". 28 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Zodiac (Bonus Edition) by Electric Six on Apple Music". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  10. ^ "Mimicry and Memories". 28 April 2017.
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  15. ^ "Mimicry And Memories by Electric Six – Kickstarter". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  16. ^ "White Eyes – October 2008 by Electric Six". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  17. ^ "Bleed For The Artist – Demo – December 2009". Retrieved 28 Apr 2017.
  18. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Electric-Six-Mimicry-And-Memories/release/6861711
  19. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/stats/electric-six-53d66fe9.html
  20. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/electric-six/2016/saint-andrews-hall-detroit-mi-33fb60ad.html
  21. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/electric-six/2018/smalls-bar-hamtramck-mi-33ef1499.html