IF I COULD DRESS LIKE CLIVE OWEN (MUSIC FOR FILMS NOT YET MADE)

by Johnny J Blair "Singer at Large"

supported by
/
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

about

Movie soundtracks have a language of their own. The composers and musicians supply a specific allure to support the atmospherics of the script and the photography.

The genre known as “spy movie music” implies intrigue, secrets, living on the edge, cheeky humor, fighting against wickedness in high places, and saving the world from terrible fates. Whether it’s James Bond or old school film noir, you can expect a certain template of chords and orchestrations, whether it’s the ironic zither of THE THIRD MAN, the Anglofied harpsichord bumpers in THE AVENGERS TV show, or the stacatto cello in the BOURNE movies. The genre known as “spy movie music” is often dark but scintillating, exotic but not esoteric, detached but connective on some level to the character, even if you’ve never been “a spy.”

Much of the material has been previously released, but I now present different mixes and edits as well as expansions on the I LIKE THE STREET album of 2011—notably the unedited 20 minute improvisation that was pared down for the (surprisingly popular) segue track “Spying in Barcelona.” Every other song is instrumental so it flows like some of my favorite soundtracks (or one of those old Eno records, take your pick).

Over the years I’ve drawn from the “spy movie music” template, with cross-overs into “surf guitar music,” classical, jazz, psychedelia, techno, and rock music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. This collection certifies my interests in these sounds. Thanks for listening—and watch your back.

credits

released July 2, 2013

Musicians:

JJB: bass, drums, drum programs, guitars, keyboards, percussion, violins, and all lead & harmony vocals except:

Bret Alexander: lead guitar (1, 9)
John Bechdel: synthesizer and remixing (8)
Cassie Blair: harmony vocals (7)
Bil Bryant: drums (6)
Richard Devletian: bass (10) and guitar (4, 10)
Carmen Estevez: percussion (10)
Felix String Quartet: strings (6)
Frank Hakava: bass and guitar (6)
Davy Jones: guitar (8), narration (6), and samples (8)
Keith C. Kavanaugh: drums (5)
Margot Mazzolla: harmony vocals (7)
Erik Nielsen: chit-chat (7)
Bridge Purifoy: harmony vocals (7)
Rusty Richards: drum program (8)
Dan Rielly: bass, drum programs, guitar, and electric piano (7)
Ron Simasek: drums (1, 9)
Felipe Torres: percussion (4, 10)
Chris von Sneidern: remixing (5)

Produced by Johnny J Blair with Bret Alexander, John Bechdel, Davy Jones, & Chris von Sneidern.

This collection released July 2013 and created via Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. Some selections previously released with different mixes and edits and were recorded in Pennsylvania, New York City, Stockholm, Moscow (Russia), Kentucky, and California.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Johnny J Blair "Singer at Large" San Francisco, California

"Singer at Large" Johnny J. Blair is known for his innovative brand of “pop music with a twist,” a fast-paced mix of old school soul/rhythm and blues, psychedelia, punk/new wave, and a melodicism breathed by classical, gospel, jazz, and world beat. Goldmine Magazine said his music is “pop music with a conscience,” while Spotlight Magazine dubbed Blair “the Harry Houdini of rock and roll.” ... more

contact / help

Contact Johnny J Blair "Singer at Large"

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: If I Could Dress Like Clive Owen
(copyright 2011 Word2Soul Music BMI)

(Chorus):
If I could dress like Clive Owen
I'd always look like I know what I'm doing
If I could dress like Clive Owen
People would think I always know where I'm going

See him there on a magazine
See his face on the silver screen
If he looks dour, moving in stealth
He's wearing clothes like it's good for your health
Romance comes, romance goes
But that shouldn't stop you from wearing good clothes
I'll tell you straight, ain't no scam
It's the truth that clothes make the man

(Chorus):
If I could dress like Clive Owen
I'd always look like I know what I'm doing
If I could dress like Clive Owen
People would think I always know where I'm going

You tell a story by the way you dress
Don't leave home lookin' like a mess
No bad thing being a fashion plate
Tailored pants, cuffs so straight
Shirt is pressed, day and night
If you're workin' out man that's allright
Leather shoes, made to last
For walkin' tall and thinkin' fast

(Chorus):
If I could dress like Clive Owen
I'd always look like I know what I'm doing
If I could dress like Clive Owen
People would think I always know where I'm going