JONNY TRUNK'S SCRAPBOOK
CATALOGUE NUMBER JBH033
Over the last few years I have kept making daft bits of music as and when I have had the time, which hasn’t been often. The result has been lots of little tracks some complete, some incomplete all hanging about my life with nowhere to go. So rather than get rid of them or do nothing, I thought I’d compile these musical scraps all together in an album, simple called Scrapbook. Really it’s like an umbrella excuse of a title but it has allowed me to put 20 tracks of varying length and styles all together on the same album. And the artwork came from a Scrapbook I found at an antiques market. I think it has the right kind of humour for the album.
Here are the sleevenotes which will explain it all a bit more:
ON THE BACK
This is the second album by Jonny Trunk. It’s great. It really is. I know that because he told me. And here’s the tracklisting, look just below. Wow, look at that, 20 tracks, and all brilliant. My favourite is the one about Lesbians, followed by the one about Wife swapping, and then the one just called SR with all the little Japanese children singing. And then there’s the one sung by the man who has no throat. Yeah, Jonny was right, it is a great album.
Now before anyone has a go, yes, I know we could easily loose the “S” from the album title and just call it the Crapbook. I also thought it would be a good idea to just have the sleevenotes made up of the word “me” thousands of times, because this is let’s face it, all about me, me and me.
Anyway, that aside, this album has all come about through impatience. Over the last seven years I have tinkered and diddled with music in my bedroom, my office and my head. The 20 tracks on this album are the ones that are still just about alive and represent the scraps of music I have dubbed off or that have not been trashed from my desktop. I don’t really want to see them all die so the only way to get them off my computer and out of my life is to issue them, and the only way I thought I could do it was under the umbrella excuse of a musical scrapbook. It will become obvious quite fast that many of the tracks here are indeed scraps, sketches or unfinished business. But getting tracks completed is the hardest bit about making music if you ask me, it takes ages to finish things sometimes and ages is really not what I have. So I thought best get it all out as it is. I actually think this is alright and acceptable these days, our attention spans have diminished, we are more used to sound bites, shorter cues, weird little things, and how many people are going to sit down and listen to this all the way through anyway. And I could also bring to this booklet the argument that although a track might have an abrupt end and may only be 43 seconds long, I started it and finished it and it’s perfect the way it is.
The other nearly noteworthy point is that rather that sit around and deliberate for hours, days, weeks or months about which track should follow which track, I’ve simply compiled them all alphabetically, which was dead easy. It took about ten seconds. And I have only stuck with working titles for the tracks too. One thing I did notice though was the date on some of the cues; Wifeswapper for example was made in 2002. I think it still sounds alright. If you want rough dates, the tracks here all fall somewhere between 2002 and 2008.
Also, I realise that so few people will actually buy this album that none of it matters anyway and so I shouldn’t really have to explain anything. But if you have bough this album, thanks a lot. I owe you a pint.
I’m now off to tidy up my rather messy office and I shall leave you with a short list of people who should be thanked and unusually I shall write the reason next to their names.
Thanks for listening as always
Jonny Trunk 2009
Tommy Stupid – Thanks for mixing the album and smoking loads of fags out of the window at the same time.
Jon Brooks – Thanks for remastering. Yes, super.
Derek – man in charge of the Trunk Website, which is fabulous. So thanks for that Derek, thanks for everything.
Paul Flack – who deals with me on an artwork level. Yes, many thanks as always Paul.
My wife – a fearless woman if ever there was one. Thank you for bring in my life.
Thanks also to all the equipment used; An EMU E5000 Ultra that works some of the time, and old Beocenter 1800, Logic 4.7 on a rather unattractive Apple G3, a Yamaha P90 electric piano and a small Mackie mixer.
9)How Sweet It Is