Not Your Savior
There were a few songs I'd have liked to have done for the comp, but Not Your Savior was the first one I really thought of for whatever reason. I just always liked the opening guitar riff and vocal melody. It had always stood out to me as one of the best songs from the NUFAN catalogue. I decided pretty early on I'd like to do an acoustic version of one of his songs, so I'd started arranging in my head long before we were in the studio. The thing that really got things going, and cemented the direction we'd go in was my wife saying that that opening riff would sound great with strings. I agreed (obviously), and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I'm also just really happy this all came together, as I think the greatest tribute a songwriter can have is to have his peers play his songs. Tony was one of the good guys, and I respected his songwriting as well. One of the best tours the Utters were ever a part of was with No Use in Europe in Oct/Nov '97. I think we played something like 40 shows in 42 days. It was epic, and we still tell stories of that tour all the time. A good Tony memory from that one was him constantly playing Beatles songs on an acoustic guitar on the bus. I'm not good with remembering lyrics, but I guess he was, as he knew them all. Tony, Chris and I also sort of "wrote" what would maybe be part of a stupid verse, and an even dumber chorus for an overblown hair metal power ballad called "Geneva." I'm guessing we were in Geneva. Maybe Chris and I will get together one of these days and record that one for another comp!