I can actually point to the song/album that made me want to go into audio engineering.
This album came out on my 12th birthday, and I remember biking to Music City in downtown Binghamton (shhhh….I didn’t tell my parents at the time…I was forbidden to bike downtown) and using $10 of my birthday money to purchase the album on cassette.
I got home and played it all the way through on my cassette/alarm clock in my bedroom. For the next few weeks, it was the sole cassette in my walkman as I delivered papers on my route along Crary and Matthews Streets in Binghamton.
My ears were so enamored with the power of the recording. I had never heard a recording like it before. Sure I knew Nevermind, and was a huge R.E.M. fan at the time, but nothing I ever heard before this was as raw and bombastic. I fell in love with the sound…not just the music.
Years later, on my tour with League in 2004, we actually got to visit, record, and spend the night at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN, where In Utero was recorded and mixed.
It was a dream. I remember walking the grounds thinking about how a few of my idols had been there 12 years before tracking this album. There was a little stream that ran behind the studio where Kurt went to work on lyrics and songs. The Neve console that Albini tweaked. The live room where Grohl’s drumming filled up every corner. Sadly, none of the members of League can find the recording we did there, but it will always live in our memories.
Needless to say, this album holds a special place in my heart.