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I joined Ten Inch Men in the summer of 1991. Dave Coutts on vocals, his brother Steve on drums and Mark Templin on guitar.
They already had a rabid following down in Long Beach, CA and withtheir departing bass player, Danny Keogh being married to Lisa Marie Presley,
they got quite a lot of publicity for a local band.

Even though I'm a guitar player, I would often play the bass on my demos. One day my dear friend Roger Capps (Pat Benatar bass) was listening to my demo before
he was to add his track and he lifted the earphones to say "you play bass like a guitar player." He was right.
As I would find out later, bass playing is like being
a lineman in football: no touchdowns, your job is to block. Anyway, the comment stuck with me because I felt that if I walked
in to a band as The Bass Player, no one would think twice.

A couple of years later, I saw an ad in the back of the Hollywood Reporter for a bassist. Roger's comment echoed again and I decided to fool the world. I met
Steve Zelenka, their manager, at his home and he played me a couple of their cassette demos. I loved them. The audition in their lockout rehearsal space in
Vern, CA was high energy. We clicked and I was now a bass player... and I didn't even own an amp.

Our first gig was early that December at Club Lingerie, on Sunset Blvd... Victory/Polygram's president Phil Carson had come to follow up on his scout's interest.
We would later find out that was the night they decided they wanted us.

Neil Dorfsman (Dire Straits "Brothers In Arm,", Sting's "Nothing Like the Sun") decided to take us on. And we were set. But things were very slow in evolving.
We wouldn't end up in the studio until Dec '92. We started at One on One studios in North Hollywood. That's where we recorded the basic tracks.
You can hear the room itself in the drums.

Jonathan Moffett (Michael Jackson, among a long list) sat in for most of the drumming. "Pretty Vultures" was a dream to play with him as a bass player.
"Sugarfoot," as he's rightfully knicknamed, was locked on my thumping bass pattern or, more likely, I was to him.

Then for when we were to go live, we auditioned several drummers, where Roel Kuiper stood out with his Jeff Porcaro feel. He added a track
"Never Say Hello" to an EP we were going to pre-release but ended on the album.

I had a 12-string guitar piece that needed words. It was droning and dark in a haunting way. Mark gave me a booklet of his poetry to see if there
was anything there I could use. "Pretty Vultures" was word for word what you hear in this recording, except we needed a third verse once
the song was arranged. When I showed Dave the guitar part I wrote, he picked up his acoustic and wrote the bass line...

So the singer wrote the bass line, the bass player wrote the guitar parts and the guitar player wrote the lyrics.