one of the fringiest benefits of being in the late, great adam schlesinger’s orbit was the occasional call “hey dan, [such and such movie/tv show] is looking for a song. you got anything?”
IIRC this time Adam called and said “hey man, there’s this teen flick with jason biggs and they had Beck’s song Loser on hold as the theme song, but production took too long and now they can’t afford to renegotiate the sync. they’ve put a call out for "modern rock style" submissions and if you have something i could pass on really quickly please send it to me."
this time i DID have a song. one that already had “i’m a loser” in the chorus. i figured if both the beatles AND beck had the same phrase in their choruses, who was gonna sue me? these days, I would probably say “both of ‘em” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
however, i didn’t have an actual demo of the song at the ready, and i had yet to blow a chunk of my advance cheque on that (instantly obsolete) digi 001 protools rig quite yet. so i called my dear friend luke jackson.
mere hours later, in the 100º summer boil of an un-air-conditioned third floor queen st walk up luke was plugging a drum machine into a roland vs-something-or-other as i scratched out a final draft of lyrics for my overwrought john hughes teenaged fever dream.
we worked quickly, bouncing down every couple of tracks (as you did back then) and by the end of the evening i dropped the CD-R into the fedex box (kids, you can ask me what that means later)
weeks later adam reported back they thought it was a cool song, but they were kind of looking for a finished master rather than a song demo since they were scrambling to get things locked down.
i’m sure they didn’t, lol, but adam was master of the soft let down. there was no music business indignity big or small he couldn’t spin with a “hey, that happened to [fow, ivy, or other artist you loved and/or respected]” where you ultimately left feeling it wasn’t you, it was them.
rest in peace man, and thanks again for changing my life.