“E” – the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, from their current digital-only EP, “Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 1”, recorded by Ducky Carlisle with Joe Stewart at Dimension Sound in Jamaica Plain, MA.
“E” has always been a crowd favorite, but we play it quite rarely because a.) it’s quite loud and b.) it instantly trashes my voice. Always wanted to record it, and had great fun doing so! (Even got our old pal John Styklunas aka Whitey Houston out of mothballs for some fuzz bass on the deal, because this is just the kind of song that really needs two basses!)
The guy who always loved “E” the most is our trombonist, Bob Pilkington, so I thought I’d ask if he had some comments; he did, and here they are:
I love to wallow in the primitive. And “E” starts with the primitive, “back before trees had legs.” [There’s an image from 1940’s scary cartoons – speaking of primitive.] Then the complete history of the world is laid out in all it splendor, including how scientists created of the C chord. Ah, but just as civilizations rise and fall, we end up back in E. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen soon (like November?).
This is one of my all time favorite Chandler tunes. When he asks for requests, somehow there is always someone wanting “E.” Does it come from the horn section? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just become a thing!