It’s a long weekend in Canada and I chose to spend my Saturday going through video footage on my hard drive. Every Sausagefest I take a lot of video and most of it never gets used. What I discovered was that I had a lot of fun footage that just needed to find a home.
At the same time, I have been making videos for Max the Axe songs, so I can use them on the LeBrain Train. I like having music videos to play so we can take breaks, and I need things that won’t set off copyright strikes. All of this footage I’m discovering is helping me kill two birds with one stone. Or, as Ricky might say, get two birds stoned at once.
“Gods On the Radio” is the first one I made, for the Friday May 14th show. It’s Max’s favourite. It doesn’t have any previously unseen footage in it; it is just a video I made to play that night. All the footage was simply edited down from the Sausagestfest 2019 video. Dave Haslam approved of the editing and that inspired me to make more.
I didn’t want to keep recycling old footage that everybody has seen, so I started exploring the hard drive for “Next Plane to Vegas”, which was debuted on the Friday May 21 episode of the LeBrain Train.
One of my favourite Max songs is “Overload” from the EP of the same name. Problem is: it’s short. Too short for me to play on the show and still get enough of a break to make a coffee. So I had to extend it. I found some cool footage of Uncle Meat singing and drumming “New Orleans Is Sinking” in 2014, accompanied by Max on backing vocals. This served as a good intro to extend the video. Bonus: rare footage of Max playing bass. 60-70% of the footage has never been seen before.
Another goodie but shortie is “I Don’t Advocate Drugs” from Trillion Dollar Threats. Mickey Straight sang this one with Max at the Boat House, so although Ted Moore is credited on the album, I used a little bit of Mickey footage that I had a few times in this clip. The video is about 60-70% previously unseen video.
I took the most footage at Sausagefest 2015, where this video was performed. We had multiple live bands jamming and I got video of a lot of it. Unfortunately, the audio on most of it was completely unusable due to a problem with the camera. Also, very few songs were captured in full, thanks to a rapidly draining battery. I did, however, capture this unique version of “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes, played improvisationally, on the fly. Though wobbly at times, the vocal is solid, the bass outstanding, and the take on it is unique. The soloing in the long outro is smokin’. I’m glad I recorded the whole thing. If you stay tuned to the end, you’ll hear Bucky complaining that he forgot the snare drum. That was true. “Seven Nation Army” and every other song that weekend was performed without a snare! (It sounds like they were about to go into “Iron Man” at the very end.)