Texas rock legend Alejandro Escovedo was able to make a “David Bowie-sounding album” because he had Bowie’s producer, Tony Visconti, do it for him.
When he was filming ‘Real Animal’ in 2008, Visconti asked him how he wanted it to sound. “Make it sound like David Bowie,” Alejandro Escovedo told Noise11.com.
Alejandro wrote “Real Animal” with Chuck Prophet. It started life as a concept album. “Chuck and I wrote this album with a storyboard in mind, kind of like we were writing a movie,” he said. “It was like the story of my rock and roll experience with the Nuns and those early punk rock days in San Francisco. We had a timeline, characters, dates, a timeline thing.”
Alejandro had a major problem with the record. The A&R guy from his label hated it. “Chuck and I had written all the songs that ended up on the album, but an A&R label didn’t think they were there. We were frustrated,” he said. “He told us that the album was not there. I went to see Ian Hunter from Mott The Hoople and played him all the songs. He replayed them with ideas. He loved all the material we had written and was very supportive. One of the last things he said to me was “go tell him to fuck off”.
The album came about when Alejandro was paired with David Bowie‘s producer, Tony Visconti. Visconti produced almost all of Bowie‘s albums. “We caught up with Tony, who also loved the material,” he said. “We went into the studio and he did an amazing job as a producer. He was asking me what you wanted it to sound like and I was like “just make it sound like David Bowie“. We used a lot of Bowie stuff on it. It was a special experience. I went on to make two more albums. He called me the other day. He found a song we had written together and he told me he would put it on his new solo album.
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO – AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND MARCH 2019
Sun 3 March Camelot Lounge, Sydney
Tuesday 5 March Lizottes, Newcastle
Wed, Mar 6 Junk Bar, Brisbane
Sat-Mon March 9-11 Port Fairy Folk Festival
Tuesday 12 March Thornbury Theatre, Velvet Room, Melbourne
Wed 13 March Caravan Club, Melbourne
Fri, March 15 Diapason, Auckland
Sat 16 March Caroline, Wellington
Sun 17 March Blue Smoke, Christchurch
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