They Go Wild
Guitar: Laurier Tiernan
Bass: Naoto Hirata
Drums: Marion Chamaret
Main Vocals: Christopher McCombs
Backing Vocals: Jennifer Loyd, Kristi Woodward
Chris: How did you get started in music?
Laurier: A friend's punk band was breaking up when I was in grade 10 (the lead vocalist/guitarist was leaving) and I had some poetry laying around that I thought could be lyrics, so I approached the remaining members. It's been like heroin ever since.
Chris: Why did you want to be a part of “Till Death?”
Laurier: Well, (producer) Chris McCombs is all kinds of awesome, and since I had never worked on the music for a movie, I could hardly refuse. Also, once I read the script, I was instantly hooked; having grown up queer on the Canadian prairies, and having been closeted to various degrees - in different scenarios (for survival's sake) - I was totally sold on this project.
Chris: What is the song, “They Go Wild” about?
Laurier: What is this song about? It's about a man (seemingly) who is totally baffled at the fact that women fall for him at the drop of a hat, left right and center. The character "Rain" however brings a heavy sense of irony to it because it's like he's telling his boyfriend, "Most women would sleep with me at the drop of a hat, so you'd better smarten up and step out of your precious closet." Which is funny, because Rain's not really interested in women.
Chris: What did you change when you arranged this song?
Laurier: Initially (producer) Chris wanted a feel of (the 50's song) "Runaround Sue" but the delivery of the lyrics in "They Go Wild..." adapted to the format of the former song, would have been too lumbering to be catchy. We then toyed with the idea of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" which is like a 50s throwback made by a 70s. Borrowing some elements of that style seemed to work well. Then I played with the layout of the verses and choruses, to make it less predictable and old, and more fresh and new.
Chris: What are some interesting points of your arrangement you would want people to know about?
Laurier: I'm particularly proud of the solo; it goes from 50s rock, to throwback jazz octaves, and ends up with an 80's metal take on the 50's genre. Also, it's only 8 bars long, which is a difficult length for a guitarist to limit himself to, but still of a suitable brevity for the genre.
Chris: What were some of the difficulties in rearranging this song?
Laurier: There don't seem to be any very high-quality recordings of the original they are all too scratchy or degraded, and the best one I could find online was not recorded in A440 (standard modern tuning) so it was a bit of a challenge to get my head around the structure and flow at first. Also, I was really wanting to stay true to the original, but it was really too repetitive for modern attention spans. I then made an emotional decision to just go with my gut, considering that U2 and other famous artists made excellent modernizations of Cole Porter songs (for the AIDS benefit "Red, Hot and Blue) while still remaining faithful to the spirit of the original compositions.
Chris: What is something you would want to say to someone who has never listened to music from the 60’s/this style of music?
Laurier: Clear your mind of all thoughts, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine a time six decades ago, when rock and roll was born.
Laurier Tiernan is a an award-winning French-Canadian musician, media personality and hereditary psychic living in Tokyo. His current main focus is a folk duo called "nature airliner", and he is honored that Tokyo Cowboys asked him to work on this movie.
Original song 1917
"Words by Joe McCarthy"
Music by Fred Fisher
原曲：「 Words by Joe McCarthy 」
Fred Fisher, 1917年