Planetary Motion

Album: Wig Out at Jagbags (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks open their Wig Out at Jagbags album with this guitar-led slow burner. "A long time ago it was going to be the starter, before we even recorded the album," Malkmus told American Songwriter magazine. "I have a demo of it and it actually has electronic drums on it, I played the drum parts (hums the part) with my fingers. That's kind of derived from classic rock mixed with a hambone kind of rhythm."

    "This is a long story," Malkmus continued. "It wasn't turning out like we wanted the song; we kept remixing it. We finally figured out how to make it sound good and it went it back to the front of the album. It was one of those things where you struggled all night. Double vocals is kind of boring and it's basically one long guitar solo in a certain way (laughs). Or a riff. It's either a riff or a solo at all times. Or a wah-wah. It's just like a love poem to the guitar."

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