I'm Sorry I Laughed

Album: Burning like the Midnight Sun (2010)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • The Choir drummer Steve Hindalong writes their lyrics, so we asked him why he was sorry he laughed. Steve told us the story: "We were playing at a club in St. Louis back around '90. During our sound check, Dan Michaels (Choir sax, lyricon player) somehow lost his balance and fell off the stage. It must have been about 4 feet high, and he went down hard. We all laughed. Luckily he wasn't hurt, but he was quite shaken and his saxophone was badly bent. He had to find a repair shop on the road and wasn't able to play sax with us for several shows. I felt ashamed for laughing. Most humans, it seems, share the same dark trait - finding humor in the misfortunes of others. Why is it funny when someone slips on a banana peel? That seems to be the primary appeal of most reality TV. Why are the humiliation, ridicule and suffering of other people so entertaining to us?"
  • The slightly psychedelic sound of this song is similar to some of the earlier recordings by The Choir. Says Hindalong: "Back in the '80s we used to have to turn the 2-inch tape reel upside down to accomplish that. I have no idea what all he did, but yeah, it sounds great. I threw a thin blanket over my drums and played with mallets to get that muffled sound. Tim played bass thru a wah-wah pedal that I worked with my hands. We lifted the sax riff from our Chase the Kangaroo album. Dan's lyricon was truly emotive on the outro - maybe his best since 'More than Words' from our Shades of Gray EP in '86. Semi-psychedelic period? Sure. But that spirit is always alive!" (read more in our interview with Steve Hindalong)

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Gary LeVox

Gary LeVoxSongwriter Interviews

On "Life Is A Highway," his burgeoning solo career, and the Rascal Flatts song he most connects with.

John Doe of X

John Doe of XSongwriter Interviews

With his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.

Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds

Jim McCarty of The YardbirdsSongwriter Interviews

The Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists.

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New York

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New YorkSong Writing

Our chat with Barney Hoskyns, who covers the wild years of Woodstock - the town, not the festival - in his book Small Town Talk.

Lori McKenna

Lori McKennaSongwriter Interviews

Lori's songs have been recorded by Faith Hill and Sara Evans. She's performed on the CMAs and on Oprah. She also has five kids.

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic Furs

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic FursSongwriter Interviews

Tim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation; Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."