Many people believe "Hotel California" is about a mental institution called the Camarillo, but the Eagles say it's about materialism and excess. It became the Pretenders first single 15 years later, leading to a relationship between Ray Davies and Chrissie Hynde. He says it proves "intention of the songwriter is degrees from potential interpretation by an audience. Ron Nevison explains in very clear terms the Quadrophenia concept and how Heart staged their resurgence after being dropped by their record company.
We used to do that quite a lot, put an unusual sound on, and that would influence all the other things that we put on after. Yeah, very McCartney, and I understand why. He does it for the same reason. You know the sound you get then is pretty much gonna be as it is when it gets mixed, so you might EQ the bass differently at that later stage.
The single achieved sales of over 50, copies in Australia, being eligible for the award of a Gold Disc. The song features a double-speed guitar solo, created using a technique also used the same year by Mike Oldfield for his Tubular Bells album. That's a double track solo on that. It's, it's very, very high, of course, going through a Marshall stack, then I slowed the tape to half speed — seven and a half [inches per second] — and recorded it, you know, going [plays singles picked notes slowly] and when you speed it back up you've got an octave up, but there's a screaming fuzz on the top of it, that's an octave higher than it was recorded. So it's a very unusual sound done in that way, just an experiment.
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