The Vault: Idolator Goes ‘Down With The Ship’ Once Again

Oct 17th, 2006 // 7 Comments

scatterbrain.jpgThe news that Ludichrist and Scatterbrain, two NYC metal bands that shared a few members, were reuniting crossed our inbox this morning, and caused us to pull out our copy of Scatterbrain’s 1990 full-length, Here Comes Trouble. While Scatterbrain may best be remembered for the doo-woppy freak-out “Don’t Call Me Dude,” we’d geek out over “Down With the Ship (Slight Return),” a Ludichrist remake that plugged famous riffs in between each of its verses … not that we can name them all, even after all these years and record purchases.

Scatterbrain – Down With The Ship (Slight Return) [MP3, link expired]
Scatterbrain – Sonata #3 [MP3, link expired]
Ludichrist & Scatterbrain reunion – tix on sale [Brooklyn Vegan]

  1. Paul D

    I really miss Scatterbrain’s interpretations of Bach and Beethoven sonatas. Particularly, “Sonata #3″ as appeared on Here Comes Trouble. Anybody have that one?

  2. Spiny Norman

    Paul D, Indeed, I have that one! Scatterbrain was truely iconic. They were playing the metal clubs along the same trail as Death and Prong back in the day. It was nice to see a lead singer that ‘dressed’ like a mental patient instead of behaving like one. The bunny slippers were the coup d’ gras. “milk and blood. Blood and milk…”

  3. Maura Johnston

    Ah, what the heck. Here you go. Is this record even in print anymore?

  4. mrbelm

    The riffs, in order:

    Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
    Rock & Roll – Led Zeppelin
    Dazed and Confused – Led Zeppelin
    ??? (metal riff, I can’t remember)
    La Grange (drum fill) – ZZ Top
    Bring It On Home – Led Zeppelin
    The Ocean – Led Zeppelin
    Walk This Way- Aerosmith
    Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin
    In The Air Tonight (drum fill) – Phil Collins
    Roundabout – Yes
    Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
    Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love – Van Halen
    ??? (drum fill, I have no idea)
    Star Spangled Banner
    Woody Woodpecker Theme

  5. mrbelm

    The riffs, in order:

    Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
    Rock & Roll – Led Zeppelin
    Dazed and Confused – Led Zeppelin
    ??? (metal riff, I can’t remember)
    La Grange (drum fill) – ZZ Top
    Bring It On Home – Led Zeppelin
    The Ocean – Led Zeppelin
    Walk This Way – Aerosmith
    Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin
    In The Air Tonight (drum fill) – Phil Collins
    Roundabout – Yes
    Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
    Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love – Van Halen
    ??? (drum fill)
    Star Spangled Banner
    Woody Woodpecker Theme

  6. Paul D

    “??? metal riff” is a Metallica song, an older one. can’t remember the title.

    Not sure I agree with “La Grange (drum fill)” and “Bring It On Home”. I think the former is just a random drum fill and the latter is Billy Squier or something. I keep hearing the lyrics “Lonely is the night / When you find yourself alone” etc. in my head when that riff comes in.

    meh.

    Thanks for the list though.

  7. Paul D

    Thanks for Sonata #3!!!

    I will be a-headbangin’ in my office today!

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