Behind The Music: Songs Recorded Under Unusual Circumstances

While most of us might think our favorite stars spend big bucks recording at top-of-the-line studios, the truth of the matter is that creativity almost always trumps a huge budget. Artists don’t need fancy gear to make a great record — they can record outside with a tiny microphone or set-up shop in an NYC Apple Store. The biggest hits don’t always follow a typical path. These artists all recorded their songs under unique circumstances — traditional studio and techniques be darned.

There’s something oh-so-special about having the ghosts in a haunted mansion work as your by-proxy sound engineers, isn’t there?

“I Never” – Rilo Kiley

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In 2004, Rilo Kiley made their major label debut with More Adventurous. Though the LP is largely regarded as their most influential album and biggest commercial success, it wasn’t an easy path. Lead singer Jenny Lewis had to strip down to get there — literally.

Lewis’ performance on “I Never” is one of the most ubiquitous stories from early ‘00s indie rock lore, and it wasn’t even a proper single. The flame-haired singer reportedly stripped down completely nude in the recording booth to help capture a natural sense of vulnerability. Did it work? It’s hard to tell, but there’s no denying Lewis’ pipes are powerfully emotive (but we’re guessing she’d be that way regardless because the lady can sing).