in_the_morning wrote:philipchevron wrote:Yes, you're correct on both counts, now that I think about it. So Christy's bowrawn, if heard at all, would only have been picked up on the vocal mikes. The Late Late Show insisted on having live vocals always. Caused us a problem with "Sick Bed of Cuchulainn" in 1985, as there's no real timing cues for the vocal in the slow bits. The Radiators were unaware of the "live vocal" rule when we did "The Dancing Years", our then current single, on the show in 1980 and had not brought a backing-track-only tape. They made me sing live on top of my quite audible recorded vocal. Bizarre.
Ah, that explains why Sickbed fades out just like the studio version At least Shane sings live, he comes in a bit late at one time during the song. What I always find a bit confusing is the fact that you can't hear the unplugged instruments. I mean, you are playing them, probably not the original song but you somehow push accordion buttons or strumm your guitar, but why can't you hear any of that? Is the playbacked instrumental track that loud? I find miming quite stupid because it's usually very easy to find out when a band does so...a great thing was on a Frensh Show where the whole band including Shane mimed to Sally MacLenanne in a pub...well Shane obviously didn't even try to make it look "real" and just didn't give a fuck, but Mr. Chevron was jumping around with his usual energy and vitality, which was really funny and gave the overall very boring-looking band a certain excitement.
The playback of the track is never loud but certainly loud enough to obscure any instrument spillage. Without microphones etc, it's not easy to hear any sound source and very little is picked up on the live vocal mikes, which tend to be unidirectional, that is to say they are designed to pick up only the direct vocal sound. A possible exception is the drumkit, which is why drummers usually use a rubber damping pad on the snare drum and plastic cymbals, which always look real on camera.