Drummer Corky Laing (ex-Mountain) was introduced to singer-guitarist Eric Schenkman (ex-Spin Doctors) by former Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding in 1996.
The trio spent time on the road at the tail-end of 1997 thrilling audiences with classic rock tunes from their respective bands, but it was in the spring of 1998 that Laing and Schenkman decided to make a record and began writing songs.
Schenkman is no stranger to penning hit tunes - as the founding member of the Spin Doctors, he was responsible for writing some of the band's biggest tunes, including Two Princes, Jimmy Olsen's Blues , and Little Miss Can't Be Wrong - and Laing is also a prolific songwriter, having been responsible for Mountain's biggest hit, Mississippi Queen.
The resulting collaboration produced SPEED OF THOUGHT released by Lightyear Records.
They named the group Cork.
Corky Laing recalls the experience:
"We started playing together and writing songs up at our friend's in Westport (Conn.). We went on the road - Eric, myself and Noel - in New York and Connecticut around Christmas of '97, played in Toronto and Montreal and Woodstock. People showed up out of curiosity. I mean, think about the repertoire between the three of us. Eric was just dying to play all those songs with us and he could handle it. It's one thing to say you want to do it, but can you pull it off? He did, and he put his own little taste on top. I had tremendous confidence in him from a player point of view."
"It was a marriage made in rock heaven.
"Then the clubs started asking us back in the spring of '98," he said. "During that run, we played a blues club in New York. This guy, Arnie Hall from Lightyear, was there. He comes up and says, 'Hey, I love what I heard. You wanna make a record?' We shook hands and I called Eric, who was moving to San Francisco at the time, and he said, 'Sure, I'll come down for a couple of weeks.' It was that simple.
"When we recorded the album, it was very focused. We didn't play fast, we played immediate, so we agreed whatever we got, we better grab it. We had these tape machines going, we kept on referring and going back and forth. As a result, we built on the ideas we loved to play. We played pieces and riffs we both loved and we rode on it."
Songs Published by
Welk Music, C. L. Music Publishing and Eric Schenkman Music
Lichelle Music Company
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