From the recording Broken Hearts and the Fabulous Perch-1982
The Screamer is a song about losing your mooring, even in a paradise such as Hawaii where it was written. It's drifting and wandering, searching for something that you can't really make out, and the reality of knowing that, but not being able to change it. As like a lot of the album, there were problems, later revealed, during the recording process, namely that some of the scratch vocal had bled through. To fix this, I added other background speaking voices to cover for this little mistake. The other part that I like to point to is Mark McCoin's percussion at the end of the song. He brought in a number of unusual items, a jack-in-the-box, for instance, and I think it adds very much to the tone of the track.
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