Why Kram thinks ‘Glockenpop’ might be the best song Spiderbait ever wrote
As our Artist In Residence all through June, Spiderbait drummer/vocalist Kram is taking us back to the decade where he and his band first found great success.
In episode one, he reflects on two of his own band’s songs. One from the very beginning of the decade, 1991’s ‘Circle K’ and one from the very end, 1999’s ‘Glockenpop’, a song that he feels proves how much the band developed over the decade.
To me, it’s probably the best song me and Janet ever wrote together.Kram — Artist In Residence
“To me, it’s probably the best song me and Janet ever wrote together,” he says.
He wants it to be a lesson to any burgeoning musicians that, even if they’re not writing great songs when at first, that doesn’t mean they’re never going to write them.
“I look back and the early songs that I wrote in the early part of the 90s, even before Spiderbait, and they were just crap,” he says. “Such crap songs, so self-important.
“Then, as you move on, you start to get better at it. So, to any songwriters out there, don’t let anyone tell you that, if you’re crap when you start, that you’re crap forever. Because songwriting and being a musician is just like everything else. If you put a lot of heaps of work into it, you can actually improve.”
And they did put a lot of work into ‘Glockenpop’ and the record it came from, Grand Slam.
“I remember at the time when we were making the record we were all in this apartment in Sydney and staying up really late trying to finish the work,” he recalls.
“I remember Whitt always going for long runs in the middle of the night around the streets of Surry Hills and Kings Cross and wherever he was running, because we were spending so much time trying to get this record finished.”
‘Glockenpop’ was a departure for the band. A shiny, sweet, heavily produced pop song, but with that unique twist that made Spiderbait unlike any other band in similar musical territory.
“When we did ‘Glockenpop’, we were just really proud of the song,” he says. “I think it was a minor hit, I’m not sure, but whenever I listen to that song, I do feel really proud of it, and I just think Janet’s singing and the lyrics are brilliant.”
You can hear Kram’s full first episode, with special guests like Angie Hart (Frente), Janet English (Spiderbait), Dylan Lewis (Recovery) and Mark Wilson (Jet) right here.