Jeff Buckley

Sketches


The Kingdom For A Kiss Jeff Buckley F.A.Q. By Rebecca Kane ©1998, 1999
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Release dates
        Columbia Records (Sony) released Jeff Buckley's first posthumous release, Sketches (For My Sweetheart The Drunk), on Tuesday, May 26th in the US. The international pressings of Sketches were all released earlier in May. All international pressings include the non-US track "Gunshot Glitter," culled from the four-track recordings Jeff made in the spring of 1997 in Memphis. The details of the specific releases are below.

        Details on Sketches and the "Everybody Here Wants You" singles are listed on the Albums and Singles pages of the discography, respectively.


How many releases of Sketches are there?
        So far, Sketches has been released in four different pressings, each with subtle differences. The different versions are as follows, in order of release:
  • Australian (released Tuesday, May 5th ) - 21 tracks including "Gunshot Glitter" (disc 2, #7), including lyrics, not including multimedia
  • Euro (released Tuesday, May 12th ) - 21 tracks including "Gunshot Glitter" (disc 2, #7), including multimedia, including lyrics (this pressing *may* be limited edition)
  • Japanese (released Thursday, May 14th ) - 22 tracks including "Gunshot Glitter" (disc 2, #7), and "Thousand Fold" (disc 2, #11), plus limited edition extra picture booklet and separate lyrics booklet in an extra-thick 2CD jewel case. There is no multimedia on the Japanese pressing.
  • US/Canada (released Tuesday, May 26th) - 20 tracks (not including Gunshot Glitter), with multimedia, without lyrics

What does "My Sweetheart the Drunk" refer to?
        "My Sweetheart the Drunk" was the working title that Jeff Buckley was using while writing and recording the album. The title was mentioned in a poem that Jeff had written titled "Sexpot Despair." The album that will be released is called Sketches because Jeff's work was not finished, therefore it is just a "sketch" or outline of what would have been released, had Jeff been able to complete this project.

        Andy Wallace remembers the title being discussed: "[Jeff] described the album to me as a guidebook for losers in love."7


What was Jeff planning for My Sweetheart the Drunk?
        When Richard Kingsmill from Australia's JJJ (a youth-oriented, government-run radio station) asked Jeff in December 1995 what we should expect, Jeff replied:

        "... a really radical evolution from Grace, just because we've been together as a band for so much longer than that. On Grace, we had just been together for maybe five weeks and Michael [Tighe] wasn't even in the band. And now everybody really has a really integral part in the way the music's made. It'll be better."10

How did Chris Cornell get involved with this project?
        Chris Cornell is another long-time friend of Jeff's, and was invited by Mary Guibert to produce Sketches. Jeff and Chris were admirers of each other's work, and Cornell is a respected musician and producer in his own right.

How did Tom Verlaine become involved with My Sweetheart the Drunk?
        Jeff had met Tom Verlaine in 1996 when they had both made guest appearances on Patti Smith's Gone Again. There were three recording sessions for what would have been My Sweetheart the Drunk: one in Manhattan in the summer of 1996, another in Manhattan in early 1997, and the last in Memphis shortly after, in 1997.

From where were the recordings on Sketches taken?
        The first CD features the recordings taken from the sessions Jeff and the band had done with Tom Verlaine, founding member of the legendary and influential band Television. These sessions had been scrapped because Jeff was not satisfied with their outcome.

        Shortly before his passing, Jeff personally contacted Grace producer Andy Wallace, to replace Verlaine as the producer for what would have become My Sweetheart The Drunk. The second CD features Jeff's home 4-track recordings, the demos in preparation for these planned sessions with Wallace.


Will singles be released?
        "Everybody Here Wants You" will be released as a two-part single in the U.K., as well as a single and a two-part digipak in Europe. Details on the "Everybody Here Wants You" singles are listed on the Singles page of the discography.


Will the lyrics be made available?
        At some point, Mary Guibert would like to make the lyrics available to everyone via the Official Jeff Buckley Web Site at Sony. She believes that it is important that the actual lyrics be known instead of the inaccurate transcriptions that make their way around to fans. The lyrics are currently included in the international releases of Sketches.

        Lyrics for Grace and Sketches will also be made available on request through Fun Palace.


From where does "Yard Of Blonde Girls" come?
         "Yard of Blonde Girls" is a cover of a Nymphs song. Jeff first worked with Nymphs member Inger Lorre on the Jack Kerouac tribute album Kicks Joy Darkness. Jeff provided music (on guitar, sitar, and mouth sax), while Lorre did a reading of "Angel Mine." Lorre also contributed guitar and keyboards, and Jeff ended the reading with a vocal ad-lib on the outtro. The track was recorded at Spa Recording Studios, NYC.

How is Bill Flanagan involved with Jeff Buckley?
        Bill and Jeff had met at the 1991 Tim Buckley tribute at St. Ann's in New York. He had written a number of articles about Jeff Buckley throughout his career. But, Bill Flanagan's role was not only journalist, he was a very sincere Jeff Buckley fan. Shortly after the Tim Buckley tribute, Flanagan published an article in Village Voice. Jeff had this to say about the article:

        "My friend Bill Flanagan wrote this really loving article about me." 1

        Shortly after Jeff's disappearance, Bill Flanagan, who is also the author of the liner notes for Sketches, wrote a touching article for the Village Voice.

        In February of [1997], Buckley introduced a set's worth of new songs at the Knitting Factory. Many were exceptionally good. Lou Reed was in the audience and he said he'd like to work with Buckley. Tom Verlaine was also there and signed on to produce his demos. That week David Bowie was quoted in Pulse magazine calling Grace one of the 10 albums he'd bring with him to a desert island, and Jimmy Page was on the cover of Mojo holding up Grace and calling it "The best thing I've heard all year." When all this was mentioned to Buckley he laughed and said yes, he had built a great following among 50-year-old rock stars.
        Jeff Buckley was quick, funny, and self-deprecating. He wanted to stick around and become one of those 50-year-old musicians himself. Imagine if Springsteen had died after only recording Greetings From Asbury Park. All of Buckley's best work was in front of him. We had heard just enough to be hungry to see where his talent would take him. It is heartbreaking that we will never know.11
    -- Bill Flanagan 06.10.97

What is the significance of ending Sketches with "Satisfied Mind"?
        Jeff's mother decided to end the album as Jeff's memorial service ended, with a tape of him singing "Satisfied Mind." It's a good reminder that music for Jeff was, more than anything else, a source of joy.12

7 Irvin, Jim. "It's Never Over." Mojo, August 1997, Issue 45, Pages 32-38
10 Kingsmill, Richard. Triple J Radio Interview. December 1995.
1 Dye, David. "World Cafe." WXPN Interview, Winter 1993/94
11 Flanagan, Bill. "Jeff Buckley Missing, Presumed Dead." Village Voice, June 10, 1997, Issue 23, Page 62
12 Flanagan, Bill. Sketches liner notes, New York, February 1998

Last Updated: 20 Jul 1998


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