Not every song you write will be your masterpiece. Even if there’s something that you think has potential, you’re not necessarily trying to reinvent the wheel every time you walk into the recording studio. Sometimes, if you’re not careful, things can even get downright brutal when you enter those glass walls.
Of all the songs on this list, the performers always struggled to translate what they wanted on the tape. While some of them have been spent striving for perfection, a lot of it depends on the emotional force it took to create those songs in the first place. You always put a part of yourself into your songs, and carrying your soul like that is always going to take something away from you along the way. It doesn’t exempt you from some physical elements, and some of those entries ended up literally putting their blood, sweat, and tears into the record when making all those songs.
Again, that’s part of the magic that makes these songs so amazing to listen to over and over again. You already have producers, musicians and a million egos in a room, and yet they are able to put it all aside and create something that will outlast them.
When you’re an up-and-coming band making their first record, you don’t really have much time to waste. If you’re going for the gold, you’ll make sure nothing stands in the way of creating the best music possible. No drama…no personal worries…and especially no broken limbs.
Around the time Alice in Chains were making the Facelift record, they had already leveraged their demo album for We Die Young. The main event was to be Man in the Box, however, and drummer Sean Kinney was out of commission…or so he thought. Days before they were ready to hit the studio, Kinney had an accident and ended up breaking his hand, which was still in a cast once he showed up to record. When he saw that another session drummer was going to be brought in to play on the song, Kinney wasn’t going to be left out.
Removing his cast against doctor’s orders, Kinney blew through the recording of Facelift, Man in the Box being the first song he did and in severe pain throughout the song. The studio staff at least gave him some sort of compensation for his troubles, with an ice pack placed right next to the bass drum so he could treat his injury after each song.