With My Face On The Floor
With My Face on the Floor is the opening track of his 1st album, and my tribute to Emitt Rhodes.
The Tragic Tale of Emitt Rhodes
You’ve probably never heard of Emitt Rhodes, but I bet a lot of people have heard Emitt Rhodes. If you’ve ever seen The Royal Tenenbaums you may know his excellent little gem, Lullaby off his first solo album,Emitt Rhodes released in 1970. This album is considered to be one of the most overlooked and under appreciated of all time. And it really is great, through and through, from the sweet as honey McCartney-esque vocals, to the classic 60’s fuzz guitar to the catchy, catchy tunes. Rhodes was a one man band machine, writing, recording, producing, and playing everything on his albums. He was poised to become pop royalty. However… after the release of his first record he signed a contract stipulating an album every 6 months for 2 years, which with his OMB style of production was just crazy (let’s be honest, even for a full band it would be crazy). His follow up album took a year to make and he found himself being sued by his record company for $250,000. By the ripe old age of 24, Emitt Rhodes, bitter, embattled, tired, and angry dropped out of the music industry, and has all but disappeared into the shadows of rock history.
If you’re interested in how his first album was recorded, check out this AWESOME interview from Tape-Op Magazine. Emitt was one of the first home recording/DIY/one man band dudes. What a hero.
I hope this documentary comes out soon.