Money Changes Everything

"'The Right Stuff' [from Bryan Ferry's Bete Noire] was born accidentally out of a backwards riff at the end of a piece of tape on my 4-track. I learned the part, then recorded it forwards. That's one of the great things about being in the studio, those 'tricks,' for want of a better term. Maybe I'll have a part that's almost fantastic, and then I'll flip the tape over, learn it backwards, and then play it backwards. Originally, the song was called 'Money Changes Everything,' and it was the B-side of a Smiths single, an instrumental. Bryan heard it, and he wanted to put some words to it. All the volume swells were done on the volume pot of an American Standard Strat. The bass track and the Roland drum machine pattern had already been put down, so it was the first session where I did purely overdubs. It was a novelty, but when it comes to my songs, I like to put things down as a group, especially drums and rhythm guitar. Neil Hubbard also plays on Bryan's version."

- Johnny Marr

Here are the scans from the Complete Chord Dictionary:

Here's a really beautiful version by pljnr:

And here's another excellent cover by stereovaritone:


Anonymous said...


Ibis ItiberĂȘ said...

Ibis ItiberĂȘ:


I have a question to Pljnr regarding the effect he used to produce the effect "volume swells".
What guitar pedal did you use to produce this effect?
I use to produce quite similar effect using Pod Xt reverse reverb effect.