Top 5 Creepiest Places an Album Has Ever Been Recorded
The creative process is a fickle little mistress, trust me. Some people like Axl Rose can dash off memorable lyrics on the back of a pizza box whenever the mood strikes. Then there are people like Bjork who think only being naked in a bat-infested cave will get them the proper vocal sound. To each his/her own.
Sometimes, though, musicians just have to pick places to lay down tracks that no sane human would ever want to be anywhere near, let alone trying to work in. Places full of murder, magic, and in one case spectral masturbation. No, I'm not making that last one up.
With Halloween fast approaching I thought a guide to the finest haunted recording locations would be in order. For some of you this will encourage travel to perform amongst the ectoplasm. For others more sensible, like me, it'll tell you where to stay the hell away from when your gothic rap album is ready to hit tape.
5. You Can Record at American Horror Story's Murder House
American Horror Story turned the Rosenheim Mansion into a character itself in the first season, and it certainly isn't alone in that. Dozens of horror TV shows have shot there, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the Twilight Zone, Dexter, Angel, and Ghost Whisperer. Chances are, if you've been scared by a television show in the last several decades, it was probably because of this one-of-a-kind house.
At some point in the 1930s, the Sisters of Social Service took over the house from actor Edward Everett Horton, and build a stately chapel on the property. The attic scenes in American Horror Story were actually set in this chapel.
Last decade, this space became a state-of-the-art recording space with room for up to 250 people and internet broadcast capabilities under the control of Planet Earth Records. I'd tell you more about them, but I can't because they have literally the worst music website on the entire internet.
The house isn't really haunted as far as anyone can tell. It's just creepy, though Evan Peters (Tate Langdon) remarked that he found being there very uncomfortable and would never want to live in the mansion. After seeing so many bad things happen there in TV shows you can't blame him. It's got to be unsettling to be there, even if the ghosts are just in your head.
4. Rick Rubin's Haunted Mansion Scares Everyone
Rick Rubin's the Mansion has seen a parade of the brightest and the best names in modern rock come through its doors to record. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, and The Mars Volta are just a few of the bands that set up shop to put together an album, and most of them have walked away with some tale of eerie happenings.
Supposedly, the house is mainly haunted by the ghost of woman pushed to death by the son of the original house's owner in 1918 (The current Mansion was built after a fire destroyed the first house in '50). Joey Jordison of Slipknot says he was doing laundry in the basement when he felt a ghostly form pass through him, and wouldn't return to the basement afterwards.
His bedroom door would mysteriously open at exactly 9:30 a.m. every morning while they were recording Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler-Zavala reported similar occurrences with door that wouldn't stay closed in the Mansion's bell tower, and always avoided the area.
The only person apparently not frightened is John Frusciante, who thought the ghosts were nice and would masturbate in front of them.