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The Wire Tapper 50 Bonus Disc

Track 6

Arthur Russell

"You Have Did The Right Thing When You Put That Skylight In"

From Corn

Arthur Russell (1951–92) was a prominent player on the New York leftfield music scene, responsible for underground club classics under pseudonyms like Dinosaur L, as well as creating ambient cello soundscapes – 1986’s World Of Echo is a magnificent example. This exclusive track from the then unreleased 1985 album Corn is a tribute to close friend and collaborator Ernie Brooks who had recently installed a home skylight. “It makes your place, your pad, a nicer place to be, and that’s a good thing,” he said. With its trademark distorted cello and Russell’s lethargically soulful vocals, “You Did The Right Thing” is strangely moving. Taken from The Wire Tapper 11, issue 244, June 2004.