(beep beep boop. boop boop beep beep.)
(line picks up)
Female: Adrian, put some freaking pants on! I’m sick of star—um, sorry, hello?
Male: Gwen, is that you?
Gwen: Yeah, it’s me.
Male: Hey, it’s Glen (Ballard).
Gwen: Hey Glen, good to hear from you. We’re just in the studio working on post-Rock Steady material. I know it’s been like, five years, but we’re just putting the finishing touches on it. Should be out by the end of the year.
Glen: Gwen, that’s so cool! I’m sure the new material sounds great. In fact, I know the new material sounds great! That’s why I’m calling. I just wanted to call and say that you killed it at Chain Reaction on Thursday night – those new songs have some real drive to them – I’m liking this edgy, alternative sound you have going on. It’s different than the last record, that’s for sure!
Gwen: Um, Glen, but I…
Glen: Seriously! Jerry (Harrison) was there too and said he’s digging the new look. I mean, ditching the blonde hair is risky stuff, but he said you looked hotter than ever! We could hardly even tell it was you! But those tunes…
Gwen: Glen look, I think…
Glen: Those new tunes! I mean, you have some passion in this new stuff! Don’t get me wrong, I love your records, you know I do, you know it, I mean, Return Of Satan, er, I mean, Saturn of course, is unbeatable! Of course it is! But I am just really digging new stuff – I mean, those guitars are rocking harder than they ever have before! Rocking out Gwen, embracing those punk roots but keeping pop at the forefront, you’re a smart woman Gwen, a smart woman! Geez..
Gwen: Glen! I wasn’t…
Glen: Look, just keep doing what you’re doing. I don’t need to know where all this energy came from. You sound great. The boys sound great. The tour is gonna sell like crazy. Look, we’re good, all good. I gotta go, I gotta pick up my Rapide from the shop. Needed a tune up. Gonna be running as smooth as butter now. Smooth as glass. Smooth as melted chocolate! Just like you guys! Smooth, Gwen, Smooth. “He said I’m crazy I know he said I’m crazy I know All I can say is that the drugs don’t work no more!” – but it sounds like bubblegum pop! You’re a freaking genius!
Gwen: I swear, I don’t underst…
Glen: Thanks Gwen, thanks. Great talking. We’ll see you soon. Get drinks. Rasmopolitans right? We’ll do it, we’ll do it. Celebrate. See you later. (hangs up)
Gwen: (hangs up phone) What in the world…?
(Adrian walks in the room, naked, with a smile on his face)
If you had to listen to two tracks: Metro / Bullet On The Tracks