Helmet's Page Hamilton Breaks Down 'Betty' Track by Track

The singer-guitarist reveals how doggy biscuits, street crabs and cat-eaters helped inspire the Nineties' alt-metal classic

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'Beautiful Love'

It's a song from the Thirties. But I was turned onto it through hearing the Bill Evans version. I also thought it was a great title that would stick out on a Helmet record. I'm a jazz nerd, but the other guys, I had to trick them into doing this a little bit. Back then John was reluctant to do things that he deemed uncool. So I went into the studio and pretended we just getting some levels. I said, "We need to hear the drums. Do that shit you do in sound check. Play the whole kit." He did his thing and we recorded it. Then I did the same thing to Henry. I took those pieces, put them together and overdubbed all this shit on top of it. Then I spliced it into the song. I basically fooled the guys into doing free jazz.

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