Song Go It Alone • Performed by Train Wreck Blooze

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Preliminary conclusion: It seems like there is no “Go It Alone” song name, and no lyrics and no vocals before Prophecy.

  1. Jim worked out to the rhythms back around 1984.
  2. Jim moved to California in 1985/6. Jim joined the band Train Wreck Blooze. Peter Vollmer and Jim Barraza wrote Go it Alone at John’s music. Peter still have a tape today.
  3. Jim joined local Ventura band Prophecy and he played the chord progression, they recorded a demo with no vocals.
  4. Jim on guitar composition goes back to 1985 in Prophecy.
  5. Scott Campbell dubbed Scott’s vocals using a 4-track cassette recorder, and named the song “Go it Alone”.
  6. On the band Ventura (1989) had wrote “Campbell / Barraza / Grothe, 1986″ (Prophecy) on it’s cover.

If you know the detailed story, then please correct us!


Peter Vollmer (14 Mar 2013): Jim and I wrote go it alone at Johns music on main st in Ventura…before he ever was in Prophecy….still have the tapes….Pete Vollmer…RIP Kurtis…

Jim Barraza: There is a lot about this song that I could talk about, but I don’t want to bore you with trivial details. Basically, I worked out the rhythms back around 1984. I have early cassette recordings, sitting in my bedroom trying different chord progressions and this one stuck. For whatever reason, the initial motivation was that I had wanted to write a commercial, radio-friendly rock song. A similar version was recorded by a band I jammed with back in Missouri. Anyways, when I came to California in 1985/86, I eventually joined a local Ventura band called Prophecy. When we started to write new songs, I played the chord progression and the guys were like “yeah let’s see what we can do with it”, so we recorded a demo with no vocals. Scott Campbell takes the tape home and in a matter of 4 days max he gives me a tape back. He had named the song “Go it alone” and had dubbed his vocals using a 4-track cassette recorder.
It was done and nothing changed from that point on, although there are quite a few demo versions of it, they are all similar. Fast forward some years later, I guess needing one more song to fill the Paradise lost album, it was chosen. Our initial idea was to make it heavier than it was. We sort of did that, but it’s still a Bon Jovi/Van Halen type of radio rock/hair metal song. It is known as the worst Cirith Ungol song ever, which is pretty seriously un-cool. And ironic because it’s not even a Cirith Ungol song…

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