Michele added energy, precision, enthusiasm and dedication that were the backbone of the band for decades to come. As did Robert Wheeler and, later, Steve Mehlman.At a rehearsal, Jones presented the idea that would become Folly Of Youth.
Scott said he no longer wanted to be drummer. He wanted to be keyboardist. I said we don't need a keyboardist, we need a drummer. He quit. I sent word through Robert that I would keep the position open for as long as possible. Panic ensued in the rest of the band. I said, "Trust me, do what I say and we will succeed."The album was recorded to a click track. In August 1994, Scott Benedict, from Michele Temple's band, The Vivians, recorded the drum parts over a weekend in an astonishing demonstation of musicianship. He quit music the next week to be a landscape gardener. The album was released in July 1995 and a tour was booked for October - November 1995. Jones and Thomas decided that the road had finally run out for Krauss. Jones informed him that the road was run out. Benedict's replacement in The Vivians, Steve Mehlman, was asked to join Pere Ubu.
Years later Scott claimed he only found out he was replaced via the internet. What? Maybe I should still be sending him an email every other week, 'Are you still quit?!'
I reviewed all alternate mixes from the session, sometimes discovering that an earlier mix turned out to be superior to the chosen mix.
The Director's Cut was re-mastered at Suma by David Thomas and Paul Hamann in early 2005. Alternate mixes of: Surfer Girl, Three Things, Down By The River II, Memphis, Vacuum In My Head, and Red Sky were substituted. The 'lost' version of Electricity, recovered from a session desk-mix tape, was also substituted. The demo versions of Memphis and Down By The River II were added as bonus tracks. The packaging was redesigned by John Thompson in the jewel case format with an 8 page color booklet featuring the 'Media Priests of the Big Lie' story. A Director's Cut logo appears on the front cover. The UK/ROW release of The Director's Cut followed in March 2010.
Beach Boys, Memphis, Montana and Down By The River II written by Jones - Krauss - Temple - Thomas - Yellin. Don't Worry, Folly of Youth, Horse, Ray Gun Suitcase, Red Sky, Three Things, Turquoise Fins, Vacuum In My Head and Electricity written by Jones - Temple - Thomas - Wheeler. My Friend Is A Stooge For The Media Priests written by Hamann - Jones - Temple - Thomas. Surfer Girl written by Wilson. All songs ©1995 Fire Songs under exclusive license from Ubu Projex, except Surfer Girl which is © EMI Music Publishing.