If I have an issue at all with Mr Howe’s attitude towards the 90125 material, it’s this; as a musician who is being paid to perform to an audience, he is, in my opinion duty bound to give it all he has got to every single note he plays, whether he wrote the song or not. Can you imagine if orchestral musicians only raising their game their own compositions – what a ridiculous notion.
I play gigs every night of the weekend. If it was down to what I wanted to play, it would be first an formost, original material. If not that, then 2 hours of Metallica Slayer, Machine Head and Fear Factory. But the reality is, if I want my money at the end of the night, I have to play what the punters want to hear and dance to – most of which I really, REALLY, don’t like to listen to never mind play. However, as a musician, my jobs is to play for people and put my own taste ‘on the back burner’ (which interestingly is part of a line from one of the songs I hate to play but have to) and play each song with all the passion I can muster, so the folks who pay me, see me bursting a gut putting on a good show, getting the audience going nuts and book me again.
In a nutshell - it’s all about the audience and what they want to hear. If he can’t be approach the Rabin songs with the correct attitude then he should give back the relative amount of money he makes in those 6 minutes to each person who pays to hear them each night.