I had the good fortune to hang out at Scream when Michael was doing the first Saigon Kick record. Their manager was a good friend on mine so I got the invite. I was blown away with what Michael as a producer brings to the table (not just the 8 24 spc racks filled with gear). Technically about as good as it gets but what really impressed me was how easy the sessions went. Nothing was a big deal(at least he made it seem that way) The music flowed and the band had a great time. It's amazing how you can work that hard, get such great results and make it seem so easy. As I look back now I realize how much I really learned about making a record from those sessions. Just watching Michael was like going to school. Oh yeah, I think the record was recorded in 14 days mixed in 14 days.
I was friends with Pat Badger the bassist of Extreme and got to hear some of the mixes for Porno in my car before the record was released. Great band but Michael's influence and eng/ mixing on that record is one of the reasons it sounds superior and kiks so much more ass than their other work. Thanks Michael. Kelly.
p.s $758.00 for a sushi bill at Tera Sushi must be some kind of record. Thank god for A&R dept's Amex Cards