- What's the story behind Dave Prater and the triggered snare drums? faq id: 287
MP: That was "his sound". We were young and new and didn't have much leverage, so we had to go with it.
- When Dream Theater wrote the original Metropolis pt.1, did they plan on writing a second part? faq id: 288
MP: We sort of tagged the "pt.1" on just to be clever. There was never any intention of doing anything further. And then it ended up becoming one of the fans' favorites, so we were forever plagued with the question "Where's part 2?" So finally in 1996, we decided to dig into it and write a "Metropolis pt.2" and we ended up writing about 25 minutes of music - so long that we didn't put it on Falling Into Infinity, but it later we expanded it into the entire Scenes From a Memory album.
- What were the working titles to the songs on Images and Words? faq id: 289
Answer: Pull Me Under was "Oliver's Twist"
Take the Time was "Grab That Feel"
Metropolis pt.1 was "Crumbling Metropolis"
Under a Glass Moon was "The Battle of Jimmy Cocoa and Fishface"
Learning to Live was "Creep With Tonality"
- Why didn't To Live Forever, Don't Look Past Me and A Change of Seasons end up on Images and Words? faq id: 290
Answer: While the band waited for the deal with Atco to be finalized in the middle of 1991, their A&R man, Derek Oliver encouraged them to continue writing songs. This resulted in them writing Pull Me Under, Surrounded, Another Day and Wait for Sleep. Having two new "commercial" songs (Surrounded and Another Day) they opted to use them in exchange for the older songs (To Live Forever and Don't Look Past Me). Derek Oliver expressed concern that including A Change of Seasons would take the album "too far." After much arguing, the band agreed to leave the song off the album, as long as they could record it later as an EP.
- How does Mike feel about the success of Pull Me Under? faq id: 291
MP: I think that it's success was probably the worse thing to happen to us in terms of the record company. In terms of the fan base and the exposure, of course it was great. But with the record company, they immediately expected that to happen every time out, and we knew we weren't that type of band.
- Who came up with the cover design for Images and Words? faq id: 292
MP: Basically we all sat around and came up with the concept as a band. We pulled elements from different song lyrics. We did the same thing with the cover of Awake.