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Why?


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Corporal Beef

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Ever had one of those times you and a buddy were reminiscing about your youth over a bottle of scotch one night, when simultaneously you both remember the first song you recorded together back when you were 18 years old, on a Tascam 4 track cassette? And then, just for kicks, you decide to re-record the song right then and there, drunk and sloppy? Yeah, that’s how this one went.

Pretentious and cheesy would be a good way to describe this “song,” which was the first song I ever wrote in my life, back in the early ’80’s. We used what we had: a Strat, a Boss chorus pedal, one drum stick, a newspaper, and an SM57. Can you imagine the horror show that produced?

“Why?” speaks to the negative effects of television on society at large, written from an 18 year old’s point of view. Lyrically, this song underscores both the idealism and drama that plagues teenagers everywhere. In short, they’re awful and I know it. I considered re-writing the lyrics, but what was the point, really? I mean, we were re-living our youth, right?

While I attempted to keep the vibe of the original, this version (recorded in 2000) has updated drums, added keyboards, and lots and lots of effects. I was definitely going for the Videodrome feel, if you know what I mean. I’d like to think my song writing has matured over the years, but this was a fun project for me, and so I thought I’d share.

All sound bytes were lawfully acquired for free at wavsource.com and freesound.org.

Corporal Beef: Roland V-session, M-audio workstation, voice
William: Guitar, Bass

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Lyrics
Watching the box pulsate
Watching the mind evaporate
Eyes burn and hearts decaying, there’s no escape
Feeling the soul deteriorate

Now it’s got you, you’re in its power
Lies flow through fluorescent tubes and station towers
Running from nothingness, the electric wire
A twisted reality sets in, a must-see hour

Precious morals are erased
And a jaded reality replaced
The innocence of the human race
The consequences we shall face

Now the wasted product has come forth
Systematically destroying this mighty earth
Decency and honesty have no worth
De-evolution is here, bring on the worms!

Precious morals are erased
And a jaded reality replaced
The innocence of the human race
Song Stats
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Comments: 14
Fans: 9
Plays: 53
Downloads: 81

Uploaded: Oct 02, 2010 - 06:27:48 PM
Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010 - 06:27:48 PM Last Played: Aug 04, 2019 - 04:48:44 AM
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michaeljayklein said 3247 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Ah yes...
I don't remember doing that exactly, but remember doing little multi-track vocal things on my little cheap teenage "stereo" (complete with 8-track player!) This was very cool--I particularly dug the mood created by the music in the back (would be a good one for a Dario Argento movie). The audio clips definitely give this a "Videodrome" flashback--good stuff here and fits the month of Halloween exceptionally well! Michael
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Corporal Beef said 3246 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Thanks
for stopping by and taking time to comment.
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ShadowofNine said 3247 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Dark
Underworld music, while I can't understand the lyrics without reading them, the tone you set is sorta prog/metal...and I'm digging it...
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Corporal Beef said 3246 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
You're
too kind. Thanks for listening.
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RAVENS said 3247 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Cool
I don't think it's cheesy at all, it's different which is always cool in my book! Music should be fun, and you sounded like ya had fun with this song!

RAVEN ;-)
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Corporal Beef said 3246 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Thanks
for seeing the "coolness" in this. Yes, it was a blast to take this to the upper echelon of pretentiousness!
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Vic Holman said 3247 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
cool
this has a cool dark sound to it. the heaviness conveys it well.

genre? why prime time tv of course.:-)
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fasteddie said 3247 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kind of a Rammstein feel to it.

Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Corporal Beef said 3246 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Thanks!
Glad you stopped by for a listen.
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egobandit said 3246 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
right up my alley
Anyone who uses a newspaper gets my vote :) LOve it!
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Corporal Beef said 3246 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
It's amazing
what sounds you can generate from something so minimal as a drumstick and a newspaper, but I enjoyed creating the sounds in this version even more. Thanks for stopping by and listening.
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ConnieO said 3246 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Why?
Oh yes, I remember the same feelings the same lyrics that run through many of my songs in the 80's and 90's...but I don't think I've grown out of the "Why?" yet. I love the fresh impressions youth have and the willingness to call everyone on what is absolutely unmistakeable! But, I must go now...Wheel Of Fortune is on...:o)
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sschedra said 3246 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
It amazes me
to think that if we could have had this technology at our fingertips, how we could have been the rockstars of our time. Still, this does not date itself in any way (other than the old TV sound bytes.
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crissew said 3244 days ago (October 5th, 2010)
Crazy how that sound
pumps from the left to right speaker like that. I couldnt make out any of the lyrics, perhaps that was purposeful in a way. I actually think this song is pretty cool. Love that evil sampled guitar sound effect and the evilness of the overall track. I should probably have done this type thing for my evil song post.
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