KILL THE MOTHERFUCKER
Kill the motherfucker
I shot a motherfucker
Stabbed a motherfucker
Sliced a motherfucker
All these motherfuckers
This here motherfucker
Just a motherfucker
Kill the motherfucker
"It's about flea medicine!"
- suicide and depression
- macro to the micro
Sharon replaced CJ on drums for this act.
"It's hot as fuck in Ball-di-more."
"This is the big sprint towards the end."
"Young people like podcasts."
On demand is the very best.
"They're trying to fill it with fun stuff."
"He's out there twirling around."
- Bruce Willis and the Diehard movies to Hudson Hawke to Stephen Hunter of the Baltimore Sun.
The fellas talk about old movies as a reflection of society and move to Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, war movies, and the novel ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Erich Maria Remarque.
- then MONGOLS MONGOLS MONGOLS!
"I love that motherfucker Graham Hancock."
Dig it murder's suicide alright
Suck it stubbornness is pride inside
Fuck it breathing nitrogen again
Shoot it war's a pathogen my friend
I feel patricidal won't you come and slow my world?
Here now downright tribal won't you come and slow my world
I been laid low I been can't go I been fathomed out
Where's my peep hole drenched in trench low is the highest bout
I'd surrender or pretend or not to kiss the mud
Blood and lice and smoke and lice and dying in the crud goddammit
Only oceans fear and oceans beach to desert stretch
There's a line around the earth to fucking heave and wretch
Every single goddamn walker's fighting in this war
Men and women all religions not the rich but poor goddammit
I am drenched in pouring rain
Maybe I have gone insane
Only feeling here is pain
Everything I do's in vain
Right now I just want to die
Take a chance and try to fly
Depression has doused my soul
I have lost all my control
Depression cradle me depression soothe me
Solve everything violently
Kill 'em all and let 'em be
Rock and rolling glory be
I am drowning in a see of depression
Previously on The Big Opera:
Act 1 Dawn: Dawn, Angel White, and Elvis Presley are introduced.
Act 2 Angel White: Clinical depression, existentialism, Dawn and Angel White's relationship.
"Everybody's got the summer cold."
Act 3 Old Man Blues: CJ Johnson legitimizes The Big Opera.
Act 4 The Sync: Dawn's resurrection journey.
Act 5 The Vacuum: Dawn's "Sermon On the Mount."
"The Force" is "Star Stuff" is "Religions."
"Old Spice Commercial"
Act 6 Baby Blue: Baby Blue takes centRE stage.
Act 7 Hopeless: Baby Blue is getting bananas.
Act 8 Breakdown: Baby Blue finds himself.
Act 9 Atlantis: This starts Bonkersland.
Act 10 Battle: The stage is set for Baby Blue and war.
"Each act has its own sprinkle of vibe."
"Hamlet Contemplates Suicide" is the "A Day In the Life" of soliloquies.
Micro to macro to micro.
"A nod to the Doctor."
"It was how I would get drunk and be a dick."
"We needed to actually write an actual 'plot song.'"
The fellas recount plot points leading up to this and how Steve Earle figures into it.
Music nerd talk: pentatonic E is G major.
"Fuck ups are where ideas come from goddammit!"
"Eccentricity makes that shit special."
Overdubapalooza commences with this song.
Where did the change occur? The fellas debate it.
Dave bases his Shakespeare reading style on Ray Lewis's pregame speeches.
We're specifically trying to do 'Hey Jude.'"
"This is your third coat of mud.
Well they killed the malevolent colonel
I'll never see Atlantis again
They shipped me back to the front
Back to being just a grunt
My karma done got wrecked
New tattoo on my neck
They keep their eye on me
'Cause I seen what could be
I got to get back there
I got to get back there
Out of this karma wrecker
While in Atlantis I found an ancient record
It was made of vinyl Dawn she sat me down
It was named after an early gun
But the music was free and fun
She burned a sacred plant
She let the record chant
The band was clearly free
The band was clearly free
In the corner laughed a man in white
He was glowing like a tracer light
He ain't no karma wrecker
He said "Hello, son, my name just call me Elvis
Dawn she gave my whole life back to me"
Then Dawn began to sing
More beautiful than anything
I could see the notes she sung
As if it were from my tongue
I could taste her warming breath
She made me not fear death\
She made me feel alright
She said "You're a shining light
You ain't no Karma Wrecker."
In a trance I made it to the front lines
Dawn and Elvis met with Caesar and Temujin
I think I may have cried
My heart grew dead inside
The stink of millions dead
The polar caps froze red
Time to just survive
Make it out alive
To Atlantis where I believe
To Atlantis where I believe
There ain't no karma wrecker
I don't know
Dave talks to John Lennon.
"Atlantis" is finally addressed, been talking about it for a year and a third.
Tumbleweeds shout out around a minute 30.
"From here on out...we get bonkers with the production."
The nuance of applying building terms to recording production be addressed.
On analog we would "perform" the mix. Not so no more - good and bad (as precedent for the use of a dash I site Kerouac's DHARMA BUMS). "Educated Man" on Circle 9's THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES is a good example.
*Shout out to THE DREAD PIRATE DIABLO the legendary Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo Joey G Gallagher.*
The fellas talk about the integration of Shakespearean soliloquies into psychedelic punk rock opera hillbilly stuff.
HANK III, bitches!
Got a side business booming
Found the guy that makes the fucking drugs
I know him as the malevolent colonel
The one who coddles all us fucking thugs
Got my buddies let me cruise right through the missiles
Guess in other words they're called the enemy
Give 'em drugs I give 'em cash and other goodies
And all the largesse coming back to me get down
Gotta keep this transport moving
Can't believe my motherfucking eyes
A secret entrance through the glass desert
And an underworld that's better than surprise
Got plants and art and poetry and women
And everybody's coming up to me
Got to thank the malevolent colonel
For everything now that I fucking see get down
They tell me that this place is called Atlantis
The throbbing people mingle sing and fuck
How'd this fucking place be kept a secret
Eventually it's got to die to luck
The mayor is a fucking sexy lady
She keeps it so it's never up and gone
I need to meet the woman with the power
I hear her name is sunshine lit at Dawn get down
Every time I pull into Atlantis
Where the scientists make robot hookers purr
I get out of the transport and I rare back
'Cause I'm pushing on my horse down through the spurs
It's nirvana to the bohos and the artists
Singing songs and dancing every single night
Only law is that there is no re-religion
'Cause the intellectuals don't feel it's right
Dave really likes his guitar solo.
"Lend me your rears."
"It was facing the wrong direction."
"Stories all melt together."
Correction: Ronnie James Dio not Tiny Iommi at 13 minutes.
Electric guitar evolution gets touched upon.
"Somebody took the Chuck Berry bottom and put the the Jimi Hendrix top on it. What the fuck's going on?"
"Is your toe that fat normally?"
"Eat some chocolate, man."
"I ain't had me lamb in a long time."
"I'm going to go get me a rollo."
They do an imitation of the Gourds covering Snoop Dogg.
Doctor Who at 56ish.
THE ROAR OF THE DRUNKEN GODS
Seven months in the shit
Turns out warring is legit
Killed as many as I lost
What a cost
It's funny how I love my gun
It's funny how they never run\
It's funny that I never sleep
It's funny how they never beg
It's funny how they get new legs
It's funny how the night is day
The roar of the drunken gods
The worst of the lightening rods
The drunken gods choose not to sip
Let her rip
The fellas have been working on overdubs.
The importance of riffs in extended jams is discussed.\
It's a special 4th of July podcast!
Act 13 gets dubbed "Space and Time."
The Big Opera is a mix of Doctor Who, Mad Max, Tommy, the Clash, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
ALLEN COLLINS plays the "Freebird" solo.
Dave's brother's family went to see Metallica in Houston.
Then there be a general pop culture landscape review, Netflix and CW/DC shows from Brian and Doctor Who from Dave.
Dave imitates the 10th Doctor saying "DAH-LEXX."
Dave says "Game Of Spoilers" when he means to name check the "Storm Of Spoilers" Podcast.
Dave does GoT.
"I avoid stuff as much as possible."
The fellas separate Bill Cosby from his comedy and break down the differences in different drywall muds.
Then they engage in July 4th Parade nostalgia.
Then Brian gives a thumbnail sketch of Tesla.
Brian and Dave speak upon Brian's new bass.
The fellas hit some plot points.
Atlantis makes an appearance in the commentary.
Dace's sinus infection takes center stage.
"12 plus 6 is 18"
"20 totes magoats."
The fellas talk comic book movies and TV shows and such like.
Then the fellas speak on work in Bawmer last winter and spring.
The fellas THEN touch on trying to stay in shape.
Catonsville Bakery Reminiscence
Doctor Who mention at 56 minutes.
I hate my fucking job I hate my fucking job
Fight or die
First day of basic had us drinking human blood
We're the only resource left ain't nothing up here, cuz
They killed five the first day 'cause they would not fall in line
I say "yes sir no sir" but I'm just biding my time
The sergeant tried to rape me so I slit his fucking throat
Colonel said "Well goddamn, son, you're the kind of kid I can promote."
Got my new stripes branded on the fingers of my fist
Last thing that you'll see coming 'cause I never fucking miss
There ain't no mirrors here they don't want us to see
There ain't no living here they don't want us to be
Last night I dreamt that I was falling from the sky
When I woke up I did not know that I could still cry and cry and cry
Dual theme songs play today.
What are the fellas wearing? (Dave's Beastie Boys shirt is his wife's.)
The fellas go through the machinations of plot furtherment.
The fellas reminisce about the early days of Facebook and how Dee Barth preferred Friendster.
The band with Sharon drumming didn't need cues to come in together on the starts and stops of this song.
City comparison: Minneapolis, Baltimore, Kansas City, East Saint Louis.
State comparison: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri.
Doctor Who reference around 21 minutes.
Pop culture update: Sense 8 and American Gods.
More ideas for the YouTube channel.
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BABY BLUE GUN
I'm gonna join the army 'cause they're making me
They took the best of rioters with them was me
They fight their endless wars it don't mean shit to me
I'm gonna join the army 'cause they're making me making me
They punched me in the face and threw me in a truck
We'[re packed in here like cigarettes, man, what the fuck
They tell us that the plan is just for us to die
They'll feed us to the factory and make their weapons with our flesh and pride
And everything inside
They asked me for my name I said "I'm Baby Blue
I'm everything you hate and fear and cannot do."
They kicked my ass again and said it's just for fun
A tattoo on my shoulder says "I'm number one Baby Blue Gun"
Baby blue gun
Dave couldn't hear his guitar in his headphones when they recorded this one.
Brian pulls Dave out of a tangent that would have started with the Byzantines.
"We get bonkers as fuck."
The flubbles happened in a good way.
Brian talks about how to EQ and pan pipes whilst mixing.
Also Brian is back to skating after spine surgery!
The fellas expound upon city driving in B'more.
"When you do heroin the laws of physics are suspended."
Baltimore's mass transit system gets a come to Jesus moment from the fellas.
I seen the sunshine only in my dreams 'cause it's never bright
I spent a lifetime feeling my way through the darkest night
I rode the airways I supped on lightening and drank the sky
I been transcended back away, lord, by and by
Riot now it's our last chance
Seduce me with your sinful dance
Breath my soul and set me free
Everything will burn wait and see
Where are the women?
Where are the mommas, wives, and sisters?
Where is my shotgun?
Got it at the pawn shop and sawed it off, mister
How is this platform?
Hand to hand combat in the goddamned streets
The cops are in on it
They need money to survive just like you and me
Everything will burn as you will see
Burn it down!
"Bob made me a lap steel that I could play standing up."
This song is the "cliff" notes of the larger world created for these characters to fuck around in or in which to fuck around.
We finally got to do the Neil Young thing where you play the same song twice but different to open and close a larger entity.
Either a warning or a heads up, it's up to you: Pro Wrestling talk around 8 minutes in.
The fellas try to figure out modern dance, comic book art, and thumb drives (zip drives?).
Check out CORRIDOR CAST!
Brian speaks on the art of panning.
"A fortuitous bit of serendipity."
Dave tells of how he got his back pain under control.
When the world started turning and it set to up and burning
All the freedom of a megalopolis
The United States was bleeding and the populace was pleading
For a living breathing old sarcophagus
Well she took to warring constantly for fossil fuels and Jesus
And the lies of often civilated songs
Turned the Middle East to glass and turned her back on her repast
And said the Bill Of Rights is motherfucking wrong, bitch
God bless America god bless America
Land of the free and the home of the letdown
In the meantime out in Asia got a market euthanasia
Got it humming drumming economically
Tried collecting all her debts the US wouldn't take the bet
And said "fuck off" all rather pedantically
For the world that was War Four 'cause III was knocking at the door
And the history sputtered sporadically
In the chaos that ensued after wars for god and crude
The second coming happened despotically
God bless the marketplace god bless the marketplace
Buy that shit low and then sell off the countdown
So it came to be the truth that Chinggis Khan would be the proof
That if you want shit done you never wait around
He was rising in the ast the battle lines were drawn at least
The history books would someday write all this shit down
So Julius Caesar rose to fight him made an army just to spite him
And a war machine that ran on human bones
They were clashing every day in every place in every way
With the plastics made from tissues of the clones yeah
God bless the emperors god bless the emperors
Though self ordained still they're willing to get down
While the generations died the war was living with a tide
Of surplus cannon fodder plucked off of the streets
All the fossil fuels are zapped the land is ocean, deserts, crap
Yes and the drums of war are shuffle/set/repeat
If you're looking for a wasteland well you got it have a taste man
What's it taste like fuck you cannot be the judge
It's the west against the east it's set, man "shuffle/war/repeat"
That's how it will be, is, and always fucking was
God bless the atheists, deists, and theists
In the land of debris at the edge of the meltdown
Dave: guitars and vocals
Brian: bass and mixing
There's actual interaction with the world that we created.
"...Solipsism, narcissism, poopissism, buttissism, boobissism..."
This is an exterior world action filled act.
Brian scratches his leg in an odd fashion.
The fellas get to discussing why this act is called "Atlantis" and it takes a good long while, emphasis on "good."
"Tolkien; he must have been a weird dude."
Ensign Roe was the Battlestar Gallactica Admiral that wanted to go to war with everybody. She was also on HOMICIDE.
Kenny Jones not Kenny Laine!!!!!!!!
This one takes a bit to get going.
"This is the podcast."
"Ugh. Tired. Exhausted."
This is a Forgotten Sons redo.
The fellas speak on Steve Earle's EL CORAZON.
There's a Slobberbone mention at 5 mints.
The fellas speak on Steve Earle's SHUT UP AND DIE LIKE AN AVIATOR.
Ween, Driveby Truckers, Steve Earle, and Clutch - done seen them a LOT.
Dave does his Johnny Cash imitation which kind of sucks.
Baby Blue has become a man!
The fellas speak on the TV shows LEGION and WYNONNA EARP which naturally leads to a discussion of the movie TOMBSTONE."
Dave brings up WRESTLEMANIA, MLB Opening Day, Manny Machado, and dem O's, hon.
A prolonged discussion of Driveby Truckers, Slobberbone, and Clutch kicks off around the 37 minute mark.
Madonna has the perfect deltoid definition.
HIGHWAY HOME (CANON IN C MAJOR)
Populated isolation love starvation indignation
Stirring to indecision
Life is death is right is wrong
Is precious now but not for long
Changing through the transition
If love is hate I can't relate
Take and give and give and take
No suicide here concentrate
Straining for a salvation
Nowhere's home I been forsaken
Nowhere's hope so desperation
Life breath to a redemption
Highway home to my maker
I'd love to love the human race
In an ugly world devoid of grace
Humanity if just a trace
Enough already repeal replace
Sleep where I fall
Dreams don't come at all to the wicked
Drop the clip I'm full of spite
I rest upon this putrid sight
Standing up for the first time
For revenge or for elation
For a love or stimulation
Let that sucker go for the last time
Highway home to my maker
Flannels are now showing up in the thrift stores.
Dave talks about visiting Manila in the 90s.
The fellas discuss the process of songwriting.
Beatles reference at 5 minutes
This is the first song in THE BIG OPERA with a Shakespeare soliloquy.
"You can't write it any better than Shakespeare did so why don't you just use his fucking words?"
*spoiler alert* VIKINGS at 9 minutes
Brian recounts his weekend, whom he seen, where'n he went, and BETTER CALL SAUL.
Dave talks about the shows LEGION and THE EXPANSE.
Plenty of DOCTOR WHO talk ensues.
The fellas talk about pushing through different physical therapies.
Fear and paranoia I adore ya
I'd never even try to try and bore ya
Keep me entertained I must implore ya
Fear and paranoia I abhor ya
Fuck me fuck you too I'm shouting orders
Senseless rage can't decipher the borders
Fucking fucks all fucked up and conjected
Is it extinct, dying or protected?
Fear and paranoia rule
Everything's a cartoon to mine eyes
Stripped of falsehood bravery and lies
Just enough left over to be despised
Like a hurricane without a lie
Fear and paranoia rule
Dave does his Louis Armstrong imitation.
"Feed Me Some Sane" is a lot like the sequel to GREASE.
Brian didn't like the riff.
The fellas discuss hammer drills; Dewalt v Bosch.
"Orange mini splits?"
D and B still love Slobberbone.
B and D talk up Joy On Fire and 12 Gauge.
The fellas figure out a plan of attack for when they finish THE BIG OPERA.
"You might as well burn your money and wipe your ass with it."