Tuesday, November 13, 2007

SKULLS ARE NEAT




Ian C Stewart "Skulls are Neat" MP3


MJB sent this link to the Skull-a-Day blog, which naturally reminded me of this song from the possibly previously mentioned 1990 mixdown adventure PRODUCT OF A CONFUSED MIND. 90 minutes of self discovery and crap flying around everywhere.

First there was a poem, then there was a "song."

SKULLS ARE NEAT
AND KIND OF ROUND
WITH THREE BIG HOLES IN THEM
AND SNAKES AND STUFF


I'm not sure whose keyboard I used for this but since I was a senior in high school at the time and thus likely to have many people over at my house, it could've been anyone's. I'm guessing maybe Brian Lewis or Jeff Sampson since one of them also brought over a banjo? Which you can hear me kind of plaintively picking out a few notes on here. I do hear Brian at the end going "whooo hoooooo"

There's a lot of action on this song. Those were the days of recording a song on the 4-track, then flipping the tape over and recording a bunch of stuff in reverse so it came out backward. It was fun to write down a few words or a sentence backward & then recite to be played in reverse. So you'd read out "straf, azzip" and then try not to laugh your @ss off when you played it back in reverse. Oh, the joy. "Nam, Selur Sram Kcim" was another classic. But nothing could top "straf azzip" (or "ytrap azzip") which should've been the subtitle of this 'album'. Not forgetting "give me all your money and all your pizza too".

So, there's cheap cheap borrowed keyboard action, sped-up vocals, slap bass, uhhhh, banjo. And the backwards talking. I believe Michael still thinks PRODUCT OF A CONFUSED MIND is my best work, evah. Which, hey, it might be. There are many interesting moments, certainly.

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1 comment:

Darrin said...

that was disturbing... and sweet as all hell. move over john cage, move over brian eno, here comes Ian C!