Saturday, June 19, 2010

All Those Day-Glo Freaks Who Used To Paint Their Face - They've Joined The Human Race

Pull the vocals out like a molar. Hire a phrenologist to find the bits of words under the pate, in the spots any medicine man would cut into first -- yes, there's the problem...

Anton Mesmer is your Human Resources director. Nikola Tesla is your roadie. Be as sophisticated as your library card and your livers will allow. Life is a banquet. It's buffet style, so grab two plates, cut the line, and use your fingers. Dress like clerks. Sing of jerks. Make it work.

The sun is rising soon. Go home and hide.


lorraine said...

How many of your readers know who Nikola Tesla is without looking him up first? said...

Is there gas in the car? Yes there's gas in the carrrr!!... How mundane every day words can sound so cool is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

Frankenstein would be NOTHING without Nikola Tesla.

This album, Royal Scam, began my long love affair with this band. Finally saw them live at the DAR Auditorium in DC last fall.

Robohobo said...

"I stepped up on the platform
The man gave me the news
He said, You must be joking son
Where did you get those shoes?
Where did you get those shoes?"

- Pretzel Logic

There was a local band that did covers of Steely Dan very well called "The Planets". Used to sip gin and listen to them play. Watch the girls go by and wait to be caught. Those were good days at 'Ned's'.

Anonymous said...

Tesla is easy, and everyone should know who he was. But Kid Charlemagne? This song is about Stanley Owsley, chemist, sound engineer for the Grateful Dead, nickname Bear, producer of large quantities some of the finest LSD25 known to man, much of which was given away for free. He "mixed a diamond with a perl, he turned it on the world, and turned the world around". But alas, the birds and bees take their course, and people procreate and need jobs, so "all those dayglow freaks....". Nevertheless, he let the genie out of the bottle, and he did have a huge impact on the world.

Anonymous said...

HotHardware - Yea, like Robert Hunter, Garcia's co-writer, Becker/Fagan could take short phases and punctuate a song with them in a relevant way.
This lyric "Is there gas in the car" refers to Owsley's penchant for doing things on the fly...on a dare...He had to flee to LA because the cops in SF were on to him...His "technicolor motorhome" was a LSD25 lab on wheels that he put together to be able to make the stuff and not stand still as a ripe target for the law. "All those A frames had your number on the wall"...those A frames are the summer cabins in the Santa Cruz mountains (redwood forest) where the hippies fled to when the Haight Ashbury District got nasty with heroin and meth. Every line in this song tells part of the story. "What a long strange trip its been!"