The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

http://www.interrobangcartel.com/album/supermarket_cover_thumb.jpg

After the astounding critical acclaim the band received following Needs More Wanger, the artists got a bit cocky and decided to venture into strange territory, with more sound collages than the previous album and several very edgy, "out there" tracks, intermixed with blues and folk tracks that, normally, would seem mainstream, but which seemed bizarre in their context. This project eventually coalesced into The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket. New talent also surfaced during this phase, with guitarists Manfire, Charlie, and M Otis Beard joining the band.

The album opens with the enormous group effort "The Sun! She Explode!", with vocals by the entire eastern seaboard. This moved into the rousing a capella folk song "The Ballad of the Eire Canal" and its NES-style reprise, then into the first of the sound collages, "Green Meat Sandwich". Also featured on the album were three versions of the tribute to the time-travel spammer, "Rewind", the rantish "Peroxide Piranha" and "Fuck the Bees", the bitter melancholy of "Planting Geraniums" and "Not Bitter Blues", the Puckettesque "Cal-Dal", a techno foray called "Eighth Rank", a synthpolka called "Not a Tuba Player", the elaborate avante garde experiments "She's a Geek Freak" and "Captain Marvel's Lament", and the simple guitar pieces "Hole in My Black Levis" and "Editors at War".

The band also released a promotional single with radio edits of two songs with swears in them: Swat the Bees / Peroxide Piranha (clean version). A cover of The Final Frontier was cut at the last moment because of legal complications, although the band did get to perform the song live on Walter Koenig's hep talk show, Koenig After Hours.

The title of the album came from the subject of this post from James 'Kibo' Parry.

Credits

  1. The Sun! She Explode!
  2. Ballad of the Eire Canal (a capella)
  3. Ballad of the Eire Canal (NES)
  4. Green Meat Sandwich
  5. Rewind (Simonesque)
    • Lyrics: Talysman / "Arrangement and Vocals: jwgh / Additional vocals: Kerri
  6. Peroxide Piranha (unclean version)
  7. Fuck The Bees
  8. Planting Geraniums
    • Lyrics: Doctroid / Arrangement: Casey B
  9. Not Bitter Blues
  10. I Wanna Get Your Cal-Dal
    • Lyrics, Arrangement: Manfire (baed on a dream about Gary Puckett)
  11. Eighth Rank
  12. I'm Not a Tuba Player, But I Play One On TV
    • Lyrics: swt and Doctroid / Arrangement: Doctroid / Additional vocals: jwgh
  13. Rewind (eltonian remix)
  14. She's A Geek Freak
  15. Captain Marvel's Lament
    • Lyrics: jwgh / Arrangement: Not R
  16. Hole in My Black Levis
  17. Editors at War
  18. Rewind (ROKK!)
    • Lyrics: Talysman / Arrangement and Vocals: jwgh / Guitar: Charlie

Booklet front cover art: Kerri's friend Robin. Booklet back cover art: TWillis. Inside photo: Doctroid. CD back cover art: Window. All songs and artwork copyright ©2003, 2004 by their various creators.

The Sun! She Explode!

(MP3)

Lyrics: M Otis Beard Arrangement, vocals: Kerri Additional vocals: Everyone Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

    She sits and sighs and pets her dog 
    It's cold outside, she wipes the fog 
    From the frozen window. Snow is fall-ing 
    Oh! What a dreary day 
    If only she could go outside and play... [vocal fades into sounds of laughing children] 
    Her daydreams all turn summerish 
    She sits and sighs and makes a wish 
    That flies so high the eye can hardly foll-ow 
    Oh! Bring us a sunny day 
    Ninety-three million miles, so far away... 

(Fast and hard bit):

    THE SUN! SHE EXPLODE! 
    THE SUN! SHE EXPLODE! 
    THE SUN! SHE EXPLODE! 
    THE SUN! SHE EXPLODE! 

(Insane panicked jam)

    Burning buildings burning streets 
    Burning faces burning feets 
    Burning ears and burning hair 
    Burning water burning air 

    THE SUN! SHE EXPLODE! 
    THE SUN! SHE EXPLODE! 
    THE SUN! SHE EXPLODE! 
    THE SUN! SHE EXPLODE! 

REPRISE/CODA:

    A dog is man's best friend tonight 
    Inside a dog there is no light 
    So wipe away that boiling tear 
    We'll all be safe and cool in here my dear 

[HUGE EXPLOSION] Additional vocals:

00:50 - Edrex 00:54 - Manfire 00:59 - RevJack 01:03 - lcrl 01:08 - swt 01:12 - Madge 01:16 - Ed H. 01:20 - Carole 01:33 - Ellie 01:37 - Orlando 01:39 - Plorkwort 01:41 - Tildy 01:45 - Akaishi 01:52 - Zixia 01:55 - M Otis Beard 01:58 - jwgh 02:02 - Muffy 02:05 - Doctroid 02:09 - Spudley

Burning Hair - Seth Burning Air - Scott

Ballad of the Eire Canal

Green Meat Sandwich

"Green Meat Sandwich" MP3

Lyrics: TWillis

Arrangement: Talysman

Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

Terri Willis (robot Terri, not meat Terri) wrote the following lyrics, which Talysman later recorded, much to everyone's surprise. although the lyrics could have worked as a punk or metal tune, the final product turned out to be a sound collage-style composition, with sound sample's of Talysman's voice under various distortions.

Green meat! Sandwich! Lunchtime! Deathwish! Toxic! Garnish!

Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Eat It Vending machine carousel RENEW!

Rewind

Peroxide Piranha

Fuck The Bees

(MP3)

Lyrics: jwgh / Zixia

Arrangement: jwgh

Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

In April of 2003, a few people complained that, for a band that was supposed to be an International USENET Punk Band, Interrobang Cartel didn't seem to have a lot of punk songs written or recorded. Fuck The Bees was jwgh's attempt to fill that gap.

The lyrics went unrecorded for many months. Then one day jwgh was exposed to the Brooklyn Funk Essentials song 'I Got Cash' and he realized that the lyrics could be taken in a different, non-punk, direction.

The resulting recording was made in January and was assembled using Apple's Garage Band product. (jwgh speculates that it might have been one of the first thousand songs recorded in Garage Band, but there is no evidence for this one way or the other.) A highlight of the recording might be the heavily processed whistling solo in the middle, which was intended to stand in for the theremin solo called for in the original written lyrics.

After jwgh recorded Fuck The Bees he then recorded a radio-safe version, Swat The Bees.

Lyrics

    I get these headaches!
    After these gigs!
    They make me angry!
    You fucking pigs! 

    FUCK THE BEES!
    FUCK THE BEES!
    FUCK THE BEES! 

    Stupid sinuses!
    Why can't you go away!
    Worthless Ibuprofin!
    Why can't I get laid!? [<- NOTE USE OF INTERROBANG] 

    FUCK THE BEES!
    FUCK THE BEES!
    FUCK THE BEES! 

    I guess I could stop playing loud music!
    But that's just what they're expecting!
    Or maybe it's the pengins
    Hanging from my nose ring! 

    FUCK THE BEES!
    FUCK THE BEES!
    FUCK THE BEES! 

[THEREMIN SOLO, FOLLOWED BY A SCREAMING ROW BETWEEN THE GUITAR PLAYER AND THE SINGER]

    Maybe I could think of better words!
    If my head wasn't pounding so much!
    It's really hurting a lot!
    I can't even think of a fucking rhyme! 

    FUCK THE BEES!
    FUCK THE BEES!
    FUCK THE BEES! 

[A FISTFIGHT BREAKS OUT; THE SONG ENDS AMIDST CHAOS]

Planting Geraniums

(MP3)

Lyrics: Doctroid

Arrangement: Casey B

Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

In a discussion of Needs More Wanger on ARK, Stacia (author of the Pigskin Loofah lyrics) wrote:

    I have no comment on "[[Pigskin Loofah]]", because I am still horrified that people used their mighty musical talents on lyrics so spectacularly lame. They could have been doing something useful, like playing solitaire, or planting geraniums, instead. 

Doctroid liked that last sentence and responded with lyrics for a song called "Planting Geraniums". Stacia responded

             _________________
            |                 |
            |        I        |
            |      THINK      |
            |       YOU       |
            |      STINK      |
            |_________________|

which, coming from Stacia, is probably high praise.

"I think I was aiming for something that, while not punk, at least had some of that old countercultural angst to it. Tongue not entirely in cheek, though not entirely out either." -- Doctroid

Planting Geraniums lyrics by Doctroid Doctroid Holmes

They all irritate me Talking on their folding cell phones Instant message from the back row And they aren't really here

They all irritate me With their precious little theories Make us happy little robots All with happy self esteem

   And they could have been
   Doing something useful
   Doing something useful
   Planting geraniums

They annoy me now Driving like they're crazy Cross the double yellow Just to stop first at the light

They annoy me now Standing clapping at the concerts Yelling when I'm trying to listen To the guys up on the stage

   And they could have been
   Doing something useful
   Doing something useful
   Planting geraniums

They're all criminals Bleeding dry the corporation Hiding in corrupt accounting You won't take your pension home

They're all criminals All their lies and their hypocrisy Amend the constitution Just to win one in the fall

   And they could have been
   Doing something useful
   Doing something useful
   Planting geraniums

External Links * "Planting Geraniums" thread

Not Bitter Blues

(MP3)

Arrangement: Charlie

Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

This was Charlie's initial solo contribution to the Interrobang Cartel project. The idea of Not Bitter seemed the perfect theme for a Bluesy type of song. In the beginning there was an idea of lyrics but they never developed, so it has remained an instrumental.

I Wanna Get Your Cal Dal

Eighth Rank

"Eighth Rank" MP3

Lyrics, Arrangement: Tagutcow

Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

"Eighth Rank" is a techno composition with sound samples created by Tagutcow, who comments:

The set of instructions that came with a chess set I had started with the words "Chess symbolizes warefare." This, I thought, begged to be said in a huge, basso, bombastic voice. Vocal help courtesy of my sister.

I'm Not a Tuba Player, But I Play One On TV

She's A Geek Freak

(MP3)

Lyrics: Doctroid, Major Zed

Arrangement: Major Zed

Additional vocals: Doctroid

Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

Soon after the release of Needs More Wanger, Doctroid noticed no one yet had written a song for the title 'She's a Geek Freak' suggested by Casey B. He decided to do so.

Shortly thereafter he sent the lyrics to his old friend Major Zed who was so impressed by them he immediately wanted to do a complete rewrite. Doctroid collaborated in this, and then Major Zed made a recording.

Most of the vocals are synthesized, though Doctroid's and Major Zed's voices, heavily processed, are used in the intro/outro and bridge, respectively.

She's a Geek Freak

Revised lyrics by Doctroid and Major Zed, based on original lyrics by Doctroid

...Copy down and copy down and copy down and copy down...
Copy down and copy down and copy over in your room and
Read it damn it read it gotta know it get it grok[1] it gotta
Think about it think about it learn to do it soon
Well she knows he knows he knows it and she knows he thinks he's got it
So she wants to get him somewhere tell him she wants to see his software
She can't grep[2] a spool[3] in Unix[4] still she feels some real magnetics
She's a geek freak, maybe show him some hooter
She's a geek freak, by the supercomputer
She's a geek freak, and she needs a nerd to love tonight
With her freckled tomboy cheekbones and a dose of female hormones
She goes looking for the doughboy with his janky[5] shirt and corduroy
Hair a nightmare, bad complexion but she's 404[6] on finding him
She's a geek freak, tries to be an attractor[7]
She's a geek freak, at the breeder reactor
She's a geek freak, and she needs a nerd to love tonight
Left cosets[8] regular polytopes,[9] knot invariants[10] and Cauchy sequences[11]
Right cosets[8] regular polytopes, knot invariants and Cauchy sequences
Butterfly catastrophe,[12] Grassman bundle surgery[13]
Normal subgroups[8] regular polytopes, knot invariants and Cauchy sequences
So she tries the T.A.s[14] later says as far as commutators[8]
Go she doesn't see the point so could they talk about neutrinos[15]
Maybe slip one in her pocket - maybe give them both what they wanted
She's a geek freak, get a little romantic
She's a geek freak, with a quantum mechanic
She's a geek freak, and she needs a nerd to love tonight
Copy down and copy down and copy over in your room and
Read it damn it read it gotta know it get it grok it gotta
Think about it think about it learn it do it soon
Well she....

FOOTNOTES:

(1.) Grok - understand. From Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land"

(2.) Grep - search command in Unix

(3.) Spool - temporary file serving as a queue, e.g., printer output

(4.) Unix - a real computer operating system

(5.) Janky - of inferior quality ('90s slang)

(6.) 404 - clueless. From web browser "404: Object Not Found" error message

(7.) Attractor - subset of a phase space approached asymptotically by a dynamical system.

(8.) Left coset, right coset, normal subgroup, commutator - left cosets are aG, right cosets are Ga, a subroup G is normal if aG=Ga, a commutator is an element of the form (a)(b)(a^-1)(b^-1). This is all jargon from mathematical group theory (abstract algebra) which is important in quantum physics, God only knows why.

(9.) Regular polytopes - N-dimensional generalization of regular polygons

(10.) Knot invariants - quantities defined on knots that are the same for equivalent forms of the knot. For example, crossing number is the minimum number of crossings in a diagram of the knot. Boy scouts could be physicists.

(11.) Cauchy sequence - a mapping from counting numbers to a metric space where for any epsilon>0 there is an N such that... oh, never mind.

(12.) Butterfly catastrophe - one of the basic surfaces in Rene Thom's classification theorem (catastrophe theory). Not related to the "butterfly effect" (a butterfly flaps its wings and causes a hurricane). Not really, anyway.

(13.) Grassman bundle surgery - the Grassman manifold is the set of linear subspaces of a vector space. A bundle is locally a product of a vector space and a manifold. Surgery is the topological operation of defining the global structure of connectivity of a bundle. Think Moebius strip. Glad you asked?

(14.) T.A. - teaching assistant, typically an underpaid, overworked graduate student

(15.) Neutrino - chargeless, massless subatomic particle traveling at the speed of light. No, wait, it has a little bit of mass and it goes almost at the speed of light. But it has no charge. They think. Better check back next month.

External Links

Captain Marvel's Lament

"Captain Marvel's Lament" MP3

Lyrics: jwgh

Arrangement: Not R

from an idea by Kibo / Cat Stevens

Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

jwgh wrote the following after Kibo described a Cat Stevens song he had just heard. Not R later set it to music.

    I used to cry because I have no gloves 
    Then I met a man who had no brane 
    And it makes me think about my luck 
    HOW HARD IT IS FOR ME TO EXPLAIN! 

    And if I ever lose my hands 
    You'll see me jumping around 
    Yelling, "MY HANDS! MY HANDS! MY HANDS! 
    OW! JEEZ! WHERE ARE MY HANDS?" 

    Because I'm lucky just to have my hands. 
    You see? 
    I'm lucky just to have my hands. 

    And if I ever lose my legs 
    You'll see my rolling around 
    Yelling, "MY LEGS! MY LEGS! MY LEGS! 
    WHAT'S NEXT, MY FREAKIN' NOSE?" 

    Because I'm lucky just to have my legs. 
    You see? 
    I'm lucky just to have my legs. 

    And if I ever lose my ears 
    You'll see me walking around 
    With a quizzical look on my face 
    Saying, "EH? HUH? WHAT'D YOU SAY? 
    I'M SORRY, I HAVE NO EARS! SPEAK UP!" 

    Because I'm lucky just to have my ears. 
    You see? 
    I'm lucky just to have my ears. 

    And if I ever lose my tongue 
    You'll see me running around 
    Humming, "Hmm! Hmm! HMMmMMM HMmMM! 
    HMM HMM HM HMM HMM!" 

    Hmm hmm hmm HMMMmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmm. 
    Hmmm hmm? 
    Hmm HMMmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm. 

Alternate Verse jwgh further notes: Also, the following third verse was originally rejected for having a bit too much of the obvious bag about it, but it may have a certain something.

    And if I ever lose my privates 
    You'll see me running around 
    Screaming, "GAAAAAAAAAAA 
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 
    AAAAH!" 

    Because I'm lucky just to have my privates. 
    You have NO idea. 
    I'm lucky just to have my privates. 

Of course, that would probably lose us some radio play. BOURGEOIS PIGS! I SPIT ON YOUR MIDDLE-CLASS MORALITY! I MAKE WEE-WEE JOKES AT YOUR WEDDING CEREMONIES, SPAWN OF ACCOUNTANTS!

Hole in My Black Levis

Editors at War

"Editors at War" MP3

Lyrics: Plorkwort Arrangement: jwgh Album: The Last Days Of The Crazy People's Supermarket

Matt Mc Irvin and Beable van Polasm got into a discussion about the Macintosh text editor BBedit and emacs, leading Plorkwort to write the following ballad, which jwgh then recorded. Finally, Ben Wolfson suggested adding a brief, plinky guitar solo at the end, and jwgh made it so.

    The night was dark and storms were near, 
    And thunder shook the floor. 
    The turbid air was filled with fear, 
    And editors at war. 

    With one fell macro, a paragraph filled 
    And BBedit roared; 
    And in gnus a poster was killed 
    In a single keychord. 

    Throughout the night, the titans clashed 
    And only dawn would see 
    If BBEdit crashed, by emacs bashed 
    Or who would the victor be. 

External Links