Thursday, August 2, 2007

Battle Hymn

The samples here came from a PBS documentary about the battle of Iwo Jima in World War 2. The accompanying photo is "Spanish Loyalist at the Instant of Death" taken by Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil war. Two different wars, but really they're all the same--stupid, power-mad scum like George Bush and Francisco Franco start them and ordinary people fight and suffer in them. Maybe someday the human race will evolve beyond this, but probably not. Recorded ca. 1994.
Listen: Battle Hymn

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Poor Elvis

Mid-90s mayhem featuring "The King of Cholesterol". John Lennon once said that Elvis died the day he got on the bus that took him to the army. The Meat Beetles agree.The strained, rumbling sound throughout this one is a short excerpt from the song "Hound Dog" tweaked and processed to the point of being unrecognizable.
Listen: Poor Elvis

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The Meat Beetles are on hiatus this summer, but we'll be back with new material soon, including our tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Summer Of Love. Meanwhile, here is something from the early 90s. The samples used in this one came from the 1975 film, Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?, a documentary about the Republican-caused depression of the 1930s. Listening to this, the Sloptops are reminded of the loyalty oath that one has to take to attend a speech by "President" Bush (OUR EMPLOYEE AND WE HAVE TO TAKE AN OATH TO SEE HIM BLATHER!!!). The voice at the end of this one is Herbert Hoover, the Republican president whose economic policies were a key factor in causing the Republican depression.
Listen: Oath (4 MB)

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