Don your beret and shades, tune up your bongos, and pour another cup of espresso. The Meat Beetles have invited you to a beatnik hootenanny. The samples in this one are from the classic 1958 film, High School Confidential . Click here to see the original source material, posted at You Tube.
The Meat Beetles have passed you the shovel--now dig!
Listen: Dragsville Cats
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Saturday, January 12, 2008
Wowie zowie, let's do your thing! This 1992 recording is the Meat Beetles' salute to the '60s in. It features a cast of, literally, thousands, including JFK, LBJ, MLK, Walter Cronkite, Allen Ginsberg, Mario Savio, Abbie Hoffman, and more hippies, yippies, dippies, commies, and mothers than you can shake a stick at. An improvised two-guitar rave-up provides the backdrop for a barrage of samples, most of which were lifted from a PBS documentary series on the '60s, and from the documentary film, Berkeley in the 60s.
By the way, at least one of the Meat Beetles is 99% certain that the young woman holding the sign in the above photo is none other than Melanie Safka, who had a hit with "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)" in 1970.
Oops, almost forgot. This one has F-words in it. Listen at your own risk.
Listen: This is My Happening and it Freaks Me Out!
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Saturday, January 5, 2008
Very early in their career the Meat Beetles made it a rule that they would not add vocal tracks to their work. But then one day one of them said, "Hey, we're the Meat Beetles. We don't need any stinkin' rules!" It just so happens that this Meat Beetle had written some words that she (he?) just had to use. Besides, it was George Bush's first time in the studio with the Sloptops and he was a bit nervous. It was decided that having one of the Meat Beetles sing a duet with him might help put the "president" at ease.
This piece demonstrates how, through the creative and judicious use of an AIFF editor, you can actually get George Bush to tell the truth.
Listen: Junior (6 MB)
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Let's face it; every day more and more people are coming to the realization that George Bush, the "leader" of the "free" world, is a living, breathing joke. But in this go-go world of the 21st century, maybe you just don't have the time to laugh. Maybe you are too busy trying to earn a living; maybe concerns of family and community don't leave you with enough time to laugh; maybe you're saying to yourself, "I'm too busy to laugh today; I'll find time tomorrow." And tomorrow is forever another day away.
Well, if this describes you, don't worry. The Meat Beetles have you covered. We have nothing but time on our hands and will be happy to laugh at Bush for you. And should you ever find yourself with a few free minutes and would like to join the Sloptops and billions of others around the world in laughing at the little twerp, just click the "Play" button below and let yourself go.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
The Democratic Party had a lot of low moments in 2007, but the Meat Beetles unanimously agree that the party leadership was at its most despicable in the wake of Representative Pete Stark's floor speech in October. A rare person among the Democrats, Stark actually stood on the floor of the House and did what so few have the spine or integrity to do: he told the truth about our "president". For this he was slapped down and forced to apologize by the Democratic leadership. The Meat Beetles, en masse, went to the nearest post office, picked up voter registration forms, and changed their affiliation from Democrat to Independent.
Anyway, part of Stark's speech was used in this piece. To provide a context, audio recordings of inane blather by George Bush and various cable "news" creeps have also been used.
Happy New Year! Same as the old year?
Listen: World War 345
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