Saturday, September 26, 2009
There are apocryphal stories that say Elvis Presley's last words were, "My only regret is that I didn't live long enough to record a song with The Meat Beetles." No one knows for sure if this is true or not, but just to be on the safe side, The Sloptops decided to oblige The King.
The source material for this was an album called "Fun With Elvis". It consists solely of Elvis's between-songs banter. Every vocal sound you hear in this was made by Elvis (with a few minor contributions from his audience). If this one doesn't get you all shook up like a hound dog, then you're caught in a trap and you can't walk out.
Listen: Elvis Gets Wired The Wrong Way
Download MP3 3.9 MB
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Let's get this straight right out of the gate: The Meat Beetles are not, by the stretch of anyone's imagination, wide-eyed, hope-filled Obama supporters. As we have said elsewhere on this site, we like the man. We support some of what he's trying to do, but we also have a lot of trepidations, beginning with his appointment of Rahm "Republican Lite" Emmanuel as his Chief of Staff. And what the fuck is up with this "bi-partisan, building consensus, reach across the aisle" shit? Why does this president want to even TRY to build consensus with a gang of self-serving thugs (the GOP) who made it abundantly clear on November 5, 2008 that they were going to do all they could to obstruct Obama and destroy his presidency. Time will tell if President Obama is really going to be an agent of any substantive change. We hope he will and we will support him in any sincere efforts he makes in that direction (we want single-payer health care, strict environmental regulations with harsh penalties for violators, and we want the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan to end immediately, if not sooner). But we will also skewer him on this site should we feel so inclined and inspired. In short, we lean ever so slightly toward the pro-Obama side, and while we do not like some of what he is doing, we are by no means anti-Obama.
In fact, when you look at the people who are anti-Obama, we do not wish to be numbered among them. We'd rather stand back, watch and listen, and look for opportunities to laugh at them, to ridicule them. That is what this song is about.
Invited into the studio to contribute guest vocals for this one were Rev. Steve Anderson, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Steyn, Michael Savage, Linda Chavez, Keith Ablow, Bill Cunningham, and a bevy of the ignorant racist, low-life thugs known as "Tea Baggers " (you know, the people who bought a million tea bags as a protest against wasteful spending).
Demagogues like Limbaugh and Beck have been able to tap into the lizard brains of these poor, (apparently) inbred hillbillies and whip them up into a frenzy of unfocused, undefined anger. Do they even know what they are saying when they call Obama both a communist and a Nazi? Are they even remotely aware of the irony in such utterances? No, it is quite clear when you listen to them that they do not know anything abut history, anything about competing political and social ideologies. There is really only one thing they know for sure: A black man has been elected President of the United States. This simple fact has thrown them into fits of racism, fear, and paranoia.
Make no mistake--The Meat Beetles consider these people quite dangerous. They are in essence cornered animals. They are in a state of abject fear and they don't even know exactly what they are afraid of. To add to the danger, many of them are armed and are not smart enough to solve problems and resolve differences through any but the most violent means. On the other hand, there is something quite comical about them. Perhaps if we can laugh at them, laugh loudly, laugh long, laugh uproariously, we can rob them of just enough of their power that they will no longer be a viable threat.
Credit where credit is due: The Pictures accompanying this post were found at Sod Blog. Give them a visit. Great site. Hope they don't mind our use of these images.
Listen: Download MP3 13.2 MB\