Pink Floyd at the Hollywood Bowl 1972 stand in for “The Big One!” imagery.
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Randy Newman is the Bomb!
As an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist, known for his voice, satirical pop songs, and his many and varied film scores he had/has a very nice sardonic edge that aligned with Zappa, where great music and social satire flowed seamlessly.
Although Anti-War Protest Songs had been a staple since the mid-’60s, by 1972 they had become somewhat obligatory and less urgent as the Draft ended the next year in 1973, and then two years later the Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975. The two decade long Vietnam War climaxed – and once it shot its wad, this is the historic result:
senseless deaths of U.S. Soldiers 58,156 (average age; 19),
senseless deaths of 1 million Vietnam military soldiers,
senseless deaths of up to 1/2 million S. Vietnamese civilians,
senseless deaths of up to 65,000 N. Vietnam civilians.
To combat the insanity there was the newly-acquired awareness that arrived on the scene at just the right time in history. Like the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Marijuana and other mind-expanding drugs awakened people to Question Authority, and Reality.
Randy Newman’s nihilistic satire Political Science was not lost on many, and could be appreciated as quite a lovely tune.
That was then, this is now.
Living in a current era when unheard-of events and mind-boggling realities take place daily leaves one not knowing what is real and what is not. All of this takes place in a surreal environment that creates a present-day real-time future dystopian sci-fi comic book/TV/movie atmosphere where the gangs that roam the streets of A Clockwork Orange and Batman The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel are benevolent compared to today’s Barbaric “rape and beheading culture” reality.
If you haven’t taken LSD before, you have now. Only there’s no coming down from this dose – you will continue to see and hear things like never before, and for those who can handle it, it’s just another Trip to ride out, but for those who can’t, they’ve got some major head-trippin’ to overcome.
So, embrace the negative and positive thrill and experience the trip – as in get the most out of it – because when the trip ends, and it will, eventually, you will realize the gift (and sometimes curse) that can be achieved, and that is; “Once your consciousness is raised, it can never be lowered.”
Here’s the acid-test: if you can appreciate the insanity as the price for living on the physical plane, then you can appreciate the song, remember;
“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
So let’s sing along with the soothing lyrics of a thinker, Randy Newman, while we listen to
“No one likes us, I don’t know why, We may not be perfect, But heaven knows we try.
But all around, Even our old friends put us down, Let’s drop the big one, And see what happens.
We give them money, But are they grateful? No, they’re spiteful, And they’re hateful.
They don’t respect us, So let’s surprise them, We’ll drop the big one, And pulverize them.
Asia’s crowded, And Europe’s too old, Africa’s far too hot, And Canada’s too cold,
And South America stole our name, Let’s drop the big one, There’ll be no one left to blame us.
We’ll save Australia, Don’t want to hurt no kangaroo,
We’ll build an all American amusement park there, They’ve got surfing, too.
Boom goes London, And boom Paree, More room for you, And more room for me.
And every city the whole world round, Will just be another American town.
Oh, how peaceful it’ll be, We’ll set everybody free,
You’ll wear Japanese kimonos, baby, There’ll be Italian shoes for me.
They all hate us anyhow. So let’s drop the big one now, Let’s drop the big one now.”
One of 00individual’s All Time Favorite Tracks from the acid-drenched 1970 film, “Performance”
written by legendary Jack Nitzsche, and Russ Titleman;
“Gone Dead Train”
sung with sexually-frustrated bravado by a Rockin’ Randy Newman,
with classic slide guitar by Ry Cooder!
And if you’re an honest male, you’ll admit to experiencing a Gone Dead Train – at least once.
00individual’s Train always arrives on time.
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