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When I was walking in the park I came across a discarded Mr. Incredible, a toy from the movie "The Incredibles". He was caked in dirt and a little scuffed up, but I dug him. I took him home and he became one of my living room mascots. He has a symbolic value to me. When I have a rotten day, I can look to him and feel like, even though I am caked in dirt and a little scuffed, in my own way I am still kind-of incredible, in my puny kind of way.

I recorded this song in about an hour and a half. The vocal is the first shot, as well as the guitars. Sounds like it a bit, but that's OK. I've been in a dry spot and had to break out. Sometimes direct is best. Just post it and move on.
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Action Man
©2007 Racerat

Action Man
Imprisoned on the shelf
Righteous altered ego
Mirror image of myself

I try to do the right thing
Fly as fast as lightning
Get out and do my duty
In my puny kind of way

Action Man
Flying like a hero
I’m your biggest fan
But you know I’m just a zero

I am no comparison
To your model of perfection
Bubble-moulded and inspected
Pride of my collection

If I could fly, I’d rise above
And rescue all the ones I love
My plastic man is who I’d turn to
Everyone needs a hero

Action Man
Impervious to pain
In my dreams, I dream that I
Am wrapped in cellophane.
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Uploaded: Mar 26, 2007 - 11:28:52 PM
Last Updated: May 08, 2010 - 07:50:06 PM Last Played: Oct 30, 2017 - 07:17:59 PM
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perceptualvortex said 3915 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Mr. Incredible rocks
So does this song. I like those chunky riffs. If you develop this tune, it couldn't hurt to break up the rhythm with sections that have very different accent patterns. This would be a crowd pleaser live.
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racerat said 3914 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Alas, that is the problem, is it not? Spend the time making an interesting and varied drum track, or just take a pattern, make a loop and go. I am always torn. Yeah the guitar sound is from the Genesis 3 a discontinued amp modeler from Digiteck that was deemed un-roadworthy because of it cheapo plastic construction, but for the studio it is great. You choose 2 amp heads and 2 cabinets and you can "warp" between them--zillions of variations.

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Vic Holman said 3915 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
i like candy
i mean action man. like the chuggy action guitar, rough and ready wear stand through it all. nice immediantcy in this song Philip,
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RacerX said 3915 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Hot ...fast
this is really cool. great bridge. lots of energy. I like what you have here. I think this is well worth developing. unique concept. I don't think I'v e ever heard an action figure song before.
And..anyone with the word 'race' in their name has gotta be cool
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racerat said 3914 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
And anyone with X in their name has got to be cool, too. Thanks for listening. 'toons unite!

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said 3915 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
This is Way Cool
Even if you update this, I'm keeping the 'demo version'.
racerat said 3914 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Thanks Mungo. I started out posting such polished stuff, I have been hesitant to put out the rougher song "ideas" and experiments. Thanks for the support. More to come.

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mikkinylund said 3915 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
No offense, but this has a lot of early Judas Priest to it, all said on a positive way! The vocal is great!!! I also love how you bring aboard the Aboriginal solo, very different! /Mikki
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racerat said 3914 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Hey Mikki,
Actually Garageband lists that sound I think you are referring to as "southern rock organ". But I see what you mean, it does have a decidely Aboriginal digereedoo (sp!) sound to it.

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dolby said 3809 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
I've got a half finished song about Australia that's crying out for a digeridoo! Now I have one:-))

Same Same, But Different
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Ed Hannifin said 3915 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
I love the rhythm guitar...
...that's almost lead guitar in this... Really am enjoying hearing that go by...

I think, if you're having a dry spell, you need to contact Edna. Have her design you a new suit. And NO CAPE. I really shouldn't have to tell you that...

I hear a little sort of INXS... and, crazily, a bit of melody from the middle of Rocky Horror...

The more I'm thinking about it, the more I think that all MacJammers need to have a costume/suit. And then we all need to replace our icons with pictures of action figures modeled on us...

Really strong lyric, too...

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racerat said 3914 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
oh the horror....
Well, having seen the Ricky Horror Picture Show about 80 times as a wee teen stoned out of my little face, I am not surprised that something got imprinted on my brain that was one day going to rise to the surface. Better here than at work.

I love the costume idea. Fun fact: If you ever want a real kick, check out The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. from the 70's. The guitarist dressed as a harlequin and spauned countless Kisses and Coopers, the bassist wore huge platforms and stood in a pre-Gene Simmons stance, and Alice Cooper stole his entirer schitck from Alex Harvey, dirty back alley rock opera. These guys were the first to do any of that stuff, but they were from Ireland or Scotland--so noone here ever heard of them.....

Plus the band just kicks A$$ anyway. Check out the song "Faith Healer"

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said 3914 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
It just welped up feelings of losing my way for a minute or 2 then the wife polks her head in to tell you about the dog but you say not untill the song is finished and shes says now I know your stoned
racerat said 3914 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
uh, ok. what you said.

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said 3914 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Listen its
Just great
ktb said 3914 days ago (March 28th, 2007)
best 90 minutes
of your day. You can hear the spontaneity and energy just steam off this track. Nice funky, driving rythym section. Vocals cook. Good find
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racerat said 3912 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
90 minutes
Thanks Karma,
Probably the best 90 minutes I spent all week actually. Sometimes it feels good to just bang one out and not care too much about production values, overdubs, comping, etc., etc. Appreciated.....

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paddler said 3911 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
An excellent comic book feature toon! Love that didgeriedoo type noise near the end - very funky.I didn't have an action man - but I had a big tank think he was supposed to drive.Your guitar artistry is paramount!
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said 3909 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
Superhero tunes!
I remember watching Sat morn toons when I was a kid... goofy cheezy superhero junk like The Impossibles (Coilman? What kind of a frikkin' hero is that?), The Mighty Heroes (Diaperman, Cuckooman...??? WTF ???), Birdman (at least he grew up and went to law school...) What a great era.

I'm a sucker for any song about superheroes, lead guitars where the guitarist is clearly having fun, odd rhythmic touches here and there, trains, ducks, spaceships and Rueben sandwiches. You got the first three, and delivered with a what-the-hell-here-it-is energy that really kicks. Rock on, heroes.
bud said 3902 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Insistent and pulsing
nice bass playing - and strong guitars. The lyrics are cool and your delivery is spot on. I could have heard a bigger breakout on the lead, or more of a bridge to mix it/punch it up a bit.
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Leon said 3893 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
Although you've had other rock songs that were more high-energy, this song brings out the clarity and strength of your voice more. Your superb vocals and powerful instrumental play really support each other, really tight and cohesive in its entirety.

Also, I truly like the message of the song. Maybe I should learn from this song. I need that attitude to overcome the challenges and insults of life, and there are plenty.

I'll be lifting weights in the gym listening to this in my ipod, and I'm gonna kick some.. uh.. ok not that much attitude I hope.
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craft said 3882 days ago (April 29th, 2007)
Great Philip
Dig this happy song of yours... Well done my friend..
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timothy devine said 3839 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
hey phil
At some points I thought Bowie was singing...like something from
'Honky Dory'
I really dig the chordal guitar solo, i could have used more of that in the mix, mabe as a long fade......... (my way of complementing you playing)

cool tune

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racerat said 3838 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
Well there is a first time for everything! Never heard the Bowie thing before. I'm pleased, but also a little shocked.... Thanks so much for saying so. I think Echoroom is probably the most spot-on Bowie set of pipes on this site. I love his stuff. Thanks for taking the time to listen to a older cut Tim.

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said 3759 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
I liked it.
Great vibe. The high end was almost... irritating at times (freq-wise). make sure you're taking a good LONG break before mixing (1 hour ) and check it on a few different systems (your car, home stereo etc). Nice job.
racerat said 3620 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Thx for the suggestion Rob. Yeah I think you are right. I pushed the limits on EQ on this one. The sibilance in the vox is a bit shrill. I appreciate the honest most of all. Many times there is just too much sunshine around here. Well received. Thx-P
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FGarofalo said 3717 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
It's true,
as soon as I heard the first line I thought Bowie. Which is cool. Very cool guitar in this song.

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BallisticTurtle said 3622 days ago (January 14th, 2008)
This song makes me groovy in the pants area. Excuse me while i bust some moves.
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racerat said 3620 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Thx Nick for the comment...it's got to one of the best I've ever received! LOL
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Slashh! said 3389 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
That riff and that guitar tone is no joke! Love it!!

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Corporal Beef said 2461 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
Action Man
Sometimes down and dirty is better, and this is a good example. Your vocals have a lot of emotion in it, and the guitars sound very edgy. I thought this was a well-written song. Thanks for posting.
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racerat said 2461 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
I like "direct" it takes less time, and the song succeeds or fails on it's own merits...had fun doing it.
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alackbass said 2320 days ago (August 8th, 2011)
Action Man
An hour and a half? That's insane! Rock is best when it's fun! This is fun!
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albertruss said 1786 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
action man
action jackson was a generic g.i joe i had as a kid in the 70's,he had a cool tune on the comercial.this brings back great memories,& a damned cool song. peace bro.
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