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Heller RatRod


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tempie

 Genre: Rockabilly

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I love cars. Muscle cars, rally cars, open wheel cars, stock cars, supercars, hot rods. Anything made with the dream of speed in mind. I love the way they fit together, like a giant puzzle. I love the science behind them, the physics and chemistry. I love the mythology they engender, the romance of the road. This probably comes from watching my dad work on an ever changing stable of old cars, in his case mostly just trying to keep the family beater running. But he had eclectic taste in old cars, preferring VW beetles (so easy to work on) and 50's era Chevy and GMC trucks. I have a picture in my office of me at 8 sitting in the bed of one of those trucks while he works on it. When I was 8 he was 27 years old. My own daughter is 9 and i'm 42. It was a different world back then, and I sometimes wonder what she'd be like if she could have watched me work on my own line of nearly dead, 300 dollar cars back when I was 27. Would she be taking apart every appliance in the house to see how it worked, the way I did? I don't know. It's fun to think about. Anyway thanks to her it will be another ten or so years before I can afford another project car. I'll have to be content with singing about them until then.

Musically, I wanted to take the standard form and see how I could bend it to my imagination, which is pretty much what I do with all of my music, and probably due to the fact that I love hot rodding so much, taking that old thing and frankensteining it into a craig thing, a tempie thing. I think the best hot rod song writer of my generation is Springsteen. Setzer and other 50's buffs no doubt do the best job mechanically, but they don't make the genre their own like Springsteen, they don't create new myths, they work with the old ones. That's fine, but I love how the Springsteen hot rod tunes could not have been written in any age but his. So i wanted to do that, you know, make the old new and mine and 2011. If you listen closely some of the percussion is my million piece socket set and my craftsman toolbox. Two things that should be in every hot rod song.

Oh also - I apologize to the Mopar gods for slamming dodge in the chorus. I still love you, I will always love you, i can hear a hemi from ten miles away and it fills my heart with joy whenever i hear it. But it fit the song. Sorry.

AND last but not least, the rad illustration is a bob dorsey original, the dude has skills.
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Lyrics
I was born
in a machine shop
outside of rockingham
when they chopped my top
my daddy said
this boy's a real badass
then he took me to the spray shed
and gave me my first tat

cause i'm a heller ratrod
i'm a heller ratrod
'32 ford body and a
chevy small block
bring your plymouth
son bring your dodge
i'll smoke them both
cause i'm a heller ratrod

i shut em down
in primer gray
with junk yard parts
bondo and tape
and i shout em down
in glossy black
with top shelf chrome
yeah, i set em back

cause i'm a heller ratrod...

hide your daughters
hide your sons
hide your mamas
i whistle and they run
hide your grandma
your grandpa too
hide your paychecks
your cigarettes and booze cause

i'm a heller ratrod...
Song Stats
Hits: 3055
Comments: 40
Fans: 24
Plays: 130
Downloads: 45

Uploaded: Oct 19, 2011 - 06:24:40 AM
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2011 - 06:24:40 AM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 08:50:57 PM
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Hardware:
ancient ibook, tempie bassbug 3000 stumpjumper strat, delta king, socket set, craftsman toolbox, goodyear dirt slick, tambourine, doc marten black greasies.
Software:
GB prehistoric version
Comments
Relic67 said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
badass
Another great song, love the lyrics. I'm trying to think of another song from the car's point of view but I can't think of any...
As usual there is a lot to love sonically... exuberant vox sound great, reverby guitar and piano, deranged guitar soloing..
the excellent artwork and liner notes complete the digital packaging nicely. big applause!
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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
funny
i can't think of another song from the car's pov either...it never occurred to me to do it any other way. there's a pholosophical argument that machines have caused a kind of cyborg mentality to develop in humans, how it is difficult now to be aware of ourselves minus our tools. maybe i'm subconsciously part car. glad you liked it man, I had a lot of fun with it. I'm already working on the next rockabilly tune.
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His_Boy_Sherman said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Rockin' Hick-a-billy!
Man Craig!

This loud and fast rebel rock style of yours is fantastic! You have so many distinct styles you of song writing, and you're good at them all, but I'm really digging this smokin' hot rod tune. It sounds like you captured the moment in the garage where you were just having fun hollering and pounding away on the tool box with grease under your nails. Just straight forward rock. I love it when the drums come in and set the song on fire. Nice guitar work too. That lead occupies a real classic distant space reminiscent of some old recordings of the early rockers. I dig the piano bits too.

Great song. I think I have my new ringtone!!

Sherman
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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
Hickabilly
man the first time i ever really wanted to be a rock star i saw stray cats do rock this town on some bad variety show and i thought man, i want to do that! so i grew a pompadour and some preteen sideburns and started cuffing my jeans, daddy-o. glad you liked it - and cool on the ringtone - sharon will understand, she's an understanding gal.
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Feter said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Heller RatRod
Man this rock so good ...
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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
thanks feter!
good to see you back haunting mj
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bud said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Smokin' tune
the homegrown rockabilly vibe is excellent and the lyrics are ace. I love the use of the first person narrative in this - brilliant! Great licks, vox and rhythm.
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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
homegrown
that pretty much sums me up. glad you liked it!
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five_extra_arms said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
I Was Born In A Machine Shop
I thought it was going to be a tune about robots.....



huh?


I agree with what everyone has said before me, including the dude that said something about making this his ringtone. I can't wait for my phone to ring!!

Bob
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lavalamp said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Ye-Haw
Loving the energy. There is no way that someone wouldn't dig this. The guitar at 2:15 was very cool indeed.

Great one

LL
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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
Yee-haw
also Hee-Haw, that was good stuff. nice comment man, thanks...i feel empowered to start another one now (so you're responsible, whatever it turns out to be)
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papag said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Need for speed
Gearhead anthem! Great hooks!

thanks for the download :)
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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
gearhead anthem
i like it!
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aRcTip said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Gritty!
Wow, dunno why, but I had to listen to this on a repeat for a good while before I could let go (perhaps it's the energy in it or just because it's a damn good song!).

Love the noisy & gritty guitars, just sort of wished for more of them!

Got to download this. Great song description too :)

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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
grit
more guitars in the next one. the temptation with a barn burner is to go so far over the top that it starts to lose forward motion - listen to all the tunes that really jump and you'll realize how bare bones they are. it's a zen worthy contradiction. really glad you liked it enough to dl...
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alackbass said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Heller RatRod
Gentleman! Start your engines! Cool tune! Great lyrics!
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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
gentlemen, start your engines
ever notice how nobody can say that in a way that makes you say to yourself, 'that was really good'. everybody lines up to be chosen to say it, and everybody sounds like either they're trying too hard or not hard enough. curious.
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magnatone said 2135 days ago (October 19th, 2011)
Heller
first of all, i LOVE bob's art - it's so perfect for this! this song is dangerously addictive - so well done, down and dirty and the craftsman percussion is a stroke of expertly placed genius. i really just plain loved this! thanks for the D/L!
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tempie said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
bob is the man
i can't even imagine what it would be like to be able to draw/paint/whatever like that. glad you like it and that YOU for the dl!
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Vic Holman said 2134 days ago (October 20th, 2011)
gto a-go-go
cool tune craig. it's not often someone posts a rockabilly tune here....... so it's refreshing. i went through a rockabilly phase back in the mid eighties. we get a ton of car of car shows up here......so seeing primer gray can almost be a daily sight.


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tempie said 2130 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
primer gray
i've met some really interesting people at car shows and drag races. i love that guy who never went to school and looks like he's on parole but is an engineering genius worthy of good will hunting, to me that's a archetypal american.
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RochaMalhada said 2133 days ago (October 21st, 2011)
ya shoulda seen
that Ford Pinto I saw a long time ago with a hood scoop taller than the cabin and slicks on the back wider than a semi truck. Lordy mercy

. - Harold
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tempie said 2130 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
ha i've seen some pintos drag
that car is some kind of ugly. and i don't think i've ever seen a fast one. but for sheer hotwheels, over-the-top, metal-flake-purple-and-more-chrome-than-a-reno-truck-stop showmanship, it's tough to beat a pimped out pinto.
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J_Gretch said 2133 days ago (October 21st, 2011)
Heller RatRod
Brings back fond memories Craig,,I've had a few fast cars in my time...Good vibe you got going here.Reminds me a little of Uncle Ted and the Amboy Dukes.
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tempie said 2130 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
good god!
man i hadn't heard that stuff literally since i was 12. i've been listening to it on youtube all morning. i love when a comment sends me in a direction i'd forgotten about. thanks dude!
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gadzooks said 2133 days ago (October 21st, 2011)
Heller RatRod
Excellent lyrics and tune ... I can hear the Springsteen influence and slice of some rockabilly. Really like the chorus. Your vocals are cookin'! This is refreshing to hear this on MJs.
SG
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tempie said 2130 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
thanks man
i'm glad you liked it, i had a lot of fun doing this.
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gator4040 said 2133 days ago (October 21st, 2011)
Heller Yeah!
Fast cars, fast women, and rockabilly madness. I love it!
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tempie said 2130 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
speed kills
yeah dude here's to fast! thanks for the listen!
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egobandit said 2133 days ago (October 21st, 2011)
Workin on beaters
I know it so it so well, my dad would make my work on our 77 pontiac grandprix I learned allot about carburetors until fuel injectors were the norm then it was like what the fucnk, great song!
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johnwhitehead said 2133 days ago (October 22nd, 2011)
Rod
Excellent retro rock rave up. Lots of great textures in this mix. Dig the piano and the murder of guitars. Sounds like a Springsteen outtake.
Love the freak out at the end. Great energy and storytelling in the singing and lyric.
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tempie said 2130 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
77 pontiac grand prix
man you could play a half court game of basketball on the hood of a 77 grand prix. that's a whaling boat of a car. my grandfather always had cadillacs and i love seeing those old dinosaur V8s. and you know a finely tuned carburetor is more fuel efficient than efi any day. but you can work on a carb yourself and you have to go to the mechanic to service your fuel injection, hence the change. paranoid? maybe, but true.
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sammydix said 2130 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Heller
listened, and 10 minutes later i can still recall the melody. think that defines catchy. killer pic.
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dave_b said 2129 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
Heller RatRod
Great sounding homage to the American car song! IMO, this one ranks right up there. Cool illustration as well.
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Hickling_Stan said 2129 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
A grower
wasn't sure at the start but I left it playing whilst I read the text, ( which I agree with as my dad was great at DIY and taught me a lot)Anyways that chorus is so catchy I got really into it and by the end, yep it was another Tempie download! Cheers Mark

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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2129 days ago (October 26th, 2011)
Tempie is the Boss
Woah! This is so good it hurts. I'm late to the party but this piece of Springsteen crossed with Tempie pop is f***ing awesome. Love the way you sing "Heller Ratrod" with all those missing consonants. Feel good rock n roll done good n proper. Love the mental solo work, just frantic. Props man for the best MJs song this year, bar none.
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jiguma said 2125 days ago (October 29th, 2011)
My Subaru
might not cut it I guess ;)
Nice song - "anthemic rockabilly" - I can imagine this being sung by the crowd at a race as the gongs are handed out.
I always enjoy your songs - they give me a bit of a window into US culture that is different to what I see on TV these days.
Cheers from Oz Craig,
Neil
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tempie said 2123 days ago (October 31st, 2011)
ah but is your subaru a WRZ?
because then it would definitely cut it. and even if it isn't, the boxer engine will always occupy a unique place in car history. do you just pop the hood sometimes and stare at it? I would be tempted to do that.
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jiguma said 2122 days ago (November 2nd, 2011)
No not a WRX
but yes, I do a bit of bonnet lifting voyeurism ;)
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ste said 2119 days ago (November 4th, 2011)
cool
idea taking the car point of view. cool upbeat energy to this. very danceable.
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