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Hey y'all, this is the 2nd song in a six song cycle about growing up. I had one of those 'typical' american childhoods that you see Steven Spielberg movies about, small neighborhood with a group of kids around the same age coming of age together. We spent a lot of time acting out comic books in the woods and fields around our houses. We carved knives and swords out of sticks and we made shields and treehouses out of plywood pilfered from our dads. We camped out and started fires and shot each other with bb guns. We wore our dad's vietnam military gear (WAY too big but who cared?), tied bandanas around our heads like rambo and pretended we were a small band of brothers left behind in the desolation of WWIII (this was the cold war after all). At any rate life was confusing and imperfect but we found in play a way to work through whatever it was that haunted each of us in real life.

Have people always been as obsessed with the end of the world? Maybe. Although surely now, and in America, the obsession is at an all time high. And it's not just the religious types - every brand of person has their own unique end of world scenario, from global warming to astroids to Mayans etc. My personal theory is that we're just tired of the complexity of modern life. And the end of the world sounds so simple. Protect you and yours. Get through the day. No boss, no job, no striving. Wake up. Live to fall asleep. Live to wake up. Primitive Zen. Back to being the simple animals we are but spend every waking moment trying to convince ourselves we've evolved past. Anyway that's my 4 cent theory. And this song is about that, and about being a kid living out comic books, which I still avidly read.

Musically, I was trying to get a campy feel but not too campy and ended up with what I thought sounded like those old late 80's Manchester bands, and so I went with that, as much as I can go with anything. I love the guitar line, I did it at the beach at a time when I was listening to all kinds of surf bands over the summer, and it has a cool summer feel. Hope you dig it.
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Lyrics
maybe a meteorite
is headed straight for this town
i've seen a lot of strange lights
i've heard a lot of strange sounds
yeah i'm thinking that time
is not on our side
so grab your bb gun
and your bmx bike

last one in is gonna miss the future
there's a melt down in town
get your camping gear and get out here
yeah, man we know what to do
i got the comic books to prove it and so do you
come on, come on

could be the calendar
has finally run out
and now the continents are flooded
and the dead are walking around
yeah I saw it on a show
if we could get to the mall
we could loot the place
while staying safe
and get to keep it all

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Uploaded: Nov 01, 2012 - 08:00:53 AM
Last Updated: Nov 01, 2012 - 08:00:53 AM Last Played: Apr 06, 2017 - 08:40:31 PM
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Macbook, Delta King, Hillbilly Strat, shakers, tambos, glockenspiel.
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Comments
Loob said 1753 days ago (November 1st, 2012)
Love the lyrics
Great production! The singing is very good. I think I would have put it on top just a little more. Great arrangement! Lots going on. Bet this was a nightmare to mix. Thoroughly enjoyed!
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tempie said 1752 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
nightmare mix
after reading this i mixed down a version with the vocals up just a tiny bit and you're right, it makes a difference. Especially the chorus, which in this version i think sinks just a little when compared to the verse. So thanks for the heads up. And glad you liked the song man, thanks for listening
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TG said 1753 days ago (November 1st, 2012)
Fun song!
Toe tapping good times!
Really dig the one note breakdown and the cool riffage that follows!
Really made the song for me
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tempie said 1752 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
toe tapping
Thanks man. I like a good break. Glad you liked the tune. Vic and KTB? Going to have to listen to that. Thanks!
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five_extra_arms said 1752 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
Happy Apocalypse!
You nailed the 80's Manchester sound with this energetic and happy little number about my youth. I couldn't wait to get home from school, grab my favorite stick and hop on my Webco to ride out to the woods where me and my buddies had our treehouse. We'd sit for ours in the woods picking off Nazis that wandered around. Every once in a while we were captured and held prisoner, but we always escaped in time for dinner.

Good times.

Thanks for the memories.
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tempie said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
every song I sing is about you
The nazis were still the boogeymen when we were kids, thanks to Raiders of the Lost Ark and VHF saturday movie matinee. Nowadays do kids play taliban and seals? I don't think they know who nazis are. Maybe from captain america. Love the 'escaped in time for dinner' line.
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Vic Holman said 1752 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
Funky Apocalypse
excellent one craig. a very addictive groove really propels this. cool guitar lines and the bass work is really great
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tempie said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
addictive groove
didn't marky mark sing for them? thanks for the listen vic now i've got to see what golden boys is about.
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PeterB7858 said 1752 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
Apocalypse, Now!
It is interesting how a song about kids playing in the woods can be so musically satisfying and sophisticated, Craig. Great groove, fantastic backer. Really enjoyed the song. Thanks, Peter.
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tempie said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
not much more sophisticated than 10 year olds
glad you liked it Peter, thanks for the listen!
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alackbass said 1752 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
Apocalypse, Now!
Added to the tempie playlist! Downloaded!
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Relic67 said 1751 days ago (November 3rd, 2012)
comix
I'm going to comic con tomorrow so I'm glad this one came up!
wonderful song, like the acoustic rhythm part especially.
nice funky groove. melodically it's catchy.
I like the theme which is like Stand by Me crossed with Dawn of the Dead.
Loud applause!!
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tempie said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
you lucky so and so
comic con sounds way cool. do you wear a costume? i heard a guy being interviewed on the radio who asked that they not use his name because his kids/wife thought he was on a business trip. he sewed his costume at night in the bathroom.

i was wondering when somebody would get those two obvious (to me) references... glad you liked it man
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billykirsch said 1750 days ago (November 4th, 2012)
The end of the world
Oh yeah, man. Amen. Someday... and I feel fine. I'm not sure I like it a lot as it is. Primitive zen sounds like a nice (middle) path.
The rhythm section sounds great. Love the lyrics. Made me smile.
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tempie said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
as it is
as someone who does a lot of primitive camping/hunting/fishing i think a lot of people who fantasize about a simpler anti-civilization would be sweating it should it really happen. but i have to admit the idea seems great a lot of the time. glad you liked the song man, thanks for giving it a listen.
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grah3am said 1750 days ago (November 4th, 2012)
I hear Manchester
and I really like the glock (?) in the chorus. Hey, and a cowbell! Is there a song anywhere that has a cowbell and doesn't sound great?
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tempie said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
glock? that's a S&W
ha that's my kids little glockenspiel that we got her for Christmas a few years ago. it sounds great for a 20$ kid's instrument! and cowbell, because really every song should have a few measures of cowbell just because.
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Lennon714 said 1749 days ago (November 5th, 2012)
4 Cent Theory
based on the strength of the Yen and adjusted for inflation. I know this feeling. I grew up in a very rural part of the world and it was fantastic. You knew the name of at least two karate moves (not the actual moves, mind you), a few knots from boy scouts, and how to shoot a gun (your dad showed you once). Those skills and your resolve got you cred with your friends and years to your life come shit-fan time. Nobody plays "Office Slug".

Love the horns and the bell-curve melody. How it lays low and then jumps up/back down for "lot of strange sounds". Helps paint the backdrop of sneaking around with intermittent peaking. And claps. All the best pop songs have claps.
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tempie said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
technically these days you'd adjust for the strength of the yuan, not the yen
we cut nunchucks from broom handles and chained them together. damn did it hurt when you hit yourself in the head. I think every song I write has claps. because why not. free instrument.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
apocalypse
interesting groove. well put together. drives along nicely. well mixed. guitar riffage works really well. cool stuff. cheers graham
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tempie said 1747 days ago (November 7th, 2012)
driving along nicely
means that the guy behind the wheel controls the radio. otherwise we're going to fight. glad you liked it, thanks!
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finkeldink said 1748 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
Groovy!
Groovy as in excellent grove. Very catchy song. Love the clap track. That fits perfectly.

What's a Hillbilly strat? Ha!

Great song. I think that this is one of my favotites of yours.
It has a get up and move your butt kind of beat to it.
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tempie said 1747 days ago (November 7th, 2012)
get up and move your butt
lol a hillbilly strat is my cheap-o squire with lace pickups. glad you liked it man, thanks for stopping by!
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dave_b said 1747 days ago (November 7th, 2012)
Apocalypse, Now!
Snare moves the groove right along. Cool guitar line, sounds complement each other, I especially like that syncopated line @ 2:24 or so. Strong images in the lyric. It's an action-adventure song.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 1746 days ago (November 8th, 2012)
Indie
Yeah there's more than a touch of the C86 sound to the start of this but it also puts me in mind of Galaxie 500 (who were in thrall to the UK sound of the 80's anyway). I like those breathless vocals, the cowbell, the guitar work, everything. The relaxed mid section is cool and the riffing just keeps the whole thing wonderfully 'pop'. Kudos man, this is one of your finest forays into Britpop. Great work.
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