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Fan Fiction (Stan Lee Writes Reed Richards)


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Everyone who's been around here for a while knows I'm a comic book fan. Well, i'm not a comic book fan like that uncle everyone has who keeps 4 tons of originals in plastic sleeves in cardboard boxes in your grandparent's attic. I'm more of a fan in the way that anyone who is permanently twelve (like me) is a comic book fan. They're cool. A while back I taught a pop culture class on comic book lit and it was an awesome experience. Anyway as everyone knows there is Stan Lee the myth and Stan Lee the person, and this song is somewhere in between. Supposedly he wanted to be a 'real' writer but got a job with an uncle in the comic business for cash. He was about to quit to become Bukowski and his wife (probably out of a desperate desire to NOT be the 'wife of Bukowski') told him to write his great american novel into a comic book. And the Fantastic Four was born. This is a great story, and like all great stories, truth has nothing to do with it. Musically, I wanted a comic book sound, which is convenient because tempie already sounds cartoonish, but I also wanted some campy seriousness, which to me = new wave, and then for whatever reason I also felt that there should be a folk element, probably because Stan Lee is a folk hero, and also because he grew up in a time when for me at least folk music like guthrie etc defined the times. So you hear my electric mando and my shitty Amy Grant Ovation in there. Mixing was a bear, like always.
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Lyrics
filling ink wells
thinking 'bout the universal
how to write it truthful

writing filler
keeping the lights on
food on the table - it don't taste wrong

Why do you want what you can't have?
(super human is just)
You only want what you can't have
(more human)

same story
different cover and name
just a shell game

the she says to me
write your book Stan
heroes are just people
with skills they don't understand

KNOW YOUR SELF
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Hits: 2409
Comments: 32
Fans: 19
Plays: 143
Downloads: 48

Uploaded: Apr 22, 2013 - 09:25:24 AM
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2013 - 09:25:24 AM Last Played: Mar 24, 2017 - 05:59:44 PM
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Hardware:
ibook, tambo, stick, ovation acoustic, elec mando, hillbilly strat, delta king, whistle, clap
Software:
ancient version of GB
Comments
jgurner said 1645 days ago (April 22nd, 2013)
Seriously...
I would have jumped at a chance to take a comic book lit class back in college. My roommate and I were way too well versed on the subject at the time. And FF have always been my favs (along with Howard the Duck).

Cool tune. I think you managed to capture the "comic book sound" but also did a comic bookesque job of encapsulating the story with a minimum of words telling a maximum amount of story. Very nice.

Enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing!
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tempie said 1643 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
Howard the Duck
Hey man I'm glad you liked it. My wife and I did a lot of work in postmodern and semiotic criticism - 'everything is text' kind of stuff. We used all kinds of pop culture in class. Video games, movies, music, comic books. It was fun. But the pay was cat food grade. Some day when I retire I'm going back to it.
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alackbass said 1645 days ago (April 22nd, 2013)
Fan Fiction (Stan Lee Writes Reed Richards)
I was that kid. Still have some of my Marvel books. Campy and serious=new wave, great observation. I never looked at it that way but you sure are right. Cool tune with some really clever hooks. Digging the fuzz drenched arrangement.
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tempie said 1643 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
Comics
I'm addicted to the new Spiderman. It's really great - the art and the story line. Although I haven't been to a comic store in a long time - i download them now directly to iPad. I don't know if I miss paper or not. Glad you liked the tune, and thanks for the listen!
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Vic Holman said 1645 days ago (April 22nd, 2013)
fan fiction
cosmic craig! fantastic high five energy on this piece. the composition is great and some interesting sounds and textures. theres a bit of a flaming lips style here that i'm picking up. all in all a great tune
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tempie said 1643 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
high five energy
Is that like '5 hour energy'? I've always been scared to drink one of those things. Flaming lips style - i'll take it! Thanks man
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johnwhitehead said 1645 days ago (April 22nd, 2013)
Stan
Cartoonish/campy/New-Wave folk/rock. Of course, why didn't I think of that? I'm diggin' the kitchen sink aesthetic on this one. Chaotic and catchy both. You could probably do five separate mixes and they'd all be different and all be good. Especially like the breakdown/instrumental outro. And thanks for the back story.

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tempie said 1643 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
Chaotic and catchy
That's the hard thing, striking the balance between the two. I usually end up with all chaotic, and then I have to drop a few things out to let the catchy in. Thanks for the listen, glad you liked it!
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magnatone said 1645 days ago (April 22nd, 2013)
Fan Fiction
this is campy cool! great ideas, works with the real energies, you completely pulled this off!
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tempie said 1643 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
Campy cool
Stan Lee is a campy guy. Kind of like Hugh Heffner if the Playboy Mansion was in a Brooklyn alley behind a numbers operation. Glad you liked it!
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Lennon714 said 1645 days ago (April 22nd, 2013)
Amy Grant's Ovaries
They sound fantastic! And hot dog that bit at 1:05 sounds like every band I've ever wanted to be in. Make that part 30 minutes long and I'd still DL this tune. The music here sparkles with flourishes. Makes me think of how explosive comics were in that era. TV, Movies... hell, even cartoons were in black and white.

I also like when you post your tunes so I can finally get the totality of the lyric. They're one of my favorite things about a new Tempie toon. I love how you tell this story. Joseph already commented on the minimum amount of words to tell a maximum of story, but I also love the deus ex machina of his wife turning him from man to legend. He's the one with the skill he doesn't understand. Top tune all around.

As a side note, the college I work for announced a series of new courses today. One of them? A class on Comics and Graphic novels. The prefix? LIT/420. Somebody's getting fired. Or promoted. It's hard to tell there.
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tempie said 1643 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
AGO LOL!
You're a funny cat. Comic books are lit, man. So is a metro sign, if it causes you to contemplate your condition.

'He's the one with the skills he doesn't understand'. Nice pick, college boy!
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Lennon714 said 1426 days ago (November 28th, 2013)
True
But to combine "Lit" and "420" with comics? Harold and Kumar must be running curriculum development these days.
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michaeljayklein said 1645 days ago (April 22nd, 2013)
Don't forget Jack Kirby!
Weirdly enough, just last night I finished reading this very informative book about Marvel, "Marvel Comics, the Untold Story" by Sean Howe (maybe even more info than you need to know, but it was interesting reading about the writers and artists of the comic books I grew up reading--I kind of caught Marvel comics near the tail end of it's "golden years"). He would have enjoyed this could he listen--I know I did. Thanks for sharing!
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tempie said 1643 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
Ha
I KNEW someone was going to say 'What about Jack Kirby!' So, is Lee Jesus and Kirby Paul? Or the other way around. or maybe Lee is Richards and Kirby is Susan Storm. That's probably closer to right on if you follow the storyline. I'll have to pick up 'Untold Story'. Thanks for the heads up! Glad you liked it, thanks for the listen.
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ste said 1645 days ago (April 23rd, 2013)
cool
sound. love the change ups and relaxed vox. very nicely done. that verby percussive guitar is top
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tempie said 1643 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
Hey dude
thanks for dropping by. Always happy to see you've listened to one of my tunes. I need to go check out friday - don't know if I've heard that one. Glad you liked it...
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Parichayaka said 1642 days ago (April 25th, 2013)
tons of creativity here!
Awesome. Did you do this from scratch? Would like to know which instruments are recorded here and how you put together this pretty remarkably complex mix! And equally impressive is the amount of very good musical ideas, riffs and treatment of the vocals.

It's a bit confusing, because if some instruments like the drums, would be better quality samples (don't mean to annoy you!) and if the overall mix didn't have a little bit of a thin, distant small speaker sound, you really do have a very cool song here! Also, the uneven and fun structure give the song a fresh Indie Rock feel.

To be honest I couldn't completely follow the description, although if Woodie Guthrie is one your influences, that I totally get - and wasn't sure about the sound at first with so much going on, but with some tweaking all of this could be a fun song I'd put next to any well known band in my playlist! And I mean groups, where a few people work full time on theirs songs and get paid for it - that kind of band:)


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tempie said 1638 days ago (April 29th, 2013)
thanks
hey man you're not annoying - I really appreciate the close listen. only thing sampled is the drums. synths are midi but they're played, not loops. i agree with you about the drums. i got that feedback from eric too. i'm really lo tech with my recording so i tend to just use midi drums but i think both of you are right - i'm going back and reworking the drums with live sounds. the problems some people have with the mix is I think due to the distortion on the vocals, which I used to give them a more 'comic book' kind of sound. I like it, but i'm going to pull it down just a bit to see if it smooths out the mix - it can sound too sharp on some headphones/speakers. Anyway your suggestions are great, and that's why I post stuff here, for the critique. my 'final' mix is always a result of the MJ feedback. Thanks!
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PeterB7858 said 1642 days ago (April 25th, 2013)
Fan Fiction
I always like reading your back stories, Craig. There is a lot to take in here, even with the cartoon base. The layers of sound and shade changes you have achieved make the song an engaging, intriguing experience. Thanks, Peter.
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tempie said 1638 days ago (April 29th, 2013)
thanks man
i think it might be over the top. i'm going to peel back a few layers and see if a little space in the mix might help the digestibility. Is that a word? Anyway it's a pop tune so I want it to be accessible. 508 compliant!!
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Relic67 said 1641 days ago (April 27th, 2013)
how i wrote fantastic man
a real smorgasbord of sonic textures, I really liked the echo-ey string squeaks around 1:05 or so . the understated but very catchy guitar solo was cool too. also the insistent"know yourself" part was a satisfying contrast to the rest.

subject matter is of course awesome! personally I like the Mad Comics and EC horror from the 50's that destroyed the minds of a generation!

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tempie said 1638 days ago (April 29th, 2013)
relic
i like squeaks. it's my cure influence. glad you caught the solo, it's one of my favorites. the best thing about those 50's horror comics is how Rabelaisian they are, so body-centric. We're so afraid of the body in the age of technology. Very cool.
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mystrag said 1640 days ago (April 27th, 2013)
super cool
I'm not sure if I get the whole comic book subject, but I do know this sounds super cool. Great guitars and lyrics. If there ever was a 'comic book sound', you just nailed it. Cheers.
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tempie said 1638 days ago (April 29th, 2013)
the whole comic book subject
glad you liked the song. I'll take 'super cool' as a song description any day. thanks for the listen!
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Char said 1640 days ago (April 27th, 2013)
It is
splashy, big and bold. What's fascinating is that you came up with this sound all by yourself. A great listen. Thanks.
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tempie said 1638 days ago (April 29th, 2013)
splashy
thanks Char. i'm surprised anyone else get's my stuff at all, because it's so personal. but i'm glad they do. i really appreciate the listen, thanks!
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VicDiesel said 1639 days ago (April 28th, 2013)
Fiction
I'm sorry, this mix is too abbrassive for me. Loud, and too many sharp high frequencies.
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tempie said 1638 days ago (April 29th, 2013)
you ARE sorry!
Sorry, couldn't resist. Your comment reminds me of that happy bunny t shirt that says 'You suck. And that's sad." LOL!!!!!! Thanks for the close listen. I'm going to tone down the distortion on the vocals and work on smoothing out the mix, because you're right, it is loud and sharp. And as I mentioned in another response, it's pop, so I want it to be accessible. Thanks!!
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 1631 days ago (May 6th, 2013)
Age of Superheroes
The recent domination of the box office with Marvel properties made me think about the last great rise in Superhero popularity - the 50's. It's often put down to uncertainty about the future and the fear of governments and their alienation from real people. Maybe we are there again?
Aside form that and on to the music. This is such a densely packed tune I had to listen several times to pick up all the nuances. It reminds me of Sonic Youth more than anything else, even in its most Tempi like moments (know yourself).
Full of textures and interplay this is one of your most accomplished songs yet also slightly inaccessible on first listen. This, to me, is indicative of your move from merely brilliant, to the pantheons of musical genius (bear with me).
Every one of my favourite albums seemed inaccesible at first - a great example is "In The Aerpolane Over The Sea" - it took me weeks for it to click. This song is like that. My first listen was the taster ,I had to come back for more and the song eventually gave up its nectar, A truly great song Craig, I love it, More like this please!
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egobandit said 1626 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
fantastic four
I have some cool editions of the FF from the seventies they were my favorite comic growing up love when you get the groove going at about 1:06 as always your writing and arrangement shine another winner here! BTW I like the abrasive mix but thats just me
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tmcfate said 1551 days ago (July 25th, 2013)
i can
see that mixing would take a while. the textures strike me first. the vocal treatment is both fuzzy and clear at the same time.going to have to listen a few times , which i will gladly do. here at work it will be my companion today.....
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