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Freak Out!


Warren Smith

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"Freak Out!" went through numerous directional changes during its three-month incubation. Thematically, it began as a song exploring the ectasty of liberation - celebrating the moment when one becomes free by having a "freak out" moment. But it morphed into something darker
as it began depicting fellow workers in a high-stress design studio environment - as people began freaking out from nerve-fraying, missed-deadline, job-pressure anxiety.

Somewhere in the process the lyrics went from being all rhyming couplets to a mix of couplets and triplets. This particular version split into two halves - a his and a her section of mini-portraits.

The soundtrack kept freaking out with each new version. Wah-wah effects eventually took over and became the standard - a freak out of its own, I guess, which could land me in trouble with the wah-wah police. Intro
and exit sections got tacked on, but whether they are an enhancement or not is unclear to me. The instrumental break kept going off in about 15 different directions, which was both exciting and frustrating at the same time.

So maybe this is one of those songs that is impossible to pin down - that every time you take a stab at it, it goes off in another direction ... which, probably, is a "freak out" in itself.
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Like a babe born with a bunion
his life is a conundrum
as he peels away the onion
freak out!

his silly sexual games
have shackled him with shame
why doesn't he free his name and just
come out?

when you're hanging on, riding the red bull
be careful it's not your tail that is the one that's getting pulled

he's such a freaky boy
who craves the latest joys
with the newest techno toys
geek out!

What you call cute can often be offensive
It seems you're always forcing me to go on the defensive

a determined old codger
waving his jolly roger
at every available lodger
freak out!

she looks so coyly fetching
her long limbs Lycra stretching
her tiny tits so bitchin'
tweak out!

she's indescribably squeezy
but her demeanor is so cheesy
her jokes will make you queasy
get smart!

she claims her planets are currently out of conjunction
and this cosmic turmoil accounts for her dysfunction

she's cloned like an android
she's tawdry as a tabloid
she clings like a hemorrhoid
Look out!

there she goes like a horse clip clomping down the hall
wearing leather boots that must be 30 inches tall

there's no doubt she's beneficial
when she pouts her lips presidential
just don't tell her anything confidential
freak out!
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Uploaded: Mar 12, 2008 - 09:04:42 PM
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2008 - 09:04:42 PM Last Played: Jun 01, 2019 - 02:48:22 PM
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Feter said 4182 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Freak Out!
wo ...freak out indeed .. great singing ..
trippy sound with the guitars ...thnx for
shain !!
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Warren Smith said 4181 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Thanks, Feter, for the affirmation. You exude positive energy on this site.
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magnatone said 4181 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Freak Out
This is inventive to the max! Thanks for posting the story of how it got made - that's so interesting and makes the music itself even more fascinating than it already is. I love your lyrics, they're making me kind of laugh and cry if you know what I mean. Really entertaining song - thanks
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Warren Smith said 4181 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
lyrical flow
Dang it, Girl - you beat me to the punch. I have been listening to your music for a couple of weeks now, planning to leave a comment or two ... but you got to me first : >

For some songs writing lyrics can be like pulling teeth - hard to extract. Sometimes they just flow, like with this song. I'm not sure why that is - perhaps it has something to do with a combination of a compatible lyrical theme and melody - and whether I've been taking my vitamins. This set was pared down from a bigger batch.
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Monkaton said 4181 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
It's Time to Freak Out!!!
Good song. Reminds me of Frank Zappa music. I liked the lyrics, especially the hemorrhoid verse.

I also thought the intro and exit sections were good. I'd keep them. Maybe even freak out the ending a little more with a bigger and more demonic synth or string instrumentation playing the main riff.
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Warren Smith said 4181 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
The original Freak Out!
Ha-ha ... Zappa crossed my mind when the "Freak Out" theme became established - how could it not?!

I think you are right about the ending - it could be pushed a bit further a number of different ways, or at least tweaked, and it probably needs at least one more final last verbalized "freak out!" to be said as the music is ending.
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thetiler said 4180 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
wacky to the max
and you pull it off!

The lyrics are quite rhythmic and wackly lyrical. Now I'm using words in a crazy way:)

Your infectious Warren! :)
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Warren Smith said 4179 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
Spiral Viral
I suppose that means I'd better be sure to cover my mouth when I sneeze!

Your kind comments are always appreciated, Tiler.
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said 4147 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
Way out.

This is really crazy in a nice way. Love the sound mix really groovy.
Thanks for sharing.
Peace Dee.
Warren Smith said 4141 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Crazy Nice
"Crazy nice" - I can go with that : >

Thanks for the visit.
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Heightened said 4141 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
This song is freaking fun!!!
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dajama said 4136 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Very cool
A very inventive and dynamic piece of music (I think the wah-wah works, by the way...) and excellent lyrics. The little portraits you paint are incisive and insightful, and filled with dark humor. I hear a kind of B52's vibe here, which is a good thing! A very cool track. Nicely done. Peace.
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Warren Smith said 4125 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
I'll take incisive and insightful ... rather than derisive and spiteful, for example : >

Thanks for commenting - I appreciate the feedback (especially on the wah-wah).
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said 4130 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Minnow Soda or Brook Lined Fizz?
Free king A. Whoa, buster. What you got obstructing your corpus callosum? Man, killer lyrics and swizzle stick sound.
dadgarus said 3842 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
A little funny but cool
This one is really cool.It has made me feel happy.
The only thing is that you have used sounds that I don't like so much.
For example your guitar effect doesn't sound good to me(It's too comic).
But there are a lot of people who love it.
Keep on rockin'!
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Warren Smith said 3840 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
too comic?
There's always a danger of going too far when pushing for an effect. But at least you realize it was meant to be humorous. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.
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crissew said 3656 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
This has an undeniably
Wierd Al vibe going. To me that is a compliment BTW. The only thing I would recommend is turning the (guitar?) down a tad. it overpowers the vox a tad. Enjoyed it!!
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Warren Smith said 3651 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Yes, it's undeniable, those guitars are over-the-top. My only excuse is I was freaking out at the time.
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