Harvey Dog: The Latest
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Junk Philosophy 3:39
Recorded: September, 2018
Vocals, Background Vocals, Saxophone / Cello Bassline / Electric Guitar loops & samples (from Sample Focus)
Notes: A little tune about Junk Philosophy conceived and completed during a period of positive (but stressful) upheaval. Where did this come from? The stress I guess?
Check out the youtube video of Harvey Dog’s “Junk Philosophy”. The video is the “now” usual combination of my sketches & doodles, as well as ‘labeled for reuse’ Google images.
Groovy Day 2:17
Recorded: July & August, 2018
Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitars (from Sample Focus), Harmonica, Online Synthesizer at AudioSauna
Notes: Well…this was fun! Thanks to Sample Focus for the use of their great loops.
Check out the youtube video of Harvey Dog’s “Groovy Day”. The video is the “now” usual combination of my sketches & doodles, as well as ‘labeled for reuse’ Google images.
The Seventh Seal 3:40
Recorded: July, 2018
Vocals, Background Vocals, Background Noise (doorbell, ocean waves, various), Online Synthesizer at AudioSauna, Brick Dubstep & Classic Loops at (ButtonBass)
Notes: This piece was inspired after viewing Ingmar Bergman’s classic “The Seventh Seal” (1958) & digitizing an old poem of mine called: “Confessions of a Man on His Deathbed”. It’s about the inevitability of death – no matter how hard we try to resist Death.
Check out the youtube video of Harvey Dog’s “The Seventh Seal”. The video is the “now” usual combination of my sketches & doodles, as well as ‘labeled for reuse’ Google images.
Lola (Raymond Douglas Davies) 5:02
Recorded: June, 2018
Vocals (harv, other guy), Background Vocals, Background Noise (The Funks vs. The Sheik & Abdullah The Butcher in Japan 1977), Trap (ButtonBass)
Notes: I was not expecting or anticipating that the 2 dudes from “I’m Straight” would have a sequel, let alone a 3rd one! I interpreted The Kinks classic as a duologue between Harv & The Other Guy as they have their regular get-together watching wrestling (this time The Funks vs. Sheik & Abdullah from Japan in 1977) & shooting the shit.
Check out the youtube video of Harvey Dog’s cover of The Kinks “Lola”. I focused on the words propelling the story, rather than the visual elements of the story.
Kill Your Sons (Lou Reed) 3:08
Recorded: May, 2018
Vocals, Background Vocals, Background Noise (Hospital Sounds), Green Mixer (ButtonBass)
Notes: This is one of my all-time favorite Lou Reed songs. This is from the incredibly underrated and unappreciated Sally Can’t Dance (1974) album. It’s a beautiful song about electroshock therapy, filicide, mental institutions, happy families…haha..No wonder it appeals to me. I focused on the dark-side of the song and wanted it heavier than the “release” the song would become if it was performed by a full-out rocking band. That would be a blast, and would be a different take on the lyrics. Man – check out Lydia Lunch’s cover of this song! Awesome!
Check out the youtube video of Harvey Dog’s cover of Lou Reed’s “Kill Your Sons”. Those are my doodles and amateur drawings in the video, in addition to the “labeled for reuse” images from google. I figured, hey, the drawings are done by a mental patient so they needn’t be “professional”…haha. I wanted to do something different for the video.
Time We Left For Outer Space (Harvey Dog, Dave Brock, Sun Ra) 3:42
Recorded: April & May, 2018
Vocals, Background Vocals, Samples (a 9 second loop from Hawkwind’s “Time Left This World Today” (Dave Brock) from 2:14-3:04 & a 4 second loop from Sun Ra’s “Space Is The Place” (Sun Ra) from 3:18-3:40), Background Noise (Warning Siren, Police Chase, Asian Air Raid, Gunfire, Buzzard, Soldiers Marching), Online Synthesizers, Dubstep Cube (ButtonBass)
Notes: This is the sequel to “Thomas Pynchon Is Missing From His Backyard Blues”. It did not start out that way – but, my hand was forced! It made sense. Did any humans survive? The song picks up from the chaos as the Human Experiment is wrapping up. An alien reporter has come back to interview some human studies for his network lab, and is satisfied. The humans are failing until an old friend drops by to give some encouragement. Then it made sense for me to cover one of my favorite songs of all-time for the transition from earth to outer space. I took a 9 second loop from the Hawkwind original “Time We Left This World Today”, extended it to around a minute (with a fade-in and fade-out), played some online synthesizers on top and let the humans come to the realization of what they need to do. Then we enter space with the help of the prophet Sun Ra. I took a 4 second loop of Sun Ra’s 1972 “Space is the Place” and extended to around 20-24 seconds (more in the background than the Hawkwind sample), added another synthesizer and the humans understand that they have another chance. Will they screw it up??
As Thomas Pynchon said: “Why should things be easy to understand?”
Check out the youtube video of Harvey Dog’s “Time We Left For Outer Space”.
Thomas Pynchon Is Missing From His Backyard Blues (Harvey Dog) 4:15
Recorded: February & March, 2018
Vocals, Background Vocals, Reverse Vocal, Background Noise (Crowd, Psychiatric Hospital), Dubstep Cube & Jungle Mix (ButtonBass)
Notes: This piece started with the line: “I’ve got the Thomas Pynchon Is Missing From His Backyard Blues…again”. I felt there was something bubbling underneath the line…waiting to get out. Patience. I had the line months ago. Where to go? What to do with it? Patience.
As the shingles pain changed status from excruciating to irritating, I was anxious to get back to the studio and expunge some creative juices. The Pynchon line came back to me, so I sat down and started typing words around the line..not quite..then I re-watched “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and read Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” and the whole piece started changing into a Sci-Fi Horror Existenalist creation. I also kept in mind Pynchon’s line: “Why should things be easy to understand?”
I enjoy doing “author” pieces (William S. Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon”), so don’t be surprised if the next one is called: “Charles Bukowski Is Down At The Bar Drinking Again Blues”…haha…
As Thomas Pynchon said: “Why should things be easy to understand?”
Check out the youtube video of Harvey Dog’s Thomas Pynchon Is Missing From His Backyard Blues.
Weeds (Harvey Dog) 2:09
Recorded: October 11-21, 2017
Vocals, Background Vocals, Background Noise (Weedwhacker), Birds Chirping, Dubstep Cube (ButtonBass)
Notes: I was heading out for a walk with my Dad – and, yes, it was a beautiful day. As we were leaving he paused, stared at the driveway, and I could feel his anger rising. “What’s wrong?”, I hesitatingly asked. “Damn weeds. I’ll have to get out the chemicals.” He was so angry at these weeds in his driveway.
As we were on our walk – which, was a retirement village of well-off white people – I noticed all these old people spraying all kinds of shit onto their lawns and driveways to eradicate this…this…WEED problem! Some of these people were crippled up, and could barely stand, but dammit! That wasn’t going to stop them from attacking those damn weeds growing on their property!
When I finally was able to setup my recording studio (it was down 4 months due to location of self) in my new home of London, ON; I decided to loosen the old creative recording muscles with this piece. I’m now living in an apartment building – (an apartment building!) – and I get the feeling my pieces may take on an unbearable tension; since, it’s a little difficult to totally let loose in regard to screaming and yelling. I’ll follow the muse to whatever hellhole he/she takes me…anyway, check out the video for it. youtube video of Harvey Dog’s Weeds.
I Couldn’t Get High (Ken Weaver) 4:38
Originally Recorded by The Fugs
Recorded: December, 2016
Vocals, Background Vocals, Samples (6 second loop from “I Couldn’t Get High” – The Fugs from “Golden Filth”), Background Noise (Video – I Like To Hurt People – featuring Lord Athol Layton, The Sheik, Dusty Rhodes & Terry Funk), Red Reggaeton Mixer & House Mixer – (Bass Loop, Drum Loop – from (ButtonBass)
Notes: This was so much fun to do! It was a great break from the intense political shit…lol…I had no plans on bringing our friends back from “I’m Straight”, but they dropped by and we quickly put this creation together and they’ve gone on their way. Will they return?
I took lyrics from the studio & live versions of the song, as well as grabbing some of the crazier imagery from Ed Sanders’ introduction to the song on “Golden Filth”, for using on top of that fantastic 6 second riff I looped. The Fugs have been an influence since I first heard them back during my high school days…oh, I guess that’s a few years ago now…
Hate Hate (Harvey Dog) 2:35
Recorded: November-December, 2016
Vocals, Background Vocals, Samples (Nazi Rally, Trump Rally – from youtube), Alien Drum, Casio Keyboard (Rhythm 113 – BhangraN), Jungle Mixer – (Bass Loop, Synthesizer – from ButtonBass)
Notes: It’s sad that I feel motivated by the need to create this piece. Like many, I have been saddened, disheartened, bemused, angry, very angry at the political situation in the US, as well as around the world. The widespread growth and “confidence” of hatred is frightening…people forget that “political correctness” came about, not to impede upon the rights of an individual, but to just stop you from being an asshole to others. That’s all.
I always have faith in the individual, but the more people involved – the more wary I become. I’m looking to get back to individual stories and “imagination” pieces once again. These political pieces are exhausting…lol…
I’m Straight (Jonathan Richman) 3:43
Originally Recorded by The Modern Lovers
Recorded: September, 2016
Vocals, Background Vocal, Harmonica, Soundtrack (The War to Settle the Score – Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper Feb. 1985), Mixer 1 – (techno sampler – 5 different samples – from ButtonBass), Sounds (phone sounds – from SoundBible – Royalty Free Sounds)
Notes: I love The Modern Lovers first album!…classic after classic…I had a particular fondness for “I’m Straight”, so much so, that I used it as my answering machine message during my drunken early-20’s.
I decided I needed to change the setting for my tribute. I visualized 2 guys getting together watching old wrestling videos (the match playing is War to Settle the Score: Piper-Hogan 1985) and one of them is fretting about calling a girl…with some specious arguments for why the girl should be with him.