Harvey Dog: The Works
…in alphabetical order! Note: right-click on the title to download an mp3 (“Save Link As” – or something like that) to your computer and start building up your very own collection of Harvey Dog Motherfuckers!
16 Tons (Merle Travis) 3:35
Recorded: April, 2016
Vocals, Cubes (2 electronica & 1 classic), Harmonica, Sounds (jackhammer, builders drilling, electric sander, city traffic)
Notes: Ever since I was a kid, I loved this song. The lyrics are brilliant, and the versions I heard most – Tennessee Ernie Ford & Johnny Cash are, of course, fantastic! Similar to “Silhouettes (Dancing On A Dark Misty Night)”, I spent a LOT of time on this one, and when I wasn’t working at my paying job, I was working – thinking – plotting on how I could best interpret this song. I wanted a mood of taut tension. There’s a lot of great “straight” versions of this song, so I wanted to Harvey Dog it…at first, it was using just sounds (all from SoundBible – Royalty Free Sounds), with me doing a basic recitation. It wasn’t until I added the cubes that I got that tension I was looking for…and with this tension added, I was able to get the mood in the vocal I wanted. I put in a short harmonica break in the middle, and then added the scream at the end leading to the fade-out.
Alien Parables, part 1 (Harvey Dog) 2:02
Recorded: August, 2016
Vocals, Cube (put through Cathedral reverb), online synthesizers from Nick’s World of Synthesizers)
Notes: …futuristic bemusement…a parable…no raging – just…futuristic bemusement. I put different effects on the voice, in an attempt to make it sound “alien”. I think I did better in making the child’s voice sound like an alien – whatever the hell an alien’s voice sounds like!?! hahaha…lots of fun doing this one!
American Revolution (Harvey Dog) 1:27
Recorded: December 3, 2014
Vocals, Echo Vocals, Satan Vocal, Cube
Notes: It’s disgusting that I feel impelled to write this piece of anti-american rhetoric.
Back to the Land (Harvey Dog) 5:02
Recorded: May 11th to May 21st, 2015
Vocals, Harmonica, Cubes (Reggaeton, EDM, Electro), Background Vocals, Online Synthesizer, Carnival Sounds
Notes: Meditations, Anxiety-ridden paranoia, MOJO and Uncut magazines, propaganda, drug addiction, Oakville breakdowns, more drug addiction and the Prince Rupert Annual Carnival and the return to truth. It’s about other things too.
Bastards (Harvey Dog) 0:46
Recorded: November 26, 2014
Vocal, Virtual Electric Guitar, Virtual Keyboard, Virtual Drum Track, Virtual Synthesizer
Notes: This is a song about…bastards.
Big Bad Wolf (Harvey Dog) 3:38
Recorded: April 5-21, 2015
Vocals, Harmonica, Background Vocals, Online Synthesizers, Virtual Drums, Virtual Electric Guitar
Notes: Worked on this one and another new one at the same time after I was able to rectify my computer issue (ie. no computer) and start recording my motherfuckers again. This one is more atmospheric…a mood…impending danger…
This mf’er started off when I was walking Poobah and thought about all the wolves that have been seen around Prince Rupert lately, and I started singing the old: “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, the big bad wolf..” and recorded it on my mediocre mp3 player. That’s what you hear at the beginning and the end of the piece.
City Life (Harvey Dog) 3:24
Recorded: January 24th to April 29th, 2015
Vocals, Harmonica, Cubes, Background Vocals, Synthesizer, Virtual Electric Guitar
Sample: The Fugs – “Kill For Peace” (Tuli Kupferberg) & Harvey Dog covering The Fugs – “Nothing” (Tuli Kupferberg)
Notes: This is the second of my motherfuckers that was interrupted by a lack of computing technology (ie. no effin’ computer!). I started working on a cover of “Nothing”, but instead inserted a snippet at the beginning of a new piece I wrote, and then added “Kill For Peace” in the middle – it seemed to fit. Man, I should do a Fugs cover album.
Clean Coal (Harvey Dog) 2:58
Recorded: June-July, 2015
Vocals, Classic Cube, Harmonica, “Coal Burning” sound effect, Background Vocals
Notes: an environmental rant..love the cube’s electric guitar riff…
Don’t Be Afraid We Come In Peace (Harvey Dog) 0:28
Recorded: August, 2014
Notes: found this one going through some oldies…did a remix – pumped up the volume…and we have Merz Dog!
Forgot to Forget (Harvey Dog) 0:59
Recorded: September-October, 2015
Vocals, Synthesizer, Online Electric Guitar, Wah-Wah drenched Harmonica
Notes: a short little soundtrack to a dark night of the soul…
Gimme Shelter (Mick Jagger & Keith Richards) 2:06
Originally Recorded by The Rolling Stones
Recorded: December 26, 2014
Vocals, Virtual ElectroCube, Virtual Percussion, Wind Effects, Gunshot Effects, Backing Vocal
Notes: Rule #1: Do not even attempt to emulate Merry Clayton’s incredible vocals. Wait…maybe I should have sampled them? Hmmm….
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…
House on the Hill (Kevin Coyne) 5:41
Originally Recorded by Kevin Coyne
Recorded: January 12 to 17, 2015
Vocals, Virtual Dubstepcube, Harmonica, Crazy Laughter
Notes: This song resonates very deeply with me. I can remember putting on Marjory Razorblade (on LP!) for the first time and being blown away by it. When “House on the Hill” came on, I sat there stunned. I had to put it on again and again…This is my tribute to an amazing song. Probably the hardest and most intense motherfucker I’ve done yet.
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…
I’m Raging, I’m Raving, I’m Ranting (Harvey Dog) 4:23
Recorded: June 27th to July 22nd, 2016
Vocals, Backing Vocals, Timothy Leary, Harmonica, Casio CTK-2400 (rhythm: Caucasia), Sounds (casino, traffic, restaurant, street, shopping mall, cheering crowd, donald trump, carnival, fireworks, gunfire, yelling – all from SoundBible – Royalty Free Sounds)
Notes: This one started out as a 2:00 minute rant backed with a simple rhythm track from the Casio…then I thought: “hmmm…I think the vocals are a little too lightweight and not matching the rage of the lyrics.” Then I started changing the lyrics…then I thought: “hmmm…maybe I should add some everyday sounds, so it sounds like this guy is raging continuously from one place to the next.” Then I…you get the point. Now it’s 4:23 and over 5GB on my hard drive! I also totally agree with this man’s rants.
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.
Just Another High (Bryan Ferry) 3:10
Originally Recorded by Roxy Music
Recorded: June 27th, 2015
Vocals, Harmonica, Cube (viola sound), Drum Cymbal
Notes: no comment.
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 “labelled 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.
Kim Kardashian (Harvey Dog) 0:18
Recorded: September 6, 2012 & October 4, 2014
Vocal, “Money” Vocal, “Plastic” vocal, Percussion, Harmonica
Notes: The paparazzi and their readers’ fascination with this pristine image of plastic, is quite interesting from a sociological perspective. Why does the average person invest any interest in her? Nothing against her personally – I haven’t met her, and never will – but, I’m merely talking about the image of whatever a “Kim Kardashian” is. Yes, I am objectifying the media image. Sorry. / My fascination is so great, that I recorded the original version in 2012, and changed it up by adding echo effects on the lead vocal and added a drum and harmonica to it as well. I think it evokes that the Kim hysteria is going stronger than ever in the year 2014!
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.
Now’s The Time (Harvey Dog) 3:34
Recorded: June, 2015
Vocals, Harmonica, Dubstep Cube, Background Vocals
Notes: Sometimes when you recite – sing – do whatever with your writing, you feel at the time as if you’re singing at an individual & / or group – but, let’s face it…you’re really singing to yourself.
Pain (Harvey Dog) 0:18
Recorded: September 6, 2012 & October 24, 2014
(2012) Vocal, Scissors, Ghost Vocal, Percussion (2014) added Virtual Electric Guitar
Notes: This is a song about…pain.
Put Down That Gun / Bad Company (Harvey Dog) / (Simon Kirke & Paul Rodgers) 3:55
“Bad Company” Originally Recorded by Bad Company
Recorded: January 17th 2015 & June 7th to 14th, 2015
Vocals, Harmonica, Cubes, Online Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Winchester Gunshots, Mixer
Notes: I did “Put Down That Gun” in June, 2015 – liked it – wanted to add something else to it…remembered working on a cover of “Bad Company” back in January, and it seemed to fit – macho bullshit, guns..came up with the idea when I saw a kid pointing a rifle at me from his Facebook profile…oh yeh – I do like Bad Company!
Radar Love (George Kooymans & Barry Hay) 3:32
Originally Recorded by Golden Earring
Recorded: December 20, 2014
Vocals, Harmonica, Background Vocals, Samples from Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” (opening riff, “when I am lonely”, bass riff)
Notes: A great party song deconstructed into a Mad Maxian love song…I hope…
Silhouettes Dancing (On A Dark Misty Night) (Harvey Dog) 4:33
Recorded: March, 2016
Vocals (many many tracks), Cube (Reggaeton – a few different combinations), Casio CTK-2400 Keyboard (sampling, tones include: slow strings, orchestra set, seashore, helicopter, polysynth), Harmonica (wah-wah effect), Sounds (stilettos, drunk, trigger)
Notes: This one started germinating well before xmas – in fact, I had most of the first part already set up – I liked it, but – something was gnawing at me – I wasn’t ready for it yet. I let it germinate, until about a month ago, when it finally clicked in. Now, could I capture that vision? When I haven’t been at my paying job, I’ve been obsessing on this piece for the last couple of weeks, giving it a shot.(lol)
It’s divided into 2 parts. The theme is about displacement & finding your place…etc etc…the first part is the city and uses the cubes & has a familiar HD sound to it, while the 2nd part takes off into space and the sounds are created through my Casio keyboard & harmonica. It’s definitely something a little different…27 tracks in all and I used up about 1gb on my hard drive!
Skeleton Dreams (Harvey Dog) 1:37
Recorded: June 27th, 2015
Vocals, 2 Classic Cubes mixed, Background Vocals
Notes: dreams become truth when one is sleeping — skeletons supply wisdom to me when i dream…know what i mean? no? it’s only the dream of the skeleton.
Soma Induced Hallucinations (Harvey Dog) 1:15
Recorded: July 17th, 2015
Notes: found a recording of me doing this poem back in february 2013 on my old shitty mic…so i thought: “why not a poetry reading disguised as a motherfucker?”…so i did about 10 takes in front of poobah until i got one that i didn’t fuck up…too badly…one take btw…
Take It Down, Nice ‘n Slow (Harvey Dog) 4:21
Recorded: August-September, 2016
Vocals, Cubes (4 different ones – different permutations), Casio CTK-2400 (tones – applause, goblin-g), Sounds (ship bell, crisp ocean waves – all from SoundBible – Royalty Free Sounds)
Notes: For those of you who think my stuff is strange or weird – well, this one won’t convince you otherwise. After 2 political ones, I wanted to get away from politics and take a breath – take it down – still, I can see that politics has sneaked in here and there…that bastard!
Tankers on the West Coast (Harvey Dog) 2:53
Recorded: October 10, 2014
Vocal, Echo Crying Vocal (at end), Noise
Notes: Residing in Prince Rupert, BC has resulted in an incredible awareness of the power of the LNG & Tar Sands industries possess. All the big LNG companies are trying to capture a piece of the LNG pie – the money being tossed around is huge. Who does it benefit? Surely, not the people on fixed incomes here, since rent has skyrocketed, with threats of rent-o-victions everywhere…illegal rent increases, but we’re all afraid of being homeless…surely doesn’t benefit the environment / Mother Nature / the Earth Goddess…it benefits a bunch of greedy fucking assholes, who refuse to invest in renewable energies because everything’s set up to take advantage of the oil situation NOW…fuck tomorrow…live for today…I joke that the LNG companies are even looking up my ass to see if they can rent a piece of property in there…Prince Rupert is a beautiful place…will it be so in another 20 years? 50 years? 100 years?
This Place Is Mad (Harvey Dog) 2:30
Recorded: November 5th-22nd, 2015
Vocals, Cuckoo Clock, Stephen Harper, Riot Crowds + HD banging on a drum and yelling, Casio CTK-2400 Keyboard, Online Homemade Synthesizer – The Beast, Online Electric Guitar played through the keyboard, Harmonica, Evil Laughter, Sports Crowd Cheering, Reading from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”
Notes: Is this about my current (and foreseeable) place of residence, Prince Rupert? Is it about a place from my past? A fictional place? The place inside oneself? A little Alice in Wonderland, snippets of this and that, little bits and pieces thematically connected without any apparent song structure except for a 40 second part totally influenced by The Ramones (yet, not sounding like them at all!). 20 tracks in total, and 2 were mixed down from even more tracks!
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.
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”.
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.
William S. Burroughs Cut Up Blues (Hated Uncles / Harvey Dog) 2:21
Recorded: January 8 to 16, 2015
Hated Uncles live at Teasers Dec-4-1987 performing “Grateful Dead”, William Burroughs reading from “Naked Lunch”, Roddy Piper wrestling “integrity” interview, Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” somewhere in the background for a few seconds, Vocals, Sound Effects
Notes: This starts off with 20 seconds of Grateful Dead by The Hated Uncles live at Teasers Dec. 4th, 1987. (note: check it out on The Hated Uncles page) This is me fucking around and having a lot of fun…there ya go.
Work (Iggy Azalea, Trocon Markous Roberts, Natalie Sims and The Invisible Men) 2:54
Recorded: August, 2014
Vocals, Snide Backing Vocal, Harmonica, Percussion
Notes: going back through the Harvey Dog archives I came across this primitive cover of Iggy Azalea’s “Work”! Harvey Dog on top of the zeitgeist…hahahaha…