Saturday, September 20, 2008

Burgess Shale. The Band. and paleo themed songs...

Thats right, there is a band named Burgess Shale! I found their CD the other night when I was rifling though CD's during John's radio show. They have several interesting songs on their CD "Its Never Enough, Is It?" According to a review I found on them: "If you want to get the music, you've got to listen to it. The lyrics mean something, and represent a commentary of the current lack of rational thinking in virtually all aspects of American society. For example, the song "No Duh" asks the question: Where does Dick Cheney disappear to when Homeland Stupidity issues a Severe Alert [LMAO]. Likewise, the aptly titled "The Moron Song" is about you know who [LMAO again]. "Lucky Punk" looks at the complacent response to our diminishing civil rights with the passing of the Patriot Act. "Shrunken Heads" casts some responsibility of the dumbing down of America's thinking on a media that cares more about reactions and ratings that providing real information. Finally, "Going Extinct" notes that the real weapon of mass destruction is "the thing between your ears." [link]

And this is the song I find very entertaining (somewhat surprising)! The band explains a bit about the song on their website:

About this song: There is great comfort in knowing that if the modern human race's time on earth is measured against infinity, we don't exist and are already extinct...but maybe some of us want to leave a fossil record that we can be proud of...good luck...the thing of mass destruction is the thing between our ears.

'Going Extinct' lyrics

I'm afraid of evolution if it keeps its current course
I know you think we're getting smarter when in fact we're getting worse.
Because we have some cool technology like e- bombs and cell phones
You know it doesn't mean our thinking has advanced beyond the age of sticks and stones.

I'm not sure if I will ever see the light again, I was a happy hominid
but now I'm not
I want to leave a fossil record that my family can be proud of,
Digging down, digging down, digging down, underground, here,
I want to see where I'll be found.

I'm not sure if you'll ever get a clue because
you need to mark your territory in everything you do
You'd rather piss on this and piss that and piss on your own welcome mat
Let everybody know that you'll go tit for tat.

This time it won't be asteroids or other natural things
We're in a modern mass extinction from the genius that you bring
And this has never really happened in five hundred million years
Because the thing of mass destruction is the thing between your ears.

Walking with a big erection doesn't mean walking erect,
you couldn't make it as Neanderthal and now you're something less.
Instead of reaching for the stars you're always reaching for your crotch, and
on the evolutionary scale each year you drop a notch. (There you go again.)

I'm not sure if I will ever see the light again,
I was a happy camper then but now I'm not
I bought a lot of plastic sheeting eighty rolls of silver duct tape,
Digging down, digging down, digging down, underground, here,
there's fear and loathing all around.

I'm not sure if you'll ever figure out that in the way you keep your
friendships throw a tantrum start to pout
You always piss on this and piss that and a swing a great big baseball bat
Let everybody know that you will throw them to the mat.

This time it won't be asteroids or other natural things
We're in a modern mass extinction from
the genius that you bring
And this has never really happened in five hundred million years
Because the thing of mass destruction is the thing between your ears.

We're all not going to heaven and
there's not such thing as hell
We'll be refined in someone's gasoline
or end up burgess shale.
Because we're nothing more than trilobites
who've learned to entertain
And we're distinguished from the animals
because we go insane.

I'm not sure if you will ever see the light again,
I thought we were evolving but I guess we're not
I want to leave a fossil record so my family can be proud,
Digging down, down, down, digging down, underground,
here, I want to see where I'll be found.

I'm not sure if you'll ever get a clue because
you need to mark your territory in everything you do
You'd rather piss on this and piss that and piss on your own welcome mat
Let everybody know you'll bite the head off of a rat.

This time it won't be asteroids or other natural things
We're in a modern mass extinction from the genius that you bring
And this has really never happened in five hundred million years
Because the thing of mass destruction is the thing between your ears.

So you can go back go back go back down,
you need to crawl back to the swampy waters try this thing again
So you can go back go back crawl back underground
you need to find some cute bacteria and make new DNA

You need to go back go back go back home.

Wow, eh!? What are some other paleo-themed songs you can think of? Lets try to make a list here......

  • Walk the Dinosaur - Was (Not Was)
  • Mammal - They Might Be Giants
  • King of Pain - the Police
  • Walking in your footsteps - The Police
  • Jurassic Park is frightening in the dark - Weird Al Yankovic
I know I am forgetting a TON of these...someone help me out!

4 comments:

Heather said...

Hey... Going Extinct is one of my favorites! (I sang it). It's nice to know that someone out there is listening.

-Heather Hopson
(Burgess Shale)

ReBecca Foster said...

Hi Heather. I am glad you found my blog. Thanks for the music and keep it coming! We will keep playing it on our local station here and I will let everyone know via the blog :)

Anonymous said...

Love their music!!! Not many people know about them so keep up the good work to let people no about them! Their new album is coming out soon!

ReBecca Foster said...

Cool! I did not know they had a new cd coming out. I hope we get a copy at the radio station!