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Songs That Will Never Win A Grammy

by the primeTime sublime Community Orchestra

Pop music subverted beyond the commercial realm with wit and humor sung by a computer.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Curb Your God
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2. I Want You
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3. Betty Poptarts
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4. Lesson 1
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5. Dance of the Bouncing Hornballs
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6. Just Do Me Tonight
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7. Hannibal Lecter's BBQ
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8. Rainbow Seeds of Mass Destruction
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9. It Will Be Over Before Ya Know It
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Album Notes
8 "Pop" songs (and 1 instrumental) subverted beyond the commercial realm - composed, recorded and produced by Paul Minotto and the primeTime sublime Community Orchestra.
Mastering by Andy VanDette at Masterdisk Studios, New York City.
CD artwork designed by Corporate Blob Records.
Vocals digitally manufactured by an IBM personal computer.

- Curb Your God
The Grand Opening Number featuring 7 singers advocating the virtues of limiting the influence of one's External Transcendent Moral Authority.
(well...maybe not)
Note the quotes: a fragment of "What the World Needs Now" by Burt Bacharach sung by a robot and the "Ken-L-Ration Dog Food" Jingle (My Dog's Better Than Your Dog...) which occurs during the last section in the low brass (not heard in this excerpt).

- I Want You
A love song - a sort of pathologically obsessed recomposition beyond recognition of Billy Joel's "I Love You Just The Way You Are" with Sting's "Every Breath You Take". (well...maybe not)

- Betty Poptarts
The ballad of the record with contributions by Richard Nixon, Hillary Clinton, both George Bushes, a group of TV commercial announcers, some evangelist I can't remember the name of, Betty and Ken.
Refers to those individuals who look for paths to happiness outside of themselves in ideas of a political, religious or materialistic nature, pre-organized for effortless convenience which enables one to escape from the real issues which are within oneself.

- Lesson 1
English as a 2nd language for nonearthlings taught by native speakers.

- Dance of the Bouncing Hornballs
A kind-of-but-not-really interlude: the instrumental track of the record.

- Just Do Me Tonight
Picture if you will, a man, a lonely man who sits at the same seat in the same neighborhood bar night after night. He doesn't have many friends and is unable to give or receive love - a junkyard of memories and unresolved emotions. At the end of the night he "scores" with a big, boobed, blonde bimbo from Brooklyn (not heard in this excerpt).
Recorded live in the lounge at Murphy's Sea Bay Inn, Normandy Beach, New Jersey.

- Hannibal Lecter's BBQ
Progressive Rock so progressive it isn't Rock anymore.
What if Hannibal Lecter invited you over for a neighborhood barbeque one sunny, Saturday afternoon?

- Rainbow Seeds of Mass Destruction
What if Samuel Beckett wrote a screenplay for a Disney movie about a cockroach who became president?
A song of political propaganda gone awry.
The line "Jesus was a Republican" got edited out for aesthetic, not religious or political reasons.
The 2nd half is an electronic soundscape of a nuclear fallout with TV commercial announcements (not heard in this excerpt). Advertising of commodities during nuclear fallout may seem absurd to most; but remember: comparable to the World Cup or the Super Bowl, Armageddon will be televised and commercial time will be very expensive.

- It Will Be Over Before Ya Know It
An inspirational song of joy and hope designed to uplift the wrinkled hearts of the masses and create eternal peace, love and understanding throughout the world and its' neighbors. (well...maybe not)


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Produced by Paul Minotto


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Roland Kreuscher

This deserves a special Grammy!
There's enough written here. So, just this: If you like Zappa's Lumpy Gravy, Orchestral Favourites, 200 Motels (but less quirky), Greggary Peccary, Yellow Shark and Civilization Phase III as well as those special sounds and interplays from Mr. Bungle you really neeeeeed this one AND(!) the other two from Prime Time Sublime. All three of these fantastic accustic/musical adventures for just $15. Absolutely no reason and time to hesitate. Get 'em!

Mark Kirby (Associate Writer for Music Dish)


The Return of Maximal Weird or Retro finds a Gem under a Pet Rock
The Prime Time Community Orchestra presents Songs That Will Never Win a Grammy-------------------------------------------------------


"In the future, there will be one music." - Duke Ellington -------------------
"Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny." - Frank Zappa--------------------

Upon listening to the music of the Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra, you realize that the future is here, even if the music industry and the attendant consumer culture it caters to don't realize it. If you're reading this article, you are ready for the future now. Once you hear this music, whether totally straight or in a way-out altered state, you'll realize that jazz can also smell pungent and fertile, satisfying and fresh. Zappa was right and Ellington was right, but neither could have predicted that their modern acolytes are a group of musicians living in the wilds of New Jersey.----------------------

From the opening notes of the festival of angular melodies, "Curb Your God," to the ending tune, the aptly titled existential encore, "It Will Be Over Before You Know It," the listener is taken on an odyssey, whose path I scarcely remember having ever existed, since, like most Americans, our minds and memories are awash with media fed crap.-----------------------------

The "young rebel with something to say, man," frankly, doesn't exist so much anymore. Most young folks these days think that fashion = revolution. Thinking outside the box - as opposed to picking a box with prefab style/music/look/attitude as seen in magazines or MTV - is hard for kids nowadays, even if they're willing. This is the society of the spectacle and rebellion is fashion's life blood, sucked like a vampire as soon as it shows up. So, for something fresh and new, never trust anyone under forty. The leader and guiding light of this group, Paul Minotto, is from a time when music, especially rock, was supposed to be fresh and new, challenging the boundaries of what was known and accepted.----------------------

Most Americans, weaned on aggressive anti-intellectualism and L.C.D. (lowest common denominator) tastes are not even trying to hear, or understand music like the prime Time sublime Community Orchestra creates. But you can and you should. The record opens with "Curb Your God." The title says it all, especially with robot vocals warning about the dangers of gods on the loose, and "god-poo all over your head." A timely message, to be sure. The vocals - enhanced, robotic, sampled - sing a tune that to some may sound atonal or off key, but has beauty and logical form, embroidered by lush orchestration.----------------------

The next song, "I Want You," uses the same elements. A twisted love song, and one that will never get a Grammy, it starts with various bits of dialog, sounds, ads, space sounds, a scenario of madness and finally the sound of a car crash and an operator saying, in effect, "your girlfriend has left, and you can't find her." The rest of a song features a bizarrely processed voice singing: "The dandruff in your hair, the wrinkles in your dress, the holes in your underwear/ I want you, I really, really do . . . The absence of your teeth, the fatness of your ass, the smell of your dirty feet / I want you, yes I do."------------------------------

While freakishly absurd, these lyrics are closer to love's reality than anything on the radio in the last 15 years. Not everyone who is loved is a babe or loved for logical reasons. The music goes in and out of 12-tone, neoclassical textures, and Zappa meets Bonzo Dog Band music hall fare. Then a loping sax solo comes in over a space jam of sparse sounds. Weird, yet smooth and accessible. And above all, fiery and exciting, with a chorus you can sing along with. It could be a hit.-----------------------------------------

The social commentary in this record is something of a surprise, given that music this artfully conceived is usually lyrically more obscure. "Betty Poptarts" uses processed snippets from recordings of evangelists, commercials, the Bushies, and others to comment on people using politics, consumerism, twisted religion, or, as illustrated in a brilliant piece of dialog between a demanding woman and her browbeaten spouse, a romantic power struggle to fill the void and give life meaning.--------------------------------

Backgrounds and source materials are shown best in the studio/live epic "Just Do Me Tonight." This mini musical is based on the scenario of a lonely man at a bar, with few friends, and loveless, who scores with a busty blonde from Brooklyn. It starts with a long, slow build of textures and moody, asymmetrical, melody fragments, that transforms as though in a dream, to lizard lounge fantasy of jazz, followed by languorous, dream-frags of free jazz and texture-based music and surreal images, like a drunk on acid. It ends with an insane sexual fantasy romp.--------------------------

The amalgam of interesting music on this "Songs That Will Never Win A Grammy" is almost too much to adequately summerize or describe. The lush variety of sounds and textures is the music equivalent of one of those Indian Bollywood musicals one sees in certain Indian restaurants or on international TV channels, mixed with Warner Bros. cartoons, and Sun Ra. Well . . . maybe not. I don't know. I just know that this record takes you on a journey and, at just under an hour, like a good movie, is over before you know it.------------------------------------------------

And with regard to the title of the record: considering that a group called Todo won with a song about pot head actress Rosanna Arquette, and The Soggy Bottom Boys won for the "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, the primeTime sublime Community Orchestra should never say never.

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It sounds like someone crammed a blender full of rabid dogs, distempered cats, lab-tested rats and shrieking women climbing high on chairs to avoid the conflagration at their feet; pushed the button for 'puree'; forgot to put the lid on; then sat down in front of the television, flipping through all the stations available from the best satellite dish as fast as their remote would allow with the volume turned up on their Dolby Surround Sound system while it all mixed together. And then recorded the entire fiasco and played it backwards, just for good measure.