Rip Smops | Eliminate Freedom

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Eliminate Freedom

by Rip Smops

Rock tunes untidily spattered with musical "jimmies".
Genre: Rock: Math Rock
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1. Eliminate Freedom
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2. Artificial Animals
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2:16 album only
3. Honesty
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4. The Key Downstairs
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5. Guerrilla Betrayed
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Back in 2002 or so, it was pretty damn scary to be a Thinking American. That September 11 event had happened, and everywhere Everywhere there were flags flying and waving and standing still and in your face, and "United We Stand" and "Freedom" were words that were being mercilessly abused indiscriminately Everywhere. The logic behind all this was ludicrously negligible. Added to the hysteria were offensively random color-coded Terror Alerts designed purely to induce panic, and disturbing reports of a Patriot Act, which was all about eliminating this "Freedom" that everyone was so ravingly excited about. Everyone was expected to rabidly join in in the national mania, and get all frothed up about going to war and whatever. To question or criticize was not a safe option, and people with thoughts in their head kept their mouths shut.
This was before 2004 or so, when the veil started to lift and Democrats started running for president and speaking out, and then that guy actually got really elected, by a slim majority. Thinking guy Rip Smops of Ohio got all riled up and in 2003 he wrote a nifty song called "Eliminate Freedom" and recorded it and a few other songs in a hurry, thinking it could shock the populace into seeing what was really happening in this country, while they sang along to a rocking tune.
He gathered "Eliminate Freedom" and a few other noisy songs of import into this EP, and sent it out to a thousand radio stations and whoever else he thought needed to hear its timely message. A lot of good that did him. Universally ignored, it stands as a focused reminder of an uncertain era in our history. Brilliantly unblinking, energized, and now bygone.


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