Back in Vietnam me and ol' Gary (from the Monks song) liked to take the whirley bird up during our down time and fly over the Nevada desert sippin' on pipin' hot Coors tall-boys and crankin' tunes. One day it was so hot that Gary's cassette tape of the Doors melted and we couldn't find the 13th Floor Elevators one so we popped in this LP by the Night Beats. That's right, we had a record player in the chopper, buddy. I mean, it skipped all over place and sounded like hell but still, pretty BALLER for this pair of freaks and besides "Charlie only listens to MP3s!" I think they sound kinda like early Mark Bolan howlin' over the Count Five (whom they cover) trying to impress Arthur Lee, but there is so much strychnine in this horrible LSD I can't tell my ears from my elbows. I DO know that if you spin the record backwards with your finger you can hear the band tell you about each song on the LP.
"Puppet on A String" This song is one of the more straightforward statements on the record, and was written with a pretty clear purpose. The main theme is focused post traumatic stress disorder and the American soldier coming back from Iraq. Looming fear and the mistreatment of said humans. The pairing of the hooky, maybe happy chorus with the not so sunny content makes the song, in my opinion.
"Ain’t Dumbo" Disillusion is the name of the game in this one, while also neglecting the fact you're probably high.
"Dial 666" This one tells the story of a man/boy who's in need of some help from down under to get rid of his woman/girl. The Devil doesn't quite get why, but goes with it anyway... as the Devil would.
"The Other Side" "The Other Side" focuses on just that, the clear shifts from one end to the other. Mostly the lyrics are matching the sound of the music here, the general idea of suprise, open mindedness, desperation, whatever.
"Useless Game" This one is just an expression of how I felt at a certain moment, regarding what I read in the news that day. Religion, politics, love... I dont know if my opinion is the same as it was, it might be.
"Dewayne’s Drone" This song is dedicated to Dewayne Pomeroy. A kid from the documentary called Street Wise, about homeless youth in Seattle during the ’80s. We felt he deserved a spot in our music. He never lived to be 16.
"Hallucinojenny" FREAK OUT.
"Ain’t a Ghost" FREAK OUT. Missing the bus and losing your job.
"Meet Mr. Fork" Deals with the general theme of being at the bottom, and not minding necessarily.
"War Games" General deception. We named it after that Matthew Broderick movie, just 'cause that was funny to us at the time. But today we feel the title actually could apply to modern warfare, kind of a 'Fuck you' to the people that judge blindly and viscerally. Was listening to alot of Turkish music at the time.
"High Noon Blues" "High Noon Blues" is more story-driven. This one tells the tale about a man who needs to go to a old west shootout duel deal... over a girl. The lyrics speak for the song.
"Little War in the Midwest" I wrote this one a while ago and it really changed shape when we recorded it for the album. The lyrics have changed over time, where it began as a protest song. It molded into a freakout, but still carries subtleties regarding deceit, war, and lust.