Pointless Journey

by Slugbug

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jarren202 Awesome to have this album on physical media! It's easily up with Truck Month in terms of songwriting and melody. Castle Thunder is the obvious "big hit". A vinyl pressing would be cool! Favorite track: Castle Thunder.
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Danny Ranging from eclectic new-wave, to quirky synth-rock, and even industrial influences, this record has stood the test of time as one of favourite deep cuts from the internet. Favorite track: Computers Again.
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1.
Welcome to my room It's very very messy Please be careful where you step You might die Or something better 'Cause for every button There's an equal and opposite button For every button There's an equal and opposite room Can't leave unless you don't want to Can't leave unless you want to Welcome to my room In this corner you will find the ideas Opposite the problems 'Cause for every question There's an equal and opposite fact 'Cause for every problem There's an equal and opposite thought Can't think unless you don't want to Can't think unless you want to Welcome to my room It doesn't really matter What is wrong and what is right We can tell With this procedure 'Cause for every input There's an equal and opposite output For every input There's an equal and opposite room Can't sing unless you don't want to Can't sing unless you want to
2.
All that you know oxidizes and turns to rust I can't see my way out of this and escape seems futile And the paper's due on Monday I was new, I was mad I was a cat in the wrong bag On a pointless journey, worthless story Nothing left to do Messed with the best, now rest with the mess You're a dog and a box living in a shoe Sitting there with your teeth in your mouth you Can't see the fortress for the trees Shot your self in the foot, you shot it Shot your self in the IT Now, understand, I'm a Very important man (WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE THEY DIDN'T HAVE PIZZA) When all that you know and love Is bought up and replaced by jerks It just goes to show it doesn't get any better [SCARY PART] I was a rich man I pressed a button Several copies appeared to me of the button (Adjacently) I was a poor man I pressed a button But I was left with no more buttons When the wave-function collapsed [END SCARY PART] It's a Pointless journey Worthless story Nothing left to prove You messed with the test, now test with the rest You're a clog and a fox living in a flue No one could get No one could get the thing they wanted It was mounted on a spring Try not to ask Try not to ask about my camera It was damaged in the fall Now, understand, I'm a Very important man (WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE WE DIDN'T HAVE CAMERAS) And when all that you know and love Is bought up and replaced by jerks It just goes to show it's a pointless journey
3.
Inexplicably hilarious The day I realized that my hands, they were a vector for fingers Inexplicably hilarious The day I realized that my fingers were a vector for hands. And it was just at that moment I was kicked out of math class Some people never had experience with hands Inexplicably hilarious The day I realized That the words the man had said at the podium When I was seated at a lecture were phrased in such a way as to be comical And it was just at that moment I was kicked out of Congress For being a colossal nerd Ostracized, I was ostracized In the capitol, in the capitol Ostracized, I was ostracized When I ran into that column in the capitol It was Inexplicably hilarious HAAAAAAA Inexplicably hilarious! Inexplicably hilarious The day I realized that my legs they were a vector for feet Inexplicably hilarious The day I realized that my feet they were a vector for shoes And it was just at that moment I was thrown out of English For taking off my shoes Then in a maze of twisty passages all alike I found the exit when the government took my bike I went up to the office of the man in charge And asked what gives He said that life is a series Of small inconveniences Followed by the biggest one of them all Inexplicably hilarious The day I realized that the world was just a form of a library Where the robots were unhelpful and took your shoes And stole your keys And it was just at that moment I was struck by how SIMPLE The thing I ran into really was
4.
(I forgot to tell you) What with the paper cuts and (I forgot to tell you) What with the noisy cats and (I forgot to tell you) Can't turn the speakers off they (I forgot to tell you) Come right back on again I FELL IN LOVE WITH A POTTED PLANT THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE TO DO WHILE YOU WERE GONE (WHILE YOU WERE GONE [WHILE YOU WERE GONE]) (I forgot to tell you) The car won't leave me alone (I forgot to tell you) I brought it in the house (I forgot to tell you) No one to answer the phone (I forgot to tell you) It's just that guy again! I FELL IN LOVE WITH A POTTED PLANT THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE TO DO WHILE YOU WERE GONE (WHILE YOU WERE GONE [WHILE YOU WERE GONE])))))) I was away for a long long time Where I was they didn't have homework Now I can't get my head around this!! This place is out of control Can't find a place to sit Wish I could get me some food (It's all on television.) I could start my own country! I could have my own house! --->BUTT I FELL IN LOVE WITH A POTTED PLANT THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE TO DO WHILE YOU WERE GONE (WHILE YOU WERE GONE [WHILE YOU WERE GONE]) I was away for a long long time Where I was They didn't have haircuts Now I can't get my hair around this And I RESENT the remarks you made about my stupid haircut And I RESENT the fact that you gave me this stupid haircut And I RESENT that every time I turn around someone has moved my head And I NEVER ascribed to malice that which could be adequately explained by incompetence No I NEVER ascribed to malice that which could be adequately explained by incompetence (I forgot to tell you) What with the paper cuts and (I forgot to tell you) What with the noisy cats and (I forgot to tell you) Can't turn the speakers off they (I forgot to tell you) Come right back on again I FELL IN LOVE WITH A POTTED PLANT THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE TO DO WHILE YOU WERE GONE (WHILE YOU WERE GONE [WHILE YOU WERE GONE])))
5.
Pseudonym 03:49
Disregard what you thought you had heard I was using a pseudonym Events occuring in the rearview mirror may be More important than the real ones You thought you had the files but they only were the documents The government men took away all your stuff And every tiny sound you hear Every voice from through a tube says Disregard what you thought you had heard I was using a pseudonym Events occuring in the rearview mirror may be More important than the real ones Every face has a secret face Every name has an internal name Everything has an alias Every man has his problems A fool and his problems Soon separated, concentrated Coalesce into the new wave dance craze Hot funk cool punk room full of junk Got my woofers in the cabin and my tweeters in the trunk Talkin' bout my pseudonym Talkin' bout my acronyms For every man there's an equal and opposite alter ego Every man has a pseudonym And I apologize For any economic hardships that may have incurred Whilst I was using my pseudonym I apologize For any legal entanglements that may have ensued Whilst I was using a [SYNTHESIZERS.] So disregard what you thought you had heard I was using a pseudonym Events occuring in the rear view mirror may be More important than the real ones Every face has a secret face Every name has an internal name Every man has an alias Every man has his problems Disregard what you thought you had heard [WRONG IDEAS DO NOT APPEAL TO ME] Disregard what you thought you had heard [I REJECT EXTERNAL STIMULI] Disregard [DISREGARD THE MAN ON THE SCREEN] I was using a Pseudonym [DISREGARD THE GUY ON THE KEYBOARD]
6.
Bars & Tone 02:14
Never twice the same colour On phase-alternate lines I picked it up Out of the blue Out the window in the sky above my room The tower where the signals nightly resumed Emitted an eerie sort of hum And even when I thought I was alone There were the Bars and tone (LIKE A DIPOLE SHOUTING DOWN A HOLE.) Signals come and signals go Some will change it to a different show But late one night on a vacant channel I found the answer to my problem Truth in lines! Truth in numbers! Fear of dots Fear of people And even when we all are gone The bars and tone go on And everything I thought was really there Was electric waves passing through the air Like a dipole shouting down a hole
7.
As I lay there with the car on my foot and a car in my head I was unable to tell What the judge was saying to me, when the jury stood and shouted in unison (IT SOUNDED JUST LIKE CASTLE THUNDER) As the undertow dragged me under (IT SOUNDED JUST LIKE CASTLE THUNDER) As the bullet holes went through my guy HOLD ON A MINUTE-- DON'T GET EXCITED SLOW DOWN POINDEXTER, THIS IS GONNA TAKE SOME MATHS As I sat there with a car in my car and a seat on my back I was unable to say Thank you for killing my car, I didn't like it anyway, Thank you, thank you for not watching the road (IT SOUNDED JUST LIKE CASTLE THUNDER) Couldn't breathe, couldn't climb out from under (IT SOUNDED JUST LIKE CASTLE THUNDER) As the microwaves barbecued my guy HANG ON A MINUTE-- I HAVEN'T TESTIFIED SLOW DOWN POINDEXTER, I'M GONNA NEED SOME PAPER. Castle thunder came down from above Castle thunder was the case Castle thunder was the case they gave me Castle thunder came down from above Castle thunder was the face Castle thunder was the face on the screen (HIT BY) Uninsured motorist (STRUCK BY) Uninsured motorist (CRUSHED BY) Uninsured motorist (KILLED BY) Uninsured motorist! (IT SOUNDED JUST LIKE CASTLE THUNDER) AS THE BULLETHOLES DRAGGED ME UNDER (IT SOUNDED JUST LIKE CASTLE THUNDER) AS THE LIGHT BULBS DAMAGED MY EYES
8.
I cannot do anything at all Any time I try to use my feet The horrid little man comes out to inform me I must subscribe to use these feet (NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS. UNLIMITED WALKING. $39.95) There was once a time had an original thought But I was not authorized to think I tried to write it down but I had to register My piece of paper was not mine (THINKING AVAILABLE IN "PROFESSIONAL EDITION." $800 PER SEAT.) And everything I thought I knew Everything I thought was meaningful Every friend I ever had was someone trying to sell me something Problems weren't an issue after all Every situation had occurred Was no requirement to even do anything There was no need for new ideas (SUM OF ALL ACHIEVEMENTS-- $19.95. ONLY THROUGH THIS EXCLUSIVE MUSIC OFFER.) [NES PART] Monday came the Monday when I died Shoddy manufacturing and Just out of warranty and You don't go to heaven You don't go to hell It turns out in the end it's just this guy (YES, TURNS OUT THAT YOUR WORTH IN LIFE IS DIRECTLY DETERMINED BY HOW MUCH YOU PAID FOR YOUR SOCKS) And everything I thought I knew Everything I thought was meaningful Every friend I ever had was someone trying to sell me something
9.
I can't call you 'Cause you speak into the part you listen to A long way off and I can't get through, I'm in Australia Water flows The wrong way down my kitchen sink And hot comes out of cold, I think I'm in Australia WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND IT IS CLEAR TO SEE EVERYTHING'S REVERSED OPPOSITE OF WHAT IT SHOULD BE TRY TO MAKE A LEFT TURN GO TO THE RIGHT SLEEP IN THE DAY AND WORK IN THE NIGHT CAT COMES IN CAT GOES OUT ALWAYS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE DOOR TV PICTURE'S UPSIDE DOWN, RADIO WAVES DON'T WORK Australia, land of magnets Land where I left all my microphones Don't make me go back there, ah no I can't call you, when I try to dial a number it laughs at me As I can't understand Japanese, I'm in Australia When I tried to drive my car to get some food I backed into my living room, I'm in Australia Where everything is backwards (MIRRORED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Where everything is broadcast on television And no one is safe from rocks Australia, land of magnets, has a north pole and a south Australia, land of magnets, there's no sound Still I cannot reach you The quarter comes back, the profits accrue Still I cannot reach you
10.
Computers are at my window making irritating noise Computers are in the way when I try to look at the ground And every time I feel strongly about something Computers are there to tell me I was wrong Computers are taking showers that are very very long Computers are using all of the hot water up again And when you ask them to perhaps be a bit more considerate they pretend not to hear you and then give you jury duty Get out of bed and fix this thing It's out of ink and it's stolen my name And every time I feel strongly 'bout something Computers are there to tell me I was wrong-- Wrong! [COMPUTERS PART] Computers are in the way when I try to lie on the couch Computers are watching test patterns and radar weather maps I try to object, it can't be done Computers control all thoughts Whether cars are bought or records played It isn't up to you now

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The Bug Brothers' 2009 tour-de-force of analog awkwardness includes such popular favorites as "Castle Thunder", "Inexplicably Hilarious", and "Bennie and the Jets." Originally released in an edition of 50 CD-Rs, it is now available for everyone to ignore.

All vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, precision bass, guitar and MIDI/drum programming by Paul D. Millar.
Physical drums on "Pseudonym," "Castle Thunder" by Thomas Simurdak

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Paul D. Millar at BUG SOUND, Waco, TX, Dec. 2006 - Oct. 2009

This is an all analog recording
Recorded on Fostex XR-5 (4 track) and Tascam 488 (8 track) cassette decks and mixed down to Pioneer RT-701 1/4" deck
Mixed in BUG SURROUND matrix quad
(QS and Pro Logic II compatible)

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released October 31, 2009

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