Tenth song, second album. LSD. I wanted to avoid falling into the obvious trap of re-creating a 1960's Jimmi Hendrix-style song for this rather legendary drug. I didn't want that kind of "received" and settled idea to impinge on what I was doing. I've opted instead for a synthetic feel that draws traces and kind of zooms you in and out (probably with some flashing lights in there, too). It's all about the actual, modern experience, away from the mythology that's grown out of it. (Nothing against Jimmi Hendrix, by the way. When I was a kid, I had my father's original vinyl of "Are You Experienced" and used to play it all the time. My dog Lyuba, who graces the cover of Sirius loved Jimi Hendrix, too. She used to sing along).
The idea with this album was to create a musical representation of a variety of mind-altering substances. For educational purposes, neither condemning nor condoning, because I think drugs have been so mythologised on both sides (gods to some, demons to others) that the ability to really look at them, and to make an honest assessment about their effects on the human physiology and psychology has been more or less lost in the highly-charged rhetoric that's existed particularly since Reagan's "War On Drugs" in the US. My partner's kid brother was saying that I should make an album based on drugs (as in, glorification, super-cool) because he was 15 at the time, and interested in getting wasted in as many ways as he could muster in order to feel cool. But I decided to take this approach instead.
At any rate, I'm sure when the kid does get caught with something, it will be chalked up to my "Bad Influence". I painted a kind of Sacred Heart Jesus/Baphomet for the cover to represent the strange and unsettling dichotomous relationship that our society has with their mythologised ideas of drugs. Also, it's my Space Goat mascot coming into its own mythology for the first time, and the first time I've used the triangle skull logo.
I won't lie, these are strange songs, but I think they're really good. I hope you enjoy them, too.
LSD (Bad Influence) The Lowest of Low
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