(c) 1991 by Kirk Madison and Lewis D'Aubin
In college, I failed Calculus class something like 4 times. These lyrics were written in calculus class. Coincidence? I think not!
The backing track on this song was originally a lot faster... in fact, originally, it was a repeating riff based on 'Master and Servant' by Depeche Mode. Kirk and I had originally done this to make fun of Kirk's girlfriend at the time, who actually liked bands like Depeche Mode and Lords of the New Church.
That idea was quickly thrown out the window when we discovered that slowing down the tape made the vocals sound more 'urban' - plus, I wanted a more hip-hop drumbeat. So I put together a new backing track, based on sounds from my Alesis SR-16 drum machine and an old Roland MT-32 synth module that some band had left at my house. Sampling was just becoming really popular at the time, so I made up a 4 bar snippet on another tape and sampled it into my ART Multiverb, which had a simple one-shot sample function that was good for about 4 seconds max. I also sampled the word 'brain' and ran it through my DOD digital delay set at various regen levels, and dropped that all over the track. (If you listen carefully, you can hear the 'brain' sample in the background every time the word 'brain' is mentioned in the lyrics.)
Finally, I needed some authentic turntable scratching, so I hooked up my faithful JVC turntable, apologized to it for what I was about to do, and looked for a record I didn't mind tearing up. That ended up being a 'Bronski Beat' record that somebody had left in my stack. I think I did pretty good for somebody who had never 'scratched' before! At very least, it's completely ridiculous sounding.
Lead vocals.....Lewis D'Aubin
Backing vocals..Lewis D'Aubin & Kirk Madison
Recorded and mixed 1991 at Lewis's Parents' living room, Harahan LA