lyrics & music (c) 2003 by Lewis D'Aubin
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"I have discovered a strange Power... and though I am not at liberty to reveal the exact nature of this majestic Power, I can state with regal authority that I shall now use The Power to elevate the Consortium of Genius to the same status as that of a king or Queen!"
This is our big bad bombastic 'Queen' parody (the bad 80's Queen, mind you, NOT the great 70's Queen!) ripping off such things as 'I Want It All' and 'Princes of the Universe'. A gargantuan goal, and I'm very proud of this song/recording!
Conceived way back in 1998 during a jam session with my old writing buddy Kirk Madison, the chorus for this song ran around in my brain until March 2003, by which time the C.O.G. finally possessed enough musical firepower to make it happen, and at that point it happened very quickly. It really took a lot of takes to get the lead vocals to sound like that; but the background vocals were actually easier than I thought they'd be. This is one of those songs that forced me to improve my own abilities!
For drums I tapped my old friend Roddy Ory, who years before was drummer/lead vocalist in a progressive pop band that actually performed live covers of Queen songs - including the difficult 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. These guys actually performed the middle of the song, which even Queen never actually did live (they used tape!) After laying down wonderful Roger Taylor-esq licks on his beautiful brand new Pacific drumset, Roddy insisted on augmenting the background vocals - he added some really high notes!
For the guitar solo, I once again chose Chris Flattmann, who played an actual Burns Red Special 'Brian May' guitar, leant to us for the occaision by Ritchie Champagne.
Rhythm guitars were laid down by Jeff King through his new POD XT, and bass was performed by Jim Fairchild through his Johnson J-Station, which we recorded via coaxial SPDIF.
Lead vocal......Lewis D'Aubin
Backing vocals..Lewis D'Aubin & Roddy Ory
Recorded and mixed 2003 at C.O.G. Secret Lab, Harahan LA (drums recorded in St. Rose)