(c) 2000 by Lewis D'Aubin, Chris Flattmann, and Jeff King
"Why these constant experiments? Why all the pain and violence? To kill and maim is not our aim - It's all done in the name of science!"
Or at least that's how it would have sounded had we gone ahead with the original version of the song, back in 1997. But with changing band members come musical changes, and this song was put on hold... until late in 2000, when I came up with the keyboard riff that grew into the chorus of 'Why Do We Do It' as it stands today. I had been wanting to do a song by this name for years, based around a call and response catch phrase promulgated by Drumbot's creator's circle of hacker friends back in college. Q: "Why do we do it?" A: "Because we're scientists!" But when the song turned into a tribute to electro-funk, i.e. The Dazz Band, The Gap Band, The (fill in the blank) Band, I completely rewrote the lyrics, turning the meaning of the phrase upside down as I explored the social prowl of the hip urban scientist!
This was one of the last songs, if not THE last one, written with Chris Flattman (Filbert Snodgrass), and a completely different direction for the band at the time; it was far easier to write heavy metal parodies than come up with stuff like this. Chris was however able to relate to this by remembering the disco skating rink excursions of his youth in the late 70's and early 80's. In rehearsal, Chris would announce over the opening bars of this song, "Alright all you couples! Everybody get on the floor for partners couple skate!"
That incarnation of the band never got to perform 'Why Do We Do It' onstage, and when Jim joined up, we reinvestigated the possibilities of the track. Jim came up with a new bass part an octave up from the low bass synth line, and we immediately started recording. Drums and analog sounding keyboards were first, then wah pedal guitar, in the style of Ray Parker Jr. Jeff & I fooled around with various software vocoders to get the 'Why Do We Do It' line to sound right.
Shooting the video portion was a lot of fun as well, with Jeff's girlfriend at the time playing the part of 'Lab Girl #3' and resisting our cartoon come-ons, against a series of lab backgrounds stolen out of 'Dexter's Lab' (we had not yet established the look of the Secret Lab - that would come in 2002 with 'C.O.G. vs. the Phantom'.) Last but least, we came up with an EZ-to-remember 'dance move' in 2003 for the pre-chorus, that usually cracks everybody up!
Lead vocal......Lewis D'Aubin
Backing vocals..Lewis D'Aubin & Jeff King
Recorded and mixed 2001 at C.O.G. Secret Lab, Kenner LA