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Foxed up Beyond All Recognition

by Greatfox

Prepare to get completely FOXed up with some retro synthpop for fuzzies and all aspiring foxes in the 'verse.
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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1. Cock-a-Diddle
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2. Thank You so Much
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3. Dolphins Always Drink Decaf (Coffee Pods for the Sea)
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4. Sound Going
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5. The Chosen
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6. Look Back Alone
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7. Safe Space
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8. Nothing to Say
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Let the Fox take you on a guided tour through our modern times through familiar styles and sounds of the 80's. In the fine tradition of the cartoons of old which the cover artwork recalls, this album features bright beats and melodies with a sharp lyrical tongue.

Start with “Cock-A-Diddle”, a funky, cheeky and biting observation on organized religion and its predatory predications. The blind and unwavering adherence of evangelicals and fundamentalists allows their religious authorities to institutionalize horrors in the name of providence. Certain elements of power-hungry charlatans are always eager to fill the role that is willfully provided and dutifully curated by their servile flock. If this song makes you laugh, you appreciate the satire. If it makes you uncomfortable, then you’re paying attention. If you’re offended, then listen again, because you’ve missed the point.

A carnival reggae splash on lazy language and social ineptitude follows in “Thank You So Much”. So many genuine emotions are hidden in self-defense, as a reaction to the onslaught of perceptual stimulation that modern society affords. It is easier to throw all nuance to the winds, and reserve your interactions to disingenuous fluff. Americans are uniquely insidious in their popular culture, social trends and ideals, which are at once dangerous, immensely palatable, and ruthless. America, the worldwide source of War and Entertainment for 241 years and counting!

“Dolphins Always Drink Decaf” is another voice of awareness in the dire state of our planet, a bright and jazzy bite with a tragically serious message. As we all start to realize too late our impact on our environment, and try in vain to minimize damage in natural systems that we will never fully comprehend, we can at least offer our ocean-going mammals the best choice in coffee, from the millions of pieces of plastic garbage floating in all the seas. And, of course, always choose decaf; those dolphins don’t need any more caffeine.

“Sound Going” opens up with a broad classic synth sound and a dark, brooding beat. The author reveals the paradox of the tortured artist and his need to feed his creative fires. He must catch his muse as it flies through the musical ether, seizing his inspiration before the moment is gone, and spirits away forever. As life goes on, and time complicates the soul, the yearning to make your mark becomes ever more crucial. But for those with the proper antenna, the act of creation is never in vain, and should be hefted with pride and never squandered. We must create to stay afloat.

Enter the land of the savages with “The Chosen”. With a piano refrain, driving tribal drums, and a grunting, snorting chorus, we immerse ourselves in barbarism and antiquity. From the burqa to the kippa; from the robes and cloaks and prayer beads, gold lacing and chalices; to the mystical fables and parables; to the archaic ideals, destructive commandments, mutilation of the body, and the enslavement of reason. Without the indoctrination of the innocent and impressionable young, these tired, anachronistic traditions would be consigned to the history books. We must abandon all of these if we are to evolve from the “chosen ones”, ostensibly favored by some supernatural power, to denounce these superstitions, embrace our essence and take our place in nature as the animals we are.

In “Look Back Alone”, a bombastic stomping industrial-flavored refrain, we listen to the voice of the minority as it is crushed and subjugated by the very powers it presumed to hold dear. Always look back at history as lessons to be learned and never forgotten, and never forget the battles fought against tyrannical forces. While you gaze dispassionately at those whose human rights are being destroyed, always remember that your status and privilege today could swiftly turn sour at any turn of power, and that your continuing freedom should never be presumed. If you blaze a path too far from the ever-changing norms, the next time you are looking back at where you’ve been, you’ll be looking back alone.

The world is a fantastic home, and its nearly infinite diversity should never be feared. Its beauty is in its differences, its complexity and its knowledge. “Safe Space”, in an old school house style, is a proclamation of carpe diem. The thrill of life is in the discovery of new things and the accumulation of knowledge. None of these things can be accomplished by living in a bubble, with protective measures on all sides, and political and procedural countermeasures to protect your fragile ego from the slightest affront. If you are never offended, then you can never grow and improve yourself. Get out of your safe space and do something new. Be offended and live.

After the presidential election in 2016 in the United States, a poem was inspired. That poem developed into “Nothing To Say”, a Celtic-style stomper on the precarious state of democracy. The welfare of all people, every other animal on Earth, and the environment, is under attack by greed, the root of all evil. The illusion of stability is a convenient fiction created by demagogues and charlatans. Unfortunately, human nature dictates that some will always accept these comforting lies, as they are easier to digest than complex, bare, cold facts. The educated, aware, and inspired youth must struggle to lead the world out of selfishness and the thirst for power back into enlightenment and the balanced, measured prosperity of all life on Earth. And if you aren’t paying attention and refuse to take part, then you’ve no stake in the game, and when you lose everything, you’ve got nothing to say.

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