New Song #14b: Network

New Song: Network
Key: D/Dm, Length: 5:16, Genre: Electronic Dance Protest Music!

When Eric first heard this song, he said:

“So what do you really think about TV, Em?”

Presented for your amusement is a mash-up of electronic dance music and the movie Network. I am channeling my innate hate into music and giving it a hot, hot disco beat. What comes out is total, complete, red-hot awesome! It is so full of awesome that even awesome has awesome. It has awesome piled on awesome. You must take my word for it.

It is very much aimed at today’s culture — Network is every bit as apt today as it was when it first came out in 1976. Perhaps even more so, since we walked down the road Network was parodying. It would work great with a montage of, say, FOX News and the Bush&Dick show.

Listen to it. If you like it, pass it on to your friends.

I also took shots of my work area to demonstrate why putting something like this together takes me weeks. This is my arranging area and my mixing screen. They’re both longer than the screenshot, but it’s a balance between squishing everything in to the shot and seeing things clearly.


Network

I want you to tell the people the truth.
Not an easy thing to do because
the people don’t want to know the truth.

We’re not talking about eternal truth or
absolute truth or ultimate truth.
We’re talking about impermanent, transient, human truth.
Then I said… okay.

62 million other Americans are listening to me right now!
Less than 3 percent of you read books!
Less than 15 percent of you read newspapers!
The only truth you know is what you get over this tube!

There is a whole, an entire generation that
never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube!

This tube is the gospel…
This tube is the gospel…

This tube can make or break Presidents!
This tube is the most awesome force in the
entire goddamn Godless world!

I want you to get mad.
I want you to get mad.
Turn them off!
Turn them off!
You’ve got to say, I’m a human being, goddamn it!
My life has value!

Television is a goddamned amusement park!
So if you want the truth, go to God.
Go to your gurus!
Go to yourselves!
You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here!

You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality
and your own lives are unreal.

This tube is the gospel…
This tube is the gospel…
Turn them off!
Turn them off!
I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!

There is a whole, an entire generation that didn’t know anything
that didn’t come out of this tube.
This tube can make or break Presidents
This tube is the most awesome force in the
entire goddamn Godless world!

I want you to get mad.
We deal in illusions, man! None of this is true!
I want you to get mad.
I’m a human being, goddamn it! My life has value!

We know that Democracy is a dying giant.
I don’ t mean that the United States is finished as a world power.
The United States is the richest, most powerful, most advanced
country in the world.
What is finished is the idea that this great country is dedicated to the
freedom and flourishing of every individual in it.

There is a whole, an entire generation that didn’t know anything
that didn’t come out of this tube.
The time has come to say, ‘Is dehumanization such a bad word?’
Because good or bad, that is what’s so.

I want you to get mad!
I want you to get mad!
We deal in illusions, man! None of it is true!
You’ve got to say, I’m a human being, goddamit! My life has value!
I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!

I want you to tell the people the truth.
Not an easy thing to do because
the people don’t want to know the truth.