Stop showing up for the beating.
Just in time for Black Friday, it’s a song about mindless consumerism! Aren’t I the opportunist?
Actually, this one started as a song about not drinking shitty beer, but I couldn’t bring myself to write an entire song about JUST that. I mean, it’s a noble topic, but probably not worth more than an entire verse.
Stop Showing Up For The Beating
So what is “The Beating” anyway? It comes from an old Henry Rollins spoken-word bootleg. Ole Hank wonders what we’d be like as a nation (fuck it, as a species) if we stopped falling for the marketing bullshit that tries to tell us we’re being served quality when we’re really being fed trash.
That we’re being told the truth when 2 minutes on Google or Snopes.com makes it obvious we’re being lied to.
If you’ve been following my posts about trying to work on better two-man arrangements, this song is the first beneficiary of that effort. I took the initial sketch, brought it to its knees and re-worked it as just a piano/bass/synth and drum version, and made it sound killer. Then… well, I added the guitars back in. Why? ‘Cause they’re awesome, that’s why. BUT… the two-man version is still pretty damn good, so I mixed and mastered that as well, and you can tell ME which one you like better.