Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Runaway Radio

Runaway Radio

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Analysis


Inspired by Outkast’s “B.O.B.” and the Ramone’s “Blitzkrieg Bop”; Greg Tate’s witty observation that “someday the only culture we’ll have left is what we can carry in our pockets”; and by Steve Jobs, who made this notion a reality. Also inspired by Jes Grew in Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo and by the curse of fuk├║ in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous History of Oscar Wao.” CLICK FOR SOURCE PAGE

Lyrics

Verse 1:

I gave the girl a gat
We were down in Calcutta
We were ready to rock
And the bodies to drop
There go the children
Dancing in the streets…
They got the knives of the future
All in their teeth…

Chorus:

All the highs you think you know
Runaway Radio
Mumbo jumbo soul
Runaway Radio
The freedom motherlode
Runaway Radio
Style on a dial then roll
Runaway Radio

Refrain:

It’s so lonely at the top
The sky is all around now…
Am I a freak cuz I get weak
The streets don’t love my beat now…
If I jump, can I go fly
Or will I crash and die now…
Am I free if I can’t speak
And be what I can be now…

Verse 2:

“ooh it’s time,”
The girl said to me
“I’m sick of bread! I want wine—
And techno-luxuries!”
Now another culture’s
Come and gone
They got a McDonald’s
But no native songs…

Chorus:

All the highs you think you know
Runaway Radio
Mumbo jumbo soul
Runaway Radio
The freedom motherlode
Runaway Radio
And all your culture’s portable
On Runaway Radio…

Lyrics by Chuck Lightning

Music
Credits

"Ink Is An Instrument Publishing (ASCAP)/Tang Nivri Publishing (ASCAP). Ink Is An Instrument Publishing (ASCAP)/Tang Nivri Publishing (ASCAP). A “Clash Meets Funkadelic” adventure story Produced, Arranged, and Composed by Wonder & Lightning. Recorded at Wondaland Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA. Engineered by Control Z. Mixed by Chris Carmouche at Stankonia Recording, Atlanta, GA. Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound, NYC. Sony Microjam 2200: Chuck Lightning. Neptune Jungle 5000 Drums and assorted ATLien Drum Programming: Nate Wonder. African riot squad drums: Young Pete Alexander. Rhythm and Lead Guitar Revolution by: Johnathan Merenevitch and Kellindo Parker. “Somebody Betta Jam Up in Here” Synthesizers: Nate Wonder. Bass: Nate Wonder. Head Griot and Manic Hollering: Chuck Lightning. Background Afropunk Choir: Nate Wonder and Chuck Lightning.CLICK FOR SOURCE PAGE

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