New Suburbans – Lake Eola, Orlando, Florida. 4th of July somewhere around 1984. Half of the gig was missing on the cassette tape, and the other half is in pretty bad shape. Original recording was pretty poor also.
Dear Red States
Dear Red States:
We’re ticked off at the way you’ve treated the Blue States, and we’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Minnesota, Wiscon
sin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast.
To sum up briefly:
You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states; we get stem cell research and the best beaches.
We get the Statue of Liberty; you get Opry Land. We get Harvard; you get Ole’ Miss.
We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs; you get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s we get a bunch of happy families; you get a bunch of single moms.
Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of the country’s fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation’s fresh fruit, 95% of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals than we lefties.
We’re taking the good pot too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.
Long ago there was a post punk band called the Stereos, who became the New Suburbans, and this band splintered and new band formed from the pieces and parts called Smashing Atoms. We were punks, and hippies, and we cared about the state of the world, and we were passionate, and we left a small mark, if only on our own consciousness.
Where were you in 1980?
- People Are Dying 3:10
- Bad Jets 3:15
- Black in America/Suburban Crawl 5:43
- Question of Authority 5:46
- Heard it on the Radio 4:15
- Lets Do It Again 5:09
- Reason For Treason 3:33
- Life in the USSR/Neutron Bomb 6:25
- Damaged Goods 3:49
- Eating Lotus 4:09
- Heart Full of Soul 2:06
- Feel a Whole Lot Better 2:21
- Little Sister/Hound Dog 4:29
- Secret Agent Man 2:35
- Swinging Diamond’s Song 1:22
- Time Avenger 5:14
- Tube Station 4:10
- For Your Love/Rock and Roll Nigger 6:36
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