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#601169 - 06/08/20 01:26 PM [User Showcase] Whole Lotta Stupid
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Whole Lotta Stupid

In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission used to have a rule known as the Fairness Doctrine that basically required radio and television broadcast stations to present controversial issues in an "honest, fair, and equitable" manner. It's too bad we don't have a similar regulation today that applies not only to traditional broadcast stations, but also to cable and satellite stations. Then, perhaps, we would have less of this inanity and insanity coming from both sides of the political spectrum. In the spirit of this defunct policy, I am presenting myself as an equal opportunity mocker in this song.

Real Tracks:
RT1683 Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm PopPromise
RT1525 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerPushDirty
RT3361 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BritClassicRock70s
RT1011 Bass, Electric, BritInvasion
RealDrums-RockTexas^1-HiHat,OpenHat
RT422 Guitar, Electric, Soloist Blues
RT1943 Synth, Rhythm, EuroDance Strings
RT2306 Synth, Rhythm BubblegumPopAccentSynth
RT1748 Synth, Rhythm ModernDancePopRaveMajestic
RT1944 Synth, Rhythm, EuroDance WhinyPan
RT3323 Vocal Mmms, Background RockNRollGospel12-8BassDbl
RT3322 Vocal Mmms, Background RockNRollGospel12-8BariDbl
RT3324 Vocal Mmms, Background RockNRollGospel12-8Tenor2Dbl
RT3315 Vocal Mmms, Background RockNRollGospel12-8Tenor1Dbl

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Nazi freaks and libtards
A fifty-foot fence in my backyard
Snowflakes, homophobes
Aliens and their anal probes

It’s a whole lotta stupid

Everybody anything goes
See how my tolerance shows
I’m open minded through and through
As long as you all just think like I do

It’s a whole lotta stupid

If you’re left, you’re not right
If you’re right, you are wrong
If you’re anything but white
Don’t come here ‘cause you don’t belong
Stupid

It’s a whole lotta stupid

What’s a few dollars with a few deaths
The sanctity of life in the same breath
Arrogance and ignorance
Choking on mental flatulence

It’s a whole lotta stupid

Hoaxes, conspiracy theories
Reporters with their “nasty” queries
Save this democracy
From exponential idiocy

It’s a whole lotta stupid

If you’re left, you’re not right
If you’re right, you are wrong
If you’re anything but white
Don’t come here ‘cause you don’t belong
Stupid

It’s a whole lotta stupid

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#601227 - 06/08/20 05:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Scott,
Nice! I do not know whether to laugh or cry...
Great vocals, fun arrangement -> nice merger of synths and acoustics! Stops at ending are very effective. Excellent artistic reflection of current times. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#601239 - 06/08/20 07:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Sort of your version of Tom Petty's "Quit Jamming Me." Danged if I don't feel you because I do. Sweet arrangement and powerful vocal that "lets it all out" the longer it goes. Great work on the lead guitar. Real Tracks? Outstanding, either way. Love the drops to silence...sweet, sweet silence...but alas, it's only a temporary reprieve. Really enjoyed this.


Edited by Tangmo (06/08/20 07:06 PM)
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#601244 - 06/08/20 07:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Yes Yes and Yes!
Good one.
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#601246 - 06/08/20 08:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Nice production and vocals.

I'm not what to make of the stop and go ending. It's... different. But it certainly got my attention! smile
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#601264 - 06/08/20 09:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Hi Ez ...

Di and I were talking about just a few days ago. And you hit the nail on the head! Stupid doesn't come with political or social labels ... it's just there or it isn't. And Washington seems to be pretty badly infected with it ... as are the social platforms. i cancelled my InstaGram and Facebook accounts almost three years ago ... don't miss them at all! Good job!

Best to you ... and be safe.

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#601270 - 06/08/20 09:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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You get points right off the bat for writing about current issues. Really did a great job hitting that chorus which is super strong and those guitar solos and licks in there really add some punch. I really like the way it moves and the infectious energy. Great work, and really impressive the way you too so many RealTracks and weaved them together into a cohesive whole.
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#601325 - 06/09/20 05:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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The Federal Communications Commission rule known as the Fairness Doctrine was erased by Regan in a deal with Rupert Murdoch. Rupert got US Citizenship and a free hand as well as the right to buy upp US media at a colossal rate. Regan received, in return, a guaranteed bias in the media Murdoch owned...still applies now.
Who'd have thought that Idicocracy was a prescient movie.
FUN song, you've captured the words , phrases and nuances of the last three years or so very well.
I liked the stops and the expectation they created and then didn't meet.
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#601345 - 06/09/20 07:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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I can tell you've been watching the TV recently and probably a bit too much.


I like it. The song that is.... not the stupidity I see on the TV
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#601405 - 06/09/20 05:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Ezekiel,

I generally avoid commenting on sensitive topics on the internet, but I share a longing for the days when the news stuck to “Who, What, When, Where and Why” and tried to communicate events to the masses with some balance. What would Walter Cronkite think of all this, I wonder? Now, when I’m even inclined to read the news, I have to read multiple sources and then try to discern what little truth may or may not lie somewhere in between. Sad.

Anyway, the song is terrific—nice beat and rhythm guitar really propels it forward. Not sure why I’m hearing a Bowie feel, but for me it has it in spades. And it’s a good hook. I’m not sure I like the stop and go at the end, but that last stop is effective, as as it wouldn’t work without the ones going before it, I get the rationale.

Really well done tune—enjoyed it!

All my best,

Deej

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#601453 - 06/10/20 02:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Good song! Cool arrangement, good vocal and band.

Any the lyrics certainly rang true. I didn't know about that Fairness Doctrine rule, interesting!

Very well done, enjoyed.

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#601457 - 06/10/20 03:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Hi Ezeliel,

A great track which supports my longstanding view that we're all doomed.

Some very inventive stuff in the arrangement and I loved the interrupted ending
which sort of had it's own message.

Very clever, very true, but sad all the same.

Enjoyed the listen though.

ROG.

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#601462 - 06/10/20 04:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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That was a quite a ride, Ezekiel! The World still needs Rock'n Roll!!!

Cool merge of RealTracks with gospel mmm's, American rock with "british energy".

WELL DONE!
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#601491 - 06/10/20 08:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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"What’s a few dollars with a few deaths
The sanctity of life in the same breath
Arrogance and ignorance
Choking on mental flatulence"

Strong stuff here indeed. Point on in a superbly creative manner.

As I (Bud) am fond of saying stupid is forever while ignorance has the possibility of remedy.

No need to parse this song out. We love everything about including:

- the strong vocal
- the choice of tracks
- the cool arrangement including the grab ya ending
- the in your face yet nuanced mix
- and the aforementioned write

Hmmm...guess we did just parse it out smile

Great work!

J&B

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#601524 - 06/10/20 01:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Ezekiel,

Very funny. You should write more songs like this!

Very timely and very true.

Hey, if aliens move here is there a planet they are currently coming from that we can move to? Seems like a fair deal.

I will tell them they can have this one man.
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#601556 - 06/10/20 05:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Testify brother. I respect honesty from the heart. A difficult thing to do these days. Nice write.


Edited by Belladonna (06/10/20 07:06 PM)

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#601562 - 06/10/20 06:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Excellent write and a strong performance. Stupid, alas, is ever present and everywhere.
I think it was Deej who mentioned Bowie and to my ears your voice has a very similar quality in spots.
Regards,
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#601583 - 06/10/20 09:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Excellent lyric, and a really nice production - (interesting ending!).

Very well done in all respects - top notch.


Peter

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#601641 - 06/11/20 06:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Scott,

Excellent lyric. A whole lot of truth.

Good use of BIAB. The synths, in particular. Good mix. The stops are as effective as a profane tweet. smile

There is a David-Byrne-ish-ness to this. A good thing...

Well done.

fj

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#601698 - 06/11/20 02:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whole Lotta Stupid [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Wall of Voodoo vocal style.
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