Million Watts

August 16, 2016 11:07 PM

Written for a recent SongFight, the challenge being: Song must feature an obvious flaw. Flaw cannot be lyrical.

My old Fender amp is super-buzzy at the best of times but I got a Vox Phantom re-issue a while ago and in three of the pickup positions it is insanely buzzy; through the Fender it's unbelievable how buzzy it is. Like comically buzzy.

I don't have them much anymore (knock on wood) but in my 20's I used to get a lot of panic attacks. Particularly in public situations, like a class at university or sitting in an audience at a performance or something; somewhere people would notice you right away if you did anything weird. And then this ominous feeling that something was going horribly wrong; that at best you were going to puke or cause a huge scene, and at worst you might die. And all you want to do is get the fuck out of there.

So the buzzing is kind of a metaphor for that feeling that comes on during panic attacks.
Hope that's not too explainy.

posted by chococat (9 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

I love everything about this. The contrast between the smooth vocals and buzzy/jangly instrumentation is especially great. It's got bit of an ELO vibe going on in a couple places, too. Nice!
posted by hades at 12:39 AM on August 20, 2016


That buzzing represents everything I was afraid would go wrong (and sometimes did) in public performances with my cheep-ass equipment. I am glad you turned it into an instrument in and of itself, and built a beautiful poppy yet paranoid ditty out of it. You do harmonies wicked good.
posted by not_on_display at 7:01 PM on August 21, 2016


This is inspired. Did you play the buzzes live, or fiddle with them in the daw?
posted by umbĂș at 7:12 PM on August 24, 2016


Hey thanks folks.
Yeah, so I recorded the different guitar parts with said buzzing amp.
Then I recorded the buzzing on its own, chopped it up and fucked around with it in Logic.
Throw in some buzzing Moog parts and Bob's yer buzzy uncle.
posted by chococat at 11:48 PM on August 24, 2016


Tense and nervous, anxiety flowing out of the sockets on every buzz. A very musical way to 'play' a very unmusical noise. Great work!
posted by BlackPebble at 12:18 PM on August 29, 2016


This is really good -- built around a well-conceived idea, realized in a thoroughly integrated way, every part adept.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:29 AM on September 8, 2016


Thanks, BlackPebble and Ivan!
posted by chococat at 3:14 PM on September 8, 2016


Heard it on the podcast and liked it immediately, but getting the back story of choosing to work with a specific flaw was cool.
posted by Gotanda at 2:18 AM on September 23, 2016


Perfect. Love everything about it. The "cutup" buzzes, the mad bit with the keyboards toward the end and the sudden ending. You nailed it.
posted by micayetoca at 2:50 AM on October 31, 2016


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