The Covert Sound Philosophy.
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The Covert Sound Philosophy.
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People simply will not understand. Even then…
Imagine a group of musicians, a band, who did everything possible to not be famous and be rich.
They changed their name every show so they would not make a name for themselves.
They made no records.
They were well known in the music community and even wrote songs, actually gave songs to people who did become famous, songs some of which made a lot of money and became well known, some still well known today. They never asked those people for royalties or recognition again still to this day.
One could say that they trusted existence.
This group played extensively around the West Coast of the United States. Frequented Burning Man before it was a thing. They were regular installments at “desert parties” in the Western States through out the 90’s. And the “Tunnel Parties” in the mountains above Los Angeles. Raves and experimental sound festivals and “be-outs”.
They were specifically anti-establishment, but not anti-human or anti-actuality. In fact, with such integrity this group went about their business, so genuine and authentic thier music resonated with people, by 1996 they has become known as the band that one simply knew about, but no one wanted to ruin. A sort of purity left in the world that everyone who knew wanted to keep. To see and hear and experience the group and thier music was pure word of mouth and happenstance.
It is simply unbelievable to most people, and I think that was the point: give people something they could absolutely not believe and they would thus know that something legitimate actually existed.
Most people ask: Why would anyone do that? Why would anyone try not to make money and not be famous? To make an effort in the opposite direction, not simply “letting it be” in the all too typical happy-ending story where then one becomes famous and everyone loves them. Rather, to purposefully make an effort to not have that happen? Simply inconceivable.
And yet the most legitimate confirmation that capitalism is not necessary for the future same results to occur, minus all the bullshit identity crisis and “personal transformations” that we, again, know all too well is undefeatably and undeniably human.
To have some thing distinctly true that exists authentically, that arises and occurs despite all the modern tropes.
People simply cannot conceive of a group of people, a music group succeeding — for all purposes of artistic integrity and popularity– without making money or seeking commercial fame for the simple reason which reflects a certain orientation upon the world which was being challenged then. A kind of challenge which is mostly beyond anyone nowadays, even as it was just barely hanging on 30 years ago, a residue of philosophical motifs. ￼
And it became, like, this weird situation, this unbelievable situation that began to happen in so many places all around the west, a sort of precipitate from the 60’s. And a code, of sorts, came out of it. It really was miraculous and gave us faith in the world, again, in a weird way.
Of course we think of the book “fight club”, and the quote that comes out of the book,
The first rule of fight club is that you don’t talk about fight club.
The thing is, is that this book drew upon something that was already occurring, and again the author used it to make a living from, as a writer would, as an artist should and would. But where that came from was something that was actually occurring — that shouldn’t be possible — that was kind of more authentic than the existential ‘bad faith’ way we all usually must eventually live anyway….
Because the thing was with this group￼￼￼￼￼￼ — that is, if you asked anyone about the group, anyone who knew, they would deny that it existed. Lol. It was the funniest thing! It was the weirdest thing! And they still do and will !!
that’s the true beauty of it, that it still lives on right on front of people’s eyes and ears.
It became like this unwritten code of this large group of people — an amazingly large group — that would show up at these various events. And maybe 4 out of 10 times, maybe 2 or 3 out of every 20 venues￼￼￼ …Around certain cities — even in the middle of nowhere– there would be a band that would show up with some stupid name and the people who knew, knew. And the beginning of the show would be like, maybe, a normal crowd for a Tuesday, but after the first few songs, the word would get out and the place would be jam-packed, people standing out on the sidewalk just mulling around, being part of the “be-out”.
And the people who didn’t know just thought it was pretty good and sometimes a little weird. But some would hear the songs, and they knew. And it was the best thing. And then later on you could hear them, a couple years later maybe, some famous band playing some of the songs in a different way slightly￼, commercialized, solidified, packaged. Think grunge and alternative mostly, but even some of the harder rock songs, even a few pop tunes, were written by this same group of people, unknown and working hard to remain so.
Listen to the old, and even newer, interviews with some of these famous rockers. You’ll hear it if you listen. Foo Fighters; Hole; the Mentors; Rage Against the Machine; Concrete Blonde; even No Doubt. And those were just the ones who’d been around from the beginning.
Well, there’s much more to be told. And maybe I’ll do that as we go on.
This is what the Covert Sound Philosophy was, and is. Except that CSP now has kind of just become kind of a nostalgia. A kind of beckoning back to what was, a real truth, a surety, a kind of good feeling that there is something legitimate in the world that we can hang onto without having it be a capitalist product￼.￼￼￼..or before it must become one.
— and with the full irony intact nowadays as CSP is making records.
Because it is a commercial sound product now for sure.￼ 🤘🏾🧑🏾🚀xxxx
The first rule was an unwritten rule. It was a rule that just came up out of necessity, out of an imperative toward legitimacy and authenticity.
The Covert Sound Philosophy
Looks Like Rain/ Not Fade Away
Album NotesThese recordings were made over 2016-2017 at Great Faux Studio, Louisville, Colorado.
Mastered by No One 2017
To my life and family.
“In 1991, the music world was in turmoil. The last of underground possibility was disappearing fast, being replaced by the ambiguity of commercial acceptance. Bands which up till then had tried to retain some artistic integrity changed their tune, and they themselves became the new standard for artistic integrity. Mayhem prevailed. Noone could sell out any more; the whole idea of selling out had sold out.
Amidst this ridiculousness, one band made a stand. The Covert Sound Philosophy was born. They had risen from the depths of rock star wannabe to the epitome of rock star irony. Everyone knew the songs; everyone wanted to get to their shows. But where were they?
Many knew, but none told. It was a true religion carved from the insides of psychedelic comedy, CSP had remained true to integrity, and their fans did too. Some of the most famous songs of the late 20th century were written by CSP, but they didn’t want credit, they were too cool. And that’s what made them the coolest band the world has ever seen. Anyone who had seen them would not admit it, and those artists who played the CSP songs vowed not to reveal who actually wrote the songs.
Topping the Sex Pistols’ hardly ironic and blatantly spiteful “The Great Rock and Roll Swindle”, CSP had succeeded where others had failed. This is why they had achieved a legendary status that no one could talk about.”Now, the Covert Sound Philosophy has broken that silence. We have for your inspection and commercialization, “The Clausal Proof”.*
Clausal Proof. by The Covert Sound Philosophy.vocals, guitar: Lance Cares
drums, vocals: Sparkle Brips
Bass, vocals: Charles Barmup
Beat Programmer, synth, guitar: Peter Smithers.
NEW TUNE: CSPcspCSPcspCSPcspCSPcspCSPcspcspCSP
The New Nude Minglewood Blues
There is more going on than meets the mind..
Put some iron on the wound.
The smell of blood will surely put you through
The pain from the stain that’s been festering in you.
Do you wonder which parts are true?
Melancholy smiles of the blackest blues
That play the heart strings a rapturous tune.
Or the simple pleasures that bring the crisis to bloom.
Or the way that you see others smiling and free
Come together and just be.
…the musings of a fool.
Roll away, roll away the dew.
This god-damned romance is just covering you
Just like the heartache when your lover comes unglued
Worked and jaded from the line you drew
To come around.
Wade to this side of the pool.
to the deep side of the fool.
Honestly, have you ever loved anyone deeper
That the one you loved before?
Have you never wanted more
Than to love the one that you adore?
Will there ever be a reprieve?
Wearing your heart on a sleeve.
Is there a false from a true?
Is there a me and a you?
These are the questions you surely go through.
Not to mention the pain
Once again –
Would you like a little salt on the wound?
Maybe a little deeper
Maybe some more room
To squirm and to thrash in the deepening ash
That fills the hole in your tormenting soul.
That spills onto everyone you know
Waiting to come around…
Just one flick of the tongue.
Makes you feel like you’re young again.
Just one finger in the hole.
It comes up stripped down to the bone.
Then you’re reminded of when you’re alone
Never minding who is there or how you’ve grown
Or how unselfishly they’ve invested all their energy
For you –
Only human is the musings of a fool.
One step forward two steps back.
Never quite knowing where your love is at.
Blindly reaching for a heart attack.
2008/2019 Lance A. Kair
Image courtesy of S Lynn Knight🎈 “heart on a sleeve”.x
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