two new Girls On Fire recordings
SF Air/SF Hair
This song is about seeing and trying to come to terms with the unexpected.
San Francisco was always known for being the big California city with clean air. Now, because of the Northern California wildfires, its air can sometimes be worse than the smog in Los Angeles. The realization of this change and its impact and how to communicate it vocally was inspired by Elvis Presley’s notorious “Desert Storm” speech of 1974. Elvis was in the midst of his divorce from Priscilla Presley and finishing up what would become his final residency in Las Vegas. There are recordings of his nine minute tirade against the gossip/movie/entertainment magazines for reporting/spreading rumors that he was “strung out on heroin.” During this melt down he claims that he has never been strung out on heroin and that the only thing that he has ever been strung out on was music. The audience is clapping and very supportive of him during this harangue. He goes on to say how dangerous these kinds of rumors/reports (fake news) are to his father, his band, his audience and his little daughter.
That is when I got to thinking about how his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is/was one of the Ramones’ biggest fans. She was close friends with Johnny Ramone and helped pay for the statue of him at his gravesite in Hollywood. Johnny, who was everyone else’s nightmare (the subject of “The KKK Took My Baby Away”), was the light of Lisa Marie’s life. I think that there is a Buddhist moral in there somewhere but moving right along….
Editor's Note: These are the first new Girls On Fire recordings since 1985!
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Bringing back the autobiographical elements along with real potty talk and some important, helpful public health information, the lyrics speak for themselves:
Cheap imitation furniture
Anthill off the freeway
Nice white ladies
With asses made of sandpaper
Sadly and quickly
Wore away the toilet seat
Go glasses away
It is broken
Fuck this dumb shit
It turns out
You can’t get scabies
From sitting on
A toilet seat
Very entertaining/amusing/bonkers. Hope there's gonna be some more.
Wonderful and great! I love. I really like your creations and your explanations of the tracks are incredibly enlightening and fun ¡Viva la poesía!
Believe it or not, dying on the shitter is a very common occurrence. Elvis was on so many drugs (not heroin, I suppose) that his system was compromised. If you are badly constipated and squeeze sufficiently hard, you give yourself a heart attack. I'm not making this up. Eat yer prunes!
Prune Juice is a daily part of MY active lifestyle!
Oh yes I know it is a commom occurence, look at Lenny Bruce different story though my mommy would have loved you if you had'nt od'ed on the crapper :) I forget where I heard that, or read it record jacket or t shirt. Yes of course his system was compromised, hence Nics trunk.
Adam J Naworal
Love the article and the new tunes! Great job and glad to see you're back in business with the music, Leslie!
I totally enjoyed your recordings I lived near San Francisco for time though I am originally from Orange County California, so I can totally confirm the air has gotten bad over there as well as a bunch of other stuff.
great stuff, Leslie! I've been wondering where my bonkers went after all these years... you're an inspiration.
Thanks so much to Jim, Chris, Evan, Adam, Aimee, Rafael and Hal for your responses. Much appreciated! From Dr. Nic to Orange County to heart attacks to Lenny Bruce to la poesia to prune juice, I think that we’ve got another bonkers Girls on Fire song in the works! Thanks again!!!
One of my favorite recordings of late. Everything about this, in fact, including the article and photos is magnificent. It is evocative of so much of the American imaginaire and yet so beautifully encapsulated at the same time. Kudos!
Lumen, thanks so much for your response and appreciation!
That looped Kool-Aid guy-esque "OHHH YEAH" sample is great
Dylan, thanks for your funny, insightful response! As I recall that Kool Aid guy was quite a cheerful monster!
Great, to hear new material from you, Leslie! Did you start recording, because of EC influence or did you secretly still made music for yourself?
Frank, thanks! Hal and all of you great EC folks are the inspiration for my return to music. Girls on Fire is like the Phoenix rising from the ashes! I can’t thank you all enough!
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After high school and a year in the DC noise band, Psychodrama, I moved to SF in 1982.