Operation Deprogram Civilization

by The Bassturd

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Originally recorded between 2002 and 2003 on a Tascam 488 cassette-based 8-track recorder, this album was initially intended as a concept album. The idea was that society had become, in the post-9-11 era completely programmed by the media to support irrational ideas out of fear. This trend was troubling to me, and thus I decided that I'd release one, "serious," album by The Bassturd. After months of intense work on these compositions, I realized that my limited recording setup would not be enough to fully achieve my artistic vision for the album. At some point in the autumn of 2003 I took all of the songs I had been working on and hastily mixed them onto minidisc so I could send them to friends that seemed willing to help me complete the album. Though I do not recall exactly what I intended to do with the pieces, I know that they were not finished. My longtime friend and mentor, Rob "Steely Dan," offered to help me digitally record overdubs, as well as mix the entire album. In December of 2003 I flew from California to Illinois with the Tascam in tow in the hopes of completing work on, what I considered at the time, my finest work to date. Things quickly turned sour when we realized that the Tascam only had two outputs, (one for each channel), and that we would not be able to get the individual track data off of the machine for proper mixing. We attempted to record each track separately, but the motor in the 8-track was dying, and thus the tracks did not sync properly when dropped into a D.A.W. I was crushed. As a last ditch effort, we worked hard to try to re-record some of the pieces. I believe The Nazz and Andrew Duncan were involved in this process in some way, though I do not think we ever completed any of the stuff we worked on. Rob and I were able to finish three of the songs before I had to return to California. These three songs were later released as the first E.P. in The Bassturd's 20 E.P. series. After returning to California, I fell into a deep rut. I had spent more time on these songs than I had ever spent on any project up to that time. A friend suggested that I just shelve them and try to move on. Considering most of the songs were about the political happenings of the day, and by that point some of them were already irrelevant, this seemed like sound advice. As such, I just threw the minidiscs aside, and started working on what would become The Musical Healer album, released in June, 2004. Some of these songs stuck with me for years. In late 2004, Andrew Duncan and I collaborated on a project called Sleeper Cell. We took a couple of the tunes from these mixes and reworked them for that band. I would later release a few more of these songs on E.P.s in the 20 E.P. series. I had always joked with people about the, "lost album by The Bassturd," comparing it inappropriately to The Beach Boys, "SMILE." As time went on, I completely forgot about this album. I officially retired The Bassturd in 2011, and haven't really looked back. Fast-forward to September, 2015. While going through some boxes that had remained sealed through multiple moves, I came across a bunch of old minidiscs, and, (most surprisingly), a functional minidisc player. Among this wealth of discs were five separate discs labeled, "Operation Deprogram Civilization" demo mixes. I popped in one of the discs, and was immediately floored. "Holy shit," I thought, "I had forgotten all about these songs." I listened to all five discs, and thought, "Man, I should just put these out now, as-is." Then, I realized that I didn't know what the titles of the songs were, what the album ordering was intended to be, etc. Moments later, in the same box, I came across a notebook filled with detailed notes about the song order, song titles, themes, album artwork ideas, and the overall concept idea, which was complex. So, now it's 12 years later, and what is remarkable is that many of the things I was singing about have actually come to pass, (which is sad). As stated in my notes, the album was to be consumed wholly, in a dark room on headphones, playing on repeat for 48 straight hours. If, after this time, the listener still felt afraid of what was happening in the world, they were to repeat the process until they felt they had been, "deprogrammed." It seems pretty stupid to me now, but whatever. I was a kid in my early 20s dealing with a serious existential crisis brought on by the constant criminality of the government that had hijacked my country. Anyway, this is no masterpiece. It is, in essence, a collection of poorly mixed demo recordings that were intended to be released in 2003 as a full-length album. I thought it would be fun to share with everyone, and I hope you enjoy! ALSO, if you download the album, you will be treated to several bonus tracks that were recorded during this time period, but were, (according to my notes), not to be included on the final release. Much love patriots! Until another lost album materializes... - The Bassturd

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released November 2, 2015

All songs written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by The Bassturd except:

"Chumps & Suckers" - Performed, produced, and mixed by Rob "Steely" Bennett

"Overpopulate" - Recorded by The Bassturd - Additional recording and mixing by Rob "Steely" Bennett

"The Curse Of Humankind" - Recorded by The Bassturd - Additional recording and mixing by Rob "Steely" Bennett

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Track Name: Chumps & Suckers
AMERICA HAS BEEN OVERRUN BY FOOLS
SELF-SERVING NERDS WHO BEND AND BREAK THE RULES
IN THE NAME OF CAPITAL GAIN

AMERICANS ARE CAPTIVES OF THEIR IGNORANCE
BELIEVING THAT THEIR ACTIONS MAKE NO DIFFERENCE
WE CHOOSE TO CLOSE OUR EYES
THE TRUTH SHALL BE DENIED

WE'RE BEING PLAYED LIKE A BUNCH OF CHUMPS & SUCKERS
AMERICANS ARE DUMB MOTHERFUCKERS

CAPITALISM IS BOUND TO FAIL
THE THREAT OF GLOBAL WARMING IS VERY REAL
YET MOST PEOPLE STILL DENY
IF SOMETHING ISN'T DONE SOON WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE

JUST READ BETWEEN THE LINES
AND SEE THROUGH ALL THE LIES THAT BLIND
AND YOU WON'T BE SUCH A CHUMP OR A SUCKER
WE DON'T HAVE TO BE SUCH DUMB MOTHERFUCKERS
Track Name: Nixon's Vision
BEST CASE SCENARIO
WE’VE GOT FIFTY YEARS TO GO
SQUANDERING THE RESOURCES
WE DESPERATELY NEED TO LIVE
POISON OUR WATER SUPPLY
PUMP TOXINS UP INTO THE SKY
RAPING OUR ENVIRONMENT
UNTIL THE MOTHERFUCKER IS SPENT

WORST CASE SCENARIO
EVERYTHING SPINS OUT OF CONTROL
WE’VE PASSED THE POINT OF NO RETURN
WE SQUIRM, DEHYDRATE, STARVE AND BURN
IGNORED THE MESS AS IT AMASSED
WERE CAUGHT OFF GUARD WHEN IT ALL CRASHED
UPON US LIKE A TON OF BRICKS
DEFENSELESS, BEATEN, TIRED AND SICK

MOST LIKELY CASE SCENARIO
WE REALIZE THERE’S JUST ONE WORLD
ON WHICH ORGANIC LIFE CAN THRIVE
AND SO IF WE WISH TO SURVIVE
WE’LL PROTECT ALL THE RESOURCES
WE DESPERATELY NEED TO LIVE
HUMANKIND HAS THE MIND TO FIND
A WAY OF HALTING OUR DEMISE
Track Name: Elite
ACCORDING TO T.V.
THE ECONOMY IS IN AN UPWARD SWING
INVEST YOUR FAITH AND CASH BECAUSE THE MARKET IS GONNA BOUNCE BACK
BUT SOMETHING SMELLS FOUL
IT’S NOT ME – I CHECKED – I CHECK OUT
AN AIRBORNE VIRUS SPREADS THROUGH RESONATED HEADS
THE EGOCENTRIC MINDS BEHIND THESE WICKED POLICIES
DECLARE THAT ALL SHALL BE INFECTED BY THE TRICKLE-DOWN DISEASE
ENSURING OUR DEFEAT BY THE WELL-TO-DO ELITE

IT’S WELL WITHIN OUR MEANS
AS THE COGS IN THIS MALFUNCTIONING MACHINE
TO DISRUPT EVERYTHING THUS CRIPPLING THE ECONOMY
PREEMPTIVE ACTION MUST BE TAKEN TO SECURE OUR RIGHT TO BE FREE
Track Name: Dick and Bush
GEORGE BUSH AND CHENEY
PINKY AND BRAINY
WORLD DOMINATION
IS YOUR AMBITION
GO STEAL THOSE OIL FIELDS
OPERATION LOBBYIST SHIELD
WE NEED THAT GASOLINE
TO FUEL OUR SUVS
INVITE THE U.N.
TO SEARCH FOR WEAPONS
OF MASS-DESTRUCTION
BUT THEY FOUND NOTHING
SO THEN YOU ATTACK
A DEFENSELESS IRAQ
I GUESS AN UNARMED ENEMY
IS THE EASIEST KIND TO BEAT

GEORGE BUSH AND CHENEY
PINKY AND BRAINY
PRIVATIZATION
IS YOUR SOLUTION
THE IRAQI PEOPLE
DON’T SEEM TO GRATEFUL
MAYBE THEY REALIZE
THEY’RE BEING ROBBED BLIND.
Track Name: Right Now
RIGHT NOW THE AMERICAN MEDIA HAS TURNED ITS BACK ON THE MASSES
CORPORATE INTERESTS HAVE MANIPULATED THE SYSTEM TO SERVE THE UPPER CLASS
IT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE END
JUST RECOGNIZE AND UNDERSTAND

RIGHT NOW WE’RE BEING LED TO BELIEVE THAT A JUST WAR HAS BEEN WON
PAY NO MIND TO THE CIVILIAN CASUALTIES THAT OCCURRED AMIDST THE LIBERATION
NO LINKS HAVE BEEN MADE BETWEEN AL-QAEDA AND HUSSEIN
WHILE THE BUSHES AND BIN LADENS SHARE A LONG HISTORY

RIGHT NOW KATHERINE HARRIS AND JEB BUSH ARE PREPARING FOR 2004
INSTALLED A SYSTEM TO SHIFT ELECTORAL RESULTS BY TAKING VOTES FROM THE BLACKS AND THE POOR
IF THEY WANT A CLASS WAR THAT’S WHAT THEY’LL GET
THE WORKING POOR AREN’T LICKED QUITE YET
EXERCISE OUR RIGHT NOT TO SPEND
OUR HARD-EARNED CASH ON A SLAVE MADE BRAND
RIGHT NOW!
Track Name: Overpopulate
WE EAT AND DRINK AND SHIT AND SLEEP AND BREATHE AND FUCK AND DIE
WE SMOKE CIGARS, CONSUME RED WINE
WE LAUGH AND SCREAM AND CRY
WE REPRODUCE BY ACCIDENT
WE CHOOSE A LIFE-LONG MATE
OUR CURRENT COURSE OF ACTION MUST BE OPEN TO DEBATE

RESOURCES ARE DIMINISHING
THE POPULATION SWELLS
WE'LL SOON BE FORCED TO DWELL IN A MAN-MADE HELL

CLEAN WATER SUPPLIES DWINDLE AS THE WORLD SLOWLY WARMS
POLITICIANS DRAG THEIR FEET ON IMPLEMENTING NEW REFORMS
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DEFENDS THE UNBORNS' RIGHT TO LIVE
THE ECONOMY WILL TANK - SOMETHING HAS GOT TO GIVE

ABORT UNWANTED CHILDREN
WE CAN NO LONGER WAIT
OR THE WORLD WILL OVERPOPULATE
Track Name: Gulf War Syndrome
HEY MOTHERFUCKER
WHAT DO YOU SEE
WHEN YOU TAKE A LONG, HARD LOOK AT ME
A GULF WAR VETERAN THAT FOUGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY
OR JUST ANOTHER VICTIM OF SOME STRANGE DISEASE

TELL ME MOTHERFUCKER
WHAT DO YOU SEE
WHEN YOU TAKE A LONG, HARD LOOK AT ME

79 SOLDIERS DIED IN GULF WAR ONE
TEN THOUSAND MORE HAVE DIED SINCE IT WAS DONE
INFECTED AND DECREPIT
UNRELENTING DESPERATION
WHY WAS THE GOVERNMENT SO HESITANT TO PAY THEM REPARATIONS

TELL ME MOTHERFUCKER
WHAT DO YOU SEE
WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AROUND
AT YOUR DEMOCRACY?
Track Name: A Diseased Tree
CORPORAL CORPORATE IS FLYING HIGH
TOOK CONTROL OF THE STATE'S ENERGY SUPPLY
PRICES FOR POWER SOARED OVERNIGHT
A SCHEME DREAMED UP UNDER CHENEY'S WATCHFUL EYE
PRIVATE ENERGY RUNS ITSELF INTO THE GROUND
AND PROCEEDS TO SHAKE THE STATE GOVERNMENT DOWN
FOR A TAXPAYER FUNDED BAILOUT
WHILE EDUCATION AND THE ARTS ARE TOTALLY CUT OUT

YOU DON'T REALIZE THERE'S A DISEASED TREE
UNTIL YOU'RE TOSSED A ROTTEN APPLE
AND YOU DON'T CUT THE BRANCHES TO STOP THE DISEASE
YOU JUST UPROOT THE WHOLE FUCKING TREE

THE WORLD BANK AND THE I.M.F.
LEFT ARGENTINA QUITE A MESS
PRIVATIZED THEIR PUBLIC WORKS
PUT NINETY-THOUSAND OUT OF WORK
A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IS SURE TO COME
WHEN THE W.T.O. HAS FINALLY WON
ECONOMIES OF CRIPPLED COUNTRIES
SEIZED BY GREEDY CORPORATE THIEVES

YOU DON'T HAVE TO RELY ON MONEY OR FAITH
YOU DON'T HAVE TO THINK A CERTAIN WAY
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY IN BULK TO SAVE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A CORPORATE SLAVE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO VOTE FOR BUSH OR GORE
WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE
AND SO BEGINS A WORLD WAR................................
Track Name: Ode 2 Da Boomerz
I CAN'T AGREE TO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY
I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU'RE SAYING
BUT I JUST CAN'T SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY
I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU'RE SAYING TO ME

I USED TO THINK THAT I COULD THINK
AND NOW I DON'T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING
I USED TO FOSTER A DESIRE
TO BE PROGRESSIVELY INSPIRED
NOW I JUST DON'T CARE

I USED TO ACT ON PRIMORDIAL IMPULSES
IMBIBED MY SHARE OF QUAALUDES AND DOSES
SECURED A JOB AND SETTLED DOWN
I DRIVE MY S.U.V. AROUND
BECAUSE NOW I JUST DON'T CARE
I'LL RETIRE IN TEN MORE YEARS
Track Name: Right Wing Ideology
MY FRIEND CHRISTIAN PROPOSED TO ME
AN INTERESTING THEORY
THAT STATES ONE DAY WE’LL COME TO SEE
THE RIGHT WING IDEOLOGY
AS A SEVERE MENTAL DISEASE
AFFLICTING THOSE CONSUMED BY GREED
A VICIOUS UNRELENTING NEED
TO DO ANYTHING TO SUCCEED

WHO CARES HOW MANY PEOPLE DIE
IGNORE ALL THE DECEPTIVE LIES
WHO CARES ABOUT FOREIGN AFFAIRS
YOUR RIGHT TO LIFE IS YOUR RIGHT TO BARE
AN EXISTENCE OF OPPRESSION
PACKAGED AND SOLD AS FREEDOM
BLINDED AND NUMBED BY THE ILLUSION
OF ONE WORLD UNDER CAPITALISM

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACIES
FACILITATE THE RISE OF THIEVES
THE RIGHT WING IDEOLOGY
RULES ALL OF US WHEN THEY DO SEIZE
CONTROL OF CONGRESS AND DECIDE
TO ENACT WORLDWIDE GENOCIDE
BY ECONOMICALLY DEPRIVING
US OF A MEANS OF SURVIVING
Track Name: If It's Dead, I Will Leave It - If It's Alive, I Will Take It With Me
DO YOU EVER FEEL THE PRESSURE
LIKE A ROPE AROUND YOUR NECK
SOMETIMES I FEEL IT CUTTING OFF THE AIR
LIKE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK
IF IT’S DEAD, I WILL LEAVE IT
IF IT’S ALIVE, I WILL TAKE IT WITH ME
IF IT’S DEAD, I WILL LEAVE IT
LIKE THE ROPE AROUND MY NECK
LIKE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK
LIKE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK
LIKE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK
LIKE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK
LIKE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK
LIKE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK
LIKE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK
Track Name: The Curse Of Humankind
"THE REVOLUTION HAS COME"
"FUCK THE PIGS"
"IT'S TIME TO PICK UP THE GUNS"
"FUCK THE PIGS"

ARM YOURSELF, THE END IS NEAR
THE DAY OF JUDGMENT IS ALMOST HERE
REVOLUTION HAS A PRICE
SELFLESS HUMAN SACRIFICE
WE'LL UNITE THE LOWER CLASS
AND KICK THOSE YUPPIE FUCKERS' ASSES
VIVA LA OPPRESSED MASSES

THE CURSE OF HUMANKIND
IS AN EGOCENTRIC STATE OF MIND

GREED BREEDS ILL WILL
HANDS IN THE TILL
SEEKING A THRILL
TAKE OUT THEIR FILL
PEACE AND LOVE WON'T
TRIUMPH SO DON'T
STAND IN OUR WAY
OR ELSE YOU'LL PAY
PROFITS SOAR
SO MORE AND MORE
THE CLASS DIVIDE
IS OPEN WIDE
WE CAN'T DIG OUT
WE JUST WATCH OUT
FOR NUMBER ONE
FUCK EVERYONE ELSE
Track Name: Deprogramming
WE’RE BEING PLAYED LIKE A BUNCH OF CHUMPS AND SUCKERS
AMERICANS ARE DUMB MOTHERFUCKERS

SOCIETY HAS BEEN PROGRAMMED
THE PEOPLE HAVE LEARNED THEIR LESSON
DON’T SPEAK OUT ABOUT YOUR POINT OF VIEW
AN IMAGE CONSCIOUS CULTURE
THAT DEVOURS GOODS LIKE VULTURES
IS A CULTURE THAT IS MOST CERTAINLY DOOMED

WE ALWAYS THOUGHT WE WERE RIGHT
BUT IN HINDSIGHT
WE REALIZED
WE WERE WRONG MOST OF THE TIME

OUR FAULTY, ROTTEN HUMAN MINDS
WASTE SO MUCH TIME
DEBATING HARD LINE POLICIES
THUS SUSPENDING OUR ABILITY TO SEE
THROUGH THE MISGUIDING LIES
THAT HAVE SO SUBTLY BECOME
THE MECHANISM WE HATH DUBBED
CIVILIZATION

IT’S TIME TO STRAP YOUR DOWN
AND HOPE THAT SURVIVE THE GLOBAL CORPORATE MELTDOWN
NOW SHUT THE WORLD OUT
AND DON’T TALK ABOUT
THE UNSETTLING FACTS
JUST SIMPLY SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS

WE’RE ALL GOING DOWN WITH THE SHIP
CHUGGING BEERS AND THROWING FITS
CLENCHING FISTS AND TAKING HITS

DEPROGRAMMING
DEPROGRAMMING
DEPROGRAMMING
DEPROGRAMMING
CIVILIZATION
PREPARE FOR TOTAL MENTAL ANNIHILATION
DEPROGRAMMING
DEPROGRAMMING
DEPROGRAMMING
DEPROGRAMMING
YOU’RE ALMOST THERE

PLACE YOUR SHAKY HANDS
ATOP MY POROUS GLANDS
AND I’LL PULL YOUR HEAD
FROM THIS QUAKING SAND
I’VE DREAMT OF A LAND
WHERE EVERY MAN AND WOMAN
LIVES PEACEFULLY
IN HARMONY

YOU’RE NOW FULL DEPROGRAMMED
GO FORTH AND SPREAD YOUR WISDOM
FROM THIS POINT ON THE REST IS UP TO YOU
Track Name: We're Gonna Die! - (bonus track)
I’D BE LYING IF I SAID THAT IT DIDN’T BOTHER ME
THESE THREE SIMPLE WORDS SHOULD BE REPEATED FREQUENTLY
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
YOU AND I ARE GOING TO DIE

I’D BE LYING IF I SAID THAT I THOUGHT EVERYTHING WOULD BE FINE
JUST TRY TO CALM DOWN – IT WILL GET BETTER WITH TIME
BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND WE’VE GOT NOTHING ON OUR SIDE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
YOU AND I ARE GOING TO DIE

THIS IS THE END TIME
YOU SAW IT IN YOUR LIFETIME
NOW GIVE IN TO THE NORM
AND ADMIT WE’RE TOO FAR GONE
AVAILABLE OPTIONS ARE ALL NO GOOD
AND SO WE DON’T EVEN TRY
WE JUST WAIT FOR THE TIME
WHEN WE’RE GOING TO DIE
Track Name: Ode 2 Da Boomerz - (Sleeper Cell version) - (bonus track)
I CAN'T AGREE TO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY
I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU'RE SAYING
BUT I JUST CAN'T SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY
I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU'RE SAYING TO ME

I USED TO THINK THAT I COULD THINK
AND NOW I DON'T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING
I USED TO FOSTER A DESIRE
TO BE PROGRESSIVELY INSPIRED
NOW I JUST DON'T CARE

I USED TO ACT ON PRIMORDIAL IMPULSES
IMBIBED MY SHARE OF QUAALUDES AND DOSES
SECURED A JOB AND SETTLED DOWN
I DRIVE MY S.U.V. AROUND
BECAUSE NOW I JUST DON'T CARE
I'LL RETIRE IN TEN MORE YEARS