Vote Oscar & Larry For Pres. and Vice P.

by The Bassturd

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"Vote Oscar & Larry for Pres. and Vice P." is a concept album originally released on cassette in 1998. In the year 2028, the world is on the brink of collapse. In a last-ditch effort to save the planet, every nation on Earth agrees to cede individual state power in exchange for a newly created World Council. In a large field of potential candidates vying to take control of the World Council are two completely unknown, charismatic individuals named Oscar and Larry. At first glance their charm, good looks, and overall obliviousness are regarded by the populace as exceptionally appealing. However, throughout the course of the campaign it is revealed that neither candidate really knows what they're doing.

As is always the case in politics, ignorance wins the day and Oscar and Larry are elected to lead the World Council. A complete collapse of civilization quickly follows, and the planet is thrust into desperate chaos.

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In early 1998 I began flushing out the basic concept of this album. I had a batch of songs lying around that I re-purposed over the course of a month. At the time I only had two keyboards, (both Yamaha home keyboards from the 1980s), an accordion, two harmonicas, and a tape recorder. I made a rough outline of the album by recording a live take of every song on my tape recorder. I played part of the tape for my pal Coolzey, who immediately offered to let me use his four-track machine to multi-track the album. I lived in a squalid 8 foot by 10 foot room with no air conditioning at the time, so Coolzey let me use his bedroom as a makeshift studio. I was also unemployed and completely penniless. Z left me some crackers and dried fruit to help keep me going. I stayed up all night tracking the songs, and within 24 hours had completed what later became, "Vote Oscar & Larry For Pres. and Vice P."

What is strange is how prophetic this tale has become. The album was intended to serve as a reminder that political ignorance could one day lead us down a dark path from which we may never return. I never imagined that this would actually happen 12 years BEFORE the album is set to take place.

I truly believe that, despite the crappy recording quality, the horrible mix, and the many other flaws contained in these songs, that this album is more important now than ever! Every single American should listen to it.

- b. turd

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released July 4, 1998

All songs written, recorded, and produced by The Bassturd. Mixed by The Bassturd and Coolzey. Digital conversion and sonic clean-up by R. "Steely" Bennett of Loss Foundation - www.lossfoundation.com

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Track Name: Oscar and Larry
THE YEAR IS 2028
THE POLITICAL SYSTEM HAS BEEN CHANGED
THE WORLD HAS COME TO THE CONCLUSION
THAT A NEW WORLD COUNCIL IS THE SOLUTION
AMONG THE MANY CANDIDATES
TO APPEAR ON THE WORLD COUNCIL BALLOT
IS A MYSTERIOUS, CHARISMATIC TEAM
GENERICALLY TITLED OSCAR AND LARRY

THEY DON'T MAKE ANY PROMISES
AND THEY DON'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY GOALS
AND WHEN ASKED HOW THEY PLAN TO CHANGE THE WORLD
THEY SIMPLY RESPOND, "HEY, LEAVE US ALONE!"

THEY DON'T MAKE ANY PROMISES
AND THEY DON'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY GOALS
AND WHEN ASKED HOW THEY PLAN TO CHANGE THE WORLD
THEY SIMPLY RESPOND, "HEY, LEAVE US ALONE!"

IT'S BLATANTLY APPARENT TO SEE
THE LOGICAL CHOICE IS OSCAR AND LARRY
THEY'RE EXACTLY WHAT THIS WORLD NEEDS
TO ELIMINATE ALL THE FILTH, THEFT, AND GREED

PLEASE VOTE OSCAR AND LARRY
THEY SHALL SET US FREE
PLEASE VOTE OSCAR AND LARRY
THEY SHALL SET US FREE

FREE...
Track Name: Self Involvement
GIVE THE PEOPLE AN INCH AND THEY'LL TAKE ANOTHER INCH
OBLIVIOUS TO TYRANNY AND LEADERSHIP
ROCK THE BOAT UNTIL THE MOTHERFUCKER FLIPS
IT'S TIME TO ELECT A NEW LEADER TO OFFICE
AMONG THE MANY CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM
ARE A COUPLE OF SCHMUCKS, WELL-DRESSED, BUT KIND OF DUMB
THEY LONG TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS WHOLE ENTIRE KINGDOM
THIS COULD BE THE ANSWER TO ALL THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS
THEY STAND OUT FROM ALL THE OTHER NOMINEES
OVERFLOWING WITH SELF-INVOLVEMENT AND APATHY
I KNOW THIS MIGHT SOUND A LITTLE BIT CRAZY
BUT I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR OSCAR AND LARRY

GIVE THE PEOPLE AND INCH AND THEY'LL TAKE ANOTHER INCH
OBLIVIOUS TO TYRANNY AND LEADERSHIP
I KNOW THIS MIGHT SOUND A LITTLE BIT CRAZY
BUT COME ELECTION DAY I'M VOTING OSCAR AND LARRY
FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE P.
OH YEAH!
Track Name: Current Economy
OSCAR SPOKE ON T.V. TODAY
HE ATTEMPTED TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT ECONOMY
I SAW LARRY ON THE SIX-O-CLOCK NEWS
ATTEMPTING TO TIE HIS BRAND NEW SHOES
SO TELL ME MR. OSCAR, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO
ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUE?
SO TELL ME MR. LARRY, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO FIGHT
TO MAKE ALL THE WRONG THINGS IN THE WORLD TURN RIGHT?

I DON'T KNOW
NO, I DON'T KNOW

I SAW OSCAR ON MTV PLUGGING M.G.D. WITH JENNY MCCARTHY
I SAW LARRY ON THE CONAN O BRIAN SHOW ANSWERING EVERY QUESTION WITH, "i DON'T KNOW."
THAT'S WHEN IT ALL BECAME CLEAR TO ME
NOBODY SHOULD VOTE FOR OSCAR AND LARRY
SURE, THEY'RE GOOD LOOKING, FUNNY, AND HIP
BUT HAS ANYONE NOTICED THAT THEY'RE BOTH FUCKING IDIOTS?

THE PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET HAVE TURNED INTO SHEEP
WHERE WAS I WHEN THE WORLD FORGOT HOW TO THINK?
Track Name: Anarchy Is Upon Us
THEY LIKE TO DANCE
THEY WEAR COOL THREADS

I'D LIKE TO SLAP THEM UPSIDE THEIR EMPTY FUCKING HEADS

THEY LIKE FAST CARS
AND PRETTY GIRLS

BUT THEY DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT RUNNING THE WORLD

I THINK THEY'RE CUTE
I THINK THEY'RE COOL

I THINK THEY'RE BOTH A COUPLE OF STUPID FUCKING FOOLS

THEY LIKE TO DRINK
AND SNORT COCAINE

I AM CONVINCED THAT OSCAR AND LARRY ARE INSANE

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY
I CAST A VOTE FOR OSCAR AND LARRY
I THINK EVERYONE AGREES WITH ME
THEY SHALL OVERSEE OUR WORLDWIDE INSECURITIES

THEY LIKE TO FIGHT
AND BAD MOUTH JEWS

I THINK I KNOW WHICH CANDIDATES I WILL CHOOSE

THEY'RE SO INDIFFERENT
AND THEY'RE SO SMUG

I'D LIKE TO PLANT A WET ONE ON LARRY'S MUG

THEY SAY FOUL WORDS ON NBC

OH HOW I LOVE OSCAR AND LARRY

THEY'RE FUCKING STUPID
THEY'RE FUCKING DUMB

THEY BOTH LIKE WRESTLING AND CHEWING GUM!

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY
I CAST A VOTE FOR OSCAR AND LARRY
I THINK EVERYONE AGREES WITH ME
THEY SHALL OVERSEE OUR WORLDWIDE INSECURITIES

THEY LIKE TO DANCE
THEY WEAR COOL THREADS

I'D LIKE TO SLAP THEM UPSIDE THEIR EMPTY FUCKING HEADS

THEY LIKE FAST CARS
AND PRETTY GIRLS

BUT THEY DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT RULING THE WORLD

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY
I CAST A VOTE FOR OSCAR AND LARRY
Track Name: Ridiculous - (You're All)
THE VOTES ARE IN
THE WORLD HAS CHOSEN
WHO THE NEW OVERLORDS SHALL BE
OH GEE, I HOPE IT'S OSCAR AND LARRY

NO CANDIDATE IN HISTORY
HAS EVER BEGUN TO IMPRESS ME
EXCEPT FOR OSCAR AND LARRY

THEY SPEAK FROM THEIR HEARTS
NOT FROM THEIR MINDS
THEIR IDEAS SEEM PSYCHOTIC AND UNKIND
WHY WOULD ANYONE VOTE FOR OSCAR AND LARRY?

THE VOTES WERE COUNTED AND AMAZINGLY
EVERYONE VOTED FOR OSCAR AND LARRY
YIPPEE
I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT
I WAS SO HAPPY
NOW GUIDED BY THE INSANE TEACHINGS OF THEE
OSCAR AND LARRY

THE WORLD SHALL CRUMBLE
BUT NOBODY CARES
THE NEW WORLD LEADERS CARE ABOUT THEIR HAIR
WHY DID EVERYONE VOTE FOR OSCAR AND LARRY?
THEY SPEAK FROM THEIR HEARTS
NOT FROM THEIR MINDS
THEIR IDEAS SEEM PSYCHOTIC AND UNKIND
WHY WOULD ANYONE VOTE FOR OSCAR AND LARRY?
Track Name: Looking Good On T.V.
TONIGHT
THE WHOLE WORLD IS MINE TONIGHT
ME AND LARRY WON THE FIGHT
AND NOW WE'RE IN CHARGE

MY MOM WAS SO PROUD OF ME
SHE SAID I LOOKED GOOD ON T.V.
I GET PAID A LOT OF MONEY
FOR RULING THE WORLD

IT'S NOT AS HARD AS I INITIALLY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE
I SIT AROUND ALL DAY AND SIP ICE TEA
AND MAYBE PLAY SOME PING PONG WITH LARRY
AND THEN WE GET DRUNK AND FUCK SOME INTERNS

A RECENT POLL CONDUCTED BY THE UNITED PLANET LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SHOWS OSCAR AND LARRY'S APPROVAL RATING AT AN ASTONISHING LOW 0.05%. MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL BELIEVE THAT THE CAUSE FOR THE RECORD LOW RATING LIES IN OSCAR AND LARRY'S COMPLETE LACK OF LEADERSHIP ABILITY AND INTELLIGENCE.

TONIGHT
THE WHOLE WORLD IS MINE TONIGHT
ME AND LARRY WON THE FIGHT
AND NOW WE'RE IN CHARGE...
Track Name: Aftermath
THEY ELIMINATED WELFARE JUST TO SEE HOW PEOPLE WOULD REACT
THEY DROPPED ATOMIC BOMBS ON CHINA AND IRAQ
THEY RAISED THE INCOME TAX TO 93 PERCENT
I DON'T THINK THEY UNDERSTAND THE EXTENT OF THEIR COMMITMENT

THEY OUTLAWED BASKETBALL IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE
OSCAR IS A PEDOPHILE AND LARRY HATES QUEERS
THEY PROPOSED A DRESS CODE FOR THE WHOLE ENTIRE PLANET
WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING
THE WORLD IS TURNING TO SHIT

I THINK I HAVE A SOLUTION
A WORLD-WIDE FREEDOM REVOLUTION
OSCAR AND LARRY HAVE TO PAY
FOR LEADING EVERYONE ASTRAY

THEY STARTED KILLING BUDDHISTS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN CHRIST
THEY LEGALIZED PROSTITUTION, WELL, I GUESS THAT'S ALRIGHT
THEY ELIMINATED LAW ENFORCEMENT TO SAVE A LITTLE CASH
THEY PERSUADED NICK AT NIGHT TO AIR RERUNS OF M.A.S.H.

I THINK I HAVE A SOLUTION
A WORLD-WIDE FREEDOM REVOLUTION
OSCAR AND LARRY HAVE TO PAY
FOR LEADING EVERYONE ASTRAY
Track Name: Rundown Town
I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD GO THIS FAR
EVERYTHING IS OUT OF CONTROL
TWO YEARS AGO EVERYONE FUCKED UP
AND PUT THOSE TWO MORONS IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD
LAST NIGHT I WAS WALKING
THROUGH THIS RUNDOWN, ABANDONED TOWN
THERE USED TO BE SO MANY CHILDREN RUNNING AROUND
THIS USED TO BE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE TOWN
UNTIL THE MASSES DECLARED
THE TIME HAS COME TO FUCK SHIT UP
THE WORLD NEEDS SOMEONE TO FUCK IT UP
SO THAT'S WHAT THEY DID
WHAT A BUNCH OF FUCKING DIPSHITS

BUT NOT ME
I'M NOT PART OF THE CONSPIRACY
I'LL TRY TO MAINTAIN MY SANITY FOR A WHILE
I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG I CAN STAND
OSCAR AND LARRY'S PSYCHOTIC DEMANDS
I TRIED TO WARN YOU BUT IT WAS TOO LATE
THE WORLD HAD PICKED ITS CANDIDATES

NOW I SIGH
NOW I SIGH
NOW I SIGH
NOW I SIGH

AND I CRY
I GET HIGH
I GET HIGH
Track Name: Refuge
I HAD ALL THE MONEY THAT THE PLANETS COULD NOT BUY
NOW I HAVE A BACKPACK FULL OF SUPPLIES
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST IN THIS MAN-MADE LIVING HELL
OSCAR AND LARRY TOOK OFFICE AND ALL OF MANKIND
FELL TO ITS KNEES
IT ALL HAPPENED SO QUICKLY
NO ONE COULD BELIEVE
THAT THE WORLD HAD COME TO AN END
A NUCLEAR WINTER IS MOVING IN
I TAKE REFUGE UNTIL IT BLOWS OVER
I HAVE CANNED FOODS
I TAKE REFUGE
FROM THE NUCLEAR WINTER OF DEATH
Track Name: Leave This Planet
PLANTED FIRMLY ON THE GROUND
GRAVITY HOLDS YOU IN PLACE
YOU REALIZE THAT THERE'S NO ESCAPE
FOREVER TRAPPED IN THIS SPHERICAL CAGE
YOU LONG TO VENTURE INTO OUTER SPACE

THERE'S NOTHING LEFT FOR US NOW
WE ALL WANT TO LEAVE THIS PLANET
DESTROYED BY OSCAR AND LARRY'S DISORGANIZED LEADERSHIP
WE'VE MADE OUR MISTAKE AND NOW WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT

THERE'S A SCIENTIST IN THE IDEA LAB
WHO SAYS HE'S GOT A PLAN
CONSTRUCT A ROCKET SHIP LARGE ENOUGH
TO TRANSPORT EVERY HUMAN
HE SAYS, "I'VE BEEN WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO MAKE THIS THEORY FIT."
BUT ALL THE CYNICAL ANDROIDS QUESTION IT

THE WORLD KEEPS SPINNING AROUND
WE'RE ALL TIRED OF BEING PRISONERS
WE ALL WANT TO JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNIVERSE
LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE MAN
IT CAN'T GET ANY WORSE

OSCAR AND LARRY
OSCAR AND LARRY
OSCAR AND LARRY
OSCAR AND LARRY
OSCAR AND LARRY
OSCAR AND LARRY
OSCAR AND LARRY
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