"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.
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
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