Status Quo Radio

by Rhythm Bastard

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    Status Quo Radio is a rock opera about a rock star seeking revenge and a new life. A tale of betrayal, love, and ultraviolence in the 1960's Southwest.

    Also started life as a concept album based off the video game Team Fortress 2.
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    released October 9, 2015

    Rhythm Bastard- Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums on Tracks 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 16
    Paolo Viteri- Drums on Tracks 1, 8, 12, 14
    David K. Ginn- Vocals on Tracks 2, 7, 10
    Jesse Schopher- Vocals on Tracks 2, 7, 10

    Produced, mixed and mastered by DJ Roborob.

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Status Quo Radio is a rock opera about a rock star seeking revenge and a new life. A tale of betrayal, love, and ultraviolence in the 1960's Southwest.

Also started life as a concept album based off the video game Team Fortress 2.

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released October 9, 2015

Rhythm Bastard- Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums on Tracks 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 16
Paolo Viteri- Drums on Tracks 1, 8, 12, 14
David K. Ginn- Vocals on Tracks 2, 7, 10
Jesse Schopher- Vocals on Tracks 2, 7, 10

Produced, mixed and mastered by DJ Roborob.

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Rhythm Bastard West Palm Beach, Florida

Rhythm Bastard comes to each show armed with his guitar, his laptop bandmate, and an eclectic mix of punk, garage rock and filk, ready to please hipsters and headbangers everywhere. His song "Hell Yeah" from his previous album is available for the video game Rock Band 3, his music can be seen in the internet series "Dino Hunter MD". ... more

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Track Name: Status Quo Radio
Hey, let’s go turn on the Status Quo
That’s all that you need to know
Music and news sure to cure your blues
Comin’ out your stereo
Everything’s fine in this radio time
And we got what you want to hear
It’s what going down in your city or town,
There’s no need to fear.

Get ready for the ride, no matter what you’re side
Whether it’s RED or BLU
We got your kind of style so hands off that dial
Yeah you know what to do
The only game in down so we’re gonna party down
Lift you up to the sky before you it the ground.
Everything’s fine when it’s radio time
It’s Status Quo Radio

Status Quo
Status Quo Radio
Radio
Status Quo
Status Quo Radio
Hey, let’s go!

The number one station for all your information
Dominiating airwaves
We got you’re solution if you’re thinking revolution,
Don’t be a mainstream slave
It’s all OK in your radio stay
Without worry or strife
If you’ve had it rough, we’re dealing in the fluff
The DJ’s gonna save your life

All our best guys will never tell no lies
And the music rock’s and rolls
With our top 40 hits and no bullshit,
Just let us take control.
The only game in down so we’re gonna party down
Lift you up to the sky before you it the ground.
Everything’s fine when it’s radio time
It’s Status Quo Radio

Status Quo
Status Quo Radio
Radio
Status Quo
Status Quo Radio
Hey, let’s go!

Status Quo
Status Quo Radio
Radio
Status Quo
Status Quo Radio
Hey, let’s go!
Track Name: Enlist Today!
It’s the greatest American institution, don’t you know?
All out warfare brought to you by K-Q-U-O
Enlist for R-E-D
Destroy our enemies
In the name of military industry

It’s the greatest American institution, don’t you know?
All out warfare brought to you by W-Q-U-O
Enlist for B-L-U
You’ve got nothin’ left to do
Except fight for the red, white and blue

(DRUM INTRO)

LISTEN UP MAGGOTS!
I am your colonel.
Let me debrief you
On this war eternal

See those brothers?
Of another color?
They want to kill your country
And don’t you love her?

Those sons of bitches
Got empty heads
Can’t fill ‘em with knowledge,
So we’ll fill ‘em with lead
Until those suckers are dead!

War, (WAR!) you gotta want it more! (MORE!)
It’s what you’re paid for (WAR!)
and settling the score. (WAR! WAR!)

Go (GO!) go (GO!) and fight
Screaming eagles in the night
Make the rockets ignite, FIGHT! (FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!)

It won’t be easy
So stick to your guns
We ain’t callin’ it quits.
Until we won


Give yourself
To the power we wield
Be another body
On the battlefield

We’re kickin’ ass
For the corporation
Not just for us,
For the sake of the nation
So get to your battlestations!

War, (WAR!) you gotta want it more! (MORE!)
It’s what you’re paid for (WAR!)
and settling the score. (WAR! WAR!)
Go (GO!) go (GO!) and fight
Screaming eagles in the night
Make the rockets ignite, FIGHT! (FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!)

(DRUM SOLO)

War, (WAR!) you gotta want it more! (MORE!)
It’s what you’re paid for (WAR!)
and settling the score. (WAR! WAR!)

Go (GO!) go (GO!) and fight
Screaming eagles in the night
Make the rockets ignite, FIGHT! (FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!)
Track Name: Force Of Nature
Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a pretty big deal with a stocked trophy shelf.
Son of a whore and a punk from the South side
I used my legs cause I never had a ride
Tried going to the major leagues
But they said they didn’t have a place for me
Now my whole town has gone to shit,
The only thing left to do was enlist.

I don’t give a damn ‘bout the minor offenses,
Cause tonight I’m swingin’ for the fences
I’m a force of nature comin’ your way
Like the Red Sox on opening day.
All I wanna do is hit that and fight
‘Cause this kid sure as hell ain’t all right.
Screwin’ up and fightin’ just for fun
I don’t have to worry cause I can always run

Corprate leaders fighting over my soul
Only point being complete control.
TV said I should rebel against the man
when he gives me all my energy in a can.
Still got my bat, yeah it’s all I need.
Now I go by mercenary creed.
At least it’s better than a 9 to 5
I’m getting high on just staying alive

I don’t give a damn ‘bout the minor offenses,
Cause tonight I’m swingin’ for the fences
I’m a force of nature comin’ your way
Like the Red Sox on opening day.
All I wanna do is hit that and fight
‘Cause this kid sure as hell ain’t all right.
Screwin’ up and fightin’ just for fun
I don’t have to worry cause I can always run

(GUITAR SOLO)

I don’t give a damn ‘bout the minor offenses,
Cause tonight I’m swingin’ for the fences
I’m a force of nature comin’ your way
Like the Red Sox on opening day.
All I wanna do is hit that and fight
‘Cause this kid sure as hell ain’t all right.
Screwin’ up and fightin’ just for fun
I don’t have to worry cause I can always run
x3
Track Name: Fire Night
My brain’s saying no, but my heart’s saying yes,
So I keep on pounding the pavement
I’ve been through fire, and I’ve been through ice,
But I know this party is heaven sent
Broke out of prison now I’m getting inside,
Been running everywhere, need someplace to hide
Ode to the bouncer, let me in or I’ll trounce you,
Then I’ll burn up the floor, cause I’m here to dance

Make that body rock, ignite the spark,
Cause I won’t be dancing over here in the dark
I’m looking all right, and I can play all night,
So get out of my way, I’m getting into the spotlight

I’m falling for this girl, so like a Phoenix I rise,
to the occasion
Just checking out your body, so pay me no mind,
you’re my kind of woman
You’ve had old flames, who’ve all turned out the same
I think we both know that it’s others to blame
Ode to the barman, drinks are on me and
Let’s blow up this stage like a I’m fuckin’ starman

Make that body rock, ignite your spark,
Cause nobody wants to dance in the dark
You’re looking all right, and I can go all night,
So get up on stage and come into the spotlight

And don’t you know we’re both rebels from the waist down
Light the way and we can burn this city down.

SOLO!

Make that body rock, ignite your spark,
Cause we won’t be dancing now in the dark
You’re looking all right, and I can go all night,
So get up on stage and come into the spotlight
Track Name: Radio Days Pt. 1
I’ve seen the future, and it is me
First one to leave my town and join university,
I’m ready to solve any problems I might face.
I control progress for the whole human race

Look at me, I got my PHDs,
I see good things coming our way
Turn on the set my baby now,
cause I’m here to stay
Don’t you worry our head,
Cause I’ll make both our ways
I’m just happy being alive in these radio days

I can build a better world for you and me,
Just have a little faith in me and my machines
Just don’t ask me about beauty or Plato
Cause Philosophy I sure as hell don’t know

Look at me, I got my PHDs,
I see good things coming our way
Turn on the set my baby now,
cause I’m here to stay
Don’t you worry our head,
Cause I’ll make both our ways
I’m just happy being alive in these radio days
Track Name: Radio Days Pt. 2
I can’t take it anymore, the crowd that roared,
Has faded to the static of bombs and war.
I used to play songs, that’s how I got along,
But somewhere it all went all went wrong
World came crashing down, in fifty foot high waves.
And I’m on the shore, begging to be saved.

CHORUS
As I try to start to start a fire beneath the rising tide
And I’m drowning, lungs are burning,
Hell I just wanna die, just close my eyes
Breathe in the suicide and slip into a haze.
Float me back into the ocean where my song plays
The radio days.

It started getting grand, when I finally touched land,
Fell in love with the girl who took my hand
She’s from the other side, but I never ever mind,
Til the men who run the town maligned
Tried to put us out, but I showed them the door,
They beat me down and threw me out the second floor

CHORUS

Had a get a 9 to 5, but I barely stay alive,
Had to take a few just to survive.
Maybe I’m blessed to stay behind this desk
But there’s a panicked beating in my chest.
Plots and plans, on the back of the paperwork
If I can’t be starting something, I might just go bezerk
Track Name: Away From The Ruins
I work three jobs a day
For always little pay.
All I have is the drink that numbs me to think
That there’s never another way.

And we’re told to be content.
Never allowed to vent.
They say I’m deranged for wanting some change
As my money’s all been spent

So now I want to fight
Set the fuse to ignite.
Cause once my head’s drowned I’ll cry through the town
Let the bombs go off tonight.

Let the bombs go off tonight (x4)

Wail like a banshee screaming in the night,
If they can’t see it bring them into the light
See not all is well.

We see more with one eye then they can with two
To recognize the lies they’ve been telling you
See right through the shell

With a claymore in your hand and a fire in your heart
Raise your fist in the air and make the revolution start

Go and give them hell.

Let the bombs go off tonight
Let the bombs go off tonight
Let the bombs go off tonight
We’ll finish this fight
Make the fuse ignite

Our own problems you can’t understand
if our freedom is too much to demand.
See not all is well

On the battlefield the carnage of the war
with all the money dealed for keeping the score
Welcome to your hell

With a claymore in your hand and a fire in your heart
Raise your fist in the air and make the revolution start

Go and give them hell.

Let the bombs go off tonight
Let the bombs go off tonight
Let the bombs go off tonight
We’ll finish this fight
Make the fuse ignite

Run, run away the ruins
They won’t pay no mind
Run, run away from the ruins
That we will leave behind
Track Name: Tower Siege
Keep it steady, girls and boys,
We got the signal, get ready to bring the noise
Up in the tower, atop your golden throne
We are the paltry price to keep you there alone
Charged and ready, we are bulletproof
We’re in your penthouse ‘cause we just blew off the roof
You got the power, but we got the guns
Better cower, ‘cause it’s too late to run

Run from the people and run from the poor
Suckers you fucked just to profit some more
Strung up by your bootstraps to kill the cash cow,
Cause’ guess what? I’m the big man now?
Kings and executives, first on the wall,
The castle towers will crumble and fall,
I’m the ruler now hand me my crown
Cause guess what? I’m the big man now!

Remember when you said
We’d be living well?
I guess you were really talking ‘bout yourself.
The paper read,
Sign on the dotted line
Didn’t say it was the devil’s contract I signed
Our finest hour,
Snatched away,
Checks were cashed, but you were just too rich to pay
The grapes are sour
Now face the horde!
You live by the dollar, you die by the sword.

Swords through your guts though you may be dismayed
At the end of the blade is the man you betrayed.
The fireworks going ka boom and kapow.
Cause guess what? I’m the big man now.
Kings and executives, first on the wall,
The castle towers will crumble and fall,
I’m the ruler now hand me my crown
Cause guess what? I’m the big man now!

I bet you thought when I was attacked
If I lived through it I’d come crawling

Back from the dead, and I’m kicking some ass
Boot on your neck and your face in the grass
Track Name: Bad Doctors
Out of the grindhouse ‘round half past one
Got my girl who’s up for some fun,
Speeding up the highway, blasting out of town
I was heading up but she wouldn’t go down
Talking my ear off bout the stupid schlock,
A Science Fiction Double Feature about zombie docs,
They burst out the ground bonesaws in hand,
Their first victims were metal band,
When they were done they wanted more,
Leaving leather, hair and blood on the floor

CHORUS:
Those
Bad doctors, coming in the middle of night.
Bad doctors, giving me quite a fright
Bad doctors, you can never win,
They’ll cut you open, just to sew you back again.
They’re not getting paid so they start slashing,
But if they don’t stop there’s gonna be a bashin’

Car broke down fifty miles from home,
When the battery died on both of our phones,
She spied a place fifty feet way,
Saying it was a place we could stay,
Was a giant mansion five stories tall,
Gargoyles, stained glass, lightning and all,
We knocked on the doors and they opened wide,
The butler asked “Won’t you come inside-
The owner doesn’t get many guests you see,
Still he’s the best doc at brain surgery

CHORUS

Doctor came down dressed to the nines,
“Sorry bout you’re ride, but you’ll feel just fine-
“I’m quite the genius but I don’t get much
Only when you need that special touch”
Sat us in the kitchen and we all had tea,
But just one sip was enough for me
Finally came to, strapped to a table,
Thought to myself this is quite the fable,
Looked at my feet and lowered my jaw,
Doc’s looming over me with a bone saw,
CHORUS

Right as he started cranial assault,
He said “You know Bastard this is all your fault,
This is what you get for talking shit,
You should have died at the Gravel Pit
When I’m done with your lobotomy,
They’ll have no choice but reward me!”
I reached for a scalpel with my fretting hand,
Cut right through the restraining band
Doc turned around “Are you ready for more?”
Just to see me bursting out the bay door.

CHORUS

Got my girl from the other room,
Then ran out escaping certain doom.
But still Doc had one trick up his sleeve,
A damn hungy looking zombie army
We kept on movin, escaping the stench
When he said “I AM ZE MOTHERFUCKING UBERMENSCH!”
Kicked down the door and rushed outside,
My baby thanked me for saving her hide
Hugged and kissed like lovers all along,
Turned around and saw the house was gone.

CHORUS
Track Name: Boom, Headshot! (From A Mile Away)
My hands are shakin’, my heart’s beating
Without this hit, I won’t be eatin’
I’m not crazed, just professional.
Dirty deeds, baby, no bull.

If you want it done, well then I’m your guy,
I’ll bring the thunder from down on high!

CHORUS
Boom, headshot! From a mile away,
Boom, headshot! I could dance all day,
Boom, headshot! IF you know what I mean,
Boom, headshot! Polite efficient and clean!

I’ve rock and rolled, this game before,
Ready for action, ready to score,
No one’ll catch me looking down the sights,
When I’m done you’re gonna be all right

So fierce when I’m on the attack,
I’ll knock you out and put you on your back

CHORUS

Hop in my van I’ll take you for a spin,
Early morning, getting those shots in,
We’ll ride all night and we’ll ride all day,
Tell me missy, are you ready for me?

Here we go now got to keep it steady,
I’m coming out so you better get ready!

CHORUS
Track Name: Paper Masks
Turn on your hell and walk away,
As I bleed out from the brain,
The pressure drove me insane so it’s over now

Talking out of two sides,
Hoping you’d come for the ride,
Ended up suicide so it’s over now

CHORUS
Still I put a mask on and count until I’m gone
I know it’s not right that I charm you by moonlight
And am out by dawn
I guess we had to end up broken hearted.
Our paper mask will burn in the fire we started.

Tried to escape my past and in that I put you last,
You were caught in the blast
So it’s over now

Never going back to the band
And I hope you’d understand
Seems you had your own plans but it’s over now

CHORUS

BRIDGE

CHORUS
Track Name: Bastard's Reunion
Welcome to the top of the pops
On the Q-U-O you can never stop
Let’s go and start the show

Radio silence fell on deaf ears,
but don’t you fear we’re always here
With this band we’ll start again

CHORUS
Live from the tower in the middle of nowhere land
Sea and air we always kick out the jams.
Just when you think you’ve had enough it,
You’ll be lying face down in the gravel pit
Boom! Pow! Smash!
Get Ready for the Crash!

The Bastards reunite tonight
Keeping up the greatest fight.
We’re everywhere, no one’s spared.
When you’re feeling this kinda high
Don’t surmise you’ve been lobotomized
It’s fine, I’ve lost my mind

CHORUS

(Solo)

Shut down other frequenceies
Until all that’s left is you and me
Like a twisted prophecy
That’s all we’ll be
And if you think you’re having none of it,
You’re gonna end up face down in the gravel pit
Boom! Pow! Smash!
Get Ready for the Crash!


Bullet to the head, won’t make you dead
You just go back to making the bread
I’m not a slave, I’ve just been saved.
Who cares if you’ve been through hell
Life is already swell, so don’t rebel
Play this song, and sing along

Live from the tower in the middle of nowhere land
Sea and air, we’re always damned
Even though I’ve already quit
I’d rather be dead at the gravel pit
BOOM POW SMASH!
I’m ready for the crash!

BOOM!
POW!
SMASH!
CRASH!