MAKE THE DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE!

Fiery Furnaces’ Precious Material

[The following is a transcript of a speech given by the Fiery Furnaces in a motel breakfast room somewhere on the side of some road in Virginia before 9:00 am Sunday morning.]
Friends, Democ-Rock versus Bore-Core: The struggle has begun. In pursuit of a more perfect ‘DEROCMACY’: the Fiery Furnaces will record a series of albums and singles Written in Collaboration with the Citizen-Fan-Audience.

In pursuit of a more perfect DEROCMACY: the Fiery Furnaces have Already Begun the process of archiving precious materials entrusted to them for exactly this Song-Writing Purpose by the various Citizens-Fans-Audiences at the Fiery Furnaces’ DEMOC-ROCK rallies of the previous ten days. [See above photo.]

These precious materials will literally Write the Stories and Whistle the Tunes on this new, thorough-going, radically DEMOC-ROCK, series of recordings.

Friends, join us in the Song-Writing Process. Join us in building a progressive DEMOC-ROCK. Come down to a Fiery Furnaces’ DEMOC-ROCK rally and put any random piece of paper you might have had in your pocket or purse into the giant ballot box that is the stage.

Expired video rental cards, never-to-be-paid parking tickets, rude requests from your step-children, fawning memos from employees you intend to lay-off, drug-store coupons clipped but not redeemed because you missed the bus and the sale ended that night (or so the manager said), ATM receipts left by the previous withdrawer, the proverbial laundry list, examples of your left-handed handwriting, cigarette packet promotional paraphernalia: all are welcome. The “respecting and reflecting” song-writing process will turn these precious documents into the beginning of a true DEMOC-ROCK musical culture.

MAKE THE DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE. DEROCMACY NOW!

YES WE CAN!

More information is forthcoming. In the meantime, let me say the following:

Friends, the establishment of a true, thorough-going and grass-roots, DEMOC-ROCK is surely the heart-felt goal of all believers in progressive popular culture and the music that would motor it.

In pursuit of a DEMOC-ROCK worthy of the name, not only are the Fiery Furnaces holding a caucus to determine their next (band-written) album; Not only have they been turning the stage into a giant ballot box whereby the Citizen-Fan-Audience determines what gets played that very evening, thereby reflecting and respecting the local Citizen-Fan-Audience’s DEMOC-ROCK Sovereignty.

Not only that! The Fiery Furnaces and their Citizen-Fan-Audience (CFA’s for short) believe that the voice of the people must have its say at the most BASIC level of would-be popular music. That most basic level is surely the Sacred Space of the Song-Writing process!

Of course, since the Citizen-Fan-Audiences can now get records for Free, via advances in technology (whether bands imagine they are offering them for free or not), it is only fair that CFA’s help bands write songs.

But a thorough-going, radical DEMOC-ROCK is not merely about the fall-out of technological developments. For instance, it is not about posting tracks on the internet and “letting” consumers re-mix them, turning DEMOC-ROCK into a mere video game.

And, Friends, it is not about holding On-Line-determine-the-set-list votes, thereby stripping Citizen-Fan-Audiences of their Local Audience Sovereignty–and thereby potentially giving Foreign Potentates in Dubai or London control of your local rock-show by means of their oil-money bought super-computers.

Again, Friends, join us in the Song-Writing Process. Join us in building a progressive DEMOC-ROCK. Come down to a Fiery Furnaces’ DEMOC-ROCK rally and put any random piece of paper you might have had in your pocket or purse into the giant ballot box that is the stage.

MAKE THE DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE. DEROCMACY NOW!

YES WE CAN!

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