Deconstructing Madness: The Mental Disorders Show

by NCN

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about

This is a 'double-album' length collage / mix / program that deals with the subjects of mental illness, labeling, psychiatric medications, their legitimacy, ADHD, and recovery through transformation.

This program is meant to be listened to, and taken, as a whole work, artistic in nature. Subsequently, more derivative tracks are not available separately.

All derived and referenced material used herein is meticulously accredited and/or fragmented / transformed / re-contextualized, and/or remixed from its original form, and is used fairly as a cultural reference in the subtext, and artistic narrative, of this unique 'syntopical' arrangement.

Any proceeds from this work are considered donations to express appreciation for, and to help support, the expenses of the project this program is a part of, and the creative work behind it, and is not a prerequisite fee in exchange for content.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for your support.

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released February 4, 2011

Phineas Narco; The National Cynical Network; Ronald Redball; Don Joyce of Negativland; Judy from Texas

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The National Cynical Network San Jose, California

The National Cynical Network (NCN) is a long-running, SF Bay Area alternate programming media remix project. It originally consisted of a trio of SF Bay-Area based radio collage artists: Phineas Narco, Ronald Redball and Alexander T. Newport. NCN seeks to play *with* music , using sound, and video media samples in the process of media collage or 'mediage'. ... more

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Track Name: On My Meds Again
On my meds again
I really need to get on my meds again
My manic spells are losing me all of my friends
and I can't wait to get on my meds again

On my meds again
I've been places that I've never been
Gotta take my Zyprexa, and my Klonopin
I can't wait to get on my meds again

On my meds again
Cuz when I go off them I go down the highway
I'm at odds and ends
with strangers I think should be going my way
and they all say

On your meds again
You really need to get on your meds again
Maybe when you do we can make some amends
Get on your meds again

(pill bottle maraca musical interlude)

(repeat third verse)

On your meds again
Gotta stop smokin' that brown Mexican...
Maybe when you do we can just start again
But for right now, get on your meds again
Track Name: Jerky Turnstiles
if i wonder what i want to do
what I want to do is wonder
if I don't get up and over it
I will wind up 6 feet under
I can think about my feelings
and I can feel the things I think
but if I don't get up and get down to it
things begin to stink
to pull oneself up by the straps
that others may provide
is fine, but just don't over do it
keep it half the time
a poet needs someone to write for
it would seem
'cause if he write just for himself
the world becomes a dream
Track Name: The Monkeys are Asleep Today
The monkeys are asleep today
I saw them down on fifth street
bumming cigarettes and staring
at the cracks there in the floor

The monkeys are asleep today
they're sending out their resumes
auditioning for plays we've seen
a thousand times before

The monkeys are asleep today
I see them laughing nervously
their bare-faced painted smiles
they just don't cut it anymore

The monkeys are asleep today
They're trying to walk upright
but the lives upon their backs
won't let them quite fit through the door

The monkeys are asleep today
they're getting laid in restroom stalls
their backs are up against the walls
with nothing in their hands

The monkeys are asleep today
they're crawling in the sidewalk cracks
they're much too tired for fighting back
they fill the shopping malls

The monkeys are asleep today
they're sitting in their cubicles
I saw them crossing Market Street
with briefcases in tow

The monkeys are asleep today
they're getting stuck in traffic jams
they haven't figured out quite yet
they've got nowhere to go.
Track Name: NCN ID
We like you, be our friends forever
Track Name: NervousMan
Written by Phineas Narco
Track Name: Wrong with Me (My Name is Jim Remix)
'What's wrong with me?'
Track Name: A Fly Stuck in Amber
I got 10 million reasons why I don't want to change
It's the seasons of the mind that have made me strange
I think I'd like to fit in with the 'out' crowd, today
But tomorrow, I can't be an ant, and who cares anyway?

My name is to blame for my mind going faster
And I think, and I blink away a major disaster
I walk down the street, wide-eyed and wrinkled
my brain's like a blotter, with holy water sprinkled

I'm' not good at doing things that I don't want to do
There's someone who can save me, but I don't know who.
Track Name: Mudwick's Jello
'Jello' lyrics:

Ain't got no teeth but I need something to chew
So guess what I did do
I had some jello

I had some gum some soup and pudding too
But I'm just someone who
Likes to eat jello

I ate so much my belly started to hurt
I threw up on my shirt
and it was all jello

I love to pierce the chewy skin on top
it's fun to poke it and to make it pop
do you know, you know I love it so
I love my jello so

I went to see the Dead Kennedys
the singer happened to be named Jello
Went to see the women's wrestling
and they were wrestling in jello

Later that night, the waiter said to me
'maybe you'd like to try some raspberry'
I said, 'no thanks, I'll have the strawberry'
But he just looked at me

I went to sleep my stomach full of goo
And then I woke up to more jello
I have it for my lunch and dinner too
Oh nothin else will do