The 1984 Remix Project

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This program is, in part, is an artistically mixed pastiche made up of all the various versions of George Orwell's immortal 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'. It's augmented by relevant songs from various periods since the book was written.

This program took two weeks to create.

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 June 22, 2013

Excerpted sources include: 1984 (1984 film); 1984 (Radio play with David Niven); 1984 - Audiobook; Eurythmics; Coldplay; Marilyn Manson; Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention; Rare Earth; Video SparkNotes; NPR interview with Christopher HItchens; The Discovery Channel (Great Books George Orwell's 1984); David Bowie; Hailiah; Allison Mose; The Thompson Twins; Amanyth; Brad Sucks; Thomas Dolby; Oingo Boingo; The Beatles; Jeff Monson; John Lennon; Alex Jones; Radiohead; Bad Religion; The National Cynical Network; Midnight Voicejail; Negativland; Casino

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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: Julia and Goldstein
I awake to find no peace of mind
I said how do you live as a fugitive
Down here where I cannot see so clear
I said, what do I know
Show me the right way to go

And the spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so bad 'cause you know
But the spies hide out in every corner
You can't touch them no, 'cause they're all spies
They're all spies

I awake to see that no one is free
We're all fugitives
Look at the way we live
Down here, I cannot sleep from fear no
I said, which way do I turn
Oh I forget everything I learn

But the spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so bad 'cause you know
The spies hide out in every corner
But you can't touch them no
'Cause they're all spies
They're all spies

And if we all hide here
They're going to find us
If we don't hide now
They're going to catch us where we sleep
And if we don't hide here
They're going to find us

And spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so good 'cause you know
Though spies hide out in every corner
They can't touch you no
'Cause they're just spies
They're just spies
Track Name: Party Musings
Hey big brother
As soon as you arrive
You better get in touch with the people, big brother
And get them on your side, big brother
And keep them satisfied

Welcome to the beat of the city street
Walk on now and don't be shy
Take a closer look at the people you meet
And notice the fear in their eyes
Watching the time passing by

[Chorus]

Focus your eye on the filthy sky
Just as far as you can see
Everybody's gettin' kind of tired of waitin'
'Cause nobody wants to cry
And nobody wants to die

[Chorus]

Now that you got the picture
What you gonna do
Now that you got the picture
What you gonna do
Track Name: Social Programs
Sex Crime by Eurythmics:

Can I take this for granted
With your eyes over me?
In this place
This wintery home
I know there's always someone in
Sexcrime
Sexcrime
Nineteen eighty four
And so I face the wall
Turn my back against it all
How I wish I'd been unborn
Wish I was unliving here
Sexcrime
Sexcrime
Nineteen eighty four
I'll pull the bricks down
One by one
Leave a big hole in the wall
Just where you are looking in
Track Name: Outside the Narrative 1
We are the Dead:

Something kind of hit me today
I looked at you and wondered if you saw things my way

People will hold us to blame
It hit me today, it hit me today

We're taking it hard all the time
Why don't we pass it by?
Just reply, you've changed your mind
We're fighting with the eyes of the blind
Taking it hard, taking it hard

Yet now
We feel that we are papers, choking on you nightly
They tell me "Son, we want you, be elusive, but don't walk far"
For we're breaking in the new boys, deceive your next of kin
For you're dancing where the dogs decay, defecating ecstasy
You're just an ally of the leecher
Locator for the virgin King, but I love you in your fuck-me pumps
And your nimble dress that trails
Oh, dress yourself, my urchin one, for I hear them on the rails
Because of all we've seen, because of all we've said
We are the dead

One thing kind of touched me today

I looked at you and counted all the times we had laid
Pressing our love through the night

Knowing it's right, knowing it's right

Now I'm hoping some one will care
Living on the breath of a hope to be shared

Trusting on the sons of our love
That someone will care, someone will care

But now
We're today's scrambled creatures, locked in tomorrow's double feature
Heaven's on the pillow, its silence competes with hell
It's a twenty-four hour service, guaranteed to make you tell

And the streets are full of press men
Bent on getting hung and buried
And the legendary curtains are drawn 'round Baby Bankrupt
Who sucks you while you're sleeping
It's the theater of financiers
Count them, fifty 'round a table
White and dressed to kill

Oh caress yourself, my juicy
For my hands have all but withered
Oh dress yourself my urchin one, for I hear them on the stairs
Because of all we've seen, because of all we've said

We are the dead
We are the dead
We are the dead
Track Name: Look What I've Brought
Unavailable but coherent in song, just listen....
Track Name: Watching You
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU by Sheldon Allman

Be careful of what you say
Be careful in every way
Be careful of what you do
Big brother is watching you

Big circumspect and discreet
Stay light on your mental feet
One slip and you know you're through

Conform with all directives
Remember obedience pays
and when you watch that TV Screen
remembers it works both ways

You'll disappear in a wink
Unless you can double think
You'll vanish into the blue
Big Brother is watching You

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Watching by The Thompson Twins

watching you... watching me
watching you... watching me
I focus on a face in Samarkand
accepting my reward
It brings alive my distant memories
they're my last resort

(chorus)
watching you...watching me
(watching you...watching me)
a look left, look right
look left, look right
(repeat)

Dinosaurs are grazing in suburbia
they're glowing in the dark
Electrified they fight and fuss about
they're eating up the park

(REPEAT CHORUS)
Track Name: O'Brien and the Dead Man
gimme the mic cause i’m taking my life
in an unexpected new direction
i could care less about your breasts
or that your daddy never gave you very much attention
i’m the same as i used to be but i’m
doing my best to make a good impression
i don’t wanna go on but i don’t wanna belong
in this condition

did you know that i’m your biggest fan
i just wanna thank you for the add
can i introduce you to my dad

i’m feeling like a
dead man or the way i seem
cause i’m living underground with a fake id
i’m feeling like a
dead man or the way i seem
cause i’m twitching and i’m learning slowly

i’m turning my cell phone on in the middle of the interview
i’m digging a shallow grave to eliminate my point of view
gotta get suggestions how best to get your attention tell you i’m cool
i don’t wanna go on but i don’t wanna be long
in this condition

did you know that i’m your biggest fan
i just wanna thank you for the add
can i introduce you to my dad

i’m feeling like a
dead man or the way i seem
cause i’m living underground with a fake id
i’m feeling like a
dead man or the way i seem
cause i’m twitching and i’m learning slowly
Track Name: Dissidents (1984 Remix)
Dissidents by Thomas Dolby

One more young writer slid away in the night
Over the border he will drown in light

Hold it - wait a minute
I can't read my writing, my own writing!
Like tiny insects in the palm of history
A domino effect in a cloud ofmystery
My writing is an iron fist
In a glove full of vaseline

Dip the fuse in the kerosene
I too become a dissident

Courting disaster we ran in the night
Check it - verify it
Wings of an angel torn in flight

It's all here in writing, down in writing!
At the hands of the press
And in the eyes of the government
I fell from grace
I too became a dissident
Track Name: War Again (1984 Version)
War Again by Oingo Boingo

Don't you know we got smart bombs,
it's a good thing that our bombs are clever.
Don't you know that the smart bombs are so clever,
they only kill bad people.

Don't you know though our kids are dumb,
we got smart bombs, what a joyous Thing.
Here we go so let's drink a toast,
to those clever bombs, and the men who
Built them.

(Chorus)
There they go now, there go all my friends
There they go now, marching off to war again
With their bright flags waving in the wind
There they go now, marching off to war again
Smiling proudly, with their heads in the clouds.

Don't you know this is better than any video friend.
It's an action movie.
Here we go watch the bad guys get their butts kicked.
Really makes me feel Good.

Here we go watching CNN, the adrenaline rushes through my veins.
Don't you know it's a feel good show, electronic bliss. It's a video, video...

(Chorus)

Aren't you glad we got smart bombs, it's a damn good thing our bombs are clever

It's a shame that our kids are dumb, but our bombs are smart, what a lucky thing now

Don't you know it's a feel good show and it's suitable for the whole darn family

Come on out everybody shout, give a big salute to our ingenuity

Don't you know this is better than, any video friend, it's an action movie...

Here we go, watch the bad guys get their butts kicked, and it makes me feel good.

Don't you know it's Nintendo, really gets the blood flowing thru my veins now

Don't you know it's a feel-good show, electronic bliss, it's a video, video
Track Name: The Thought Police
Half of what I say is meaningless
But I say it just to reach you,
Julia

Julia, Julia, oceanchild, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Julia, seashell eyes, windy smile, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

Her hair of floating sky is shimmering, glimmering,
In the sun

Julia, Julia, morning moon, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

When I cannot sing my heart
I can only speak my mind, Julia

Julia, sleeping sand, silent cloud, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Hum hum hum...calls me
So I sing a song of love for Julia, Julia, Julia
Track Name: Outside the Narrative 3
2+2=5 By Radiohead

Are you such a dreamer
To put the world to rights
I'll stay home forever
Where two and two always makes a five
I'll lay down the tracks
Sandbag and hide
January has April showers
And two and two always makes a five
It's the devil's way now
There is no way out
You can scream and you can shout
It is too late now
Because you're not there
Payin' attention
Payin' attention
Payin' attention
Payin' attention
yeah I feel it, I needed attention
Payin' attention
Payin' attention
Payin' attention
Yeah I need it, I needed attention
I needed attention
I needed attention
I needed attention
Yeah I love it, the attention
Payin' attention
Payin' attention
Payin' attention
Soon oh
I try to sing along
But the music's all wrong
Cos I'm not
Cos I'm not
I'll swallow up flies?
Back and hide
But I'm not
Oh hail to the thief
Oh hail to the thief
But I'm not
But I'm not
But I'm not
But I'm not
Don't question my authority or put me in the box
Cos I'm not
Cos I'm not
Oh go up to the king, and the sky is falling in
But it's not
But it's not
Maybe not
Maybe not

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"Boot Stamping On A Human Face Forever" by Bad Religion

“Drop dead, it doesn’t matter,” she said
“It only hurts when I laugh,” she said
“Sometimes it’s never a crime
“To spend the day in bed”
She made certain that the curtains were red
To dream better by the light they would shed
She leaned back, tilted her head
And this is what she said…

“You can’t win; think it over again
“I can’t win; look at the trouble I’m in
“We can’t win and we’re stuck here together
“Yeah, I hope it will last forever.”

“Don’t ever dare to hope,” he said
“So I’m never let down too bad
“I know there’s nowhere to go
“So I’ll just stay here, instead”
He knew better than to pull at a thread
They unravel like the thoughts in his head
He looked out; it filled him with dread
And this is what he said…

[Chorus]

With good books and looks on their side
And hearts bursting with national pride
They sang songs and went along for the ride
And the other side complied
They said, "Hey, man, where do you reside?"
"And could it be mother’s superior lied?"
"And is it possible too many have died?"
It’s only natural to reply

[Chorus]
Track Name: Wake Up! (1984 Version)
Wake up! won't you listen to me
Wake up! won't you listen to me
won't you listen to me
Wake up! won't you listen to me
Wake up! won't you listen to me
won't you listen to me

Big brother's watching, we watch him back
We see right through his disguise
He tries to scare us, with angry words
But we all know that they're lies
Whole world is waiting
Just see the fear in their eyes

Whole world is watching, observing every move
Is it beginning or the end?
Just like a chess game, but so intense
That I just don't understand
Anticipation
It's much to big to pretend

CHORUS
(Wake up), it's 1984
(Wake up), but we've been here before
(Wake up), it's 1984
(Wake up), but we've been here before, (here before)

Big brother's screaming but we don't care
Cause he's got nothing to say
Think of the future, think of the prophecy
Think of the children of today
Big brother's marching
So we all stand in his way
Open your eyes, sisters and brothers
Neatly disguised, so far away
Open your heart, try to remember
Two worlds apart, but so close

(Wake up), it's 1984
But we've been here before
(Wake up), it's 1984
But we've been here before
All our lives leading up to this day, watching and waiting

Wake up! Wake up!
Wake up! Wake up!

Open your eyes, sisters and brothers
Neatly disguised, so far away
Open your heart, try to remember
Two worlds apart, but so close

CHORUS

Whole world is watching
Anticipating
Big brother's marching
Is it beginning or the end?