1991 | Folk
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“Go straight to hell, all you government personnel. -- Sittin' awf'ly well in your big, white house up on the hill."
- The album his #13 on the Billboard 200.
- In 2005, Psychotic Supper was #475 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
- Tesla was formed in Sacramento, California in late 1981 by bassist Brian Wheat and guitarist Frank Hannon.
THE HOT TAKES
Those damn government personnel! I had the decidedly unpleasant experience of getting my license to drive renewed recently. Memorable, but not for good reason. This song focuses more on the ludicrous abuse of power, milking the populace of its wealth and frittering it away on death and destruction. But this attitude flows downstream, as it were. All the way down to the monopolized mail service. Pay a fee to legally drive, pay a tax at the gas pump to fill your car. Pay to have your vehicle inspected. Pay to renew your license. All this, and they were out of pens to fill out the incredibly detailed forms when I went to get my license renewed. Crazy.
Before undertaking this project, I never knew Tesla had so many freedom themed songs. This little ditty is short and to the point, government personnel do quite well in pay and benefits, while they get paid to interject themselves into the business of others and “fix things” until they are more broken than they ever would have been on their own, and then wonder what went wrong, and apply the same solutions they did to begin with that mucked it up. I agree with the sentiment of the song, go to hell government personnel!
Tell us how you really feel. There's not much to say on this one. It's super straightforward. If you get paid through theft...er...i mean...taxation. Fuck you. I do particularly enjoy the use of a gypsy folk style. It makes sense to utilize a musical style created by a people that were fiercely insular and worked outside of governments as much as they could.