Follow the Leader (take 1) by tapewolf

Follow the Leader (take 1)

Follow the Leader (take 1)

tapewolf

11 April 2018 at 18:09:20 MDT

OK, so a month or two back someone on Twitter mentioned a webcomic called "Follow The Leader".
The plot is difficult to summarise, but is largely based around a Mafia fixer in 1980s America, who comes into conflict with a cult of shapeshifting, psychotic cannibal children who live in a park and are led by a supernatural entity who calls himself 'Fish'.

The premise is bizarre but the story was utterly engrossing, and like a lot of comics I found utterly engrossing, I ended up writing a song about it. I've tried to give it a 1980s vibe, and it was in fact recorded on 1980s equipment.

The comic can be found here, and the first four volumes are also available in print.
http://followtheleaderwebcomic.tumblr.com/

Recording was done in an Otari MX80, using a TASCAM TSR-8 for recording the vocals, and mixed on a Studer A807.
An Allen and Heath GL2400 mixing desk was used, and this is the first time I've used it in anger with the new Blue Dog power supply. There's a lot of hype about how the Blue Dog reduces system noise, but that actually turns out to have be true. A lot of the noise I assumed was tape hiss from the mastering deck has simply disappeared. I have no idea what witchcraft has been used, but I wish I'd had the thing when I mixed the last album.

Instruments used were:
Moog Voyager
Waldorf microWave (PPG sounds)
Waldorf Streichfett string synthesizer
Alesis DM10 drum machine
Roland MVS-1
Nord Micromodular (emulating my 1988 Cheetah MS6 which I will repair one of these days)
TRAN speech synthesizer (a 1988 DOS program)
Raspberry Pi (sample playback)
...While I did experiment with recording bass, it sounded better without.

FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER

Live by the sword, die by the handgun
Run and be free, bowing to no-one

And it's all fine until the winter comes
And then the nights start drawing in
You get so hungry you could eat your friends
And that's the only way to win

FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER

His name in Fish, he is the master
He rules the park, feeds on disaster

And when you're hungry you will scrounge for food
And hunt the Crowd outside the park
They lock their doors and barricade them shut
And never come out after dark

FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER

Skulls will be smashed, necks will be broken
Men will be slain, filleted open

We shift our shapes and wander in the dark
And hide in places you won't see
A sudden blow and then your life is done
And now your name belongs to me

FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER---FOLLOW THE LEADER

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