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TECHNICAL NOTES

FLOWERS FOR ARMAGEDDON
Tony Malone & Friends


cover painting by Melanie Davis 2017


THESE SONGS ARE A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS OFFERED TO THE GOD OF END-TIMES,
THE TERRIBLE METAL GIANT, ARMAGEDDON...

JUST BEFORE HE CRUSHES THE WHOLE PLACE UNDER HIS FEET.

(yes I know the meaning of the word armageddon and there is no god by this name,
but this is poetic license; in this story there is an End-Times God)


A SUITE OF TEN SONGS ABOUT A MAN WAKING UP TO REALITY,
JUST IN TIME FOR HIM TO WITNESS THE END OF THE WORLD


1 I BELIEVE

Portrait of a man who believes in everything, trusts everyone, and lives
in a state of endless whimsical hopefulness

Jay Cipparrone : reduced drum kit (kick-drum, snare and hi-hat), percussion and magic-box sounds
Mike McDonnell : bass
Michael Ursini & Mike McDonnell :
Harmony Voices in the chorus
I sang all other voices & played keyboards & FX


2
EMILY OF THE SPIRITS

Reaction to Emily Haine's song I.O.U. recorded by Metric...
She asks "where did all the old-world underground artists go?"
My answer: Explore your haunted house, little girl. You are surrounded by ghosts!

Jay Cipparrone : reduced drum kit
Mike McDonnell : bass
Alex Pulec played all the guitars; he directed part of the vocal performance; he played the theremins
in the instrumental verse; and adds his voice for the final chorus
I sang and played keyboards


3 RUN JONI RUN

Here we ask that popular musical question: How did Frank Zappa get on National Television at the age of 22
to announce to the world that he is "a composer"?
And then how did he put out more than 30 expensive-but-money-losing albums
(including those on his own first two record labels, financed by larger labels)
IN THE FIRST 5 YEARS OF HIS RECORDING CAREER (1966-1971)?

And then how did he get United Artists to finance an expensive film ABOUT HIM (in 1971)?
...all while he lived in the oldest mansion in Laurel Canyon (which had 2 miles of tunnels dug under it),
made movies, held court with all the acid-messiahs (Hendrix, Doors, Airplane, CS&N,
and everyone else who came out of that psychedelic scene -
youths who seemed to come mainly, coincidentally, from military families).

Frank never took drugs - he just said they were "stupid"
(his dad worked in Bio-Warfare for the military ... Frank knew that LSD was a military experiment
on a generation of teenagers).
And he warned everyone who would listen that America would be destroyed.
But he NEVER identified the enemy. He knew who it was. But he never told.
So, Frank, who'd ya cut a deal with?

Jay Cipparrone : reduced drum kit and bongos
Mike McDonnell : bass
Alex Pulec : slide guitar
Juliana Eye : girl-group voices and children's choir
I played electric baritone rhythm uke, keyboards and sang all lead voices


4 WAR IS PEACE

A smile for Orwell as his horrific picture comes to life
A New World Order military ruler speaks the true message
"Bow to us and accept our boot-heels on your neck"
A TV Commercial makes it a happy and inviting presentation
"C'mon, join us! The New World Order's gonna be FUN! It's all for YOU!"


Jay Cipparrone : reduced drum kit
Mike McDonnell : bass
Alex Pulec : guitars, and sang the title War Is Peace
Sawyer O'Hara : army snare corps, toms and crashes
Chris Butcher : trombones
I performed all other voices
& played keyboards

5 THIS TRAIN'S ON FIRE

An instrumental composition, a place for the band to shine, and to thank Alex for all his help
and inestimable contributions to this recording project

Alex Pulec : all guitars
Mike McDonnell : bass
Jay Cipparrone : reduced drum kit

I did the pianos and voices in the middle section


6 THE WORLD'S A SPEEDING TRAIN (and the Devil's Driving)

The story is told in the song
The world finds out when it's far too late
But somehow ... it's funny

Jay Cipparrone : reduced drum kit
Mike McDonnell : bass
Alex Pulec : guitars
Blair Richard Martin : authentic Cuban percussion in the verses
(congas / cow-skin shaker /cowbell / finger bells),
and country train snares and bongos in the choruses
I played concert ukuleles and did all the voices

7 WORLD ON FIRE

Now you've finally done it. The whole place is goin' up.

Jay Cipparrone : full drum kit
Mike McDonnell : bass
I played keyboards and electric baritone uke and sang lead voices
Alex Pulec sang the magic tree-nymphs (Hey-Ah-Na-Na)
and he played banjo and sang the high harmony on the 3rd verse
Alex Mai is the mariachi voices in the chorus (singing Oh-Oh-Oh)
The bed track was recorded 2009, and only Jay and I played on it.
Mike engineered, and we added his bass later.


8 MY PROGRAM

A brainwashing applicator and his student, with the ever present oversight of Master Cylinder.
"My program ... for YOU!"
All voices and noises by Tony.


9 ARMAGEDDON

An instrumental interpretation of THE END. It might be very quick.
All electronics and loops by Tony.


10 IT'S QUIET NOW

First song completed (late 2009 - remixed 2017).
A young man awakens to find that he and his dog are the only survivors of the final nuclear war.

I sang the voices, played concert and baritone ukuleles, and
made all other sounds on keyboards



A N D . T H A T ' S . T H E . W H O L E . S T O R Y




And then there are two
H I D D E N . T R A C K S


FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS AND DESPAIR

An abstract version of Flowers for Armageddon - in 11 minutes

1 Morning Coffee, Pills & Hallucinations

2 The Psychosis Celebration Day Parade
3
Total Descent Into Madness
4
Back Home, Chaos, Suicide
5 Release


all sounds, loops, electronics & FX by Tony


JC

The meaning of this song will remain obscure.

Sawyer O'Hara: percussion
Michael Ursini: guitar solo
Tony: Voices & keyboards



TECHNICAL:

All Music & Lyrics by Tony Malone
except The World's A Speeding Train, lyric by Tony w/ Brian Perriera
Produced by Tony at Japanese Monster & Two Small Children, Toronto
with the constant help and encouragement of Alex Pulec

NO Auto-Tune, quantizing, triggering or sequencing.
All performances are played and sung in real time by musicians, like the old days.


Very special thanks to Alex Pulec for his ears, suggestions, inspiration,
as well as his killer guitar and vocal contributions (and a theremin solo!)

Also very special thanks to Sean Andrews for his gift of an engineer's upgrade

BED TRACKS for songs 1 to 6 were recorded late 2010
at Liz's Suburban Speakeasy, in North Toronto.
Cameron J. Harding engineered.
BED TRACK for song 7 was recorded late 2009 at The Nursery rehearsal compound.
Mike McDonnell engineered on his Tascam 8-track with help from Marcus Cipparrone.

all further recording, mixing & mastering was done at Japanese Monster & Two Small Children