ElectroSquad Were Before Heteconomist

ElectroSquad was a band I was in before heteconomist was even a figment of a nightmare in anyone’s imagination. The band was a forerunner to Space March. Information about the later incarnation can be found in a Wikipedia entry and from the band website.

Somebody has put up the one and only ElectroSquad video. We were on a shoestring budget, being mere users, not issuers, of the currency. (YMMV.)


19 thoughts on “ElectroSquad Were Before Heteconomist

  1. Now I see the pattern: to grow a good economist you have to teach them music, put them in a fast car or give them a bicycle, surfboard or front row at a football match, and suit them up in a protective larrikin attitude ….!!! Lord the magpies are active this season…!!

  2. Like you said, Pete, my “MMV. A lot”. 🙂

    Having said that, the lyrics are clever and witty (say, Conversation and Kylie). I probably could guess who wrote them…

    The fact that the lead vocalist has a good diction comes in very handy here: it makes it easier to appreciate the lyrics. Whether by luck or by choice, the lead vocalist selection was very good.

    The music has a happy, techno/electro feeling to it. Actually, musically, some songs (The Seed, for instance) sort of remind me of Duran Duran, with an added disco feeling.

    The videos are pretty good and creative, too. Frankly, I liked the Envy video. But that’s not much to say: you won’t find older blokes, like yours truly, ever complaining about having to look at pretty chicks, even if in monochrome palette only.

    Overall, not bad, not bad at all! ElectroSquad…

    I still prefer the horrible, dark, depressive, angry stuff better. But that’s moi.

    If you are young, and still manage to be a happy sort, this could easily be your kind of music.

  3. Hey Trixie!

    Glad to see you back! Pete’s comments threads were not the same without you!

    But, to be honest, I like Pete’s video clip better… Sorry. 😛

  4. Thanks for the gentle feedback, guys. I thought the blast from the past could provide some amusement. I was pleasantly surprised to see the tracks had been posted and simply had to share. After sleeping on it, I did have second thoughts, so your kindness is duly noted. Consider it banked, available to be withdrawn on demand.

    I interpret Trixie’s Scotch video as an early plea for the introduction of Obamacare. Am I wrong? As for being a young communist, Trixie, The Blow Monkeys and Scritti Politti were my kind of lefties. As with most of my favorites, they looked like they would know their way around art school. Stephen Duffy was another case in point.

    jrbarch, people often observe that mathematics and music go together but rarely note the tendency for the study of neoclassical economics to drive a person to drink music. Collingwood is also more than capable of doing this, except in a good way. You may be the first to have tied these seemingly disparate threads together. And even if, as with Keynes, somebody else already expressed a similar idea on another blog and E-mailed it to us in a foreign language (to my knowledge, they have not done so), we could deny receiving it and never mention Kalecki again. (Although cf. Keynes, Kalecki and the Question of Priority.)

    Magpie, actually I had little to do with the lyrics. Craig was the lyricist and main member doing the synth arrangements and artwork (while at Sony he did artwork for various aussie releases, notably Midnight Oil’s ‘Earth and Sun and Moon’ album). In addition to vocals, I helped out on rare occasions with a keyboard part. We both wrote music. When I came up with a song, generally on the piano, I would play the chords and melody and just sing whatever random words came into my head. Sometimes these would form the nucleus of the eventual song lyrics, but only sometimes. More often, Craig started the lyrics over from scratch. (Wise move.)

    For example, when I first showed Craig the song that became ‘Kylie’, it was about Cindy. From memory, the first verse and chorus were “I hear a lot of people talk about Jesus, as if he even sees us, and understands our pain. I hear people talk about a lord and savior, as if he’ll even save ya from your misery and grief. Let me be brief. Cindy is the girl for me. She is the only one who makes me A-okay. She is the only one who makes me feel alright now. She is the only one who makes me feel so happy.”

    Craig replaced the words so as not to alienate the Christian indie synthpop market. Cindy may also have had something to do with it.

    A song ‘Falling’ (not currently on YouTube) was originally named ‘Nine to Five’, written from the unsympathetic perspective of a rentier, with the chorus “Into the nine to five you go. It’s over, you know. Never much time to see the sun. It’s not much fun working. That is just what all you have to do. Not my scene, that’s true. It’s plain to see: nine to five ain’t me.”

    The lyrics were overhauled on the say-so of our finance division on fears the song would offend not only rentiers (serious enough) but workers with underdeveloped senses of irony (potentially fatal). Put simply, it was felt that if the original lyrics ever saw the light of day, we, and not just the rentiers, might find ourselves euthanized.

    My most offensive song, I liked to tell myself, tentatively entitled ‘God Save America (From Itself)’, was shelved altogether. Our mothers wouldn’t allow it. It boasted the tirade “Hey everybody clap your hands, ‘cos we’re gonna have a party to celebrate the victory. Celebrate the victory of the West, thanks to US, in the Cold War, it’s given us new folklore. We’ve defeated that evil institution, communist intrusion on people’s hearts and minds. Thank you for capitalist starvation, imperialist invasion (honey!) and US domination (honey-bunny!). God save America. God save America from itself.” (And then somebody shouts from left field “And ‘Little America’ too — Australia that’s you” in an earnest attempt to make the song seem anti-world in general rather than anti-American in particular, neither of which were safe nor popular stances to take in the leafy shade of suburbia, then as now. Considering the song was written in between munching on mouthfuls of Taco Bell and guzzling Coca Cola, it’s unclear how popular the sentiment was even in my own mind.) “Thanks, yanks, for your big tanks, and your militaristic spending, it’s staving off stagnation.” (I had just discovered Baran, Sweezy and the Monthly Review.) “Thanking you are us, the upper middle class and protected bourgeois, who don’t really give a rat’s ass whether anybody’s starving, indeed we’re laughing, better not to meddle with the market, natural forces take control. Laissez faire, works well for billionaires, and not bad for bourgeois either.” And finally, “Laissez faire, ‘cos there’s no need to share, raise your hands in the air. Solidarity’s a dirty word, we prefer vested interest and profit and wealth accumulation. Too bad any bugger in the street without a thing to eat, lazy little sod should get up off his ass and get a job like the rest of us noble individuals with our cushy little office jobs in the city. Hooray for rugged individuality. Go west, young man.”

    Let’s just say the time signature was somewhat challenging in its irregularity.

    I exaggerate, of course. (A little.)

  5. Peter, you are the best thing to happen to the internet (excluding cats). Don’t ever change.

    Magpie and jrbarch, you need to get on Twitter. We solve global problems in a single sentence. It’s the worst online experience you’ll ever have, but you won’t be able to look away.

  6. Ok, everyone just talk about what they want. Me? I’m going to stay on-topic as usual. Since my default position is to always tease Peter (because come ON), I have to say I REALLY like this song.

    I didn’t pay too much attention at first, but replayed it earlier today and I can’t stop singing it (taps foot). Haven’t checked out the other playlists — because EFFORT — but I’m hooked. Well done!

  7. Thanks, Trixie. Your conscientious ontopicness has done heteconomist proud. Your namesake Trixie Belden would approve of the way you got down to the gist of things.

  8. Trixie Belden would approve of the way you got down to the gist of things

    You’ve seen nothing yet:

    Why do “Australians” lose their accent when singing? Hmmm?

  9. My guess is that it’s due to listening to lots of American and English music. Actually, I’m not sure my speaking accent is that Australian either. I tend to get mistaken for other nationalities quite a bit. More generally, the difference between Australian accents now compared with twenty years ago, observable by watching TV footage from different decades, is very noticeable. I’d say this is at least partly a product of much exposure to American TV. Interstate differences within Australia seem to be diminishing also, perhaps due to more national rather than state-specific Australian TV along with the exposure to American TV.

  10. Some people say it’s due to right-brain/left-brain activities. Singing being the former, speaking the latter. Which kind of makes sense to me (for no specific reason) since there are some people (not that I’d know) who can’t recite the alphabet (as just one example) without singing it.

    (Asking for a friend)

  11. In my own fuzzy way I kind of like Kalecki (lots of happy Polish connections in my life).

    Re Question of Priority : I try to name the two sources of everything I know every now and again, without pushing them. One speaker from one source speaks from his heart in simple words that just about anybody on the planet can understand. ‘Peace is within you and available to you. Peace is not on the outside in circumstance; peace is within you, real – and something the world has not tried’. The other writer from the second source speaks from a mind that is far in advance of anything I have ever come across before (in my experience). Both are a mirror in which I find myself. Should I let the world define me?

    So, like a child I learn a language and babble a bit. I am probably a little bit unusual in that I am bilingual in that sense and probably twice as nonsensical too!!!

    Seriously, this video/music boy meets girl thing, rage against the machine: are they not all little snapshots/reflections in time? E.g. think of the evolution of simple tribal expressions of sexuality to the stage lit global broadcast and 500,000W amplification of image today – all impacting, reciprocating in human consciousness: ditto the same sort of transitions in the monetary and legal systems? Human consciousness is key?

  12. Great song, Magpie. Thanks. And fascinating. It’s got me sufficiently intrigued to read and ponder various interpretations of the song’s meaning(s).

    jrbarch: Kalecki is my second favorite after Marx. And he’s less work to read than Marx, so sometimes he’s my favorite. 🙂

  13. There is an animal nature in man.
    There is a higher nature too.
    The animal nature in man brings suffering he wants to escape. The ‘I’ sees itself as caught up in the drama of life.

    The higher nature wants man to fly!
    The lower nature wants man to jump!
    Mind doesn’t have an answer. The heart has nothing but answers.



  14. Magpie wrote:

    Hey Pete, have a look at this:

    Save a PhD Student

    Are things here Down Under as bad as the infographic says?

    Hey, Magpie. I only just noticed this part of your comment. Don’t ask me how I missed it. Overworked is not the answer. Thanks for the great link.

    Maybe some time in the future I will compose an unnecessarily elaborate written response to your question. For now, suffice to say that something along those lines (though nowhere near as bad at the time as the current U.S. situation) is what may have driven a fledgling left-wing anti-orthodox yet not-quite-consciously-heterodox economist (of a sort) to this:

    Impossible Blueprint for Success

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