Destroy Old Things
(c) 2002 by Jeff King & Lewis D'Aubin

Destroy Old Things

Destroy old things
They're all used up
This rusting tool
That broken cup
That ate my tape
The comfy chair
That lost its shape

Destroy old things
Do it today
You broke a string, throw the guitar away
Buy a new one now they're all so cheap
So what, who cares if it just lasts a week? Destroy it!
Out of date!
Out of vogue, you've been

Destroy old things
Buy all new gear, and
Do it, do it, do it, do it several times a year
Spend your cash, forget the quality
Do your part for the economy!

Buy cheap!
Be smart!
Shop at S-Mart!

This brand new stuff
You bought is broken
But the buying public
Have already spoken
They purchase garbage with a smile
We'll pile it high atop a stinking garbage pile!

Destroy it - you no longer care
Fix it so that it can't be repaired
Smash that trash no hesitation!
Destroy, and vent out all your animal frustration!

But what to do with all this waste?
To fire it into outer space
Would cost too much. Instead let's act fast
Destroy it with atomic blast!

Turn those stinking piles of trash
Into radioactive ash

Destroyed... destroyed, destroyed at last!

All your new things
Will soon be broken
You'll buy them over again
Do you think I'm joking?

We can, we should
We can, we should
Blow it up real good
Blow it up real good!


"Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer; things fall apart; the centre cannot hold, and mere anarchy is loosed upon the world..."

This song existed since early 2000 as just a bunch of lyrics until Jeff decided to parody his favorite prog metal band TOOL. (We had tried to make it a song back in 2000 right before Chris left the band, but sadly those sessions were doomed to fail.) But Jeff dove into the task at home and within a few days presented the band with a fully formed demo of the song early in 2002. I must admit it took a while for me to warm up to this song, but I finally did get the hang of it after a few practices... (it's funny to recollect that at first, I couldn't even sing this song without almost literally passing out on the first held out 'DESTROYYYYYY...'

Anyway, recording-wise, this one was a little different from the rest. After performing this onstage a few times, I decided that the drums should be performed by the best drummer I could get, and so I talked to Jason Calderera, then in a band called Focus 21. Jason worked at Guitar Center, and so we made arrangements with him to meet there after hours on a Sunday night and record the drum parts there, entirely on a Roland V-Kit. This was done in just two passes, one for Jason to learn the song, and one to record it - no punch ins! Following this amazing feat, I laid down my vocals and recorded Jim's bass parts, and gave Jeff the project file to layer his guitars onto.

The video for this song was shot chiefly by Jim in the photography studio behind his house in February 2003. We set up a miniature set made of old circuit boards from a Xerox Star computer I had scavenged from UNO. A clay figure was created by Michael Williams, and Jim spent a couple weeks stop motion animating the figure, shooting with his new Olympus digital camera. One practice night we went over to Jim's studio and shot the live action inserts. I then set up a little miniature set in the C.O.G. Secret Lab, including a crude miniature camera track, and did some layered tracking shots. All this footage was conformed and handed over to Jeff, who edited it all together in Adobe Premiere to look like an early TOOL video. I got the project back from him and contributed some finishing touches of my own, such as the lap dissolve treatment on the stop motion parts, the rotating S-Mart beacon, and the stock footage of the Lab. The resulting video is really an adventurous departure for the C.O.G. - but then, so is the song.

At my request, the song was remixed just before the album was mastered. The CD version is thicker than the DVD mix, but consists of essentially the same tracks.

Drums...........Jason Calderera
Guitars.........Jeff King
Bass............Jim Fairchild
Lead vocal......Lewis D'Aubin
Backing vocals..Lewis D'Aubin
Recorded and mixed 2003 at C.O.G. Secret Lab, Harahan LA (drums recorded at Guitar Center)