guards will light my smokes for me

I saw some groups over the years position themselves doing something shocking or use a shocking image. I wondered about what that type of art does in the world. Some people would definitely lose their mind if they heard of a group calling themselves the Dayglo Abortions or Nunfuckers. 15 years ago there was an exceptional band called Slutarded. I assume Janet or Tracy made the cd artwork, it was a collage, the cover was a woman putting a live chicken in her mouth (sucking chicken obviously) and on the back a boy with an erect penis from an adult male pasted over his groin. It was textbook case of something people will lose their minds over.
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They are the only people I ever met whose CD artwork was rejected by the manufacturing company. Bet that image of the boy is what made them lose their marbles and refuse the job (the guys at the company?). In the late 80s Guns and Roses released a record whose cover was a woman raped by a smirking robot. And the manufacturing company and the major record label didn’t have a problem releasing that but later some retailers refused to stock it. Then the company made an alternative cover. My Marxist professor might say that was textbook capitalism.

I got to play some shows with Slutarded in the mid 2000s. Tracy who played bass was the person who made me feel welcome to join them using the 3 octave Casio. They had a different kind of position than most groups I knew. They didn’t care about their position or trying to get a record deal and they weren’t precious about the arrangements. Usually I would get a message about the theme the day of the show. Having different themes for each show was the main thing and enjoying themselves. Each time it felt like kids playing dress up. The songs were raw, funny, existential and in a way revolutionary.
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I am going to jail
To get a new pair of shoes
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Guards will light my smokes for me
When I go to jail
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I’m going to get three meals a day
When I go to jail

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