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The Banker Rotkin – The Cycle Glyders – The Scribbleman

(Listen to Greed The Rock Opera at http://www.scribbleman.bandcamp.com or skip to the ‘Greed – What’s the Story?’ or ‘Greed – Hear the Songs’ posts below for links to tracks.)

Greed The Rock Opera – It’s an album of songs. It could be a film. Could be animated. Could be staged. Or just listened to: chuck it on your iPod for free! Watch the It’s All Lies video at http://youtu.be/neMF_KsaJA0

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At the same time it’s a story. Like an allegorical fairytale or a seventies concept album.

Greed is set in a small town that could be anywhere. It’s about the big bad world we live in but I’ve shrunk the world to make it easier.

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These songs were recorded over the last year, using singers and guitarists and musicians I’ve come across.

I got the local male voice choir in and Dave Jones the cab driver actor narrates.

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Greed is about the fake world we live in. It’s about the debt controlled slavery system we’re manacled to called money.

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It’s about hapless politicians and the evil bankers that control them. It’s about the dimwitted media and the corporations that control them.

And that leaves us (the 99%), stuck at the bottom, controlled by everyone else (the 1%).

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Can Maxen Cala rid Abertaff of greed and save the town? Listen to Greed The Rock Opera and find out.

http://www.scribbleman.bandcamp.com.

Guitars were mangled in the making of Greed but none were seriously harmed.

Sleighbells were shaken at one point. In one song, a tiny red xylophone was malleted.

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This is the story… Greed The Rock Opera: A fairy tale in Abertaff

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It is warm as toast in the bed of Maxen Cala. As he sleeps and dreams of revolution.

                                      Listen to ‘Revolution’  http://goo.gl/JRojfO

An escape from the slavery in Abertaff, a town dominated by an enormous mansion on a black coal tip.

The Upper World. It is where the banker, the politician, the chief of police, the bishop and the rest of The Parasites live. Their leader is an investment banker industrialist called Rotkin.

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Rotkin the Parasite Banker

 

                                                                                                          Listen to ‘Cookies’  http://goo.gl/b0M6xg 

Down in the valley, the Lower World, The Silent live – hooked on fast food, sport, phones and social networking. Maxen Cala will rouse the people of Abertaff out of their apathy and rise up against the greedy control of the Parasites.

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                                                                                Listen to  ‘Bread And Circuses’  http://goo.gl/8A24CR

Maxen will lead a rebellion against the inequality of wealth.

Rotkin is aware of Maxen Cala’s desires and tries to recruit him for The Parasites. He does not succeed but it occurs to Maxen that if he were to join the enemy, he could bring them down from the inside. But how?

                                                                    Listen to ‘Something Wrong In Town’  http://goo.gl/3sT4BG 

The Parasites come out at night led by Rotkin and his riot police, The Rotka, to rob The Silent and cherrypick victims for their evil pleasure.

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They will be drugged and brainwashed. The Zombies are the local kids who walk around head bowed, glued to mobiles. If they are lucky, they are dumped back into the community with the latest smartphones and tablets.

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They don’t know it yet but when their brainwashed minds are triggered off, they will kill their own kind in random massacres.

Elin is a cake shop girl who dreams of shoes and the man who can buy them for her. Maxen is in love with her. She does not love Maxen.

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The Cycle Glyders drop the poison

Pedal powered Glyders fly in the sky above Abertaff leaving chemical trails in their wake. The heavy gas is loaded with aluminium and barium. It falls down onto the heads of The Silent dumbing them down and turning them into phone-toting zombies.

                                                                          Listen to ‘It’s All Lies’    http://goo.gl/TIZhAL

Watch the ‘It’s All Lies’ video at http://youtu.be/neMF_KsaJA0

Mickey J is a ghost that wanders the streets late at night playing his ghost guitar. He is followed by the ghost of Alan Turing (the inventor of the computer). They sing songs of love and hope.

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Mickey believes that one day a magic power chord from his guitar will put an end to the Parasite’s insanity.

During a night time Parasite raid on the town Elin is dragged off and locked in a clock tower.

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She is drugged and she falls into a coma-like state but she imagines that she is still online, shopping and social networking on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest.

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Maxen Cala must rescue her. It’s a battle between love and greed. Mickey J tells him the only way to beat The Parasites is to play The Big Chord. It’s an C major chord of great power. It will produce love. He teaches him how.

Maxen is recruited by The Parasites’ leader and infiltrates the privileged. The Big Chord that Mickey J has taught him is played and a powerful love engulfs The Parasitical world. It also creates a virus. A greed virus.

                                                                                                                   Listen to ‘Greed’  http://goo.gl/YMdEGK 

The Parasites start to become ill. The virus spreads, it will only attack the greedy. The bankers, politicians and corporate industrialists begin to bloat. Then they explode.

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Rotkin realises that he will soon suffer the same fate and being a religious man, fears that he will go to Hell for all the bad he has done. He decides that if he has ‘God Forgive Me’ carved on his tombstone, he may be let into Heaven.

                                                                                               Listen to ‘God Forgive Me’   http://goo.gl/h6xgO9

Rotkin dies along with the rest of The Parasites. It’s not a pretty sight.

Maxen rescues Elin from the clock tower and they look down on the town. And now with greed gone from Abertaff, the rules of life change. All people are equal.

                                                                                             Listen to ‘When I Grow Up’  http://goo.gl/oH12Ys 

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But when all is said and done, it’s a fairy tale after all. It couldn’t really happen. Could it?

Listen to Greed The Rock Opera at www.scribbleman.bandcamp.com or scroll down to the ‘Greed – Hear the Songs’ post below.

 

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Greed The Rock Opera

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Track Listing

 

1  Revolution                                                http://goo.gl/JRojfO             click to hear track

2  Cookies                                                   http://goo.gl/b0M6xg             click to hear track

3  Bread And Circuses                                      http://goo.gl/8A24CR                click to hear track

4  Tu Bal Cain                                                 http://goo.gl/OnPXtt               click to hear track

5  Wake Up Call                                               http://goo.gl/UCDg6c               click to hear track

6  Something Wrong In Town                          http://goo.gl/3sT4BG                click to hear track

7  Rotkin                                                          http://goo.gl/wN94nJ             click to hear track

8  99%                                                          http://goo.gl/BBzGFp             click to hear track

9  Sheep                                                        http://goo.gl/YbnrsK             click to hear track

10 It’s All Lies                http://goo.gl/TIZhAL click to hear track  –    video at: http://youtu.be/neMF_KsaJA0

11  The Parasites                                             http://goo.gl/LYih4T             click to hear track

12  Mob Handed                                             http://goo.gl/us5aq8             click to hear track

13  Only Really Happy                                      http://goo.gl/Gk2oae            click to hear track

14  She’s In A Coma                                        http://goo.gl/vPTc33             click to hear track

15  MK Ultra                                                  http://goo.gl/0sz6xt               click to hear track

16  Big Chord                                                 http://goo.gl/043fWu             click to hear track

17  TV Report                                               http://goo.gl/4p69fa               click to hear track

18  Greed                                                     http://goo.gl/YMdEGK             click to hear track

19  God Forgive Me                                         http://goo.gl/h6xgO9            click to hear track

20  When I Grow Up                                      http://goo.gl/oH12Ys           click to hear track

Watch a stripped down version of Bread And Circuses at Northhouse Studios http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bRvvJXXtdTM

Watch the It’s All Lies video at http://youtu.be/neMF_KsaJA0

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The Scribble Man Project

 

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Scribbleman – guitar and vocals

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Time Bough – drums, vocals on most songs and screaming

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Daniel B James – the radio DJ

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Tanya Walker – vocals on Bread And Circuses and MK Ultra

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Ian Milton – Rotkin vocals on Cookies, Rotkin, Only Really Happy, God Forgive Me

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Billy Strangward – guitar on Revolution, Cookies, Bread And Circuses, Sheep, God Forgive Me

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Karin Mear – Maxen’s mother on Revolution

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Bob Evans – percussion on lots of stuff, washboard, bodrhan, sleighbells, tambourine

DL Jones – narrator

Caroline Price – guitar on God Forgive Me

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Jamie Thomas – flute on It’s All Lies, The Parasites, accordion on When I Grow Up

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John Eyre – vocals on Something Wrong In Town, It’s All Lies, When I Grow Up

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Huw Parsons – Bishop Belcher on Sheep

Andrew Grubb – screaming on Wake Up Call

Niall Davidson – vocals on Tu Bal Cain

Hywel Evans – vocals on Tu Bal Cain, Rotkin

Aberhonddu Male Voice Choir (Rob Bevan, Alun Parry and Martin Weale) – vocals on Bread And Circuses, MK Ultra, God Forgive Me

 

A huge thanks to everyone who gave their time and talent.

Download tracks or the whole album Greed The Rock Opera for free at http://www.scribbleman.bandcamp.com.

 

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