We Take Ourselves Very Seriously

by Mischievous Badger

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Some artists completely defy categorization by genre. For a long time it seemed as if Mischievous Badger was one of those bands. It’s not easy to label a band that combines falsetto croons, ripping Hammond organ, and sequin studded costumes on one album, which is exactly what the band did on their last LP, the sensational Kids These Days. But on their outstanding new release We Take Ourselves Very Seriously, the duo of Carson “Brutha Man” Witte and Chris “Luva Man” McCarthy show that they occupy a genre all of their own, and the only word to describe that genre is FUN! The new album is eclectic, hilarious and a large step up from their last release, but above all, it is just plain good old-fashioned fun for you to enjoy with your whole family.
The band kicks things off with a serious slab of white boy funk, the raging jam “You Set Yourself on Fire.” Featuring lyrics that rhyme “lust for her ass” with “combustible gas” and a funktastic Hammond organ solo from Chris, the track is sure to be a hit with fans of their smash single “Like a Teddy Bear.” Immediately following is the head banging absurdity “Confucian Girls Take Your Money.” Carson mourns the loss of his cash to a girl from a Chinese religion, but gets the last laugh when he takes her out to a nice seafood dinner, and never calls her again! He also takes a glorious guitar solo straight out of the AC/DC songbook of 4-note musicianship. Chris meanwhile supplies listeners with a healthy dose of killing Hammond organ and heavily distorted harpsichord. Yes that’s correct, these boys put a harpsichord through a guitar amp, showing that they can still go “bach” to their European classical roots. “Wish I Was a Drummer,” an instant classic, is the next track on the album. Carson sings about an attempted love affair with a drum set over a New Orleans street beat feel, while Chris takes a phenomenal piano solo that sounds like Oscar Peterson jamming with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. And as if that wasn’t enough, the song closes out with a beautiful conch shell solo courtesy of Carson. Yes that’s right, these two prodigies can make a conch shell work over a New Orleans rock song!
Starting off the second half of the album is “Food,” a favorite from the band’s live show. You can hear the pain in Carson’s voice as he struggles to choose between the one he loves and the food he loves so dearly. To emphasize his pain, he swoops up into a breathtaking falsetto that sounds like a beautiful, sparkling, castrated angel. Chris layers on the beauty with Casio synths, melancholy piano, and even more Hammond organ! But wait until the end, when an entire orchestra comes into provide an incredibly climactic finish to the track. The band keeps things relatively mellow for the majority of the next song, “Frog and Toad.” Featuring perhaps the most romantic lyrics the band has ever written, Carson and Chris interact beautifully in this piano ballad that compares their lovers to pie a la mode and the beloved children’s book series Frog and Toad. If that felt a little too serious, fans will be delighted by the hilarious unbridled ridiculousness that is the final track on the album, “Meatloaf.” The song tells the story of a young man named Maurice who wishes to woo a girl with his cooking abilities. However, his culinary skills do not meet her expectations, and so in a stunning act of defiance, he steals some meatloaf from his mother’s fridge for his love interest. But then he is caught in the act when his mom walks in the kitchen, looking for the stolen meatloaf! She recognizes that he has a passion for cooking, but scolds him for not realizing that true happiness will not come from stealing her meatloaf! Who wouldn’t buy a song with such a deep and meaningful plot like this one? And in case fans aren’t convinced, they’ll be delighted to hear that the album closes out in a very similar fashion to Kids These Days, with a bunch of nonsense being shouted over a ripping organ solo.
When you have a band that can combine white boy funk, punk rock swagger, New Orleans rock, a beautiful Pink Floyd-esque epic, touching romantic lyrics and crazy organ solos onto one album, you know you have something special. And Carson Witte and Chris McCarthy are definitely two very special songwriters with high artistic ambitions, a superb lack of maturity, and a great sense of how to have a good time. Download We Take Ourselves Very Seriously, and you will have boatloads of fun listening, guaranteed. It is the sound of two cousins making joyous music that will inspire you to live in the moment and laugh. After all, who wouldn’t laugh at that album cover?

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released August 22, 2010

Carson Witte - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Conch Shell, Programming
Chris McCarthy - Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Backup Vocals, Bongos

Recorded at Get Reel Productions and Got Yo Hat studios. Mixed and Mastered at Got Yo Hat studios. All music by Mischievous Badger. Copyright August 2010

Special thanks Robert Preston for giving us his time and wisdom.

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Track Name: You Set Yourself On Fire
She's on fire
She's on fire
She's on fire
She lit herself...

Well I met this girl who needed no introduction
At first sight she nearly caused an eruption
I found that my mouth wouldn't even function
So I decided to ask her out to luncheon

We sat on down at a table for two
And she talked to me as I ate all her food
But the whole time I just gaped at her boobs
And when she stood I was like "damn, that girl's navel is huge!"

Oh how I lust for her ass
And you know her bust is first class
She's surrounded by combustible gas
And you know that girl just lit my match

Ya if you're goin for this girl then you gotta be warned
She could heat all the kilns at pottery barn
Feels like I just won the lottery I'm
Gonna put the finishing touch with my sautering iron

I said baby, baby
You set yourself on fire

I said baby, baby
You set yourself on fire

Mama said never play with matches
'Cause once they're lit the flames attack ya
I used to have to wait for the rain to relax them
But now my fire hydrant's the main attraction

I said baby, baby
You set yourself on fire

I said baby, baby
You set yourself on fire

Now I got a girl that's beautiful
And nice and bootyful
Even though her rack size
Is quite disputable
But now don't be foolish
She's still the top of my to-do list
Because that girl is scorchin hot
But I can handle that 'cause I am the coolest

She's on fire
She's on fire
She's on fire
She lit herself On Fire

She's on fire
She's on fire
She's on fire
She lit herself On Fire

She's on fire
She's on fire
She's on fire
She lit herself On Fire

She's on fire
She's on fire
She's on fire
She lit herself On Fire
Track Name: Confucian Girls Take Your Money
Confucian girls take your money
Confucian girls take your money
Confucian girls take your money
Confucian girls take your money

If you a girl from a Chinese Religion
You ain't gonna get my cash
'Cause I gave it to a Confucian
And never got it back

She was like "I prefer old white-bearded guys
To American douches"
And that is how I lost my girl
To a Chinese cat named Confucius

Confucian girls take your money
Confucian girls take your money
Confucian girls take your money
Confucian girls take your money

She was like "how do you know how to do this
When you just be worshippin' Jesus?"
I said "I know a helluva lot more than any of you Buddhists
'Cause I just worship my penis!"

And you may be wonderin' what I did
To get back at her for revenge
Well, I took her out to a nice seafood dinner
And never called her again
Track Name: Wish I Was a Drummer
Well I wish I was a drummer
Drummin' in my hummer
'Cause I'm gonna need more trunk space
When I got my drum case
Guitars like lots of feedback
But you know I don't need that
I'm gonna be a drummer baby
You better believe that

Well I saw this drum the other day
Showin' so much skin that I had to say
That you're the one I want to play
Ya if you were a guy then I'd go gay

But you're not and you're hot so let's date
She said "I've got a lot of stuff on my plate"
I said "that's great, but I don't care, 'cause
You are a drum and you got me snared"

Well I wish I was a drummer
Drummin' in my hummer
'Cause I'm gonna need more trunk space
When I got my drum case
So baby let me tap that
I'm talkin' bout your hi-hat
You know I can groove on you
I'll hit you nice and laid back

She said "I've never dated a musician"
I said "baby it's just like fishin'
You stick in a rod and hope something comes out"

Oops, I wasn't really thinkin' about what was coming out of my mouth...

Well I wish I was a drummer
Drummin' in my hummer
'Cause I'm gonna need more trunk space
When I got my drum case
Guitars like lots of feedback
But you know I don't need that
I'm gonna be a drummer baby
You better believe that
Track Name: Food
Hey girl, you're competing
Against my love for eating
They say love is fleeting
And not artificially sweetened

Hey girl, you're competing
Against my love for eating
They say love is fleeting
And never artificially sweetened

Girl I love you
But not the way I love my food
If you were edible
I might love you like I should

Don't you know that it's a simple fact
That even a double-D sized rack
Could never compete
With donut holes as sweet
As the ones that you made me
Oh why baby
Did you make pastries
While you were naked
Now I'm so confused
Because I don't know who I love
You or food

Hey girl, you're competing
Against my love for eating
They say love is fleeting
And not artificially sweetened

Hey girl, you're competing
Against my love for eating
They say love is fleeting
And never artificially sweetened

Girl I love you
But not the way I love my food
If you were edible
I might love you like I should

Well I thought that we had a good thing
But then you had to go and start cooking
Lots and lots of stews
And now I have to choose
Between you and your food
Not to be rude
But I prefer steak and crumpets to boobs
Now I don't know what to do
Because I don't know who I love
You or food

Girl I love you
But not the way I love my food
If you were edible
I might love you like I should
Track Name: Frog and Toad
When this whole thing started
It was supposed to be light-hearted
But who could have predicted
Feels like I've been evicted
From my old existence
Now every day's like christmas
Stranded in your arms
Is a man who's been disarmed

Lost all my defenses
I could never end this ride
They say that love is ruthless
But what else is there to describe

Someone who makes my heart explode
Someone who takes a part of my soul
Someone who tastes like pie a la mode
We're just like Frog and Toad

Every time we cuddle
My brain becomes befuddled
A snowstorm of the senses
I could never fight against this
My entire body gets the butterflies
Every time I look into my lover's eyes
One moment I'm colder than a polar bear
The next second I'm hotter than a solar flare

And within that instant
I feel all my resistance go
It's you I set my sights on
And now it's out of my control

Someone who makes my heart explode
Someone who takes a part of my soul
Someone who tastes like pie a la mode
We're just like Frog and Toad

And just when I feel the excitement
Like a retro child in a vinyl store
You kiss me it feels like lightning
Just electrified my spinal cord

Someone who makes my heart explode
Someone who takes a part of my soul
Someone who tastes like pie a la mode
We're just like
Someone who makes my heart explode
Someone who takes a part of my soul
Someone who tastes like pie a la mode
We're just like Frog and Toad
Track Name: Meatloaf
Well my name is maurice how do ya do
I like to eat a lot of food
And I really really really really like you
Oh baby boo

I said hey
I said hey (HEY)
We could all have a good time
I said hey
I said hey (HEY)

I could make you a turkey, I could bake you a ham
When you taste my sauce you'll be sayin' oh damn
This is a really really really good ham
Huh? It's a really good ham
Here's the special of the night I hope you're listening
'Cause there's just one thing that I'm missing

It's you (who?) see the hairy dude?
The one next to him (oh she's very cute)
(you should talk to her) yes I agree
'Cause I want her to admire me
So I brought her ham on a wheat roll
And she said man I wanted meatloaf

I said hey (HEY)
We could all have a good time
I said hey

Well it's time to give her somethin' pleasin'
Bring on the meatloaf with the finest seasonin'
'Tis the season to be jolly
'Cause Maurice 'bout to get hella ballin'

Ya I stole some meatloaf from the fridge
Don't tell mom 'cause she's a bitch
If I want to make this girl mine
I got to give her somethin' quite sublime
Somethin' that she's never dined on before
'Cause she's a certified 10 and I'm a certified 4

But then my mom walks in the kitchen she's like
"Maurice my meatloaf's missin'"

My mom said now son of mine
I know that you love to dine
But if you ever want to find
Happiness you gotta stop stealin' my meatloaf...