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Consumer was inspired much like the other consuming songs (Can Man, Hype etc) after shopping in the shopping Malls exploding in Chatswood in the early 80's. Chatswood, near where we lived, was the fastest growing commercial area in Australia!

One day there was a lovely old park and next week it was a five story Mall.

Tony Packard was selling his "Let me do it right for you!" TV ads. Everywhere you turned it was all BUY BUY BUY, and not that it's any different now but at that time it was all exploding in our faces.

lyrics

Consumer

Buy more... Special Discount... Clearance Sale... Consume...
Once in a Lifetime Off... Your need is our Greed... Let me do it right for You!!

You need a colour TV
I need a College degree
We don't care if you don't want it
You've got to have one anyway
'Cause all that matters is the Company.

If Harry next door
Finds you don't have one
The same as his
What's he going to say??

Consumer.
The business world depends on you.
Consumer
Commercial instinct guides you through.

You need a swimming pool
I need a freezer that's full
We don't care if you don't want it
You've got to buy one anyway
'Cause spending to the end is the Golden Rule.

If Mary next door
Finds you don't have one
The same as hers
What's she going to say?
What's she going to say?

You know you've got to consume all you can
That's why you're here
You know you've got to conform to the plan
Your future is clear.

Consumer.
The business world depends on you.
Consumer
The shopping squares are built for you.

.You know you've got to consume all you can
That's why you're here
You know you've got to conform to the plan
Your future is clear.

Consumer.
The business world depends on you.
Consumer
Commercial instinct guides you through.

Consumer.
The business world depends on you.
Consumer
The shopping squares are built for you.


Words and music by Japetus © Copyright 1983
Written, arranged, engineered and produced by Japetus

credits

from Real World, released April 1, 1982
- Jay... Nylon acoustic guitar, Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, real Maxwin drum kit, Casio MT-30 keyboard.

Notes:
- This track was originally called Modus Operandi but that was too obscure and went weird in the mix. The new chorus was written a few years later but never recorded. For this release I just quickly over-dubbed the new chorus. It's clunky but you get the idea.

- Harry and Mary really were our next door neighbours.

- The clickety-clack sound was me drumming an over-dub at the time playing the drum stick on the rim of the snare drum.

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The Crazoids Willoughby, Australia

Crazy, young and frustrated with the ways of the world, The Crazoids was a futuristic, early-80's Pop music project created by Japetus, that reflected upon the quirky sides of humanity as it approached the challenges of the 21st century. This collection of demos is 'released' here under the album title of Real World. They are presented here purely in an historical context for posterity's sake. ... more

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