The Body Told Us What Their Songs Mean

By Kelly McClure

The Body just re-released their long out of print S/T album this month and we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. We asked them to just run up and down the street of their town, playing droney, butt-quaking scream metal in front of the bank, or the grocery store or wherever, to give the town's folk a little buzz, but they said no. Instead they offered us a stream of the album, and a little play by play of what each song means to them.

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The beginning of the end. We should've just not recorded ever and led normal lives so we wouldn't have to endure being called boring fat losers by Internet ding dongs. Nothing says potential mate to would be suitors as having your biggest accomplishment being laughed at by Prince Paul in a Scion video.

"THE CITY OF THE MAGNIFICENT JEWEL"

This is the only song we still sometimes play.

"HEARTS ACHE, EVEN IN DREAMS (CITY-EATER)"

Our friend Gus plays double bass on this. The piano sound is from a crappy keyboard because Machines With Magnets didn't have the grand piano we requested. Fucking hacks. Just kidding; one love MWM.

"CULTURE DESTROYER"

This is the fastest we've ever played and now that we're old we'll probably never play this fast again. I think Keith Souza (engineer) suggested we play more like "that Godsmack song with the real heavy part". Keith loves Godsmack.

"THE MOTHER AND TOMB OF ALL THINGS"

This was originally done for a cassette for Armageddon Records. It ends like that on purpose. Seth Manchester (engineer) fought us on this, literally, claiming "we'd never get that Battles money".

"FAILINGS"

The start of the ole "two chords for an indeterminate amount of time" formula. Also includes a Jim Jones sample. The Reverend Jim Jones, not the rapper Jim Jones.

"FINAL WORDS"

Gus plays on this too. This was our first recording after playing for many years. You can tell by the youthful enthusiasm we played with then and not with the sad acceptance of realizing the only thing you're good at is playing shows on someone's basement to a room of kids 15 years younger than you on their cell phones. 

@WolfieVibes

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