What is Nerdwave?

by World Racketeering Squad

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"The tunes on What Is Nerdwave? tell stories. The band uses its knack for good, sticky chorus hooks and supports it by writing lyrics that increase the expectation and hence the payoffs for the choruses. They also make their 80's-rock inspirations their own by injecting the Racketeers' personal obsessions and quirks, from the technosexual weirdness of "Electromagnetic Pulse" to the fanfic romance "Summer" (as in Summer Glau). The smart construction of the songwriting enhances the modest pleasures of their playing. A few songs really pop out: "I'm Not Dead" is fast, goofy fun and "Looking for Lorelei" is expertly conceived power pop." --Big Western Flavor

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released September 18, 2010

World Racketeering Squad is

Reed Oliver vocals, bass guitar, tin whistle, vocoder
Isaac Priestley guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass guitar on
“Needful Things” and “I’m Not Dead”
Bruce Chandler drums, vocals

Megan Allen vocals on “Undercover”, “Awesome”,
“Rock Me Amadeus” and “You are the dream”
Jonny_Dub vocals, bass guitar on “Electromagnetic Pulse”
Matt Pucci bass guitar on “Panic”

All songs composed by Oliver/Priestley except “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco/Bolland/Bolland.

Produced by World Racketering Squad. Recorded at 18ohThree Recordings except where noted.

“Needful Things”, “Electromagnetic Pulse”, “Rock and Roll” engineered and mixed by Bruce Chandler. “Looking for Lorelei”, “Summer” engineered by Dave Novak, mixed by Mike Propst. “Awesome”, “Undercover” engineed by Dave Novak, mixed by Bruce Chandler. “I’m Not Dead”, “Rock Me Amadeus”, “You are the dream” engineered and mixed by Dave Novak. “Heartbreaker” engineered by Bruce Chandler, mixed by Dave Novak. “Panic” engineered and mixed by “Comfortable” Billy Leger at Arlyn Studios.

Assistant engineer Matt Burnett. Mastered by Jonny_Dub.

Cover illustrations and design by Isaac Priestley.

Copyright 2010 by World Racketeering Squad.

Released under Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.
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World Racketeering Squad plays nerdwave rock and roll--Devo jamming with the Stones on the Millennium Falcon with Doctor Who playing bass.

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Isaac Priestley

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Track Name: Looking for Lorelei
And then they smashed into the rocks,
Just listening to her sound,
A hundred hearts were breaking,
As the ship went down,
Well there's an awful lot of gold,
Just waiting down below,
You got a mighty strong attraction ...

But I ain't looking for Lorelei,
Looking for Lorelei,
Looking for Lorelei to drown my dreams.

I've known stronger men than I,
Who've fallen at your throne,
I prayed their screams were pleasure,
While I bunked alone,
But when my ship is setting sail,
I'm headed for the sun,
I know that you'll be waiting ...

But I ain't looking for Lorelei,
Looking for Lorelei,
Looking for Lorelei to drown my dreams.

Cause I been that foolish sailor,
Taking chances every day,
What don't kill you makes you stronger,
Think I'm finally strong enough to say ...

I ain't looking for Lorelei,
Looking for Lorelei,
Looking for Lorelei to drown my dreams.
Looking for Lorelei,
Looking for Lorelei,
Looking for Lorelei to drown my dreams in you.
Track Name: Undercover
CHORUS:
Undercover
Going undercover

Tonight we're going walking on the sand,
I got something you need to understand,
About the business that's been going down,
All those lonely nights I wasn't round.

Converted both our bank accounts to cash,
Now hold your tongue before you say it's rash,
The guys I know will hunt down any trace,
And it's about damn time we fled this place.

CHORUS

Information's never free.

You understand you just can't call your mom,
To tell her what the hell is going on,
Say goodbye to all your single life,
See I told the feds that you're my wife,

We'll grow a nice mustache or amish beard,
A month as blonde and you won't feel too weird,
Going underground's all we can do,
Cause I told the Man about you-know-who!

CHORUS

That's the last they'll see of me.

Undercover baby
Only way to save me.
Got to disappear
Five ways of out of here

You're my guiding light
Cover of the night

Going going gone.
Track Name: Electromagnetic Pulse
Watch what you wish for baby,
You don't want me around.
I'll zero out your hard drive,
a click it's only sound.

Your phone's a pretty toy,
Till I turn out the lights.
But you don't need all that,
to feel my world tonight.

Chorus:

Watch out! Watch out! Watch out!
I'm dangerous
My electromagnetic pulse

You know that I'm in charge,
But keep your radio,
An angry static burst,
is all the future knows.

Your well-connected lifestyle,
Will crumble at my touch.
And you had best start running
If it's gonna be too much.

CHORUS

Bridge:
The neon daggers pierce you from every side,
But with one mighty pulse, they all fall away,
Leaving you naked, in the dark.

CHORUS

Take this sweet injection
Embrace your fate
Now that you've crossed the threshold,
you know it is too late.

You feel my power rising,
the tingling in your toes.
The beating of my pulse,
Is everything you know.

Watch out! Watch out! Watch out!
I'm dangerous
Track Name: Awesome
Because it's awesome!
It's the most awesome fruit in the world.
Because it's awesome!
A sphere of the most awesome fruit in the world.

When it's time for breakfast,
I sit at the nexus of,
The delicious king!

The pulp is defiant,
You cannot deny it,
Oh the juice is everything!

It's awesome!
I'm driving the most awesome car in the world.
Oh yes it's awesome!
You know it's the most awesome car in he world.

No need to be faster,
When you are the master of,
All that you behold!

I call him Attilla,
You know every thrill,
Because he's worth his weight in gold!

Feel the awesome in your bones,
Lust for awesome in your home,
Reaching for the sky,
'Cause awesome gets you awesome awesome awesome high!

Because she's awesome!
I'm seeking the most awesome girl in the world.
Because she's awesome!
You could be the most awesome girl in the world.

I know when I find her,
The awesome will blind her
With its explosion of love.

The love is eternal,
The sex is infernal,
And we'll never get enough.

Because we're awesome!
And we'll have the most awesome life in the world.
Because we're awesome!
I tell you the most awesome life in the world.

We call it "Awesome!"
Track Name: Summer
Summer, Summer
You always come around for such a short time
And when you leave, I fall in such a cold place in my heart
Summer Summer
I find myself myself just waiting for another season
Without your light and warmth I don't think that I can go on

CHORUS:
I know that you are much more than
a killer from the future
But I just want your love right here and now
Summer Glau

Summer Summer,
I always liked the crazy girls in high school
The ones who weren't afraid
to get lost in the games that
only two can play
Summer Summer
Are you like that
Or maybe light and laughing
Annoyed by one more
lovesick fool typecasting you again?

CHORUS

Summer Summer,
I know that you can read my mind
But I am not afraid
of a woman who knows more than I do
Summer Summer,
I know you want a role to spread your wings
When I direct another film,
The romantic lead, she will be you, 'cause

CHORUS

CHORUS
Track Name: Rock and Roll
I got some time to kill
do you want to kill it with me?
You got a lot of livin to do, I know you're
gonna wanna live it with me

And I don't need to know the time to know it's
time that you were getting with me
'cause once you get a taste of my love, you're never
gonna wanna let it be

But maybe it's to much to take, now
So lemme tell you what's at stake, now

I saw you by the side of the pool, you know
I had to say I like what you got
You showed me where you like it the most and then you
told me I was hittin the spot

And I don't need to look at a map to know that
we would end up going downtown
And if I ever lost my way I know you
wouldn't mind me feelin around

But maybe it's to much to take, now
So lemme tell you what's at stake, now

I want you to rock and roll with me (I know you want to get into it now)
I want you to rock and roll with me (Don't be afraid to come and do it now)
I want you to rock and roll with me (in case it isn't clear I'm sayin that)
I want you to rock and roll with me (I'm gettin on my knees and praying now)

(solo)

I want you to rock and roll with me (You know I'm speaking euphemistcally)
I want you to rock and roll with me (Don't want to say it too specifically)
I want you to rock and roll with me (You know I'm trying to say it tactfully)
I want you to rock and roll with me (Don't want to say it too exactily)

(solo and out)
Track Name: I'm Not Dead
CHORUS:
I'm not dead, I'm not dead,
I'm not saying that I'm sad about it,
Shouting down the judgements,
Of the voices in my head.

I'm not dead, I'm not dead,
Oh my folks and friends seem glad about it,
Guess until a madman,
holds a gun up to my head,
I'm stuck not dead.

VERSE:
Now I've got that high-tech job,
Moved into my new place.
All my parties grow so large,
You can see the fun from space.
Call it what you will,
But this rat's set to win the race.
Would I trade it all in,
For a ticket to my final resting place.

BRIDGE:
Not Dead Not Dead (5X)
See you in the shadows,
Not dead not dead,
See you in the stars,
Not dead not dead,
Until I stop breathing,
This crazy world is ours!
Track Name: Rock Me Amadeus
Er war ein Punker und ein Rocker
In der großen Stadt
Es war in Wien, war Vienna
Wo er alles tat
Er hatte viele Schulden
Doch ihn liebten alle Frauen
Und jede rief:
Come and rock me Amadeus

Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus

Er war Superstar
Er war populär
Er war so exaltiert
Because er hatte Flair
Er war ein Virtuose
War ein Rockidol
Und alles rief:
Come on and rock me Amadeus

Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus
Track Name: Needful Things
If you park next to my car
you're looking for my heart
you'll find it in the forest

I'll be dancing in the dark
with pixies in the park
they call enchanted forest

CHORUS:
Am I getting what I wanted?
forgotten all my dreams
the forest is so full of needful things

Could I find you where you sleep
is something I could keep
still living in the forest?

When you waken to my eyes
is't wonder and surprise
or would you choose the forest?

CHORUS
Track Name: Heartbreaker
I try to see you and it freaks me out
You know I need you but I gotta scream and shout

You gave me coffee and you made me cream
Left me so hungry in a fever dream

These exercises that you put me through
But these mental gymnastics just won't do
I visualize all that the world could be
But in your model babe I don't see me

A single touch keeps me awake all night
I dreamed about you and I woke with fright

I saw you naked and you broke my will
Cause now your lovin' is my only thrill

These exercises that you put me through
But these mental gymnastics just won't do
You eat alive my every compromise
Until I see you when I close my eyes

You run me ragged workin' up and down
I call your name till I can't make a sound

The rhythm works until the player drops
So how com you always end up on top?

These exercises that you put me through
But these mental gymnastics just won't do
And you won't even have to bury me
Cause without you baby I'm lost at sea
Track Name: Panic
What do you do when you know somebody's coming,
Ready or not, appearing at your home?

They're due at seven, now it is 6:30,
your tiny family, waiting all alone,

CHORUS:
Panic in the streets
Panic in the streets
Panic in the streets
Panic in the streets

How do you make sure they have set the table,
the magazines all neatly in a stack,

No need to cry or scream or shout for order,
but once it's said, you can never take it back.

It's time for
Panic in the streets

Your eyes aflame, you call out the orders,
The ones you love reel about in shock,

Forget the fools, all the failed mindreaders,
this little get together's going to rock!

Cause you cried
Panic in the streets
Track Name: You are the dream
Didn't want to lose your smile,
You had to go and be human for a while.
Don't know if we'll meet again,
Or if I'll be me and you'll be you by then.

Said that it was time to grow,
"Into what?" you asked. I guess I still don't know.
Time again to break my heart,
Trusting in this world is still the hardest part.

CHORUS:
You are the dream.

I can't waken from you,
I can't take this one truth.

Now you must unfurl you wings,
Speak not of regrets or other foolish things.
Push you out so you can fly,
Go so far and fast you'll not hear my goodbye.

CHORUS

Waking and sleeping is all the same,
You just got to hold onto the dreamer's name.