Bübiwulf! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

by vonHummer

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about

I'd been meaning to do a film since "The vonHummer Hour" went out of production at the end of 2003. I'd written several scripts over the years, but it wasn't until I hit upon the ridiculous idea of a boob-grabbing werewolf, in the spring of 2006, that I finally found an idea silly enough for which to endure the hell of film making.

And it was hell. Don't see Helvetica Bold around anymore? Film making. See the strands of silver under the lobsters? Film making. But for all the hell of film making, the soundtrack was the easy part.

Diverting a few hundred from the film budget, I bought a Zoom MRSZ-1608 and made the jump at last to digital recording. All other vonHummer music had been recorded on a Tascam cassette 4 track. Now with 16+ tracks available to work with, I was prepared to join the 21st century in the studio.

Oh what a difference it made. Effects, drums, guitars so clear...

I picked five songs, pretty much at random. As long as they were catchy, they were in. My template for the film was an Elvis movie, and the songs in Elvis movies often have nothing to do with the plot, which is probably wrong movie making but it feels right. The idea back then must have been: "I'm Elvis. I'm such a big star, I don't have to tailor my songs to any particular project. I just shit 'em out and you'll dig 'em, baby." What's not to like about that?

Now, theoretically, he's Elvis and I'm vonHummer, but...How will I ever get to be Elvis if I don't think like Elvis? It's worth a try, anyhow. The stakes are huge.

A couple of the songs had been heard by fans already in demo versions ("Sometime Soon" and "Mansion on the Moon") and I'd played "A Love Like Ours" live once. "Speaking Truth to Power" had never been heard, though, and neither had "Cheerleader" or "Just Passing Through."

Long-time friend, executive producer, and bass player Syd O'Nimm was going to play bass on the songs—seemed a fair payback for his unwavering support over the decades—so I started by recording demos of each of the songs for him to learn.

I'll release those at some time in the near future because they're horribly raw and rockin', as at the time I was listening to the Seattle garage band of the 60's, the Sonics and wanted to ape their nasty sound.

Syd blew into town for a day or two, as is his usual M.O., and we recorded his parts in a day-long marathon of recording. It's nice to have a standard bass plunking along simply in the background of my songs—I did so on a lot of the classic songs from the tv show if you listen carefully—because even though I play a bass, too, the unique tuning usually requires me to capo up for different keys, and then I can lose a good bit of the bottom end. Adding a regular bass in adds solidity, and I figured I'd especially need that for a film.

Instrumental parts were done on the primary songs by August of 2006 and I finished the vocals by September, probably just before the shoot at The Red Room, where I had to lip synch to "Mansion on the Moon" and "Cheerleader."

I didn't get to recording the stings and instrumental music until January 2007, after production had wrapped. Improvising with one guitar—probably the Danelectro Longhorn bass—I incorporated riffs from the songs and noodled around on tracks like "Disturbgency" and "Omnissio."

The more orchestral pieces were done in Garage Band on Ann Hammer's iMac. Which sound pretty good to me, considering it was the basic version of Garage Band and I used the pre-made sounds. A little cheezy, I suppose, but—especially on this project—how could that be a bad thing?

Scoring a film is serious work, however, so of course I didn't take it all seriously, science-wise, and was appalled at the premiere of the film in October of 2007 a the way the songs sounded in the Hollywood Theater...Weak...Spread out. Clearly I knew zip about mixing for the big screen.

But since the destiny of "Bübiwulf!" has been progressively smaller and smaller screens, that hasn't turned out to be such a crime in retrospect. Usually, in the back catalog of an artist, when one buys the "Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," it's because one has already scraped the bottom of the barrel. That was my motivation anyhow for "Yellow Submarine" and "Flash Gordon."

However, I'm proud to have a "shitty soundtrack album" in my back catalog. It means I'm still be on the receiving end from the muses after all these years. Blessed is a deep anthology, for fans and artists, eh?

–vonHummer

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released October 17, 2007

Produced by Clark Kent for Therisno Records.
All songs by vonHummer.
Vocals: vonHummer
Mutated bass and high guitars: vonHummer
Standard bass: Syd O'Nimm
Drums: vonHummer
Cover by Clark Kent for Therisno Design.
Photo by Ann Hammer

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vonHummer is a Portland music/cable access legend whose career spanned from Fall of 2001 to Fall of 2011, during which he recorded a hundred or so songs for use in his absurdist show (and feature film) and played only a handful of concerts. Currently retired, his work shines on for the ages. Or will he someday return...? ... more

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Track Name: Sometime Soon
"Sometime Soon" [vonHummer]

Got no way of knowing where the wind is blowing tumbleweed you/For this last hour or two/To have some notion of your homeward locomotion would do/Can you steer it here, my dear/and make it sometime soon?

Make it sometime soon/Maybe solve my mystery?/Sometime soon/Come to call, fool kiss-a-me/Sometime soon, Que Será's okay by me/When will be what will be we two?/Make it sometime soon/Shoot the moon, shucks,
shoot the breeze/Sometime soon/wanna be my wannabe?/Sometime soon seems to take an eternityTime's a-wastin' awaitin' on you...

What the hell is one more message sittin' on yer cell
gonna do/to somehow summon you?/I know you slip out
on your sloop whenever I'm in pursuit/Must I feign
disdain in vain to make it sometime soon?/

Make it sometime soon/Maybe solve my mystery?/Sometime soon/Come to call, fool kiss-a-me/Sometime soon, Que Será's okay by me/When will be what will be we two?/Make it sometime soon/Shoot the moon, shucks,
shoot the breeze/Sometime soon/wanna be my wannabe?/Sometime soon seems to take an eternityTime's a-wastin' awaitin' on you...
Track Name: Cheerleader
"Cheerleader" [vonHummer]

It can wait an hour/Wait another year/I can keep my eyes unfocused/and my feelings unclear/Maybe things will change?/Maybe/my heart will reappear?

It can wait a month/Wait a half a minute/I could tell her straight to her face/but there’s no point in it/Maybe things will change?/Maybe/someday I’ll feel committed?/

I need a cheerleader/I need a whole damn squad/to cheer me on as I play God/

I need a cheerleader/Need one on my side/Unqualified support/Loud, possessive pride/And when my excuses are wearing thin/she can be my reason to win/my reason to get back up again/

It can wait til lunch/Wait until late Spring/I’ll be built back enough by then/to run down this whole damn thing/Maybe we’ll both change?/Maybe we’ll all let freedom ring?

I need a cheerleader/I need a whole damn squad/to cheer me on as I play God/

I need a cheerleader/Need one on my side/Unqualified support/Loud, possessive pride/And when my excuses are wearing thin/she can be my reason to win/my reason to get back up again/
Track Name: Speaking Truth to Power
"Speaking Truth to Power" [vonHummer]

You’re a corner office occupying idiot
consuming company resources
all out of proportion to your usefulness,
and you act as if yeah you act as if
man you act as if you do everything ‘round here…
You’re a callow calculating figurehead,
counting all kinds of people and things excremental
but never the shit you yourself produce,
and you act as if yeah you act as if
man you act as if you do everything yourself…
You can make a concerned call or two,
make the meetings many yes you do,
Talking out of both sides of your mouth
while simultaneously kissing
the planetary asses above you…
It’s impossible to underestimate you,
You have no idea how much we all hate you,
and you act as if, yeah you act as if,
hey you act as if somehow we need you around…
Track Name: A Love Like Ours
"A Love Like Ours" [vonHummer]

A love/like ours/will grow between the cracks/of crumbling sidewalks where/uncaring robots ramble/

A love/like ours/could make the dead to rise/Cut down those corporate guys/and set a good example/

A love like ours/could put a man off Mars/A love like ours/A lifelike love like ours/

A love like ours/could make God obsolete/and make the government/repent of all its sins/

A love like ours/could burn across the skies/as if to advertise/our naked, sweaty skins/

A love like ours/in parked but unmarked cars/A love like ours/a lifelike love like ours/

A love like ours/that everyone could share/and pass around like hash/like trash to be recycled/

A love like ours/could live and never die/oh why why oh why/were you not there when I called?

A love like ours/could piss upon the stars/A love like ours/a lifelike love like ours/

A love like ours/in parked but unmarked cars/A love like ours/a lifelike love like ours/
Track Name: Mansion on the Moon
"Mansion on the Moon" [vonHummer]

If ever I can scrape the money together, pay what I owe you,
him, them, and her, I’m gonna move out,
leave everything behind me: keep it, sell it, throw it away

I won’t care, and if you remember I was ever there
and you wonder how I’m doin’,
drop me a line straight up in the air
to the Mansion on the Moon…

As soon as someone inside upstairs okays it,
gives me the nod, eh, I’ll drop my tools
and vanish in a cloud of overdraft fees:
stiff ‘em, pay em, write ‘em all off

I won’t care, and if you should notice I’m no longer there,
and you’d like to know what’s doin’,
shout in the night on a midnight clear
to the Mansion on the Moon…

Surely you’ve heard of the Mansion on the Moon?
Bequeathed by Jesus in no beatitude to the losers
and shakers of an empty horn of plenty,
delivered by Life, postage due...
Blessed are we with fuck all,
Fuck you and you and you:
I’m leaving for my Mansion on the Moon…

If ever I can ascertain my life’s purpose has finally played out,
I’ll fade away, I’ll catch the last bus (and for once I won’t miss it):
board it, ride it, feet up, okay

I won’t care, and if you should notice no bystander there
on the way from rags to ruin,
Eat, drink, and make sweet love by glare of
the Mansion on the Moon...
Track Name: Just Passing Through
"Just Passing Through" [vonHummer]

Don’t worry bout me, I’m just passing through, This moment isn’t the rest of my life, I’m not doing everything that I’ll ever do, If you feel ill at ease with my lifestyle, that’s up to you, but I sleep on your couch with the knowledge I’m just passing through…

Don’t worry bout me, I’m just passing through, This aint the end of the line for me: just a rest stop along the route, if you seek someone stable, hey good for you, “stable” won’t hold my horses too long: I’m just passing through.

Only one small major difference between me and you: I realize today might see my last sunrise: I’m just passing through…

Don’t worry bout me, I’m just passing through, If worrying ever helped anyone, hell I’d worry, too…So take a turn tryin’ to tell me your own “ thing or two,” I’ll understand that you’re too sad to say “Happy Trails!” ...I’m just passing through.