Bob the 'death metal' Builder
For a short time, in my early 20s, I was into this Industrial-slash-speed-metal band called Fear Factory.
I remember walking alone one night through London to see them in concert. Akin to standing in a furnace, it was less a musical event than an intense experience inside a boxed in room of endless noise, heat and anger. But I loved it all the same, not that love was quite the strong feeling in the venue that night.
Flash forward 15 years, and in his early toddler-hood, my son was for a short time really into this English animation show called Bob the Builder – which I‘m sure is infinitely more a household entity than Fear Factory will ever be.
Nonetheless, the bridge that draws these two things together is their love of music.
There’s this signature Fear Factory track called ‘Self-Immolation’ (charming, you'll agree). And then there’s the Bob the Builder theme-tune. Okay, so what, you say.
Now I’m no fool. I’m sure I’m not alone in having a penchant for the hobby of exchanging words from one song into another. And what better mash-up than death metal and English kids shows.
And so, just today, I found that the line ‘Scoop, Muck and Dizzy’ fits perfectly into the first line of ‘Self-Immolation’. I sang it in my mind all day. It's so amazing that I'd almost say it was divinely contrived. What else could explain it?
So, because I like to share my ideas freely, I drafted a letter to the producers of Bob and the management company of Fear, inviting them both to come together for what can only be a terribly productive creative collaboration. If it's anything like my letters to the Pope and Pussy Riot, I must be onto a winner this time.
Note to Interpol: Please close my file. This one will be great.
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