How Egghead Knowledge Can Transform Society
I unleashed a remix of an earlier recording of my original song "Egghead" as an Easter treat on April 16, 2017. It's meant to be a funny song for people who can stomach outsider art. The video below includes my original cartoons for the fictional story as well. As wacky as this song is, however, I think it encompasses educational aspects that can help society pull out of its long-term narcissism driven by mainstream media and big biz consumerism-oriented social conditioning.
The song tells the story about an egg-shaped kid who has a high opinion of himself. I wrote the song in 1980 in my senior year of high school as a satire on the peer pressure of impressing others through showing off. I'm just as guilty as classmates I thought about when I wrote the song, so never lose track of the fact there's a little "Egghead" in all of us and we've all experienced egg on our faces at one time or another.
Egghead is an egotistical loner who other kids make fun of. It's not to be misconstrued as a cruel song that celebrates laughing at young outcasts. Expanding your mind is what the real message is about instead of the selfish misuse of intellect. At one time "egghead" meant an intellectual. Then in the 1950s Nixon used it as a word to ridicule intellectual Adlai Stevenson as being disconnected from the mainstream. I wrote the song four years before the founding of the software company called Egghead, so there was no connection to that entity whatsoever.
He is kind of a nerd in the sense he's smart and is a talented magician, which makes him stand out as unique from the rest of the crowd. But he uses his talent to promote himself in a short-sighted and dangerous way, to get attention to feed his ego. That's much different than someone like John Lennon who used his creative talent to share insightful messages about humanity in his songwriting. So popularity itself is not the issue. It's a laughable song because we all understand how school scenes spawn peer pressure and popularity contests over superficial stuff, such as keeping up with certain fashion trends.
Yes, Egghead is a fictional character, based on a combination of real people and fictional legends such as Humpty Dumpty. You'll hear a little bit of Beatles influence with backward masking and the closing prophetic words "I buried Egghead." The song encompasses other pop culture references hidden between the cracks. The song also has a bit of inspiration from the 70s film Soylent Green. Another theme is the old saying "pride always comes before a fall."
The initial tracks in which I sang lead vocals and played all the instruments were recorded when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in early 2003. My radio/music friend John Young, who anchors the morning show at KUIC in Vacaville, laid down excellent background harmonies and added to the sound effects that make this a modern experimental stream of consciousness recording. So it's partly experimental, partly a social commentary and partly humorous. The motivation behind it was to create a one-listen entertaining indie rock musical experience, not necessarily to have a hit record.