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Needles, masks and plastic curtains Needles, knives and plastic surgeons Medication from the nurses Fill the forms for insurance They won't tell me what is missing Or what's left - nothing's left Doctors kill without the killing They can cut you with no feeling Count the cracks up in the ceiling Fill the cracks, control the bleeding They won't tell me what is wrong And what is right - nothing's right There have been some alterations There's a change in medication There have been some complications From the last two operations They won't tell me what is missing Or what's left - nothing's left
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Billy's got a chemical It keeps his mind under control He doesn't know that it exists He doesn't know he was born with it Every thought he's ever had Was a chemical imbalance All the chemicals in his head Help him keep his balance Something seeped into the backyard Found its way into our home Isolate it, throw it out Finds its way back on it's own Polystyrene HFC Neurotoxin MSG There's no water left to drink There's no time for me to think Toxic waste with a human face Every time I breathe I start to shake There's no water left to drink There's no time for me to think Yaaaaaaargh!
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Isis 04:04
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It's True! 02:45
I am the love child of the king It's painful when I try to sing I can't find anything to prove he's dead My face feels like a spider web Lotto song may make you rich Brezhnev died in '76 Amazing skin game diet plan Doctor makes his wife a man Love child Painful Dandruff Spider Lotto Brezhnev Skin game Doctor Nixon went the other way A phantom vet kills rats from the grave God sent angels to save my girl A dead red cabbage held the fate of the world Amazing skin game diet plan Doctor makes his wife a man I'm glad god gave you to America I'm glad god gave you to America And I know they will be there In their ships of steel and glass To save our past When the big one drops on us They will come and rescue us It's true!
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It all started when we were kids Lighting things on fire Anything we could get our hands on Model trains, model cars And on that day, when the whole house went up That's when I learned Everything burns Now I'm older and things haven't changed I'm walking down the street with a can of gasoline I'll take away your car I'll take away your house I think it's time you learned Everything burns That's right, I'll take it all away Your car, your house Your TV, your VCR Anything I can get my hands on Your clothes, your cash Your church, your flag It's time you learned Everything burns
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Matter Crush 04:03
Plug in the glass eye Turn off the right side Fill the hole in your head May we present For your entertainment Earth spinning in its grave Painting a picture Without perspective Missing the point of view Hypnotized by the facts of life Feeling up to date And out of touch
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Roe Vs. Wade 03:44
The ocean is larger than you could have fathomed The troubled waters are deeper than you could imagine They're hiding the dangers that wait in the depths For someone to take a wrong step Live on an island an try to ignore All the garbage that washes up onto the shore Avoiding attacks that come from all sides But someday you'll run out of places to hide Walking on water seems easy Until you are stuck on a boat that is sinking And thinking I gotta do something about this Before it's too late, cause if I had a choice I'd row versus wade Take two steps forward and then one step back And another another until you are marching Straight into the past where you come face to face With all of the trouble you thought you escaped Maybe I'm thinking too much Then again, maybe I'm not thinking enough About running aground when there's no one around With the strength that it takes For pulling us out of this place Follow the leader seems easy Till you realize that you've been left behind once again And your voice can't be heard through the noise of the engine And the only choice left for you now Is to sink or to swim
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It's not very nice To cut up your wife It's not very nice Now you'll pay the price For running the red light A face at the window A knock on the door Surrounded by strangers Who know who you are A shadow in the dark Ten o'clock tigers are in the air Shining their spotlights everywhere A storm cloud of wasps Blocks out the sun Denying the lies As you are stung There's nowhere left to run You've been told again and again You've seen the movie You know how it ends The bad guys never win Ten o'clock tigers are in the air Underneath the neon glare
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Bulletproof 02:26
Talk to me not the cartoon that you created Complicated, no one is that thin Look around, there is no man behind the curtain What's the problem? Who do you hate today? You've been blinded, sided with the selfish centers Hanging out with the marionettes I'm always here if you need someone for target practice Instead of firing point blank on yourself WYSIWYG What you see is what you get from me Bullet proof Everybody has a kink in their armor It's OK, your secret's safe with me And who cares what the simple simons say I will get out of the way
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I don't want it, I don't need it anymore I can't stand it, I don't like it anymore I've got so much garbage filling up my life I'm ditching everything It's gonna take all night I broke the mirrors and kicked in the TV set Defaced the walls and ripped up the carpet I got rabid, I tore out the telephone I've got hangups I know everything must go I'm not a person that you want to have around I build mountains just so I can tear them down I've got damage, I've got logic overload I've got problems I know everything must go Throw out the fashion fascists Destroy the old school and the new Get rid of all the extras Remove the skeletons and glue It's time to bury heroes The word genius is a lie Don't let yourself look backwards The past is not the place to die
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It's not black, it's not white It's kind of greyish in the light By the book, buy the hype Reading inbetween the lines Computer generated scenes In glossy lifestyle magazines Furniture for the mind It's the perfect waste of time A new world record Give me numbers, give me facts Give me data I can track Mix it down, mix it up Following the formula Demographic target test Find out which parts work the best Build each song brick by brick Until all of the pieces fit the record A new world record
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I went to the DMV to renew my identity Hair brown, eyes brown, sex and height Date of birth, weight one sixty five Hands on the wheel, keep to the right Eyes on the road, obey all signs Follow the rules, stay in your lane Remember your number and always remember your name UPC my groceries Take my social security Car phone time zone area code Email pager fax work home I'm organized, it's alphabetical You look familiar, I think we've met before Somewhere inside my PDA I know who you are I remember your number and name Credit cards and calling cards Bank ATM and business cards Magnetic strips and microchips The whole world has been blown to bits Parallel lives, virtual duplicates Consumer clones, you think you're different We look the same to the machine Remember your number and name
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Ferris Wheel 02:42
The kids are mean, they're mean to me I dance, I sing, they kick and scream Behind this mask, I can't talk back Inside this suit, I'm safe but trapped The ferris wheel has just collapsed The roller coaster jumped its tracks The carousel has broken down This ship of fools has run aground When we play games, they call me names They punch my nose, they rip my clothes The kids have made a big mistake I've had as much as I can take The hall of mirrors is caving in The tilt-a-whirl has lost its spin The animals have all escaped There's no one left for the parade The trapeeze artist swung and missed The acrobats have lost their grip The fire eater's burned the tent The lion tamer's lost his head The kids all laugh, they laugh at me The kids have made a big mistake
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Superhero 01:43
Trapped between the pages of a magazine Stuck behind the glass of a TV screen Those superheroes aren't going to save the day If all of us turn and look the other way You have the power, you have the strength Believe in yourself, you know you are what you think It's time to save the world, it's time to get real You don't have to be a man or woman of steel To be a superhero There are people everywhere who need our help Don't leave that job for others, do it yourself We can make the world a better place If we all get together now before it's too late A teacher or a volunteer or activist A doctor or a nurse or a scientist A mother, father, sister, brother or best friend Will make the biggest difference in the end They're all superheroes

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A collection of hard-to-find Poster Children singles, B-sides and outtakes.

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released January 1, 2001

Rick Valentin: Guitar and Vocals
Rose Marshack: Bass and Vocals
Jeff Dimpsey: Guitar (Tracks 1,2)
Jim Valentin: Guitar (Tracks 2-16)
Bob Rising: Drums (Tracks 1-5)
John Herndon: Drums (Tracks 6-8)
Howie Kantoff: Drums (Tracks 9-16)

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Poster Children Champaign, Illinois

Poster Children was formed in 1987 by Rick Valentin (guitar, vocals) and Rose Marshack (bass, vocals). Jim Valentin joined on guitar in 1991 and Matt Friscia (drummer #7) joined in 2001. Known for a strong DIY ethic and relentless touring, the band has released ten albums, eleven videos, and a DVD and were pioneers in the use of the web, blogs, podcasts and enhanced CDs for promoting their music. ... more

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