The Other Planets

The Other Planets

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The Other Planets are a band from New Orleans that combines elements of psychedelic rock songs, jazz arranging, and classical composition. Electric guitars, keyboards, horns, three part harmonies and propulsive drumbeats are all a part of their sound.

Biography

The Other Planets was formed in 2003 by Anthony Cuccia, Tim McFatter, and Dr. Jimbo Walsh. The band's first album, "Discrete Manipulations," was released four months before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and was given a shining revue by Eugene Chadbourne for the All Music Guide. Following this event, the group moved into a large country home in Henderson, Louisiana which has become known as "Big Brown." This is where the band spent the six months after the hurricane rehearsing and recording their second album, "Eightballs in Angola." The next year and a half saw the group playing locally in New Orleans at venues such as Tipitina's, The House of Blues, D.B.A., The Dragon's Den, The Saturn Bar, and One Eyed Jack's. This time also included tour up to Chicago for shows at The Empty Bottle and Subterranean as well as one offs at The Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco and The Knitting Factory in New York. They recorded their third album, "Holiday For Vacationers (Everything Awesome All The Time)" during all of this at recording studios in New Orleans Henderson, and Lafayette, Louisiana, as well as in Chicago in lofts, hotel rooms, and bedrooms. This record featured three distinct sounds: an electronic/outer space portion, an instrumental experimental rock portion, and a psychedelic pop portion with vocal harmonies and lush arranging and instrumentation. This third style is the sole focus of the band's current effort, "Hello Beams." This album will feature thirteen original songs by Anthony Cuccia and Dr. Jimbo Walsh and produced by Mark Bingham is sure to be a classic.

Lyrics

Happy Time At The Mall

Written By: Cuccia/ McFatter

It's Happy Time At The Mall!
Once again, Children,
It's Happy Time At The Mall!
Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall,
You can beat the wizard after all!

Get in your car and go there!
Go to the mall that's near you!
Search your heart and make it come true...

Teeth and Dreams

Written By: Cuccia/ McFatter/ Walsh

I'm sitting inside of this telephone and I'm feeling nervous.
I've got a message written across my face and I cannot reverse it.
But if I sign my signature I'll cross the "I" for you with a capitol "A."
I'm just dropping on a dime because I need to make change.

For this nickel that I found last night when I was walking loaded.
But then I fell into somebody else's dream- and thank god I floated.
Upon the silver trim that my landlady painted in my room.
And it looks like rain.
I'm just sitting here spitting up blood and now my shirt's all stained.

Because Teeth and Dreams are beautiful things.
A cloudy enamel saliva sea.
A thundercloud pouring wisdom teeth.
Comin Down.
Try to catch them in your mouth.

I took a walk the other day so I could be around a bunch of people.
But everybody walks past me so fast I got pins and needles.
And every day somebody tries to flap their gums at me.
So, I look into their mouth-
And there's a tongue hangin' out-
Of a bunch of teeth.
Do they remember who they were before they went to sleep?

Because Teeth and Dreams are beautiful things.
A cloudy enamel saliva sea.
A thunder cloud pouring wisdom teeth.
Comin' down.
Try to catch 'em in your mouth.

Rock and Roll Ain't Easy

Written By: Cuccia/ Kirchner

Rock and Roll Ain't Easy.
Rock and Roll Ain't Easy.
It's much, much easier to compile a list of your favorite New Orleans artists.
But if you don't memorize their liner notes, you know they're ceasin' to exist.
Rock and Roll Ain't Easy.
Rock and Roll Ain't Easy.
They sold my dick to Dick Cheney.
Rock and Roll Ain't Easy.

I practiced in my room until I broke all my fingers.
There's a lot of 80's/indie rock/mod-cut/throwback singers.
The Related Thing Creatives are on short term hiatus,
But the George Foreman Unit is still Fucking great, cause...

Rock and Roll Ain't Easy.
They sold my dick to Dick Cheney.
Burned my umbrella, it was raining.
There's random shootings on Frenchmen Street...

There is a fundamental lie to say that Rock and Roll won't die. But, people don't get pissed...

Rock and Roll ain't around no more so you gots to go like this.

Novacaine

Written By: Cuccia

I really love your novacaine.
I drunk it up like some night train.
The last notch of the final frame-
Where the roars-hack meets the ink stain.

Blew up the wall that holds the phone
just to see it explode.
Explodophone! I'm out the door to shake that feelin'. Lying on the floor. I'm staring at the ceiling.

Your novacaine went straight to my head, so help my lay down in my bed.

Three plus one equals four evermore.
And seven from the sun is sweet tenacious initiation.
There's a sacro to the sanct.
And a patron to the saint.
I'm the sir to your real.
The letter "F" in the word feel.

I really love your novacaine.
I really love your novacaine.
I really love your novacaine.
I really love your novacaine.

Three plus one equals four evermore.
And seven from the sun is sweet tenacious initiation.
There's a sacro to the sanct.
And a patron to the saint.
I'm the sir to your real.
The letter "F" in the word feel.

Will U Adhere?

Written By: Cuccia

Barbies and Kens and Brains and-
Will You adhere?
Sure you will. Dr. Phil.
Don't have to ask that Nazi how he likes his fear:
Paranoid.
Uniform.

Anyone here, boxdwellers? Driving your Rad Beamers, man? Fucking Aye!

Redneck Jesus Nuclear
Bomb Deviant Paranoid
Manipulation Mirror
Image Revenue KKK
Eviction
Too much shit, way too much.

Is Jesus coming?
Has he lost his way?
Judgement day?
Whatta Fake!

Talk to a priest,
He'll jive you.
Mysterious Ways.
Special Kids.
Being Gay.
Pockets your bread-
He's got you.
Pyramid Scheme.
Run Away.
Is it too late?

Redneck Jesus Nuclear
Bomb Deviant Paranoid
Manipulation Mirror
Image Revenue KKK
Eviction
Too much shit, way too much.

Redneck Jesus Nuclear Bomb.
Deviant Psychosis Manipulation.
Iridescent Revenue KKK.
Do I have to live in a satire today?
Deviant Psychosis Manipulation.
Redneck Jesus Nuclear Bomb.
Do I have to live in a Satire today?
Iridescent Revenue KKK.
Do I have to live in a Satire today?

Discography

2005: Discrete Manipulations. Our first full length LP.
2006: Eightballs in Anglola. Our second full lentgh LP.
2008: Holiday for Vacationers: Everything Awesome All the Time. Our third LP. (This is a Double LP)
2009: (We are working on our fourth LP entitled "Hello Beams."
We are regularly played on WWOZ 90.7 FM and WTUL 91.5 FM in New Orleans and on WNUR 89.3FM in Chicago (at which they have performed live). Some of our music has also been heard streaming on several UK progressive internet radio stations and podcasts.

Set List

The Other Planets have a large number of songs in the catalogue, so they often don't play the same set twice. They can easily do three hour long sets in one night. While they don't do many covers, they do play a couple. The Other Planets sometimes do "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" and "Uncle Son" by the Kinks. They also at times play "Dropout Boogie" by Captain Beefheart, and "Plastic People" and "Oh No" by Frank Zappa along with "Lights on a Satellite" by Sun Ra. Here is a sample set:

1. Finger-Painting Ante
2. Will You Adhere?
3. Teeth and Dreams
4. Where this is?
5. The Business of Losing Sleep
6. Novacaine
7. Psychopaths
8. Uncle Son
9. Slaphappathy
10. Jerry Lee Lewis The Video Game

This is a set of mostly all original material with one Kinks cover. These songs range from short, complicated, through composed instrumentals to stoney, mid tempo psychedelic rock singing numbers. The Other Planets play songs from all of their albums, in addition to material that