Free Brains & Dead Bodies
'As for the CD, let's put it this way. I needed a staple gun to put my guts back together after laughing myself sick.' - Paul T. Riddell Who is The Consortium of Genius, also known as the 'COG'? Well, on one level, the COG is a very successful New Orleans-based music act. On another, the COG is a combination standard rock band and comedy troupe. On a third, the COG is a science fiction-addicted gaggle of mutant mentists best known for infiltrating alternative music venues as 'The Doctor Demento Show' with such danceable and playable hits as 'Science Party' and 'M.I.L.K.'. The COG is probably the only music act on the planet with a robot for a drummer. The COG is definitely the only music act where the Svengalis are behind the instruments instead of behind the mixing booth. They're a touch of hard science in a city overrun with the ancient and decayed, the composers of the soundtrack for a world as designed by Syd Mead and Ralph Steadman. They are... ...well, you'll just have to listen and watch for yourself. The COG CD 'Free Brains & Dead Bodies' has been out for nearly two years now, and it gives a good cross-section of the rampant silliness to which the COG subscribes. Tributes to hard science (their most famous title, 'Science Party', comes straight from the lab by way of the B-52s), cyberpunk ('Android Woman'), vampires ('Bite Me'), and general egomania ('Bow 2 Me') are an insidious plot to allow the COG the money, power, and support the group needs to initiate it's plan for world domination. After all, considering the world leadership we have right now, why not trust a trio of mad scientists to do a better job?