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Post by Soulmonster Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:25 pm

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ABSUЯD (SILKWORMS)
Released:
Released as a single on August 6, 2021.

Written by:
Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman.

Live performances:
Absurd (named Silkworms in the beginning) was played for the first time at The House of Blues on January 1, 2001. A new version of the song was debuted on August 3, 2021 in Hershey, PA, USA. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {SILKWORMSONGS} times.
Lyrics:
OLD LYRICS
Listen motherfuckers to this song that should be heard
Thrown down in the gutter, it's more than you deserve
Kneeling fucking virgin, you know that's what you are
Pussy full of maggots, isn't that a shock

What can I do? With a bitch like you
You know that it's true
All I have I ask of you
I'll be dammed
If it's not true
A bitch like you

Get your head down in the sky
Fucking little schemer got yourself a broken heart
Syphilitic preachers baby I know who you are
Parasitic demons sucking acid through your heart

What can I do? With a bitch like you
You know that it's true
All I have I ask of you
I'll be dammed
If it's not true
A bitch like you



NEW LYRICS
Listen motherfuckers, to this song that should be heard
Back down in the gutters it's more than you deserve
Screaming fucking banshee, you know that's what you are
Pussy full of maggots, isn't that absurd?

Dizzy little dreamer with your head down on the star
Fucking little schemer, got yourself inside the heart
Syphilitic priestess baby, I know who you are
Parasitic demon sucking acid through your heart

Absurd!
Absurd!
Absurd!

Listen motherfuckers, to this song that should be heard
Back down in the gutters it's more than you deserve
Screaming fucking banshee, you know that's what you are
Pussy full of maggots, isn't that absurd?

Absurd!
Absurd!

Just a world away
Let's drift away

Listen motherfuckers, to this song that should be heard
Back down in the gutters it's more than you deserve
Screaming fucking banshee, you know that's what you are
Pussy full of maggots, isn't that absurd?

Absurd!
Absurd!
Absurd!


Quotes:
Umm... it was passed back and forth on our [Dizzy's and Chris'] computers. yea.. you know, we do a lot of work now on computers. We pass it back and forth and I had a couple riffs so... yea[...] It kind of went away. I mean we actually played it a few times live... but... I'm sure it'll up at some point.
Madagascar88, January 2006

[...] It ended up being this incredible track that sounded like Guns N' Roses 10 or 15 years in the future. It was so far removed from our other songs that we had to put it in this other place. Concept-wise, it didn't fit with Chinese Democracy. We hope we will have other songs that match that kind of futuristic sound. It's a really exciting track because it morphs into this crazy sound, but it was out so much in the other direction that we have to let time catch up with it.
DMG, October 2008

This next song was written by Mr. Dizzy Reed, and Mr. Chris Pitman. This is called Silkworms.
Introducing the song, Rock in Rio 2001

[Describing the state of song]: [It] has a lot of guitars, lots of different drum the chorus is gone.
Axl chats with fan forums, December 2008

Some of you might have heard this under another name, but this is... it's really kind of absurd to try this. [Frank adds a rimshot]. Wasn't that funny? And they don't even know the joke yet. Okay, this is called 'Absurd.'






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Post by Blackstar Sat Aug 07, 2021 8:37 am

From Music Radar, Aug. 6:
Guns N' Roses release high-octane new single, Absurd

By Jonathan Horsley

The Chinese Democracy-era track Silkworms is reworked and boiled down to its helter-skelter hard-rock essence

Guns N' Roses have released their first studio-recorded single since 2018, Absurd. It finds the hard-rock institution turning Slash loose on the Chinese Democracy-era track Silkworms, stripping it down into a high-octane rocker.

Produced by Axl Rose and Caram Costanzo, Absurd features former drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia, and arrives a few days after the band debuted the reworked track live from Fenway Park, Boston, during their We're F'N Back! Tour.

During the Chinese Democracy era, Rose had incorporated a lot more electronic elements to the band's sound, but if Silkworms was considered one of the more futuristic compositions – ultimately one of many tracks recorded but unreleased – Absurd returns Guns N' Roses to the fundamentals, foregrounding the electric guitar.

That said, there's still a neo-punk, Public Image Ltd quality to Rose's vocals, and the energy is much darker and chaotic than the sunbleached-denim classicism of Sweet Child O'Mine.

After a few days spent squinting at poorly recorded smartphone footage that looked like Paul Greengrass was filming during an earthquake, it is something of a relief to hear a high-fidelity version of the song, and perhaps it arrives with the promise of more new music to come.

Guns N' Roses are presently tearing up the States with Wolfgang Van Halen's Mammoth WVH in support – a stretch that terminates with a two-night stint at Floriday's Hard Rock Live Arena on 2 to 3 October. Their UK and European tour, which features a number of stadium dates, has been put back to 2022.

It has been a good summer for Guns N' Roses fans with Slash's much-anticipated signature Epiphone collection released, offering five Les Pauls and a pair of J-45 acoustic guitars in the same finish options as their Gibson counterparts. And Slash himself become the first artist to sign up with Gibson Records, whose first release will be the next Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators album.
https://www.musicradar.com/news/guns-n-roses-absurd-single
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Post by Blackstar Sat Aug 14, 2021 3:35 pm

Classic Rock/Metal Hammer, Aug. 8:
Our first reaction to the new Guns N’ Roses single ABSUЯD

Guns N’ Roses share their first recording since the return of Slash and Duff… and our man Stephen Hill is here for it

We’ve got accustomed to surprise returns in the music world over the last decade, but, even though it’s been a good five years since we first saw them share a stage again, there’s still something slightly unbelievable about the fact that we now have Slash and Duff McKagan back alongside Axl Rose in Guns N’ Roses.

The assumption from most was that the as-close-to-the-original-line-up-as-we’re-likely-to-ever-see reunion would see Gn’R put out to pasture as a creative force and instead afford these three hard rock icons an opportunity to ride out their twilight years in the warm glow of nostalgia. Granted, over the last few years there have been various statements from the trio that suggested new material would be coming from the band, but, come on, this is Guns N’ Roses: history has taught us to be a touch cynical about such pronouncements, and in fairness no-one would be shocked to their core if these so-called ‘songs’ never saw the light of day.

But then, sweet holy Jesus and his virgin mum, this morning we woke up to a brand-new Guns N’ Roses single! Who saw that coming? A first piece of music by these three men under the Gn’R banner since 1993! That’s twenty-fuckin’-eight years!

If you’re a fan of the band then you may well be familiar with Absurd, or ABSUЯD, as we won’t be referring to it from here on in. The song was initially named Silkworms and was originally recorded during the mammoth Chinese Democracy album sessions. There are in fact several different demo versions of the track that have been floating about for decades. Back in the day, the song’s co-writer (alongside Dizzy Reed) Chris Pitman, who exited the group in 2016, said it sounded like a Guns N’ Roses song from the future. Well, we’re in the future now, so the time feels right. Many of the original versions of the song lean heavily on the industrial influences that Axl was so keen on incorporating during that period, but this new and re-named iteration of the song feels like a fairly different beast, even though the fingerprints of the Chinese Democracy-era are still clearly present.

The first thing you hear is a massive, chunky guitar riff, not a typical sleazy Guns N’ Roses riff, but more of an alt-metal stomper that you might associate with Helmet or the Rollins Band, if those bands were trying to pay tribute to The Cult. Cool. There are a few subtle little licks in the background from Slash that reminds you just who it is you’re listening to, but the overall feel is a real rough and raw energy that one might not have anticipated from a legendary, mainstream stadium rock band.

Then we get that patented high pitched wail from Axl to usher himself in: it sounds great, but the Axl-isms don’t last long. Instead, Guns’ mercurial frontman sounds like he’s going for a bit of an old school punk rock vibe - there’s a lot of effects on the vocal, but he barks out the verses like an amalgam of John Lydon and TSOL’s Jack Grisham. It’s great to hear him do something a little different and to also hear him sounding so fired up. Lyrically he’s on great form too, spitting bile as he barks about “Parasitic demons sucking acid through your heart”. Blimey!

When the chorus comes in, Slash gets a chance to show off his chops and solos away as Axl sneers the title’s refrain over the top. It’s simple but incredibly effective. And let’s give a little shout out to Duff for the bass run that brings everyone back in as they head into the next section of the song.

Perhaps the most surprising part of Absurd occurs at 2:08 when the entire thing vanishes and we get a very brief ambient interlude that suggests that Guns N’ Roses may well have been listening to a little bit of Sigur Ros since they last got together. Lovely.

Then it’s back into that riff, and the band career through to the end of the song after that little breather, with Slash taking every available opportunity to remind you of his presence by abusing his screaming and squalling guitar with admirable gusto. Then it all just drops out and they’re gone. The first piece of new Guns N’ Roses material in... well... a long time is over.

So, maybe it wasn’t all a pipe dream after all. Maybe we actually are going to get that new album. And maybe, just maybe, on the strength of Absurd it might actually be pretty good.

Some might complain that this doesn’t sound like “classic” GnR, but there really is no way that they - or indeed anyone else - is ever going to be able to top that legacy material. So, it would appear that the reunited and rejuvenated band aren’t going to even try. Instead Absurd does something totally different, making Guns N’ Roses sound genuinely pumped up, aggressive and full of boisterous energy.

Let’s have some more of that please lads.
https://www.loudersound.com/features/our-first-reaction-to-the-new-guns-n-roses-single-absuyad
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Post by Blackstar Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:23 pm

Absurd has been now added on ASCAP (which collects royalties for Dizzy) and Global Music Rights/GMR (which collects royalties for Slash and Duff). Axl is on SESAC, which is yet to be updated with Absurd.

ASCAP lists Axl, Slash, Duff and Dizzy as writers/royalty recipients. The percentage controlled by ASCAP (30%) is obviously Dizzy's share (15% directly to Dizzy and another 15% to his publisher). Chris Pitman is not listed (he's represented by ASCAP as well):

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https://www.ascap.com/repertory#/ace/search/workID/913016643

GMR has not been fully updated with all the writers and Slash and Duff's share yet:

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https://globalmusicrights.com/Search?q=1423294&filter=6&mask=SLASH
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