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Rusted Root — Ecstasy
Album: When I Woke
Avg rating:
6.6

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Total ratings: 1530









Released: 1994
Length: 4:58
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Take away your paper & pen
Stacks of money and your foolish grin
And go

Get me off the backwards ride
Take away your greedy way and go
See the woman standing at the door
World gone by ... Again and again
See the blisters growing on your feet
Pushed on... Pushed on
World gone by

Take away your companies
Take away your societies and go
Get me off this backwards ride
Take away your fictitious books of fact
See the woman standing in the door
World gone by ... Again and again
See the blisters growing on your feet
Pushed on ... Pushed on
World gone by

I wouldn't want to be
Living in a world of ecstasy with you

Wasted arms; wasted legs
Wrapped round this machine
Military machine

I wouldn't want to be
Living in a world of ecstasy with you

Taken' away your companies
Takin' away your societies and go.
Get me off this backwards ride,
Takin' away your ficticious books of fact.
Yeah, do mum-ba-si-be-ah
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Oh, man, this is kicking!! Just found a new fave...
Last year I was at a friend's in Aruba and played this from my RP Favorites playlist for a crowd of locals. It was a huge hit! As one can imagine! :-)
An old favorite
Hey!  HEY!  (Jumping up and down on the floor, my neighbors ceiling).  Will you keep it DOWN down there!!?!  Stop all the racket will ya!?  Else...invite me over right now!  {#Bananajam}

After all you've got to admit...it may be short on musical substance but it is infectious ain't it?  Just like every great party that's busy getting busy.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 trailhead wrote:
Oh, so that's what he is singing {#Smile}

But seriously, the bass on this just awesome.

 
The bass and drums are excellent on this tune (reminds me of Bow Wow Wow), the rest of it doesn't do as much for me however.  It certainly has a lot of energy though.
Joan Armatrading on wizz.  This is stressing me out.
Oh, so that's what he is singing {#Smile}

But seriously, the bass on this just awesome.
Whooo boy....this one sets me back in recalling the first time I heard it.  It's a late summers night and I'm heading from NYC to the shore in my sporty car; with the windows rolled down and the sun-roof open.  {#Motor}  This tune comes on and I could....not....help...myself....the volume knob somehow got spun to +10.  Oh yeah....them's were the days....or was that daze? 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 drews wrote:
Fun! I hear david byrne and talking heads in here

 
So did I, and it gave me the creeps the very moment.
 Same here 
drews wrote:
Fun! I hear david byrne and talking heads in here

 


Michael_Dean wrote:

Yep, just as I thought, I like the music a lot more after seeing the video    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsGIDFTURaY

 
I had the opposite reaction. Kind of like watching sausage being made. Sometimes it's just better to not know.

Yep, just as I thought, I like the music a lot more after seeing the video    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsGIDFTURaY


Miniature marching.
Is that Cher on the lead vocal there?
Fun! I hear david byrne and talking heads in here
6.5?!! ­čś│ Amazing tune!
This has to be one of the best "high energy" songs of all time!
nerve people sing a nervous song 
Builds and builds and builds, they give it their all don't they?
This has always been one of my favorite tunes.  I think it is the rhythm in particular.
I've raised my number on this.........it works!      {#Smile}

I raise my rusty tuna can to toast the Root-boys! Must see their stage show... it's  ...ecstatic!


 Long Island nights never a dull moment and such an awesome music scene growing up as teen and early 20's.  Thanks for an awesome youthful memory.  BUTCH

hayduke2 wrote:


Found this photo of Peppi on their website (good rats.com) that banging a garbage can with a baseball bat, and Peppi and Micky's wicked beards brought back vivid memories of the Rats in those smoke filled clubs on Sunrise Highway man!  Rusted Root doesn't sound like them to my ear, but whatever, Rock On Peppi!!! (1944 - 2013)

 


{#Drummer} How many arms has that drummer got?
Welcome addition to Send me on my way.
Percussion is excellent.


Found this photo of Peppi on their website (good rats.com) that banging a garbage can with a baseball bat, and Peppi and Micky's wicked beards brought back vivid memories of the Rats in those smoke filled clubs on Sunrise Highway man!  Rusted Root doesn't sound like them to my ear, but whatever, Rock On Peppi!!! (1944 - 2013)
 MissElaineious wrote:
Hey all - does Rusted Root remind anyone of The Good Rats? Does anyone remember The Good Rats or were they just a NYC regional band?

 
I remember them. There is a similarity, though I doubt Rusted Root ever heard of them.  As far as I remember, The Good Rats were primarily a NYC-area band.
{#Headache}
very talking heads-ish
 egsstaff wrote:
Still very good but I prefer 16 horsepower! Sackcloth and Ashes

 

I saw both 16 Horsepower and Rusted Root at the same HORDE Tour show in KC back in 1996, RR on the big stage, 16HP on the auxiliary stage. TBH I was more impressed with the boys from Denver, as David Eugene Edwards has a powerful presence on stage and I LOVED the accordion. Plus this was my first interaction with them.
Rusted Root was solidly good and I had decent seats, but they didn't seem to have quite the same energy and one of their female singers was unavailable or left the group, so they didn't perform a song I was really looking forward to hear.
 MissElaineious wrote:
Hey all - does Rusted Root remind anyone of The Good Rats? Does anyone remember The Good Rats or were they just a NYC regional band?

 
Remember the Good Rats, don't remember them sounding like Rusted Root.  As for regional I my guess is more then likely, I was in upstate at the time there were well known.

Edit-just did a GIS on them and they are still around.
Hey all - does Rusted Root remind anyone of The Good Rats? Does anyone remember The Good Rats or were they just a NYC regional band?
 unclehud wrote:
 Does this mean you — plural — are "living in a world of ecstasy" in the raves taking place in your churches/hotel room?  {#Eek}  

(And I'm doing great at this moment, thanks.  It's a beautiful day in the Kingdom!)
 
Everybody in my homeless camps ecstatically loves this song...  we be dancing buck ass naked all over the forests, fields and lumpy tundra...

we hope life be grand for you in the Kingdom right now, unclehud...
 railroadwail wrote:
Among Pittsburgh's finest talents.  Saw them perform many times in and around the Burgh.

 
I never heard them before but i like it. Kind of a talking heads vibe
Among Pittsburgh's finest talents.  Saw them perform many times in and around the Burgh.
Goat boy, goat boy, goat boy.  The singer sounds like Goat Boy.

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Nice, uplifting song!! Tapping the feet and nodding the head to this!! {#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer} {#Boohoo}
Adam Duritz and then this singer.  My morning isn't getting any better is it?
I'm not quite sure why but I've always liked these guys.  The vocalist could be an on-air warranty reader with his speed diction.
  Lazarus wrote:
Frantic melody; frantic guitar playing; we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love it...
  
Does this mean you -- plural -- are "living in a world of ecstasy" in the raves taking place in your churches/hotel room?  {#Eek}  

(And I'm doing great at this moment, thanks.  It's a beautiful day in the Kingdom!)
I'm listening to a live recording of this song right now. I thought I'd check out Radio Paradise, and I see it was played earlier today. Very nice. Thank you RP. Glad to good to know it's being played. BTW, I saw Rusted Root do a free show at the University of Minnesota in 2007. Assembly of Dust opened for them. Check out Rusted Root's new album, The Movement.
I saw these guys at warp tour when they were a little side stage show. The Allman Brothers were headlining and Dickie Betts got on stage with them.
 Lazarus wrote:

Frantic melody; frantic guitar playing; we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love it...
 

 

Awesome imagry! {#Bananasplit}

Frantic melody; frantic guitar playing; we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love it...
 
 I always thought it was Simi and the Whale.  "Simi and myyyyy Whale!"

Aud wrote:
wtf ...at least with the other song, I'm hearing "simian way" This.... is speed talking
 


man, I had to hit PSD twice to escape this song............... glad for this feature though
Can't be bothered to check, but is this David Byrne?  Sure sounds like him.
Just what I need this morning, great guitar...
First time that I listen to them and I like them a lot, but I can't avoid to think about Talking Heads

Still very good but I prefer 16 horsepower! Sackcloth and Ashes
Needs more Bobbodum bobbodadee.
The similarity between Rusted Root and Poi Dog Pondering is something to consider.  For people who lived the 90s in Chi-town.  PDP was a local mainstay.
Please, Bill, tell me this is tune is just one of your head games so I can sleep better tonight.  It's actually just a bunch of your buds having a hoot at our expense, right?  Bill?
wtf ...at least with the other song, I'm hearing "simian way" This.... is speed talking
 jhorton wrote:
I'd love to see this outfit LIVE!
 

I did.......unimpressed.they just went thru the motions
 lazywhinerkid wrote:
"i quit corned beef, living in a world of ecstasy, yeah yeah."  any world without corned beef could never be that ecstatic.
 

Where are those Simians!

Perhaps they should have named this methamphetamine, or at least caffeine, instead.


I'd love to see this outfit LIVE!
 {#Bananapiano}TJS wrote:
such a fun song
 


such a fun song
 jredd2 wrote:
Sounds very David Byrne-ish.....
 
Nah, both music and vocals sound much, much more like Luka Bloom than like DB.

 QueenLucia wrote:
You have to do the math:  (1 x 24) + (2 x 28) + (3 x 32) etc.  You get a total of 3744. Divide that by the total votes of 573 and you get roughly 6.5.
 

I think he is confused with the meanings of the average and the median of the distribution. 
Kundalihni!
I love to hear their "Drum Trip" (which precedes it on the album) along with this {#Drummer}... they work so well together

 ziakut wrote:
This is what Talking Heads hear when they listen to themselves play. I certainly don't hear this when they play. I like Rusted Root...far better!
 
I like this a lot, too, but RR's list of good songs is MUCH shorter than TH's.

(BTW, even though it looks like the rating should be more like 7.5 vs. 6.5, it's because the low ratings are further away from the "mode" than the high ratings are — in other words, it's easier to drag down a high score than it is to improve it; if there were 11s, 12s, 13s, etc. to rate, they could offset the low ratings — but there aren't.)


Bassline was lifted from Paul Simon's "Late In The Evening"
This is what Talking Heads hear when they listen to themselves play. I certainly don't hear this when they play. I like Rusted Root...far better!
"Do I hear some David Bryne influence here?"

It does sound sorta salty.  :)
 gatorade wrote:
Do I hear some David Bryne influence here? I like this.

 
Yup, this is like Talking Heads, but not 100th as irritating. Nice percussion work. 7 from the Nottingham jury.

Always liked this one!
"i quit corned beef, living in a world of ecstasy, yeah yeah."  any world without corned beef could never be that ecstatic.
So easy to listen to....very smooth.
yeah, for sure... I never would have thought of it

 
gatorade wrote:
Do I hear some David Bryne influence here? I like this.

 


Do I hear some David Bryne influence here? I like this.

 dedawson wrote:
Hey Bill,

Just did a quick look at the votes for this:
1  =  24
2  =  28
3  =  32
4  =  22
5  =  37
6  =  66
7  =  128
8  =  142
9  =  73
10 = 21

Giving 209 1-6 votes and 364 7—10 votes. Or, in other words, 64% of the votes are 7 or above, while 36% are 6 or less.

So how in the world is the average vote 6.5?  Do we need a Minnesota recount or two?  {#Naughty}

Yea, you got it, I'm bored  {#Confused}

 
 



Mina_the_Boo wrote:
Must be 4:20 somewhere┬ů

It's always 4:20 here.


His root doesn't sound very rusty to me. {#Wink} I don't even know what that means.

Cue the Dancing Bananas!!

{#Dancingbanana}
 dedawson wrote:
Hey Bill,

Just did a quick look at the votes for this:
1  =  24
2  =  28
3  =  32
4  =  22
5  =  37
6  =  66
7  =  128
8  =  142
9  =  73
10 = 21

Giving 209 1-6 votes and 364 7—10 votes. Or, in other words, 64% of the votes are 7 or above, while 36% are 6 or less.

So how in the world is the average vote 6.5?  Do we need a Minnesota recount or two?  {#Naughty}

Yea, you got it, I'm bored  {#Confused}

 
  You have to do the math:  (1 x 24) + (2 x 28) + (3 x 32) etc.  You get a total of 3744. Divide that by the total votes of 573 and you get roughly 6.5.


Hey Bill,

Just did a quick look at the votes for this:
1  =  24
2  =  28
3  =  32
4  =  22
5  =  37
6  =  66
7  =  128
8  =  142
9  =  73
10 = 21

Giving 209 1-6 votes and 364 7—10 votes. Or, in other words, 64% of the votes are 7 or above, while 36% are 6 or less.

So how in the world is the average vote 6.5?  Do we need a Minnesota recount or two?  {#Naughty}

Yea, you got it, I'm bored  {#Confused}

 


I'm on vacation in Aruba right now and this really rocks here! Yes!
 rollo_tomasi wrote:

concur :  4
 


I get a kick that this band, with the sole exception of the bass guitar, is otherwise acoustic. Some feat. Amazing energy.
I do love this CD!

jredd2 wrote:
Sounds very David Byrne-ish.....


concur :  3


I remember seeing these guys open for the Allman Bros at red rocks years ago... Not expecting a thing (especially after seeing the spin doctors flop the year before). Anyway, rusted root came out and floored everyone. They didnt do much since then but I will always love them for that set.
jredd2 wrote:
Sounds very David Byrne-ish.....
:yes: Which, depending on your viewpoint, can be a good OR a bad thing.
Just what I needed... An after lunch pick me up! Jammin'
This is refreshing...especially after Spearhead
Sounds very David Byrne-ish.....
Lead Singer = Goat Boy
Must be 4:20 somewhere┬ů
make it stop
Spearhead? Rusted Root? I am in ecstasy...
Trey wrote:
While the other Rusted Root song in rotation induces painful ear cramps, this one is pretty good. No detectable patchouli stank.
Interesting assessment. I love Rusted Root and am wearing patchouli. True story. :think: :cheesygrin:
go stillers
milehighYinzer wrote:
I give this band a higher rating for being a bunch of fellow yinzers.
:lol: :high-five:
Trey wrote:
While the other Rusted Root song in rotation induces painful ear cramps, this one is pretty good. No detectable patchouli stank.
:lol: i hate this song and this band, but i love this comment. :cool: :cheers:
I remember driving down Pikes Peak listening to this song. Brake check... head rush....
I like pretending I can sing along to this one. *flips tongue all around* Yeah, I nailed it. K, honestly? How can you NOT dance?
MORE COWBELL!!! :D
This is a great album; their best, imo. Great for chair dancing! :bananasplit: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2:
Reminds me of a Richard Cheese song, but I can't think which one. Anybody?
nance wrote:
why is everyone so negative.........it's getting so I don't like to read comments
ahh, don't listen to 'em. over a quarter of the people who rated this song gave it an '8' or higher, myself included. It kicks polyrhythmic butt!
While the other Rusted Root song in rotation induces painful ear cramps, this one is pretty good. No detectable patchouli stank.
why is everyone so negative.........it's getting so I don't like to read comments
Both the singer and the staccato/heavy accoustic guitar sound a LOT like Luka Bloom, in his more up-tempo songs. BTW that's good.
lmic wrote:
would probably like this a lot if David Bryne hadn't already done it on Rei Momo
Geez. That's wild. Ok. This guy,Michael Glabicki ,sounds like David Byrne who has an amazingly similar physical singing style to the guy who just played,Michael Franti. I even put up a post about it in the Franti thread but deleted it because I thought it was to obscure. This guy doesn't have the same chops to dig deep into his diaphragm while choking the airflow at the base of the throat to get what I call the "straining to take a dump" sound. He just sounds superficially like Byrne,without the vocal strength. Not that Byrne is my favorite,but what a technician. (To obscure,right?)
3 --> 2
milehighYinzer wrote:
I give this band a higher rating for being a bunch of fellow yinzers.
yinz gotta be kidding, n'at. this makes me want to :puke:
xkolibuul wrote:
One of those songs that, while not bad, always feels like it just misses being really good. Guitar work not quite up to Gipsy Kings standards. Beat not cohesive enough to match Talking Heads. Something not quite there.
Indeed. Love Rusted Root and this album, but there are far better tracks in this CD than this one.
I give this band a higher rating for being a bunch of fellow yinzers.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Isn't that Cher?
:cheesygrin: I's all that tounge rolling!
would probably like this a lot if David Bryne hadn't already done it on Rei Momo
xkolibuul wrote:
One of those songs that, while not bad, always feels like it just misses being really good. Guitar work not quite up to Gipsy Kings standards. Beat not cohesive enough to match Talking Heads. Something not quite there.
and boring to boot. . . :yawn:
bigtwistee wrote:
Som`nam`bu`lis'tic a. 1. Of or pertaining to a somnambulist or somnambulism; affected by somnambulism; appropriate to the state of a somnambulist. :think:
Webster: Somnambulism n. 1. An abnormal condition of sleep in which motor acts (such as walking) are performed. 2. Actions characteristic of somnabulism.
Loved and adored by every Frat house in the midwest.
flyboy wrote:
somnambulistic? I had to look that one up. It's a very good description.
Som`nam`bu`lis'tic a. 1. Of or pertaining to a somnambulist or somnambulism; affected by somnambulism; appropriate to the state of a somnambulist. :think:
huebdoo wrote:
This has a wicked bass line ... However it reminds me of Hippie music (some sort of half naked hippies dancing to the greatful dead or something like that)
Funny, my vision is of my young hippie friends in Austin dancing frenetically to this song. And only some of them were half naked. Oh, and this was just 12 years ago.
TheLoneIguana wrote:
A nice change after that somnambulistic Gnarls Barkley song.
somnambulistic? I had to look that one up. It's a very good description.