Track This: Nightbird's "Maimed for the Masses"
Mick Foley is a cultural icon in some circles. New York's Night Birds know this, and have delivered a mean paean to another New York boy who found fame through professional wrestling. "Maimed for the Masses" chronicles Foley's massive success through a series of choice quotes from the man himself, backed with the kind of punky/surfy music that only Night Birds can deliver. A modern update of the Dead Kennedys guitar sound is married to the basic tenets of an east coast wrestling sensibility. Brian Gorsegner’s snotty, speed fire vocals intermingle with vocal harmonies that create a monster of a song. The chorus and verses are damn catchy and the bridge demonstrates their guitar virtuosity; they seem to get tighter and more efficient every album, even though this song is on the longer side for the band, clocking in at more than three minutes.
The song first appeared on the "Maimed for the Masses" EP, but easily remains a standout track on Born To Die in Suburbia, their stellar 2013 LP. It first came to my attention on Colt Cabana's Art of Wrestling podcast (he plays a wrestling related song every week), but once I got the album, I couldn't help but thinking that it got better on every listen. The chorus alone makes the song a killer: "Now I'm a monster. My body's been destroyed, and here I stand still gainfully employed, ready to maim myself for the masses to destroy.It's all in a hard day's work for Mrs. Foley's baby boy." The story of a man who has gone to any lengths as a professional wrestler, despite the fact that Ric Flair and others have claimed that he is more of a stunt man, couldn't be told any better than this.
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