Tribute To OJ Simpson
Guest Guitarist: George "Geo" Leonard III
I remember being 14 years old, staying up to watch letterman one early night summer night. I often killed time before letterman by watching the news, a practice i still uphold. But this night was unlike other nights because Connie Chung decided I would rather watch OJ Simpson go down the free way in a white bronco. Well, i guess she was kind of right. This was big news, similer to any speach the president gives or when a commercial jet liner crashes, this was on every channel. So i watched it, from beginning to end. I had long been an OJ Simpson fan, even though i don't like foot ball, but the Naked Gun series had been a staple of my pre and early teen years, as well as the fact i'd seen him on saturday night live, another staple of those years. On top of all that, I once read something about OJ Simpson and The Simpsons which just made me like him a bit more. I immediately took OJ's side on the trial and was hoping he would be found not guilty the whole way through. I always had that "say it ain't so, oj" attitude tward the whole thing, and even if it was so i didn't want him to go to jail, i knew he wouldn't do it again if it was him.

For the next year and a half, it was talked about more than anything else. It distracted people from the president's love affairs for a little while. I had just finished 8th grade when the whole thing started, and had just started 10th grade when the jurry anounced that it had reached a verdict. My english teacher, the one who left later in the year due to pregnancy, let class out a bit early so we could go into a room where a TV was set up so we could all watch the verdict. This was very big news, of course. We were far from the only class let out to watch this. The whole entire world stopped for those few minutes, everyone just stopped what they were doing and turned on a TV or a radio to find out what happond. OJ Simpson was declared not guilty. I smiled., but it made everyone else kind of mad, at least at my school. All classes, meetings or conversations for the rest of the day that ANY body had turned into OJ simpson at some point. My next class after english was a free period, but I had to meet with a tutor. My tutor was really late because she had to stay and watch the verdict and then talk about it and shit, which was perfectly normal. In fact me and my tutor just talked about OJ Simpson that day, we got no work done at all.

That day, by complete coinsidence, we had schedualed a fEDERAL rOOsTeRS rehersal right after school. We had a fire drill that day too. It was a sunny day, and we were all walking back to classes slowly. I cought up my guitarist on the way back from the fire drill and said "So, Geo, did you hear about OJ Simpson?" He said "yup" or something like that. One of us suggested we do a song about it, i think it was me but i'm not sure, but geo said "How wiill it go?" so i paused for a secdond and then said "judge, ito ito ito, ito....." just how you hear on the album. So anyhoo, that afternoon the roosters met up and me and geo presented the song to the rest of the band, geo figured out a guitar part and taugfht every body (i was the singer and drummer), and we practiced it and i made up some more words and told the bassist that he should play the theme from the simpsons durring one of the breaks. It went well and we decided to play it the next morning at school assembaly. No one had ever really heard of the federal roosters before, so this was an excelnt way to introduce our selves. We forgot to sign up for assembaly though, so we signed up at last minute which they didn't really like much, but we didn't care. After they made all the morning anouncements, we took the stage for 3 minutes or so.

This was the very morning after OJ Simpson had been freed, and a lot of people were very bitter about the whole thing. After playing the brilliently crafted fedeal roosters theme song (the notes just go f-e-d), i anounced "this next song is a tribute to oj simpson, the greatest man to ever walk the face of the universe." I promptly got a big BOOOOOOOO but didn't care and proceded with the song. We played one more quick song, but no matter. For the rest of the day, people came up to me and said "what the fuck was that?". I was so proud. An MP3 of the entire performance can be downloaded below. Tribute To OJ Simpson was to be the federal roosters first single, our signature. How ever, we never ended up really recording.

The following summer, being the summer of 1996, i was over Geo's house one night and we decided to record in his basement. We recorded OJ that night, and thats the recording you hear on the album.

MP3s:
Federal Roosters First Show | 2:39 | 2.4 Megs


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