High School Senior Moment
The earliest rap music took two forms: 'free verse' personified by Gil Scott-Heron, and 'metered, rhyming verse' pioneered by Grandmaster Flash, et al... We follow in Gil's footsteps, an artist who - as fate or coincidence would have it - just released his first album in more than a decade, almost simultaneously as our debut! This album is a hip hop 'Sgt. Pepper's' - a psychedelic tour d'force! Timeless, and yet a 'time capsule' of our high school years (2006-2010)... The 1st song sets the stage, an updated version of Gil Scott Heron's free verse rap classic from the 1960s 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'... The 2nd song 'George & Dick's To-Do List' casts Tommy as our 43rd president George W. Bush and Ptolemy as his puppeteer / vice president Dick Cheney... The 3rd song is the title track 'High School Senior Moment' - a surrealistic song about a high school student's first day in Senior English Class... features a guest guitar solo by one of the most famous guitarists who ever lived! ! ! The 4th song 'are you talkin' to me?' is a take off on a very famous scene from a Cheech & Chong movie and goes on to parody several famous motion pictures... suffice it to say, Tommy accidentally ingests an extraordinarily large dose of LSD-25. The 5th song 'and now on a lighter note' is another spoof on the Bush White House, this time in the form of a news broadcast... Hilarious! The 6th song 'Tommy & Ptolemy in Outer Space' is a 7 minute adventure through the 4th, 5th and 6th levels of Tommy & Ptolemy's new video game of the same name... must be heard (and experienced) to be believed! The 7th song forms a transition point where the album becomes very serious indeed... The 8th song is our critically acclaimed version of the Bob Dylan classic 'It's Alright Ma (We're Only Bleeding)' - more 'progressive rock' than hip hop, many have compared this hauntingly beautiful cover to the Byrds' cover of 'Mr. Tambourine Man' The 9th song is the title track's reprise... Maybe Tommy wasn't sleeping his way through school, after all! The 10th song finds Tommy alone, following Ptolemy's 'suicide'... (??)... it's a solo version complete with all 6 verses of 'It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)' - intense, to say the least, a modern day rap classic. The 11th song is Ptolemy (not dead after all?) letting us know the album is almost over ('stick a fork in it... it's done...') The 12th song finds our heroes walking out of school on the last day of senior year, overhearing some of their friends making plans for the future (graduation parties, etc.)... Maybe kids don't grow up all at once, after all... In time, this album will surely prove to be one of the most groundbreaking and timeless hip hop albums ever! Why not be the 1st on your block to hear it?