CANCER IN RATS

Back around 1980 I started experimenting with verse to a monotonous beat – this was before I’d heard of Rap but I guess that’s what it was, or some Aussie suburban version anyway.  Johnny Leopard and I used to do this “song” – By the way it was well before Neighbours so the names in the fourth verse were somewhat prophetic.

CANCER IN RATS

leopardbeer1Disco dudes who’ve all gone New Wave
And geometric patterns on slatterns who bought
The latest Linda Ronstadt album and thought
That gave them some sort of renegadie cool
When dancing at a disco or lounging by a pool
Warming tray rissoles covered in fat
These are some of the amazing things that make me sick but
Don’t produce cancer in rats.

 Mediocre groups who think they’re God’s gift to Australia
Cause they come from Britain and their clip’s on Countdown
And vamps standing side of the stage
Deliberately cool while suckers out front rage
Some jerk on display in an official tour jacket
These are some of the amazing things that make me sick but
Don’t produce cancer in rats.

Sports commentators in safari suits
Skivvies with medallions and hippies with flutes
Questions like “How’s your lady man?’
People who spend summer deepening their tan
Pseudo surfies with new roof racks
These are some of the amazing things that make me sick but
Don’t produce cancer in rats.

Names like Kirsten Jason or Kylie
Rolling Stone readers with no thoughts of their own
Dogs who attack when your friend’s out of the room
Costello imitators, Presley clones
Mothers with runny-nosed ill-mannered brats
These are some of the amazing things that make me sick but
Don’t produce cancer in rats.

Kids on TV, television quiz shows
Salesmen in vinyl jackets with Denis Lillee mos
Asian deejays with Yankee accents
Liberal Swedes and concerned French students
Unnecessary freeways pub curry and rice
These are some of the amazing things that make me sick but
Don’t produce cancer in mice.

2 Comments on CANCER IN RATS

  1. …your best friends car – parked outside your girl friends house
    you tip toe to the window – quiet as a mouse
    & what you see before you step on the cat!
    these are some of the amazing things that make me sick but
    Don’t produce cancer in rats, rats

    & something about ‘tin cricket bats’ too

    great picture of Leopard !

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