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Fabulous Muscles

by Xiu Xiu

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This record was written on the heels of huge, huge upheavals and violent personal changes and content wise reflects a year of a father's suicide, helpless watching the United States government/army rape and murder with smug disdain for anything but power, being betrayed and then in betraying others, finding out about a favorite 5 years old student being repeatedly molested by his teenage brother and the family due to immigration status and economics not being able to get help or really even stop it and then weirdly falling in love very, very,very unexpectedly and beautifully. The most central theme is about negative dominance politically, sexually and emotionally despite the space of a new, hopeful relationship.
Musically, due to having moved out of a punk rock crash pad where you can make all the noise you want, there are many more electronic sounds and kabuki style percussion. There is less of a dance influence with them but much more of a pop and then academic/experimental influence. There are sounds used to rhythmically push some songs forward in a top 40 way but with fewer straight beats. Noise restrictions also led to more use of single, quiet acoustic instruments. This record is the most pop Xiu Xiu record and the most experimental.
It was recorded at home in Seattle and Oakland (amazingly the hard disc survived moving 4 times in one year). Fabulous Muscles features Cory McCulloch, Ches Smith, Devin Hoff, Miya Osaki, Caralee McElroy, JherekBischoff, and Jamie Stewart.


released February 17, 2004

recorded in Oakland, CA and Seattle, WA
mastered by John Golden
published by Will It Burn Music BMI
principle photography by Caralee McElroy
additional photography by Lorem Ipsum
design by Joe Stewart

Thank You: K.M.J.N.O., C.N.M., Gigantor, Slim Moon, maggie, all at KRS, 5RC forever, Tom Lab, Collective Jyrk, Absolutely Kosher, Free Porcupine Society, Joe Stewart, Cory Brown, Tom, Miya Osaki, Ches Smith, Devin Hoff, Rob Fisk, Kelly Fisk, Aaron Russell, Devandra Banhart, Yvonne Chen, Lauren Andrews, Sprout Guy, Josh Stewart, Pete Swanson, Gabriel Mindel, Jherek Bischoff, Sam Mickens, Julie Musical Adventures, Kriten Miller, Yasi, Kurt Stumbaugh, Steve Gigante, Brian McFadin, Blue Ghost, Justin G., George Chen, Wilbert Williams II, Ken Urban, Michael Gira, Freddy Ruppert, Jon Fee, Chantelle, Zac Pennington, Owen Ashworth, Ryan Kork Agency, Henry PoleStar, Good For Cows, Kill Me Tomorrow, 7 Year Rabit Cycle, Ee, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, T.a.T.U., The Dead Science, Hella, Double Dare Yellow Swans, Deerhoof, SemiAutomatic, The Jim Yoshi Pile-Up, Pitchfork Media, Insound, Christopher Q and not U, Patti Schmidt, Constellation Records People, Potatoe Boy


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Track Name: Crank Heart
Telling your son a joke
He doesn't think is funny
“We’ll catch him unawares but
What if he doesn't wear underwear.”
Lighting it up
You were so cool
Her school colors
Black and light black
Giving it up
She has started
Your life’s colors
Black and light black
Getting your hair from under your bed
Breaking your fingers
Getting killed by a car
Before you can make him pay.
Track Name: I Luv the Valley, OH!
That's a pill and you've got to take it
That's a pill that you've got to take
I won't rest until you take it
That's a heart that you made
That's a heart and the both of you made it
And I won't rest until I break it
It’s ‘histroic de la famile
It’s l’histroic de la femme
And I won't rest until I forget about it
I won't rest until I don't care
I won't rest until I forget about it
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
That's a razor and you will make a threat
That's a razor make million billion threats
And I won't rest 'cause I heard it all before
My behind is a beehive, there's a buzz in my backside
My behind is a beehive, and I won't rest
while you break my will
Je t’aime the valley
Je t’aime the valley, oh
I am an orphan de la valley
And I won’t rest until I forget about it
I won’t rest until I don’t care
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
Track Name: Bunny Gamer (B)
It feels retarded, I want you to like me
Will you be there tonight?
Do you mean it when you say what you say?
Fixing up my hair,
I want to impress you
Today and everyday,
Okay, okay okay, okay

So what do you want?
I want to be careless too
So much waiting, so much sitting alone
When you say what you say,
It's not what I thought, it's really nothing at all
I'm not who you want,
Alright, alright alright, alright

Bunny gamer, stand up, bunny gamer, Where have you been all of my life?
Bunny gamer, take me with you,
Okay, okay okay, okay
Bunny gamer, sit down, bunny gamer,
Where have you been all night?
Bunny gamer, leave me alone,
Alright, alright alright, alright
Track Name: Little Panda McElroy (b)
I can stop lying, I can stop punching my own face
I can stop stealing money,
I can stop hating my own heart
I can do it
Because of you
I can stop scratching up my cheeks
I can stop drinking so much
I can stop wanting to kill myself
I can stop wanting your perfect heart
I can start listening, I can say Hi
I can feel something good
Little panda McElroy
Track Name: Support Our Troops Oh! (Black Angels Oh!)
Did you know you were going to shoot
off the top of a four year old girl's head
And look across her car-seat down into her skull
And see into her throat and did you know
that her dad would say to you,
"Please sir, can I take her body home?"
Oh wait, you totally did know... that that would happen
Cuz you're a jock who was too stupid and too greedy
And too unmotivated to do anything else but still be
The biggest and still do what other people tell you to do
You did it to still be a winner
You shot your grenade launcher into peoples windows and
Into the doors of peoples houses
But you want to shoot it into someone, just to watch them blow up
Why should I care if you get killed?
Track Name: Fabulous Muscles (Mama Black Widow Version)
Break my face in
It was the kindest touch you ever gave
Wrap my dreams around your thighs
And drape my hope upon the chance to touch your arm
Fabulous muscles
Cremate me after you cum on my lips
Honey boy place my ashes in a vase
Beneath your workout bench
No romance no sexiness
But a star-filled night
Kneeling down before the now familiar flesh
Of your deformed penis
Wigging out before the unfamiliar flesh
Of my broken neck
Track Name: Brian the Vampire
Brian, tender kisses run run run is my wish for you
Brian, tender drops of blood run run run I’m thinking of you
How far does your brother go with you?
Brian, growing boy stay stay stay awake is my prayer for you
Brian, tender clutches run run run I’m thinking of you
What happens to you when you dad
Hears your brother pull down your underpants?
Track Name: Nieces Pieces (Boat Knife Version)
I can't wait to watch you get older
I can't wait to meet that first boy that breaks your life
I can't wait till you realize the family you've been born into
I can't wait to watch you turn from good to bad
I can't wait to tell your grandpa made your mommy
play stripper while your uncle watched
I can't wait to tell you I punched your mommy in the chest
In front of her new friends
I can't wait till you realize mommy's heart is broken
I can't wait to watch you grow up around the people who broke it
Track Name: Clowne Towne
Up and down through what you thought would be your future
Became the dark reminder of
What a rash and inconsistent faith you've had
In loving your true self and your true love

Clowne towne, no shelter
Clowne towne, no anything
Clowne towne, a single angel
Clowne towne, no exit

Your true father smashed his hands through the glass
And failed out of the privileged life of his dream
Your true love has drunk herself into not being able to pay her rent
Or keeping her own word to her own self
Your true brother has betrayed you over and over
And looked you in the eye
Your true self has become weak and alone and annoying
And a true ridiculous dumbass

Clowne towne, revealing nothing
Clowne towne, a flock of coots
Clowne towne, a single angel
Clowne towne, a big dumb kid

Clowne towne, no shelter
Clowne towne, no anything
Clowne towne, a single beauty
Clowne towne, no exit
Track Name: Mike
Dad, what was Nigel supposed to do with your body?
A life I'll never understand
Whose false teeth were gently pushed back into your
Mouth by your daughter's husband
What am I supposed to do with this?
I feel like I'm not nice because sometimes
It is hard for me to think something happy about you
Except for that dad, I love you
And I will always, always miss you
Pull my finger

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