Bad Brains – Pay To Cum

09 Jul

Bad Brains
Pay To Cum 7″
Bad Brains Records
Released: 1980
Producer – Jimi Quidd

H.R. – vocals
Dr. Know – guitar
Darryl Jenifer – bass
Earl Hudson – drums

1. Pay to Cum (1:33)
2. Stay Close To Me (2:29)

When it comes to the Bad Brains I am definitely in the minority here, never been a fan. Whenever they would come to Los Angeles everybody, including my Uncle, would rush to see them. Over the years I’ve gotten used to them, but other than a few compilations, I never owned anything other than this single.

In December of 1979, the Bad Brains recorded their debut single (Pay To Cum/Stay Close To Me) on their Bad Brains label, in New York, which was later included on the Let Them Eat Jellybeans compilation album. The band would later repress the single, and issue it without the picture sleeve (red and tan labels instead of the brown and white of the first pressing). Pay to Cum was recorded by Jimi Quidd who had heard the band play at a Club in New York.

The “A-side” to the single is Pay to Cum, while the flip side is Stay Close To Me, identified as “Side 1″. The original 7″ had no “B-side” or “Side 2″.

Pay To Cum
“I make decision with precision,
Lost inside this manned collision,
Just to see that what is to be,
Perfectly my fantasy.

I came to know with now dismay,
That in this world we all must pay,
Pay to write, pay to play,
Pay to cum, pay to fight.

And all in time,
With just our minds,
We soon will find,
What’s left behind?

Not long ago when things were slow,
We all got by with what we know,
The end is near. Hearts filled with fear,
Don’t want to listen to what they hear.

And so it’s now we choose to fight,
To stick up for our bloody right,
The right to sing, the right to dance,
The right is ours… We’ll take the chance.

A peace together,
A piece apart,
A piece of wisdom,
From our hearts.”

Rating: ** * two out of three stars

On to the story . . .

A few months ago my wife was driving home from a class. On the drive she noticed out of the corner of her eye a guy in a suit, driving a BMW, trying to get her attention. She glanced over and he is holding out his cell phone, displaying a photo of his privates (for those of you that are under-age and reading this). My wife cracked the window and hurled a few obscenities. This didn’t deter him in the least. He responded with, “Yeah, you like that?”

She sped off, cut a few corners and finally lost him. She walked in a bit frazzled and told me the story. Absolutely nothing I could do, but shake my head and wonder when and how this seemed like a good idea to guys?

I told you all that to tell you this: over the last month or so I’ve had a lot of new “friends” pop-up on my page. A number of them are women that work as pin-up models (car shows, magazines, etc) and I notice that, at least one will post daily, “I am married, I am not looking to “hook-up” please stop sending pictures of your penises.”

This floors me. The first time I saw one of these posts I, kind of, thought it was a joke. Like, “Who the hell would do this?” But now I read it daily.

So, the question is, is this a social media thing? I have a computer/cell phone so it’s easier to just show you my junk than attempting conversation? Or have men in general become more primal? The digital age flashing has become the equivalent of the caveman clubbing over the head thing?

I have never been great with the opening line thing with people I didn’t know. But it never occurred to me that whipping out a snapshot of the package was the way to go in polite society.

Whatever it is, something about seeing a woman with her hair fixed and a bit of make-up makes these primates lose their shit.

And I’m at a loss for ideas on how to fix a situation like this, short of slapping their moms for raising such vile pieces of crap. And that concludes my rant for the day.



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One Response to “Bad Brains – Pay To Cum”

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    Eddie Cook Says:

    mike~ like the story but never liked bad brains too much ~eddie

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