All The Kids Are Super Bummed Out is the second album/collaboration between Luke Haines (Auteurs/Baader/Meinhof/Black Box Recorder) and Peter Buck (R.E.M).
After a chance meeting in 2019 when Peter bought one of Luke’s paintings online (Lou Reed, £99.00), the pair decided to collaborate on what turned out to be their debut album – Beat Poetry For Survivalists.
The songs about legendary rocket scientists and occultist Jack Parsons had to wait almost two years before given a proper live outing when Luke, Peter and the band toured the UK, culminating in two sold out nights at the 100 Club in April 2022.
During those last two years, over lockdowns. Luke and Peter retreated to a cold war bunker and recorded this double album/manifesto; monster-piece and masterpiece, in answer to the question: Why are all the Kids super bummed out?
There are mantraps at the bottom of the garden for falling fighter pilots. Richard Dadd’s dad saw it all; Richard Dadd murdered his dad (chanted the children) then hid in the maze. Marshall Applewhite was wearing a Guy Burgess mask and trading naked videos of Anthony Blunt.
Given to him by a passing gang of apes and angels) I tuned into the sound of North Korean cheerleaders being blasted out over the speakers on the outer perimeter of the maze and found my way to the sun dial, where I would bide my time doing drawings of the flying children until the helicopter arrived. I was finally bundled inside the cockpit by a Branch Davidian.
We are under constant aerial attack,’ said someone claiming to be a Brigadier. “No shit, Sherlock,” I said, gazing up at the embassy roof. “Are you still a psychedelic sitar casual”? said the shrouded mourner, who had spent the last half century mourning Valentino. “I will let you know,” I shot back, and carried on drawing the flying children.
Peter Buck plays guitar and feeds LSD to a broken Moog synthesiser. Luke Haines – sings songs about God, provides an occasional strum on his guitar and blows Pan’s flute. Scott McCaughey – plays the bass and mellotron, and Linda Pitmon bangs the ritual drum.
Lenny Kaye drops in and has a nightmare in the key of do-wop.
Luke Haines and Peter Buck will be playing US, European, and UK live dates early 2023
1) The British Army On LSD
2) The Skies Are Full Of Insane Machines
4) 45 Revolutions
1) Won’t Even Get Out Of Bed
2) Psychedelic Sitar Casual
3) Subterranean Earth Stomp
4) The Commies Are Coming
5) The First Time I Met God
1) Minimalist House Burns
2) Exit Space (All The Kids Are Super Bummed Out)
3) Iranian Embassy Siege
1) You’re My Kind Of Guru
2) Flying People
3) Diary Of A Crap Artist
4) And We Will
5) Waiting For The UFOs.