Savage Religion

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Singles; A Short Drive / Flown Too High

In 1989 I co-produced Switchblade Symphony’s very first studio recording for a compilation album on my own label. The LP featured 10 of the best industrial/goth bands based in San Francisco at the time. The song “Mine Eyes” was key to Switchblade Symphony being signed to Cleopatra Records. I had a knock down, drag out with my one-time partner and old “friend” from high school, who wound up ripping me off and stealing away with the recordings (no contract between friends, of course).

Undaunted, I formed an industrial band of my own. I moved into a roommate situation with the keyboard player in the Mission District, S.F. and set out to write and record an album of original songs. There were two local bands we were in direct competition with, trying to outdo each other with the darkest/strongest content. Lyrically (my lyrics) and musically we were soon kicking ass.

In early 1990, we released a demo version of an industrial song entitled “Septic Think Tank ” which was played in several well-known clubs and was in heavy rotation on college radio stations KUSF, KFJC, & KZSU in the San Francisco bay area. We wrote more than 3 dozen songs for our band “World of Hurt” in less than a year, we recorded demos and shopped them around but never got signed. Two songs were eventually done in the studio under a new name “Savage Religion” but disagreements about the direction of the band led to us throwing in the towel (Savage Religion singles are available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify).

Here’s a sample of the type of lyrics I was writing for this band project. I’ve been working, on and off, on a film script using the songs as a guide for a story… sort of like a dark version of Tommy, by The Who.

KILL OR BE KILLED
(lyrics by JFKinyon)

VIOLENCE RULES THE WORLD
DON’T BE DECEIVED.
GIVE IT JUST AS FREELY
AS YOU HAVE RECEIVED.

IT IS BUT A CHOICE
OF WHOSE BLOOD IS SPILLED.
THE LAW OF NATURE
IS KILL OR BE KILLED.

DON’T DRAW BACK FROM
THE BEAST WITHIN.
SIT BACK ENJOY THE RIDE
AS HE TAKES YOU FOR A SPIN.

IN HIM ALL YOUR DREAMS
SHALL BE FULFILLED.
THE LAW OF NATURE
IS KILL OR BE KILLED.

THE TIME OF VENGEANCE
IS LONG PAST DUE.
DO UNTO OTHERS
AS THEY’VE DONE UNTO YOU.

IT IS BUT A CHOICE
OF WHOSE BLOOD IS SPILLED.
THE LAW OF NATURE
IS KILL OR BE KILLED.

RAPED OF INNOCENCE
AT YOUR REQUEST.
THE ERRORS OF YOUR WAY
ARE MADE MANIFEST.

LEFT TO YOUR DEVICES
JUMP AT ANY CHANCE.
TO REDEEM YOURSELF
TO TAKE A FINAL STANCE.

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