Slow Nerve Action

Steven's quote from Staring At Sound:

"It [his demo of 'Slow Nerve Action'] had the drums, the chords, the melody, everything in place. We recorded the drums and distorted the hell out of them and added a few other parts. Wayne already had the lyrics, it all just fell together and we said, 'Okay, now we're off to the races.'"

Wayne's quote from Staring At Sound:

"That song really set into motion the way that we record now. Steven plays everything, I sing, and if anybody else has anything to contribute, get in line!"

"Slow Nerve Action" was one of the first songs that Steven ever wrote.


It's all a waste of time again
She used to mow the lawn
She always wasted everyone
And she always turned me on

Now she's turned a kind
That isn't so much in demand
And all us vegetables
Can waste our time on someone else

She had a cool invisible
Dog that she called Paul
We'd always sit around her house
Watchin' her feed the dog

Now she's got a man
Who don't like dogs, who just likes cars
And she's just got a job
'Cause times got hard, so Paul is gone

Now she's turned a kind
That isn't so much in demand
And all us vegetables
Can waste our time on someone else

It's all a waste of time again
It's all a waste of time again
It's all a waste of time again
It's all a waste of time again

Live

"Slow Nerve Action" was rarely played while Ronald was with the Lips but became a regular part of the setlist during the Soft Bulletin tour with Steven's prerecorded drums portrayed on the video screen and Steven and Michael both on guitar. It also resurfaced briefly in 2005, with live drums provided by Kliph. In May 2009, it tied for first with "Bad Days" in a poll on The Flaming Lips Messageboard to determine the song that fans most wanted to hear in future shows.

 

Live Performances

03/25/1994 Oklahoma City OK USA KJ-103 Studios
The Brain has documented 42 Performances
The Brain has documented 13 Live Downloads available
10/30/2005 Las Vegas NV USA Sam Boyd Stadium Vegoose Download Available
07/17/2002 Hollywood CA USA Knitting Factory Download Available
11/05/2000 Leeds England Metropolitan University  
08/05/2000 Fujiyoshida Japan Fujikyu Highland Conifer Forest Summer Sonic  
07/01/2000 Roskilde Denmark Animal Showgrounds Roskilde Festival Download Available
05/14/2000 Berlin Germany Dresdner Bahnhof 10 Years Of City Slang  
05/12/2000 London England Royal Festival Hall City Slang Night  
04/26/2000 Chicago IL USA Metro Download Available
04/23/2000 Bloomington IN USA Buskirk-Chumley Theatre Download Available
04/14/2000 Baltimore MD USA Fletcher's  

 


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