Made In China

by The Suicide Dolphin Bombers

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我们想跟大家讲一个这样的故事。这个故事并不多么文辞优美,但是我们认为这是一个很有趣的经历。

有个叫Scott的英国人,一年前给我写了一封邮件,他说是Exile Parade的好朋友,自己的乐队写了一首歌,制作人是绿洲的御用制作人Owen Morris,还问我,如果觉得好,我希望可以在友谊唱片下发表。和很多人一样,我也会被某些关键词吸引,一支还没正式演出的新乐队就能请到这么大牌的制作人,这种好奇让我对这首歌有了期待。当我听完他发来的未缩混版后,突然有种交到好运的兴奋,因为我一直沉溺于发现新音乐。因为歌名用了一个世界工业语言“Made In China”,我好奇于这是否带有讽刺意味,Scott的回复非常肯定:没有。因为歌曲的录音版权归属Owen Morris,并且Scott也推荐让Owen跟我对接之后的歌曲事宜,于是Owen在邮件里给我讲述了下面这个故事:

Scott的几个亲人突然失业,原因是他们在曼彻斯特的那家中型火腿肠衣加工厂为了降低劳动成本,决定关闭英国部分,把工厂搬到中国。于是他们整整一个月他们都在各处求职,之前计划好的一切在一夜之间变得遥不可及,他的侄女如今有点茫然,变得无所事事,伤心和难过充斥这整个家庭,可是他们依然保留着英国人与生俱来的风度,因为英国大部分超市的火腿都是使用这家工厂生产的肠衣,“为大不列颠服务是我们的荣耀。”英国人总有一些令我们不可思议的骄傲之处,“作为这一代英国人,我们并不为失业感到羞耻,我们热爱英国,乐于为它付出,而且所有不愉快都会很快过去的,我们相信英国。”故事就是这样,可是并没有结束。这个叫Scott的英国人跟他的乐队写的这首歌,创作背景就来自于这个故事。

歌曲的封面设计来自于我们的好朋友设计师王君宜(微博:@Miss扑满)。在开始准备这首单曲的时候,我曾经在豆瓣上看到一个叫燕子的姑娘的相册“香港故事”,我很喜欢那样的调调,街旁的老字号商店的繁体招牌也对歌曲有些点题之意,本意打算跟她聊聊版权使用的事情,但又想想这会涉及肖像使用,聊起来或许会耽搁好长一段时间,也就没有继续,不过得感谢她的这组照片给了我启发。于是我给君宜打了一个电话,说明了情况我的设想,但是我不干预她的设计,请她当做作品充分发挥。一个礼拜后,她给我发来四个备选,我一眼就相中了4号,也就是这个最终版的初版。最后我只是锦上添花地让她试试在镜头上加几滴雨水,并且在人行道上几片小广告,让人看起来可以多些想象空间,也更充满中国特色,这张封面的素材也正是来自她的一幅随拍照片,我们做了模糊处理和线条排列。所以一切设计和创意都得到了Owen和Scott的满分肯定。

友谊唱片从来都不是一个大厂牌,比起很多独立厂牌,我们或许有些特别,但又不那么特别。创立到现在,庆幸保持了初衷,就是做我们想做的,没有刻意迎合过什么,所以才有今天的纯粹。昨天在电视机前目睹巴西被德国轰塌的同时,我们正在考虑怎样为这首歌作一篇还算好看的文案。我们不会对歌词做任何翻译,也不会把这首歌放到任何试听网站,也不会要求朋友们转发,我们只把它放到我们的bandcamp上(http://handshakerecords.bandcamp.com/)。

至于The Suicide Dolphin Bombers是怎样的一个乐队,Scott也没有做出未来的预测,因为他们很少排练,几乎不演出,所以这首单曲或许就是乐队的最后一首歌曲,也有可能不是,谁知道呢?就像Owen Morris对我说的,我不能跟你说太多关于Scott的事情,我们是好朋友,但我喜欢他们的音乐,就这样。

Producer's quotes:
"Made in China" is a song I recorded with The Suicide Dolphin Bombers.
We were in the recording studio, when the lead singer of the band, "Psycho" Watts, learned that his entire close family: his father, his mother, his two brothers and four sisters, as well as other uncles, aunties and numerous cousins, had all been made redundant (lost their jobs) when the sausage skin factory that they all worked in, was being closed. The multi-national corporation that owned the sausage skin making factory (which provided cheap sausage skins to many of the UKs leading supermarkets) was moving it's sausage skin operation to....you guessed it....China.
The music is meant to convey his feelings of sadness, loss, anger, resignation, despair he felt for his family. But also it was hopefully conveying his feelings of pride in the great work that generations of his family had done manufacturing cheap sausage skins for the Great British public.
It is indeed a bold and heartfelt comment on the social upheaval Great Britain is going through, in these times of desperation."
—— By Owen Morris(Oasis, The Verve, The View, ASH)

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released July 10, 2014

Producer: Owen Morris
Lyrics: Scott
Arrangement: The Suicide Dolphin Bombers
Art Designer: Wang Junyi

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Track Name: Made In China
Everything's made in china
But my heart was made right here
And if you want to talk about it
Set me up another beer
Coz its cold growing old
In a life of desperation
And the lies youv been told
About this world of civilisation

Everythings made in in china
but my heart was made right here
And if you want to talk about it
Set me up another beer
And ill say what I mean
Coz theres no back doors about me
And im new to the scene
And youll be so glad
That you found me

Everythings made in china
But my heart was made right here
And if you want to talk about it
Set me up another beer
Now with the fame
Will I change
With my new found friends
Around me
And when I fall
Whose to blame
and will you still all gather round me

Coz its cold growing old
In a life of desperation
And the lies
Youve been told about this
World of civilisation