Who is the Consortium of Genius, also known as the "COG"? Well, on
one level, the COG is a very successful New Orleans-based music act. On another,
the COG is a combination standard rock band and comedy troupe. On a third, the
COG is a science fiction-addicted gaggle of mutant mentists best known for infiltrating
alternative music venues as "The Doctor Demento Show" with such danceable
and playable hits as "Science Party" and "M.I.L.K." The
COG is probably the only music act on the planet with a robot for a drummer.
The COG is definitely the only music act where the Svengalis are behind the
instruments instead of behind the mixing booth. They're a touch of hard science
in a city overrun with the ancient and decayed, the composers of the soundtrack
for a world as designed by Syd Mead and Ralph Steadman. They are...
...well, you'll just have to listen and watch for yourself.
Concert videos for, er, ah, interesting bands aren't all that uncommon.
After all, GWAR has been doing it for years, and who can forget the Alex Winter-directed
Butthole Surfers movie Entering Texas or George Romero's directorial
efforts in videos for The Misfits? The Consortium of Genius Home Video, Episode
Four collection belongs on the shelf next to Entering Texas and Phallus
in Wonderland as an example of strangeness in action.
As a side-review, the COG CD Free Brains & Dead Bodies has been
out for nearly two years now, and it gives a good cross-section of the rampant
silliness to which the COG subscribes. Tributes to hard science (their most
famous title, "Science Party", comes straight from the lab by way
of the B-52s), cyberpunk ("Android Woman"), vampires ("Bite Me"),
and general egomania ("Bow 2 Me") are an insidious plot to allow the
COG the money, power, and support the group needs to initiate its plan for world
domination. After all, considering the world leadership we have right now, why
not trust a trio of mad scientists to do a better job?
Anyway, Episode Four is the latest live concert tape and general introduction
to the habits and social mores of the COG, including live footage of "Bow
2 Me", "Android Woman", the new songs "LoBoToMy", and
"Brain Rewrapped 2001", as well as a new music video for the COG's
ode to ice cream, "I Scream". Silly, strange, and thoroughly funny,
the COG deserves a trophy for its efforts in comedy music, preferably using
the scooped-out skull of Weird Al Yankovic.
For those still unsure about following in the new COG World Order, head on
over to http://www.consortiumofgenius.com
and peruse the strangeness and horror that is the COG. For those ready for Earth's
newest masters, head there anyway and buy a copy of Episode Four. The
purchase won't guarantee that the COG won't squash your head like an insignificant
ant when they finally achieve fame and fortune, but at least it guarantees plenty
of eye-melting entertainment while waiting for their ascension.