:: The Colwell Brothers – Design For Dedication ::
Ok, how many "Big Chill" fans out there? Come on, I know y'all dig it. Well, ever wonder what Glenn Close was *really* doing in the '60s? I bet you thought she was basically a filthy dope smoking hippie flipping off the pigs and setting bombs off at the local BofA. But then you'd be wrong, wouldn't you? Oh so wrong. Back in '65 and '66 she was in a "folk group" called The Green Glenn Singers, and was touring with a troupe of 150 singers, dancers, hand clappers and your basic christian-right cheer leaders called "Up With People". Their mission was to "wrest the microphone away from today's headline-seeking college beatniks and pacifists". The kind of scum that dragged this country down, and were later glorified in movies like "The Big Chill".
I found this 40 year old record in a dollar bin, still sealed. How could it be that no one wanted this product? I cannot explain it. The 2 songs featuring Glenn Close are, ehh, ok. She actually wrote both of them all by herself. One of them is called "The Happy Song", fer Christ's sake.
This song is by the big stars of Up With People; The Colwell Brothers. "Design For Dedication" comes on like gangbusters, and is definitely the rockinest number on the album. "We'll go harder, faster, higher in space, deeper in the sea, the greatest generation in history". Just try to top that, beatnik motherfucker!
John Wayne sums it up handily on the cover, "This is an album you'll love from start to finish. There's a power in it that makes you want to get out and start doing something for you country." Like maybe enlist in the Army, for instance? FUCK YOU! Really, this record is so over the top it almost makes you wanna sit through The Big Chill. No not really.