Face the Now

by Raymond Z.

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PRODUCED BY RAY BRAZEN

All songs written by Ray except
"Office Worker Failure" (Brazen, Prato, Heaney)

Recorded in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Summer 1993 - Summer 1994

Thanks to Scott Prato and Chris Delaney

Originally released on RAVETAPES August 1994


This album was originally released exclusively on cassette in the summer of 1994. It is Ray's last album to be released in tape format, and his first to consist entirely of original material. The album marks the transitional point at which he stopped using his original name of Ray Zinnbrann. Unable to think of a better new name at the time, he originally released Face the Now under the name "Raymond Z." However, this name did not stick, and the following year his name would be permanently changed to Ray Brazen.

Face the Now is a direct precursor of The Racing Brain of Ray Brazen, which didn't appear until almost ten years later, thanks in part to his involvement both with the band Thai Raid and his series of websites related to obscure music groups close to his heart (Los Dug Dugs, the Godz, TV Toy).

Copies of the original cassette release of Face the Now are extremely rare and were only distributed locally throughout New York City. Although a few songs from the tape ("Frisky Kittens," "Don't Leave Me Darling," "State Line in the Sky" and "Office Worker Failure") have appeared online in various forms over the last several years, this is the first reissue of the original cassette in its entirety.

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Track Name: Blue Shirt White Dots
Got my blue shirt with white dots on
And I'm headin' out just singin' my song
Got my blue shirt with white dots on
And I'm headin' out just singin' my song

This world is painted blue
With white polka dots before my eyes
This world takes part of me with it
White polka dot clouds linin' the skies
And they cry and cry

Her world was painted blue
With white polka dots that were just like mine
Now my world's painted blue too
White polka dots keep me warm at night
Keep me safe from fright
Track Name: Frisky Kittens
But the kittens gettin' frisky
And the noose tightens 'round my crotch
It's not that I have deeper feelings
It's just that I just don't like to watch
But the kittens gettin' frisky
They're the ones who've got it all so free
And I sit and watch the colors
Pink and black simultaneously

But the kittens gettin' frisky
And even though I cannot see
There's a part of my poor conscience
Always wishing it were me
But the kittens gettin' frisky
Lickin' up each other's skin
It's not that i'm in love too
It's just that I feel that I'll never win

Carry me home and tuck me into bed
Please make sure that I'm well fed
But one thing I want I sure do miss
Send me a kitten I can frisk

If the kittens weren't so frisky
I could live in greater peace
Even in this noisy city
A man should have the right to sleep
Sunday morning comin' up
Comin' down and up again
These are times I realize
How lucky to have friends

Carry me home and tuck me into bed
Please make sure that I'm well fed
But one thing I want I sure do miss
Send me a kitten I can frisk
Track Name: Love Theme From "Mongoloid Technorave"
Well I'm goin' on down to the mongoloid technorave
I'm gonna have myself some fun
There's a whole lotta psychedelic babes hangin' out there
And I'm a-gonna get me some

Well I'm goin' on down to the mongoloid technorave
I'm gonna have myself some fun
Gonna tell all the women to crowd around me
Cuz i'm bachelor number one

Well I'm goin' on down to the mongoloid technorave
I'm gonna have myself some fun
Gonna tell mom and dad not to wait up late for me
I won't be home before the sun
Track Name: Office Worker Failure
Office, office, office worker failure
Office, office, office worker failure
Don't know just which button starts the copier
My boss tells me my work is getting sloppier
I can only type five words a minute
It's a big mess and I am stuck within it
Office, office, office worker failure
Office, office, office worker failure

Office, office, office worker failure
Office, office, office worker failure
They can always tell when I'm hung over
Hired in August, fired in October
Can't remember the alphabetical order
Got my hand caught in the mail sorter
Office, office, office worker failure
Office, office, office worker failure

Office, office, office worker failure
Office, office, office worker failure
Before work today, decided to get high
My co-worker saw me as I was walking by
Told my boss just what she had been seeing
Got arrested while in the bathroom peeing
Office, office, office worker failure
Office, office, office worker failure

You're fired!!!
Track Name: Don't Leave Me Darling
Darling don't you ever leave me
If you do you will bereave me
I will cut my wrist, believe me
Both my parents they will grieve me
They're the people who conceived me
Voodoo forces won't retrieve me
'Cuz you deceived me!

It's you I can't afford to lose
There's no one else out there to choose
And if you go I'll turn to booze
So quit your actin' like a flooze
Walk a mile in my shoes
Now shut up and watch the news
'Cuz I feel abused!

If you go then I will fret
Thought I made your panties wet
Now you're runnin' off with Bette
So don't you leave with my Clorets
And don't take my Doors cassette
Or you'll leave my heart in debt
I won't call collect!
Track Name: Fifth Precinct
Cause trouble just by showing up
Cause trouble just by being there
They've got a price on me
A dollar and a half for every hair
Just by breathing I'm in violation of the law
I think I'll cut off all my fingers with a saw
You'll have to carry on your big revolt without me
This world already knows too many things about me

They don't like me at the fifth precinct because I stink
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8!

Unplug guitar, I'll plug it back in
Turn fuzzbox off, I'll turn it back on
Sabotage complete, you think?
Guess again, I ain't so easily won
A sucker gig that lasted well over a year
Now you'll do anything to have them brand me queer
I guess I'll hide out in the woods for a few years
You'd miss me in awhile, you'd cry a million tears

They don't like me at the fifth precinct because I stink
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8!

In no position to judge me
In no position to waste my time
Any comrade of a fascist
Surely ain't no friend of mine
A vote in Rolling Stone don't justify your greed
How can I create when your form's no longer free?
A novelty 'cuz I refuse to be elitist
The way you've shut me out has really gotten me pissed

They don't like me at the fifth precinct because I stink
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8!