| The voices of Salvation
at 1am were captured alive in the wasteland of late night television and
distilled to a potent concentrate by invisible registers of silicon.
It is yours! Somewhere in that split-second between
channels, before the old image fades and the new one registers. For
an instant, all the ranting voices coalesce into a single word: salvation.
1am and all is well. Anything you want: sex, money, self-esteem, god,
a thin body, a full head of hair, property, beauty, an exciting lifestyle.
Just call 1-800. Call now. What are you waiting for? Put your hand on
the TV screen and feel the power going through your body. What do you
Late-night television, circa 1990. I'm sometimes
too sleepy to notice which channel I'm watching and it really doesn't
matter: these nostrums are all offered up in the same language, spoken
at a fevered pitch. They are as near as your phone and as deep as your
pocketbook. Salvation at 1am goes directly to the heart of the message,
discarding the dead-air time and condensing the message to its essence.
As with time-lapse photography, we are able to more readily perceive
the broad themes that are being parlayed to the not-un-witting viewer.
In fact, you would have to be heavily anesthetized to miss these themes
in their original context. But the treatment here still manages to provoke
due to its sheer concentration of the mindless banter of TV promotional
language. I think there is a deep-dish microwave resonance in all of
this that we find irresistible. For who among us would not be delivered?
All of the material for Salvation at 1am is taken
directly from real TV, no fabrications, no substitutions. You've heard
it all before, but never quite like this. I've taken all your favorite
themes, weaknesses, and desires, and bound them up with some of the
most memorable moments in all of music "since the creation" (see Richard
Nixon, We Elect To). You will thrill to the strains of "if I can do
it, you can do it too", and "my method works", sung to the tune of Amazing
Grace or He Lives. Who can forget the immortal "money, i'm gonna show
you how to get it", or the uplifting "but wait, there's more". But,
wait! There's more: if you act now, you also get the meat-chopping blade.
So, call 1-800...
* This work is not a deconstruction. It is a synthesis.
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