Better Luck Next Life

by Victory and Associates

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released 29 July 2013

1. We'll Have To Be Our Own Heroes
2. Ignore Button
3. Weightless and Pointless
4. Everything's Amazing (Nobody's Happy)
5. Exasperated, Inc.
6. The End of Memory
7. For Serious
8. "Are We Having Fun Yet?"
9. A Cheeky Little With for Your Attention
10. Taste the Danger

Victory and Associates:
Conan Neutron –Vocals/Guitar
Evan Gritzon – Bass/Vocals
Shane Otis – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Jacob “Mouse” Menough – Drums/Vocals

Produced by Toshi Kasai

Music written arranged and performed by Victory and Associates.

The song “For Serious” originally appeared on the PRF. Lake of Fake Quarter 4 singles collection. DOIN THANGS.

Tracked by Toshi Kasai at Sharkbite Studios, Oakland, CA and Django World HQ, Berkeley, CA May 2013
Mixed by Toshi Kasai at Nephews Closet, Los Angeles, CA June 2013
Mastered by JJ Golden, Golden Mastering, Los Angeles, CA June 2013

all songs © Victory and associates, 2013 (P) Psychotic Astronaut, 2013, ASCAP, Some Rights Reserved Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported(CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Album Art and design by Michael Marchant

Cover Photo by Vanessa Walters – Spuddy the cat “I don’t always kill mice, but when I do…”

Back Cover Photo by Conan Neutron – the view from our room at PRF Thundersnow 2013

Lake Merritt at Night picture by Billy Schmalfeldt, Oakland, CA 03/2013

Stage shot with American Flag art in background by Mouse Menough, Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA 03/2012

“Levers” – by Conan Neutron, at the bar underneath the Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA 08/2012

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Victory and Associates
PO Box 16157
Oakland, CA 94610

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Victory and Associates write rock anthems that you didn’t know you needed. Punk rock passion, post-punk sass, and big rock riffs. Critical thinking mixed with a healthy dose of the absurd. This is for real, this is for serious.

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Track Name: We'll Have To Be Our Own Heroes
We’ll Have To Be Our Own Heroes
Always, for love and rarely for money.
We laughed and we laughed, but nothing was funny
We watched and we waited, the world fell to ruin
No heroes showed up, and we needed them soon.

We’ll have to be our own heroes.
We’ll have to be our own heroes

The champions, they called in sick that day
The villains were early, the cat was away
Angry, depressed, heartbroken and hollow
Angry, depressed, heartbroken and hollow, took a deep breath and chose a
new path
A new path to follow

We’ll have to be our own heroes.
We’ll have to be our own heroes

So gather your courage time to make a stand, keep your elbows in hit as
hard as you can
There’s nobody coming, so add up the zeros, I’ll tell you once more we’ll
have to be our own heroes.
So gather your courage time to make a stand, keep your elbows in hit as
hard as you can
There’s nobody coming, so add up the zeros, I’ll tell you once more we’ll
have to be our own heroes.
Track Name: Ignore Button
You give it half a chance and then you hit ignore. your time so precious...your elite aesthetic.
What are you busy with? What do you have in store ? So many busy people, doing nothing.

We got this freedom but this is what we do with it? I'm disappointed to put it lightly.
Indifference the general rule, banish what is not known, a closed off system, protect the precepts

You’re talking to the wall; you’re talking to the dog
You're talking but I don't hear anything at all
Removed from the picture all of a sudden,
HIT! With the ignore button
IGNORE IGNORE

You give it half a chance and then you hit ignore. Your time so precious...your elite aesthetic.
What are you busy with? What do you have in store ? So many busy people, doing nothing.
You’re talking to the wall; you’re talking to the dog
You're talking all this trash but I don't hear anything at all

You’re talking to the wall; you’re talking to the dog
You're talking but I don't hear anything at all
Removed from the picture all of a sudden,
HIT! with the ignore button
IGNORE IGNORE
The… heartbreak of being ignored, can be worse than being alone.
The… heartbreak of being ignored, can be worse than being alone.
The… heartbreak of being ignored, can be worse than being alone.
The… heartbreak of being ignored, can be worse than being alone.
Track Name: Weightless and Pointless
I swear the floor just fell away, weightless and pointless without a sound
It’s incredible how fast things can change
It’s incredible how fast I’m moving now

Come on and hold my hand she said, and everything will be alright
that was only only one of the lies we shared
It’s cold now the horizon is out of sight.
Come on and hold my hand she said, and everything will be alright
That was only only one of the lies we shared
It’s cold now the horizon is out of sight.

I swear the world just fell away, not much point in even breathing now
Everything I love is so far away,
it just got a whole lot further now.

Come on and hold my hand she said, and everything will be alright
That was only only one of the lies we shared
It’s cold now the horizon is out of sight.
Come on and hold my hand she said, and everything will be alright
that was only only one of the lies we shared
it's cold now the horizon is out of sight.

Oh! Captain can this truly be the end
to be ignored by your enemies and killed by your friends.
It can't go on like this there is a message I must send.
It goes:
It's your turn.
It's your turn
It's your turn
Track Name: Everything's Amazing (Nobody's Happy)
We've got these phones!!! The signal goes up into space.
Just leave me alone, Conversations I’d rather erase.
Oh, you're bored? This ain’t the time nor the place
Everybody's a star, and they're all in my face

So far so bad, what else is there to say?
Let me make this plain.
You’re burning in entitlement and drowning in privilege.
Entitlement the rule, every dullard will have their day.

Because everything's amazing and nobody's happy
Nobody's happy
Because everything's amazing and nobody's happy
Nobody's happy
Because everything's amazing and nobody's happy
Nobody's happy
Because everything's amazing and nobody's happy
Nobody.

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You've got some balls, to conduct yourself this way, its worth mentioning.
We won’t be here forever and hey that’s ok.
Is there anybody actively burning your fields?
are things so tough that you just cannot deal?
You've lost the reason but kept the rhyme
Would you like some cheese with that whine?
Can you hear these complaints you have said?
Do you truly wish you were dead?
HARDLY
You're still burning in entitlement and drowning in privilege

Because everything's amazing and nobody's happy
Nobody's happy
Because everything's amazing and nobody's happy
Nobody's happy
Because everything's amazing and nobody's happy
Nobody's happy
Because everything's amazing and nobody's happy
Nobody.

Now! What do we now? Now! What do we now?
Everything’s amazing! Nobody’s Happy!
Now! What do we now? Now! What do we now?
Everything’s amazing! Nobody’s Happy!

Now! What do we now? Now! What do we now?
Everything’s amazing! Nobody’s Happy!
Now! What do we now? Now! What do we now?
Everything’s amazing! Nobody’s Happy!
What do we do?
Track Name: Exasperated, Inc.
We're coming in one wing down, the engine is on fire
Not given half of what we need and none of what we desire
Exasperation grows, don't you know?
Have you been damned by faint praise or no praise at all?
Nobody acknowledges your rise; they just wait for the fall.
Exasperation grows, don't you know?

So dream big, and live small,
as if you had a choice at all.
Exasperation grows, don't you know?
So much character built, so many loose ends
What you learn is you can and that it never ends.
Exasperation grows, don't you know?

It used to be beat the odds, now it's beat the clock
Spent most of this life screaming outside the airlock

Come on, come on, come on… this has to be a put on...
Is this truly the only earth that I can live on?
Exasperated, Inc.
It's worse than you think.
Exasperated,
And this world will drag you down if you let it... so don't let it!

Have you been left for dead? Been beaten and spurned
Assigned more woe than what has been earned.
Exasperation grows, don't you know?
Keep one eye on the future, one in history
won't be ruled by mediocre misery.
Exasperation grows, don't you know?

It used to be beat the odds, now it's beat the clock
I spent most of this life screaming outside the airlock

Come on, come on this has to be a put on...
Is this truly the only earth that I can live on?
Exasperated, Inc.
It's worse than you think.
Exasperated, Inc.
It's worse than you think.
Exasperated.

And this world will drag you down if you let it... so don't let it!
And this world will drag you down if you let it... so don't let it!
And this world will drag you down if you let it... so don't let it!
Track Name: The End Of Memory
No past! No history!
No awareness of any kind of anything you see
Information cloud, means nothing to me
Welcome one and all to the end of memory.

Haunted by ideas, haunted by our own mortality
Haunted by convenience, unaware of history
This is no utopia; this society gets a “D”
This is the future this is the end of memory
End of memory
End of memory
End of memory



Implicit trust on everything you read
That's how we roll at the end of memory
No critical thinking man, it's unnecessary
Nobody is listening anyhow.
No critical thinking man, it's unnecessary
Nobody is listening anyhow.
Track Name: For Serious
There’s no prize for indifference, no award for irony.
Share your perfect aloofness, we can share the disease
Some folks they call this a problem, I call it opportunity.
No time for noble detachment, we’re too busy DOING THANGS

This is for real, this is For Serious. don’t you know that this is for Serious.
This is for real, this is For Serious. don’t you know that this is for Serious.
Is this is for real, is this is For Serious?
This is for real, this is For Serious.

This world it makes me sick, I’ve had enough of snarky quips.
Innovations been eclipsed, by references and mimics
tell me: where, where, where do we go from here?
Where do we go from here?
What, what do we do know, the attention span it wanes, but
going to tell you anyhow.

This is for real, this is For Serious. Don’t you know that this is for Serious?
This is for real, this is For Serious. don’t you know that this is for Serious?
This is for real, this is For Serious. don’t you know that this is for Serious?
This is for real, this is For Serious. don’t you know that this is for Serious?
Track Name: "Are We Having Fun Yet?"
There are things you hope and there are things you know
Is there valor in holding on, or is it better to let go?
You live the true bits, you fake the fake bits
Keep it simple and on you go
In glad we had this talk, there's just one question I must disclose
Tell me:
Are we having fun yet?
Are we having fun yet?
Get to the point, I haven't got all night.
Yeah that's what she said
Are we having fun yet?

There are things you want and there are things you need
Is it wiser to carry on, or is it better to concede?
You find the balance. delicate balance, between delusion, disappointment and hope
Stir it up in a crock pot, but just try not to become a Trope
Are we having fun yet?
Are we having fun yet?
Get to the point, I haven't got all night.
Yeah that's what she said
Are we having fun yet?
Track Name: A Cheeky Little Wish For Your Attention
It's not how you fall; it’s the way you get back up yeah. At least that's what I tell myself
If a dream falls in the woods, does it make a sound yeah? Is anyone listening at all?
NOPE

What's past is prologue, what's done can’t be undone now.
At least I think that's what she said.
Used to be best the odds, now it's more like beat the clock
I've had a whole lot of wonder beat out of me
YUP.

I just wish that I could
I could get through to you at all
Everybody's talking, but we are all talking to the wall.
The time is now, not later. Let’s get this done no time to stall

ooooh!
If I could get through to you at all.
Everybody's talking, but we are all talking to the wall.
Let’s get this done no time to stall
It’s just a cheeky wish that's all.

Would it be so bad? We can keep things interesting
Nobody's interested at all.
Your attention please! This tension has good intentions
A cheeky wish to heed the call.
YUP.

I just wish that I could
I could get through to you at all
Everybody's talking, but we are all talking to the wall.
The time is now, not later. Let’s get this done no time to stall
Track Name: Taste The Danger
Up in Kenosha, WI, up in Chugiak, A.K.
Some kids are bending time and space and don't give a damn about what you say
They laugh at rules and structure; they scoff at thoughts of fame
In any town USA, they're about to change the game

You can… taste the danger, feel the pain
For every four that fall away, five more will take their place
You can…taste the danger, feel the pain
For every four that walk away, five more will take their place

We threw ourselves against the wall, we defied gravity, we were shot out of the airlock before many folks could see
Screaming in a vacuum, hard to get much worse: “it’s your turn now kids”, the message said.
You can… taste the danger, feel the pain
For every four that fall away, five more will take their place
You can…taste the danger, feel the pain
For every four that walk away, five more will take their place
You can… taste the danger, feel the pain
For every four that fall away, five more will take their place
You can…taste the danger, feel the pain
For every four that walk away, five more will take their place