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February 24, 2005

"Knights of Dune Sandworms"

As a lot of you geeks know -- let's be honest: you're mainly a bunch of D&D playin', Magic-card tradin', honeymead-brewin' right-wing uberdorks -- I long ago did a bit about the Dungeons and Dragons characters of the nine Democratic presidential candidates.

That bit included a reference to Wesley Clarke's rip-off of Knights in White Satin, called Knights of Dune Sandworms:

[The fight within your eighth-grade band] all comes to a head when [Wesley Clarke] writes a pair of songs he claims are "totally killer." One's the pretentiously-titled Triumph of the Mind: Warsong of the Fremen, which is a forty-minute minor-key free-form jazz-improv piece which only contains a single lyric -- "The Spice," heavily filtered and modulated through his cousin Stevie's Casio synthesizer, repeated over and over at odd points of the song. The other one is Knights of Dune Sandworms, and it's even worse, because it's just a shameless ripoff of the Moody Blues' Nights in White Satin, except the poetry is even more vile now that it's larded up with obscure references to Arrakis and stillsuits and embarrassingly-forced rhymes for "Atreides."

Well, George from Snapshot has actually found the old lyric-sheet for Clarke's Fremen opus and is kind enough to post it.

Wow. This site is sort of turning into an H.P. Lovecrat sort of deal, with other writers joining in to create an Ace of Spades "Dorkwad Mythos." Cool beans.


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