11 May 2023

Oddworld


Oddworld Control

Thai punk band Speech Odd’s debut album Oddworld was released earlier this year. The lyrics include comments made by King Rama X on royal walkabouts: the track Speech King quotes his answer to a reporter’s question (“Thailand is the land of compromise”), and Thank You quotes his words to a prominent royalist (“กล้ามาก เก่งมาก ขอบใจ”/‘very brave, very good, thank you’). Fucx Coup [sic] begins with a sample of Prayut Chan-o-cha announcing the 2014 coup.

The band’s music is available on a wide variety of physical formats. Oddworld was released on cassette, CD, and vinyl. Their single Control was issued on a 3.5" floppy disk, and its cover is an illustration of anti-coup protester Nuamthong Praiwan crashing his taxi into a tank. Their Promo 2022 EP is on cassette and 5" vinyl.

“The land of compromise” previously appeared as a caption in the video for Elevenfinger’s ไอเหี้ย... ฆาตกร (‘damned... murderer’). “กล้ามาก เก่งมาก ขอบใจ” inspired the title of a song by Paeng Surachet. Rap Against Dictatorship restaged Nuamthong’s taxi crash in the video for their single 16 ปีแล้วไอ้สัส (‘it’s been 16 years, ai sat’), and it was the subject of a painting by Uthis Haemamaool. Prayut was also sampled by Pisitakun Kuantalaeng on his album Absolute Coup.

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