Razor King Nation

Razor King Nation

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Sunfire.....I haven't been to the barber since early March. Barber shops were shut down due to the pandemic but then re-opened last month in my neck of the woods. I am airing on the side of caution and have yet to return to a public shaving of the head and as a result took matters into my own hands. Went out and bought a Wahl balding clipper for military or buzz cuts back in May and surprisingly enough my haircut looks as good as my barbers after i started cutting my own hair. Lol And that is what led to this creation. It's kind of an ode to barber shops across the land and elsewhere that in my experience are a microcosm of interesting people in whatever area one gets their hair cut in. Brings out the locals and all the flavors and colors of people in pure visual entertainment. The name of this barber shop is Razor King Nation and the owner is trying to promote his business after being shutdown for several months. The street name as well as the barber shop name are both fictitious . Just wanted to write about something that perhaps doesn't get written about a lot and since I need to re-order some razor blades for my shaver online, this song came to mind.

Bill ...I had just finished watching the documentary on "Other Music," the eclectic record store in New York City." which was bursting wth egocentric sales clerks and musicians who though they were so cool for collecting weird music. When I read Sunfires lyrics about this Barber Shop I couldnt stop laughing, as they were so similar to the record store crew and I had to set it into the militaristic groove of a boot camp marchng band.

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Call for your appointment Then come on in
We here to make you look great Groomin you to win

What's that?
You want buzz cut
Me and my homies can do
Anything you like
From style to crew
Let me take out my blade
Sanitize the station
We in da business to cut hair
This is Razor King Nation

Men, women, children too Fifteen bucks each
We on JFK Circle Here within your reach

What's that?
You want buzz cut
Me and my homies can do
Anything you like
From style to crew
Let me take out my blade
Sanitize the station
We in da business to cut hair
This is Razor King Nation

Specialized in High top fades
But we da jack of all trades
We'll even sing barber shop quartet
Make ya laugh no sweat

What's that?
You want buzz cut
Me and my homies can do
Anything you like
From style to crew
Let me take out my blade
Sanitize the station
We in da business to cut hair
This is Razor King Nation



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ayeahmur's picture

Blinkin' well love this! Love the story, love the grungy presentation. Love, love the sung line on "Razor King Nation". It's inspired!

cindyrella's picture

Now this is choice stuff! Made me smile and I need those today!

splittybooms's picture

I dig the concept and lyrics by @Sunfire.
I miss my barber. That barber/client bond is a strong one when the right match is made.
This song reminds me of all the enthusiastic barbers I'd come across in my quest to find the right one for me. There was always a fear for me that they'd not handle my hair texture well (mixed) and I'd have to let them know they didn't do a good job.
I also really like the way bill sings this. Some good soulful runs here and there.

Jerry Pettit's picture

Great collab, guys! Love the story--I haven't been to a barber since February or so myself--do a little cutting on my own, but have a mullet/ponytail working in the back. Decided to start a little goatee, too.

Great lyrics, and, of course, Bill is going to do a great job with them. Very much enjoyed this!

LisaMarie777's picture

I love this. I love the delivery of the lyrics and how the guitar answers back.

Gwyn Jones's picture

A sharp cut indeed Bill and Sunfire! Nice and trim...only thing was when it finished...I didn't like the parting... Smile

fresh spotless youth's picture

This is great! It really steps smartly. I could totally hear this as a rocking number: Bill White and the Stooges would kill this. Bill White kills it all by himself, though. I love the question: What's that?! We can do that! Anyway, I could never imagine writing a lyric like this, but I love it all. Great song, for sure

dzd's picture

I love this! Everything about it, the ideas that inspired both of you to how it turned out!

I've cut my own hair since I was a small child hahah to not always the best results, but man, really shelling out that kinda money for some hack to hack on my hair that's just going to grow right back? no thanks! So the shops closed nothing new for me Smile

I've not seen that documentary, I watched a trailer for it and also thought, no thanks! Mostly for the reasons Bill described, been inside too many of those places.

hahah brilliant collab!

Cicpisces's picture

Very cool atmosphere to this song. Takes you right into the barber shop. Good melody and good lyrics. Nice work.

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Hilarious lyrics and great music ... I like the unusual guitar stuff going on and the semi-talking vocals. Some nice chords in there!

Chip Withrow's picture

Funny - I've been contemplating a haircut for a couple weeks now (I did actually get one back in August - the one before that was in December).
A really cool take on the marvelous tumble of words - modern talking blues with some nifty guitar work.