Super-size My Synthesizer

imagesFriends and I work together with a great teacher, John Purcell at the Brookline Music School, and we work as a band arranging, playing and twice a year performing songs.

At the moment we are working on Jeff Tweedy’s Harrison-esque “You Never Know” from Wilco (The Album) and online there is a dispute about one couplet that is mostly rendered as:

“It’s a long heavy hell
Super size it by ten”

It’s actually:

“It’s a long, heavy hell
synthesizer Patel”

Synthesizer Patel is a red423a91be255d225caa13c391b2538d90e408482al life fictional character from the show Look Around You:

“The team also 1537afc9ad500306c496afbf42a98e7f9d2455dbmeets Britain’s lea
ding synthesiser expert, Synthesiser Patel (Sanjeev Singh Kohli), who demonstrates a number of his amazing keyboards including a water synthesiser.”

“Synthesizer Patel only ever appeared on a few occasions. When did you realise he had become a bit of a cult hero?”

 When the band WILCO namechecked him in a song ‘You Never Know’ and then asked me to join them on stage in character at the Royal Festival Hall. Doesn’t get any better than that. They even sourced me a keytar, which keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen ‘Tronned up’ with fluorescent tape. I fired imaginary laser beams from the neck of the keytar into the audience… 90% of whom, I explained to the band, probably had no idea who Synthesiser Patel was and thought I was either care in the community or a genuine alien.”
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