"Hey, Can I Sleep on Your Futon?" is former Bongos frontman Richard Barone's contribution to the upcoming all-star Occupy This Album compilation, created to benefit the Occupy Wall Street movement and featuring songs from 99 major artists. All proceeds from the album will go to the movement, a cause that can now be found in 951 cities and 83 countries.
Barone's track, written with the aid of frequent collaborator Matthew Billy, is a gentle but persuasive call to arms detailing the struggles of four characters hurt by the recession; a soldier, a musician, a recent graduate, and a finance industry worker. Inspired by the song "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?" the lyrics speak to how this country's implicit promise of being rewarded for hard work has been broken. Of the OWS movement itself, Barone says, "This is an unprecedented raising of voices. I am thrilled to add mine to the many."
The music video for the song was directed by New York/Los Angeles filmmaker Jason Lester, an ardent supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Produced and mixed by Matthew Billy
Recorded by Ric Schnupp at Soundtrack, New York
Assistant engineers: Kyle Miller & Roni Pillischer
Vocals, guitars, bass: Richard Barone
Additional guitar: Matthew Billy
Drums: Donna Kelley
Percussion, bongos: Candy John Carr
Chanters: Jane Cole, Candy John Carr, Alex Emanuel, Roni Pillischer, Matthew Billy
Directed and Edited by Jason Lester
Cinematography: Jake Saner
Production Designer/Art Director: Emi Bell
Assistant Art Director: Aaron Kurlander
Special thanks to Gibson Guitars, Jason Samel, Ric Schnupp, and all at Soundtrack New York.
Interview clip: youtube.com/watch?v=geeXy2EE6MY
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