Talk:Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death

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Eyeball hats[edit]

Unrelated to quality, but rather a question of source: The article claims that the eyeball hat references are in part references to The Residents. In this interview, David Ossman says:

That's a funny story. We were writing, and as sometimes happens, we get weird catalogs in the mail. And this catalog, whatever it was, came in, and Phil Proctor said, "Look at this. Look at these eyeball hats." And we saw this picture of this gooney guy wearing this green eyeball hat, and it was just so funny. We immediately ordered four eyeball hats. [Laughs] We said, "We've got to have these . . . we've got to have these . . . these hats mean something somehow." So we ordered these four hats from the catalog and it just became something that entered the world of the album in many ways. "Eyeball" became "Ebola," the CBS eyeball, it just wrote itself in. It became, "Who are the guys in the eyeball hats? Who exactly are they?" Well, that's one of the puzzles of the album, is who the guys with the eyeball hats are. It's one of those unknowns in the album, because there's really no way that you can truly find out. We never reveal who the guys in the eyeball hats are. Actually, the eyeball hats are an extreme mud boarding sports [thing]. It's like a snow board thing, and they're made by a perfectly reputable company of young people in Colorado. I sent them a copy of the album saying, "I hope you enjoy it." They've got their eyeball hats plastered all over it. [Laughs] I don't know what they're going to think. I haven't heard from them, which kind of amazes me!

It could be that, as part of "writing itself in," The Residents get a nod, but it seems like it could be a stretch too. Do we have a source for that speculation, or is it the speculation of the person who wrote it in the Wikipedia article? --Mr z 15:30, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

I was being tentative when I wrote that. Please note that I wrote "seems" rather than claiming anything. If I am alone in seeing the association, then the passage should be deleted; but if other people might be similarly misled, then your clarification might be worth adding to the article. Richard K. Carson (talk) 06:57, 15 September 2008 (UTC)