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A next-level experiment in ecological electroswing, Radish Beets features remixes of tracks from Formidable Vegetable Sound System's debut album, Permaculture: A Rhymer's Manual by some of the world's finest electronic producers.


released 10 July 2015

Written and recorded by Charlie Mgee and Formidable Vegetable Sound System
Produced by Charlie Mgee, Jim Moynihan, JPOD, Griff, Bumble and Matty Moon.
Artwork by Charlie Mgee.



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Formidable Vegetable Sound System Fremantle, Australia

Experimental ‘ecological edutainment’ about the principles of permaculture (a way to fix the world) mashing together ukulele with some electroswing-style wonk, climate-change reggae, post-apocalypso and a decent serving of 'Radish Beets'.

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Track Name: Change (feat. JPOD)
One thing’s for certain
and that’s that nothing’s for certain
You never know what’s around the bend
In whatever you’re dealing
just accept what you’re feeling
There’s no point in believing
it will never end

'Cos it’s changing,
constantly changing
In every situtation
the only thing that remains the same
is change.

Like a change in the season
change is there for a reason.
Can’t stop ourselves from moving around the sun

There’s no point in complaining
if it’s stormy and raining
Just go and get an umbrella
and play in the rain with someone

Cos it’s changing
every moment changing
Sometimes there’s nothing you can do
and no matter who you are
you’ve just got to be cool with change

Change is there make the most of it
Might as well use it for your benefit
If your food’s bad, better compost it
When there’s no planes, build a pirate ship
and sail the seas!
You can do as you please
but only if you know you’ve got to
improvise your way through change

Even if you keep very still
be guaranteed that nothing else will
Don’t sit around wondering what to do
If you don’t make change, it’ll happen to you

We’ve got small change & big change and loose change
slow change and fast change and a wind change
We’ve got sea change and tree change and climate change
you change and me change and a key change...

Change is all the rage, turn the page away from
this strange age of the deranged.
Time to engage with rearranging our brains
from insane to sane.
Step out of your cage worrying about your wage
or the Asian stock exchange.
Just drain your main vain of the pain,
take to the stage and become an agent of change.
Track Name: Yield (Regevetated)
If you work all day from nine to five
and come home feeling half alive,
and never see your kids and wife,
then I’ve got news for you

There’s no point doing what you do
unless it’s somehow good for you
You’ve got to get a result or two
in the form of something real

If you’re feeling stressed and not the best
and have trouble finding happiness
well here’s one thing I will suggest:
Obtain yourself a yield

Obtain yourself a yield
Sustain your energy
Don’t drain yourself,
maintain yourself
Obtain yourself a yield

See, money’s not the only yield,
You could be making a bigger deal
about what you eat for your next meal
You can’t run on an empty tank

Ignore the stash of cash in your pocket
Just make a salad with home-grown rocket.
You just have to go out back and pluck it
No need to go to the bank.

You gotta work your days for stuff that pays.
in not just money, but in many ways
It’s time you cleared away the haze
and obtained yourself a yield.

Obtain yourself a yield
of something you can eat
You can produce
some things of use
with your own two hands and feet.

Obtain yourself a yield
right in the here and now
Make sure to earn
something in return
Here, let me show you how.

If you’re feeling sleepy
then go and have a sleep
If you feel like there’s
not enough air,
then breathe in very deep

If you’re thirsty then you oughta
get yourself a drink of water
and if it’s gonna be cold
and your feeling bold
you could shear yourself a sheep

In any given moment
there’s everything you need
Just look around, it will be found
then obtain yourself a yield.

Obtain yourself a yield
Take only what you need
Life’s pretty fun when you’re getting’ some
but there’s no need for greed.

Obtain yourself a yield
and one for others too
Make sure to seal both ends of the deal
of what’s good for both of you

An easy way to do it
is to give one to your friends
because the good things you do
come back to you
and the yield just never ends.
Track Name: The Edge (Spoonbill Remix)
Some people tell me that I’m crazy
'cos I do things that don’t fit in
with the rest of society

But the edge is where it’s at
and it’s easy to create
and my mama always said
if you’re not living on the edge
then you’re taking up too much space.

The smaller the better
and I don’t care if it’s bad
I guess I’m the kind of fella
who’ll always be a fringe dweller
Just do the best I can with what I have.

Because the edge is where it’s at
I’m gonna work that interface
and my mama always said
if you’re not living on the edge
then you’re taking up too much space

Make a pledge to acknowledge the edge
Grow some veg and stack it on a ledge
Wherever things come together
you’ll find it getting better
You’ll fall so in love with the edge
you’ll wanna write it a love letter
Just broaden your range at the place of exchange
You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain
There’s every single colour sittin between white and black
A well-beaten path ain’t always the right track

Because the edge is where it’s at
and we’re on the edge right now
Yeah we’re gonna see some change,
see some things get rearranged
Moving on cos there’s no going back

Yeah the edge is where it’s at
and there’s no more time to waste
and my mama always said
if you’re not living on the edge
then you’re taking up too much space
Track Name: Many Many (Revegetated)
If you mix every colour under the sun,
in time you’ll find that you just have one.
Better give them all a chance to shine
cos otherwise you end up with the same thing.

It’s a delicate balancing act,
and that applies to you and me
'Cause the only way we stay intact
Is with a big fat dose of diversity.

Our bodies are a billion organisms made into one
There’s no telling where the last one ended
or where the next tiny little bacterium begun
You see, diversity is your friend and

If your food only had one flavour
If everything that you said was right
it really wouldn’t work to your favour
Variety is the spice of life.

'Cause there’s many, many, many, many different kinds
and many, many, many, many different places
Many, many, many, many different times
many, many, many, many different faces
Many, many, different varieties,
many, many, people in society
Many different opinions on the way to do things
many, many, many, many songs to sing

If you like everything to look the same
just open your mind and try to get past it
'cause it really does make you stronger
when you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

The more functioning connections the better
You never know what it will become
Mix it up but keep it together
Make your differences work as one.

'cause there’s many many…

Mix it up, mix it up, mix it up
Bring it back, bring it back, bring it back
Track Name: Get Together (Griff's Unified Mix)
I see you there, on your own
And I don’t know what you’re doing all alone
There’s not enough time in this life
To be wrapped up in your own thing, just doing your own thing.
wrapped up in your own thing, thinking bout your own thing.

I‘ve got an idea of things to do
But they’d be ten times better if I did them with you
Come over here, we’ll make it happen
With some inspirational collaboration

Lets get together.

All my people in the neighbourhood
You’ve lived here so long, what’s going on?
Don’t even know your names, or what you do.
But with a little bit of effort, we could make community.
With a little bit of effort, we could make community

Lets get together.
Lets get together.

One and one
makes more than two functions
we need to make the connection
shed the illusion of separation

Everyone living on this land
We could make light work if we give each other a hand
Doesn’t matter where you’re from
Or who you are
We need some integration, no more segregation
Yeah. we need some integration, no more segregation.

Let’s get together.
Track Name: Energy (Bumble Remix)
Catch and store energy!
Track Name: No Such Thing As Waste (Mr. Moon Remix)
When I was a little boy, I liked to catch the rain
while people all around my town watched it flow right down the drain

But because our little shed in the bush wasn’t on the mains
the only water we had to use was in a tank caught from the rain

Cos there’s no such thing as waste,
Only stuff in the wrong place
There’s no such thing as waste,
Misusing water’s a disgrace

Moved to the city, rented a house, on my way to buy a bed
Saw one lying on the side of the road so I took that one instead.
I also found a fridge, a couch and a big old plasma screen
in the biggest pile of thrown out stuff that I had ever seen

But there’s no such thing as waste
Only stuff in the wrong place
Yeah, there’s no such thing as waste
That old landfill is a disgrace.

Down the track, I found out that diesel cars can run on veggie fat
Bought a truck and hit the road, smelling like fish & chips
I rescued piles of wasted oil from the back of restaurants
I’d be a fool if I bought my fuel when there’s oil nobody wants

There’s no such thing as waste
Only stuff in the wrong place
No, there’s no such thing as waste
That old idea’s got to be replaced

Now we gotta refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle
Refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle.

Now I get my things out of garbage bins, I compost every crumb,
I save my seeds and eat my weeds and feed the leftovers to ya mum
Gonna build a house from the rubbish tip, gonna keep this planet clean
Reuse ideas that have been round for years to live within its means.

There’s no such thing as waste, woah no
Only stuff in the wrong place, scooba doo beeooden dip
I said there’s no such thing as waste, yeah
Only opportunity to be embraced.
Track Name: Patterns (Revegetated)
I wake up every morning
Every night I go to bed
Like everybody, I was born and
Like everybody, someday I’ll be dead

Like the sun arising
and the sun going down
It’s all working to a pattern
that keeps the whole thing going round

Always in patterns
that keep coming around, around, around
It’s the way it happens
They keep going around, around, around

Gotta see the bigger picture
before looking at the small
If you can’t see the forest for the trees
then you’re not really seeing at all

Before you do anything
gotta know how it’s done
Work from a pattern to the details
you’ll be halfway there before you’ve even begun

Around, around, around
They’ll tell you what you need to know
from what the weather’s doing, if there’s rain a-brewing
to how to make your garden grow

We can rely on patterns
and you can learn them faster
Train your brain to retain them.
Become a pattern master

Like a tessellated tamarillo
or a spiral full of herbs
or Fibonacci geometry in broccoli
or all of these rhyming words

It really blows my mind
The way it’s all designed
Oh no, I’m not religious
but it’s prodigious
All these patterns in this world of mine.

Everythings in patterns
In a dynamic relationship
with the answers at your fingertip
Life is just one big mobius trip

Woah, if you can disprove patterns
well I’ll eat my hat and
make my habitat into a room full of padding in downtown Ballarat and just talk in scat:

Like that.