Return To Willowbrook

by Luxurious Dagger

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"Back in 1972, Geraldo Rivera, who was still a reporter, opened the nation’s eyes to the deplorable condition and abuse heaped upon children at Staten Island’s Willowbrook School for mentally retarded children. It was appalling, and Americans were shocked when Rivera exposed the deplorable conditions.
The solution was to end the large scale warehousing of children, and later adults, in these megafacilities where they were kept out of the public eye and everyone forgot about them. Out of sight, out of mind. What happened in Willowbrook stayed in Willowbrook. But as the New York Times reports, closing the nation’s Willowbrooks, which made everyone feel quite proud of themselves for being so concerned for the welfare of children and the mentally ill and incompetent, was no solution.
Over the years, mentally ill adults, given new rights and freedoms after the scandal, exercised their right to live in squalor on the street, with a cardboard box as their shelter in subzero weather. But at least people realized this unintended consequence, if for no other reason than they had to step over them to get to their limousines. Children, on the other hand, remained out of sight."

- Scott H. Greenfield, Simple Justice, Criminal Defense Blog

"A particular release, filled up with four particular tracks, illustrated by particular cover photo. It comes as no surprise that it’s the particular persona of the one and only Luxurious Dagger that is responsible for ‘Return to Willowbrook’.

Personally I’ve never been in conscious state visiting Willowbrook, but as Luxurious Dagger drags us in as a wild guide; getting lost isn’t quite the option. Just to go straight to the main attraction, Luxurious Dagger brings us straight to the legendary Muffins place. A funny place that smelled of teenage spirit, high-school hilarity and clownish red faced moments of puberty. Muffins or pimples?

Than it was time to go to class as Luxury Dagger wondered ‘If numbers were not what they seem’. Luxurous Dagger brought us to the back of the class room were he and the cool dudes served up some fine spliffs from their lunch boxes and. started to jam out a real stoner moment. Oh yes, college never smelled so good!

Stoned as hell Luxurious dagger informs us with sound that we are not really in Willowbrook but just in our own spaced out head listening to muffled crackles, soft unknown voices and sweet clicks. Damn, the joints of Luxurious Dagger are so hot and steamy, just a small puff is needed to kick you out of reality!

Than things start to be even more bizarre. It’s like a weird time traveling trip that as a listener feels out of control, we softly got triggered in by Luxurious Dagger in an absurd word that closes in on our own minds and imagination. The exit is getting narrower, the light further away and it feels as if we are drowning in the engagement of someone called Myrtle Malloy. This was a particular experience that can be even extended with a bonus track that will arrive freely in your ears by downloading ‘The Return to Willowbrook’."

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released February 21, 2014

Constructed by Marvin Ferguson/ Luxurious Dagger




Luxurious Dagger California

Luxurious Dagger is an audio collage project of Marvin Ferguson, whose musical career began in the early 80's during the emerging So.Cal punk scene. He’s performed in numerous bands like Bad Acid, Spinning Fish, Hags, Fag Rabbit, and Dark Backward. Past projects included members of The Offspring, Smogtown, and the Centimeters. He’s released experimental music as RM3, and now as Luxurious Dagger ... more

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