A telephone rings twice. Nikki walks over to the phone and picks it up.
“Hello,” answers Nikki.
“Mindcrime, Mindcrime,” is the reply from the other end.
The music behind it sounds sinister. In a panic, Nikki hangs up. He is disorientated. The words are strange and yet familiar. His hands are shaking. The phone rings again. Don’t pick it up he tells himself. Don’t do it. What he is thinking and what he is doing are two different things. They are out of sync. He picks up the phone…
I added the above, in an attempt to describe how Operation Mindcrime (the song) begins. It is a song written by Chris DeGarmo, Geoff Tate and Michael Wilton. To be fair to Wilton, he has had his share in co-writing some Queensryche classics (Empire is one song that comes to mind immediately), however compared to the quality output of DeGarmo, it pales.
In order to explain where Operation Mindcrime (the song) fits into the story arc, I need to back track a little bit. Nikki, is a heroin addict who is manipulated into joining an underground organization dedicated to revolution (this is the Revolution Calling song). At the head of this organization is Dr. X, a man who manipulated Nikki by feeding his heroin addiction, while at the same time brainwashing him in the process. Whenever Dr. X says the word “Mindcrime” Nikki becomes his servant, his puppet, a catatonic mental state which Dr. X uses to his advantage, by commanding Nikki to undertake any murder that the Doctor wishes.
It just takes a minute
And you’ll feel no pain
Gotta make something of your life boy
Give me one more vein
You’ve come to see the doctor
Cause I’ll show you the cure
I’m gonna take away the questions
Yeah I’m gonna make you sure
A hit man for the order
When you couldn’t go to school
Had a skin job for a hair-do
Yeah you looked pretty cool
Had a habit doing mainline
Watch the dragon burn
No regrets, you’ve got no goals
Nothing more to learn
Story telling in music. This song came out in 1988. How relevant does it sound today. Just think of all the current Islamic terrorists. They are normal kids, from poor backgrounds, that are all looking for a place where they can belong. They are perfect prey for the religious demi gods looking to turn them into weapons, to turn them into puppets and servants, so that they carry out their bidding.
Here’s a gun take it home
Wait by the phone
We’ll send someone over
To bring you what you need
You’re a one man death machine
Make this city bleed
How many cities have bled from the actions of a few individuals. Operation Mindcrime deals with death by assassination, in real life, death by terror is what we are confronted with.
As much as Operation Mindcrime is a story, you can go as far as to call it a prophecy. A vision of a future where the democratic governments, become far from democratic. Where our Government elected officials serve the Corporations, instead of the people that voted them in. The lyrics in Speak state the same, “the rich control the government, the media the law”.
These days, people do more jail time and pay more fines for Copyright infringements, then people smugglers, then drug smugglers, then murderers and rapists do. How can that be so? The answer is easy. Copyright is controlled by the Corporations, and who do the Corporations control, the Government. The Government even granted the Corporations a Government granted monopoly.