My efforts at an imaginary Vietnam war movie soundtrack, complete with sound effects....made especially for my buddy in Blighty.
strung out and lost in a teenage summer of love, music and grass,
buddies Cling and Sash slide deep into an undaunted, dew-fuelled-dream
and find themselves volunteering for and getting promptly sent to
Vietnam. Their misguided boldness leaves them surrounded by a murderous,
blood-soaked jungle, pouring out a steady charge of wasted horror.
Grunts give out weed – helping hours drift past. Medics give out pills –
Dexedrine to keep them wired in. R&R becomes the light and then LSD
the torch to guide them through the darkness. So it begins. The lights
of Saigon, blood-puddled, mud-wetted hootches, the Saigon underground,
jungle fever, go-go parties and hunting parties – knives, lizards,
tunnels, fire and light - a terror they had never imagined. Shrouded in
the relief of hallucination, the tour melts into the mud, becomes a trip
and the trips become their journey.