''The Other Shoe''

Happiness always comes with a price

Sleeve - Back
Vinyl - 'A' Side
Vinyl - 'B' Side
Lyric Sheet:
David and Veronica dying on the inside.
Lyric Sheet:
Nick Fenstle - Ego


Tracks: The Other Shoe B/W The Truest Road
Released: 2011
Label: Fucked Up records (Self release) FU: 010
Matrix A: FU010-A   92460H1/A
Matrix B: FU010-A   92460H2/A
Pressing Info: 500? TBC
Inserts: Regular insert as pictured above
Variants: No variants


''The Other Shoe'' 7" was a limited release, originally sold on tour and via Rough Trade Records UK, remaining copies were available through the FU Webstore. The title track is taken from the David Comes To Life LP and the lyrics form part of the narrative to the album.

The sleeve image shows David and Veronica, the couple are pictured apparently outside; the sun behind them, their hair swept by wind Veronica is dressed in pink and is wearing opal & gold rings.

T-shirt version - image by Jason Gilmore

Nick Fenstle (''The Truest Word''):

The 'B' side ''The Truest Road''  is not an album track, it forms part of the prologue, along with three other 7"s. The prologue includes songs about the DCTL characters:

''Each character in the thing has their own song, and a side of a 7" devoted to them. The lyrics tell a bit more about their motives and why they do what they do in the story.''

 ''The Truest Road'' tells the story of Nick Fenstle, who owns the light-bulb factory; strangely he doesn't get a mention beyond this song. It seems he created the environment in which the events unfold, but doesn't get mentioned beyond the prologue. It's almost as if he doesn't exist, or if he does then it's in a different place to the other characters - maybe the boardroom.

Sleeve image taken from Nick's Facebook Profile
DCTL is set in the 1970's before the advent of paperless offices...

On the desk are a number of light bulbs and  a lamp /  (The Sun?)

More Nick Fenstle:

The Other Shoe / The Truest Road (From FU Webstore)
We released this record because there was a spare song that didn't fit anywhere - it's called The Truest Road, it's about Nick Fenstle, a Stirnerist / judge / factory owner / lawyer / Veronica's ****** / energy drink entrepreneur / Josh's dad.

1. Nick Fenstle was also the band's roadie.
2. Veronica's ******   Father / Killer (Delete as applicable, or choose your own alternative)

The lyrics include Stirnest terminology and subliminal advertising.

Nick Fenstle: Stirnest (From Wikipedia):

Max Stirner, was a German philosopher. He is often seen as one of the forerunners of nihilismexistentialismpostmodernism, and anarchism, especially of individualist anarchism.

Individual self-realization rests on each individual's desire to fulfill their egoism. The difference between an unwilling and a willing egoist, is that the former will be 'possessed' by an empty idea and believe that they are fulfilling a higher cause, but usually being unaware that they are only fulfilling their own desires to be happy or secure, and the latter, in contrast, will be a person that is able to freely choose its actions, fully aware that they are only fulfilling individual desires.

The contrast is also expressed in terms of the difference between the voluntary egoist being the possessor of his concepts as opposed to being possessed. Only when one realizes that all sacred truths such as law, right, morality, religion etc., are nothing other than artificial concepts, and not to be obeyed, can one act freely. For Stirner, to be free is to be both one's own "creature" (in the sense of 'creation') and one's own "creator" (dislocating the traditional role assigned to the gods). To Stirner power is the method of egoism. It is the only justified method of gaining 'property'.

Stirner proposes that most commonly accepted social institutions – including the notion of State, property as a rightnatural rights in general, and the very notion of society – were mere illusions or ghosts in the mind, saying of society that "the individuals are its reality." Stirner wants to "abolish not only the state but also society as an institution responsible for its members."

He advocated egoism and a form of amoralism, in which individuals would unite in 'unions of egoists' only when it was in their self-interest to do so. For him, property simply comes about through might: "Whoever knows how to take, to defend, the thing, to him belongs property." And, "What I have in my power, that is my own. So long as I assert myself as holder, I am the proprietor of the thing." He says, "I do not step shyly back from your property, but look upon it always as my property, in which I respect nothing. Pray do the like with what you call my property!"Stirner considers the world and everything in it, including other persons, available to one's taking or use without moral constraint – that rights do not exist in regard to objects and people at all. He sees no rationality in taking the interests of others into account unless doing so furthers one's self-interest, which he believes is the only legitimate reason for acting. He denies society as being an actual entity, calling society a "spook" and that "the individuals are its reality" (The Ego and Its Own).

1. Applying the above to Nick Fenstle's role as Factory Owner, needs some further thought...

Nick Fenstle: The Video
Nick Fenstle doesn't actually get mentioned on the album, but he does appear in the video for ''Turn The Season''

0.03 - Opening Scene (almost) - The viewer / camera looks into a camera, with four people behind, including Octavio, reading on RHS. The background music at this point  is ''The Other Shoe''', with the refrain 'Dying on the Inside' playing the end of the song. 
0.15 - A slightly different camera angle reveals that Nick Fenstle is there too,  looking out of the window, his attention apparently taken by the world beyond. The background music has changed to ''Turn The Season''
('Fenstle' is the German word for window. Actually it's fenster, but fenstle dosen't seem to mean anything, so it will have to do for now)
1.25 - After panning around the room, taking in various characters from the story and other DCTL videos, the camera finds Nick, still looking out of the window.  Whilst none of the band, or 'crew' seem to notice they are being filmed, most of the DCTL characters look  into the camera as it pans around.
1.32 - Nick turns from the window and heads to the table, without acknowledging the camera. Included on the table are a tray full of small lights and notes directing what has happened and what  is about to happen.
2.56 - Camera pans down to see these notes... Damian notices something out the window...
3.34 ...Damian looks out of the window as the bomb explodes, (Veronica dies in another story) the lights go out and the sound is deadened.
4.00 - The camera pans back to Nick, still sitting at the desk, with the plot in front of him and his lights still illuminated.
4.15 - Closing moments. The bomb having detonated, Nick turns to the viewer.

Nick Fenstle: Josh's Dad 
(More spooks / taking the search for meaning one step too far):
From Wikipedia:  The English name Joshua is a rendering of the Hebrew language "Yehoshua", meaning "Yahweh is salvation"... "Jesus" is the English of the Greek transliteration of "Yehoshua" via Latin. In the Septuagint, all instances of the word "Yehoshua" are rendered as "Ἰησοῦς" (Iēsoūs), the closest Greek pronunciation of the Aramaic "Yeshua". Thus in Greek Joshua is called "Jesus son of Naue" (τοῦ Ναυή) to differentiate him from Jesus Christ. This is also true in the Slavic languages following the Eastern Orthodox tradition (e.g. "Иисус Навин" (Iisús Navín) in Russian).

In terms of Tabloid Headlines, Nick Fenstle's son is Jesus. Further research (Mixtape 2) confirms that Josh (Jesus) has a hairy ass (arse) because he's Jewish. This is clear proof (subject to minor theological technicalities) that Nick Fenstle is God.