General Patton vs The X-Ecutioners is a collaborative album between Mike Patton and the X-Ecutioners. It was released on February 8th, 2005 with Ipecac Recordings.
The collaboration between Mike Patton and the X-Ecutioners came about after they had performed a few improvised live shows together. The recording of this album is also the first recording that Patton had ever recorded and mixed into his own computer without the assistance of anyone else.
The album features both structured compositions and tracks that give ‘cut and paste’ a whole new meaning. The album is laced loosely with themes of militaristic strategy and world domination, and while it’s never taken too seriously the sampling within the album keeps it light and pleasing. While things do diverge in the abstract, a variety of sounds are unraveled throughout the album.
This album was started by Mike Patton sending turntable masters, The X-Ecutioners, a lot of oddball records and asked the X-Ecutioners to create “sound blocks” out of the albums which they sent them back to Patton to perform the final tweaking and the song-building. The album took two years in the making to do all the production for this album. The long and cryptic song titles, also keep it crisp and funky. There is an anti-war motif that does pay off for Mike Patton in the end with this album.
X-Men Doctrine and Declaration
An introduction to the album that features an amusing conversation between an instructor and his student.
General P. Counterintelligence
This continues the intro to the album and sets the tone, which is frivolity in a marital setting
!Get Up Punk! 0200 Hours (Joint Special Operations Task Force)
Follows traditional song structure, that there are bouncing beats and playful keys that supply the main structure of the song, where Patton’s vocals and verses are mixed with scratching that’s filtered through the background
Roc/Raida: Riot Control Agent/Combat Stress Control
Improvised Explosive Device 0300 Hours
Almost untouched by Patton, really demonstrates what can be done with a turntable
Vaqueros Y Indios!
This track really shows off Patton’s vocal abilities
Precision Guided Needle-Dropping Nad Larynx Munitions (PGNDLM)
The theme is continued here with some flamenco guitar and jazz music
Dueling Banjo Marching Drill
Battle Hymn of the Technics Republic
This track contains Star Wars samplings
!Fire in the Hole! 0400 Hours (Joint Special Task Force Operations Task Force)
Backed by eerie background noises as Patton sings
Convulsive Antidote for Nerve Agent Autoinjector (CANNA)
Modified Combined Obstacle Overlay (MCOO)…or…”How I Stop Worrying and Love the Turntables”
Surprise Swing Insurgency/Tabla and Tongue Twist Counterattack/”Dragon Seeks Path”
!Kamikaze! 0500 Hours (“Take a Piece of Me”)
Follows a traditional song structure and has the vocals and the scratching combined with bouncing beats
“We’ll Paint This Town” —Throat and Phonograph Fire Support Coordination Measures (TP FSCM)
This track sounds like a Bollywood soundtrack
Imitative Electromagnetic Deception (IED)/Digital Nonsecure Voice Terminal (DNVT)
W.O.L Block Party Brawl 0600 hrs
Another track that demonstrates what can be done with a turntable
Eastside Multichannel Tactical Scratch Communications (EMTSC)
Pimps Up, Aces High! 0700 Hours (Westside Swashbuckling Parade)
Warcry/Infrared R’N’B Hallucination/Jungle Operations Exfiltration System
O.L —Loser on Line (Hate the Player, Hate the Game)
This track contains infectious vocal harmonies
Low Altitude Vocal Parachute Extraction System (LAVPES)
Battle Damage Assessment And Repair/White Flag Surrender/”Wake Me Up in Heaven”
The album was mastered by Gene Grimaldi. The album was produced, arranged by, mixed by and lyrics by Mike Patton. Scratches, AKA Scratch Artillery Operations, are by Total Eclipse. Turntables, AKA Phonograph Exploitation Brigade, are by Roc Raida, and Turntables, AKA Tactical Turntable Offensive, are by Rob Swift. The vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion, edited and programmed by Mike Patton.
The artwork is by Martin Kvamme who is a Norwegian graphic designer and illustrator from Oslo.
“As Patton and the DJs battle, his gritty melody and rhymes…prove a worthy foil for Rob Swift and company.” –Rock Music Review
“Patton’s passion for this project comes through loud and approachable free jazz, glitch, and whooshes and studio trickery are drama-building devices each leading to the next hook or the next solid beat.” – All Music
“The album can almost be thought of as a slow descent into experimentation, with the coherent parts of each song, such as a standard hip-hop or rock tune, becoming shorter and layered with more samples as we progress through the album.” – Sputnik Music
“Yes, there are scratches and squiggles aplenty. And yes, Patton’s passion for lounge and exotica gets indulged a little. But because of the way its brief tracks blur into one another, General Patton vs. the X-Ecutioners is a brisk, enjoyable journey rather than a slog. Patton’s willful eclecticism makes it hard to judge which of his one-off projects is actually worth a fan’s cash. This is one of the good ones.” – Scene
“It is an extremely confident mixtape of electronics and bizarre time changes. At many times it seems improvised, as does many albums that are so sample heavy, probably because they come across too relaxed to be written. I’ve read though, that the process of writing this record involved a lot of live shows where Patton selected who he felt a good relaxed vibe with, and that it was all carefully put together before hitting the studio [..].I can’t discount the quality of his work[…]This is the Patton project to get.” – Film Junk
“In sloppier hands, this album may have been a glorified mixtape but through masterful pacing General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners is both exciting and thought provoking. Thus, even more credibility is due to these artists for yet again successfully striving to push beyond their own boundaries.” – MXDWN