It's a Rock Opera | Mental Poo

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's a Rock Opera

Admittedly, this one is kinda odd.

Even for me.


As a mullet-swinging denim-jacket-wearing kid who grew up in the 80's, one of my favorite metal bands was Queensryche.

Queensryche wrote a rock opera titled, "Operation Mindcrime" which is - to this day - one of the greatest concept albums ever recorded.

What's it about?


For those of you following me on Twitter, you may have wondered what I meant when I said this:

operation hamstercrime tweet
With a lot of free time, a hamster, some of my kids' toys and one of the greatest rock opera stories ever written...

I present to you the story of "Operation Mindcrime" in somewhat disturbing photos.

Ladies and gentlemen:


operation hamstercrime

I have no idea what's wrong with me.

Let's get to the story!

nikki wakes in a hospital

nikki remembers

Dr X

(curtain draws closed)

And that, my friends, is "Operation Mindcrime" rendered in beautiful HamsterVision (TM).

I would like to thank my hamster, Ramsey, for putting up with borderline animal abuse and the Wikipedia page on "Operation Mindcrime" in which I blatantly plagiarized half this shit.

Oh..and here's a Queensryche video from the album called, "Eyes of a Stranger."

Hm. Hamster rock opera VIDEO.

Maybe that will be my next project.


Alexandra said...


that's what I needed today.

I, make me laugh so hard.

Thank you.

Why aren't you doing graphic novels?

Just explain to me, so I understand.

Who wouldn't LOVE your stuff???

Jon Hanson said...

Wow. That is some out of control (though brilliant) rodent drama.

Also.. Queensryche = underrated 80's rock.

The Simple Dude

Unknown said...

Some chocolate milk came out of my nose a little bit. Why don't I have a hamster? I had no idea they were so frickin awesome and such good actor/models.

Sarah xxx

Unknown said...

That hamster may be the greatest actor of our generation. And this time, I really mean that. What an expressive face!

SarcasmInAction said...

UM... WOW.
If only I could read your hamster's mind.

Elly Lou said...

*blink, blink*

Christina_the_wench said...

I hope us readers can't be considered conspirators when PETA eventually comes for you. I love ya, but I'm not going down for ya. Nope.

Mama-C said...

Whoa dude... you've taken "Too much time on my hands" to a whooooole new level right there. Dang! Funny stuff.

Jen said...

Oh my. I was over the whole metal hair bands by the time Queensryche hit the scene so this was new to me. All I really want to know is do you really put the Zhu Zhu pet in the hamster cage with the real hamster? Does he think it's another hamster? I need to know these things because our hamster looks lonely sometimes.

Vinny C said...

I think Elly Lou said it best.

All I can really add is, AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

That was priceless!!! *applauding*!

Brutalism said...

After this, Ramsey will have to do a romantic comedy. You know -- to show his range.

Seth Rogen should be very, very scared.

Anonymous said...

This morning I was questioning why I had even rolled off the mattress and now it seems perfectly clear that this post gives meaning to the day.
If you need a nun action figure for your next installment, I'd be happy to give you one of mine.

Moooooog35 said...

Empress: If you could get that contract going with a major publisher, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.

Simple: I hope I get to be in their next video.

Misfits: AND they can actually be posed however you want them if you put them in the freezer for a few minutes first.

Pretend I didn't say that.

Thomas: He's the next Keanu Reeves.

Sarcasm: Dr. Doolittle?

Elly: Need Visine?

Christina: No one ever goes down for me.

Mama: That's not time on my hands.

*goes to washroom

Jen: Ramsey actually tried mounting the hamster and tried to eat the nurse's hat literally 17 times.

I wish I had a blooper reel. That one photo took 10 minutes.

Vinny: *blushes

ryoko: Thank you. Thank you.

*takes bow

Brutalism: I'm actually thinking Pink Floyd's "The Wall"

dufmanno: I don't think an inflatable man counts as an action figure.

Lori Dyan said...

Found you via the Empress and oh emm gee: hamster rock opera featuring Ron Burgundy? I officially heart you.

Lazarus said...

Definitely the best hamster opera in graphic form I've ever seen, hands down! Very funny stuff, loved the captions.

Shieldmaiden96 said...

"Kill her"
"Kill Mary?"
"She's a risk. And get the priest as well."


College flashback. I will have to listen to this album today. Of course, I will only picture it with hamsters now, but still.

Kev D. said...

That's an awful lot of toys for a grown man... and the Ken Dolls?

Suddenly I feel less weird about my Orco figurine and the Robotech toy I have been holding onto all these years.

Anonymous said...

I'm not into metal bands nor do I even know who Queensryche is, but that was freaking AWESOME!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not into metal bands nor do I even know who Queensryche is, but that was freaking AWESOME!!!

Happy Horseshit said...

So...Nikki, the boy hamster slash main character, with a chick's name, had to kill gay Ken dolls wearing hemp necklaces bc the scientist from Phineas and Ferb told him to do it, bc what? Bc they are gay? Or support hemp? Or are Democrats? Why didn't he kill Sarah Palin?

I leave confused.

But Ann Claire loved the visuals, so that kept her quiet for like 2.5 minutes, so...thank you.

Unknown said...

You are effing nuts! It's such an endearing quality. (I hope no hamsters were harmed in the making of this film.)

Anonymous said...

I'm with my wife, Shieldmaiden96, in that I have to listen to the album today. Thanks.

And Brookeamanda, you need to get out more, lady? What the fuck? ;)

Coffeypot said...

When you convert this into a musical, I suggest Slim Whitman for the vocals with the Wiggles as the backup band.

PBJdreamer said...


your mooginess is awesome

I loved this!!

that is all

notactuallygod said...

Richard Gere called; he wants his hamster back.

laughingmom said...

Just thinking that it would sure be interesting if you still had to go to a photolab to pick up your pictures....

VEG said...

Wait a goddamn minute. This is ludicrous. YOU CAN'T CALL A HAMSTER, "NIKKI"!

VEG said...

Also, the "oh shit" picture just about made me rupture something, laughing. The look on Nikki's face. Hahahahaha!

Dude really. Nikki is not a name for an assassin. Seriously. :)

Kelly said...

Awesome. Just...awesome.

SisterMerryHellish said...

Great, now everyone knows what I look like (never have taken a good photo) AND that I was a prostitute!

What do you mean you already knew?

Heather H said...

You better hope the assassin hamster doesn't kill you in your sleep for spelling his name like a girl.

And thanks for the laugh!

Cake Betch said...

Awwww, Ramsey is so cute!

Caleb said...

This had it all, buddy.

Mario saying "woot?" Check. Freaky Sister Mary creeping my shit out? Check. Animal abuse? Check.

Poignant and moving. Nicely done.

I shudder when I think how much work it took to reenact this whole thing with a rebellious hamster. They're notorious for being rebels.


meleah rebeccah said...

Queensryche = underrated 80's rock!

StephanieC said...

Is it wrong if my first, and strongest, instinct with all of this is to say "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWW!"?

Good stuff.

I totally want to steal your SJP photo for an upcoming post. Do you care?

Sister Mary looks like Jar Jar Binks or something.



Ed said...

The dead Ken dolls, despite their obviously gay behavior prior to death, have red sperm on their chests.

PorkStar said...

hahaha that was awesome!

Malach the Merciless said...

I don't believe any of this story

Kris said...


Queensryche is a band?

The title of this post should so have been "Operation Mindcrime."

My mind is all violated and be-crimed.

SherilinR said...

i feel less bad about some of the bizarre pictures i take now. thanks for that!

Sam said...

A triumph! Best work of yours I've seen so far! And that album takes me back to my 80's hair metal phase. lol

drivers ed said...

i enjoyed the way you made it and i would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in this work. keep up the good work.

Los Angeles Traffic School

Anonymous said...

I am an old grandma, and even I said "this guy is good".

Anonymous said...

This was one of my FAVORITE albums (Can I say album? Damn, I'm old) Thank you Ramsey for illustrating it so well!! Awesome post.

The Barreness said...'s the whole dating thing workin' out for ya?

You've got some serious time on your hands, Kitten.

Thank *God* (or whoever).

- B x

John said...

I listened to this album over & over again growing, I know it was written as a precursor to the day of the hamsters.

I, for one, welcome our new rodent overlords.

Moooooog35 said...

I almost can't keep up with the comments today because I've been busy doing other things (read: hiding out in ladies' room) but I'd like to thank everyone for their comments and also add the disclaimer that I'm pretty sure my hamster tried to have sex with that ZhuZhu pet.

ClevelandPoet said...

what made this even more awesome was as I read this I left the Nas album I was listening to keep playing. It really added to the piece.

Rico Swaff said...

First off, lol as always.

Secondly, Great post dude!

Unknown said...

This was EPIC!

Jeremy from We Took The Bait said...

Sister Mary looks like the offspring of Jar Jar Binks and Dorothy Gale.

Maybe those two got a little alone time during the filming of "The Sith of Oz."

TheNextMartha said...

I really need some better drugs. And a hamster.

Jenn said...

Oh. Ow. Coffee thru my nose funny.

And, really, we don't see nearly enough blood-splattered Ken dolls.

Andrew said...

That was brilliantly done. And thank you for not doing a photo tied to "The Needle Lies." I'd hate to see your hamster getting juiced...

I agree 1000% with you that OM is possibly THE best concept album of all time. Unfortunately, the abysmal Operation Mindcrime 2 of a year's back is one of the worst of all time...

TwoBusy said...

That... that was beautiful.

Anonymous said...

This post was great! Thanks for the laugh!

Suniverse said...


Also, was Nikki chewing off SJP's mole? Because he should get a medal of valour for that.

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