The Playthings

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Hottest new act on folk label Progressive Records from Philip K. Dick's sci-fi/conspiracy novel Radio Free Albemuth, written in 1976, but only published posthumously in 1985.

"...an amiable group, with malice towards none..." their new album is Let's Play on which the song "Come to the Party" is to appear. The group doesn't know that the song has been carefully written and constructed to deliver the subliminal message that fictional Nixonian U.S. president Ferris F. Fremont is actually a communist agent. Record executive and protagonist Nicholas Brady is behind the project, but he leaves a careful paper trail to help exonerate the group, showing they had no control over the lyrics.

Brady's career and the label are destroyed by the FBI for his troubles. At the end of the novel, he discover that the song has been recorded by Alexander Hamilton.

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