High up on the Tibetan plateau at 10,000 feet lies the City of Golmud, isolated even by the standards of that barren land. With no airport and at least 16 hours from the nearest sizeable town by the fastest possible transport, the Han Chinese immigrants (imported to colonise the once free country of Tibet) of this fair city take their pleasures where they can.
It is here that Western Super-rock group Situation Tranquil has relocated to avoid unfair US taxation policies.
Advisors heave told the band that they should leave as soon as possible, this can be made difficult by China's strict internal passport controls. But rather band leaders KF Nibla and Dr. Elmore C. Trash stroll to the local potash plant, the City's principle industry, to visit the Cai Erhan Salt Lake, or to a giant half-empty dam (it doesn't rain much) or the hopelessly inefficient methanol plant. In this centrally planned, neo-Stalinist nirvana, they also wander through a maze of poorly constructed monumental buildings while sipping Golmud's exciting variety of toxic waters, available from the many corner stand-pipes; for as in most of China, environmental controls are non-existent. Yet it is not for all these delights that the city of Golmud deserves its own special entry in the Rock Music Hall of Fame. It is because KF and Trash have now decided this is the place they want to call home.
"Sure it's different. But I dig the vibe and the herbs available for earthly delites...dig?" says a relaxed yet energetic KF. "I feel America is no longer a place where free thinking people are welcome. So it's like...I'm outta there!"
Longtime ST keyboardist Dr. Mortimer J. Trash sees it this way, "There no place better for me right now at this point in my life. I mean hang gliding, scuba diving, chess playing, body surfing, macrame, poodle fluffing...it's all here and it's frickin cheap!"
The remaining members of ST are less than entusiatic. Rhythm guitarist Ennis Hair: "I like it right where I am. I'm not moving. I really don't care what DRT and KF do. Now if you'll excuse me there a virtual lawn care emergency in my yard."