Pain & Gain - Retribution Song!
[written and performed by Ed Du Bois, copyright 2012]
Rarely does a single event change one’s life like the telephone call that I received on the morning of December 16, 1994. I am a private investigator and accustomed to odd calls, but this was different. The caller was Marc Schiller and he desperately needed my help. He described a jarring account of his 30 days of captivity, extortion, beatings, torture, and being left for dead. Schiller was now in Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital Trauma Unit. He just awoke from a coma and was sure that his tormentors were coming to finish the job. We had no time and the ‘Jackals from Hell’ were on their way to room 355! In a frantic scramble to save his life, Schiller was immediately taken to the Miami airport and flown to New York by air ambulance to heal, recuperate, rehab and hide out. The Jackals arrived at Jackson an hour late and were shocked to learn their prey had once again slipped through their bloody fingers.
Thus began one of my most heralded investigations. It has now been made into a major motion picture, Pain and Gain. Three-time Academy Award nominee, Ed Harris, portrays me. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Tony Shalhoub. The film is directed by Michael Bay.
This telephone call also began an 18 year relationship with my client, now friend, Marc Schiller - a true hero and brave survivor. I went the extra distance for Marc back then; confronted his Jackals from Hell, battled bureaucratic skepticism, law enforcement incompetence and misconduct. Best of all, I solved the case and put the Jackals in jail. I originally wrote the story Pain and Gain in a collaboration with writer Pete Collins and that story has now become the movie Pain and Gain.
As a sideline to my investigative business, I play guitar and write songs. It doesn’t take much to stimulate a song in my mind so once I heard about the film starting production, I wrote Pain and Gain - the song. It is Marc Schiller’s 'Retribution Song' and he loves it! I took the rough song to the famous Red Rock Studios in Miami and played it for the owners, Clay Ostwald (of the Miami Sound Machine) and Tommy Anthony (of the Santana Band.) Both loved it as well and joined me on the final recording; Clay playing keyboard, Tommy playing lead guitar and myself as lead vocal.
I truly hope you enjoy this edgy, bluesy, rock and roll song. I enjoyed writing and performing it almost as much as I enjoyed testifying in court as I stared down The Sun Gym Gang!