SONG NOTES

ROUND 2


 
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Everything I’m Not

A tale of when opposites detract…it’s always dangerous when you hope someone might make you cooler than you are. Hard funk and Lydian harmony help convey the angst.

 
 
 
 
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Doomed

This guy has failed to learn that if at first you don’t succeed, she thinks you’re a jerk. The desperate delusion is offset by a Nile Rogers-like groove to cheer things up.

 
 
 
 
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Blind Aisle

A dark day made darker by the prospect of a life’s entrapment. Minor 6th chords are the best for eliciting flawed marriage.
 
 
 
 
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Old & Wise

Aging is sadly no guarantee of wisdom, but we try to console the listener with the prospect of joyous jumble sales and a bright D major bridge.

 
 
 
 
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Time Is Running Out

Our take on the Muse classic, which we suspect Messrs Bellamy and co. always wanted to do as a funk shuffle with lots of congas and brass stabs.

 
 
 
 
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Wish List

More misanthropy – many of us go through life utterly dissatisfied and it’s mostly our own fault. A melancholic flute solo seemed the perfect way to sum it up.

 
 
 
 
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Rolled In Glitter

A dedication to the world of advertising, which we all buy into more than we care to admit. The bright pop shuffle, is like much advertising, deliberately misleading.

 
 
 
 
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Know It’s A No

We learn our biggest lessons when we surprise ourselves, especially when our pessimism is thrown back in our faces. A Steely Dan-type/reggae groove creates the optimism.
 
 
 
 
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Why Is It?

A song which became instrumental because we really liked the tune and the lyrics sucked.
 
 
 
 
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Coulda Shoulda Woulda

The words too many of us utter too often. The polar opposite of ‘Je ne regrette rien’, but with a riff that feels no shame.
 
 
 
 
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Dream On

We love the Aerosmith classic and thought Mr Tyler’s inspirational theme merited a faster tempo and funky groove.
 
 
 
 

Straight On Red


 
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Lemon Leather Interior

Our album opener has Ben lay down a 'Purdie Shuffle' groove which hopefully reflects the sleazy nature of the song's central character. He personifies the quiet desperation of delusional middle-aged men past their use-by date. Phil assures us it's not remotely autobiographical and would like to apologise for rhyming 'Interior' with 'Ulterior'. Kris and Phil solo.
 
 
 
 
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On File

This one seems to be a band favourite.....we all love Rich's funky intro, the drum 'n' bass groove during the solos (spot Chris' cowbell), Tim's soaring notes in the chorus and Kris' fabulously retro synth solo. The song concerns one of the most primal fears which lie deep in the male subconscious ….women in the last chance saloon.

 
 
 
 
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Except Valerie

A sort of blues with a funny turnaround, this song was inspired by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's alter egos, Derek and Clive. In their infamous sketch 'The Horn', Dudley's character laments the fact that he gets 'the horn' for everything except his wife Valerie. This represents true suffering – indifference to what you have and craving what you don’t. If that doesn't inspire the blues we don't know what would. Mikey blows appropriately lustful tenor.
 
 
 
 
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The More You Look…

Internet dating is a pretty gruesome experience...the odds are good but the goods are odd. A song about something so difficult therefore had to be in 7/4 with a dark vibe in E minor. Tim wails mournfully in the bridge, Kris solos on Rhodes and Phil plays lots of augmented fourths.
 
 
 
 
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All Of You

The first original song we played as a band, a jazzy waltz-feel which Ben suggested we emphasise on beat 2 of the riff, making it completely un-waltzable. Not that you'd want to dance to a song with such a dark heart....the character it portrays gives possessive men a bad name…when they're like this they're worse than women are over shoes. Ben and Chris create a lovely 4 over 3 feel in the second chorus of the solos, ably exploited by Kris and Nick.
 
 
 
 
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Nature Boy

Our only cover and a favourite of Tim's, based on an arrangement by Kurt Elling. Tim and Phil open sedately before we all crash into a latin vibe, with Kris and Mikey soloing for all they're worth. Tim screams us out - if you have a dog it should like this one.
 
 
 
 
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All At Sea

Our only ballad, initially born of a chord sequence of Phil's which has a 'C' as the top note for each chord. Given this, the title of the song emerged and the lyrics tell the tale of loss, separation and abandonment whilst drowning in sea-faring metaphor. Lovely noodlings from Mikey and Nick whilst Tim has, of course, to sing a high 'C' at its close.
 
 
 
 
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Nietzsche Tonight

The only Nietzschen love song we're aware of, although we think the Bee Gees wrote one about Schopenhauer, or was it Montaigne?? Answers on a postcard please....Anyway, the upbeat shuffle lightens the mood and does the awful pun of the chorus/song title. We're not sure if Nietzsche would have seen the funny side as he rarely did. He probably wouldn't have soloed as funkily as Kris and Phil, but might have wailed like Tim in the breaks.
 
 
 
 
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Just Won’t Do

This one's a biggie, our most 'layered' track on the album...we hope all the clapping, flamenco guitar and backing vocal overdubs are worth it. A slow intro leads to a clapping intro and a latin riff in 6/4, with Mikey and Nick working overtime. The song concerns a man's experience of a particularly brutal dumping, where he gets to be told his limitations in no uncertain terms - they're always more than you imagine. Our producer Bert got us to go nuts on the outro, which we thought was a great way to see the album out....hope you enjoy!!
 
 
 
 
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