Essential

by Alien Heat

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1.
BADASS BOOGIE I got backlash action Make a living staring at walls Need rock’n'roll for my poor soul Go funkin’ round the floor I got high-heeled sneakers High-ride blues for boots Need love and stuff to make me tough Gonna go back to my roots I ain’t Peaceful Patti Gonna fire up my rocket car Go bustin’ down the freeway Makin’ like a movie star Them dude-ranch hicks can’t get my kicks Take the whiskey from my jar It’s all backlash action, black flash action Gonna shine like a shooting star I got freeze frame dinners Use my TV for a tub I need rhythm and blues and blue suede shoes And alcohol, massage and rub I got speeding tickets Lost my job down out the store Need a rolling stone so the moss don’t grow And I can jive right out the door I ain’t Peaceful Patti Gonna fire up my rocket car Go bustin’ down the freeway Makin’ like a movie star Them dude-ranch hicks can’t get my kicks Take the whiskey from my jar It’s all backlash action, black flash action Gonna shine like a shooting star I ain’t Peaceful Patti Gonna fire up my rocket car Go bustin’ down the freeway Makin’ like a movie star Them dude-ranch hicks can’t get my kicks Take the whiskey from my jar It’s all backlash action, black flash action Gonna shine like a shooting star Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.
2.
Abnormal 05:54
ABNORMAL Have you got a compass Do you know where you are Starless and Bible Black But you hear guitars Light years away but they’re there And I can tell you where Where, where, where Have you got a problem With finding the sun Heart stopped and blinded Hearing melodies run Light years away but they’re there And I can show you where Where, where, where Abnormal, unforgivingly Already warmed up We’ve come to set you free But there is a payment for reality Unless you wanna wait For Hell to freeze Will you want a pilot Will you want a fast plane Ground-bound and lonely Chained to a refrain Light years away but it’s there And I can show you where Where, where, where Will you sign agreement Will you pay for your soul Godless and friendless Down on Echo Road Light years away but I’m there And I can tell you where Where, where, where Abnormal, unforgivingly Already warmed up We’ve come to set you free But there is a payment for reality Unless you wanna wait For Hell to freeze Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.
3.
SHIP TO SHORE Into the setting sun they sailed As brave as brave can be And across the world they went In boats upon the sea And with distant eyes they looked But they never did see me On this we all agree On this we all agree With a night light flashing by the sea Sailors went there by twos and by threes I am a captain and I can’t drown Living neatly on white wave sound On this we all agree With a bright light arcing across the dark Sailors went there steering by the stars I’ll be a bad man but I won’t steal No more than I can take away with me On this we all agree In the sunset water turning to sky Sailors went there leaving by and by I am a black knight but I am so good Put all the pieces back wherever I should On this we all agree On the reef rock shellfish gather and die Sailors went there telescopes to eyes I am a wizard but I’m misunderstood I’d like to be a pilot, oh really I would On this we all agree On the ocean sleeping in the wind Sailors went there to forget their sins I am a soul man and I can keep The sounds of Heaven where the waters meet On this we all agree Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.
4.
DANCIN’ IN THE DARK Dancin’ in the dark Watching all the sparks of heavy sound Pressed up to the nite Waiting for the lite, waiting for the lite Waiting for the lite to hit the ground Walkin’ down the street Soaking up the heat of Blue Soul Sound Pressed up to the nite Waiting for the lite, waiting for the lite Waiting for the lite to hit the ground I gotta hear, I gotta see I gotta set the rhythm free Got to, got to, got to get around Got to get around, get around Gotta get around Put my soul into the sound Gotta hear, gotta see Gotta set the rhythm free Gotta feel, gotta be Got my own reality Gotta funk out to the baddest sound around Yeah, I’m dancin’ in the dark Watching all the sparks Watching all the sparks get around Watching all the sparks of heavy sound Get around, get around Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.
5.
Asylum Child 04:43
ASYLUM CHILD Dangerous decision to think before you talk Might find you’re saying something and making people bored Listen to the airwaves, gibberish is king Communication breakdown don’t mean a god-damn thing Thinking is like blinking with soap upon your eye It hurts like hell when you do it first but you surely will not die Read a paper, see the news, the facts are there to see If that’s the case I wanna leave, this place is not for me Confusion – wait, wait a minute Delusion is gripping us with its force Using blindness as its source Fusion is hot-wired up to talk It’s hot-wired up to talk Can’t afford to breathe the air I can’t afford the fare God is in the biggest bank And we’re happy with him there Can’t afford to breathe the air I can’t afford the fare God is in the biggest bank His money’s everywhere There is a secret garden but we’ve forgotten how to look We’re ace in space and swapping hearts, we’re taught to cook the books Money jungle, first-fuck fumble, do everything in cars The sheriff is shot, we bombed the lot, we can’t eat but we can go to Mars Test tube life new recipe technology disease The joke’s on us, we missed the bus, there ain’t no money in peace Dangerous decision to think before you talk Might find you’re saying something and making people bored Confusion – wait, wait a minute Delusion is gripping us with its force Using blindness as its source Fusion is hot-wired up to talk It’s hot-wired up to talk Can’t afford to breathe the air I can’t afford the fare God is in the biggest bank And we’re happy with him there Can’t afford to breathe the air I can’t afford the fare God is in the biggest bank His money’s everywhere Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.
6.
Odd 04:33
ODD Cessie was a bad girl She took more than she need She took her drugs as a body rub And gave birth to violent seeds She’d greet the dawn with a stifled yawn And looked in without a key Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Cessie was some party poop She always blew the lites She used the mains as a terminal drain And got the boys to fight And for lust she peaked on any stuff That gave her second sight Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Cessie was a metal maid A sad heart armoured star Sealed up in a mess of tin She said “So few, so fast, so far!” She walked around with a store-bought frown Got a chauffeur but no car Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Cessie was a bad girl She took more than she need She took her drugs as a body rub And gave birth to violent seeds She’d greet the dawn with a stifled yawn And looked in without a key Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Odd, odd, oddity She was some oddity Pressurised, ionised, certified and more Madonna face without the grace With the kiss-me clothes she wore Sanitised, sanforised, polarised for war The human race is not her case She won’t tell you what she saw Pressurised, ionised, pressurised, ionised Pressurised, ionised, pressurised, ionised Pressurised, ionised, pressurised, ionised Pressurised, ionised, pressurised, ionised Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.
7.
Easy Street 03:15
EASY STREET Jumped back in the alley Couldn’t find what I was looking for Thought I’d stay in the shadows Living outside the law Looked out from my window Saw I’d missed the dirty rain Only want to walk in sunshine Won’t get fooled again Easy Street, don’t tell me this is Easy Street Easy Street, don’t tell me this is Easy Street Cos I know better than that, better than I know better than that, better than I know better than that, better than that I stepped up to the corner To ask what happened and that Put on my friendly face But I stayed right at the back Got some information About humans and their race It’s some kind of secret But it puts me out of place Easy Street, don’t tell me this is Easy Street Easy Street, don’t tell me this is Easy Street Cos I know better than that, better than I know better than that, better than I know better than that, better than that Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.
8.
Jigsaw 06:11
JIGSAW When time walks by in my best shoes I know I’ve got to race Don’t like morning’s newspaper news Oh mirror, give me a face With a daytime job like the third world war If I ain’t in the factory you know I’m in the store And I’m out of place Just want the notes of a rhythm machine My friend’s inside the sound I shave and wash to keep me squeaky clean Friday come around I wish I’d find a reason for tomorrow being there Cos I got no ambition and I really don’t care It’s all upside down It’s so weird just being here Dreamlines sometimes make it clear Common sense is nonsense and a life of fear I got no solution to the world’s intrusion I got no solution, no mix, no kicks, no fusion Find me a lover in the neon nite You know, a girl for me! But all the women stand so bright and tight And I’m so loose and free With a four star heart like a junkyard fence And a rollerskate mind that don’t make no sense Can this really be? I want a recipe for reality It ain’t asking much But all I get is entropy No loving touch Gotta smile the while while I’m slaving here They say go far but what I want is near And that’s enough It’s so weird just being here Dreamlines sometimes make it clear Common sense is nonsense and a life of fear I got no solution to the world’s intrusion I got no solution, no mix, no kicks, no fusion Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.
9.
Wonderlust 03:54
WONDERLUST Wandered down a hard road Just to see where it would go Came upon a bad man Living in a sad land I listened as he whispered How he hadn’t prospered Waited while he mumbled About his daily fear Struggled up a steep hill Where the sky looked so ill Bird inside a white cage Said the world was my stage I listened as he spoke low Saying with him it wasn’t so Waited while he sang there About his daily fear Is it any wonder Deafened by the thunder Blinded by the bright light From stars without number Break free, breaking free You’ll do it, you’ll see Break free, breaking free First for you, then for me Slipped into a dark place Thought I’d buy a new face Found a dark-eyed lady Said she couldn’t save me I listened as she rambled About how it’s wrong to gamble Then waited while she shouted About her daily fear Drove on down a freeway Thought at the end I could stay Read out on a roadsign I was on the right line Watched it as it hung there Seeming not to really care Waited while it added words About its daily fear Is it any wonder Deafened by the thunder Blinded by the bright light From stars without number Break free, breaking free You’ll do it, you’ll see Break free, breaking free First for you, then for me Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.

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This album was recorded live and unbrushed in the rehearsal studios of Bandspace, Exeter in the early days of 1990.

credits

released February 28, 1990

Speedy Pete Greatorex - vocals
George Davies - guitar
Richard Holloway - keys
Marc Greatorex - bass
Graham Barbe - drums

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