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COLONEL BASTARD - MARTIN'S DEMOS

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Title
Recorded
Length
File Size
Lyrics
In June
May '05
2:26
2.23Mb
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Description: Summer is officially here! A storming pop anthem dedicated to the hottest of all months, and lyrically the polar opposite of "Autumn Almanac" by the Kinks.

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Listed Building
May '05
2:51
2.61Mb
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Description: Martin's usual "cuddly" image goes out the window here, to be replaced by an acid tongue - comparing the fate of a doomed relationship to that of a listed building. The building is eventually destroyed by an "immense" guitar solo.

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There And Back
Nov '04
2:58
2.72Mb
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Description: A simple lyric describing the pleasures of a lovely day-trip. The almost nursury-rhyme style lyrics are set over a suitably basic, driving backing with a wonky piano adding to the quirky Playskool mood.

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Train
June '04
4:00
3.66Mb
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Description: More complex string arrangements and ambient textures usher in a tune that develops into an insistent rhythm overlayed with some lovely pseudo-Bowie vocal flourishes. The lyrics deal with the pressures of modern living.

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Bash Street Kids
June '04
4:00
3.67Mb
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Description: Martin goes into full-on Britpop mode here as he reminisces about the schooldays that never were. The nostalgia is poured on via twinkly guitars and a well-arranged string section.

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Company
June '04
2:16
2.08Mb
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Description: This song is about a man who sells himself on the stock exchange and has to face up to the consequences. Guitars battle accordian(!) in the chorus as the financial report is revealed in the background (everything's down apparently).

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Jack Jackanory
May '04
2:40
2.44Mb
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Description: A ska stomper featuring Madness-style piano lines and wobbly guitar in the verses and yet another catchy White chorus. The lyrics come thick and fast as the tale of young Jack the fibber is unfurled.

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I Think She Thinks I Fancy Her
May '04
2:38
2.42Mb
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Description: A fine jerky pop song in the style of Joe Jackson. Martin thinks a girl fancies him, but is woried because he doesn't feel the same - a work of pure fiction surely!

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Young Men
Apr '04
3:13
2.94Mb
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Description: Martin assumes his favourite perspective of grumpy old man to complain once more about the youth of today. Complete with melodic guitar lines and an amusingly tongue-in-cheeck middle section.

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Guess Who
Apr '04
4:41
4.30Mb
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Description: Simple sentiment, simple lyrics, complex harmonies. Martin's Brian Wilson obsession comes to the fore once more for a near 5 minutes of superbly structured pop wonderment.

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Edge Of The World
Nov '01
3:27
3.16Mb
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Description: Walls of falsetto vocals are propelled along by a wailing guitar line and bubbling synths in this depiction of apocalyptic strangeness.

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All songs copyright © Colonel Bastard 2001-2004.