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Spray Tan Apocalypse (the single)

by Dada Paradox

Released 08/10/2017
Dent Resistant
Released 08/10/2017
Dent Resistant
Spray Tan Apocalypse with King of the Past: recent political events illuminated with Jangle, wit & harmonies...
  • 03:28 Lyrics
    Spray Tan Apocalypse

    Spray Tan Apocalypse (Ian Roure) 

    Bombshells bursting here and there 
    A whiff of sulfur in the ether 
    Gradually the war began 
    On your phone and your computer 
    Incoming: voices of destruction punish and deceive 
    Incoming: scathing degradation 
    Venom imported from a well-known Slavic regime 
    And in the dawn's early drizzle: 

    Spray Tan surprise: a win for the delusive 
    Spray Tan Apocalypse! 

    Insults in the articles, injured in the comments section 
    Casualties have mounted up: spelling, grammar and non-fiction 
    Incoming: denial and distraction - always hide never seek 
    Incoming: gross appropriation 
    Tiny fingers grabbing that which was once out of reach 
    And o'er the land of the taken 

    Spray Tan surprise: a win for the delusive 
    Spray Tan Apocalypse! 

    The seven tawdry trumpets blow 
    The golden rain from heaven flows 
    The age ends for all who live below 
    In an orange glow... 

    Spray Tan surprise: a win for the delusive 
    Spray Tan Apocalypse! 
    Spray Tan surprise: there's no gettin' over it 
    Spray Tan Apocalypse!

  • 02:46 Lyrics
    King of the Past

    King of the Past (Ian Roure) 

    History hasn’t gone your way 
    Somehow, some fairness has somewhat held sway 
    And Kodachrome colors complicate 
    When a black and white world is just a tyrant away 

    You’ve joined the caravan going back 
    In a procession of lies 
    One day you hope and pray your flag at last 
    Will be so proudly unfurled 
    By the King of the Past 
    In your black and white world 

    History hasn’t gone your way 
    And the last you thing you need is some more of the same 
    You want a ticket to ‘51 
    And a prophet who claims he’ll make that kingdom come 

    You’ve joined the caravan going back 
    In a procession of lies 
    One day you hope and pray your flag at last 
    Will be so proudly unfurled 
    By the King of the Past 
    In your black and white world 

    We’re all on the caravan going back 
    In a procession of lies 
    Now that it’s come to pass your flag at last 
    Has been so proudly unfurled 
    By the King of the Past 
    Here’s your black and white world 
    Here’s your black and white world 
    Here’s your black and white world (King of the Past) 
    Here’s your black and white world (King of the Past) 
    Here’s your black and white world

NOTES
Thoughts on some 2016 political events delivered with jangle, wit and sideways hooks...

Progressive Retro-Pop: music inspired by 60s & 70s psychedelic pop, rock & folk mixed with lyrical barbs, irony and unexpected twists in song form, melody & subject matter.

"Dada Paradox is like a mashup of The Kinks, The Byrds and The Who" - Gabrielle Azi, Songladder

"Ray Davies channeled through the prism of peak-era, mid-90s Blur...""Majestically Jangly"“Brilliantly lyrical, darkly funny”- New York …
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Spray Tan Apocalypse in progress

by Dada Paradox

Dent Resistant
Dent Resistant
Rough mixes, experimental arrangements & versions of tracks in various states of completion that will eventually emerge as the EP Spray Tan Apocalypse
  • 01:19 Download Story Lyrics
    Bedtime for Donzo

    Bedtime for Donzo (Ian Roure)

    He's off with a whirl and the papers fly
    No one can stop him though some will try
    He's painting the slander in your mind's eye
    On his shaky easel...

    He's out in the world where the humans go
    He's opened the gates now he's in our show
    Out of his mouth angry noises blow
    He must think he's people...

    "What's the worst thing that I could say today
    That'll have 'em all going on so?"
    It's been a hard day throwing the wrenches in the works
    Now it's bedtime for Donzo
    Bedtime for Donzo

  • 03:40 Download Lyrics
    Spray Tan Apocalypse (demo)

    Spray Tan Apocalypse (Ian Roure)

    Bombshells bursting here and there
    A whiff of sulfur in the ether
    Gradually the war began
    On your phone and your computer
    Incoming: voices of destruction punish and deceive
    Incoming: scathing degradation
    Venom imported from a well-known Slavic regime
    And in the dawn's early drizzle:

    Spray Tan surprise: a win for the delusive
    Spray Tan Apocalypse!

    Insults in the articles, injured in the comments section
    Casualties have mounted up: spelling, grammar and non-fiction
    Incoming: denial and distraction - always hide never seek
    Incoming: gross appropriation 
    Tiny fingers grabbing that which was once out of reach
    And o'er the land of the taken

    Spray Tan surprise: a win for the delusive
    Spray Tan Apocalypse!

    The seven tawdry trumpets blow
    The golden rain from heaven flows
    The age ends for all who live below
    In an orange glow...

    Spray Tan surprise: a win for the delusive
    Spray Tan Apocalypse!
    Spray Tan surprise: there's no gettin' over it
    Spray Tan Apocalypse!

    Volume

  • 01:59
    Trouble, Right Here...
  • 03:22 Download Story Lyrics
    Horizon of Hope (demo)

    And so the mean spirited have spoken: 
    "there will be no depth only brutal logic.
    And pursuant to the previous declaration:
    It's school yard bully law and you'd best abide it..."

    And every day you wake
    To the next move in the game
    Another sketchy claim
    Creating maximum disarray

    And over the wall
    The Horizon of Hope
    Still calls you on
    To a new all-time low...

    And so the mean spirited have spoken:
    "There will be no peace only fear and cruelty
    And with a mixture of naivete and hatred
    We will destroy the state and we'll profit richly"

    And every day you face
    The hostile lizard brain
    As they strive to contain
    The world in a zero sum game

    And over the wall
    The Horizon of Hope
    Still calls you on
    To a new all-time low...

    And over the wall
    The Horizon of Hope
    Still calls you on
    Through this new all-time low...

    Horizon of Hope 
    Still calls you on
    All time low 
    Over the wall

  • 03:11 Lyrics
    Propaganda Action Stations (rough mix daily)
Dada Paradox
Ian M. Roure

Story

To see the invisible there's a lot first to see through...

Ian: acoustic guitar, electric 6 & 12 string guitars, lead vocals, bass, tambourine, shaker, bongos

Liza: melodica, organ, lead & backing vocals

 

Lyrics

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

Feel the morning breeze...

Ian: acoustic guitar, electric 12 string guitar, bass, vocals, tambourines, shaker, bongos

Liza: Piano

Lyrics

Here in the fields feel the morning breeze

Corn & maize they gently sway

Here comes another day...

 

Corn & maize they gently sway

Here comes another day,

Here comes another day,

Here comes another day...

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

Sold on the sun and surf, the lonliest place on earth...the dark side of Hawaii...

Ian: acoustic guitar, electric 6 string guitar (heavy on the trem!), bass, lead & backing vocals, bongos, claves, guiro! 

Liza: melodica, vocals

Lyrics

Palm trees stand by the mall 
My iron bars, my prison yard 
Blue ocean fills the view 
The walls keeping me safe so far

Another Day in Paradise 
Everyone says it's so nice 
Another Day in Paradise...

Frogs whistle, crickets chirp 
So loud all night around my hut 
Grey morning, sudden rain 
Pours down and then the sun is up

Another Day in Paradise 
Everyone says it's so nice 
Another Day in Paradise...

Sold on the sun & surf 
The loneliest place on earth 
I heard good things but there you go... 
Bikini-clad bores abound 
Toasting this two surfboard town 
And me so tightly wound...

Another Day in Paradise 
Everyone says it's so nice 
Another Day in Paradise...

Another Day in Paradise 
Another Day in Paradise 
Another Day in Paradise... 

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

If he would stop his flirting... with nods to Mr Draper the Executive and the card game devised by John Jaques 2nd...

Ian: acoustic guitar, electric 6 & 12 string guitars, lead & backing vocals, bass, drum loop sequencing, tambourine, bongos (kitchen sink...)

Liza: harmony vocals, (bright) organ.

Lyrics

Is Mrs. Smuts at home or out with Mr. Executive?
He's left the wife alone with a story but she reckons there's a twist...
If he would stop his flirting & love the one he's hurting:


That's a big if for Mr. & Mrs. Executive
And they're playing Happy Families again...

And at the dinner party the royal couple are a team again
She thinks they could be happy they could be playing to win again...
If he would stop his flirting & love the one he's hurting:


That's a big if for Mr. & Mrs. Executive
And they're playing Happy Families again...


And later in the town he's dealt another wild card
He tries to play it straight but the temptation makes it hard
Betting against the house but the house suspects
He's going too far...

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

Here there and nowhere between - quantum leaps...

Ian: acoustic guitar, electric 12 string guitar, lead vocal, tambourine, bucket (played as drum), recorder (2 overdubbed) synth drone bass notes  & plunky random synth sounds played on iPhone

Liza melodica (2 overdubbed), counterpoint vocal

Lyrics

A particle of light slips into sight

In an improbable flight

Here, there and nowhere between 

In every ray every seen

 

Each moment tells a tale 

In a sequential trail

Under reality's veil

Here, there and nowhere beteween

Encountered before it has been

 

Spooky Action that comes from a distance

Seems unreal

Still entangling points in the mind 

Connecting the present with the deepest time

Here, there and nowhere beteween

Here, there and nowhere beteween

 

 

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

See also: Royal Peculier by the Larch...

Ian: fake strings played on phone

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

See softer landings come to you...

Ian: acoustic 6 string guitar, electric 12 string guitar, 6 string electric (lead + slide) guitar, lead vocal, bass, tambourine, bongos, percussion loops

Liza: melodica, harmony & lead vocals

Lyrics

Inflexible Flyer by Dada Paradox

Inflexible Flyer, always goes in a straight line. 
Inflexible Flyer, no detours or over-rides 
No delays taking your time on this flight...

There's other planes here in the sky and other routes and landing sites - open your eyes... 
See softer landings come to you, see from a different point of view - 
Cos the kids have all been calling you...

Inflexible Flyer, always goes in a straight line. 
Inflexible Flyer, no detours or over-rides 
No delays taking your time on this flight...

Tower to Flyer: 
I know what I'm doing 
You're flying too low: 
I know what I'm doing 
Tower to Flyer: 
I know what I'm doing

Think of those you inadvertently buzz 
Fall-out fear from above...

Inflexible Flyer, always goes in a straight line. 
Inflexible Flyer, no detours or over-rides 
No delays taking your time on this flight... 
On this flight 
On this flight 
On this flight...

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

Here come the rubber bullets...

Sound montage: Ferguson riot recording from internet, overdubbed lead & harmony vocals, ominous synth sounds played on tablet... 

Lyrics

Scary people on the street

Scary people on the street

Scary people on my mind

Scary people on the street

Scary people on my mind

Scary people on the street

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

Here's a health to Sir Tyler...Wat Tyler & the 1381 Peasants' Rebelion...

Ian: acoustic guitar, lead & harmony vocals, bass, mandolin (overdubbed twice)

Liza: melodica

Lyrics

All the banners have fallen & all swept away

Like the flags & the standards we hoped would hold sway

The cause seems so lost at the end of the day

Looking back from the Far Side of the Fray

 

Now it's back to the manor and knowing your place

Though we tried to win change the unjust won the day

Down under the feet of the rich we remain

Going on from the Far Side of the Fray

 

Here's a health to Sir Tyler and all he would save

If not in our time there will come a day

If the cause is worth winning some will find try again

And find a way on the Far Side of the Fray

 

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

A recurring daydream...Timeless visitas beckoning

Ian: nylon string acoustic guitar, 12 string electric guitar, slde guitar, bass, lead & backing vocals, bongos, claves

Liza: melodica

Lyrics

Solar Birds  (c) & (p) 2016  Ian Roure

Drifting again it’s a recurring daydream

A glimpse of a different view

Grounded so long on a circular perch

Isn’t it about time we flew?

 

Solar Birds guided by inquiring eyes

Solar Birds look up to the solar skies

 

Picture window opening

Timeless vistas beckoning…

 

Drifting again it’s a recurring daydream

A glimpse of a different view

A treasured intention wrapped in best wishes

That can’t become something new

 

Solar Birds guided by inquiring eyes

Solar Birds look up to the solar skies

 

Picture window opening

Timeless vistas beckoning…

 

Solar Birds guided by inquiring eyes

Solar Birds look up to the solar skies

Solar Birds guided by excited eyes

Solar Birds look up to the solar skies

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

Ian: acoustic guitar, electric 12 string guitar, lead vocals, mandolin, bass, tambourine, mob bellowing

Liza: melodica, harmony vocals

Lyrics

We're born to the grid, here's your number kid

It's all laid out take aim, welcome to the game

Locked in to the ground rules as you make your way

What happens when the rules all go away?

 

We're the Apocalypse Cheering Committee

We'd all be quite happy if society broke down

The poor & the homeless, lords and the gentry

Level the field and see who's winning now

 

We don't do any harm, we just spead the alarm

We're excited when we hear the end will come next year

Be it an ancient prophecy or dubious new cult 

Let's all have a post false prophetic sulk

 

We're the Apocalypse Cheering Committee

We'd all be quite happy if society broke down

The poor & the homeless, lords and the gentry

Level the field and see who's winning now

 

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

Ian: acoustic guitar, 6 & 12 string electric guitars, vocals, bass, tambourine, drum loop sequencing, FX, recorder

Liza: vocals, organ

Lyrics

7 Sorrows of Stephen (c) & (p) 2016 Ian Roure

 

And we meet up once again

As the dusk descends

You plot your escape

Though there is no light

To shine round the bend

 

But you must try anyway

The sorrow suffocates

To draw a free breath

Must seem like it’s worth

The risk that you take

 

Bring Southern Wood, Sweet Cicely

Is it Mars or Mercury?

 

Cut the Quicksilver loose

And cast away

The 7 Sorrows of Stephen

 

And do you feel much better?

Not just another blue straggler

And do you feel much better?

Better…

 

And we meet up once again

The sorrow never ends

You plot your escape

Though there’s still no light

To shine ‘round the bend

 

But you must try any way

The sorrow suffocates

To draw a free breath

Must seem like it’s worth

The risk that you take

 

Bring Juniper, Spring Savoury

Is it Mars or Mercury?

 

Now the Quicksilver’s loose

What will break

The 7 Sorrows of Stephen?

Dada Paradox
Ian M Roure

Story

Ian: acoustic guitar, mandolins, bass, crooning, tambourine

Lyrics

Congratulations, you've learned enough

You've showed us that you know your stuff

In your cap & gown you look so swell

Congratulations, you're on your way it's graduation day

Congratulations, you're on your way it's graduation day!

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"Ray Davies channeled through the prism of peak-era, mid-90s Blur...""Majestically Jangly"“Brilliantly lyrical, darkly funny”- New York Music Daily

Lucid Culture says "a missing link between Ray Davies & Robyn Hitchcock"

 

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