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2003-09-26My review: The Hot Puppies - All Washed Up (EP)

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All Washed Up www.thehotpuppies.com

Track listing:

1. All Washed Up
2. If You're Feeling Too Eugenic
3. Down By Law
4. I Feel Like John Wayne

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This self-released EP is a pressed disc in a single case, bought in Aber like the rest of my Puppies CDs. Comparative listening shows that production is already much improved, albeit still a little on the quiet side and again I can hear these songs in my mind being played with a little more velocity. This is a clear and very listenable alternative to their live set, though.

There isn't a bad track here—indeed, I've yet to hear a song by this band I haven't liked. All Washed Up is a tune about being stuck in Aber whilst people (students, mostly) come and go, set to a haunting but highly bouncy melody—nothing to do and no prospect of change. If You're Feeling Too Eugenic could be about any number of things, but my guess is that it has to do with the band partying in the face of adversity... it also includes the great line: "we stand on the tables and we dance like Fred Astaire"... Down By Law is likewise insanely catchy—Beth's harmonies through headphones give this song a particularly infectious edge.

Finally, a newer recording of I Feel Like John Wayne adds better drums and sleazy bass to an already charged crowd-pleaser, rounding out the disc well.


ALL WASHED UP

It wasn't meant to be this way (x2)
I wonder what your daddy would say (x2)

CHORUS:
All washed up, you're all washed up
In a postcard town... some people live here all year round
Kisses and hugs when you step off the bus
'Cause the dirt on your boots is what they like about you

(Lights and) anger, silver screen (x2)
Learn to smoke like Jimmy Dean (x2)

CHORUS

Now the future seems so hazy...
Maybe you should have a baby...

...and it can be a star!

CHORUS

About you!


IF YOU'RE FEELING TOO EUGENIC

If you're feeling too eugenic and you think you're gonna mainline
When everybody else is trying hard not to flatline
Lovers in the back row, they don't care
Keep your eyes facing forward, don't you know it's rude to stare

CHORUS
'Cause if you want it, go and get it
If you've got it, you've gotta let me know
If you still want it now you've got it you can scream and you can moan
You can't decide who's crazy
You can't decide who's beautiful and OH!
Is there someone we can call
Is there someone we can call to shine a light on the way ho-O-O-O-me
Is there someone we can call
Is there someone we can call to shine a light on the way ho-O-O-O-me

This music comes directly from a sweatshop in Thailand
And I feel so heavy it's like dancing in quicksand
The (haters) in the bathroom, they despair
'Cause we stand on the tables and we dance like Fred Astaire

CHORUS

Is there someone we can call
Is there someone we can call
Is there someone we can call to shine a light on the way home


DOWN BY LAW

The people who sell your mine today
Are happy to let your hometown slip away
I guess it makes sense today
And you wait your whole life to have your say
And then you have to wait and wait and wait and wait
And pay and pay and pay

CHORUS:
But on the 52nd floor where the (money's still raw)
You go home at five and say
I had a good day today
And celebrate
Well I've read the interview
And I've seen the things you do
Would you swap your skin for money
That's the question I'd ask you
I don't suppose I'd get the truth
So I'm down down down, down by law
And I'm up up up, up against the wall
And I know no more, know no more than you
And I'm down down down, down by law
And I'm up up up, up against the wall
And I know no more, know no more than you

When I try to (elaborate)
And (give each guy re: some face)
I give it my best shot
I could fill a parking lot
And do you have a child that you call son
And is it daddy's number one
And will he grow like you
Because you lie too him too

CHORUS

And I'm down by law
I'm up against the wall
And I know no more than you
And I'm down by law
I'm up against the wall
And I know no more than you


I FEEL LIKE JOHN WAYNE

This is my video and you should see me go! Go!
My teeth are shiny, my hair is slick, I've got the (biggest creative dick)
But whilst I figure you eat too quick you make yourself sick

CHORUS:
But I feel like... John Wayne in Rio Bravo
But I feel like.. John Wayne in Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo
John Wayne in Rio Bravo, OH! Oh! Oh! oH! Oh! Oh! oh!

Same old MTV scenario, semi-naked in my video
I'll sell you a shirt that's whiter than white
If you wanna smoke I'll set you alight
(Throw it up,) makes me cry if you poke my eye

CHORUS

John Wayne! [repeat]
God told me to suck you dry!


All lyrics are, naturally, copyright the band.

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