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The Drowsing Nymph www.thehotpuppies.com

Track listing:

1. The Drowsing Nymph
2. Obey

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The band are well into the swing of professional recording by now, producing a very slick singles club debut on the Remote Control label. Clear and played with passion at breakneck speed, it sounds as if they had a blast making it. In fact, I've this copied to the same CD as the previous two releases, otherwise at 5:25 it might feel a little short— though the same could be said of many punk discs, and I've always viewed the Puppies as possessing something of a punk edge and manic energy.

The Drowsing Nymph features more distinctive vocal team performances, toe-tapping percussion and fluid harmonies, running into the equally raucous Obey which gives support to some of the observations above. Not that the Puppies can easily be shoehorned into a category—unless 'consistently great' is open as a valid category.

I'd love it if this release was the precursor to an album with re-recorded versions of tracks from the previous two CDs; and can only hope that the band find the time, patience, money and support to continue on splendid form.


THE DROWSING NYMPH

Love's a drowsing nymph
When it wakes it starts to scream
Like some ungodly thing starts to scream

The heart's a wretched thing
Takes a sinking man and makes him swim
Takes a poor man, makes him king
Just to watch him sin, oh yeah

CHORUS:
So won't you save me, save me, save me from these things
Don't you know I'm sorry, I'm sorry, forgive me for what I did

Love's a drowsing nymph
Brings you dahlias, buys you gifts
Feeds you things that make you sick, until you spit

The heart's a wretched thing
Shows the tongue-tied how to sing
That takes away the hearing, it's a wretched thing oh yeah

CHORUS (x2)


OBEY

Well, don't you envy your neighbour,
'Cause his TV's a little wider
He wants his money back, he wants his money back
Well don't you envy your brother
He's more handsome, a little wiser
He wants his money back, he wants his money back
Well don't you hassle no policeman
He's got his wife and children
They want their money back, they want their money back

CHORUS:
So stand to attention (for the service industry)
You're working all day, just to go home to sleep
You land in jail if you step out of line
Well I just want a little fun, a little fun, a little fun
Fun! Fun! A little fun!

Well, don't you envy no doctor
He'll only make you sicker
He wants his money back, he wants his money back
Well, don't you envy no movie star
They've got it worse by far
They want their money back, they want their money back

You can go uptown, you can go downtown
Everybody wants the same thing
They want their money back, they want their money back

CHORUS (x2)

A little fun!
A little fun!


All lyrics are, naturally, copyright the band.

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