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2004-10-10My review: The Hot Puppies - Green Eyeliner (single)

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Green Eyeliner www.thehotpuppies.com

Track listing:

1. Green Eyeliner
2. A Small Killing (On This Day)
3. All We've Got To Do Is Kiss

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The songs offered here must surely portend a belter of a future album. Their first release with Purr Records, Green Eyeliner follows on from the production quality of Dawn Of Man and The Drowsing Nymph with songs to match. Don't let the rather bland artwork on this single put you off, because Green Eyeliner is a stomping tale of seduction and infidelity that captures the band's live swagger perfectly.

Next up, A Small Killing (On This Day) comes on softly before emerging as an exhuberant and fey vocal tour-de-force. All of which puts us in the incorrigible frame of mind required by All We've Got To Do Is Kiss, sultry slow-builder and aural equivalent of the person of your choice drizzled with chocolate sauce. I think I detect the erotic quiver of a theremin in the last verse, too, and in fact something I'd like to draw particular attention to is the use of backing sound—the layering is of its usual excellent quality, most noticeable on this single in the keyboards and backing vocals.

In a nutshell, then, The Hot Puppies continue to do their own thing; fans continue to reap quality original tunes. Being on Purr Records, this one should hopefully be easier to find—check out Amazon if the only store near you that sells music is a Woolworths...

Click here for the official Purr Records microsite for Green Eyeliner. (requires Flash)


GREEN EYELINER

You didn't come here on your own
To be leaving on your own
And you don't wear that cologne
With the intention of leaving on your own
I hear your wife's good-looking
I hear your kids are loving
I hear that love and god
Couldn't save you from a girl
With green eye-liner on

CHORUS:
Green eye-liner
I got green eye-liner on
Green eye-liner
I got green eye-liner on

You did didn't come here on your own
To be who you are at home
The way you're soaked in that cologne
How can you wonder why you're sitting on your own
And do you wanna dance to this song
Or find somebody who'll cry on your clothes
When you're gone
Let me just put my green eye-liner on

CHORUS

So dance... dance, dance, dance...
Like this is your first dance...
With the girl with green... eye... li-ner... on...

CHORUS (x2)


A SMALL KILLING (ON THIS DAY)

You and I we're just the same
Others left, we remain
The remains of people getting by
I make plans, fill our shelves
A drunk from drinking to my health
The same old bitter red that we've been drinking all our lives

But on...this...day...

CHORUS:
I'll step forward
Through this jaded crowd
And this... old... town... will remember
How the tables turned around
We'll make a small killing pay
We'll make a small killing pay
We'll make a small killing
From the fools who shake our hands
And offer us good mornings every day

You and I will take our cue
Have them dancing to our tune
A sad old tune of people getting by
We'll slap the backs of honorary ghouls
Shake the hands of ornamental fools
Their faces crack and splinter
As we drain their pockets dry

And... on... this day...

CHORUS

You and I we're just the same
Others left, we remain
They'll build a monument in our names
Those fools who shake our hands
And offer us good mornings every day


ALL WE'VE GOT TO DO IS KISS

You...
Your handsome clothes...
Goddamn your handsome clothes... mine don't come close...
You... your perfect hair...
Goddamn your perfect hair...
And the way that. it. just. stays there...
In the rain...
In the howling wind...
I'll let you in...
From the wind, and the rain, and the obstacles of God
I'll let you in...[I'll let you in...]
Anything you want
Anything you want
Oh, all you've got to do is kiss
All you've got to do is kiss (x3)
You, the words you speak...
Goddamn the words you speak, oh, they're so freely...
You...
Your spotless shoes...
Goddamn your spotless shoes...
And they way they guide you...
Through the rain...
Through the howling wind...
I'll let you in...
From the the wind and the rain and the obstacles of God
I'll let you in... [I'll let you in...]
Anything you want
Anything you want
Oh, all you've got to do is kiss
All you've got to do is kiss (x3)
I... want you...
[All you've got to do is kiss]
[All you've got to do is kiss]
And you... you want me...
You want me (x3)
Anything you want (x3)
All we've got to do is kiss


All lyrics are, naturally, copyright the band.

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