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As Lemmy has it: "Rock and Roll is the only religion that works."

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released November 30, 2013

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House of Brunettes Chicago, Illinois

House of Brunettes:

Kevin Brady
Rob Novak
Steve Lindstrom
Mike Ritt

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Track Name: Uncle Albert's
UNCLE ALBERT'S (capo 2nd fret, positions as played)

G- Cm riff
Uncle Alberts
Was a record store
With a sloping dusty walnut floor
Flourescent lights and plywood bins
They had a card for almost everything
C D (slide to it)
I bought a record a week, with care,
D C
much care
G Cm
I met my people there

(continue) G - Cm riff
Got a teenage job behind the register
Fantasized about the owner’s wife
A7
She much preferred my friend
back to G- Cm riff
I always thought she had a crush on him
C D
But he didn’t act on that…
D - C
G Cm
Nobody did back then
Repeat G-Cm riff for one measure
C D
I bought two records a week,
D C
with care
G Cm
I met my brothers there
Stay on G upon return

G F
And we listened to Spa – a-ace… Child
Am
And Mike’s guitar tossed me up into the sky
G -F
And I still haven’t come
G F
down to the earth
G
And what’s more
F G
I don’t even wanna try

~

Em –A – A (add D on top) over:
And you can tell me that the world is round
But I know it’s flat
And if you say that glitter is gold
I know it’s black
And you can tell me about tomorrow
But I will point back

G F - E
To the sign that said NOW PLAYING
G F - E
Cause for me it’s STILL playing

G- Cm riff
Uncle Alberts was a record store
I worked there for maybe nine months, no more
It seemed like a lifetime then
C D
I bought three records a week
D C
No more
G Cm
It was my record store
~ ~
G F
And we listened to Bill Nelson
Am
And his guitar blew apart my youthful mind
G -F
And it’s still blowin
G F
I can’t get away
G
From the sunburst finish
F G
Of those hollow body days

out on Em – A riffage
Track Name: Spoon
SPOON

D Em
just a little spoon
A G D
so i can touch my tongue to you
D Em
everybody knows
A G D
where this river flows

A A/G F#m G
nonetheless i've trashed my life
A A/G F#m G
at the hint of your perfume
G A
strangling chords
D G
and striking words
A D
for just a little
G
spoon


D Em
hope springs eternal
A G D
but life just lasts awhile
D Em
a little bitty spoonful
A G D
surely you can smile
A A/G
down on me
F#m G
I've done the time
A A/G F#m G
give me just a taste

G A
I'm no less than
D G
your other guys
A D G
I just started late

Bridge 1
A A/G D G
Loving you --oooh -oooh -oooh
A A/G D G
Needing you -ooh -ooh -ooh
A
Enough.....

Bridge 2
Em G D
just a little spoonful of you
Em G A
just a little spoonful of you
Em A
just a litle lick
D G
will have, to do

A -- G riff 2x
A-G riff continue over:
a spoonful
A G
a spoon ...full,
A A/G D- G let it ring…
of you

D Em
by now I oughta know
A G D
where this river goes
D Em
it drains and drains and drains
A G D
til only remains remain
Track Name: Star, Stuck
STAR, STUCK

capo 2nd fret – chords as shapes played

A Em
I’m under your heels
G A
Kicked up on the table
A Em
I’m on your schedule
G A
Whenever you’re able
Bm Em
I been hanging around
G A
Too high on your dial
A Em
Wondering how it is
G A
I’m always on trial…
D …G
I’m a star stuck, baby
A
Under your shoes
Bm G
You’re given me the
A F#m G
Open mic night blues
A Em
So the time has come
G A
For the acoustical record
A Em
Just give me a decade
G A
And I can get it together
Bm Em
I’ll put my name on the list
G A
Drink up and get pissed
A Em
And when the curtain calls
G A
I’ll can give ‘em my worst

D …G
I’m a star stuck, daddy
A
Under your shoes
D G
You’re given me the
F#m G A
Open mic night blues


Bm F#m
Well there aint nothing sadder
Em
Than one man and guitar
Bm F#m
Suck the life from a room
Em A
Don’t even leave a scar

Jam on A bouncing off of G and adding D
Track Name: Start Diggin'
START DIGGIN'

Shapes as played – tune plays with capo on fret 2

G-F riff
You gotta give up
Break down and fall
Lose and be lost
A# - A
Walk real small -- until you’re not there at all

G-F riff
Learn to disappear
Find out how to shut up
Occupy the margins
A# A
Until the margins fade -- and you’re along
G
for the ride

C
Failure is calling
G
Annihilation is sure
C
But we’re all traipsing through it
A# A G
Just like we dis- covered the cure

G -F
Put your dreams on the shelf
They’ll look more beautiful there
When you give it all up
A# A You’ll find out once and for all that nobody G
else cares

C
Failure is calling
G
Annihilation is sure
C
But we’re all traipsing through it
A# A
Like we just dis- covered the cure

Instrumental break
G (bounce off C note) to E (3x)
E up to 4th fret (G)
down one fret at a time to E


C F
You gotta try the nobody thing
G F G
Get in touch with your invisibility gene
C F
Abandon alla your worldly desires
A# A Light the match and set all those kiddie toys G
on fire


Instrumental break
G (bounce off C note) to E (3x)
E up to 4th fret (G) down one fret at a time to E

C G
The world is waiting on you
C G
It knows you know what to do

E ramp down
So get that shovel in you hand and start, diggin’
Track Name: They Were The Band
THEY WERE THE BAND

(G-C roll on fifth and sixth strings)
the concept made perfect sense
A
culminating years of sweat
C G
they’d set to doing what they’re best at
Em7
which was entirely something else

(G-C roll on fifth and sixth strings)
they spent a decade chosing a name
A
a fortune on pedals
C
and cables that don’t make a sound
G
not a sound

Em A –
they knew what a ground loop could do

(roll on G/C) - G
They were the band
(roll on G/C) - G
they were the band
(roll on G/C) - G
they were the band
D Am
that didn’t play
(roll on G/C) - G (hold a bit)
because they were just…
A D
O – O - O kay

instrumental break
C/F roll to C 3X, then to D (2x)
D/C strum to G

(bridge)
C C / B
lonely website cardboard coffins
Am G
yellowed t-shirts

C C / B
moldy drumset rusty bass strings
Am G C D
still not rockin after all these years

(roll on G/C) - G
They were the band
(roll on G/C) - G
they were the band
(roll on G/C) - G
they were the band
D Am
that didn’t play
(roll on G/C) - G (hold a bit)
because they were just …
A D
O – O – O kay

(G-C roll on fifth and sixth strings)
the concept was the concept
A
Never soiled by human hands
C G
Beautiful n pure like a lespaul, on Olympus
Em7 A
And it stayed up there… for good
(bridge)
C C / B
lonely website cardboard coffins
Am G
yellowed t-shirts

C C / B
moldy drumset rusty bass strings
Am G C D
still not rockin after all these years

coda to fade:
(roll on G/C) - G
They were the band
(roll on G/C) - G
they were the band
(roll on G/C) - G
they were the band…..
do intro G-C roll and end with one more roll G/C -G
Track Name: Box Set
(when our) BOX SET (hits your doorstep)

G E
Couldn’t blame you if you never heard of me or the boys
G E
We do the dinosaur thing honey, kiddie noise

C G F#-G slide
Half - drunk old hippies here, letting you down…
C G F#-G slide
Just a bunch of delusional local clowns
F
We get your frown..

Bridge 1
E A
But our flowers will squirt if it goes upside down
E A
With one word irony-free about our powerful sound
B D
…And if that’s Clive on the phone, well, we’re leaving this town!

Verse
G E
We had a run in the eighties when the scene was so meek (it was meek!)
G E
When everybody’s monkey’s cousin wasn’t doing this thing

C G F#-G
Since then we’ve been dill-e-tant-ing around
C G F#-G
Found no easier way to gain the renoun
F
You owe us now….

Bridge 2

E A
That’s right baby the dinosaur thing
E A
We do the brontosaurus in the big top ring
B D E
And play lead guitar when we can no longer sing!

(solo, of course)


Chorus
F#7
But when our box set,
B
hits your door step
F#7 B
It’s gonna be our finest hour
A7
Read our life and death
D
in the booklet
B F -E
Know the nowhere we’ve been before no-ow !

Take E up to twelfth fret

Key change (up a whole step to new verse)
A F#
And when we’ve finally paid all our dinosaur dues
A F#
We’ll make that record where we rediscover the blues
D A G#-A (slide)
Anyway at all we can let you down
D A G#-A (slide)
Same old harmless flea-bitten local clowns
G F#
You’re looking down…on now….

E (four measures)

Chorus

F#7
But when our box set,
B
hits your door step
F#7 B
It’s gonna be our finest hour
A7
Read our life and death
D
in the booklet

B F -E
Know the nowhere we been before now…..
Track Name: The Golden Age of Rock and Roll
THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK AND ROLL capo: (2) chords as played

(Em –E – Eadd D ramp)
I used to love you by the record machine
(of course) you were sixteen, come on like a dream
A
But I’ve gotten on in years
and though it don’t seem E right

G
Nonetheless I’ve gotta ask
A add 7th
Baby can you get yourself free…
(n.c.) Em ramp
To boogie tonight?

(Em –E – Eadd D ramp)
Gotta be honest -- honey I do
Tho you lookin so good
I’m feelin sorry for you

A
Cause I’m old and I smell…
E
But I still got my moves
G
My arteries have turned to stone
A
I got bottled water
E
for blood
(chorus)
A (top o the neck) G
Oh it’s the golden age of rock and roll
E
Wheeling around the campus
A (add D)
it’s the golden age of rock and roll
E
And I’m post all that
Chitter chat

F#
I just want my shot at
A
…your body

Em ramp

B
I haven’t changed
A
Tho you wouldn’t know it
B
you talk too much
A
You lose the urge to show it
G
Move those hips now that’s the poet –
A
try for me
Em ramp

A
I understand you been diggin some Jazz
Some skinny guy who’s a bit of spaz
E
Well I’m patient
E
I’ve seen ‘em all, come and go
F#
After he gets your mind all gone
A
I’ll be here.......(hold)
Em ramp
Tapping my toes

(chorus same as before, diff lyrics)

A G
Oh it’s the golden age of rock and roll
E
Wheezing around
your studio apartment
A add D
Oh it’s the golden age of rock and roll
Track Name: Schlagers!
[The lyrics for this song were made up on the spot and they don't count against our official record.]
Track Name: My Influences
MY INFLUENCES

G-C-Am-Em
This is a song about my influences
The list is long but never
Comprehensive
G –Dm-C-G
What did you expect?
At this late hour…?

G-C-Am-Em
I could be your bobby Dylan
If you could be my
Richard Thompson
G –Dm-C-G
I’ve got an axe with your name
already on it

C5-G
if you would be my Robert pollard
I just might be your Robert Halford
C5
If you would be my Polly Jean
C- Am- G
I’d even learn the bass-lines for dancin queen

G5 –G open
It’s an all-grown-up world we’re all growing up in
It’s an all ages show for the ages
C
And son you gotta make your move
D Am (hold) Even if it’s someone else’s shoes……….
G
your wearing….
Dm
What did you expect?
C G
At this late hour?
G-C-Am-Em
This is a song about becoming a person
Other people see as a person

G –Dm-C-G
They would like to be
People just like me
G-C-Am-Em
I could be your Richard Lloyd
If you would be my Television
G –Dm-C-G
And show me on the screen
Show me on that beautiful screen
(G5 –G)
ahhh’s
C
And son you gotta make your move
D Am (hold) Even if it’s someone else’s shoes..
G
your wearing….
Dm
C’mon? what did you expect?
C G
At this late hour?
Track Name: Life in Stereo
LIFE IN STEREO

D- G – F#

Every mother’s son has made a movie
About their lives –
In which they tend to star
D – F# -G
In my own
I’ve made no entrance yet

A – G pattern (twice)
I’m waiting now…
….cause the perfect moment surely will appear

D – G - F#
I stay up dreaming with my stereo
Wine red dreams
The taste of blood
D –F# - G
The din of hundreds drunk and happy

A- G (pattern twice)
Bot-tles tum-ba-ling to shatters
In the bins
But in between they’re listening…
To me….

…finally

D – E G pattern (4x)

w “Mama are you listening
…at all?” at 2nd and 4th

A – G walk
“I’ve waited my whole life for this!”
Just means I’ve wasted it up til, now
(hold G note for a sec)

Same A- G pattern
Mama maybe you can feel my head about to bust
It’s all I got
big C/G
All I know how

to G

chorus

E – B –A (twice w/o vocal)
Stay w E – B – A over:
I always lived my life in stereo
I had my stories R and L
hit E – A –B here

back to E – B - A over:
One for my parents one for all my friends
Only my headphones made some sense
E – A - B

A
My teenage waste-d
Set me up for this
B
sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide

E- A – B over
I’ve always lived my life in stereo
I’ve always lived my life in stereo

Bridge:

From ending B (above) to: D – G – A - G

D- G arpeggiated riff to C – G riff (3x)

to F# - G 2x to D (hold)