(PB​:​100)

by Popboomerang

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Everything is turning blue The neon lights and billboards too Everywhere you look it's true Advertising's brainwashed you What could I do? Everywhere you look it's true Advertising's brainwashed you It's all obscene and kind of rude I'm gonna paint those billboards blue What else could I do? Eventually, and this is true I got arrested by the boys in blue They locked me in a little room With murderers and perverts too For painting things blue But what could I do? What would you do?
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With all my lessons learnt With all our bridges burnt I raise a glass in imitation drunk on empty conversation Now we're are young again We can laugh everything I raise a glass in celebration Drunk on empty words my love Never going listen Never going to let you down We fight the fight that barely matters For the dirty world we see outside All our friends are cold and useless And all your friends are friends of mine But I have never loved you more Than when you took flight The more I let you down The more I love this town I find myself in times of trouble I have no faith in common people But now we're bored again We dismiss everything I jeer for all our mock rebellion Drunk on empty words my love I don't mind We're never going to make it out here alone Never going to make it on my own Never going to make it out here alone All my friends are bored and sober and all your friends were friends of mine and all our friends are old and useless and all our friends will die but that is quite alright
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Waiting for the memory to fade away But there's more than meets the eye Waiting for the hours to go away I didn't mean to be so high Waiting for the memory to fade away I didn't mean to think so hard Waiting for the hours to go away I didn't mean to be so high
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The only time you're allowed to lie is when you're in my bed and I know that you know it's only something I said We were both tired, sleepy eyes, too much wine, filling our time We went too far, a false start, now we can't uncross that line ...and I wanna be wanted, but nothing like before I wouldn't wanna miss you, there's no meaning anymore My only regret is I was drinking to forget and the problem is I'll always wonder I'll always wonder what you meant/said Every little thought of you seem to stay inside my head Everything that I know that I needed to say was never said I guess all the while you were right, maybe I'm just a losing fight so if you know let me go, I could learn to be alright.
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Too thick to drink it, too thin to plough It’s the Melbourne divide – you’re north or you’re south The mud and the refuse, and God knows what else It’s not a water supply, not a picture of health But it breaks up the buildings and it breaks up the streets Her murky façade creates a mystique Invisible river, industrial dump She flows upside down and chokes Punt Road The history that she holds The culture, down it flows Steady as she goes The culture down it flows
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Well I didn’t Save that kitten from the tree babe And that busload of orphans Well the flames got in the way But I’m brave in other ways I’m brave in other ways And I didn’t Stop the drunks on the train I’ve seen on the news what they can do To a Good Samaritan’s brain And I’m brave in other ways Brave in other ways What are those ways exactly? I hear you say Well I’m keeping it a secret I’m afraid The man who stands before you Is brave in other ways I’ve seen them jumping From a mountain to the ocean Hanging from some rubber band Man you’ve got to be joking I’m brave in other ways I’m brave in other ways
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Kings Cross Dawning I’m still yawning Am Em Rub my eyes and greet the morning sun softly sleeping my Chelsea girl In the street they dig for plenty spend their cash if they’ve got any a little light that shines upon my world She looks so pretty dancing in the city after midnight and everyone you see looks like a photograph Em Am Em Am I wanna go I wanna go Where the girls look pretty dancing in the city tonight Half past 4, I’m on the train that takes me back to you again I hope to god you’re waiting there for me Neon lights they shine so bright Illuminate this cold wet night West End won’t you shine a light on me
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How many empty bars have you sat in? How many solitary beers have you spent drinking? Like small change on those old strangers in towns where your name was never necessary So you recall the nicknames of your friends?,or the last girl you kissed? Beside the porchlight of a Hawksbury shack, just like that How many times have you misjudged the timezone, phoned in the middle of the night? To your former sleeping home So it’s time to backtrack, it’s time to take stock, remembering the streets of your town, And the ones that you forgot A picture’s worth a thousand words, but you could never scratch the surface Just like you never went away, away How many empty bars have you sat in? How many solitary beers have you spent drinking, in towns where your name was never necessary? Where your name was never necessary How many empty bars have you sat in?
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I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know I don’t care, that I don’t know, I don’t care anymore that I don’t know And I don’t care that I don’t know Does it show, that I don’t know, least I hope it doesn’t show that I don’t know And I don’t care that I don’t know If it doesn’t show that I don’t know, least I hope that it doesn’t show that I don’t know I don’t care, I don’t know I don’t know, I don’t know I don’t care, anymore that I don’t know, cos’ all I know is, that I don’t know Smart enough or dumb enough, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
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You don't have to ask, you don't have to try You may never know the reasons why You don't have to look or notice the day the morning has broken anyway there's nothing too bare It's all anywhere the rooftops are shouting You just have today what a day, like today You don't have to look or notice the day the morning has broken anyway there's nothing too bare It's all anywhere the rooftops are shouting You just have today what a day, like today
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I met the girl of my dreams in the dark Lying next to me on the screen, in my heart In the dark We built a house on a hill in our minds Waiting for night to come and the stars to align And the world will shake its head As we fall into the web I met the girl of my dreams in the dark We used names that were made just for us Bound virtually by lines and dots In the world that shakes its head As we're married on the internet I met the girl of my dreams in the dark We could build a life of bricks and stones Or I could call these 1s and 0s home Breaking up and making out alone Through wires in the telephone I met the girl of my dreams in the dark Tiny memory now is a she in my heart In the dark...
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Don’t smile ’til Easter With a projector screen and a crumpled up degree the black line master falling at your feet You've got a broken smile and that hand me down style You'll Rock the boat ’til someone grabs the oars, or Don’t smile ’til Easter Don't let them know your not that hard of heart That the system could fall apart Don't let them in Don’t smile ’til Easter Don’t let them see you see yourself in them That you've been taught how to pretend Don’t let them in With a bounce in your stride and ears open wide From “I’ll try to wonder” to “I wonder why I try?” You take what you get and you get what you give You gave all you got but then forgot to live, so Don’t smile ’til Easter Don’t let them know what’s underneath the facade And that you won’t let down your guard Don’t let them in
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Within the stone walls of the penitentiary Did my penance – no one there to see Swallows mock me – yes, they fly At night the camp lights block the stars from the sky Betrayed today by a treacherous breeze You overcome by staying off your knees But I had no feelings in my fingers and toes And no pockets in my featureless clothes It’s about Inside, out I’ve been this alone But I’ve never felt so low I’ve been this alone But I’ve never felt so low Within the stone walls of the penitentiary Did my penance – no one there to see
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Kiss me don’t kiss me please Tease me don’t be a tease Make me don’t make me plead Ah please ah please ah please ah please Touch me don’t touch me where I don’t care don’t make me care Take me don’t take me there Ah please ah please ah please Cos my mouth is open wide Suck in the air It makes me feel alive Be here now don’t be here I want you don’t want you near I’m so scared but I love the fear Ah please ah please ah please ah please ah please Tell me ah don't tell me You love me Let me don't let me be Ah please ah please ah please ah please Mess me don’t mess with me Free me I can't be free Believe me I don’t want to believe Ah please ah please ah please Cos my heart is open wide Pumping my blood It makes me feel alive Kiss me don’t kiss me please Tease me don’t be a tease Make me don’t make me plead Ah please ah please ah please ah please
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Love's got me rushing inside and out I will never let it rule again, Love's got me rushing inside and out I will not put on a show again When it occurred to me to try Didn't hurt to see that I might When it all falls down, at least I know the very best was on show Saw you walking past Jackson St. The earth, the ground, my knees When it all falls down, the streets, the show, you had some movements, I know. Love's got me rushing inside and out You should never let him near again Love's got me rushing inside and out I will not give up on this again When it occurred to me to try The world stopped passing me by When it's all a blur, they're all words to bend and break as we please And you should probably just go back to him Three meals, the bike lanes, the gym When it's all a blur, they're all words to bend and break as we please If you love her like you say you do Hitch a ride to where you know she might be Hoist a flag in your name and turn yourself inside out Anyone could be the one to make you cry Anyone could be the one to make you smile
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Since you went out on the tiles, and you went out of town I guess you could say I've been in denial, But I've been in my dressing gown. I won't check my emails, the phone is off the hook I'm like a child with a mouthful of crayons But without a colouring book. But it don't mean I'm lonely just cos I'm alone.. Hanging on the bathroom door, or laying on the bedroom floor There used to be so much more Than a 'His' robe. I really should get out more, I haven't seen the sun Since all the things that were both 'his' and 'hers' Became just 'his' or gone I know you tell me to move on but I know that you're so indecisive So I'm not going to move from the living room futon The bed was always to big. If you want to find me you know just where I'll be.. Hanging on the bathroom door, or laying on the bedroom floor There used to be so much more Than a 'His' robe. You'll come running back when you realise that the things in your backpack ain't whole (they're only 'hers') And lest that we forget, you two are half a set, come ring our bell before I'm knocking on deaths door. It's hard to tell if he'd still be alive and well Were it not for the flannel belt On his 'his' robe.
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Do you remember me/The ocean rolled/Time was slow/We felt an energy The cock was crowing/The rum was flowing/A mermaid burns to sea Beyond the sea/I’d long to see/And if you could/Turn where you stood/Would u remember? So turn the little key/The ocean rolls/Time is slow/Turn the little key/ The cock is crowing/The rum is flowing/The mermaid burns to sea/Beyond the sea/ I’d long to see/I’d long to see/If there's a page for me/A page for me/In your diary.
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And he didn’t take those words seriously And it’s fourteen years on And he’s never ever heard those words again I just needed you so much She can do without every hearing from him again Not being the type to revisit Now he wonders how he ever got so close to someone To recall the echo of that simple plea I just needed you so much How he underestimated her bright side of care Couldn’t see something good in the fact That nothing had to change Now these old guilts resurface On nights when sleep is red lights When beds are tired and broken ships And blankets drape the bedside I needed you so much I just needed you so much
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Don’t be surpsised at what you’ll find inside of Pandora’s box Ghostly actions at a distance is one instance of them changing the locks The goal posts moving out of union like an onion such a sweet paradox There’s something looming in the macroscopic closed confines of Pandora’s box Well we was just a couple of dumb youg kids That night we decided to lift up the lid Don’t pop that bubble there’ll be trouble knock you outta your socks Observe the probabilities now if you please now keep a watch on that box Maidens dancing in the phosphorescent crimson hues at the equinox There’s something moving in the ultraviolet pilot light of this melting pot Well we was just a couple of dumb youg kids But now the whole world’s gonna see what we did Beam me up Scotty-Pop! It’s getting hot in here... Popboomerang 100 degrees celsius! I tip my fedora to the lady Pandora I tweak my moustache to the myths of the past
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Remember when you spoke to me Walking by my side We were only 17 Time was ours to bide We were 17 When you said to me Don’t ever say goodbye Never say goodbye Remember when you said to me We could disappear History and circumstance Rung out with your tears You found your relief When you said to me Remember when you promised me You were in for life Innocence is hard to keep But harder still to buy Bitter poetry A recurring theme When you said to me
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Beads of sweat on hand and neck Coats of red on lid and lens Finger-paint a motorcade 'Cos the days go by so slow Talking frost to those who cross At 10AM in a lion's den 'Cos the days go by so slow So I'll sell you my best clothes But I wouldn't want your money for shit I would not know what to do with it For my cowboy boots and conductor hats Guess I'll buy a house in Halifax And when thoughts belong to the ghostly gums I'll throw my arms up to the circling gulls Keeping sentry For centuries 'Cos the days go by so slow
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Somebody told me that you'd finally hit the wall I saw a poster that said I had made you fall But I don't wanna take the blame for that I let you have your head, that's all I did That's all I did You made yourself into someone we just can't like And all of the workers in your factory went on strike But I don't wanna take the blame for that I'm feeling kinda sad, that's all there is That's all there is You're so mean, so mean You make this world unclean And you drive the biggest car you can afford When the consequences call You'll have no defence at all But I guess that day has come to you at last You started arguments so your friends got outta the way But when you fight the world, the world will make you pay And you've gotta take the blame for that You made your bed and now, you've got to lie You've got to lie in it You're so mean, so mean You make this world unclean And you piss off everyone who won't applaud When the votes go the other way You'll vow to make us pay You're incensed the little people dared rebel When the consequences call You'll have no defence at all So take that nasty mouth and go away
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Scotty had a notion A way to make his mark A major commotion No blind shot in the dark If he can get the world to listen in He knows he can win Popboomerang, Popboomerang You keep me coming back for more bands Popboomerang, Popboomerang I always come back to your hands And never ever ever ever land He sent an invitation A global RSVP A Planet compilation Would be out soon on CD And we can start the party when we please If we get off our knees (Chorus) Nobody else can stop you now Nobody else can stop you now Way across the ocean And all points in between His major commotion Is making every scene And maybe when the world wakes up again His records will be playing (Chorus) Changing all my weekend plans Bring me back my favourite bands I will not ask for lesser brands The booklet's whipped out of your hands In the road with cars and trams Keep me coming back for more bands

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PB:100, a catalogue number and album title in one. Ninety-nine underrated indie pop releases on the independent Popboomerang Records label have come before!

PB:100 is a compilation of 32 newly commissioned recordings and unreleased songs from the Popboomerang roster and a handful of musical friends. This compilation pulls together many styles of songs and sessions so cohesively; timeless hooks, harmonies and melodies binding them all together!

Disc 1 kicks off with The Killjoys and their bombastic tribute to the Popboomerang label, Marching Out Of Time; Sydney band The Gaze drop their first ever recording with the charming Wouldn't Wanna Miss You, and Mick Thomas contributes a folky version of Patti Smith’s obscure Mermaid Song.

Livingstone Daisies serve up a growling roots rocker with Turning Blue, Danny McDonald crafts a chiming ode to the Yarra River with The Melbourne Divide, and The Earthmen visit their vaults to unearth Legroom, an unreleased track from their aborted 1995 album sessions with Wayne Connolly.

The tunes keep rolling on as The Little Murders reveal their not so secret obsessions with London with Kings Cross Dawning, Go-Go Sapien conjure up the cheek sleazy Pandora's Box and Underminers provide a live recording of Brave In Other Ways, which would turn out to be the last song they wrote together before disbanding.

PB:100 also reveals the first solo recording from iconic Australian musical poet Adam Gibson (ex Modern Giant/Aerial Maps) with Empty Bars (with lyrical shout-outs to The Go-Betweens and Weddings Parties Anything) and contains a brand new jangly gem from the Angie Hart-fronted Four Hours Sleep in I Don’t Know. Melbourne tunesmith Tim Reid also teases his fans, who have been waiting 11 years for him to finish his sophomore album, with the punchy In The Dark.

The bonus tracks (Disc 2) are a lucky dip of previously unheard recordings. Lazybirds (featuring ex Rainyard/Header/Ammonia members) deliver the power popping Slinky Skanky, The Weekend People accepted a challenge to record a cover from the Popboomerang catalogue and deliver an epic take on Underminers’ TV Song, and Adam Dennis crafts a lyrically biting song in You’re So Mean about a certain Australian politician (can you guess who?).

We also unearth a lost (sounds like the Sunnyboys) recording called Happy Together from early '80s Brisbane band Curiosity Shop, exhume a lost recording from the vaults of disbanded Melbourne band Celadore (10 AM In A Lion's Den) and officially release the label anthem Popboomerang from UK band Kelly’s Heels for the first time.

There have been many times when it felt like we would never get to PB:100, reaching “the ton” is a fitting time to proudly sit back, tune in, and contemplate the future of the Popboomerang label.
Whatever does happen with the future of the label, Grand Atlantic’s Never Say Goodbye provides a fitting full stop to end this compilation and an amazing 100-release chapter in the Popboomerang history to date.

All media and distribution enquires to Scott Thurling @ Popboomerang
info@popboomerang.com or 0438740080

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released April 15, 2015

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Popboomerang Australia

Australian music label founded by Scott Thurling and releasing its first CD in 2002 with over 80 recordings to date.

Specialising in melodic pop, jangle, folk and rock and predominantly working with Australian bands with the aim to building their careers locally & internationally.

Artists include Skipping Girl Vinegar, Georgia Fields, The Aerial Maps, Celadore, Bon Scotts, Tamas Wells & Tim Reid
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