You promised soon that they would have a paper Give them the right to kill quite legally So you hide in your palace of bureaucracy I hope that you never come terminate me You're all aliens I opened up my eyes, and saw to my surprise Monsters in disguise, wearing bowler hats and old school ties I opened up my eyes, and saw to my surprise Monsters in disguise, wearing bowler hats and old school ties a-I opened up my eyes, and saw to my surprise Monsters in disguise, wearing bowler hats and old school ties a-I opened up my eyes, and saw to my surprise Monsters in disguise, wearing bowler hats and old school ties Come Into The Air © Hazel O'Connor There you are, waiting at the station Searching frantically the place where you belong Gave you a map that showed you your direction A shadow tore it up and told you it was wrong That way was too long And danced a little song Come into the air, cast your body like a care You belong nowhere and you can't bear it Come into the air, cast your body like a care Life just isn't there, if you can't share it So why not dare it? It looked like I wasn't going to be able to do it. The 1979 version of Ee-I-Adio is a real asset though I will grant you a little out of place chronologically. Two of the musicians in her band, Bob Carter and Andy Duncan, were members of. Blackman © Hazel O'Connor I am the blackman and you are the white I am the deviant and you're always right I am the darkness and you are the light I am the blackman, you're the white Yeah you are the good little holier Than thou, hide your head in your hand You hear no, see no, speak no no no no Understand Chorus I am the blackness, I am the dark I am the alcoholic pissed in the park I am the girl who sold her body to the dark I am the truth of it, you are the hypocrite I am the dirty and you are the clean I live in places where you've never been I eat the garbage and you eat the cream I am the dirty, you're the clean You give me the first degree for being different to thee You hit me, kick me, tell me you're what I should be Chorus I am the whiteman and I paint you black I am the traitor, but I put you on the rack I am the coward and I shoot you in the back I am the white man, I paint you black Yeah I am are the good little holier Than thou hide my head in my hands I hear no, see no, speak no no no no Understand Chorus Chorus Blackman! With Roger Lomas at the helm, we have revisited all those songs. She rushed back to Casablanca, and she wanted to get out of Morocco as soon as possible, and so she accepted a lift from kind Canadian strangers who were heading to Spain, where she reconnected with her two English friends again, and together they returned home. Thrust into the public eye seemingly from nowhere, the film made big news in 1980, granting her a great deal of attention as its star.
The experience and cohesion of this unique trio then allows them to embark in some ambitious covers, boldly honouring classics Perfect Day and Good Morning Heartache. Nuclear rain, melting my brain Who needs it - not you, not me, who needs this insanity? Did you look for your cause? With the addition of my pal of 28 years Clare Hirst on sax, the plan was complete. As time passed, those that ate up Eighth Day et al were keen to find out what she would come up with next. It seems so long ago since me and Tony Visconti crafted the original soundtrack. One of the things that strikes me listening to the album today is the overall sense of regret and despair in the lyrics. Who needs it, who needs it? Its been a delight to spend time re-acquainting myself with this set of songs that I wrote as a reaction to Thatcher's Britain and the buzz at the beginning of the 1980s.
Of the tracks included as a bonuses, the aforementioned Time Is Free is probably the standout. Oh the failings of my youth…. I move a little closer to you, not knowing quite what to do And I'm feeling all fingers and thumbs, I spill my tea, oh silly me! Hazel was even driven around Ireland during her early career by a young Louis Walsh; played Boggle with Bob Geldof and taught Elton John to balance a spoon on the end of his nose! If he gets in the dungeon, he could just press the button Who needs it? The rest of them would use it to shower then kip down in the Bedford van outside. Big Brother © Hazel O'Connor They'll tear out your heart, throw it knee-deep in a cart 'cos that's what they do with the scum like me and you And you feel as if you died, whilst you're standing on the line And you wonder all the time why can't you cry? I went to see them and was knocked out by their tightness, their power and brilliant vocals. But it's getting kind of late now I wonder if you'll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now Or will you just politely say goodnight? Dates continue to 12th April — full details here:. Reaching out for you it calls Have you seen the writing on the wall? Did you look for your cause? Zoo, the hackneyed simile to 9-5 working aside, is pretty lively as well. I suppose part of the reason for the relative lack of success was that Sons And Lovers lacked the massive hype that came with Breaking Glass — but also the album seemed to fall between two stools.
I must have thought I was resplendent in my Dead Kennedys t-shirt, not feeling at all incongruous. Give Me An Inch © Hazel O'Connor 'ey you, standing there, what you got to stare at? Looking back now from the perspective of 2018, the album was decent enough in places, but not consistent enough. Chorus Who needs it, who needs it? Many words of truth are spoken in jest Who would have guessed that, or trust that? Although recording in a relaxed manner in the 36 years since this release, this album also marked a turning point away from commercial concerns. Chorus What's done has been done, and I won't be the one Who despairs in the wheelchair, resigned to ''If only'' No, I'll stand up again and I'll run I'll jump up till I touch the sun Because I won't be the one to be bound By the sound of ''If only, if only, if only'' Well, I reach out in blindness now, but what do I care? She told them they needed a better script to reflect how young people actually think and talk, and they also needed the kind of songs she could write for them, recorded with the producer of her choice, of course. You guard your heart, so they steal your sight You reach out in blindness, touch the alone Its icicle fingers chill you to the bone What do you do when the cat gets ya tongue? We're so unreal Stuck at the top of the wheel You're the sucker who fell for their spiel You're the crawler who fell for their deal Your smug little cliches, they get up my nose Your hair dyed, your fine clothes, they're all for the pose Naked before me, your cover is blown Here come the robots, the mindless, the clones And you sold up our insides, body and soul Do as you're told now, and we'll play our roles And we'll play, we'll play all of our days away Chorus Chorus Calls The Tune © Hazel O'Connor Well, I saw your face in a photograph I cried so much, I nearly laughed You never really had the chance To question why did you live some to cry some and die? About The Subterraneans and I first started playing together when I was offered a gig at the Glastonbury Festival in 2004 and all my regular working partners were busy doing other things. Find no shelter from that kind of shower Who needs it? At the time, Gibson had just finished working on Blue Remembered Hills, the Dennis Potter film with Helen Mirren, Colin Welland and others, all playing children.
The album missed out on the charts completely, a bit of a surprise given the hit single. Tough New Wave with a winning mob chorus but very dark subject matter, a fine effort. She was now presented as a gifted, unspoiled punk poet and performer she plays keyboards in the film who has excruciatingly slow rise to punk stardom before she sells out at her peak, which is followed by her swift plummet to the depths once again. As a long shot, I asked the advice of Coventry friend, 2 Tone producer Roger Lomas, to see if he could think of anyone. Albion had only one other band to promote in 1979, called Pinpoint, and they were just starting out and a little desperate perhaps to find a way to land on the charts. When the phone rang at the tiny independent English record label Albion Records sometime in late 1979, the receptionist who took the call was about half-way through her very first day on the job. So every night they would draw straws to see which one would get the one room they could afford.
After a failed marriage where she lived in Los Angeles, Hazel now divides her time between Ireland and France whilst still delighting audiences and touring extensively throughout Europe. The album did contain a fair dose of listenable New Wave Pop, the type of which was perhaps showing its age by the end of 1980, but still was enjoyable enough in small doses. Anyway from then on she seems to have opted for a lower profile musical career, returning more to acting and other projects. Who needs it, who needs it? It is the soundtrack album to the film , featuring songs written and performed by O'Connor who also stars in the film. Her big break would come a year later when she won the lead role of Kate in the film Breaking Glass. I say sir, get your nose out of the paper Take a good look at what's going on Get clued into the shape of The shape of things to come Chorus Chorus Monsters In Disguise © Hazel O'Connor What kind of things are you that deliver papers White papers that you say apply to me Reams of rules constructed for protection Protection for yourselves, but not for me You hide behind your walls of bureaucracy I find that you've nothing to do with me You're all aliens I opened up my eyes, and saw to my surprise Monsters in disguise, wearing bowler hats and old school ties Today you went out to inspect your servants I saw you wave and rave from my T.
Who Needs It © Hazel O'Connor Living in the shadow of the mushroom tower Who needs it? She spent some time in Ibiza, and went grape-picking in France, then crossed the Sahara desert and ended up working in West Africa, before heading north again, where she ended up making and selling clothes in Amsterdam, Holland, painting in an Amsterdam attic, even some modeling, all before getting homesick and returning to her family home again Coventry, where she made amends with her parents and tried, for a time, to get her life back on track again. This is echoed a bit on the retake of Ee-I-Adio, a much softer musicially version and played down a little lyrically too, but still a pretty dark song of domestic abuse. Chorus B-B-Big brother's got no heart When I get my chance I'm gonna kick him in the ah-ah-ah-ah-ah Big brother's got no heart When I get my chance I'm gonna kick him in the ah sh ah sh ah sh ah sh arse His eyes are dull, they stole his soul They left him to rot in some stinking council hole Where they keep him doped on beer and hopes Of television dreams he's living on the screens He knows something that he used to believe in That was: Every human being should have his freedom But while his dungeon had a way to show him He should be more useful, as they broke into his skull Chorus Big brother, beware, 'cos some of us do care And the worm and the worm, and the worm, and the worm May turn may turn, may turn, may turn And the violence and the violence, and the violence, and the violence In my head in my head, in my head, in my head is real Bam-bam, you're dead! Shortly after she released album Sons and Lovers — including hit single D Days — followed by Cover Plus, Smile, Private Wars and Five in the Morning with record producer, co-writer and guitarist Gerard Kiely. By far the worst problems stemmed from the fact that her record company, Albion, became embroiled in contractual litigation with the U. Take off your eyes, bare your soul Gather me to you and make me whole Tell me your secrets, sing me the song Sing it to me in the silent tongue But it's getting kind of late now I wonder if you'll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now Or will you just politely say goodnight? After some time spent travelling and acting, including the risible Girls Comes First, she had made her musical debut with the Ee-I-Adio single in 1979 which was re-recorded for the Cover Plus album, with the original version being appended to this release.
The film was a success and the soundtrack a big seller too, with a couple of singles from it Eighth Day and Will You making to top end of the charts. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. Chorus Have you seen the writing on the wall? For one reason or another — probably the shitty recording contract she had signed days before — the owners never passed any of her publishing royalties, this despite her soundtrack album selling hundreds of thousands of copies and going platinum in sales. Her career as both a musician and actress through the past thirty years has also involved encounters with David Bowie, Tony Visconti, Duran Duran, Jesse Birdsall and Neil Morrissey amongst others. Other roles went to Jon Finch, Jim Broadbent and other actors who have gone on to considerable success since 1980. I need it like a hole in the head Don't need it, don't need it Here comes the era, the era of the living dead Who needs it, who needs it? No way to tell it's all going wrong Mouth out the words on the telephone Nobody answers, nobody's home.