Blaque Monday

by Steve BLaque

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BLaque Monday

All recordings for this collection originated sometime in August of 2015. They were initially done as a reaction to the completion of my album of the same year, My Lair, and initially not intended for anything more than a memory.

By late September it became clear to me that these tracks ''were the sound'' I'd been attempting to capture in my live shows, but that all the usual shit was getting in the way. I'd been making albums in one style but definitely playing in a solo style and enjoying what I was doing. In shows as a solo performer in my style maybe sometimes it's not so easy to get across the sound that's actually in my head. But I was hearing it,(the sound) and hearing it more n' more in the shows I was doing. At times it would come to me in mid performance and from this feeling I wanted to make the album so that I could have it as a memory, sure, but as a memory of the performance of the songs in bars in Beijing. Perhaps also I wanted to give people a chance to hear what's going on inside my head.

So i recorded the songs live, just like I play them: live: straight up and with guitar n' voice goin' down the pipe. All of the songs got overdubs or retakes (only one or two songs received a retake and I think I outline this in the individual track comments), but essentially what is on the album went down in real time using my Burton or Amos guitar (the two cheapest guitars in my collection, but definitely having something that intrigued me) and my ISK BM5000 microphone. I recorded the pieces via a Zoom R8 and then edited inside Ableton Live 9, mainly because I like that software. If there was a need for pitch correction I chose to do that in Cubase, again mainly because I like that software...(hehe). All the songs were recorded at Forbidden City Studio in Beijing.

Along the way I was able to overdub certain parts and took the exercise much the same as I had chosen to do from my albums of 2014 and 2015, whereby I would listen a massive number of times and let the harmonics of each track speak to me. It was an interesting situation being without drums, but one that I found enormously enriching, especially since all my overdubs were achieved without time coding or 'beat mapping', so I had to rely on my own internal clock and marry that to whatever clock was happening at the time I recorded the original tracks.

Credits for the album are in place within individual tracks, but this was definitely a solo album and one that used little musical input from others, Having said that discussions with various people along the way helped me plan a little better or achieve better performance. I think I should point out that the material results from friends who recommend certain songs to me and on this album I feel I'm the beneficiary of this.

Artwork for the album is once again delivered by Plan B's Levan Stanes and the album was produced by Darktrunk Enterprises for 52 North Records and Forbidden City Studios. The album was mastered in December 2015 at Forbidden City Studio, Beijing.

So if you were unable to get to any Steve BLaque shows and maybe you were curious, then this is what you would have got, sans the overdub.

As with my last two albums I believe the work is honest. It's been a ride and a half to get it to this level. I could do more, but I don't want to, I could do better, but then I am who I am. I am particularly proud of the fact that I didn't enslave myself to preconceptions of being modern, or rooted to any kind of commercial format or that I was conscious of an end listener, and nor did i choose to try to be someone who I'm not by trying to write a pop song for 13 year old's. But if younger people dig it... then more power to them i say n' that would be ways cool anyway.

Steve BLaque

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released December 26, 2015

There's a lot of people to be thankful for with respect this 'album of covers' (I learned more from covers than any original piece" Paul McCartney): Adopt. Adapt. Improve.

The World Premiere of the album at Yarravalley Radio 91.1 garnered comments like "BLaque Monday will thrill you and chill you. Do yourself a favour and shout yourself the album as a Christmas present." - Greg Carrick; The Bat Cave; YVFM 99.1 and "This is the most spine-chilling Stagger Lee version you will hear".

Thanks again to Plan B for their conceptual design also to Hugh Reed and Steve Cahn, both from Beijing and also from Beijing Chris Newbery and Mei Qi Gao and alongside them Jack Rizzotti and Julian Tavilin for working with me in a very difficult time and helping me build a better working environment at Forbidden City Studio.

There's a girl called Kaladonia Cairnz and she has ridden all the bumps on this album, and I'd say has helped me keep going on it when it might have been easier to walk away.

Artists who had their work covered for this album include the following and Steve BLaque thanks each performer, or band, for songs that have given him a purpose behind living and shitloads of good time listening.

Led Zeppelin, RIchard Thompson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gene Vincent, The Handsome Family, Alicia Keys, Nick Cave and the Badseeds, SixxAM, The Doors, James Blunt, John Lennon, David Essex, City and Color and the Spencer Davis Group

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Steve Blaque singer, songwriter, Producer and engineer and owner of Forbidden CIty Studio in Beijing also performs in an unplugged environment with his favorite flavors of Indie and Grunge. Blaque has always said ''you don't need distortion to be grunge and you don't need twang to be Indie''. ... more

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Track Name: Kalafo'nikayshun
"Californication"

Psychic spies from China
Try to steal your mind's elation
Little girls from Sweden
Dream of silver screen quotations
And if you want these kind of dreams
It's Californication

It's the edge of the world
And all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the East
At least it settles in the final location
It's understood that Hollywood
Sells Californication

Pay your surgeon very well
To break the spell of aging
Celebrity skin is this your chin
Or is that war your waging

[Chorus:]
First born unicorn
Hard core soft porn
Dream of Californication
Dream of Californication

Marry me girl be my fairy to the world
Be my very own constellation
A teenage bride with a baby inside
Getting high on information
And buy me a star on the boulevard
It's Californication

Space may be the final frontier
But it's made in a Hollywood basement
Cobain can you hear the spheres
Singing songs off station to station
And Alderon's not far away
It's Californication

Born and raised by those who praise
Control of population everybody's been there and
I don't mean on vacation

[Chorus:]
First born unicorn
Hard core soft porn
Dream of Californication
Dream of Californication
Dream of Californication
Dream of Californication

Destruction leads to a very rough road
But it also breeds creation
And earthquakes are to a girl's guitar
They're just another good vibration
And tidal waves couldn't save the world
From Californication

Pay your surgeon very well
To break the spell of aging
Sicker than the rest
There is no test
But this is what you're craving

[Chorus:]
First born unicorn
Hard core soft porn
Dream of Californication
Dream of Californication
Dream of Californication
Dream of Californication
Track Name: Bebopalula
Be Bop a Lula
Gene Vincent
Well be-bop-a-lula she's my baby,
Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe.
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby doll,
My baby doll, my baby doll
Well she's the girl in the red blue jeans.
She's the queen of all the teens.
She's the one that I know
She's the one that loves me so.
Say be-bop-a-lula she's my baby,
Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe.
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby doll
My baby doll, my baby doll
Let's rock!
Well now she's the one that's got that beat.
She's the one with the flyin' feet.
She's the one that walks around the store.
She's the one that gets more more more.
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby,
Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe.
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby doll
My baby doll, my baby doll
Let's rock
Track Name: Far From Any Road
"Far From Any Road"

From the dusty May sun, her looming shadow grows
Hidden in the branches of the poison creosote

She twines her spines up slowly towards the boiling sun
And when I touched her skin, my fingers ran with blood

In the hushing dusk, under a swollen silver moon
I came walking with the wind to watch the cactus bloom

A strange hunger haunted me; the looming shadows danced
I fell down to the thorny brush and felt a trembling hand

When the last light warms the rocks and the rattlesnakes unfold
Mountain cats will come to drag away your bones

And rise with me forever across the silent sand
And the stars will be your eyes and the wind will be my hands
Track Name: Another Way to Die
"Another Way To Die"


Another ringer with the slick trigger finger
For Her Majesty
Another one with the golden tongue
Poisoning your fantasy
Another bill from a killer turned a thriller
To a tragedy

[Chorus:]
Yeah
A door left open
A woman walking by
A drop in the water
A look in your eye
A phone on the table
A man on your side
Or someone that you think that you can trust
It's just
Another way to die

Another tricky little gun giving solace to the one
That'll never see the sun shine
Another inch of your life sacrificed for your brother
In the nick of time
Another dirty money heaven sent honey
Turning on a dime

[Chorus]

(It's just another)
Hey!
(It's just another)
You're nothing to me die
(It's just another)
Shoot 'em up bang bang

Another girl with her finger on the world
Singing to you what you wanna hear
Another gun thrown down in surrender
Took away your fear
Another man there he stands right behind you
Looking in the mirror

[Chorus]

It's just another
It's just another
It's just another way
Shoot 'em up, bang bang
Hey Hey
It's just another
Yeah Yeah

It's just another
It's just another
It's just another
It's just another day

Bang bang bang bang
Track Name: Stagger Lee
"Stagger Lee"

It was back in '32 when times were hard
He had a Colt .45 and a deck of cards
Stagger Lee
He wore rat-drawn shoes and an old stetson hat
Had a '28 Ford, had payments on that
Stagger Lee
His woman threw him out in the ice and snow
And told him, "Never ever come back no more"
Stagger Lee
So he walked through the rain and he walked through the mud
Till he came to a place called The Bucket Of Blood
Stagger Lee
He said "Mr Motherfucker, you know who I am"
The barkeeper said, "No, and I don't give a good goddamn"
To Stagger Lee
He said, "Well bartender, it's plain to see
I'm that bad motherfucker called Stagger Lee"
Mr. Stagger Lee
Barkeep said, "Yeah, I've heard your name down the way
And I kick motherfucking asses like you every day"
Mr Stagger Lee
Well those were the last words that the barkeep said
'Cause Stag put four holes in his motherfucking head
Just then in came a broad called Nellie Brown
Was known to make more money than any bitch in town
She struts across the bar, hitching up her skirt
Over to Stagger Lee, she starts to flirt
With Stagger Lee
She saw the barkeep, said, "O God, he can't be dead!"
Stag said, "Well, just count the holes in the motherfucker's head"
She said, "You ain't look like you scored in quite a time.
Why not come to my pad? It won't cost you a dime"
Mr. Stagger Lee
"But there's something I have to say before you begin
You'll have to be gone before my man Billy Dilly comes in,
Mr. Stagger Lee"
"I'll stay here till Billy comes in, till time comes to pass
And furthermore I'll fuck Billy in his motherfucking ass"
Said Stagger Lee
"I'm a bad motherfucker, don't you know
And I'll crawl over fifty good pussies just to get one fat boy's asshole"
Said Stagger Lee
Just then Billy Dilly rolls in and he says, "You must be
That bad motherfucker called Stagger Lee"
Stagger Lee
"Yeah, I'm Stagger Lee and you better get down on your knees
And suck my dick, because If you don't you're gonna be dead"
Said Stagger Lee
Billy dropped down and slobbered on his head
And Stag filled him full of lead
Oh yeah.
Track Name: Van Nuys
"Van Nuys"

I don't want to die out here in the valley
Waiting for my luck to change
And I just want my dad to know
That I finally made it...

Everybody gets high
Everybody gets low
Everybody gets bruised
Everybody gets sold

I don't want to die out here in the valley
You don't have to lie,
I know that's what I'll do
I don't want my mom to know
That I never loved my life
And I sold my soul

Everybody gets high
Everybody gets low
Everybody gets bruised
Everybody gets sold
Everybody gets dark
Everybody unfolds
Everybody gets high
Everybody gets so low

And everyone's eyes are blue
And everyone's mouth is dry
And nobody wants to die
In Van Nuys
Van Nuys

Everybody gets high
Everybody gets low
Everybody gets bruised
Everybody gets sold
Everybody gets dark
Everybody unfolds
Everybody gets high
Everybody gets so low

Well you don't know how to get back to your crawlspace
Underneath the dirt and the rust and the waste
But the sun sets fast these days.

Everyone's eyes are blue
And everyone's mouth is dry
And nobody wants to die
In Van Nuys
Van Nuys

Everyone's eyes are blue
And everyone's mouth is dry
And nobody wants to die
In Van Nuys
Van--

Everyone's eyes are blue
And everyone's mouth is dry
And nobody wants to die
In Van Nuys, oh

Everyone's eyes are blue
And everyone's mouth is dry
And nobody wants to die
In Van Nuys
Van Nuys
Track Name: Rider's on the Storm
"Riders On The Storm"

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If you give this man a ride
Sweet family will die
Killer on the road, yeah

Girl, you gotta love your man
Girl, you gotta love your man
Take him by the hand
Make him understand
The world on you depends
Our life will never end
Gotta love your man, yeah

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan.
Riders on the storm

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Track Name: Steel n' Glass
(This is a story about your friend and mine
Who is it, who is it, who is it?)

There you stand with your L.A. tan
And your New York walk and your New York talk
You're mother left you when you were small
But you're gonna wish you wasn't born at all

Steel and glass
Steel and glass
Steel and glass
Steel and glass

Your phone don't ring no one answers your call
How does it feel to be off the wall

Well your mouthpiece squawks as he spreads your lies
But you can't pull strings if your hands are tied
Well your teeth are clean but your mind is capped
You leave your smell like an alley cat

Steel and glass
Steel and glass
Steel and glass
Steel and glass

there you stand in your toilet sand
with your mickey duck and your donald fuck
You're daddly left you when you were small
you're gonna wish you wasn't born at all

Steel and glass
Steel and glass
Steel and glass
Steel and glass
Track Name: Rock On
These are the lyrics I went with

"Rock On"

Ooh

Hey, kid, rock 'n' roll, rock on
Ooh, my soul
Hey kid, boogie, too, did ya?
Hey, shout, summertime blues
Jump up and down in my blue suede shoes
Hey, kid, rock 'n' roll, rock on

And where do we go from here?
Which is a way that's clear?
Still looking for that blue jean baby queen
Prettiest girl I've ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean
(James Dean)

And where do we go from here?
Which is the way that's clear?
Still looking for that blue jean baby queen
Prettiest girl I ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean

Rock on
Rock on
Rock on
Track Name: My Life is Brilliant
"My life is Brilliant"

My life is brilliant.

My life is brilliant.
My love is pure.
I saw an angel.
Of that I'm sure.
She smiled at me on the subway.
She was with another man.
But I won't lose no sleep on that,
'Cause I've got a plan.

You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.

Yes, she caught my eye,
As we walked on by.
She could see from my face that I was,
so fucking high.
And I don't think that I'll see her again,
But we shared a moment that will last 'til the end.

You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.
Track Name: Thirst
"Thirst"

When I think of
Fates worse than death
All I can think of
Is something you said
You said we were golden
Bright like the sun
And now I am stranded
Knowing I'm not the one

An ocean of anger
Flowing through me
Blood-stained and broken
From what I failed to see
And just like a snake charmer
You led me astray
Living in distress
Hoping help was on the way

In the midst of a storm searching for shelter
I came upon one single feather
A half-hearted wish for something better
Gracefully cursed
I thirst

Attached to the soil
I'm dyed in the wool
There's iron in my blood
Yet so vulnerable
But after I'm gone
Once I finally leave
You will be left alone
To the wolves and the thieves.

In the midst of a storm searching for shelter
I came upon one single feather
A half-hearted wish for something better
Gracefully cursed
I thirst

Gracefully cursed
I thirst

Gracefully cursed
I thirst

I thirst
Track Name: I'm a Man
"I'm A Man"

Well, my pad is very messy and there's whiskers on my chin
And I'm all hung up on music, and I always play to win
I ain't got no time for lovin' 'cause my time is all used up
Just sittin' 'round creatin' all that groovy kind of stuff

Well, I'm a man, yes I am, and I can't help but love you so
Well, I'm a man, yes I am, and I can't help but love you so

Well, if I had my choice of matter I would rather be with cats
All engrossed in mental chatter showin' where our minds are at,
And relating to each other just how strong our will can be
In resisting all involvments with each groovy chick we see

Well, I'm a man, yes I am, and I can't help but love you so
Well, I'm a man, yes I am, and I can't help but love you so

I've got to keep my image while suspended on a throne
That looks out upon a kingdom filled with people all unknown
Who imagine I'm not human and my heart is made of stone
they're all dead wrong coz i'm an actor out on loan (my own line)

Well, I'm a man, yes I am, and I can't help but love you so
Well, I'm a man, yes I am, and I can't help but love you so

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