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Day​-​Glo Dreams

by HELEN LOVE

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flahr hyperactive ultrapop shot through with regret and anger - not that the simple new wave pleasures of "shy girl", "spin those records" and "we are all the lo-fi kids" are to be spurned but this album is at its best with its flashes of passion for the truly forgotten and left-behind, as in the astonishing trifecta of "our mum and dad", "atomic", and "don't forget about this town" - how to make new life out of decay Favorite track: Atomic.
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Come out of the darkness you're not alone! Come out of the darkness you're not alone! Hey Jackie don't look down Jump up to the Lo-Fi sound You're still the coolest girl in town We are the Lo-Fi kids We buy our singles still 7 inch vinyl what a thrill I'll meet you at the till, cos We are the Lo-Fi kids We are all the Lo-Fi kids We are all the Lo-Fi kids Hey Jackie it's ok Together we will stay And dance the night away We are the Lo-Fi kids We won't do what we've been told We don't buy the lies we're sold We just want complete control We are the Lo-Fi kids We are all the Lo-Fi kids We are all the Lo-Fi kids We are the Lo-Fi kids that live down your street We are the Lo-Fi kids that jump on the beat We are the Lo-Fi kids you'll never defeat
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Let's take a chance on our Day-Glo dreams And if we're lucky good things will come to stay You and me and our Day-Glo dreams There's nothing left to lose now so that's ok In our hearts we got Day-Glo dreams We were the useless kids from the hard estates Everyone needs a Day-Glo dream And you can't take that away We lived in a house with broken windows, on the wrong side of the street The clothes we wore were old and torn, but our hair was clean and neat And the kids were waiting outside the shops to knock us off our feet And all we had was Day-Glo Dreams! Lets take a chance on our Day-Glo dreams And if we're lucky good things will come to stay You and me and our Day-Glo dreams There's nothing left to lose now so that's ok In our hearts we got Day-Glo dreams We were the useless kids from the hard estates Everyone needs a Day-Glo dream And you can't take that away Never had expectations, they were things we could never own Stood outside the school gates, never felt so alone And we took a long look at the kids in there And we caught the first bus home All we had was Day-Glo Dreams!
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Shy Girl 03:20
When I see that boy walk by He's kind of slim, kind of tall, kind of just my type All the girls say he's really shy... shy! If I could find some courage yeah, then I could just be myself The boy is always on my mind, I don't wanna be with no one else Now I've fallen for a shy boy, what a dumb thing to do Cos he'll never be my boy Cos I'm just a shy girl too! When I see that boy walk by There's a feeling I get that can't be denied It's like a heartache that won't subside If I could find some courage yeah, then I could just be myself The boy is always on my mind, I don't wanna be with no one else Now I've fallen for a shy boy, what a dumb thing to do Cos he'll never be my boy Cos I'm just a shy girl too! I put the milk bottles out, as you were passing my house I didn't know what to say My feet wouldn't move, so what else could I do I just turned and I looked away And I started beating up myself I can't blame anyone else I'm useless and there's no defence I need to buy a bag of confidence
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Space age boy with Day-Glo hair Always on the move Keep feeling fascination, can you feel it too? My feet don't touch the floor, in automatic mode It's just my imagination going into overload Standing on the stage with The Runaways behind me Flying through the stars about to lose control Taking a chance on a boy you love so madly Everyday it's just the same, I let my imagination go! Space age girl with golden locks Walking down the street We've just anointed her the leader of the beat Makes me feel so determined, makes me feel alive Sends my imagination flying into overdrive! Standing on the stage with The Runaways behind me Flying through the stars about to lose control Taking a chance on a boy you love so madly Everyday it's just the same, I let my imagination go!
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Standing on the corner of the avenue In your skinny red jeans hey you looked so cool! Hey boy you better fall in love Hey boy you better fall in love with me! We can take a walk in Central Park I'm Sheila E and your The Belle Of St. Mark Hey boy you better fall in love Hey boy you better fall in love with me! We'll spin the disco ball To Michael Jackson's Off The Wall We will dance until we fall Cos there's nothing left to do but... Spin those records round and round Play them loud I love that sound Culture Club, fall in love, hey boy you better fall in love with me! Spin those records round and round Gotta love that big bass sound Playing Dare everywhere, hey boy you better fall in love with me! I'm just the girl for a safety dance If your feeling lucky you could take a chance on me Hey boy you better fall in love Hey boy you better fall in love with me! We could catch a bus and go to town You can hold my hand till the sun goes down Hey boy you better fall in love Hey boy you better fall in love with me! Spin those records round!
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Our mum and dad, they look straight down the lens In funny flared trousers on the banks of the Thames On holiday June 75 They met in a youth club by the stadium gates Dad built new houses for George Wimpey Estates That's where he first learnt his trade And his hands were full of blisters blood and dirt And his life was set in love and faith and work Our mum I see her outside the school gates Looking all anxious if we come out too late Oh to have her arms around me now! She worked part-time, 3 days a week at the bank Saving us bottle tops and Green Shield stamps That damn Ted Heath he don’t understand I can see you hanging washing on the line I can hear your laughter every Christmas time Our mum and dad they turned older and grey I watched Margaret Thatcher take their jobs away Our mum said she could try the patience of a Saint The 90s flew by and dad moved to his chair Mum left the choir, as she couldn't get there And nobody came to the house And we pin our hopes on things that are so frail We try so hard but fabulously fail...
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Atomic 03:42
Two hearts beat as one School's out, and summer's just begun What a feeling I get I think our futures are set I'll meet you outside The Spar When I have finished my tea I'd better watch no ones following me Don't tell your mum and I won't tell my dad That when we are together it all goes atomic Just take my hand cos they won't understand that When we are together, our world turns atomic Two hearts beat as one The story of our lives has just begun They'll never keep us apart We made this vow from the start I'll meet you down by the subway with my heart on my sleeve I'll be sure nobody's following me Don't tell your mum and I won't tell my dad That when we are together it all goes atomic Just take my hand cos they won't understand that When we are together, our world turns atomic Stood on the steps, of the town hall this morning Watching the buses go by And I wish I could be, like the people around me With nothing to fear or hide Two hearts beat as one The hurtful things they said can't be undone There's nothing left for us here They made it perfectly clear I'll meet you down by the station where the coaches all leave I'll make sure, nobody's following me Don't tell your mum and I won't tell my dad That when we are together it all goes atomic Just take my hand cos they won't understand that When we are together, our world turns atomic
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Don't forget about this town! The Milk bottles are smashed up They are all over the pavements The postman steals the rent cheques But leaves you with the statements And all around town, more shops are closing down every weekend And I'm staying on the bus with you Cos there's nothing else we can do! Don't forget about this town! The houses by the school yard Some of them got burnt down There's fighting on the promenade And needles in the playground And all around town more shops are closing down every weekend! There's a boy over there with his girl And they look so in love and it's beautiful Don't forget about this town! Shall we walk together now, and hold hands in the park We can sit by the bowling green and stay there till it's dark There's panic at the disco Flowers in the cemetery There's fighting down at bingo And queuing outside A + E And all around town more shops are closing down every weekend! And I'm staying on the bus with you Cos there's nothing else we can do Don't forget about this town!
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J.Pop 02:49
Stands in the street salutes the east and shouts japanese pop Lives in a world of Harajuku Girls and japanese pop Her alarm goes off, and she's out of the blocks to japanese pop Riding the bus with her iPod Touch playing japanese pop Connect yourself to the neon world full of super Kawaii fun Look east and jump to the beat from the land of the rising sun! Hey Tokyo, I can hear you calling me Hey Tokyo, this is where I want to be Hey Tokyo, through the airwaves coming near I am receiving you, loud and clear She cleans her teeth to the sonic beat, of japanese pop Goes to school and her bags are full of japanese pop Out in the street where her friends all meet it's always japanese pop Late at night when the stars shine bright it's still japanese pop Connect yourself to the neon world full of super Kawaii fun Look east and jump to the beat from the land of the rising sun! Hey Tokyo, I can hear you calling me Hey Tokyo, this is where I want to be Hey Tokyo, through the airwaves coming near I am receiving you, loud and clear I'm flying in tonight to Tokyo I'm flying in tonight All I hear is the J Pop Pop sound, going around Now I'm Tokyo bound Hey Tokyo, I can hear you calling me Hey Tokyo, this is where I want to be Hey Tokyo, through the airwaves coming near I am receiving you
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Turn up the synth and the linn drum beat The strobe lights flash when you move your feet You left school in 1980, you never went to university Got a flat on the 13th floor, and a job at the Virgin Megastore And every weekend you and Stacy, were living it up in the 1980s Your mum and dad said you better settle down Find the sweetest boy you can in town But you were the girls with the Day-Glo dreams Never liked the boys in the stonewashed jeans Stacy said We buy our clothes at C + A, and we cut them up so they look ok We don't care what our friends all say, cos we look fantastic anyway! Turn up the synth and the linn drum beat The strobe lights flash when you move your feet You left school in 1980, you never went to University Got a flat on the 13th floor, and a job at the Virgin Megastore And every weekend you and Stacy, were living it up in the 1980s Your mum and dad tell you what to do But you were young and tough and independent too You were the girls in the bus stop every night You were the girls coming home in the morning light Stacy said We took ideas from The Face, on clothes and make up, music taste We kept our lipstick in a case with a master plan for our escape! Turn up the synth and the linn drum beat The strobe lights flash when you move your feet You left school in 1980, you never went to university Got a flat on the 13th floor, and a job at the Virgin Megastore And every weekend you and Stacy, were living it up in the 1980s One day like a bolt out of the blue You met a boy you never expected to 5 years later and you're back at school With your own little girl walking right next to you Ironing clothes, or down the shops Buying Fairy liquid and Co Co Pops Cleaning shoes and finding socks Oh just for one day let's turn back the clocks and...
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The 5 o'clock alarm and your mother's downstairs The radio's on as she's cleaning round the chairs Got to get ready for the bus at eight She's on a final written warning so she can't be late You better get yourself off to school now Or you won't get there at all... You're starring in a... Teenage heartbreak soap opera Your brother's in the mirror counting spots again He used to have 25, now he's got 10 You can't find your books and your homework's late And the vitamins your mother left, you forgot to take You left your coat by the back door And the cat slept in it all night And your best friend texted to tell you That you're going to get in a fight You're starring in a... Teenage heartbreak soap opera A tale of loss and how the world forgot you A teenage heartbreak soap opera A standing ovation picking up an Oscar There's cellotape marks on your bedroom wall From the pictures you made when you were small Your computer still runs on Windows 98 And your dad don’t care because he thinks it's great School's out early cos the heating's gone down You can't go home so you go to town Looking at the faces of the people so sad Hoping that your life won't turn out that bad You're running out of expectations They were never even really high And you're looking for an explanation For the way that you feel inside You're starring in a... Teenage heartbreak soap opera A tale of loss and how the world forgot you A teenage heartbreak soap opera A standing ovation picking up an Oscar

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FORMATS: LP [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies] [White Colour Vinyl] / CD Digipak [Limited Edition of 1000 copies] / Digital Album

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That advance single “Atomic” already let us in on the secret: HELEN LOVE’s new album, the sixth in their career and their second on Elefant Records, is new proof of their almost insultingly youthful energy, this time with a special focus on synth-pop. The almost six years we’ve had to wait to be able to enjoy a new full-length have been totally worth it to get to “Day-Glo Dreams”. The album makes their personal, unmistakable style more and more their own, mixing punk attitude (Joey Ramone will always be in their hearts), bubblegum melodies, and disco-dance rhythms.

And, actually, the album opens with clear intentions – that life philosophy that is reflected in the accelerated techno-pop of “We Are All The Lo-Fi Kids”. But soon the terrain of Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder comes into play: the girls themselves admit that “Together In Electric Dreams” was a huge influence for this album and they show it openly on the album’s title track. The super fun synthesizer lines layered over drum machines in and of themselves pay homage to the electronic-pop that came out of the eighties. “Shy Girl” could be a major hit from BANANARAMA’s repertoire, with that shy girl, looking for her match, getting over of her complexes and insecurities. “My Imagination”, in the spirit of THE BUGGLES, SILICON TEENS, and YAZOO, is a new song in the name of mental and physical freedom, of the need to feel alive at every moment, and let your desires and longings carry you. And, as if it could be anything else, the music is a means to reach that goal. “Spin Those Records” makes that perfectly clear as another pop spectacle arranged with those mid-eighties rhythms that are both broken and yet so danceable; the song is a sly wink toward Michael Jackson, but ultimately a clear ancestor of THE HUMAN LEAGUE.

DOLLY MIXTURE and THE GO-GO’s are two of the names that pop into our heads the most when we listen to “Our Mum And Dad”, an open declaration of admiration of their parents and the years of struggle. “Atomic” was the first sign we had of the album, and since then we haven’t been able to get that synthesizer line or that chorus out of our heads. “Don’t Forget About This Town” takes us back to BANANARAMA again. The song shows, just like “Our Mum And Dad”, HELEN LOVE’s fondness for their roots, in this case through their bitterness over seeing how time can be cruel to those roots. And no, we haven’t forgotten about that imperative ingredient in any reference to the Welsh band: “J.Pop” and its associated references to japanese techno-pop, neon lights, phosphorescent colors, and Tokyo’s nightlife. “You And Stacy” has us moving our hips and tapping our feet again, with its immediacy somewhere between THE B-52’s, THE REVILLOS, and Kim Wilde. “Teenage Soap Opera” is another tribute to the teenage life, with echoes of TRACEY ULLMAN, PET SHOP BOYS, and MEN WITHOUT HATS.

The album radiates excitement and a have-fun, feel-good mood. It’s impossible to resist its electricity, its marvelous melodies, its unbiased attitude, and its unforgettable choruses. We Love You!!!

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released July 22, 2013

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