COMING SOON TO DIGITAL MUSIC STORES!

1) Targets of your Ridicule

2) Making Friends with the Universe

3) These 4 Walls

4) Spinning Plates

5) Rock'n Rolling

6) Just Walked Away

7) The Garden Girl

8) Let the Dirt Fall

9) Shut Your Mouth

10) Shoes and Human Animals

11) Frown

12) Speak Your Mind

 

 

ABOUT

Work on Making Friends with the Universe started in late 2017. Jim and Sean pulled a some old unreleased tunes to start working on, these included Targets of your Ridicule, Rock n' Rolling, Just Walked Away, Shut Your Mouth, Shoes and Human Animals, and Frown. Some of these songs dated back to early Shock of the Cold days (2004-2008). Others were from the early days of TCT (2008-2012). With the remakes of these older songs, Jim and Sean started writing new material including, Making Friends with the Universe, These 4 Walls, Spinning Plates, Let the Dirt Fall, The Garden Girl, and Speak Your Mind. The tracks were roughed in by Summer/Fall of 2018, and Sean set up to record drums. With new equipment to expand the number of mics and tube preamps on the drums, Sean was able to capture a highly dynamic and wide drum sound. During 2019 overdubs began to tighten up the overall sound of the album. With the help of Joe Ridgway, Sean bought a Korg minilogue 4-voice Analog Synthesizer and album’s textures took on a new sound. By late 2019 and early 2020 final vocals began to bring the tracks all together. Making Friends with the Universe is by far Jim and Sean’s best written, recorded and produced album.

 

Released TBD, 2020

Recorded/Mixed 10/17 - 04/20 at Viaduct Studios

Mastering Engineer: Jake Shives

All songs written, produced and copyrighted by

Dunlop/Radford 2020. All rights reserved.

Published by Monkey Chomp 2017

Represented by Viaduct Records

Cover art by Hill Dunlop

SIDE A

SIDE B

TARGETS OF YOUR RIDICULE

If we could read each other’s minds

We’d know what’s real and what’s a lie

We’d see the dreams we hold inside

That the world can never see

That the world can never see

But we know nothing

Is that something to shout about? I don't know.

We’re both imbeciles pretending, to be fools.

Targets of your ridicule.

If we knew each other’s past

We’d know the hurt and lack of trust

We have for those that we pass

As we walk along the street

As we walk along the street

But we know nothing

Is that something to shout about? I don't know.

We’re both imbeciles pretending, to be fools.

Targets of your ridicule.

 

MAKING FRIENDS WITH THE UNIVERSE

In deepest space, there's a smiling face

It holds me by the hand, to help me stand.

Imploding suns begin to run,

Past the point of no return

It’s a love, that I haven’t earned.

So I'm making friends with the Universe

The end is just another start

In the blackest holes, are restless souls

Caressed by cosmic dust

The satellites begin to rust.

Rocket ships on amazing trips

Dance round the sun.

As asteroids collide in God's mind

But he's not playing...

So I'm making friends with the Universe

The end is just another start

 

THESE 4 WALLS

If I was genetically altered

I’d withstand psychological torture

If my wings weren’t clipped, I’d leave this place

I’d start again without any trace.

I fell in love with something too rich for my blood

I can tell you now that it wasn’t drugs, though I wish it was!

I fell in love with something I can’t explain

These 4 walls are home in this cell I must remain.

I’ve got a broken bone of contention

And my leg needs medical attention

If my brain wasn’t “chipped” I’d move away

But I can’t so I guess I’ll stay.

I fell in love with something too rich for my blood

I can tell you now that it wasn’t drugs, though I wish it was!

I fell in love with something I can’t explain

These 4 walls are home in this cell I must remain.

 

SPINNING PLATES

Yeah everyone's spinning plates, hoping to not break them

Yeah everyone is spinning plates, I watch them hit the floor

Well everything moves in slow motion, at important times of life

interviews for a job you'd kill for, or the girl you'd ask out twice

Yeah everyone's spinning plates, hoping to not break them

Yeah everyone is spinning plates, I watch them hit the floor

The world revolves on its own axis, it doesn't revolve around me

Cos evolutions like a taxi, that we can share and split the money

Round and round they go...

Yeah everyone's spinning plates, hoping to not break them

Yeah everyone is spinning plates, I watch them hit the floor

 

ROCK'N ROLLING

I've taught my brain to go insane, when I hear the radio

All love is free and there's no sea, so I dive into my soul

There's nothing better than rock'n roll...

There's nothing better than rock'n roll...

My heart's a song and I belong, wrapped in joker's smile

My head's a bomb when the engine's on, so let's drive this baby for miles

There's nothing better than rock'n roll...

There's nothing better than rock'n roll...

There's nothing better than rock'n roll...

There's nothing better than rock'n roll...

 

JUST WALKED AWAY

When I picture what we had, I can’t help but cry

Don’t want the world to see my face, but there’s no place to hide

I made a hole in my soul for you

But you didn’t want to jump through

I cut my heart into pieces

But you just walked away

I remember all the laughter, and all the good times

It hurts so much I cannot cope, just makes me want to die

I made a hole in my soul for you

You didn’t want to jump through

I cut my heart into pieces

But you just walked away

Guess I should give up the ghost, and I should say goodbye

Put the bottle back on the shelf, wipe the tears off my old life

Yeah I made a hole in my soul for you

You didn’t want to jump through

I cut my heart into pieces girl

But you just walked away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GARDEN GIRL

Don’t feed the birds or the sharks

Don’t walk on water, don’t walk on grass

Don’t you cry and don’t you laugh

Don’t lose your mind, oh yeah

I don’t really know where, the world is going

Or what I hold in my hands, so I’m just making plans

Can't you understand? Oh yeah, let’s get to it!

I’m not climbing on the walls, so don’t you treat me like

Don’t treat me like a fool. Cos we’re not in school.

C’mon show me the garden girl, and your roses made from stone

I’ve been getting tired, and need a brand new home

Can you hear the music? Can you feel the noise?

Can you hear the music? Can you feel the noise?

Yeah, let’s get to it!

I’m not climbing on the walls, so don’t you treat me like

Don’t treat me like a fool. Cos we’re not in school.

C’mon show me the garden girl, and your roses made from stone

I’ve been getting tired, and need a brand new home

 

LET THE DIRT FALL

Squeeze my coffin, and hold me close

I’m six feet under, so I hold my nose

Oh I’m not dead, I was buried alive

I didn’t kill myself, I was killing time

So let the dirt fall, over my head, over my head, over my head,

And become my bed

Squeeze my coffin, and bury me deep

With all the items, I would love to keep

Oh I’m not dead, I'm just dead tired

I'm sick of life, and all the liars

So let the dirt fall, over my head, over my head, over my head,

And become my bed

So let the dirt fall, over my head, over my head, over my head,

And become my bed

So let the dirt fall, over my head, over my head, over my head,

And become my bed

And become my bed

 

SHUT YOUR MOUTH

There’s an accident waiting to happen

There's a drunken surgeon who wants to perform

There’s a scandal here that's in the making

Take a million dollars and tell no one

Oh woe is me so please no photos

I sold my story and sold my soul

Oh woe is me so please no photos

I sold my story for a pot of gold

And my kidneys went to the highest bidder

Not the sickest child, but that’s the way it goes

And my kidneys went to the highest bidder

Not the sickest child, but that’s the way it goes

Shut your mouth, I’ll grease your palms

Just shut the door and walk away

Pretend you didn’t see a thing, and verything will be O.K.

 

SHOES AND HUMAN ANIMALS

I wasn’t born yesterday, but tomorrow I could die

I wasn’t home when you called, do you think that I’d lie

I try to breathe when I can, when my claws allows me to

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, where are my fangs?

Where are my shoes?

Quit staring at me, I know you hate me!

That’s why you keep biting me, you’re just like a Zombie!

This world of ours beneath the stars, is full of human animals.

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, where are my fangs?

Where are my shoes?

I wasn’t born I was made by science in a lab

I was driving in my car when I should have been in rehab

I try to rest when I can, sometimes I lie beside a tomb

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, where are my fangs?

Where are my shoes?

Quit staring at me, I know you hate me!

That’s why you keep biting me, you’re just like a Zombie!

This world of ours beneath the stars, is full of human animals.

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, where are my fangs?

Where are my shoes?

 

FROWN

Life chewed me up and spat me out, and laughed at me as the world

Called me names and played its games with me, I’m just part of the flock

The shepherd tells me where to walk, I’d like to scream but I can’t talk

Life plays its games with me, life plays its games

The door in my mind is off its hinges

They can sell you love inside syringes

Then steal your dreams legally, steal your dreams legally

So where does the magic go, when the show ends and we all go home?

Where do the good times go, when the bad times come to town?

If a smile's worth a million dreams then how much for this frown?

How much for this frown?

How much for this frown?

How much for this frown?

How much for this frown?

 

SPEAK YOUR MIND

What you do and say, are two different things

You say bad when you mean good, it gets confusing...

We're only here for a short time

So we should try and enjoy our lives

If there's a reason then there's a rhyme

And we can just speak our minds

We're only here for a short time

So we should try and enjoy our lives

If there's a reason then there's a rhyme

And we can just speak our minds

People act like love and hate, are just the same

Left is right and up is down, black and white and gray.

In your right hand, you hold a knife, in your left, you hold a rose

Its like fire and ice, intent remains unknown...

We're only here for a short time

So we should try and enjoy our lives

If there's a reason then there's a rhyme

And we can just speak our minds

We're only here for a short time

So we should try and enjoy our lives

If there's a reason then there's a rhyme

And we can just speak our minds

THESE CURIOUS THOUGHTS

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