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sing me a sign, tell me the tune sing me a sign, play me the news sing me a sign, major key or blues throw me a line, sing me the truth shall we power down the glass make our peace with the past? i hear the future at last SING ME A SIGN, TELL IT TO ME STRAIGHT SING ME A SIGN, WHISPER MY FATE make me a melody, spare me the tricks sing it strong and true love is perfect pitch sing me a sign, major key or blues sing me a sign, play me the news shall we power down the glass make our peace with the past? i hear the future at last SING ME A SIGN, TELL IT TO ME STRAIGHT SING ME A SIGN, WHISPER MY FATE drag those bones out of bed let's go paint the town dead it's only life in the way (don't forget a copy...for the DJ)
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Viva 04:39
Viva of South 2nd St Got 2 make the ends meet she wicked and she sweet and nothin' is for free she takin' out the knees of every man she see from Metro to Flushing she rock the fake ID u want some trouble son? just go and get it done she put you in her phone and you do what you're told the nights are getting long she got a nose for fun u take the setting sun and light her cigarette VIVA, THE DIAMOND OF THE STREET-A LA GHETTO FASHIONISTA THE BUZZ IS GETTING SWEETER ALL THE TIME SHE-A, THE FLAVOR OF THE BEAT-A ON UNION AND MEEKER THE DRUGS ARE GETTING CHEAPER ALL THE TIME suck that hooch from paper bag and a straw yr look is highly criminal dead parties in yr head but nothin's on yr mind 5 o'clock already it's dark it's time 2 check the park so lonely and so beautiful for the holidaze VIVA, THE DIAMOND OF THE STREET-A LA GHETTO FASHIONISTA THE BUZZ IS GETTING SWEETER ALL THE TIME SHE-A, THE FLAVOR OF THE BEAT-A ON UNION AND MEEKER THE DRUGS ARE GETTING CHEAPER ALL THE TIME VIVA, MY BODY GETTIN' WEAKER THE STOCKINGS AND THE SNEAKERS STEPPIN' ON MY SAD OL' SELF-CONTROL SHE-A, LOLITA SO UNIQUA SO DEADLY, SO PETITA SHE GOT THE OLDEST STORY EVER TOLD so now yer on the floor and the speakers jammin' hardcore the 2 and 3 and 4 and someone knockin' at the door and yr phone is blowin' up now it's 9 and 1 and 1 and somethin' is very fucked up you run right outta luck (CHORUS) Viva of S. 2nd St got to make the ends meet she wicked and she sweet and nothin' is for free
3.
yr mouth is sly so use it yr head is high so use it you got the spread so use it hear what i said? just use it got pocketbook? so spend it don't like the rule? go bend it tired of the scene? just end it if you hate the truth, pretend it THIS ONE, HIS TIME HAS COME THAT ONE, HER DAY IS DONE YOU, SON? LOOK WHAT U BECOME SOMEONE KICKIN' OUT YR CHAIR (indulge yrself) all the oil in Texas all the pies in the sky all the tea in China couldn't make me follow you THIS ONE, HIS TIME HAS COME THAT ONE, HER DAY IS DONE YOU, SON? LOOK WHAT U BECOME SOMEONE KICKIN' OUT YR CHAIR THIS ONE, HIS TIME HAS COME THAT ONE, HER DAY IS DONE BITCHES, LOOK WHAT U BECOME jimmy crack corn and i don't care
4.
hey lookie you someone's been workin' on herself bolt from the blue comin' up from behind did u forget? do u remember what u was? or has all the hair-dye fried yr brain? MISERYLOU SHE OF THE BACKSIDE SUICIDE IS IT TOO LATE NOW, TO COME HOME? THE TROUBLE WITH YOU SUCKER GETS A HOOK RIGHT UP YR NOSE AND YER GOOD AS USED, MISSY MISERYLOU hey lookie you someone's been workin' on herself bolt from the blue...
5.
kicked in the eye kicked in the eye by kicked in the eye by the guy with the shiny shoe u-huh pushed to the line pushed to the fine line, i see a target on yr back and i'm crawlin' up yr avenue sick to the teeth sick to the teeth hey my name is so-and-so and i got a score to settle wicked and weak, safe in yr seat, yeah YOU but a hard rain's comin' and cleanin' out yr gutters AND NOW I DARE YOU TO SPEAK OUT LOUD THIS TIME AND DON'T U DROP THOSE EYES AND NOW I DARE YOU TO MAKE YR MOUTH SING TRUTH OR WOULD YOUR TONGUE FALL OUT TO SAY IT WITHOUT LIES? kicked in the fly kicked in the fly by kicked in the fly by the sucker with the house in the sky did ya have a good time? do you love a surprise? this time, you chickenshit mothers be hangin' by yr ties
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(they) got u runnin' like a dog and i don't blame ya though it ain't particular-ly courageous as you stagger into what now awaits ya will they see the naked fear just behind yr faces so you gone legitimate but can ya fake it? will u cradle the remains of a long-lost dream? now the guilt knocks on yr door, can u take it? behind the choir of the liars, a steady rising scream (they) got u runnin' like a dog and i don't blame ya though it ain't particular-ly courageous as you stagger into what now awaits ya will they see the naked fear just behind yr faces -- do ya think the history books are gonna name ya? when you pass yr final hour, ya think they'll look back, proud? now the cage is open wide but will u leave it? now the cage is open wide but you don't believe it there's an eagle in the sky, flying higher past the steeples and the spires up away she goes so you drink yr bitter wine but u can't taste it for all the days that passed u by that u damn well wasted preacher at the podium promises for everyone broken legs will never run see it clearly windows on the setting sun all the voices overcome sing "the end is just begun, la la la...." (they) got u runnin' like a dog and i don't blame ya though it ain't particular-ly courageous as you stagger into what now awaits ya will they see the naked fear just behind yr faces

about

Brooklyn-based dance-rock trio Black Sugar Transmission's 2009 release Use It features not only the contributions of bandmembers Matt Farley (drums, vocals), Devlin Goldberg (vocals, percussion, glockenspiel) and Andee Blacksugar (vocals, guitars, programming), but also those of an eclectic array of five-star guest musos: Dug Pinnick of the universally revered King's X, New York's poetic pop princess Patti Rothberg, trash rocker Acey Slade (Murderdolls, Dope) and the unstoppable and iconoclastic Vernon Reid, guitarist and leader of Living Colour.

Those names may look strange together on paper, but in fact the wide stylistic variety represented by the aforementioned artists speaks to the eclecticism of the band itself. Inspired by fearless genre-devouring artists like Prince, The Cure, Led Zeppelin and Faith No More, BST songwriter Andee filters the daredevil performance aspect of heavy rock, the songcraft and vocal harmonies of power pop and the dancefloor rush of electro through his own, heavily stylized sensibility.


When Vernon Reid burns through a characteristically unpredictable avant/metal solo over the minimalist Prince ode "Use It", it makes exactly as much sense as Patti Rothberg's winsome duet with Andee (which plays like Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in an alternate dancefloor universe) in "Miserylou".

And while Acey Slade sounds perfectly at home spitting out verse three of the venomous hard electro manifesto "I Dare You" (which would make Xtrmntr-era Primal Scream proud!), only Dug Pinnick could step up to the mic in a song based almost entirely of scratchy orchestral samples (the epic "Runnin' Like a Dog") and turn it into hair-raisingly heartfelt moment of pure blues honesty.

The opening salvo "Sing Me a Sign" is Black Sugar Transmission's clarion call; in a shimmering wash of laser light and disco smoke, it lays all of the band's calling cards on the table: lush harmonies, hard-hitting instrumentation (with a nuclear-strength guitar solo) and glittering soundesign. "Viva", meanwhile, features co-lead vocals by Devlin and Andee and, riding an impossibly funky groove, paints the bewitching character sketch of an apocryphal downtown lolita.

Entirely self-produced, Use It represents the forward motion of a New York band bent on style, self-reliance and celebration.

credits

released June 15, 2009

all songs by Andee Blacksugar (copyright 2009 Andee's Vault Music).

Recorded at Blacksugar Studio, Brooklyn NY, except live drums, which were tracked at Grampa Studio, NYC.

Andee: instruments, voices;
Matt Farley: drums, bkg vocals;
Devlin Goldberg: vocals, percussion, glockenspiel

guest vocals by Alisa B, Acey Slade, D.A. Karkos, dUg Pinnick, Patti Rothberg; guest guitar by Vernon Reid.

mastered by Julian Silva at On Air Mastering.

cover concept by Andee, design by L.C. Ferrari, cre8tive.concepts.

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