Final Whistle

by Blake

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Back in 1982 Aston Villa were crowned Kings of Europe and eleven year old Julian Pugsley was allowed to stay up well beyond his bedtime to witness this remarkable achievement on TV. Of course, with school the next day the celebrations were short lived – in fact, none of Julian’s friends at school supported Villa, but the beating he received at the hands of the older Liverpool fans didn’t seem to hurt as much. It was a golden moment – and one that Julian knew, deep down, would never be repeated in his lifetime.

Turn the clocks forward twenty-four years and 2006 saw the release of Julian’s first official solo album – a CD dedicated to the Aston Villa 1982 European Cup Winning team (under the pseudonym of Blake): Rimmer (sub 10 Spink), Swain, Williams, Evans, McNaught, Mortimer, Bremner, Shaw, Withe, Cowans, Morley.

How did it come about? Well, I started a band in 2002 called Karmatruffle with my good friends Magda McCaffrey (nee Singer) on bass and Amanda Ranson on drums. We were basically a Bevis Frond Tribute band – but we started writing our own material when we realised that very few people had ever heard of The Bevis Frond! You can read more about the story of Karmatruffle and our spectacular rise and fall elsewhere so I won’t go into all the messy details here. Suffice to say, we were signed to a London-based indie label, undertook a UK tour, headlined at the Cavern Club, released one single and one album, and then disappeared without trace.

After Karmatruffle split, I was determined to record all the songs I never got a chance to play with the band. A lot of the songs I had written didn't fit with the retro-indie-rock formula we'd developed and I had a huge back catalogue of demos by this point. The album title refers to the fact that I realised my time in the pop world was running out (the missus was making noises about babies). However, what were the chances that I was going to pull it out of the bag like Villa did in the 1982 European Cup final? Not that good, to be honest. I bought the Tascam FX-01 digital eight track to record on because I just couldn't get my head around Cubase - I needed knobs! I recorded the whole thing, including drums, in my house in Melksham. When I had finished I really thought that was it, game over! Not quite...


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Take a trip through the world of Blake and remember a time when Sally James was the hottest thing on TV and Aston Villa were Kings of Europe!

From the now-legendary Oasis Maine Road gig to Londoner Rod Stewart’s infatuation with Celtic, rock and footie have often crossed paths. Although it’s possibly indicative of the low-key scale and intimate sound of ‘Final Whistle’ that Julian Pugsley – AKA Blake – chooses the wobbly world of Subbuteo players for his album cover. This Bath-based solo player covers off many of the classic indie bases over the course of the 14 tracks here. But all are done with a lightness of touch and a dry wit. “This woman’s no good for me, but she’s attractive,” opines Blake on the lo-fi Talking Heads funk of “Black Magic”, while the lazy fuzz of “Circles” bizarrely name checks 16th century Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer. For the most part, though, it’s a case of simple songs sweetly sung. “You’re Gonna Let Me Down Again”, for instance, bounces along with King Creosote folkiness and a suave Bryan Ferry-esque vocal. Similarly, “Did It Again” could be a manly Noel Gallagher strumalong and “Beautiful Star” evokes the delicacy of McCartney’s “Blackbird”, while “Piece Of Me” has more of Lennon’s veiled disdain going on. Even when Blake decides to put on his rock cardigan, it never loses that element of introspection. “New Wave Kid” and “Lucky Man” are oddball ‘60s cuts that are cute and weird in equal measure. Conversely, “See You” taps into Pixies-lite proto grunge – but never hides its romantic soul behind the grime. It’s only in the closing title track that Blake succumbs to a cavernous, mind-altering psychedelic wig out. And, to be honest, it suits him and few more wouldn’t go amiss. But that’s a minor quibble and there’s no denying that the rest of this album offers an accomplished flourish of intelligent, soulful pop that’s more seductive than a box of After Eights.

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released July 7, 2006

All songs written, performed and produced by Julian Pugsley.

Blake plays Hofner Colorama guitar, Washburn D10N acoustic, Morley wah-wah, Hohner Melodica Soprano, Stylophone, Lee Oskar harmonica, Yamaha PSR-180 keyboard, an unidentified bass guitar, Performance drums, Paiste hi-hats and various percussion. Blake uses a Fender Deluxe 90 amplifier and prefers Newtone strings. The music was recorded on a Tascam DP-01FX using a Samson CO3 mic.

Blake would like to thank God, Sarah and everyone who has taken an interest in the things he gets up to in his room.

This album is dedicated to the Aston Villa 1982 European Cup winning team: Rimmer (sub 10 Spink), Swain, Williams, Evans, McNaught, Mortimer, Bremner, Shaw, Withe, Cowans, Morley.

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the UK. My new album 'Holy Roller' was released on 15th April 2017. Sign up to my mailing list and receive a free download of my track 'Vinyl Junkie': eepurl.com/dV04f

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Track Name: You're Gonna Let Me Down Again
I been around this one horse town
And I met half a dozen girls
I should have known you’d bring me down
I should have known you’d wreck my world
But you were pretty you were young and thin
And you were intellectual too
You spun your web and pulled me in
Now what am I to do

But like a scratched piece of vinyl
The needle jumps before it gets to the end
You’re gonna let me down again

We used to laugh we used to have such fun
But now nothing that we do
Brings joy or happiness to anyone
But I’m still in love with you
I don’t know why you treat me with disgust
You treat me with disdain
You lie you cheat and when you gain my trust
You let me down again

Just like a scratched piece of vinyl
The needle jumps before it gets to the end
You’re gonna let me down again
Track Name: Black Magic
She put her spell on me
She got me captive
This woman’s no good to me
But she’s attractive
Can’t find the antidote
I got the sickness
She plays me like a note
She is my mistress

Oh no it’s like black magic in my soul
I’m just her puppet on a string
Oh no it’s like black magic in my soul
When she sings

Am I the only man
Captivated
She’s got me in her hand
But I’m frustrated
I gotta find a way
To forsake her
Her voice it keeps me chained
I can’t escape her

I’m just like Ulysses
The sirens singing
She got me on my knees
She’s unforgiving
Don’t get much closer man
Or she will take you
You got to understand
She can break you
Track Name: Beautiful Star
Last night shadows on the ceiling and we talk your long hair
Sunlight creeping round the curtains and we lie silent there

Cos this world is a lonely place
But our light shines out into space
It's just a matter of faith

Hang on we've come this far
Hang on beautiful star

Inside I had a funny feeling and the room open sky
Outside fields of sunflowers leaving is so hard your blue eyes

Cos this world is a lonely place
But our light shines out into space
It's just a matter of faith

Hang on beautiful star hang on
Track Name: Circles
In a while I will see the things that I don't understand
So I smile and I look at you and take you by the hand
That has strayed but girl you're not Sir Thomas Cranmer
And it's late and I got a thousand things much better to do because

I'm moving up I'm leaving town
Gotta quit these circles spinning round and round
I'm moving up to the higher ground
Gotta quit these circles spinning round and round

Late for work as I see the bus pull off in the distance
And my shirt it has creases in but I don't give a sixpence
Gonna phone Mrs Jones and tell her that I quit
Her job's shit and I gotta thousand things less boring to do because

I'm moving up I'm leaving town
Gotta quit these circles spinning round and round
I'm moving up to the higher ground
Gotta quit these circles spinning round and round

Watch all the circles spinning round and round
Watch all the people sinking down down down

I'm moving up I'm leaving town
Gotta quit these circles spinning round and round
I'm moving up to the higher ground
Gotta quit these circles spinning round and round
Track Name: See You
I just wanna see you I got important things to say
But you won't let me near you when I get close you run away
I'm not trying to trick you my hands are empty like my heart
I know I can't be with you I only want a walk on part

I worked all night trying to get this right

Oh I just wanna see you just one more time before the end
Cos I can never see you, I'll be your lover not your friend

I just have to tell you I know you've made a big mistake
Or was everything you told me and all you promised just a fake
If it was it doesn't matter, not everyone can reach that high
Was it a lack of resolution, or were you scared to even try?

I worked all night trying to get this right

Oh I just wanna see you just one more time before the end
Cos I can never see you, I'll be your lover not your friend
Track Name: I Need Your Love
Can't sleep my mind's on fire, can't eat my body's thin
Can't do a thing without you, can't keep my feelings in

But oh my love where do we go from here?
Cos I just gotta tell you I can't wait another year

I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love

Now mornings I can't get up and evenings I can't rest
Can't do a thing without you, I can't take second best

But oh my love where do we go from here?
Cos I just gotta tell you I can't wait another year

I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love

Whenever we're together I hear the people say
My heart is yours forever; there's something in your way

But oh my love where do we go from here?
Cos I just gotta tell you I can't wait another year

I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love, your sweet sweet love
I need your love
Track Name: Piece Of Me
Never gonna do all the things you want me to
No way
Never gonna lose all the things I wanna choose
No way
I’m never gonna play all the games you wanna play
No way
I’m never gonna say what you’re telling me to say
No way

You don’t own me
No you don’t own me
And you’re never gonna own a single piece of me

Never gonna pay just so you can get your way
No way
Never gonna sign just to give you peace of mind
No way
Never gonna sell cos you’re ringing on my bell
No way
Never gonna be who you’re telling me to be
No way

You don’t own me
No you don’t own me
And you’re never gonna own a single piece of me
Track Name: Now You're Gone
Waiting for a train it's a one-way to the end of the line
Standing in the rain I could kill you but I'm just killing time
As I try to figure how all the good things got outweighed by the bad
And I want to call you now but I used up all the credit I had

I didn't mean to bring you down
I can't believe that you're not around
I didn't mean to bring you down
But now I lost the best thing I ever found

Cos I tried to plug it in but it didn't fit the socket
So I bought a diamond ring but it fell out of my pocket
So I tried to steal your heart but my key would not unlock it
And now you're gone

I've got a lot to do cos I joined a gym and I'm in a band
But all I think about is you I remember sitting here holding hands
So I might as well go home cos I'm gonna catch my death pretty soon
My mind is turning every stone all I think about is his hands on you

I didn't mean to bring you down
I can't believe that you're not around
I didn't mean to bring you down
But now I lost the best thing I ever found

Cos I tried to plug it in but it didn't fit the socket
So I bought a diamond ring but it fell out of my pocket
So I tried to steal your heart but my key would not unlock it
And now you're gone
Track Name: Lucky Man
Some have pearls and diamonds
Some have golden rings
Some have maids and servants
Carrying their things
Some own private aircraft
Some own magazines
Live in country houses
Ride in limousines

But now I got you baby
I know that I’m a lucky man

But I got something stronger
Something that will last
After their possessions
Are buried in the past
I found myself a new life
One that never dies
And it was given freely
I won’t tell you lies

See now I got you baby
I know that I’m a lucky man

Fantastic women
Fantastic wealth
My reason for living
When I used to serve myself
But now I got you

Now I got you baby
I know that I’m a lucky man
Track Name: If This Is The End
I was looking at you
You were looking at me
We were looking at each other
With all the world to see
And you hair hung down
And my hair was a mess
You were wearing my shirt
You had come to confess

Where shall we go
I said I haven't got a clue
You said I really need to tell you
I’ve found somebody new
And I sat in the chair
With my soul undone
And I said as you were leaving
You’re the only one

Never gonna see you
Never gonna see you again
No no no no no
Never gonna see you if this is the end

I wrote the tunes
You wrote the words
We would sing the night together
Like mocking birds
I would wear blue
And you would wear black
And we’d dance under the lamplight
Never coming back

Never gonna see you
Never gonna see you again
No no no no no
Never gonna see you if this is the end

Now and again my heart skips a beat
But the figure that I’m chasing
Always blends into the street
Even if we could meet
With this long time gone
And I remember how to play it
Would you know my song

Never gonna see you
Never gonna see you again
No no no no no
Never gonna see you if this is the end
Track Name: Did It Again
Silhouetted by the broken sky
There’s a blackbird flying alone
Is he trying to get home
Or is he looking for someplace he’s never known

Silhouetted by my broken mind
There’s a young girl floating in space
I like the smile written on her face
But now there’s nothing left to take her place

Hey goodbye
Do I really need to tell you the reason why
My friend, So don’t pretend that you love me
Cos you did it again

You did it again

Now I’ve seen it from the other side
And I can entertain the idea
That it was love or something quite near
And the blame was 50/50 so much has come clear

But if you took me back to start again
Would we make all the same mistakes twice
And waste another two years of our life
Or would we get love at the asking price

Hey hello
Look I really need to tell you some things you should know
My friend, I can’t pretend I don’t love you
What if we did it again

We did it again
Track Name: New Wave Kid
New wave kid you want to be the new face
You have concluded that you’ve got what it takes
Your ego’s inflated your disciples await
And no-one’s saying no no no no

New wave kid you know your hairs looking great
You’re young and you’re skinny and you don’t wanna wait
You’ll leave with your parents and have egg on your face
But no-one’s saying no no no no

New wave kid dangling your bait
For the indies or majors whichever it takes
New wave kid with mass market appeal
NME will love you
New wave kid
I can see through you

New wave kid I really can’t comprehend
The crowd’s fascination can they all be your friends
Your accent is northern but I know it’s pretend
And no-one’s saying no no no no

New wave kid your taste in music is shite
You don’t rate the Beatles but Revolver’s ‘alright’
You say you like Kraftwerk all the bands you should like
And no-one’s saying no no no no

New wave kid how does it feel
Still shy of twenty but you’re closing the deal
New wave kid selling your soul
NME will love you
New wave kid
I can see through you

New Wave Kid you know I could be your Dad
To me it’s a lifetime but to you it’s a fad
I’ve played at the Cavern and I’ve not done too bad
But everyone was saying no no no no

New wave kid you got the world on a plate
You’re shallow and charmless it’s a perfect date
I’d swap places with you but I know it’s too late
And now I’ll never know no no no

New wave kid you’re where it’s at
Arrogant poses, being a twat
New wave kid you’ll come and you’ll go
NME will love you
MTV will love you
New wave kid I can see through you