Final Whistle

by Blake

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1.
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
2.
Black Magic 03:41
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
3.
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
4.
Circles 03:35
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
5.
See You 03:34
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
6.
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
7.
Piece Of Me 02:58
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
8.
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
9.
Lucky Man 02:40
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
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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
12.
Did It Again 03:33
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
13.
New Wave Kid 03:02
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
14.
Final Whistle (free) 03:03

about

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 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 it was all 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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