Latest Pop Sounds

by Blake

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Recorded in 2009 and released in January 2010, I meant this album to be my final push for glory! I selected ten tracks from those I had written since the release of 'Antheology' in 2008 (which eventually became twelve) and attempted to emulate Lou Reed's concept for The Velvet Undground's 'Loaded' LP, i.e. that it would be 'loaded' with hits (well, good songs at least!) I made a conscious effort to record each track as well as I possibly could on my Tascam eight track recorder in order to maintain the highest standard of fidelity. Whereas I would usually let mistakes go in the process of recording, on this record I wouldn't be satisfied until I had a perfect take. I was pretty pleased with the final product, although I did change the album title at the last minute. I was going to release it as 'John Hooper, martyr' with the medieval woodcut cover (one of the free downloads with the album) but I thought this would eliminate whatever tiny chance of commercial success it had left. I reverted to a shot taken from a 1966 fashion and homeware catalogue that belonged to a friend of mine, and opted for the sixties retro theme. In any case, it failed to chart!

Album review from Overplay.com:

"With a cover photo fresh out of the August 1969 issue of Groovy Interiors magazine, you arrive at this lp with certain expectations. Namely, that Bath singer/songwriter Blake, AKA Julian Pugsley, likes his music with a drop of Mellow Yellow in the mix. And, when you listen to it, you realise that’s true. But that’s not all. Across the 12 tunes on this lp, there are plenty of cleverly crafted ‘60s-inflected mini pop gems. However, Blake finds room for a few synths, a couple of garage rock fizzles and the odd indie fringe-shaker.

In fact, opening track “Rag Doll” is a proper wrong-footer. Misty effects and wavy eastern synths lay on some metaphorical dry ice before the regimented guitar and icy Ian Brown delivery turn it into something like Joy Division with added disco. If you’re left feeling chilly, “I’m Not Thinking About You” follows this up with a big T-Rex cuddle of flighty acoustic bubblegum. All before “Envy Street” splits the difference with a Reverend & The Makers meets The Kinks bit of spiky social commentary; containing the album’s best lyric, “Mrs Jones has got a new conservatory.”

As this seesaw of frothy wiggling and moody introspection continues, it makes for an interesting ride. From the trippy bounce of “Sue”, you’re taken to the big, bleepy Kraftwerk shapes of “The Blue Room.” Then, from the woozy, Dylanesque charm of “Goodbye,” you’re kicked out in to the cold with the windswept Johnny Cash vibe of “The Ballad Of John Hooper.” And while “You’re So Square” and “My T Rex” possess the beautifully fuzzed-out atmos of The Velvet Underground, “Ordinary Person” has all the anthemic architecture of classic Oasis. Only without taking itself too seriously. Thank God.

The stylistic mood swings on ‘Latest Pop Sounds…’ make for an entertaining listen. But luckily every track has the same keen sense of melody that no amount of weird effects and Wedding Present feedback can ever compensate for. Good, solid pop music. Even down to the baby gurglings and crystalline acoustics that make up final track “Daisy.” John Lennon may have made half the world cringe with “Beautiful Boy”, but here Blake has the good sense to leave the vocals to the infant."

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released January 10, 2010

All songs written by Blake, except 'Rag Doll' by Blake/Mulligan and 'My T Rex' by Blake/Prais, © Rockhopper Records 2009. Produced by Blake. Recorded at home and at St Katharine’s Church, Holt and Nine Volt Leap studios, Melksham. Back cover photography by Alan Tyghe. Tray photography by Angela Pugsley. Thanks to: Sarah, Cas, Mum, Dad, Paul, Chris, Joe, Port Erin, Alan & everyone at St. K's. This record is dedicated to Daisy Hope Pugsley.

"God will draw to the divine life all whom God wishes, in the ways God wishes; for truth, and the way to truth, belong to God and not to us." Keith Ward

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the UK. My new album 'Holy Roller' is 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: Rag Doll
I see you walking down the stairs
I watch you stop and turn and stare
At your reflection in the hall
I see you when you’re with the crowd
I hear you talking much too loud
You don’t hear me when I call

I feel like your rag doll
You’re spinning me round and round
I feel like your rag doll
You’re spinning me round and round

I watch you putting on your face
You crawl into your hiding place
Your eyes are cold behind your smile
But I wish that I could make you see
You’re gonna lose it and you’re gonna lose me
There’s no substance to your style
Track Name: I'm Not Thinking About You
I’m Not Thinking About You

I used to love you girl but you threw it all away
I used to need you girl but you had to let it slip away

It’s just a part you played and I was playing the fool
It’s just a game you played but I didn’t know the rules

Well I’m not thinking about you
I’m not thinking about where you are tonight
I’m not thinking about you
I’m just telling myself that everything’s alright, alright


I used to call you girl when things weren’t going great
I used to care for you girl but now you’ve thrown it all back in my face

It’s just a part you played and I was playing the fool
It’s just a game you played but I didn’t know the rules

Well I’m not thinking about you
I’m not thinking about where you are tonight
I’m not thinking about you
I’m just telling myself that everything’s alright, alright

I remember the day we met and the time of our first kiss
It’s nothing I can’t forget and I know I’m not gonna miss
Track Name: Envy Street
Mrs Jones has got a new conservatory
A special treat now that they’re back from holiday
She’s got three children and she loves them too
She sees them every time they’re back from boarding school

Mr Brooks has got himself a new lover
She’s seventeen she is a friend of his mother
He promised he would never take her too far
Just once or twice around the block in his brand new car

They live on Envy Street at the bottom of Avarice Row
Their lives are oh so sweet, it’s a shame it’s all a show, but they don’t know, they don’t know

Mrs Smith she likes to go to yoga
It helps her when she’s looking over her shoulder
Cos Mrs Daniels has a brand new fridge
And Mrs Johnson won a cup for playing Bridge

Mr Heath works for the local college
He’s got a thirst but it not for knowledge
He likes to put away a bottle of day
Of brandy cocktail done the Alexander way

They live on Envy Street at the bottom of Emptiness Row
Their lives are oh so sweet, it’s a shame it’s all a show, but they don’t know, they don’t know

Mrs Cherry gets her dishwasher mended
She goes to church to get her life extended
She helps the homeless get back on their feet
She wants to keep them well away from Envy Street

Mr Wilson is a health inspector
He’s proud of working in the public sector
But underneath he knows it’s all a sham
And if he’s honest he don’t really give a damn

They live on Envy Street on the opposite side of the road
Their lives are incomplete, it’s a shame it’s all a show, but they don’t know, they don’t know
Track Name: Sue
Sue I’m feeling kinda blue
It’s true it’s all because of you
Well I know that I should be stronger
But I can’t wait a minute longer
Sue, what are you gonna do?

Oh Sue, you make me feel brand new
Oh Sue, there’s nothing we can’t do

La la la la la la la la etc

Sue I know you’re feeling blue
Won’t you say that you want me too

Cos I know that you can’t forget it
And I promise you won’t regret it
Sue what else can I do?

Oh Sue, you make me feel brand new
Oh Sue, there’s nothing we can’t do

La la la la la la la la etc
Track Name: Ordinary Person
Well I can’t live inside your dreams, baby
And everything that glitters is not the way it seems
But open up your eyes and you’ll see
It’s a good thing that could be, it’s a good thing that could be

Well I can’t always remember all my lines, baby
But I just wish that sometimes you really wouldn’t mind
Or think that someone else could play my part
Cos it’s a good thing that could start if you listen to your heart

Cos when it comes down to it I’m an ordinary person, baby
And if I face up to it, I ain’t never gonna change
And I’m sorry but I can’t be
All the things you want me to be
But if you take me as I am we’ll be OK

Well I just can’t live up to your ideals, baby
And I’m no superhero but you’re the same as me
We both gotta face reality
It’s a good thing that could be, it’s a good thing you and me

Well, you always say I live with my head in the clouds, baby
But you know we got something that’s rooted in the ground
And baby I know that I’ve made some mistakes
But there’s a good thing we could make and it’s a chance we gotta take

Cos when it comes down to it I’m an ordinary person, baby
And if I face up to it, I ain’t never gonna change
And I’m sorry but I can’t be
All the things you want me to be
But if you take me as I am we’ll be OK

Well I can’t help the things that I feel
But the way you criticise me is driving me to tears
Don’t you see that I can give you something money can’t buy
Cos I love you
Honest girl I love you

Chorus repeat
Oooh, it’s gonna be OK etc.
Track Name: Goodbye
I was lying on the bed with all the words you said
Going round and around in my head
I was thinking of you and all the things we used to do
Going round and around in my head

You know that I know you don’t love me anymore
I know that you don’t even care

Well I guess there’s nothing left to say, goodbye
Well you never loved me anyway, goodbye

I was sitting in the park till the evening sky grew dark
Going round and around in my head
I was thinking of us and all the things that we discussed
Going round and around in my head

You know that I know you don’t love me anymore
I know that you don’t even care

Well I guess there’s nothing left to say, goodbye
Well you never loved me anyway, goodbye

Now I’m sitting on a beach with a cold drink within reach
Going round and around in my head
I’m not thinking of you because I got somebody new
Going round and around in my head

I know that you know I don’t love you anymore
You know that I don’t even care

Well I guess there’s nothing left to say, goodbye
Well I never loved you anyway, goodbye
Track Name: The Ballad of John Hooper
John Hooper was born in the shadows
In 1495
Converted on the Somerset levels
His faith forced him to fly

On rough seas crossing over the water
In Strasbourg took a bride
Found shelter till the King was anointed
Then returned to his side

And he cried “Have mercy upon me”
As he prayed in the night
“Have mercy upon me”
My Lord Jesus Christ
“Have mercy”

At Gloucester the King made him bishop
He gave his heart to the poor
Educated his clergy and taught them the words
To the prayer of the Lord

But the King was dead before manhood
Bloody Mary took the throne
Imprisoned for what he believed in
Then condemned to be burned

And he cried “Have mercy upon me”
As the flames leapt high
“Have mercy upon me”
My Lord Jesus Christ
“Have mercy”
Track Name: You're So Square
Have you ever, have you looked inside
Cos if you did it, you would be surprised
Cos there’s nothing inside of you and nothing that you ever say is true

Well do you ever think where you’re really at
Have you wondered are you like this or that
Cos I know where you’re coming from and it’s a place where I don’t belong

You’re so square you’re nowhere
You think you’re smart but you’re just unaware
You’re so square you’re nowhere
There’s nothing there

You think you’re pretty you think you’re pretty hip
You think you’re wanted but it is just a trip
Cos there’s nothing inside of you and nothing that you ever say is true

They got your number they got your DNA
They got your picture but girl I’m sorry to say
That no-one likes a girl who thinks she’s it
And no-one’s listening cos you’re talking shit
Track Name: Nothing Left To Lose
So are you going down
I can see your eyes are closing
You’re waiting for the ground
To cover you but just supposing
You fill the hole by burying your sadness

Cos you’ve got nothing left to lose
But you’ve got everything to gain
What you get is what you choose
Wish I could take away your pain

You don’t know what you’ve got
Just look inside and look around you
You know no matter what
I’ll always be so glad I found you
I wish you knew what I was thinking

So are you going down
Do you see shadows forming
But listen to the sound
The voice there gently calling
When you awake cos it’s a new day
Track Name: My T Rex
Do you get the feeling something’s following you?
All is familiar but something’s new
But hey hey hey hey hey hey you better beware

I heard a footstep now it sounds like another
Not gonna stay here got me running for cover
But hey hey hey hey hey hey I’d better beware

It’s funny how peculiar you seem
Now that I’ve left you you’ve turned all mean
You’re my T Rex

Jumped off the bed and quickly ran to the door
All I remember then is hitting the floor
But hey hey hey hey hey hey I’d better beware

It’s funny how peculiar you seem
Now that I’ve left you you’ve turned all green
You’re my T Rex