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1991 - 2001

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Black Beach 05:26
Dance over broken glass Over broken bones Dance over me Dance over heads Over arms Bound in blood Dancing together over white background Over sexy new toys Over the hill Dancing together over the last year Over candy lollipops Over the waves Dance over heads Over arms Dance in blood Dance over heads Over arms Bound in blood Dancing together over white background Over sexy new toys Over the hill Dancing together over the last year Over candy lollipops Over the waves Dance over heads Over arms Bound in blood Dance over glass Over bones Bound in blood Dancing together over white background Over sexy new toys Over the hill Dancing together over the last year Over candy lollipops Over the waves Dance over heads Over arms Bound in blood Dance over glass Over bones Bound in blood These shoes are made For dancing over the pain These shoes are made For dancing in the hell These shoes are made For dancing over the pain These shoes are made For dancing in the hell These shoes are made For dancing over the pain These shoes are made For dancing in the hell
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Day after day When I wake up I can see you close down the windows Everyday When you rest We can see my name in your shoulders Bold, stout, spruce, nice I could talk with me, ever, ever Listen to me Be good to me I want run with you in the heaven Oh, oh, oh. We can smile Let’s journey between two stars. Oh, oh, oh Lets walk dance, over red grass, oh, oh, oh Day after day When I wake up I can see you close down the windows Everyday When you rest We can see my name in your shoulders Bold, stout, spruce, nice I could talk with me, ever, ever Listen to me Be good to me I want run with you in the heaven Oh, oh, oh. We can smile Let’s journey between two stars. Oh, oh, oh Lets walk dance, over red grass, oh, oh, oh Day after day When I wake up I can see you close down the windows Everyday When you rest We can see my name in your shoulders Bold, stout, spruce, nice I could talk with me, ever, ever Listen to me Be good to me I want run with you in the heaven
3.
See the clouds and see the Sun and see yourself I wanna be, I wanna be like this no man See the men and see your neck and yours included Can you see it, can you see the bite in your neck? Will fly above the town one more time Way lay you, way lay you, watch over you See the clouds and see the Sun and see yourself I wanna be, I wanna be like this no man See the men and see your neck and yours included Can you see it, can you see the bite in your neck? Will fly above the town one more time Way lay you, way lay you, watch over you Today’s the day that all the world will see I’m a boy, I’m a boy, will never die Will fly above the town one more time Way lay you, way lay you, watch over you Today’s the day that all the world will see I’m a boy, I’m a boy, will never die
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Suicide 03:21
Walking on dry leaves in the wood I was born I remember my childhood when slowly years went by And they seemed to be endless, now I’m sitting in this room Full of sadness, full of sadness, full of suicide You made me feel like full of suicide You made me feel like full of suicide, suicide In this place, sitting on my bed I remember my childhood playing with my friends And they lost, I wish they were here with me, now Full of tender, full of love, empty of suicide You made me feel like full of suicide You made me feel like full of suicide, suicide In this place, sitting on my bed I remember my childhood playing with my friends You made me feel like full of suicide You made me feel like full of suicide, suicide Suicide, suicide, suicide
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You wake up one morning and you find You have no work, I just don’t know what to do You are free, she said, my little bitch You are free, without a fucking pound Please don’t go, no tomorrow Please don’t go, no tomorrow Well I hate this life, I hate your boy I hate your boy, French boy... You are free, she said, my little bitch You are free, without a fucking pound Please don’t go, no tomorrow Please don’t go, no tomorrow Well I hate this life, I hate your boy I hate your boy, French boy, boyfriend I can’t remember where I’m tired, so tired Where the man can’t work I’m tired, so... Free, she said, my little bitch You are free, without a fucking pound Please don’t go, no tomorrow Please don’t go, no tomorrow I can’t remember where... I’m tired, so tired Where the man can’t work I’m tired, I’m free, modern life I’m free, modern life I’m free, modern life I’m free, modern life Free...
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TV Preacher 04:34
I can kiss the Sun I can touch the Moon Look at my hands All the world can see Only you can feel The Sun going down I’ll be the son Of everything You hate and love It’s time to say Good luck and bye You don’t need me I can see you, close down eyes I can see you, cure, all your time You’ll move mountains You’ll stop the wind All you need is faith I can kiss the Sun I can touch the Moon Look at my hands I can see you, close down eyes I can see you, cure, all your time You’ll move mountains You’ll stop the wind All you need is faith I can kiss the Sun I can touch the Moon Look at my hands All the world can see Only you can feel The Sun going down I’ll be the son Of everything You hate and love I’ll be the son Of everything You hate I’ll be the son Of everything You hate I’ll be the son Of everything You hate... all right I’ll be the son Of everything You hate... all right I’ll be the son Of everything You hate... all right I’ll be the son Of everything You hate... all right I’ll be the son Of everything You hate... all right All you need is love
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Lone 04:27
I want to stay this way forever You’ll find another one You’ll be ok, don’t worry I like to live alone You love me, love me, love me like Your father, mother, friend You love me, love me, love me like Your best, best friend The best thing you ever had You were a girl with style I think you’d look around There’s a man in every town You love me, love me, love me like Your father, mother, friend We passed the time, the time somehow You were a girl with style And nothing turns If you cry, if you appeal And nothing turns There’s a man in every town And nothing turns If you cry and nothing changes And nothing turns If you appeal I want to stay this way forever You’ll find another one You’ll be ok, don’t worry I like to live alone You love me, love me, love me like Your father, mother, friend You love me, love me, love me like Your best, best friend And nothing turns If you cry, if you appeal And nothing turns There’s a man in every town And nothing turns If you cry and nothing changes And nothing turns If you appeal And nothing turns If you cry, if you appeal And nothing turns There’s a man in every town And nothing turns If you cry and nothing changes And nothing turns If you appeal
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Emilio 03:18
Every day is black, every night, every day My dreams have all flown, have all run, have all drowned The lord is my judge, advocate, is my shoot It’s raining on my face, we sleep in separate ditches Let me a sweet dream in the mercy seat Let me dream, let me die in peace Every day is black, every night, every day My dreams have all flown, have all run, have all drowned Let me a sweet dream in the mercy seat Let me dream, let me die in peace Let me a sweet dream in the mercy seat Let me dream, let me die in peace The fears of one, the fears of one Are the fears of one The fears of one, the fears of one Are the fears of everyone, everyone, everyone Let me dream, let me dream, every day is black Let me dream, let me dream, every day is black
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Psychof*.Bak 03:51
Do you want any joy? Is this the first time? Do you want anymore? Come here and rape me Oh you. If you were the one Oh you. Enjoy a few days I feel a psychofucker I feel a little low I feel a pretty lonesome Oh you. If you were the one Oh you. Enjoy a few days Oh you. Enjoy a few days Oh you. Enjoy a few days
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Pop Star 04:54
Trying to leave this drinking, drinking place I feel my head, my soul on my feet I never wanted anything, money, girls and fans All I want is glory, it’s my dream Drink, drunk, grass everyday Trying to leave this smoking, smoking place I never wanted anything, money, girls and fans All I want is glory, it’s my dream Dreaming in the sky, dreaming in the sky Dreaming in the sky, smoking place Dreaming in the sky, dreaming in the sky Dreaming in the sky, drinking place Dreaming in the sky, dreaming in the sky Dreaming in the sky, everyday Dreaming in the sky, dreaming in the sky Dreaming in the sky, drunk everyday Drink, drunk, grass everyday I feel my head, I feel my soul on my feet I never wanted anything, money, girls and fans All I want is glory, it’s my dream It’s my dream, I want feel the fame again I want feel, I want feel I want feel the fame again I want feel, I want feel I want feel the fame again I want feel, I want feel I want feel the fame again
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You live in the flower shop Called "Little Head" I live in front your shop Called "Little Heart" Goodbye "Little Heart" I hope you had a good time Hello "Little Head" I hope you had a new life You know my life is filled with smiles Laughter, sadness and tears You know my life is hollow without you But you're so far away You don't live in my head Goodbye "Little Heart" I hope you had a good time Hello "Little Head" I hope you had a new life You know my life is filled with smiles Laughter, sadness and tears You know my life is hollow without you But you're so far away I believe in something best Something way beyond your eyes Something way beyond my mind But you're so far away You don't live in my head All we hope you have a good time All we hope you have a new life All we hope you all the best But you're so far away You know my life is filled with smiles Laughter, sadness and tears You know my life is hollow without you But you're so far away You don't live in my head
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She lives in a rainbow On a river of sound I’m sorry that ... I made her laugh She is living alone She remembers The Beatles She’s living fast. Never tread grass Never dies Never reads Never laughs Never cries She lives in my head On a river of drink I’m sorry that I made her read She is living alone She remembers The Beatles She’s living fast. Never tread grass (Never dies Never reads Never laughs Never cries)
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To Be Alive 04:47
I want to sleep before the end It’s another black unhappy day Things don’t have to be this way I wish to laugh and run Something’s wrong I don’t mind I don’t mind To be alive Well, I’ve spent twelve days And twelve nights trying to stand me Trying to stand and now, bye! It’s my end, I wish to be alive To be alive To be alive To be alive To be alive To be alive To be alive To be alive I can’t dream, I can’t think What I will do? Maybe don’t stay Don’t stay in this world To be alive I can’t dream, I can’t think what I will do? Maybe don’t stay Don’t stay in this world To be alive To be alive To be alive I can’t dream, I can’t think What I will do? Maybe don’t stay Don’t stay in this world To be alive I can’t think, I don’t know Where I will go Don’t forget my home I don’t stay in this world To be alive To be alive To be alive I can’t think, I don’t know Where I will go Don’t forget my home I don’t stay in this world I can’t think, I don’t know Where I will go Don’t forget my home I don’t stay in this world To be alive To be alive To be alive To be alive
14.
Fraguel Rock 03:05
Sure, you won, I want noise in my head But the best thing there is the sound of your screams Pleasure screams Sure, you won, I want touch your pretty smooth breast I want run with my tongue all your skin All your skin Bitch I want be with you all night long I want fuck you in my room I want hear your pleasure screams I want touch you Sure, you won, I want noise in my head But the best thing there is the sound of your screams Pleasure screams Bitch I want be with you all night long I want fuck you in my room I want hear your pleasure screams I want touch you Bitch I want be with you all night long I want fuck you in my room I want hear your pleasure screams I want touch you Sure, you won, I want touch your pretty smooth breast I want run with my tongue all your skin All your skin, all your skin
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Instrumental
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Sixty 04:16
I wish, I saw you, one more time between my arms I’d like watching you in the hall running away Sleeping on my legs, on my feet, on my arms, scratching my hands I think of you all the time since that day, since that day I wish, I saw you, one more time between my arms I’d like watching you in the hall running away Sleeping on my legs, on my feet, on my arms, scratching my hands I think of you all the time since that day, since that day
17.
She stole my wife and my kid I could only made you cry with these words I’m sorry that I made you cry this morning I’m losing you. I don’t know what to do The only things she wants to know The only things she wants to know Is how and why and when and where to make harm To make me harm I wish you were here today, I will feel right She used to make me smile when I was down I’m losing you. I don’t know what to do The only things she wants to know The only things she wants to know Is how and why and when and where to make harm I’m feeling down. Down, down The only things she wants to know The only things she wants to know Is how and why and when and where to make harm And now I’m feeling... feeling down And now I’m feeling... feeling down Why se wants to make me harm
18.
I love you cause you tell me I love you cause you do me Something I need to know Something I need to know Believe me when I beg you Believe me when I pray you You promise not to tell You promise not to tell One sweet dream Let me whisper in your ear I’ve never felt so happy I’ll never let you down I’ll never let you down You, tell me all this big lies The good things what I can have Something I need to know Something I need to know Believe me when I pray you You promise not to tell You promise not to tell One sweet dream Let me whisper in your ear I’ve never felt so happy I’ll never let you down I’ll never let you down One sweet dream I’ve never felt so happy I’ve never felt so happy I’ll never let you down I’ll never let you down
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Can you squeeze me Into an empty page of your life (Empty life) why won’t you change? And be nice I just can’t find my little place In this world Hear my voice You’ll never fill up all your life You know, I will be inside Can you squeeze me Into an empty page of your life When I sleep with that picture? Of your framed Beside my bed It makes me feel so sad inside Don’t be cruel You’ll never fill up all your life You know, I will be inside
20.
Swayfest 04:16
You know, she lives in room 21 Believe me You know, my girl My love You know, I wish Those lips would speak That pretty blonde head I wish this brain would think She went and stole And stole my heart, believe me She’s like a toy Will never cry, my girl You know, I wish Those lips would speak That pretty blonde head I wish this brain would think You know, she lives in room 21 Believe me You know, my girl My girl, don’t cry, baby You know, don’t blow away My girl, don’t cry, baby You know, a dream You know, I wish Those lips would speak That pretty blonde head She moves to the pulse of my mind Of my mind Of my mind

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“1991-2001” is a 20-song compilation – of which two songs are completely new and were just recently recorded – that sums up the 10-year span of AUTOMATICS’ existence.

That is, this is a summary of one of the most important independent Spanish pop groups of the 90s. Clifford Records, our friend Laureano’s label, is in charge of the release of this double-vinyl, 500-copy limited edition that is simply a sonic artifact.

This will not be the only time we collaborate with Clifford Records; there will be more compilations and re-releases, but we can talk about that later on. For now, we want to talk about AUTOMATICS, who split up in August 2001 after releasing a wonderful CD-Single with three songs produced by Carlos Hernández and with the vocal collaboration of LOS PLANETAS’ J. The single foretold a powerful fourth album that they ultimately never recorded, leaving the demos for those songs lost in a box.

AUTOMATICS had such an impressive live show and they showed it off again and again in all the most important festivals in our country. There were stellar moments, like at Adrenalin Village in London with nine other European groups for the MTV Eurobaschhh competition, which was broadcast via internet all around the world and where the group proved themselves to be on the same level as the nine best European groups. The following year they would be the only Spanish representatives in the prestigious French festival “Les Eurockeennes” in Belfort, where they played for more than 90,000 people and shared a line-up with GARBAGE, JON SPENCER, PULP, and PORTISHEAD.

Guillermo Z. del Águila, journalist and collaborator at RockDeLux, Efeeme, and many other places, was really close to the group at its beginnings as well as through their evolution. In the following text, he explains some of the keys to understanding this album, the songs, and the universe that surrounded the AUTOMATICS.

Writing by Guillermo Z del Águila

After listening to this double-LP several times, I can’t stop asking myself how it’s possible that AUTOMATICS aren’t much more well-known. I think it’s incredible that they aren’t unanimously cited as one of the high-points of national indie music from the 90s.

Maybe it’s because they were never very accommodating with their record labels or their promoters, not even with other bands. They refused to play the game and it seemed like that “scene” wasn’t their thing. They had a lot of influences in common with the majority of the Spanish bands that popped up like mushrooms at the beginning of the 90s (what an impeccable version they did of SPACEMEN 3’s “Revolution”), but something makes AUTOMATICS stand out from the rest. To begin with, they weren’t polite, middle-class indie musicians. The small-town and almost hooligan-like hedonism of the younger members of the group – ironically, much closer to the real personality of THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN, NEW ORDER, THE STONE ROSES, OASIS, and the majority of the British bands – wasn’t common here. It’s true that the other members of the group were more artistic and intellectual, but they came from the previous generation (PRECEPTOS DEVOTOS released their Maxi-single in ’85) and their skepticism kept them away from the indie posturing.

If you really think about it, you have to admit that their artistic concept was definitely radical, even brushing on self-destruction and self-sabotage. Superficially, because they refused to take themselves too seriously, with that pose that parodied the arrogance of the pop stars. And they did it all with such a wonderfully twisted sense of humor that almost no one realized it was a cover-up for their shyness and self-deprecation. And on a deeper level, because they were so adamant about recording songs without defined lyrics, above all when they had sublime choruses that could have been turned into hymns. It was a kind of universal abstraction: the melody is the message and the feeling; all of us begin by listening to music and singing along to hymns with phonetic approximations of the lyrics without really knowing what they’re saying.

The best part was their harmonic, melodic, and sonic brilliance. Because, although it’s true that their musical language was far from original, it’s also true even if they weren’t the only ones they were definitely the best. AUTOMATICS were always the ones who were able to achieve the best sound in those precarious live shows, and that caused for a lot of jealousy. They were the best at recreating sounds, like those incendiary guitars of TEENAGE FANCLUB (“Sixty”) and, of course, the electric and rhythmic detonations of THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN, whose legacy they were trying to carry on after the release of “Automatic” (“To Be Alive” was colored in with a Hammond and “French Boyfriend” was blown up with pop melodies). One of the things they really got right was finding the poppiest point in the intersection between them and grunge (“Emilio”, “Fraguel Rock”, “Suicide”…). But they soon began to go far beyond that. They just as easily captured the Madchester sound (“Swayfest”) as they did the most canonical indie sound with a 12-string Rickenbacker (“She Used To Make Me Smile”), or even kraut-pop (“Sputnik Was Sent Into Space Over 30 Years Ago, In 1957”). By the end of their career they were moving towards an extraordinarily electro-acoustic maturity with more harmonies than noise (“Big Lies Under A Summer Rain (Wilson Love Me)” and “An Empty Page”). They were occasionally accused of having a derivative sound, but it’s difficult to find these melodic traces, which are all over the discographies of other, much more respected groups who belonged to the same factory of catchy choruses as AUTOMATICS. The infectious “Electric Captain” is one of the best national noise-pop songs; the precious “Lone” is an excellent song that transcends genres (that is the very definition of a classic). They were able to produce authentic hymns, exploding guitar-pop’s contagious euphoria (“Watch Over You”, “Between Two Stars”), even taking J&MC’s automatic rhythms to melodic ecstasy (“Psychof*.Bak”, “Pop Star”). Their repertoire is extraordinary. As is usually the case with compilations, some things were left out (there are still some gems in their discography), but there are two new songs in their place: “Black Beach” and “Hello, Goodbye”. The first one brings their classic post-marychain sound up to date, a full-on guitar attack with lazy, reverbed vocals and a melodically genius structure. The second is a pop capsule with inflamed guitars, and once again, insultingly melodic.

This double album, carefully and lovingly produced, might have limited repercussions, but it will definitely sell out. And it’s more than worth it to hold onto this treasure of impeccable songs with electric joviality and tremendous melodies, the kind that get stuck in your head and have you humming instrumental riffs and inventing a language for the choruses, like the first time you felt really moved by music.

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released September 30, 2013

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