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Live at Akkurat

by Duncan Reid and the Big Heads

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1.
Can’t Stop Hey there world it's another day Tons to do, can't get lead astray Well that's alright, that's ok If I don't work then I don't get paid But Game of Thrones is on the VOD sitting there winking up at me Well What do you think, what do you say Should I watch or baby should I stay can't stop You can never stand still Don't stop Or you'll be sliding downhill I won't stop Can only eat what I kill Can't stop But then maybe I will Working hard in the studio Playing songs is the way to go Well that's alright, that's ok If I don't write there'll be no songs to play But Mauro's putting on a show tonight Everyone's going it'll be alright Well What do you think, what do you say Should I go or baby should I stay Chorus Oh, the party's in full swing And life's for living Don't fight it, just give in no misgivings -please Lead me into sin Temptation's what I crave Before I hit the grave Montevideo I'm leaving rehab till another day There's too much fun going on around anyway They never sleep as far as I can see They're mixing cocktails and they're naming them after me Don't need much money cos the drinks are free Hey everybody they're on me Clash City Rockers is the only place I wanna be Hey Montevideo Oh oh oh o Hey Montevideo Yeah yeah Hey Montevideo You'll be the end of me I should've been in bed hours ago where the time goes when your having fun I don't know My head is dizzy and my knees are weak Its getting light outside but its too early to sleep They all go crazy when the sun goes down Who needs the daylight anyway There's only one thing on my mind and I've gotta say And now I'm half a world away Telling myself going back there one day Yeah I'm half a world away......... What can I say Going one day Going to stay
2.
C'est la Vie 02:58
C’est La Vie Shit happens, that’s the way it goes Life’s a mother, everybody knows Some you win and, some you know you’ll lose No use complaining, no point in singing the blues Ooh sha la la lee, C’est la vie Ooh sha la la lee, C’est la vie What will be will be, C’est la vie Ooh sha la la lee, C’est la vie Don’t worry, don’t feel let down There’ll be another, any minute now What’s it matter, if the world’s a bitch When life’s in tatters, let’s all act rich Ooh sha la la lee, …… No point acting like Victor Meldrew on a bad day No point looking like a bulldog chewing on a wasp No point being like that all grumpy and uptight Ahh Ahh You know I’m right
3.
Baby Doll 04:21
Baby Doll Saw you on your way just the other day Looked you in the eye you looked away Caught you on my phone like a bird of prey When I looked again you'd run away And I said hey there baby doll I'm your man I can save your life Yes I can Hey there baby doll I'm your man I can take your life Yes I can Walking through the town searching high and low Looking in the bars like a hooded black crow Have you seen this girl I wanna know Have you seen my latest Marylyn Monroe And I said hey there baby doll…. It could be so nice It could be so damn exciting You can make your choice And I'll go either which way you wanna go Heaven here with me or hell down below
4.
Let's Skip to the Good Bit Sometimes there are days I can do no wrong Everything is great and we get along Then there are the days when I'm quite the opposite All I do is selfish, vain and incompetent Only trouble is I can't tell which is which Baffled and bewildered I stumble and twitch Never knowing whether I'll be good as gold Or cast out in the dog house begging: Let's skip to the good bit Let's skip to the spot where you think I'm great Let's skip to the good bit honey Let's skip to the part where I'm just first rate Yeah yeah yeah yeah Some days it's all cool and I'm good as gold She tells me I'm an angel, dinner doesn't get cold other days I'm hopeless and it's thrown to the dog Who can't believe his luck, grabs my chop and runs off So hungry and confused I retire to my den To weather out the storm and live to breathe again Try to make sense of all this Venus and Mars stuff But all that comes into my mind is Chorus I need to buy a gizmo that reads the female mind A special kind of Kindle designed to save mankind A one eyed wizard able to lead all of us men Away from here: the valley of the blind Thinkin Well I’ve been thinking Thinkin that I’d better get better Better at bein a bit better Whenever, She needs me And I’ve been thinking Thinking bout writing her a letter Writing her a letter just to let her Know forever that I care Thinkin bout all the times I wasn’t there Thinkin bout all the times I didn’t care Thinkin bout all the times I was unfair Times I vanished in thin air Disappeared to God knows where And I’ve been thinking Thinking bout maybe just quittin Quitin my lying and drinkin And thinking about her Well I’ve been thinking Thinking bout her and maybe whether whether we’ll just talk about the weather or whether she’ll keep me And maybe whether I’ll be better than I’ve been Oh yeah whether I’ll be better when she needs me
5.
Just Because You’re Paranoid (Reid) The man on the phone says, “How are you today?” I don't reply but he goes on anyway Says I need to let him fix a bug on my Mac I ask him how he knows it's on the blink He says, “Don't worry sir. No need to think” Let him on and he'll make my box of tricks purr Just because you're paranoid It don't mean they won't get you And just because you're crazy It don't mean it's not true Picked up an email that can't be right A man in Leotho says my future's bright £50 million pounds is mine today if I claim He needs to verify my identity Send him an admin fee, but do it quickly “Really easy sir”, to miss it would be a shame Just because you're paranoid Don't mean you should tag along And just because your schizoid It don't mean you're both wrong
6.
Rolling On It was another age Beatles on TV Football in the street All my friends and me We Played there all day long We were all in clover Nothing could go wrong Time just rolling on Well a small town's cool Till you reach 16 Till the sirens call From a brighter scene So I packed my bags and I moved to London For a bright new dawn Time just rolling on Well I found a job In a factory Where I made some friends Played guitar like me and we formed a band We were all in clover Nothing could go wrong Time just rolling on But life moves on New things become important New Horizons call To spur you on Busy making plans for the future While time keeps rolling on So I'm sitting here looking back on life my daughter's all grown up Still got a lovely wife And Everything’s just fine Everything’s in Clover When all is said and done Time's just rolling on When all is said and done Time's just rolling on Bombs Away There's a thing we like to do Every time there's trouble Based upon the view You can't have too much Rubble So why can't we do it? Everybody's doing it Because it never works Is no reason to eschew it And we say Oo oo Bombs away Damn the consequences Oo oo Bombs away Let's go crazy Well we tried it once before With dublya in the White House Now we're up for more Dying to let the dogs out So why can't we do it? Everybody's doing it let's light the fireworks Stand back and enjoy it Chorus And yeah. Here we go again itching to join in Ready for the starters gun once more Chorus Oo oo Bombs away No more mending fences Oo oo Bombs away And Don't forget the navy
7.
Kelly’s Gone Insane They just don’t know Why she felt just so She got to work at the record store Like any other day He said hello then she blew his head away Kelly’s gone insane Kelly’s gone insane Kelly’s gone insane There was no reason or rhyme Why she committed that crime Now she’s gotta do time She just don’t know Why they treat her so Everyday at the record store They all act the same They say hello but don’t wanna know her name She ain’t gonna say why She had it in for that guy She’ll just sit here all night
8.
C’mon Josephine (Reid/Matheson) Sorry baby But I’ve got to dash I’m doin’ this, I’m signing that Tryin’ to make some cash So don’t you cry babe Ditch that violin Friday night ‘bout twelve o’clock I’ve got you penciled in C’mon Josephine C’mon Josephine Girl you’re out of sight Just not tonight I’m sorry Josie No need to wonder why I got previous, it ain’t devious But I’ve just got to fly Gotta a thousand obligations Gotta make them shekels shine Gotta walk them halls, got conference calls Gotta sign them dotted lines Chorus Now it’s after midnight Underneath your balcony I’m staring up my buttercup Won’t you come see me I’ll wait five more minutes Smoke one more cigarette Hey wait, am I getting you Mixed up with Juliette C’mon Josephine C’mon Josephine Girl you’re out of sight How ‘bout tonight
9.
Wasting Time 03:51
Wasting Time Saturday, lie in bed Calm and peaceful, in my head PA's on, the radio No one's bugging me, take it slow Feeling happy, so laid back The weekend's here, and that's a fact Feeling lucky, today’s all mine I've even thought of, a word that rhymes Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh I'm just wasting time Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh Always happy wasting time Saturday, half past ten Laugh and joking, with my friends Vodka shots, roll a few Watching both of you, look askew Feeling happy, so laid back If I was Irish, this'd be the craic Feeling lucky, wild and free Completely blasted, lucky me Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh I'm just wasting time Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh Always happy wasting time And I said, Oh the worlds all mine Cracking jokes, drinking wine Laugh out loud, all the time And all my cares can hang and damn well wait outside
10.
That’s Just The Way It Is Jed's a dancing guy it's what he does On the street and waiting for the bus He's there It's just the way it is And when Jed goes dancing he's a happy guy No one’s frowning as he skips by A soft shoe shuffle makes the sun shine in the sky That's just the way it is Just the way it is He says the people living in his town Hurt a lot they're always feeling down At heel It's just the way it is now that he goes dancing all he sees are smiles people laughing mile after mile It maybe foolish but for him it's all worthwhile That's just the way it is Just the way it is Jed says he owes it to the Lord above Who saved his mum so Jed could tell her of his love That's the the way it is So he's binned the drugs, mended all his ways Left prison behind, these are better days Now he's dancing and that's what he'll do always That's the way it is Just the way it is Yeah the way it is Just the way it is 77 Wardour Street on Monday Night He's walking quick and feeling alright He's buzzing and hopes he might Get lucky with you The Marquee' s hotter than hell Its rammed and just to speak you must yell He doesn't want to break the spell And so acts cool Seventy Seven Teenage Heaven Seventy Seven He’s there with You Seventy Seven Better than Ever Seventy Seven Its all he wants to do Later and the Speakeasy's full Everybody's looking real cool He's hoping he won't be a fool So he’ll get lucky with you Lemmy's on the fruit machine Speeding on more than caffeine The boy’s trying to blend in the scene and impress you too Its 3 am the lights show up the grime Its time to head out on the street She turns to him his heart beats overtime She says will you come back with me?
11.
First Time 06:41
Too dodgy to reproduce!
12.
One Night in Rio Rio de Janeiro is one hell of a sight The hills start to sparkle as the day turns to night And high up in the heavens Jesus keeps a watchful eye For all the good it does him No one cares I wonder why Copacabana where the rich people play Everything's for sale if you've money to pay But high in the favelas Poor folk try to make ends meet For all the good it does them History’s got them already beat Was there we took a taxi to the rough end of town Had to pay the driver more to take us around To a bar in a street where the buildings come tumbling down So we're living it up in a bomb site city Watching all the girls looking oh so pretty Yeah, and we're feeling alright So we'll all get drunk tonight Sat with a cocktail at a table outside Laughing and joking as the people arrived But somewhere in the wreckage Something opened up its eyes Fifty teenagers looking for someone rich to fry They lined up on the street across from where we were sat Eyes glaring, arms folded primed to attack Liz said lets leg it Run for our lives I said you're in your high heels Let’s stay and prepare to die Was then a bald guy headed over the street Laughing and joking said it’s nice to meet To the teenage zombies who got bored And went elsewhere to eat So we're living it up in a bomb site city Watching all the girls looking oh so pretty Yeah, and we're still alive So lets all get drunk tonight Well the speakers blew up before the band could play But the people kept on partying any way It didn't seem to matter As the sun rose on another day So we're living it up in a bomb site city Watching all the girls looking oh so pretty Yeah, we were so alive And we all got drunk that night Yeah we all got drunk alright Yeah we’ll all get drunk tonight

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No one was meant to be there on 20 May 2018. Sweden were playing Switzerland in the Ice Hockey World final the night we played Akkurat in Stockholm. Yet, they packed in to see us in the bar with more beers than anywhere else in the world. Listen and hear just how raw, energetic and good looking we are. It will make you taller, more handsome, more intelligent and younger. All for £5!

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released April 23, 2021

Duncan Reid: Lead Vocals, Bass, Keys
Sophie Powers: Guitar, BVs, Keys
Nick Hughes: Guitar, BVs
Karen Jones: Drums

Recorded live 20 May 2018 at Restaurang Akkurat, Stockholm, by Jonathan Sandberg
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Mixed and Mastered by Duncan Reid

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The UK's best looking and most superb proponents of heavy melody power pop punk. Based around former member of Joey Ramone's favourite UK, band The Boys, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads have been ripping it up on all corners of the globe except most of them. Catch them if you can! ... more

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