Songs For Olly (2018)

by King Kong 4

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1.
It's Quitting Time! (M. Girio) It's quitting time! Punch it out, punch it! I've been here a week I can't take one more I'm itching to leave I'm scratching at the door Do you know? Do you know? Do you know? It's quitting time! Punch it out, punch it! I've done all my time I've given my all I'm sinking below I'm climbing up the wall Do you know? Do you know? Do you know? It's quitting time! Punch it out, punch it! I'm a quitter (He's a quitter) I quit!
2.
Drink In Your Head (M. Girio) All of the girls have gone to bed While you lie awake with drink in your head Babylon come, you thought you were dead While you lie awake with drink in your head You lie awake with drink in your head You've got regrets, sit You've said some things you can't take back You've got to answer All of the girls have gone to bed While you lie awake with drink in your head Babylon come, you thought you were dead While you lie awake with drink in your head You lie awake with drink in your head What were you thinking? Now you've done some things you can't undo You've got to answer Now you've done your damage, boy Is there a way to make this right? Now you've got to answer All of the girls have gone to bed While you lie awake with drink in your head Babylon come, you thought you were dead While you lie awake with drink in your head You lie awake with drink in your head
3.
My Lovely Grenadine (M. Girio) Wednesday evening, I was dancing With my lovely Grenadine When I told her how I loved her so She fell and laughed at me My lovely Grenadine I love it when she's mean My lovely Grenadine Well this morning I made breakfast For my lovely Grenadine When I told her how I loved her so She spit it up at me My lovely Grenadine I love it when she's mean My lovely Grenadine Today I waited at the bus stop For my lovely Grenadine When she got off I yelled I love you so She kicked me in the knee Well I was hanging out with Grenadine She said "it looks like rain And if it rains all day Say you love me so Or you'll feel a world of pain" My lovely Grenadine I love it when she's mean You love me so come clean My lovely Grenadine
4.
Taking Back The Ring (M. Girio) It was something like a Tuesday Well I don't really know I went out for a walk Cuz my head hurt me so Then I saw you kissing some guy Like it was no big thing That's why I'm telling you right now I'm taking back the ring I was standing on the corner Back in our old neighbourhood I went out for a smoke Thought it'd do me good Then I saw you kissing some guy Like it was no big thing That's why I'm telling you right now I'm taking back the ring Well we fought through the morning But we made up by noon I went out for a walk Came back whistling some old tune Then I saw you kissing some guy Like it was no big thing That's why I'm telling you right now I'm taking back the ring

about

In 2011 I came by a listing by Oliver Will looking for songs for his band, The Loveboats, to record on their next album. If you're not familiar with them, The Loveboats were a calypso/ mento/ roots ska band from Germany. I had the pleasure of sharing a bill or two with them while on tour with Lo & The Magnetics when we both opened for The Skatalites. They were great and so I was thrilled to try and write some songs for them.

I ended sketching out 8 song ideas. My method was to spend one hour each morning writing/ demoing a track before working on paid projects. Each demo was very rough, really only there to catch the flavour and direction so that if they were interested I could go off and complete the song/ demo in a more presentable way.

We were moving forward on a few songs to start with when the news came that the band had broken up. I hoped that these songs didn't cause the split...

I've included some of those 1 hour demos as bonus tracks (available if you download the whole EP).

Anyway, the whole process was really energizing and the demos inspired me to record Now That I'm Gone which I did immediately after.

Special thanks to Olly Will for his encouragement and his guidance during that time.
And to the King Kong 4 for helping finish these tracks.

credits

released December 20, 2018

King Kong 4:
Brendan Bauer - bass
King Kong Girio - vocals, guitar
Andrew McMullen - drums, percussion
Ronald Poon - Hammond organs

Recorded, mixed and mastered at The Slow Cooker

All songs written by M. Girio
Arrangements by King Kong 4

Graphics by Jesterr

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Organ/ guitar driven ska music wedged uncomfortable between early Elvis Costello and the second Specials' album (More Specials).

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