Splurge

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about

Front room to warehouse to cabin…
This record started out in the front room of Nev’s narrow Richmond terrace in 1997. Once a week we would get together and record songs and it wasn’t long before we needed a band to play them.
Nev brought Owen in to play drums but we still needed a bass player. Greg Arnold was just back from overseas and could play a bit of bass so we invited him along to rehearse in the big warehouse on Spencer Street and suddenly it sounded like a band.
It didn’t take long really. We got the first batch of songs together rehearsing once a week for a few months, then recorded them to see what we sounded like. Most of it sounded pretty good but it wasn’t a record yet.
So we worked on a few more songs and took them with us up to The Cabin in Hall’s Gap, where we did some guitar overdubs and then set up the band in the big log-cabin living room to rehearse and record before we went back to the studio to finish the record.
When we got there we listened to The Cabin versions—two of them were fine just like they were—it was the beginning of Splurge’s long romance with the sound and the mood of that place! The other songs sounded like a band too.

What they were saying... about Splurge
Splurge’s debut CD was chosen by Jeff Jenkins in InPress as one of his favourite releases of 1999. Chaos Music listed the CD at No. 2 in its Best Indie Releases of the Year.

Jeff Jenkins, InPress Magazine
“Greg has been doing this thing for a long time.We recall seeing his band the Every Brothers at the Club in 1989… they were the best band to come out of Adelaide since Cold Chisel. Splurge is every bit as good as the Everys. Like Grant McLennon, Greg has a voice that is expressive and emotionally direct and these songs are good, particularly The Man Who Used To Be On TV and the plaintive Open My Eyes.”

Chaos Music
“Hands up everyone who likes melodious pop? I’ve got something for you. Splurge – encrypt this name into your memory.”

Juice Magazine
“Think Jesus and Mary Chain, smooth vocals, toe-tappin’ rhythm section, percussion, sitar and piano galore. Twelve tracks with particular highlights including Nine-To-Fivers Daily Grind, The Invisible Man, Inside This Skin and A Long Way To Go. A most definite recommendation.”

Adrian Pertout, Beat Magazine
“The melodically strong Invisible Man sets the scene for a musical
journey into the radio-friendly world of Splurge, where the easy going voice of Greg Williams, jangly guitars, reverb splashed tambourines, running bass lines and a solid four-four beat create the very dreamy translucent soundscape.
Nine-to-Fivers’ Daily Grind follows on with a more energy-packed performance and a definite sixties quality that rocks, while The Man Who Used To Be On TV returns to the Splurge pop formula. Open My Eyes is somewhat of an eighties reincarnation: it’s difficult not to be reminded of those memorable sonic accomplishments by Steve Kilby and the Church a decade ago or so. It’s actually refreshing to hear some melody back in pop, which 90s trends have unfortunately stripped away from a lot of music, and Splurge ‘Self-titled’ is in essence a return to this lost song form.”

credits

released January 1, 1999

The Band:
Greg Williams: singing, rhythm guitars, tambourine
Neville Hill: electric guitars, bass (6, 8), electric sitar
Greg Arnold: harmony singing, bass, electric guitars (6, 8), piano, hammond
Owen Smythe: drums, percussion
Produced and arranged by Splurge.
Recorded and mixed by David McCluney at Atlantis,
except the basic tracks for "I Can’t Live With Anyone But You" and "Inside This Skin" and too-many-to-mention guitar overdubs, which were done by the band up at The Cabin in Hall’s Gap.
Mastered by Michael Hepworth at Atlantis.
Remastered tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 by Martin Pullan at Edensound.
All songs written by Greg Williams, Control
with Neville Hill, Control (4, 5, 9, 10), Greg Arnold, Rondor (3, 4, 9), Owen Smythe, Control (4, 9), except (8) by Greg Arnold, Rondor.
Artwork by Splurge Multimedia. Cover pic by Greg. Guitar pic by Owen.

Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting and copying of these recordings is prohibited.
All rights of the record producer and owner of the work reserved © ℗ Greg Williams 1999.

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Splurge Australia

Splurge is to quote MOJO magazine “a song-packing Melbourne four-piece” that has released three albums—Splurge (1999), Heavy Weather (2002) and The Cure For The Cure (2007). MOJO heard the ghost of Lennon in the way “they rock, they play it gentle, they deliver the hooks” and in songwriter Greg Williams’ “expressive and emotionally direct” voice are echoes of Grant McLennon and Steve Kilbey. ... more

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Track Name: The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man Once I had no doubt Once I had no fear Hung my washing out For all the world to wear Once I had a game Once I had a plan But now I have become the invisible man You can see what I have done But you’ll never understand You can’t find me cos I am the invisible man Once I had a wife Once I had a home Took a vow for life It didn’t last that long You can see what I’ve become But that’s not who I am You can’t touch me cos I am the invisible man You think you’re looking though me But what do you see The way I cut my hair and the clothes I wear That’s not really me Once I had no doubt... didn’t know the word Once I had no fear... a voice I never heard Hung my washing out... when the weather was fine For all the world to wear You can’t see my fingers Slipping through your hands You can’t hold me cos I am the invisible man.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 1999
Track Name: Nine-to-Fivers’ Daily Grind
Nine-to-Fivers’ Daily Grind No time to stop No time to think To time to wait for a minute Not even time to blink There’s no free ride Nowhere to hide From the minute that you go to sleep to when you open up your eyes You better get up get dressed Always looking your best Getting to work on time Phone rings all day No-one’s got a thing to say Stuck in a rut and a bind you’re in the... Nine-to-fivers’ daily grind Where what you seek’s not what you find You can’t be tied You can’t be told You can’t believe that this is how people grow old If you lose your faith And you buy their lies Then you’ll become the very thing that you despise And when you get off it’s rush Everybody push shove Only one thought on their minds Get home then eat Watch TV sleep Get up again and you find you’re in the... Nine-to-fivers’ daily grind Where what you seek’s not what you find.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 1999
Track Name: The Man Who Used To Be On TV
The Man Who Used To Be On TV I’m the man who used to be on TV You could see my face each day for free Now wherever I go and whatever I say People look at me in a familiar way They say I know who you used to be Meet the man who used to be on TV I’m the man who used to be on TV Everybody wanted to have a piece of me I sat down in a chair with the lights in my eyes The cameras circled around while I spoke my mind Now no-one minds at all I’m off the screen Meet the man who used to be on TV I used to talk about the world in a popular way But after a while I had nothing to say And the only one who was surprised was me Meet the man who used to be on TV I’m the man who used to be on TV...

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 1999
Track Name: Open My Eyes
Open My Eyes

I've been dreaming
That I'm awake
I'm under a spell
That I can't break
Oh why do I always want
More than I can take

If you let love in then it can change you
I've heard that love is blind
Open your eyes you never know what you'll find
I'm trying hard to open mine
To open my eyes

I've been a liar
And I've been a fool
I took a long time time to learn
What I already knew

If you let love in then it can change you
I've heard that love is blind
Open your eyes you never know what you'll find
But I'm trying hard to open mine
To open my eyes
Open my eyes

Uh ah ah
Uh ah ah

I'm not gonna build my world
Round the places that you hide
Cos I've heard that love is blind
Open your eyes you never know what you'll find
I'm trying hard
To open my eyes
Trying hard
To open my eyes
To open my eyes
Track Name: Inside This Skin
Inside This Skin Inside This Skin You could strike it lucky You could strike it dumb You could spend a lifetime waiting for a kick that never comes You could lock the door You could hold the key And still find nobody knows you like me And nobody knows just what its like When I breathe out you can’t breathe in And nobody knows what its like to be stuck inside this skin You could drive me crazy You could drive me sane You could ask a different question and find that the answer still comes out the same And nobody knows just what its like When I breathe out you can’t breathe in And nobody knows what its like to be stuck inside this Ah-hah stuck inside this skin Ah-hah stuck inside this skin You say it’s the same for everyone but everyone’s not anyone and anyone’s not me It’s a play where my lines are thin but no-one knows just what its like to be stuck inside this skin Nobody knows just what its like When I breathe out you can’t breathe in And nobody knows what its like to be stuck inside this Ah-hah stuck inside this skin...

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 1999
Track Name: I Can't Live With Anyone But You
I Can’t Live With Anyone But You It’s not guilt It’s not regret It’s something I have not named yet It’s not the fear that makes me sweat like I’m on fire It’s not love It’s not hate It’s not chance It’s not fate It’s what weighs me down and makes the load seem lighter I can’t live with anyone I can’t live with anyone I can’t live with anyone but you Anyone but you It’s not found It’s not lost But it’s not without a cost What I gained from giving up I used up forgiving I can’t live with anyone I can’t live with anyone I can’t live with anyone but you Anyone but you And it’s not sure there will be doubt And it will never be worked out And the less it’s talked about Will be the better for me and you I can’t live with anyone I can’t live with anyone I can’t live with anyone but you Anyone but you I can’t live Anyone but you.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 1999
Track Name: A Long Way To Go
A Long Way To Go

How long have I been living this way
Every day this week seems like Tuesday
This week's gone slow
I wait for tomorrow but she just don't show
Tomorrow I'll be waiting for Wednesday
And the days wash over me
The weeks don't carry me

I tried so hard I did my best (ah)
I gave my all but I still flunked the test
I got a long way to go

You and I don't have a lot to say
But we go on taling anyway
The same words go round and round
We must love that carnival sound
The same horses going up and down
You may have set me free
But I'm not at liberty

I tried so hard I did my best (ah)
I gave my all but I still flunked the test
I got a long way to go
But where I'm going I don't know
I got a long way to go
A long way to go

Sell all my records sell my clothes
Where I'm going I won't need any of those
Pack up my bags and my guitars
When you travel light you travel far
And I've got a long way to go…

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 1999
Track Name: I Wanna Get High
I Wanna Get High

You can be anything
Anything you can be
You can see everything
Everything there is to see
You can go anywhere
Anywhere you want to go
You can know everything
Everything there is to know
It's a great big wonderful world full of possibilities
Only trouble is I can't decide

I wanna get high
I wanna get stoned
I wanna forget everything that I've ever known
I wanna get high
I wanna feel numb
And there's no way out but up and I've been down too long

You can't unsay anything
Anything that's been said
You can't pretend anymore
That your life hasn't started
If I've learned anything
It's that Ive got a lot to learn
You can give something baby
And get nothing in return
It's a great big wonderful world full of possibilities
Only trouble is I can't decide

I wanna get high
I wanna get stoned
I wanna forget everything that I've ever known
I wanna get high
I wanna feel numb
And there's no way out but up and I've been down too long

[Third verse same as the first]

I wanna get high
I wanna get stoned
I wanna forget everything that I've ever known
I wanna get high
I wanna feel numb
Don't wanna remember where I'm coming from
I wanna get high
I wanna get stoned
And there's no way out but up
I wanna get high…
And there's no way out but up and I've been down too long

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 1999
Track Name: I Will Be There
I Will Be There

And when you're awake
I will be your sun shing day
And when you're asleep
I'll dance the edges of your dreams

I wanna see the world
See the world through your eyes
Touch the world with your hands
I wanna hide in time
Round every second of your life
I will be there
I will be there

When you were fifteen
I was singing with you in that tree
When you were sixteen
I was the metal wrapped around your teeth

I wanna see the world
See the world through your eyes
Touch the world with your hands
I wanna hide in time
Round every second of your life
I will be there
I will be there

And for all your life
Have you felt haunted by a shadow
Tell me as you're running through your mind
The shadow looks a bit like me

I wanna see the world
See the world through your eyes
Touch the world with your hands
I wanna hide in time
Round every second of your life
I will be there
I will be there

Copyright © ℗ Greg Arnold 1999
Track Name: Arizona
Arizona

Woke up this morning and it looked like rain
Running down my mirror not my window pane
Dripping down the dresser to the floor
Running through the cracks between the boards

Live fast die young
That's a song that alreadhy has been sung
Live long grow old
It's a story that's never told, never told, never told

And now I lay me down to sleep
With my body aching
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
That it may find me waking

Hey hey hey hey to another day
Hey hey hey hey another day

It's hard to let your lover go
harder still when you're the last one to know

Live fast 'n die young
That's a song that alreadhy has been sung
Live long grow old
It's a story that's never told, never told, never told

And now I lay me down to sleep
With my body aching
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
That it may find me waking

Hey hey hey hey to another day
Hey hey hey hey another day
Hey hey hey hey to another day
Hey hey hey hey another day




Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 1999