Enforced Fun

by Spray

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In the heart of a deep, dark forest in a small county in the north of England, lies a cottage. In a darkened room inside that cottage, a flickering mixing desk pulsates. Next to the mixing desk lie Spray. Spray are a pop group. Spray despair at the world, it’s disappointments, it’s lethargy, it’s banality and it’s hypocrisy. So they have written this album. But it hasn’t helped. Their own lethargy and hypocrisy will become very clear. This album contains contradictions disguised as irony, but don’t be fooled. Spray are trying to help you. I am Jane Badler, and I endorse this message.
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Sun up in the sky, oh I got it good Never gonna rain, not while we’ve got love Never have too much, never have enough Never let me fall, not while we’ve got love Every step every step I take Come on somebody hit the applause light Every step is a melody Every step is complete attention Every step every step I take Gimme love, gimme adoration Every step is an energy Every step is an aspiration Each thought that I form, each opinion’s Committee funded and focus grouped Secrets I will share, bland yet debonair Brand approval means I love you Pumping all the fun into every life Over-saturate every thing you like Sell a telephone with a trope or two “Make the moment count, when the moment’s you” Sun up in the sky lights a world outgrown Never gonna rain if I say it won’t Closer to that port, when it comes to this Clarity of thought, ignorance is bliss Each thought that I form, each opinion’s Musing on thoughts I’ve previously formed Content is passé, no ideas today Just a lifestyle now unadorned Self evaluate, never deviate Send me feedback if the feedback is good Faux sincerity, documentary Tired, so tired with every step I take
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Overdramatic 03:52
Some days the world seems tame now the fire in our love has gone out No spark, I follow my heart and I finish up filled with doubt Some days you seem tame and I feel I'm gonna explode You may experience pain but it's keeping you on your toes So when I feel there's a little lack of spice between me and you I can see when your eyes glaze over, well I know just what to do Ooh She gets overdramatic And that's why you love me She gets overdramatic It's why you love me She gets overdramatic And that's why you need me She gets overdramatic It's why you love me it's why you love me I calm down, you come round, and everything's back in the frame But the best part of a brand new start is blowing up all over again Sometimes I wonder why it's variety that keeps us strong That's fate - a car with no brakes - you can't stop it when things go wrong Now people are designed to secretly crave such tension and fear The sweet anticipation as the melodrama draws near It's all deliberate You think I'm kind of a flake You're so considerate Putting up with the demands that I make
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Watching the rest, I’m cursing the blessed. Life is a test I’m failing. Then, out of the blue, Suddenly you Give me a new perspective. You, open my eyes, And I realize Everything’s subjective. You show me the way Even I can enter the fray. You show me the way I can deceive, I can betray. You make me believe That the naïve are meant to be prey. You show me the way Generously… You show me the way. Dying inside, I swallow my pride. Often I’ve cried, “Surrender.” You show me the way Anyone can enter the fray. You show me the way I can believe That I’m okay. You show me the way People deceive In order to stay. You show me the way Generously, You show me the way.
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It’s a lowbrow lowbrow planet And it’s gonna break your heart So just don’t ascribe to malice that which is explained by incompetence Existence is a parody that is stuffed with malcontents Oh Ricocheting through life It blunts like a knife Inertia gets stronger Tailored for everyone Appealing to none Don’t leave it much longer Rotating the square Rotating the square Rotating the square But if from this life you take one thing One simple lesson, they always said "Make sure you cause the maximum damage before being discredited" Oh We’re the bees on the breeze We’re feeding on dreams Won’t take any longer Dark matter soft thumbs Kill time till it comes Won’t get any stronger Let’s face it we just don’t have the capacity To be left in charge of something like society
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In our hands an enemy We say we need to cope Plumbs the depths of cruelty To bastardize our hopes We confess to it our dreams that aren’t coming true It replies to it - it seems - they soon are going to And the only way to stop it is with all your might to drop it Cos it takes the life you fantasize And dangles it before your eyes It tells you it’s been prophesised But in the bitter end... surprise! The magic 8 ball The magic 8 ball lies The magic 8 ball The magic 8 ball lies Though, c’mon we know it’s dumb A toy cannot divine As soon as we’re a little bummed We ask it for a sign Thinking up a question fast we shake it to and fro Hold our breath and pray at last the answer won’t be no And the only way to stop it is with all your might to drop it Cos it takes the life you fantasize And dangles it before your eyes It tells you it’s been prophesised But in the bitter end... surprise! The magic 8 ball The magic 8 ball lies The magic 8 ball The magic 8 ball lies Rather than rely on it couldn’t we just guess? Wouldn’t we be better off? As I see it, yes If we give it more control than a person should How would it affect us? “Outlook not so good”
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I can see you in your Spanish hideaway You spend your hours counting the money that you've made You built your empire out as far as the eye can see But every night your cries are carried on the breeze You’re singing! It’s not enough! To be a real go getter It’s not enough! You gotta be one better It’s not enough! Let’s sing together It’s never gonna be enough! It’s never gonna be enough! I'm a self made man I've made a dime or two Invested wisely in the stocks they told me to I'll keep on going till I'm number one - the winner Then I'll carry on and into minus figures It’s not enough! To be a real go getter It’s not enough! You gotta be one better It’s not enough! Let’s sing together It’s never gonna be enough! It’s not enough! To be a real jet setter It’s not enough! You gotta be one better It’s not enough! Lets sing together It’s never gonna be enough! No it’s never gonna be enough No it’s never gonna be enough HEY! It’s not enough! To be a real go getter It’s not enough! You gotta be one better It’s not enough! Let’s sing together It’s never gonna be enough!
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An electronics whizz with a chip on each shoulder and psychotic tendencies, Your world fascinates me. With a splash of jingoism and a pop art motif, The taste of warm beer and a shot of hot tea, However much you cackle you’ll never get away with this. Now jamming satellites with a bomb the size of London in a zeppelin over France. It’s a magnificent plan! The fact you’ve thought it up disproves a theory of mine, That it’s falling education standards turn you to crime, But best of British anyway - it’s death by whimsy for you. How do I keep this up? When every turn conceals potential pain From shredding, crushing, falling masonry from Viennese palaces Oh you diabolical mastermind Back at the drawing board with another evil scheme involving cricket and a Ferris wheel, I’ll foil your dastardly deed. You needn’t bother sending me the blueprints as a ruse, I’m 40 steps ahead without irrelevant clues So better luck next time, no hard feelings I hope. Why do you persist in this? When every one of my adversaries Always comes a cropper Despite their massive weaponry Oh you diabolical mastermind Couldn’t you channel your obsessive disposition some other way? Maybe in arts or sports you’d find a way of expressing your anger and pain? Despite your shady streak I’m starting to warm to your gallant, suave and courteous style. You must be pleasant sometimes. Weren’t you loved as a child? Were you bullied and teased? People never really took you seriously? Just lie back, relax I think we’re making some progress today. How can I feel this way? I lie awake and imagine you and me It’s that enigma complex making you irresistable
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It’s a million o’clock And God was ready for the weekend when he made you Now you’re acting like the pope in trainers Serendipity-boppity-boo See the trailer – you’ve seen the movie You could get a bloody tank through there Someone has to suffer to make me feel better Man the ROFLcopter mon frère It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown It’s a lynch mob mentality It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown Oh the humanity It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown I’m drunk enough to dance It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown I’m running low on acceptable pants In London Town you’re never ever more than six feet from a DJ Turn mistakes into a scandal – an error to conspiracy They’ll fall for it everyday It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown Wait for everybody to fall It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown It’s a miracle there’s progress at all I thought God would dress better It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown It’s a school day every day It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown Schrödinger rules the waves It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown It’s the night of the long knives, Charlie Brown
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An atom of truth in disguise In a universe of lies As my golden ticket expires Tomorrow the vultures descend This sunset we won’t see end So many friends to defriend Now you’re not going viral The champion hits the floor Graceful in the roar Silence is the eternal sound of war High up in the sky Splintered carbon flies Cameraphones capturing the whole demise Might cut out now I’m going into a tunnel A pocket of air in the smoke A spare seat on the love boat The grain of truth in all jokes Look on the bright side I say No more angst, no more disarray All sing hooray, judgement day Now let’s break out the bunting We haven’t learnt anything
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The plastic bracelets on my wrists And my lacy fingerless gloves Give the clock a backward twist To the era that I loved. But, no matter where I go, I hear, to my chagrin, “Does she know what century she’s in?” Gotta find a way to prove I’m not demented, I’m An invitation to a better time, So… I won’t surrender, won’t give up or give in Till the world has realized That it could be happy if it would just live like The ’80s had never died! Eurythmics, Bananarama, Sparks, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Buggles, Erasure, Art of Noise, B-52's and the Pet Shop Boys, The Cure, Motels, Spandau Ballet, ’Til Tuesday, Katrina and the Waves, Yazoo, Animotion, Book of Love, New Order, the Fixx and Culture Club. I show my friends and neighbors how They can add some height to their hair, Yet instead of saying “Wow!” They react as if they’re scared. Still, I shave it on the side, I dye it blue and pink, Add a bow and ask ’em “Whatcha think?” Even when their answer is To laugh, I persevere; I have to for the sake of yesteryear, So…
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Gotta groove on the floor Get your moves down before Someone else muscles in You're the queen, you're the king But it's never enough In the lights life is touch So before you burn The first thing that you learn Fake controversy coincidentally moves product All the ignorance that you can muster - if you could act coy Will help disguise the way that this seems rather calculating. Oh that's so controversial It is career-ending Oh that's so controversial It cannot be defended Gotta play to the crowd But they're cynical now Gotta move, double bluff Put yourself on the back foot Let 'em think that they've won Let 'em think that you're done They won't care who benefits Now they've seen through the glitz Fake controversy coincidentally moves product Everyone's complicit so it seems and you'll find if you make a scene Without distraction it'll all work out to satisfaction I always said they're stupid They seemed so superficial And all those column inches That can't be beneficial That hurtful criticism Must be career ending Oh that's so controversial It cannot be defended Controversial Nanananana. Etc.
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Consumer goods, brand name champagne You know the lyrical drill, oh - success and fame You wanna know how it was done? How I'm blowin' up to kingdom come? Some people's lives are empty and grey And some people struggle every day I found the secret - the easy way I bought myself the biggest pool in LA Smoke and mirrors stops critical thought Show them influence - they'll be influenced and bought Nobody looks beyond the gloss They don't care about the time, only care about the watch If you want to hear a hit today You're invited to the biggest pool in LA Chlorine adds kudos, so much cachet To deals done in the biggest pool in LA It's so big you can really get lost for days Respect to the biggest pool in LA Forget the rules they are so passe There's bombing and there's petting here in LA Expect people to be impressed and they always will Dive in with utmost confidence and you'll make a mill This ain't nothing fraudulent, it's a lifetime skill With a dose of distraction from a ten million litre shill Oh yeah Everybody moves and shakes much better they say From the viewpoint of the biggest pool in LA Will.I.Am, Beyonce and the girl out of Spray Dancing in the biggest pool in LA My life I've waited all for this day Party in the biggest pool in LA All my people hear me, things are going my way Since I've been living in the biggest pool in LA
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Somewhere there’s a warehouse, inside is a throwaway tune Nearby stands a man who insists that he’s making ‘Un Chien Andalou’ His motive’s taking the form Into a world that’s lukewarm Where to react is conform Where you can mount a defence Of the work of malcontents Under Vostell’s influence We’re at the very nerve centre of art/video cliché I think it’s gonna turn out alright We’re at the very nerve centre of art/video cliché We’re gonna take it right through the night We’ll be synchronised You’ll be hypnotised And be paralysed by the sight Of the imagery And the irony Of the way we’ve captured the light Pop culture’s a buzz phrase that is very useful today (the) Qualifier“culture” gives room for interpretation without disdain Mention the French avante-garde And Dada, Bauhaus, Weimar Say “manifesto” not “art” Although these words are in chunks Of rhyming dictionary bunk Never confess – and you’ve won We’re at the very nerve centre of art/video cliché I think it’s gonna turn out alright We’re at the very nerve centre of art/video cliché We’re gonna take it right through the night Can you see the depth? Can you sense the depth? Is my vision clearly explained? It’s the politics Of expressionists And the symbolism ingrained Ooh Schoenburg yeah yeah I love his stuff Oh oh yeah Hannah Hoch she really rocks
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When the night is nearly over When you need your closing song When there's time for just one more Here's a song to take you home This is the final song, the only one you'll need This is the final song, it's never gonna leave This is the final song that you'll ever need to hear When the playlist needs an ending When you want that finale When it's time to leave them wanting Here's a song to suit your needs This is the final song, the one to take you home This is the final song, for you alone This is the final song, so take and keep it for your own You can hear the perfect song One for every mood Oh it's the perfect song The only one to choose
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released April 29, 2016

All songs written and performed by Jenny McLaren and Ricardo Autobahn.
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Produced and mixed by Ricardo Autobahn
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Spray Lancashire, UK

Ric and Jen were members of 21st century pop terrorists The Cuban Boys, who topped John Peel's Festive 50 and the UK singles charts.

Their offshoot project Spray predicted the electropop boom, unfortunately much too early for them to cash in. They released two albums in 2002 and 2006.

In 2016 they released their first full length studio album in 10 years - 'Enforced Fun'.
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