The Difficult Third Album - A Collection Of Previously Released Material Dating From 2010​-​2013

by Spray

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wildfirelink Stumbled on Spray purely by accident, this was a great discovery! Synthpop done right, with top-notch production, vocals, songwriting and even some clever and funny tongue-n-cheek lyrics. This album is truly a rare case where all of the songs are very good, it's really tough picking a favorite with this great of quality oozing from front to back. Highly recommended! Favorite track: We're All Made Of Stars.
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ben bulcock Fantastic, wonderful, funny and damned good synthpop. As a Lancashire lad I feel quite proud! So happy to find Spray, which begs the question: where have I been all your life? Favorite track: The Unstoppable Pop Shop.
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This album is a compilation of previously released material from the EPs:
'Singing For England' (2010)
'Everything's Better With Muppets' (2010)
'We're Nihilists, Not Stylists' (2011)
'Spray Vs Subtext' (2011)

And from the virtual 7" singles:
'Sparks Called And They Want Their Ideas Back' (2012)
'The Contract' (2013).

Also included is 'You Can Always Come Home' from the 2012 compilation album 'Kiss My Lipstick Off', also available on it's own from iTunes.


released February 6, 2014

Composed and performed by Jenny McLaren and Ricardo Autobahn. Produced and mixed by Ricardo Autobahn. (c) Spray. All rights reserved.


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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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Track Name: Singing For England
It's the time of the year, it's the time of our lives
And the nation is gripped in it's heart and it's mind
To commemorate this there's new songs to be sung
And we'll all sing along at the top of our lungs

Some hazy positivity, some boisterous shouting
A bit of jingoism and a lot of carousing
Always supporting hookline and sinker
Cos nothing says we love you like a top 40 single

Come on! Sing when we're winning
We'll always be singing for England

The passion and pride you feel supporting a team
Is quite tricky to evoke with such a strict rhyming scheme
So match a non-specific lyric urging “go all way”
To some power chords that they can use on Match Of The Day

Appealing to fanatics is a difficult job
It's not thermodynamics but it's hard to pull off
Just keep it panoramic, optimistic, don't bore us
Even the disaffected love a singalong chorus
Or something.

We can reach for the top if we just pull it through
And dream to believe that the goal is in you, now you
Realise that's nonsense and you know it's a lie but for
Just a fleeting moment brings the country to life...

We're singing for England
We're singing for England
We're singing for England
And any other sports team
Yes, your generic sports team
We're singing for your sports team
Just play the instrumental
And insert the name of your team
We'll inspire the team to victory
With a very simple melody
We will take the team to victory
And the melody will ring ring ring in your ears

It's E For England.
Track Name: Slow Down
Down in the disco deep you're making moves on me
Cos you've been reading Heat and now you think you're street
You think you're Paul Danan - your archetypal man
The guy who looks the sort who scrubs up well for court

You're so conventional and one-dimensional

Slow down - so you're the man in town
Slow down - just hold your horses now
Slow down - that hair gel's seeping into your brain, you're insane
Slow down - I know what you expect
Slow down - I've got more self respect
Slow down - I'm talking slowly so that you grasp what I say

In this brave new world, where you just say the word
And it's on a plate, the effort ain't so great
I think you need to know people aren't all so low
Or think it's decadent, to smell of anti-perspirant

You know that Mr T would consider that bling OTT

Slow down - Aldi lothario
Slow down - no matter where you go
Slow down - you'll never want to be where you get, in the end
Slow down - you take your social cues
Slow down - from shows on ITV2
Slow down - there's a bigger picture you see, you'll be free

Slow down -
Slow down -
Slow down -

Slow down - this urge to procreate
Slow down - I think you overcompensate
Slow down - you really seem to take too much care, of your hair
Slow down - maybe just start to think
Slow down - and put some effort in
Slow down - possibly you'll score an occasional win
Track Name: Everything's Better With Muppets
Come gather round and I'll sing you a song
I'm really gonna open your eyes
The world's in a groove and your life's pretty cool
And it's all fundamentally fine
But you've a thought now and then that there's more than this
A feeling that is digging away
That's there's something can be done to make life more fun
A tiny imperceptible change

On the beach with your girl as the sun goes down?
I can better the mood!
Or at the birth of your first born child?
I want more joy in the room!
Though we're livin' in a golden age
There's something can be done to improve
The ways things are, the way of the world
Everything's better with Muppets - that's for sure!

I got the remedy! I have got the cure!
(She's got the cure)

We all seek a fulfilling life
Though it's battling our liberal guilt
There's an obvious way to ameliorate
And suddenly, you'll all be fulfilled
Because you know and I know the warmth you feel
Whenever there's a Muppet around
If you're feeling low then it fires the glow
And that little missing piece has been found

C-Beams glitter near the Tannhauser gate
Quite good, I understand
Global peace and infinite cake?
Could be slightly enhanced
Even stuff that seems quite rough
A politician's sombre address
You will find, all of the time
Everything's better with Muppets - that's the test!

I got the remedy! I have got the cure!
(She's got the cure)

Nana-nanana-nana etc

It doesn't take that much imagination
In any given real life situation
To integrate a Muppet for the realisation
Life could be much much more of a sensation
Track Name: Twitter Campaign
Twitter campaign, twitter campaign
I'm gonna start my own twitter campaign

I'm a massive egotist with time on my hands
I'm a housebound sociopath - hear my demands!
I'm a Tory spin doctor who doesn't understand
All the ins and outs but someone said it's big in Japan

Twitter campaign, twitter campaign
I'm gonna start my own twitter campaign

Get the House of Commons painted aquamarine
Hype my band to number one hundred and eighteen
Claim that Charlie Sheen has fallen down a ravine
Tell a dozen people that you're in the canteen

Twitter campaign, twitter campaign
I'm gonna start my own twitter campaign

Boasting to my friends I'm at a gig that they're not
Modestly confessing I've a swanky new job
Oh, and by the way I'm in Marseilles on a yacht
Here's a picture of my dog, he's got a hat on.

Twitter update, twitter update
I'm gonna publish my twitter update
Twitter campaign, twitter campaign
I'm gonna start my own twitter campaign

What happened to mystique? A little mystery in life?
I know too much about too much but none of it's worthwhile
We moan about CCTV, "they're spying day and night"
Well you surveille yourselves without infringing human rights

Outrage at the way the papers distort the news
Campaign for a dissident jailed in Timbuktu
To be honest, I'm not bothered, it's the least I can do
To make me feel important with a mouse click or two

Serious face, serious face
I'm gonna wear my serious face

The levels of banality we've recently reached
Are at levels we've not seen since the invention of speech
And giving extra outlets for the boring to preach
It's akin to evolution just admitting defeat

Twitter campaign, twitter campaign
I'm gonna start my own twitter campaign
Twitter campaign, twitter campaign
I'm gonna start my own twitter campaign
Track Name: I Always Wanted To Say "I Always Wanted To Say That"
Driving down the strip in a convertible it's a dream
T shirts with slogans and a gang who look suspiciously clean for the streets

Coquettishly waving at the cars that pass
Sharing our burgers and abusing staff
All my friends from central casting laugh
As we
Take our life
By the horns
Being free
Be ourselves
And we dance
Through the street

Mayhem, albeit quite restrained
Mayhem - parameters rule!
I always wanted to say "I always wanted to say that"
It implies anarchy
Mayhem, government approved
Mayhem, sanctioning the beat
I always wanted to say "I always wanted to say that"
I don't know what to believe anymore

We are all unique but in a most peculiar way
Garish individuals yet easily interchanged

At regular intervals a lesson arrives
To teach about growth within your personal life
They're all much the same, but then we're all much alike
So you
Take your life
By the horns
Being free
Be yourself
Just like me
Just like me

Mayhem, without agenda, just
Mayhem with no message at all
I always wanted to say "I always wanted to say that"
I'm the kooky one, see
Mayhem, we can all join in
Mayhem, with respect and esteem
I always wanted to say "I always wanted to say that"
It's witty without being remotely amusing at all
Track Name: Squabble At The Rotary Club
You want to be
The top dog
And that consumes
Your waking hours
Until such time
That they're not waking hours

The human mind is an amazing piece of kit
But it's accepting nature doesn't really sit
With it's capacity for always being right
There'll be a squabble at the rotary club tonight

There'll be a quarrel over who said what to whom
There'll be a quibble over when you should say "whom"
There'll be some pettiness about some oversight
There'll be a squabble at the rotary club tonight

Loves inconsequence
And they're loving it
In the progressive tense
And you know
To win this time
Won't take
Too much thinking time

Now nit-picking over technicalities
And feeling pressure over trivialities
It all means that there is just one sure thing in sight
There'll be a squabble at the rotary club tonight

There'll be some bickering about a point inferred
There'll be recriminations over the dessert
There'll be a fracas over something misapplied
There'll be a squabble at the rotary club tonight
There'll be annoyance over yet-unknown offence
There'll be some stress over ambiguous expense
There'll be some sulking and a whispering campaign
There'll be a squabble at the rotary club again

Why is there so much violence in Britain today?
When people can't control themselves, it's moral/ social decay
We're on a downward spiral it's the end of the age
We're sinking deep into the mire of self destruction and rage

There'll be some fisticuffs and something will get spilt
There'll be a cry of "just forget it, you'll get killed"
There'll be a tussle it'll help to clear the air
There'll be a story to relate to the au pair
There'll be squabble at the rotary club tonight
Track Name: Spray Vs. Subtext
Something's wrong, I know it, in an abstract sense,
There's some sort of commotion due to certain events,
I know there's a commotion cos your head's in your hands,
And people aren't standing where they usually stand.

No, don't tell me, I know this one, I know this one,
No, don't tell me, I know this one, I know this one,
No, don't tell me, I know this one, I know this one,
Something is happening with emotional resonance.

There's a difference in volume and the room is off-beam,
I've read about this, so I know what this means,
Loudness means dissatisfaction, silence disdain,
No clues! I'll work it out - it can't be hard to explain.

You look at me with sadness, or it's grief, or it's fright,
If there's a problem say so - or we'll be here all night,
This isn't like on TV, these emotions aren't raw,
And aren't articulated by a musical score

Cos I blame cinematic subtext and its influence on everyday life. I blame enigmatic glances and we assume that is the way that we're supposed to deal with strife. I blame implicit content where they never ever ever ever explain.

I can't concentrate if everybody's yelling. Refusal to articulate spawns unresolved tension.

Baby, I need you to live I need you in my life
You're in my dreams and if you leave my heart will break tonight
If everything I've learnt from pop and TV shows is law
That should sort it out so let's all get back to where we were before.
Track Name: The Contract
Employment law is very complex
When you employ a minefield of wrecks
They come in late, they come in when they're rough
They top themselves when the going gets tough

If only, hey, there was some way to legislate and legally protect us from the downtime that's occurred.

So if you could just keep a lid on your despair
And then sign here - you're ready to go!
Contractually you're bound by the company laws
So get to work - enjoy your day!

I signed myself and never looked back
All those dark thoughts were gone in a flash!
It stops you feeling ever so grand
It's not despair, it's the hope I can't stand

Now that's life - still horrifying but (for me) contractually now fine. I have no mouth and I must scream.

So if you could just keep a lid on your despair
And then sign here - you're ready to go!
Contractually you're bound by the company laws
So get to work - enjoy your day!
I am in hell but at least - for now - I'm still alive
And company stock continues to rise
The only thing truly mine has been taken away
So get to work - enjoy your day!

Care about everything or care about nothing. But anything in between is pointless and insulting.

We know you care and you show it by how much you cry, until it impacts your leisure time. You can ignore the polished brutality reflected in your telephone screen. I have a voice but I cannot scream any more, because if I start then I'll never stop. My conciousness is not mine to own anymore. It's soldered to your TV set.
Track Name: She's (Not) In Parties
My friends would say I’m anti-social, if I had any friends
But I know that I’m in the right - that’s where this song should end
When party season comes around you know where I’ll be found
You’ll find me in the kitchen, not in someone else’s house
The noise, confusion, crosstalk, bafflegab and god forbid
Exhaustion feigning interest in someone’s bloody kids
Exhaustion being int-resting – all thinking up new words
Then when you think you’ve got it sussed - it suddenly gets worse because

Some guy gets his guitar and starts playing ‘Wonderwall’
Some girl says she loves this one and tweets it to us all
This guy knows all the chords and shows me them as well
That’s why I’m not in parties

“Everyone loves parties” is the lie that I was sold
I’m counting down the four more hours until I can go home
A firestorm of boredom, awful music, strangers, schmooze
Conversational one-upmanship, no one explains the rules
All my life The Party’s been romanticized and hyped
Anticipation amplified, anxiety denied
Reality’s a bunch of over-stimulated fools
Without a thing in common bar they’re all in the same room
And then...

Some guy gets his guitar and starts playing ‘Wonderwall’
He thinks that I’m impressed so he plays it more and more
That girl thinks I’m impressed and moves me to the door
That why I’m not in parties

I heard that joke
I heard that story
Last time it was pretty dull

Out in the cool night air relief is palpable
That guy with his guitar is still playing ‘Wonderwall’
That girl’s still hanging off his every clanging chord
That’s why I’m not in parties

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