FOR PUBLICATION: SLEEVENOTES FOR LP/CD "GULP" by MAGIC MUSCLE (recorded 4/1/91) : DESTINATION....'WORONZOW RECORDS'

This recording is the spliced result of just 3 hours playing in Barnets' Wee Mee Nit studios on January the 4th. 1991, 20 years to the day after a similar musical get-together by MAGIC MUSCLE resulted in their notorious "JANUARY THE 4th TAPE" freak-out, most of which can be heard on the recently released cassette enclosed in the "LIVING WEEDS FROM ANCIENT SEEDS" 'magic-box'. (One track, "You Better See", even appeared on Muscles' debut LP "THE PIPE, THE ROAR AND THE GRID"!!). This latest recording not only celebrates over 20 years of MAGIC MUSCLE but the ongoing partnership of ADRIAN SHAW and ROD GOODWAY. Here they are joined by 'honorary member' SIMON HOUSE, who first played with Muscle at the Notting Hill Carnival, Powis Square, in 1971. New 'honorary member' NICK SALOMAN first played with the chaps at Brixton Academy in 1989, though Rod is convinced that (in a parallel universe) he has always been a part of the band. Finally we introduce long-time friend and acquaintance (from 'ye olden daze') STEVE BROUGHTON. However, Steve had never actually played with the band before, not even for the shortest pre-emptory 'blow' let alone rehearsal, he just sat on that ol' drum stool and BECAME a Muscle-man.
So here it is, an ode to the coming year 2000 and a nod to the beginning of a third decades-worth of 'underwater' music from
MAGIC MUSCLE.
Now listen to "GULP" and feed your head......but hang on to your HAT!!


SIDE ONE:

(spoken intro:) AUNTY: "Would You Like Some Sweets Willy?"
LITTLE WILLY: "Yes Please Aunty ! !"
FRANK(?): "ROAR" (whine, dribble, flash, scream, etc.)"
ANNOUNCER: "Will all decent minded citizens please take cover?? I repeat, will all DECENT MINDED CITIZENS please take cover! ! O.K.?? O.K.! ! Can you hear it? Ccccan you hearrr iittt??
It's about crushing a plastic birthmark against your earlobe.
It's about tugging the little peppermint wafers out from beneath your eyelashes.
It's about. It's about. It's about BEING O.K.! ! !
(Hey, are you O.K.?? Are you O.K.? Cos it's about! ! Are you O.K.?? etc.)"

A HAILER OF TAXIS
A hailer of taxis I reach for the 'phone, it's O.K. cos the fact is I just wanna get home.
And now it is ringing, now a voice says "Hello?" "Can you get me down from here??"
Of course the answer is "NO! !" So let's go, let's go, let's go.........GO! !
A hailer of taxis I reach for the door, the driver he screams "I can't take any more;
the cab's overflowing, the fare's all unpaid, we're all heading for nowhere but no-one seems afraid! !"
I said "Drive on... drive on... drive on." And we're driving on.
Now let's take off! ! Yeah, and we're taking off. Taking off. Taking ooooooffffff ! !

SPACED AND DISPLACED
My indicators glow green, I'm finding somewhere to park.
Staring so hard for a place cos my tyres feel so tired.
I could be wheeling through space, it's like my engine's on fire.
Flashes of red and of blue, the blue could be the police.
The red means "READY FOR YOU", I feel I'm needing some peace.
Well I can hear them still say we'll never be any good.
But whether we go or we stay we're always misunderstood.
So I'm just parking, I'm just parking.........

My indicators glow green, I'm finding somewhere to park.
So hard to say where I've been it's all the same in the dark.
Staring so hard for a place cos my tyres feel so tired.
I could be wheeling through space, it's like my engine's on fire.
I'm just parking, no need to get myself straight.
Parking, I just got to learn to wait.

SIDE TWO:

".... turn the light out.... turn the light out........ turn the light out...."

PIPE CALL
(Instrumental to combat air-sickness)

UMBRELLAMENTAL     (for Wally)
Got caught out in the open, I had no cover at all;
T'was just no good good to keep hoping I could turn my back on the law.
I said I need an umbrella, I need protection they got me facing the wall.
I need that umbrella sometimes I feel like I got nothing at All! !
Been with a great deal of people and I feel so reassured;
you should have seen us, we were right out of this world.
Hey I found my umbrella, so many waiting just for the word.
I got my umbrella, so many voices still to be heard.
I said I found my umbrella, so many waiting just for the word.
I said I found my umbrella, so many voices still to be heard.
Yep, we got it together, (I tell you we got so many people here),
We got it together, it is right out of this world, out of this world,
right out of this world........ right out of this wooooorrrrlllldd !

PSYMONIC
(instrumental bridge)

LEADERS
Went down to the desert to prove myself a man,
pushed my biggest effort (nearly) blew them all to hell.
Push my forces this way, pull my forces that,
if force is what you're looking for then I'm your desert rat! !.......
Cos I'm the ONE, I'm THE one, I'm the one.... I'm your SUPERGUN! !
If you take away our leaders why the hell we go to war?
If you take away our leaders what the hell we fighting for?
Do you want to kill an Arab? Does he want to kill a Yank?
Do the people want a good time? Or a rocket and a tank?
Put it to the people, do you wanna live or die?
If they're not too unhappy they'll probably ask you "Why?
In this day of things a'plenty, and tomorrow even more,
if you take away our leaders, boy, why the hell we go to war?
Does he want to kill an Arab? Does he want to kill a Yank?
Do the people want a good time? Or a rocket and a tank?
If you take away our leaders why the hell we go to war?
Take away the leaders what the hell we fighting for?
What kind of hell? What kind of hell?
What the hell we fighting for?
NOT ENOUGH FUN, TOO MANY SUPERGUNS! ! NOT ENOUGH FUN.......

FINALLY THE VOICE OF LITTLE WILLY (NOW GROSS, HAIRY AND MONSTROUSLY REFORMED):
"Aunty? Could I have some MORE! ! !"

Dedicated to absent friends