Fantasy Arcade (mono)

by wes hollywood

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Announcing the “Games For May” Contest
 
Enter for a chance to win the new limited edition Wes Hollywood double LP “Fantasy Arcade”.

Simply LIKE the Wes Hollywood Music Facebook page.
If we can acquire over 300 LIKES by May 31 there will be
TWO LUCKY WINNERS, YES TWO.
One lucky winner will be randomly chosen to receive a
vinyl copy of “fantasy Arcade”.
A second winner will receive a unique code that allows
them to download the digital version.

What could be better than FREE music?
Spread the word, share with your friends and good luck everyone!!

___from the small print department___
No purchase necessary.
Contest ends May 31, 2012.
Winners will be contacted no later than June 3, 2012.
You MUST be a fan of our facebook page to be eligible to win.

go to www.facebook.com/WesHollywoodMusic for details



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Wes Hollywood is a beautiful conundrum. He is at once a modern craftsman and a retro stylist, a purveyor of vintage rock songcraft whose stylish leather boots are planted firmly in the 21st century. His new record is Fantasy Arcade, and it's the best thing he's ever done.

Mr. Hollywood has been a staple in independent music for more than a decade, first with The Wes Hollywood Show and then with a couple of well-received platters as tenniscourts. The name has changed, but the sound has remained a constant - two parts delirious Kinks melodicism mixed with one part Cheap Trick whipcrack, a splash of harmony and a bracing dash of fashion. This potent brew has never sounded better than it does on Fantasy Arcade. This album is everything that's great about Wes Hollywood distilled to its essence - 11 perfect pop confections that will have you bobbing your head and singing along by the second chorus. There are rock songs for the teddy boys and ballads for the weepers, each one like a favorite 45 on the jukebox you've spent your life looking for.

The maestro has taken his vintage fetishism one step farther - Fantasy Arcade is available in both stereo and mono versions. While downloaders can have their choice, those lucky saps who get their hands on the limited-edition vinyl will be treated to a DOUBLE GATEFOLD LP, one with each mix, so they can let their ears decide which is better. Lucky dogs.

So don't wait! Do your HiFi a favor and pick up a copy of Fantasy Arcade today!
It won't make you any cooler. You'll just feel cooler.





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“WES HOLLYWOOD…
He’s brought back a shot of excitement at a time when gloom and depression had soured the Pop Scene. But sheer exuberance is not enough to survive under the critical glance directed at today’s rock practitioners.

Fortunately, Mr. Hollywood has developed a talent for writing, composing and arranging. He has produced a program of sustained interest—mixing hit appeal with solid musical ideas. Lights must be turned off, and volume controls set to maximum to absorb this properly! ‘Watch your eardrums,’ an engineer yelled at a hearing at Chicago’s famed Engine Studios, one sweltering day in September. Visiting elderly men and small children, touring the studio, were warned to evacuate during playback…but they stayed in the control room to hear WES HOLLYWOOD roar into an explosion of musical adjectives. Listen to the aural thunder as Wes and his band hurtle into an odyssey of sound and emotion!

The men and children survived and my ears were unscathed, but a final warning:
FANTASY ARCADE is loaded and aimed at YOU!”
-John Butler Train




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credits

released April 3, 2012

Wes Hollywood: vocals, guitar, synth
Pete Javier: guitar, backing vocals
Spencer Matern: bass, backing vocals
Tom Shover: drums, backing vocals

Additional Musicians
Brian Leach: piano, organ
Stephen Wright: trumpet

Produced by Wes Hollywood
Engineered by Neil Strauch
Executive Producer: Brian Leach
Mono LP mixed by Neil Strauch,
Engine Music Studios, Chicago, IL
Stereo LP mixed by Brian Leach,
Joyride Recording Studio, Chicago, IL
Mastered by Bob Weston,
Chicago Mastering Services, Chicago, IL
Designed by Wes Hollywood and Spencer Matern
Cover Photography by Maureen Vana

© 2012 Frace the Music (ASCAP)

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Track Name: it's good to see you (mono)
hello, it’s good to see you
you look just like you looked like yesterday
wake up, or you may sleep through
another perfect, warm and sunny day

brush your teeth and comb your hair
you and me the perfect pair

hello, it’s good to see you
I booked our favourite spot at the café
no work, ‘cos we don’t need to
I wouldn’t want it any other way

brush your teeth and comb your hair
you and me the perfect pair

‘cos you belong to me
and I’m never gonna let you go

hello, it’s good to see you
you look a mess, I guess, but it’s okay
wake up, or you may sleep through
another perfect, warm and sunny day

brush your teeth and comb your hair
you and me the perfect pair
and when I think about how long we’ve been together
it’s unbelievable I swear

brush your teeth and comb your hair
you and me the perfect pair
and when I think about how long we’ve been together
it’s unbelievable I know, hello

hello, it’s good to see you
Track Name: alfie (mono)
today poor alfie
still sitting by the pool
they’re so young and healthy
the choice is up to you

your name, the same
dear boy don’t you ever change?

familiar figures
in perfect silhouette
those were carefree days
you’ll never get them back

your name, the same
it’s all you ever really knew
today is the day
you’ll get your critical review

today poor alfie
he can’t see what it’s worth
you can’t slow down time
nor put it in reverse

your name, the same
it’s all you ever really knew
today is the day
you’ll get your critical review
Track Name: baby we're through (mono)
you never laugh but you think you’re funny
and this man that you call your dummy…ooh
baby we’re through

and all the signs point in one direction
overnight I have lost affection too
baby we’re through

you’ve made it clear to me that I’m no good for you
‘cos everything I do
doesn’t make you want me anymore

your mom and dad looking down their noses
aren’t you glad? I don’t suppose they study you?
baby we’re through
‘cos everything I do
doesn’t make you want me any
doesn’t make you want me any
doesn’t make you want me anymore
Track Name: new society (mono)
I forgot to wake up yesterday
it seems a hundred years have passed away
fall in line or be replaced
the sun will rise and set anyway

all alone a struggle to conform
they give me these machines to keep me warm
fall in line or be replaced
the sun will rise and set anyway

hold on to nothing
‘cos it’s something to behold

poke and prod and puncture ‘til I’m sick
they’ll never understand what makes me tick
fall in line or be replaced
the sun will rise and set anyway

what have you done to me, new society?
Track Name: the bell (mono)
I got up today
everything eventually will break
you were moving out
‘cos you took all you could take…for heaven’s sake

I wasn’t listening for the bell
you were ringing, could not tell
when you got in you gave me hell…oh well

you’re not that vain
it never crossed my mind to be ashamed
you said you were hurt
well I’ve heard it all before…time and again

I wasn’t listening for the bell
you were ringing, could not tell
when you got in you gave me hell…oh well

you were standing in the snow
a half a dozen frozen fingers
the bitter cold will often sting us
down to our souls

I wasn’t listening for the bell
you were ringing, could not tell
when you got in you gave me hell…oh well

some things you can’t ignore
I’d say today’s the perfect underscore
you turned on your heels
and marched right out the door…forevermore

I wasn’t listening for the bell
you were ringing, could not tell
when you got in you gave me hell…oh well
I wasn’t listening for the bell
I wasn’t listening for the bell
I wasn’t listening for the bell…oh well
Track Name: city streets (mono)
the city streets that once were paved
are now pitted and concave
and the season’s melted snow
has revealed all the holes

goodbye to the corner shop
the record stores and vacant lot
goodbye to all the diners and the bakeries
goodbye to the coffee shop
replace it with a coffee shop
it’ll make you lose your mind so easily

now the scenery won’t stop
‘til there’s no more cinder block
and they’re digging up the trees
to make room for you and me

goodbye to the corner shop
the record stores and vacant lot
goodbye to all the diners and the bakeries
goodbye to the coffee shop
replace it with a coffee shop
it’ll make you lose your mind so easily

check your pocket, buyer’s market

goodbye to the corner shop
the record stores and vacant lot

they put a fence around the green
to be preserved but never seen
my city’s coming to an end
so enjoy it while you can

goodbye to the corner shop
the record stores and vacant lot
goodbye to all the diners and the bakeries
goodbye to the coffee shop
replace it with a coffee shop
it’ll make you lose your mind so easily
goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Track Name: lazy yesterdays (mono)
guaranteed to last a lifetime
keep in mind that’s if you die when you should
today could be your last time
say goodbye and disappear for good
or get out of bed and see where it goes

raise a glass, the party’s over
it doesn’t mean they’ll hang you out to dry
you know it’s now or never
all you ever have to do is try
so get out of bed and see where it goes

all the lazy yesterdays
all the things you’ve thrown away
everything you promised you’d get to

swaddled in your welfare state
swimming in an ocean of cliches
you might evaporate
you’ve been sleeping in too late…these days
so get out of bed and see where it goes

all the lazy yesterdays
all the things you’ve thrown away
everything you promised you’d get to
you’d never do
Track Name: coming along (mono)
it’s coming along
it’s coming so strong
but you wouldn’t know

it happened so fast
at long last
but you wouldn’t know

I’ve been alone for so long
I’ve been alone for so long
for it’s you whom I long

oh, the battles I’ve seen
for country and queen
but you wouldn’t know

I’ve been alone for so long
I’ve been alone for so long
for it’s you whom I long

it’s coming along
it’s coming so strong
it’s, yes it’s coming, coming along

I’ve been alone for so long
I’ve been alone for so long
I’ve been lonely too long
Track Name: fantasy arcade (mono)
coming down, coming down again
coming down, coming down again
fall has come and gone it’ll be winter soon
and the needle’s skipping on and on
inside the same old groove

coming down, coming down again
coming down, coming down again
when you know that in the past
you’re feeling present tense
and the state I’m in reminds me
I subscribe to no events

they’ve come to beat you up, they’ll wait
isolation isolates, words of wisdom irritate
those who thought were your best mates

coming down, coming down again
coming down, coming down again
what I need’s a little shot y’know to ease the pain
sometimes feel it’s all I’ve got
it takes a lot for me to wake and face the day

remember the fantasy arcade?
it was our summer serenade
it’s been a car park since eighth grade
it’s sad these memories will fade
Track Name: the little things that kill (mono)
if they never loved you, if they never tried
if they never loved you, would you ever cry?
I can’t help you this time, you may feel betrayed
you have made a mess of things
that you can’t wish away

and it’s the little things that kill you
the ones that you let in
the little things that manage to
get underneath your skin

he will always be here, at least until he’s gone
as long as he is human, he will let you down
you won’t want to hear it, but you should be advised
until you stop listening
he will tell you lies

and it’s the little things that kill you
the ones that you let in
the little things that manage to
get underneath your skin

all the letters
that you’ve burned
you know better
and he will never learn

tip-toe down the avenue, it’s reminiscent of
the little girl you used to be, oh we can’t all be loved
no, we can’t all be loved

and it’s the little things that kill you
the ones that you let in
the little things that manage to
get underneath your skin
Track Name: not for sale (mono)
tired but not sick
well but not well rested
and everybody knows when the circus ends

walking on air
it can be terrifying
if I could only bottle how I feel
it’s not for sale
it’s not for sale

it’s not for sale
it’s not for sale
never was, just because

broke but not busted
well but not well adjusted
I wouldn’t know how even if I could fail
it’s not for sale
it’s not for sale

and everybody knows when the circus ends
it’s not for sale
it’s not for sale
it’s not for sale
it’s not for sale