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Was playing a new song for Mrs and friend. After the fun of the MJ06 jam thought, 'Let's stick a couple of mics up, one vaguely near the guitar, other near mouth. See what happens, tape it.

Very rough, sung a bit shouty, mistake-laden, reading from Microsoft Word on laptop. Generally crappy.

The song is about local councils' enthusiasm for forced gentrification of our towns.
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Lyrics
Gentrificaction
Has come to our town
Bringing new prosperity
Tear the old stuff down

The council called consultants
To draw up a elaborate plans
To reinvigorate the centre
To the whims of corporate demands

Gentrification
Has come to our town
Bringing new prosperity
Tear the old stuff down

The plans were filled with jargon words
And watercoloured pics
Of blurry faceless formless folks
Where once were the concretey bits

They say we need more yuppie flats
Glass-fronted boutique shops
And a better class of restaurant
To take back the streets from yobs

It seemed a brave new modern world
Just shop and sleep and dine
But where’s our sodding cinema
Or a venue worth our time?

All the good shops are closing down
Become chain coffee, american nails
While pirate speculators
Have the banks beneath their sales

The poor all live in slumland now
Their homes have been sold off
But at least there’s late night shopping
If you need a second job

Our town is grimey that’s for sure
But at least it’s yours and mine
If a makeoever makes us poorer still
It’s all a waste of time
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Comments: 13
Fans: 3
Plays: 168
Downloads: 175
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Apr 09, 2006 - 09:36:46 AM
Last Updated: Apr 09, 2006 - 03:51:05 PM Last Played: Sep 03, 2016 - 03:18:18 PM
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Hardware:
Two Rode Mics, M-audio interface, D Hohner CrossHarp, incredibly high tech capo that looks like it belongs to robocop, Simon And Patrick Guitar.
Software:
Logic Express.
Comments
thetiler said 4242 days ago (April 9th, 2006)
Terrific
The words are really so true!
There is a big Barnes and Nobles that is taking over an area were I live.
The small bookstore near it is protesting to no avail.

Thanks for posting this, which is so true in so many areas. Nice singin
and playin as well.

Even like the impromptu schrolling of Microsoft word bit:)
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eltopo said 4241 days ago (April 10th, 2006)
Terrific
Thanks, Bill.

Yes, this is a phenonomen across the western world it seems. You end up
with both insipid uniformity and economic cleansing.

This is a very rough recording,but maybe I'll do a nicer one. I have dozens of
songs waiting to be taped and I'm having trouble deciding which ones could
go the distance and end up half reasonable.

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I'd rather be listening to <a href="http://www.thelostrecords.com/revolving-doris-artist.html">Revolving Doris's new EP</a>.
Check out my latest song called Gentrification (live)
Komrade K said 4241 days ago (April 10th, 2006)
Pretty shit hot!
Ah ha - you truly are the wordsmith of Watford! Lots of edge and rage at
a disturbing dynamic of modern life (who exactly does want all those
Yuppie flats?) Great guitar and that harmonica reminded me of It's
Immaterial's 'Driving Away From Home.' I think you might have to work
on your scrolling a bit - toe exercises have been a big help to me I can
now scroll with my left pinkie...

Keep it roar!

KK
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eltopo said 4241 days ago (April 10th, 2006)
Pretty shit hot!
Thanks, Komrade.

I am deciding to record more songs as they're written - guitar and voice.
More of a personal record than anything else so I can come back to good
ideas for further polish.

I wouldn't mind a bit of your violin sometime in the future!

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I'd rather be listening to <a href="http://www.thelostrecords.com/revolving-doris-artist.html">Revolving Doris's new EP</a>.
Check out my latest song called Gentrification (live)
Rebsie said 4241 days ago (April 10th, 2006)
Bastard town planners
Ooooh, my pet subject for rants ... the trashing of English towns for
short term economic gain. I'm still foaming at the mouth that one of
Cheltenham's last functional spa buildings was demolished in 2003 to
make way for a patch of 'landscaping' next to Waitrose car park ... now
just a patch of dogshit and weeds because they stopped looking after
it as soon as they got planning permission for their loathsome
superstore. Ooh God, don't get me started ...

I think this is great. Just the right balance of impassioned strumming
and melodic interest. There's a confidence in your voice and guitar
which gives the song a bounding energy. You have some chops on that
harmonica too. And the lyrics are fab.

Hahahahahaha ... stopping in the middle of a song to scroll down to
see the rest of the words ... that's a classic.

Certainly the prettiest shit I've come across in a while. (You really are
the worst judge of your own music, you know!)
Check out my latest song called Amongst The Colours (w/ Luna Trick)
eltopo said 4241 days ago (April 10th, 2006)
Bastard town planners
Oooh, I do love a good rant, don't you? Yes, this is one of my favourite topics
too.

It's just as applicable to the grimey towns as the prettier rural towns. What is
the point of development, much of it sanctioned or directly funded by local
councils, if it actually makes people poorer both in actual monetary terms and
in quality of life?

Time after time, all over the UK, great fleapit venues have become stainless-
steel Barcardi Breezer chain joints, great local record and bookstores stores
close in the face of megastores. As people complain about what they've lost,
those that allowed it to happen bleat that 'it's what people want'. Also that
it's 'brought jobs' - not counting the ones destroyed, of course, and which
usually consist of people handing out sugary snacks in kiosks in shopping
centres.

And just how many coffee/nail bars can any one town sustain anyway?

Oh, you know all this already, fellow ranter... rant over.

I have an anti-Tesco song you might like. I'll try and tape it soon.

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I'd rather be listening to <a href="http://www.thelostrecords.com/revolving-doris-artist.html">Revolving Doris's new EP</a>.
Check out my latest song called Gentrification (live)
Warren Smith said 4241 days ago (April 10th, 2006)
Raw and real
This song needs to be raw to work. An overly-refined production would simply be another form of gentrification, which would work at cross-purposes to the social-political commentary.

Likewise - this type of production is what makes macjams a special place. Just as cities throughout the world have been made-over to all look alike, hawking the same corporate products, so has radio been gentrified. But here I am, sitting several thousand miles (kilometers) away, listening to your piece ... and liking it because it's not slick and polished, but because it feels real.
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eltopo said 4240 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
Raw and real
Thanks, Warren. I think I'll try a few more of these straight guitar abd voice
tracks.

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I'd rather be listening to <a href="http://www.thelostrecords.com/revolving-doris-artist.html">Revolving Doris's new EP</a>.
Check out my latest song called Gentrification (live)
Thompa said 4241 days ago (April 10th, 2006)
Good song Good Energy
Brings me back to the times when music were used to make a statement.
In Gothenburgh Sweden(were i live) a couple of yers ago, people fight the
Police when they took the old houses down.

But now no one care...

Nice playing and singing , great energy, made me a bit angry.......;-)
Thanks
Thompa

Check out my latest song called Warcrime
stevel said 4241 days ago (April 10th, 2006)
Great agit-folk number
This is a cool, brash number...in the vein of early Billy Bragg perhaps.
Gentrification is worthy topic for the Topo vitriol...no more frickin'
Starbucks and McDonalds...identikit high streets devoid of character and
quirks
Steve
Check out my latest song called Broken Toy
said 4238 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
It's a pleasure to listen to honest music
played live in the artist's home. There should have been some applause
at the end. :)
jmt said 4229 days ago (April 22nd, 2006)
This there They're this
Excellent! This ranks up there with Justin Sullivan's musical rants. Witty, poetic, and oh-so-true! They're doin' the same here in Baltimore... forcing out the mom and pop businesses to put up Walmarts and Walgreens. Is this really progress?
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Peter Bauckham said 4203 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
And so it goes on
I like a good rant. Really enjoyed this one.

Stevel suggested this one after listening to a couple of my songs (we're on the same wavelength here). Great lyric and feel. The live recording might be a bit rough, but, for me, this adds to song. Peter.
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