Elementary

by The Elements

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    TRACK LISTING
    1. Both Feet On The Ground 3.30
    2. Running Backwards 4.20
    3. Stranger In Town 3.45
    4. Kill Yourself 4.25
    5. Have You Got The Time 3.45
    6. If Looks Could Kill 4.10
    7. Someone 2.40
    8. So Strange 4.10
    9. Enjoy Yourself 3.05
    10. All My Best Friends 5.15

    Although non contenders for the major league, The Elements enjoyed a high profile in the burgeoning 80's West Yorkshire... Originally released October 10, 1981

    This album was recorded at September Sound Studio, Golcar, Huddersfield June 1981
    Produced by Bob Whiteley and The Elements
    Engineer Bob Whiteley
    Backing vocals on "Enjoy Yourself" Harry Guffick, Gill, Mike and the band
    Thanks to Mike for the accommodation. Dennis for coffee etc,
    Bob and all at Look Records

    The band are:-
    Rosemary Robb - Vocals
    Christina Willett - Drums & backing vocals
    Ian (Spud) Taylor - Keyboards and sax
    Steven (Stan) Greenwood - Guitar
    Roger Nowell - Bass

    Harry Guffick - Road crew
    A special thanks to all at Libra press.

    The Elements ‎– Elementary
    Label: Look Records ‎– LK/LP6649
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album CDR
    Country: UK
    Released: 1981
    Genre: Rock
    Style: New Wave
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1.
Verse One You're stuck in the middle, suspended in mid air Your life's just gone to pot now, don't know if your here or there Try and find you're own identity, try and find your real self Try and find out what you really want, in spite of everyone else. Chorus One Life was so much fun, both feet on the ground So settled in your ways, not a care to be found But know that's all changed and you're turning another bend Maybe It was routine that killed it in the end. Verse Two And then there was the night it all came too a head It soon changed your opinion, you wished that he was dead Thrown to a pack of lions or shot against the wall And as we all know, it was the unkindest cut of all Instrumental Verse Three So now where are you going, what are you doing next Here's a little advice now just give yourself a rest And now I think the time has come for you to go it alone No more being shit on, no more crying on your own Chorus Two Life was so much fun, both feet on the ground So settled in your ways, not a care to be found But know that's all changed and you're turning another bend Maybe It was routine that killed it in the end.
2.
Verse One Don't know what to do, never felt like this before Am I going off the tails, will I hit the floor Don't know what I want, I'm not certain anymore It's OK don't strain yourself, I'll show myself the door Chorus One I'm only running backwards, I'm only flying blind Everything is new to me, changing all the time Not knowing what I see and not knowing what I feel Living in a lonely world where emptiness is real Verse Two My life is full of problems, my existence is despair Will I ever see the light, Am I going mad You don't know the answers, because you're never there Once you said you loved me, did you really care? Chorus Two I'm only running backwards, I'm only flying blind Everything is new to me, changing all the time Not knowing what I see and not knowing what I feel Living in a lonely world where emptiness is real
3.
Verse One Get out of bed and shake your blues away Don't waste your life you will hate yourself one day Don't sit around for life to come and find you Go to the lights and find your fame and fortune Verse Two And once you're there don't walk about in wonder Just staring at the sites that surround you I know it's strange deserted in a strange place But from now on this strange place is your home Verse Three You're wasting time your life is just stagnating So frame yourself instead of just waiting Prepare yourself for life in the future But beware, don't let the rat trap catch you Chorus Your life is just stagnating, your time is passing you by Your fortune is there go and find it, your life is yours don't waste it
4.
Verse One You want to make a million, you want a slice of fame You want to share the action, you want to play the game You want to be a hero, front page news You think a pile of money will stop your blues You want to stop the nightmares flying around your head There's an easy answer you'll be better off dead Chorus Kill yourself blow a hole in your head Kill yourself make sure your dead Kill yourself use a knife or an axe Kill yourself you got to face the facts Verse Two You're worried for your future, you're scared about your past You only care about today because nothing ever lasts What is your reality and what is in your dreams What you think you see is never what it seems You're going for the big one, you're gonna feed them I hope you're going to mind your step you're heading for a fall
5.
Verse One Out in the cold it's not the same Now do you know that it wasn't a game Dry your eyes now do you realise You had to go we were sick of your lies You wanted the action you wanted it good You wanted the money but you never understood Life was easy money was to burn But you've got to work if you want to earn Chorus Hey there have you got the time Hey there we're waiting Once again you let us down It's all so frustrating Verse Two The crowd was waiting they wanted a show But you couldn't make it so you had to go You followed your boyfriend, you believed what he said His word was gospel you were easily lead Your guilty conscience brought you back We said you could stay if you didn't slack We started to practice we started to work It was alright at first you didn't shirk We thought that would be alright If we gave you some time it would work out right Things are changing it happened so fast He stood in your way you couldn't get past You wanted to leave you wanted to stay But you couldn't have it all your own way You pleading in vain it won't happen again But whatever you say you'll never change
6.
Verse One There's hate in your eyes, your glaring can be seen There is no need for words, we can all see what you mean We can all see what you mean Verse Two You stab me in the back, without even coming near It's supposed to hurt me and fill my mind with fear And fill my mind with fear Chorus You love me yet you hate me Your world is split in two You don't want me to stay But you won't let me slip through Verse Three But I've got news for you, your words don't hurt me Your glares don't scare me because I'm playing the same trick as you Because I'm playing the same trick as you
7.
Someone 02:40
Verse One Got a crazy fashion from a magazine You've got the looks to set the scene You've got the image that's to be seen You need something to relate to You need something to hang on to Verse Two You and your friends down by the square You know it's the place you've gotta to be there So many people like it's where You need something to relate to You need something to hang on to Chorus Someone to be, something to do Everyone knows, looking at you Verse Three Yet I saw you in a coffee bar Away from the square it wasn't far I'll pick you up I'll get the car You need something to relate to You need something to hang on to
8.
So Strange 04:13
Verse One Is it the alcohol, or is it the pills? What makes you tick, what makes you ill? I can't match your ups but I can show catch your downs Perhaps there's nothing wrong because you'll always stay around Chorus It's so strange, it brings you down It's so strange it turns your head around Verse Two Make a fool of yourself but you don't care Paint yourself a different colour, watch those people stare You don't need nobody but always needs someone there So independent and free, drowning in all your despair
9.
Verse One We're living in an age of enforced leisure We're living in the lap of luxury This is the dawning hedonistic era Who says the best things in life aren't free Chorus Go on enjoy yourself Go on feel free Get it on any way you can The future is for you and me Verse Two Wwe're living in the age of cut out heroes This is the age of conformity Governed by the dictates of fashion Suppression of identity Verse Three Drowning in a sea of cardboard faces Fighting to find your way You can't live in the past forever The future is here to stay
10.
Verse One I look in the mirror and your still there It must be true real reflections can't lie The image is true, the details too perfect Yes you're still alive but I saw you die Chorus Yes in my eyes you're dead The only truth is left unsaid You can see the light better from the shadows Crawl in the dark if you want to survive Verse Two you can see a ghost from the past oh no But the Spectre of the present and the future they show Are perfectly clear oh no And all of my best friends are dead

about

Due to the accidental destruction of the 2 track master tapes, this recording has been taken from an original vinyl copy of the album. Please allow for any slight unavoidable deterioration in sound quality.
Further information regarding other Elements/Skeletal Family recordings/merchandise etc can be found on the official website at:- www.skeletalfamily.com E-mail skeletalfamily@hotmail.com


TRACK LISTING
1. Both Feet On The Ground 3.30
2. Running Backwards 4.20
3. Stranger In Town 3.45
4. Kill Yourself 4.25
5. Have You Got The Time 3.45
6. If Looks Could Kill 4.10
7. Someone 2.40
8. So Strange 4.10
9. Enjoy Yourself 3.05
10. All My Best Friends 5.15

Although non contenders for the major league, The Elements enjoyed a high profile in the burgeoning 80's West Yorkshire music scene.

Gaining a large local following, the band, formed in 1979 made their first appearance at The Beeches Hotel, Keighley, West Yorkshire.
The initial line-up consisted of Jane Tretton vocals, Stan Greenwood guitar, Trotwood bass, Spud keyboards with Stuart Lilley on drums.

After playing support to bands such as seminal New York punk/reggae crossover band The Bad Brains & UK Subs, enough money was earned to finance the debut album Elementary. The initial pressing of 500 quickly sold out quickly, enabling a further pressing, which was picked up enthusiastically by local radio stations.

By this time the line-up of the band (as noted on the sleeve) was revamped with the addition of Anne-Marie Hurst on backing vocals and Steve Crane drums, recorded new demos with a new direction.

When Rose decided to leave, a new name Skeletal Family (chosen from the band's admiration of David Bowie) was selected with the band playing their first gig at the Victoria Hotel, Cavendish Street, Keighley.

The debut single 'Trees' quickly became a favourite of Radio One's John Peel, who promptly booked the band for the first of seven Radio One sessions. The rest as they say is history.

Stan Greenwood March 2001

credits

released October 10, 1981

This album was recorded at September Sound Studio, Golcar, Huddersfield June 1981
Produced by Bob Whiteley and The Elements
Engineer Bob Whiteley
Backing vocals on "Enjoy Yourself" Harry Guffick, Gill, Mike and the band
Thanks to Mike for the accommodation. Dennis for coffee etc,
Bob and all at Look Records

The band are:-
Rosemary Robb - Vocals
Christina Willett - Drums & backing vocals
Ian (Spud) Taylor - Keyboards and sax
Steven (Stan) Greenwood - Guitar
Roger Nowell - Bass

Harry Guffick - Road crew
A special thanks to all at Libra press.

The Elements ‎– Elementary
Label: Look Records ‎– LK/LP6649
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album CDR
Country: UK
Released: 1981
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave

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Skeletal Family sprung forth from the industrial wasteland of Keighley, West Yorkshire in the early eighties.

Following the demise of The Elements in December 1982, guitarist Stan Greenwood, bassist Roger 'Trotwood' Nowell, sax/keyboard player Karl Heinz (Spud) and drummer Steve Crane recruited vocalist Anne Marie Hurst and became Skeletal Family.
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