Calm Down Dad

by HELEN LOVE

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FORMATS: 7" Single [Limited Edition 500 copies] [Orange Colour Vinyl] / Digital Single

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We’re in luck - HELEN LOVE are back! Our favorite Bubblegum-disco-punk group is better than ever and they have a splendid collection of new songs that half the planet is going to go crazy over. “Calm Down Dad” is the first advance single from the flaming new album, “Stick It”, that will soon be released on Elefant Records. While we’re waiting for that moment to arrive, and to ease the long wait, we have this appetizer with three great songs. “Calm Down Dad” is pure energy, catchy indie-punk-pop that talks about the differences between a father and his daughter. She wants to have fun, go out at night, sleep with a boy, dress up like a vampire without being looked at strangely at home, travel the world, try new things and even sing like Kate Nash, but with a more working class accent. Like a mix between Jilted John and THE WAITRESSES, on this limited edition, orange colored vinyl single HELEN LOVE jump from punk to pop to indie, with realist, sarcastic and fun lyrics. The melodies are as sweet as candy, but an orange flavored candy that’s as bittersweet as real life.

The single is finished off with two fast-beat, punk-pop songs. “John Peel Roadshow” talks about how to work up enough courage to give your demo to a radio show host. HELEN LOVE, loved and supported throughout the years by John Peel, recorded a “Peel session” in 1997, which was, for them, one of the high points of the group’s history, as was the summer afternoon on which John Peel, after playing “Does Your Heart Go Boom”, said with a sardonic laugh, "That's HELEN LOVE... the sarcastic bastards"'. “Candeelips” closes the advance single with a sweet story about a boy with the sweetest and most desired lips in the neighborhood!!!.

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released February 2, 2009

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Track Name: Calm Down Dad
She’s been going steady with a boy called Eddie
Staying out late every night
Her dad’s going mad and her mother is sad
‘Cos they can’t sleep at all ‘cos they’re uptight
Says she likes to dance to MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
She’ll be dressed in black from head to toe
Standing by the fire she looks like a Vampire
Says Uncle Stan to her Aunty Flo

Calm Down Dad
I’m growing up real fast
I know what I’m doing I’m a teenager in love
Calm Down Dad
Nothing ever lasts
I don’t care what you’ve been told
I’m still young and you’re still old
And The Clash were 30 years ago

She believes the NME and everything they write
They say London’s the place to be
She’s gonna get a flat by STEVE LAMACQ
With holes in her settee
She said her boyfriend Eddie knows people off the telly
And they wanna talk to me
So see me in a nice frock on NEVERMIND THE BUZZCOCKS
I’m gonna be on TV

Calm Down Dad
I’m growing up real fast
I know what I’m doing I’m a teenager in love
Calm Down Dad
Nothing ever lasts
I don’t care what you’ve been told
I’m still young and you’re still old
And The Clash were 30 years ago

Gonna sing like Kate Nash
In a cockney accent
Even though she talks posh
‘Cos I know where it’s at

There’s nothing better in life than a snakebite
And a kebab with chilli sauce
And I’m not gonna work cos work is for jerks
I’m a punk-rock girl with electric force
And I’ll travel round the world on a ten pound note
On a silver black phantom bike
And I’ll sleep with a boy and I’ll sleep with a girl
And I’ll decide which one I like

Calm Down Dad
I’m growing up real fast
I know what I’m doing I’m a teenager in love
Calm Down Dad
Nothing ever lasts
I don’t care what you’ve been told
I’m still young and you’re still old
And The Clash were 30 years ago
Track Name: John Peel Roadshow
I skipped school for the afternoon
I caught the bus in at half-past two
I feel all hot and I feel all cold
Taking my demo to the John Peel Roadshow

She met a boy with a Pastels badge
A demo tape and a record bag
He wouldn’t dance ‘cos it was a drag
There’s no way I’m dancing, no way

And I gotta give my demo to John Peel
I hope he loves my band
And I gotta give my demo to John Peel
I hope he understands
Take a chance
Be brave
Don’t be scared
Give him your tape

“Hey” he told her he was in a band
And he’s gotta get his demo in John Peel’s hands
But he felt all nervous did she understand?
She said “I’ll put it in his record box for you”

And I gotta give my demo to John Peel
I hope he loves my band
And I gotta give my demo to John Peel
I hope he understands
Take a chance
Be brave
Don’t be scared
Give him your tape

She met him at the John Peel Roadshow
Oh what a beautiful night
She met him at the John Peel Roadshow
With the stars shining bright outside
She met him at the John Peel Roadshow
Oh what a beautiful night
She met him at the John Peel Roadshow
With the stars shining bright outside

Late November 1989
Stars were shining such a special time
What a roadshow
What a night

And I gotta give my demo to John Peel
I hope he loves my band
And I gotta give my demo to John Peel
I hope he understands
Take a chance
Be brave
Don’t be scared
Give him your tape

Give your demo tape to John Peel
Track Name: Candeelips
See that boy walking down the street
He looks so good, he looks so good to me
All the girls in the neighbourhood
Well they would if they just could

Every day when he goes downtown
There’s a five-mile queue just following him round
On the first day of summer, the last day of school
They’ve all got it planned what they wanna do

They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now
They just hunger for your Candeelips
They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now
They wanna plant a kiss on your lips
And the boys don’t know what the girls all see in you
And the boys don’t know what the girls all see in you

See that boy walking down the street
He looks so good, yeah he looks so sweet
Long curly hair and stripy cons
All the girls just wanna switch him on

HOT HOT HOT all summer long
They want BOOM BOOM BOOM from his punk rock songs
They want YEAH YEAH YEAH from his shiny tongue
They want everything from his sunshine baby

They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now
They just hunger for your Candeelips
They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now
They wanna plant a kiss on your lips
And the boys don’t know what the girls all see in you
And the boys don’t know what the girls all see in you

See that boy walking down the street
He looks so good, he looks so good to me
All the girls in the neighbourhood
Well they would if they just could

Every day when he goes downtown
There’s a five-mile queue just following him round
On the first day of summer, the last day of school
They’ve all got it planned what they wanna do

They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now
They just hunger for your Candeelips
They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now
They wanna plant a kiss on your lips
They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now
They just hunger for your Candeelips
They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now
They wanna plant a kiss on your lips

Candeelips

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