Day​-​Glo Dreams

by HELEN LOVE

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That advance single “Atomic” already let us in on the secret: HELEN LOVE’s new album, the sixth in their career and their second on Elefant Records, is new proof of their almost insultingly youthful energy, this time with a special focus on synth-pop. The almost six years we’ve had to wait to be able to enjoy a new full-length have been totally worth it to get to “Day-Glo Dreams”. The album makes their personal, unmistakable style more and more their own, mixing punk attitude (Joey Ramone will always be in their hearts), bubblegum melodies, and disco-dance rhythms.

And, actually, the album opens with clear intentions – that life philosophy that is reflected in the accelerated techno-pop of “We Are All The Lo-Fi Kids”. But soon the terrain of Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder comes into play: the girls themselves admit that “Together In Electric Dreams” was a huge influence for this album and they show it openly on the album’s title track. The super fun synthesizer lines layered over drum machines in and of themselves pay homage to the electronic-pop that came out of the eighties. “Shy Girl” could be a major hit from BANANARAMA’s repertoire, with that shy girl, looking for her match, getting over of her complexes and insecurities. “My Imagination”, in the spirit of THE BUGGLES, SILICON TEENS, and YAZOO, is a new song in the name of mental and physical freedom, of the need to feel alive at every moment, and let your desires and longings carry you. And, as if it could be anything else, the music is a means to reach that goal. “Spin Those Records” makes that perfectly clear as another pop spectacle arranged with those mid-eighties rhythms that are both broken and yet so danceable; the song is a sly wink toward Michael Jackson, but ultimately a clear ancestor of THE HUMAN LEAGUE.

DOLLY MIXTURE and THE GO-GO’s are two of the names that pop into our heads the most when we listen to “Our Mum And Dad”, an open declaration of admiration of their parents and the years of struggle. “Atomic” was the first sign we had of the album, and since then we haven’t been able to get that synthesizer line or that chorus out of our heads. “Don’t Forget About This Town” takes us back to BANANARAMA again. The song shows, just like “Our Mum And Dad”, HELEN LOVE’s fondness for their roots, in this case through their bitterness over seeing how time can be cruel to those roots. And no, we haven’t forgotten about that imperative ingredient in any reference to the Welsh band: “J.Pop” and its associated references to japanese techno-pop, neon lights, phosphorescent colors, and Tokyo’s nightlife. “You And Stacy” has us moving our hips and tapping our feet again, with its immediacy somewhere between THE B-52’s, THE REVILLOS, and Kim Wilde. “Teenage Soap Opera” is another tribute to the teenage life, with echoes of TRACEY ULLMAN, PET SHOP BOYS, and MEN WITHOUT HATS.

The album radiates excitement and a have-fun, feel-good mood. It’s impossible to resist its electricity, its marvelous melodies, its unbiased attitude, and its unforgettable choruses. We Love You!!!

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released July 22, 2013

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Track Name: We Are All The Lo-Fi Kids
Come out of the darkness you're not alone!
Come out of the darkness you're not alone!

Hey Jackie don't look down
Jump up to the Lo-Fi sound
You're still the coolest girl in town
We are the Lo-Fi kids

We buy our singles still
7 inch vinyl what a thrill
I'll meet you at the till, cos
We are the Lo-Fi kids

We are all the Lo-Fi kids
We are all the Lo-Fi kids

Hey Jackie it's ok
Together we will stay
And dance the night away
We are the Lo-Fi kids

We won't do what we've been told
We don't buy the lies we're sold
We just want complete control
We are the Lo-Fi kids

We are all the Lo-Fi kids
We are all the Lo-Fi kids

We are the Lo-Fi kids that live down your street
We are the Lo-Fi kids that jump on the beat
We are the Lo-Fi kids you'll never defeat
Track Name: Day-Glo Dreams
Let's take a chance on our Day-Glo dreams
And if we're lucky good things will come to stay
You and me and our Day-Glo dreams
There's nothing left to lose now so that's ok
In our hearts we got Day-Glo dreams
We were the useless kids from the hard estates
Everyone needs a Day-Glo dream
And you can't take that away

We lived in a house with broken windows, on the wrong side of the street
The clothes we wore were old and torn, but our hair was clean and neat
And the kids were waiting outside the shops to knock us off our feet
And all we had was Day-Glo Dreams!

Lets take a chance on our Day-Glo dreams
And if we're lucky good things will come to stay
You and me and our Day-Glo dreams
There's nothing left to lose now so that's ok
In our hearts we got Day-Glo dreams
We were the useless kids from the hard estates
Everyone needs a Day-Glo dream
And you can't take that away

Never had expectations, they were things we could never own
Stood outside the school gates, never felt so alone
And we took a long look at the kids in there
And we caught the first bus home

All we had was Day-Glo Dreams!
Track Name: Shy Girl
When I see that boy walk by
He's kind of slim, kind of tall, kind of just my type
All the girls say he's really shy... shy!

If I could find some courage yeah, then I could just be myself
The boy is always on my mind, I don't wanna be with no one else

Now I've fallen for a shy boy, what a dumb thing to do
Cos he'll never be my boy
Cos I'm just a shy girl too!

When I see that boy walk by
There's a feeling I get that can't be denied
It's like a heartache that won't subside

If I could find some courage yeah, then I could just be myself
The boy is always on my mind, I don't wanna be with no one else

Now I've fallen for a shy boy, what a dumb thing to do
Cos he'll never be my boy
Cos I'm just a shy girl too!

I put the milk bottles out, as you were passing my house
I didn't know what to say
My feet wouldn't move, so what else could I do
I just turned and I looked away

And I started beating up myself
I can't blame anyone else
I'm useless and there's no defence
I need to buy a bag of confidence
Track Name: My Imagination
Space age boy with Day-Glo hair
Always on the move
Keep feeling fascination, can you feel it too?
My feet don't touch the floor, in automatic mode
It's just my imagination going into overload

Standing on the stage with The Runaways behind me
Flying through the stars about to lose control
Taking a chance on a boy you love so madly
Everyday it's just the same, I let my imagination go!

Space age girl with golden locks
Walking down the street
We've just anointed her the leader of the beat
Makes me feel so determined, makes me feel alive
Sends my imagination flying into overdrive!

Standing on the stage with The Runaways behind me
Flying through the stars about to lose control
Taking a chance on a boy you love so madly
Everyday it's just the same, I let my imagination go!
Track Name: Spin Those Records
Standing on the corner of the avenue
In your skinny red jeans hey you looked so cool!
Hey boy you better fall in love
Hey boy you better fall in love with me!

We can take a walk in Central Park
I'm Sheila E and your The Belle Of St. Mark
Hey boy you better fall in love
Hey boy you better fall in love with me!

We'll spin the disco ball
To Michael Jackson's Off The Wall
We will dance until we fall
Cos there's nothing left to do but...

Spin those records round and round
Play them loud I love that sound
Culture Club, fall in love, hey boy you better fall in love with me!
Spin those records round and round
Gotta love that big bass sound
Playing Dare everywhere, hey boy you better fall in love with me!

I'm just the girl for a safety dance
If your feeling lucky you could take a chance on me
Hey boy you better fall in love
Hey boy you better fall in love with me!

We could catch a bus and go to town
You can hold my hand till the sun goes down
Hey boy you better fall in love
Hey boy you better fall in love with me!

Spin those records round!
Track Name: Our Mum And Dad
Our mum and dad, they look straight down the lens
In funny flared trousers on the banks of the Thames
On holiday June 75

They met in a youth club by the stadium gates
Dad built new houses for George Wimpey Estates
That's where he first learnt his trade

And his hands were full of blisters blood and dirt
And his life was set in love and faith and work

Our mum I see her outside the school gates
Looking all anxious if we come out too late
Oh to have her arms around me now!

She worked part-time, 3 days a week at the bank
Saving us bottle tops and Green Shield stamps
That damn Ted Heath he don’t understand

I can see you hanging washing on the line
I can hear your laughter every Christmas time

Our mum and dad they turned older and grey
I watched Margaret Thatcher take their jobs away
Our mum said she could try the patience of a Saint

The 90s flew by and dad moved to his chair
Mum left the choir, as she couldn't get there
And nobody came to the house

And we pin our hopes on things that are so frail
We try so hard but fabulously fail...
Track Name: Atomic
Two hearts beat as one
School's out, and summer's just begun
What a feeling I get
I think our futures are set

I'll meet you outside The Spar
When I have finished my tea
I'd better watch no ones following me

Don't tell your mum and I won't tell my dad
That when we are together it all goes atomic
Just take my hand cos they won't understand that
When we are together, our world turns atomic

Two hearts beat as one
The story of our lives has just begun
They'll never keep us apart
We made this vow from the start
I'll meet you down by the subway with my heart on my sleeve
I'll be sure nobody's following me

Don't tell your mum and I won't tell my dad
That when we are together it all goes atomic
Just take my hand cos they won't understand that
When we are together, our world turns atomic

Stood on the steps, of the town hall this morning
Watching the buses go by
And I wish I could be, like the people around me
With nothing to fear or hide

Two hearts beat as one
The hurtful things they said can't be undone
There's nothing left for us here
They made it perfectly clear
I'll meet you down by the station where the coaches all leave
I'll make sure, nobody's following me

Don't tell your mum and I won't tell my dad
That when we are together it all goes atomic
Just take my hand cos they won't understand that
When we are together, our world turns atomic
Track Name: Don't Forget About This Town
Don't forget about this town!

The Milk bottles are smashed up
They are all over the pavements
The postman steals the rent cheques
But leaves you with the statements
And all around town, more shops are closing down every weekend

And I'm staying on the bus with you
Cos there's nothing else we can do!

Don't forget about this town!

The houses by the school yard
Some of them got burnt down
There's fighting on the promenade
And needles in the playground

And all around town more shops are closing down every weekend!

There's a boy over there with his girl
And they look so in love and it's beautiful

Don't forget about this town!

Shall we walk together now, and hold hands in the park
We can sit by the bowling green and stay there till it's dark

There's panic at the disco
Flowers in the cemetery
There's fighting down at bingo
And queuing outside A + E

And all around town more shops are closing down every weekend!

And I'm staying on the bus with you
Cos there's nothing else we can do

Don't forget about this town!
Track Name: J.Pop
Stands in the street salutes the east and shouts japanese pop
Lives in a world of Harajuku Girls and japanese pop
Her alarm goes off, and she's out of the blocks to japanese pop
Riding the bus with her iPod Touch playing japanese pop

Connect yourself to the neon world full of super Kawaii fun
Look east and jump to the beat from the land of the rising sun!

Hey Tokyo, I can hear you calling me
Hey Tokyo, this is where I want to be
Hey Tokyo, through the airwaves coming near
I am receiving you, loud and clear

She cleans her teeth to the sonic beat, of japanese pop
Goes to school and her bags are full of japanese pop
Out in the street where her friends all meet it's always japanese pop
Late at night when the stars shine bright it's still japanese pop

Connect yourself to the neon world full of super Kawaii fun
Look east and jump to the beat from the land of the rising sun!

Hey Tokyo, I can hear you calling me
Hey Tokyo, this is where I want to be
Hey Tokyo, through the airwaves coming near
I am receiving you, loud and clear

I'm flying in tonight to Tokyo
I'm flying in tonight

All I hear is the J Pop Pop sound, going around
Now I'm Tokyo bound

Hey Tokyo, I can hear you calling me
Hey Tokyo, this is where I want to be
Hey Tokyo, through the airwaves coming near
I am receiving you
Track Name: You And Stacy
Turn up the synth and the linn drum beat
The strobe lights flash when you move your feet
You left school in 1980, you never went to university

Got a flat on the 13th floor, and a job at the Virgin Megastore
And every weekend you and Stacy, were living it up in the 1980s

Your mum and dad said you better settle down
Find the sweetest boy you can in town
But you were the girls with the Day-Glo dreams
Never liked the boys in the stonewashed jeans

Stacy said
We buy our clothes at C + A, and we cut them up so they look ok
We don't care what our friends all say, cos we look fantastic anyway!

Turn up the synth and the linn drum beat
The strobe lights flash when you move your feet
You left school in 1980, you never went to University

Got a flat on the 13th floor, and a job at the Virgin Megastore
And every weekend you and Stacy, were living it up in the 1980s

Your mum and dad tell you what to do
But you were young and tough and independent too
You were the girls in the bus stop every night
You were the girls coming home in the morning light

Stacy said
We took ideas from The Face, on clothes and make up, music taste
We kept our lipstick in a case with a master plan for our escape!

Turn up the synth and the linn drum beat
The strobe lights flash when you move your feet
You left school in 1980, you never went to university

Got a flat on the 13th floor, and a job at the Virgin Megastore
And every weekend you and Stacy, were living it up in the 1980s

One day like a bolt out of the blue
You met a boy you never expected to
5 years later and you're back at school
With your own little girl walking right next to you

Ironing clothes, or down the shops
Buying Fairy liquid and Co Co Pops
Cleaning shoes and finding socks
Oh just for one day let's turn back the clocks and...
Track Name: Teenage Soap Opera
The 5 o'clock alarm and your mother's downstairs
The radio's on as she's cleaning round the chairs
Got to get ready for the bus at eight
She's on a final written warning so she can't be late
You better get yourself off to school now
Or you won't get there at all...

You're starring in a...
Teenage heartbreak soap opera

Your brother's in the mirror counting spots again
He used to have 25, now he's got 10
You can't find your books and your homework's late
And the vitamins your mother left, you forgot to take
You left your coat by the back door
And the cat slept in it all night
And your best friend texted to tell you
That you're going to get in a fight

You're starring in a...
Teenage heartbreak soap opera
A tale of loss and how the world forgot you
A teenage heartbreak soap opera
A standing ovation picking up an Oscar

There's cellotape marks on your bedroom wall
From the pictures you made when you were small
Your computer still runs on Windows 98
And your dad don’t care because he thinks it's great

School's out early cos the heating's gone down
You can't go home so you go to town
Looking at the faces of the people so sad
Hoping that your life won't turn out that bad
You're running out of expectations
They were never even really high
And you're looking for an explanation
For the way that you feel inside

You're starring in a...
Teenage heartbreak soap opera
A tale of loss and how the world forgot you
A teenage heartbreak soap opera
A standing ovation picking up an Oscar