Pinups

by Human Drama

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Human Drama took that concept to an even higher level with its third album. Not merely was Pin-Ups a covers album, like David Bowie's own Pin-Ups collection from 1973, but everything about the artwork and design -- from front cover photo to liner notes to back cover concert and studio snapshots -- totally and thoroughly clones Bowie's effort! Certainly Indovina isn't hiding his homage at all, and unsurprisingly two of Bowie's earliest songs, "After All" and "Letter to Hermione," get the treatment here. As a whole, Pin-Ups logically follows on from The World Inside in terms of the effective incorporation of string performances and subtler arrangements, provided by a rotating core of musicians. Combined with Indovina's welcome decision not to simply re-create the songs, but to interpret them through his own band's sound, the result makes for one of the better remake collections around. Part of its appeal lies with the unexpected song choices -- rather than, say, just serving up the goth world's umpteenth reworking of Bauhaus or Cure tunes, Indovina reveals deeper and varied roots indeed, touching on everyone from Mink Deville to the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd to the Kinks, Nico to Joy Division. The two songs by the last artists are especially intriguing -- though "Love Will Tear Us Apart" has been covered to death, the slow-building interpretation here comes across very well, while the string-led variant of "Decades," violin replacing the synth line in the original, works wonders, Indovina's quietly intense singing a marvel. Another revelatory variation is Genesis' "The Carpet Crawlers," liberated from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and turned into a captivating standout, while Tom Waits' lyrics rarely sounded so fluidly sung thanks to the intriguing choices of "Yesterday Is Here" and "Hang Down Your Head." ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

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released January 1, 1993

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Track Name: Yesterday Is Here
If you want money in your pocket
You want a top hat on your head
A hot meal on your table
And a blanket on your bed
Today is grey skies
Tomorrow is tears
You'll have to wait
Till yesterday is here

I'm going to New York City
I'll be leaving on a train
And if you wanna stay behind
Till I come back again
Today is grey skies
Tomorrow is tears
You'll have to wait
Till yesterday is here

Now if you want to go
Where the rainbows end
You will have to say goodbye
All our dreams come true baby up ahead
And it's out where your memories lie

And the road is out before me
And the moon is shining bright
What I want you to remember
As I disappear tonight
Today is grey skies
Tomorrow is tears
You'll have to wait
Till yesterday is here
Today is grey skies
Tomorrow is tears
You'll have to wait
Till yesterday is here
Track Name: 'Till The Next Goodbye
Honey, is there any place that you would like to eat?
I know a coffee shop down on 52nd Street
And I don't need no fancy food and I don't need no fancy wine
And I sure don't need the tears you cry

Till the next time, we say goodbye
Till the next time, we say goodbye
Till the next time, we say goodbye
I'll be thinking of you
I'll be thinking of you

Yeah, a movie house on 42nd Street
Ain't a very likely place for you and I to meet
Watching the snow swirl around your hair and around your feet
And I'm thinking to myself, she surely looks a treat

Till the next time, we say goodbye
Till the next time, we say goodbye
Till the next time that we kiss goodnight
I'll be thinking of you
I'll be thinking of you

I can't go on like this, can ya? Can ya?
I can't go on like this, can ya?

You give me a cure all from New Orleans
Now that's a recipe, I sure do need
Some cider vinegar and some elderberry wine
May cure all your ills, but it can't cure mine

Your Lou'siana recipes have let me down
Your Lou'siana recipes surely let me down
Till the next time, we say goodbye, drink to it
Till the next time, we say goodbye
Till the next time that we kiss goodnight

Till the next time, we say goodbye
Till the next time, we say goodbye
Till the next time that we say goodbye
Till the next time, we kiss goodnight
I'll be thinking of you
I'll be thinking of you
Track Name: Wish You Were Here
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.
Track Name: Love Will Tear Us Apart
When routine bites hard and ambitions are low
And resentment rides high but emotions won't grow
And we're changing our ways, taking different roads

Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Why is the bedroom so cold turned away on your side?
Is my timing that flawed our respect run so dry?
Yet there's still this appeal that we've kept through our lives

But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Do you cry out in your sleep all my failings exposed?
And there's a taste in my mouth as desperation takes hold
Is it something so good just can't function no more?

When love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Track Name: Caroline Says II
Caroline says
as she gets up off the floor
Why is it that you beat me
it isn't any fun

Caroline says
as she makes up her eyes
You ought to learn more about yourself
think more than just I

But she's not afraid to die
all her friends call her "Alaska"
When she takes speed, they laugh and ask her

What is in her mind
what is in her mind

Caroline says
as she gets up from the floor
You can hit me all you want to
but I don't love you anymore

Caroline says
while biting her lip
Life is meant to be more than this
and this is a bum trip

But she's not afraid to die
all her friends call her "Alaska"
When she takes speed, they laugh and ask her

What is in her mind
what is in her mind

She put her fist through the window pane
It was such a funny feeling

It's so cold in Alaska
it's so cold in Alaska
It's so cold in Alaska
Track Name: Oh My Love
Oh my love, for the first time in my life
My eyes are wide open
Oh my lover, for the first time in my life
My eyes can see

I see the wind, oh, I see the trees
Every thing is clear in my heart
I see the clouds, oh, I see the sky
Everything is clear in our world

Oh my lover, for the first time in my life
My mind is wide open
Oh my love, for the first time in my life
My mind can feel

I feel the sorrow, oh, I feel dreams
Everything is clear in my heart
I feel life, oh, I feel love
Everything is clear in our world
Track Name: I'm Not Like Everybody Else
I won't take all that they hand me down,
And make out a smile, though I wear a frown,
And I won't take it all lying down,
'Cause once I get started I go to town.

'Cause I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else.

And I don't want to ball about like everybody else,
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else,
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else,
'Cause I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else.

But darling, you know that I love you true,
Do anything that you want me to,
Confess all my sins like you want me to,
There's one thing that I will say to you,
I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else.

I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else
And I don't want to ball about like everybody else,
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else,
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else,
'Cause I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else.

Like everybody else,
Like everybody else,
Like everybody else,
Like everybody else.

If you all want me to settle down,
Slow up and stop all my running 'round,
Do everything like you want me to,
There's one thing that I will say to you,
I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else.

I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else.
And I don't want to ball about like everybody else,
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else,
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else,
'Cause I'm not like everybody else,
I'm not like everybody else.

Like everybody else (like everybody else),
Like everybody else (like everybody else),
Like everybody else (like everybody else),
Like everybody else.
Track Name: Alone
Cease to know or to tell
Or to see or to be your own
Cease to know or to tell
Or to see or to be your own
Have someone else's will as your own
Have someone else's will as your own

You are beautiful and you are alone
You are beautiful and you are alone

Often the adolescent plague
Reward your grace
Often the adolescent plague
Reward your grace

Confuse your hunger capture the fake
Confuse your hunger capture the fake

Banish the faceless reward your grace
Banish the faceless reward your grace
Track Name: Hang Down Your Head
Hush a wild violet, hush a band of gold
Hush you're in a story I heard somebody told
Tear the promise from my heart, tear my heart today
You have found another, oh baby I must go away

So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
Hang down your head tomorrow, hang down your head Marie

Hush my love the rain now, hush my love was so true
Hush my love a train now well it takes me away from you

So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
Hang down your head, hang down your head, hang down your head Marie
So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
Hang down your head, hang down your head, hang down your head Marie
Track Name: Decades
Here are the young men, the weight on their shoulders,
Here are the young men, well where have they been?
We knocked on the doors of Hell's darker chamber,
Pushed to the limit, we dragged ourselves in,

Watched from the wings as the scenes were replaying,
We saw ourselves now as we never had seen.
Portrayal of the trauma and degeneration,
The sorrows we suffered and never were free.

Where have they been?
Where have they been?
Where have they been?
Where have they been?

Weary inside, now our heart's lost forever,
Can't replace the fear, or the thrill of the chase,
Each ritual showed up the door for our wanderings,
Open then shut, then slammed in our face.

Where have they been?
Where have they been?
Where have they been?
Where have they been?
Track Name: The Carpet Crawlers
There is lambswool under my naked feet.
The wool is soft and warm,
-gives off some kind of heat.
A salamander scurries into flame to be destroyed.
Imaginary creatures are trapped in birth on celluloid.
The fleas cling to the golden fleece,
Hoping they'll find peace.
Each thought and gesture are caught in celluloid.
There's no hiding in my memory.
There's no room to void.

The crawlers cover the floor in the red ochre corridor.
For my second sight of people, they've more lifeblood than before.
They're moving. They're moving in time to a heavy wooden door,
Where the needle's eye is winking, closing in on the poor.
The carpet crawlers heed their callers:
"We've got to get in to get out
We've got to get in to get out."

There's only one direction in the faces that I see;
It's upward to the ceiling, where the chambers said to be.
Like the forest fight for sunlight, that takes root in every tree.
They are pulled up by the magnet, believing that they're free.
The carpet crawlers heed their callers:
"We've got to get in to get out
We've got to get in to get out."

Mild mannered supermen are held in kryptonite,
And the wise and foolish virgins giggle with their bodies glowing bright.
Through a door a harvest feast is lit by candlelight;
It's the bottom of a staircase that spirals out of sight.
The carpet crawlers heed their callers:
"We've got to get in to get out
We've got to get in to get out."

The porcelain mannikin with shattered skin fears attack.
The eager pack lift up their pitchers- the carry all they lack.
The liquid has congealed, which has seeped out through the crack,
And the tickler takes his stickleback.
The carpet crawlers heed their callers:
"We've got to get in to get out
We've got to get in to get out."
Track Name: After All
Please trip them gently, they don't like to fall, Oh by jingo

There's no room for anger, we're all very small, Oh by jingo

We're painting our faces and dressing in thoughts from the skies,
From paradise
But they think that we're holding a secretive ball.
Won't someone invite them
They're just taller children, that's all, after all

Man is an obstacle, sad as the clown, Oh by jingo
So hold on to nothing, and he won't let you down, Oh by jingo
Some people are marching together and some on their own
Quite alone
Others are running, the smaller ones crawl
But some sit in silence, they're just older children
That's all, after all

I sing with impertinence, shading impermanent chords, with my words
I've borrowed your time and I'm sorry I called
But the thought just occurred that we're nobody's children At all, after all
Live till your rebirth and do what you will, Oh by jingo
Forget all I've said, please bear me no ill, Oh by jingo

After all, after all
Track Name: Letter To Hermione
The hand that wrote this letter
Sweeps the pillow clean.
So rest your head and read a treasured dream.
I care for no one else but you.
I tear my soul to cease the pain.
I think maybe you feel the same,
What can we do?
I'm not quite sure what we're supposed to do.
So I've been writing just for you.
They say your life is going very well.
They say you sparkle like a different girl.
But something tells me that you hide
When all the world is warm and tired.
You cry a little in the dark,
Well so do I.
I'm not quite sure what you're supposed to say,
But I can see it's not okay.
He makes you laugh
He brings you out in style.
He treats you well
And makes you up real fine.
And when he's strong,
He's strong for you.
And when you kiss
It's something new.
But did you ever call my name
Just by mistake?
I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to do.
So I'll just write some love to you.
Track Name: If It Be Your Will
If it be your will, that I speak no more
And my voice be still, as it was before
I will speak no more, I shall abide until
I am spoken for, if it be your will

If it be your will, that a voice be true
From this broken hill, I will sing to you
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will, to let me sing

From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will, to let me sing

If it be your will, if there is a choice
Let the rivers fill, let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in Hell
If it be your will, to make us well

And draw us near and bind us tight
All your children here, in their rags of light
In our rags of light, all dressed to kill
And end this night, if it be your will
If it be your will
Track Name: Heaven Stood Still
As a tear fades away
And the dawn drives a lovers eyes
No more tears, they're all gone
Just believe this will always be

My heart in your hand
Knows that all this belongs to me
And like a child there I stand
While your heart sings inside of me

One dream of my life
One night in eternity
The wind whispers soft to me
And heaven stood still

One Side of the dawn
Knows that all this belongs to me
One celestial rhapsody
And heaven stood still