Hollywood Under The Knife

by The Opiates

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This album is more important to me than most things i've done. It is a collection of, to my mind, beautiful and well crafted songs and it took so much work to finish). When you don't have large budgets everything to attempt to do takes a lot of juggling, to put it mildy, before you get to a point where even one song gets done, let alone ten. The process of making this album, getting so much support from lovely people like Wolfgang as well as Philip Marshall, the graphic designer, all the remixers who delivered a multitude of gifts with their remixes..... to see something come together after a long process, is a gift in itself. Video maker Joern Hartmann, who made three videos, basically for no pay, Michael Huber giving me a promotional budget to work with and being the first person to hear the songs and giving me positive feedback, all these people deserve more thanks than i could ever give.
Here's more about the album.
The Opiates started with the intention of being an ambient project. Soon bored, they abandoned any genre restrictions in favour of music that inspired them in cerebral as well as booty shaking ways.
Dubbed by the press as ‘The Carpenters of Electro’, their album ‘Hollywood Under The Knife’ explores paths pioneered by the Chicago house and Detroit techno heroes, (not least Electribe 101), with the aim of taking things forward a step or two.
Although Kraftwerk and Yazoo have been mentioned as influences, The Opiates’ unique brand of electronic music is not readily categorised. Theirs is a pursuit without compromise; a rare match of songwriting and cutting-edge beats and bleeps.
Turner Price winning artist Wolfgang Tilmanns opened his entire archive and granted a free choice of images for The Opiates to choose from, resulting in nine previously unseen and unpublished images making up the artwork of the album cover and booklet.
The Opiates will boldly go where the best electronic duo crossover albums have gone before, and will appeal to charts and underground alike.

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released October 17, 2011

produced and mixed by The Opiates
music by Robert Solheim
melodies/lyrics by Billie Ray Martin, except where noted
mastered by Chris von Rautenkranz at Soundgarden Hamburg

all songs published by Touch Tones Music (Billie Ray Martin), Copyright Control (Robert Solheim) except:
"Dinah And The Beautiful Blue": published by Straysound
"Oprah's Book Of The Month Club (Part 2)": published by Touch Tones Music (Billie Ray Martin), Copyright Control (Robert Solheim), DVersion Music Publishing Ltd (Mikael Delta)
"Silent Comes The Nighttime (Again)": Touch Tones Music (Billie Ray Martin), Copyright Control (Robert Solheim), DVersion Music Publishing Ltd (Mikael Delta)

all images by Wolfgang Tillmanns
design: Philip Marshall

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Track Name: Rainy Days And Saturdays
Something to do on a Saturday
Look in the mirror
Apply the face
And frown
Too cold for the shops this Saturday
No one to call and no one to come around

A face for the world to see
Seems like a simple dream to me
But not on this Saturday
Life’s never seemed so far away, away...

And I wish that life could be
A Hollywood album
Like a book of perfect memories
But I don’t think so...
And I wish that life could be
A suburban postcard
Just the rain outside my window
But I know it’s not to be
It’s not for me

Tell me, do people run out of luck?
Walk to the kitchen, refill the cup
No pun intended
All just thoughts on a rainy day
The hours run dry
The fun has ended

A face for the world to know
Seems like a simple goal
On Monday
But not on this Saturday
My skin’s never seemed so pale and grey, away...

And I wish that life could be
A Hollywood album
Like a book of perfect memories
But I don’t think so...
And I wish that life could be
A suburban postcard
Just the rain outside my window
But I know it’s not to be
It’s not for me

And I wish that life could be
A Hollywood album
Like a book of perfect memories
But I don’t think so...
And I wish that life could be
A suburban postcard
Just the rain outside my window
But I know it’s not to be
It’s not for me
Track Name: I'm Not Simone Choule
Now I know descending stairs are long
I’ve seen their faces gather, quite aware
This dream could last a lifetime

Now I see my fate ahead of me
I wear her floral dress my teeth are bare
This dream will last forever

And there’s no rest
Despite the silence
And there’s nowhere left to run
There’s a light there
At the bottom
They won’t find me
When I’m done

Now there’ll be someone that isn’t me
The lipstick on my mouth
It isn’t fair
The wig I’ll wear forever

There’s a ghost called isolation
It’s a tenant in my home
Where I will be who they tell me
When I’m down there
They’ll have won

And there’s no rest
Despite the silence
And there’s nowhere left to run
There’s a light there
At the bottom
They won’t find me
When I’m done
Track Name: Candy Coated Crime
I was on my best behaviour
When the old attraction came to rise
If I make my breath go faster
The moment would arrive
Many times I’ve tried to refrain
But the image won’t subside
Could you be my sweet accomplice
In my candy coated crime

And if I only knew
If you know too
And what to do
Then I could do it to you
The moment would arrive
And if I knew you’d say
You would be meeting me halfway
Then I could plan it with you
My candy coated crime

Who would show the faintest interest
If I took it way too far this time
Who cares if I get arrested
I’m only playing CSI
It’s like murder in a sweet shop
You can’t tell the blood from sweet delights
Could I be identified of
My candy coated crime

And if I only knew
If you know too
And what to do
Then I could do it to you
My life is on the line
And if I knew you’d say
You would be meeting me halfway
Then I could plan it with you
My candy coated crime

And if I only knew
If you know too
And what to do
Then I could do it to you
The moment would arrive
And if I knew you’d say
You would be meeting me halfway
Then I could plan it with you
My candy coated crime
Track Name: Anatomy Of A Plastic Girl
You can’t say I’m not human
But every hour, every minute,every second and beyond can pass me by
I’m really anything but bland
But what you see is what you get when I parade my silhouette down Rodeo Drive

And you can look inside
There is a light that shines
Under the pale white smile

You could say I’ve got some fame
Well I go out to lunch with actors now and then
And when I go home I’m still the same
And there’s really nothing there
When I look into the mirror I see really nothing here but a face and name

And you can leave me here
For where the glitter lay
There is a battlefield

And you can leave me here
I have no enemies
Only reality

If I was anybody then
I was a nobody to most but that was better
Now I’m everybody all the time

And I am miserable
Under the pretty shell
There are a thousand holes
Track Name: Silent Comes The Nighttime (Again)
Silent comes the nighttime from behind
Like a sandy greyish flicker in my eye
Ordering me to wash away the dust of everyday life
I watch TV, so much TV
Now there’s a vacancy where an aim used to be
If only silence would wash over me
But I’m only paralyzed
Like a puppet with the strings hanging I lie
A nothing, Mr Sandman
I need a dream badly
Give me the nightmares I’ll take them gladly
Give me the ghouls and ghosts
I’ll be a happy host
No more stalking, sleepwalking
Fearing the dawn that I’m so torn in, yeah

Silent the night descended
While all the world surrendered
I’m stabbing holes in this endless night
Silent the night came down and
Can I please just drown out of sight
Washing away in the clear starlight

Silent comes the nighttime just a solitary daze, hazy
And it feels more tiring than a hundred working days, this effort
But every night succeeds to put me in my place, this effort
Shooting these shadows, running the maze, this effort
I watch TV, so much TV
The books I read for company...
Was it like this as a child?
As a child/Was it always that
I was this tired from sleeping?
Outsmarted by tyrants, demons, demons, hazy
Like a puppet with the strings hanging I lie
A nothing, Mr Sandman give me one clear morning
Give me the nightmares I’ll take all of them

Silent the night descended
While all the world surrendered
I’m stabbing holes in this endless night
Silent the night came down and
Can I please just drown out of sight
Washing away in the clear starlight
Track Name: Oprah's Book Of The Month Club (Part 2)
Mama was beautiful
A mountain of fake hair would sometimes peek through the bedroom door
The money never hugged her the money was never warm
It did not tell her stories it did not sing bedtime songs
There were always sedate veils of some kind behind her eyes
And daily doses of something were keeping her paralyzed

Mama gave her Nembutal
When she interfered in her schedule
The measures were inevitable
Come on now be a good girl
Mama gave her everything
That chemicals and cash could bring
But instead of owning everything it only disowned her

Taking her life in hand
Selling her roller skates for an abortion
Almost joining the women’s movement
But she said the only movement I’m interested in
Is the one that gets me outta here and to Hollywood where I belong
Rosy cheeks productions helped her get to Hollywood
Where a girl’s gotta do what’s to do and be what she’s not

Now she’s dropped the booze and drugs
And discovered Häagen-Dazs
Her lips are injected with half her ass
Now she looks like the other girls
And she dropped the shoulder pads
For a pair of muscly lads
Don’t want to get Oprah on your ass
But her biography still won’t pass

Mama gave her everything
That chemicals and cash could bring
Track Name: Reality TV
Saw a girl on the TV
At a prime time slot at five
Whatever made her believe if she’ll be herself she’ll arrive
And it’s been lonely
But it’s keeping her alive
With heaven starting around the corner if she tries

And there’s no one in the world just like her
No one with a face like that girl
See it all distort in tears when they break her down

Now she’s a lonely lonely girl
There’s no one else in the whole world
Oh such a lonely lonely girl
And the tears won’t stop
On her journey to world’s end

She was ready to fight it
Like a big eyed candy girl
Nothing but a desire to take on and beat the world

And the nation sees her make-up running
A dream ends at fifteen with no warning
Entertainment takes a life in a moments time

So now she’s a lonely lonely girl
There’s no one there in the whole world
Oh such a lonely lonely girl
And the tears won’t stop
On her journey to world’s end

Big tears and make-up
Leave a trace when she breaks up
And the tears won’t stop
When they pick her up

And now she’s a lonely lonely girl
There’s no one else in the whole world
Oh such a lonely lonely girl
And the tears won’t stop
On her journey to world’s end

So now she’s a lonely lonely girl
There’s no one there in the whole world
Oh such a lonely lonely girl
And the tears won’t stop
On her journey to world’s end
Track Name: Jalousies And Jealousies
Here
From a fireplace
And the stale cocktails
To the one who fails

There
And I know the way
You go fall astray
When the rent’s not paid

Now you have me in your mirror
And I’m standing like a ghost
Through the jalousies
The wind it blows
And through all these strange illusions
I can hear it like a song
In your jealousies
The window knows

Framed
Like a forgery
And how much you pay
It is never real

Jailed
It’s the bars I see
In these jealousies
My fate I’ll be

Now you have me in your mirror
And I’m standing like a ghost
Through the jalousies
The wind it blows
And through all these strange illusions
I can hear it like a song
In your jealousies
The window froze

Now you have me in your mirror
And I’m standing like a ghost
Through the jalousies
The wind it blows
And through all these strange illusions
I can hear it like a song
In your jealousies
The window froze

Now you have me in your mirror
And I’m standing like a thief
Through the jalousies
The falling leaves
And through all these strange illusions
I can feel it like dream
In your jealousies
I’m gone and been
Track Name: Dinah And The Beautiful Blue
She will run and hide from the nannies
Making fun of those big nannies with guns
It’s a strange little girl, such a strange little girl
She’ll go through the fences
Sneak away to see her friends, beautiful blue

It’s a strange little girl
such a strange little girl

Dinah and the beautiful blue, in the fields
They will sing for hours
Dinah and the beautiful blue, letting through
All the hidden powers
Dinah and the beautiful blue, with the force
Of a million lifetimes
Dinah and the beautiful blue, bring me love
Make me smile again

So she runs and hides from the nannies
Making fun of those big nannies with guns
In the late afternoon, let them ring all the bells
Let them search as daylight fades way

Dinah and the beautiful blue, in the fields
They will sing for hours
Dinah and the beautiful blue, letting through
All the hidden powers
Dinah and the beautiful blue, with the force
Of a million lifetimes
Dinah and the beautiful blue, in the fields
They will sing again
Track Name: Candy Coated Crime (Alternative Version)
I was on my best behaviour
When the old attraction came to rise
If I make my breath go faster
The moment would arrive
Many times I’ve tried to refrain
But the image won’t subside
Could you be my sweet accomplice
In my candy coated crime

And if I only knew
If you know too
And what to do
Then I could do it to you
The moment would arrive
And if I knew you’d say
You would be meeting me halfway
Then I could plan it with you
My candy coated crime

Who would show the faintest interest
If I took it way too far this time
Who cares if I get arrested
I’m only playing CSI
It’s like murder in a sweet shop
You can’t tell the blood from sweet delights
Could I be identified of
My candy coated crime

And if I only knew
If you know too
And what to do
Then I could do it to you
My life is on the line
And if I knew you’d say
You would be meeting me halfway
Then I could plan it with you
My candy coated crime

And if I only knew
If you know too
And what to do
Then I could do it to you
The moment would arrive
And if I knew you’d say
You would be meeting me halfway
Then I could plan it with you
My candy coated crime