Still in Their Original Packaging

by The Quixotes

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Of award-winning song "The Failing Muse", guest judge Dave Spiers wrote "Really reminds me of an 80s band called Scary Thieves who I thought were superb and the arrangement here reminds me a lot of the some of the better 80s Synth Pop that was around in my youth. Good song. Too catchy to ignore!", and is thus perhaps the highlight of this 2014 collection of miscellaneous works including Song Challenges, from the 2011-14 period, in the compilation album "Still In Their Original Packaging".

The album also features our collaborations with two brilliant singer-songwriters, Holly Nelson (A Million Tiny Architects) adding wonderful vocal textures to the chilly and experimental ten-minute, one-chord wonder "Latitudes", and the retro-pop reworking of Julianna McDuffie's curiously wry and dark "Stars". Meanwhile, a Quixotes' hero, the great Keith Floyd, is given a fitting tribute in (notable-mention but sadly not winning) song challenge entry "Keith Floyd The Wall". "There will be happiness, happiness, happiness; in spades!" Indeed there will!

This very 80s-inspired selection (after all, "I Grew Up in the 80s" ;) !) also includes the runner-up song from another challenge, "Cockfosters PUA", which no less an authority than electronica and punk legend Mark Reeder thought was "very inventive and I liked the psychedelic aspect of it". Digressing from the synth-pop, the album includes the anthemic "Advantage" and one of our favourites, the catchy "Face for Radio". This special edition release includes some bonus tracks, including the extended live version of "I Grew Up in the 80s". Not channelling Dominique Perrier there at the end. At all. No siree! ... Where's my keytar, dammit?

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released December 15, 2014

All tracks by Matt Black.
Except "Stars" written by Julianna McDuffie, arranged and remixed by Matt Black, and used with permission of the copyright holder.

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With infectious and highly melodic tunes, The Quixotes specialize in songs about abject misery. Straddling multiple genres including electronica, indie- rock, 80's pop and blues. The rather schizophrenically monikered Quixotes are in fact merely one Matt Black, a London- based singer- songwriter. ... more

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Track Name: The Failing Muse
We’re the cure for your new punk waves
The age-old shore up new age graves
Sell elegance with white noises
Opinionated comeback poisons
Your Kaiser sends her ornaments
We stomp out all the malcontents
Stomp

Hide forever, what we did
I want to be this comeback kid
Her beat-up turbo 911
Never acquired this much fun
Kept in time she paid her rents
We’ll stomp out all her cruel moments
Stomp

She’s everybody’s failed muse
Oh, how to fill her empty shoes
When the muse has failed
And it’s never comin’ back
She took me to the higher places
Then left me to these human races
The muse has failed
It’s never comin’ back

Take my space and fill it up
Never say you’ve had enough
Emote iconics distilled, deterred
Drunk on lovers disinterred
We have heard it and we can’t take it
No-one gains cos no-one makes it
Stomp

She’s everybody’s failed muse
And cast aside one colour blues
When the muse has failed
And it’s never comin’ back
Stomp

“Erato, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Urania
Euterpe, Calliope, Melpomene, Clio, Thalia”

She’s everybody’s failed muse
You never filled my front page news
When this muse has failed
And it’s never comin’ back
She’s everybody’s failed muse
Oh, cast aside those empty shoes
When the muse has failed
And she’s never, heaven, ever comin’ back
Track Name: Latitudes
When the wind howls
The East wind howls
I’m sent to greet her

When the wind howls
Now the East wind howls
I’m sent to meet her

Hung on every kiss
Unto her every kiss
I’m wrapped around her

Touch again, my skins
Psycho chiller rings
She’s wrapped around me

Like a girl in white
With fairy-light eyes
The land she sees
The sand she spies
The oceans break her rising highs
In chaos find latitudes wise
In chaos find latitudes wise

I’m wrapped around her
She got my full attention
What she gonna do without it?

When the wind howls
And how the East wind howls
When that wind does howl
I’m sent to greet her

I’m rapt around you
You got my full attention
So what you gonna do with it?

I’m rapt around you
You got my full attention
So what you gonna do with it?
Leaving me in chaos
Leaving me in chaos
Leaving me in chaos
Leaving me in chaos

In chaos find latitudes wise
In chaos find latitudes wise
In chaos find latitudes wise
In chaos find latitudes wise
In chaos find latitudes wise
Track Name: Julianna McDuffie vs The Quixotes - Stars
I’ll let you sit and watch the show
See me turn, see me glow
You’re free to use your eyes and ears
Imagination knows

I am made of stars
I am made of dust
I am made of everything
I am made of love

But watch where you grab hold of me
Watch where you touch
Watch how you move into me
I’ll burn you, if I must


I am made of stars
I am made of dust
I am made of everything
I am made of love

What are you looking at?

I am made of stars
I am made of dust
I am made of everything
I am made of love