Long Story Short (Remastered)

by The Phosphenes

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The Phosphenes made a number of recordings in the early years of the 21st Century – first as Separation Street, then as Chapter 11 – with a constantly shifting lineup. None were ever quite finished. By 2004 the lineup had consolidated in Dean Lombard (guitar, vocals), Jason Cutler (bass, vocals), Damaris Baker (guitar, vocals), John Watson (drums), and Joe Saitta (sax); and they enlisted the services of Allan Neuendorf to record these six songs at Baker St Studios over four winter days in 2005.

These songs were staples of the band's live set, and exemplify the diversity of genres – indie rock, ballads, groove rock, post-punk, classic rock, guitar pop – encompassed by their repertoire.

Band members Jason and Dean designed the album packaging using drummer John's photographs for the cover and studio shots by Dean's brother Gavin for the interior. The band home-printed and hand-assembled 40 or 50 CDs and they were sold at gigs and online, with some distributed to local radio stations. By 2018, they were all gone.
Ignoring the advice of mastering engineers the world over, the band remastered it themselves in 2019, re-releasing it to an unsuspecting public in 2020.

The album is now available on streaming and download services for the first time ever. A limited number of hand-assembled CDs will be issued in due course.

credits

released January 26, 2020

Dean Lombard: vocal, guitar, harmonica.
Jason Cutler: bass, backups, vocal on ‘Hey’.
Damaris Baker: guitar, backups.
Joe Saitta: saxophone.
John Watson: drums, percussion.

Engineered, mixed & mastered by Allan Neuendorf.
Produced by Jason Cutler, Dean Lombard, John Watson & Allan Neuendorf.
Remastered by Jason Cutler in 2019.

Cover photograph by John Watson (watjonphotography.com).
Colour montage photographs by Gavin Lombard.
Design by Dean Lombard & Jason Cutler.

Many thanks to former members of Separation Street: Victoria Bramall, Isabelle Kenny & Grant Watkins.
Also to Brendan Mason @ Real Guitars, Glen Iris; Mendo @ The Jam Hut, Preston; Northcote Primary School; all our families, friends, and musical collaborators past, present, and future. And thanks Allan.

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The Phosphenes Melbourne, Australia

The Phosphenes create imperfect three-minute pop songs from a standard dysfunctional rock line-up (with added harmonica for your convenience) that - replete with catchy hooks and upbeat rhythms, armed with poignant and quirky humour, and dripping in vocal harmonies - stick in your head and get you out of your chair. ... more

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Track Name: Love is a Four-Letter Word
All my friends say I’m the nicest guy around
All my lovers have told me I’m an arsehole
All my friends say it’s not me, it’s just them
They try to get 200 bucks before they pass Go

But it doesn’t make it easier to smile
& it doesn’t make it easier to walk another mile
’Cos life’s a journey but I missed the tram
Love is a tetragram
love is the traffic jam

My psychiatrist tells me I’m OK
I just need to stop sitting on fences
And my friends say I will find requited love
If I can stop chasing ambulances

But it doesn’t make it easier to smile
& it doesn’t make it easier to walk another mile
’Cos life’s a journey but I missed the bus
Love is a blunderbuss
love is too dangerous

But it’s OK, it’s OK, I sadly say
It’s OK, it’s OK
’Cos if my life stopped going wrong
I would never write a song again
I live for the rain

But it doesn’t make it easier to smile
& it doesn’t make it easier to walk another mile
’Cos life’s a journey but I missed my train
Love is ultramontane
love is the dull refrain
love is a fucking pain
Yeah life’s a journey but I missed the tram
Track Name: The Great Unknown
You say that you love me
But I don’t know what you mean (I just don’t know)
You say you’re thinking of me
But your thoughts are unseen (They just don’t show)
I get under your skin, I know, is it a virtue or a sin?
I just don’t know, you just don’t know

You smile when you see me
But I don’t know what’s beneath (I just don’t know)
Your face is beaming
But are you clenching your teeth? (It just don’t show)
You’re feeling alright, I know, but is it our last night?
I just don’t know, you just don’t know

I am the great unknown, that much you have shown
You are the great don’t know, that much I know
But I don’t know what to do

You say you want me and I know you do
(I want you too)
I wonder what you’ll do with me
But I haven’t a clue (It’s up to you)
I really make you smile, I know, but is it all worthwhile?
I just don’t know, you just don’t know
Track Name: She Knows What She Wants
She knows what she wants, She thinks she knows how to get it
She knows what she wants, but she doesn’t know

She brang a bottle of wine, I thought we’d have a real nice time
She kissed me long and deep, She made me miss the movie
She knows what she wants…

She took off her clothes, I didn’t have to suppose
She took off my pants, I didn’t stand a chance
She knows what she wants…

You know she said to me that I had to choose, hey
You know I said I only met you on Tuesday
I couldn’t promise her anything
She drove off in her SAAB

She left the bottle of wine, I had a real nice time
I wrote this cool song, For once I did nothing wrong
She knows what she wants…
Track Name: Hey
Hey, do you know me? We met for 30 seconds a long time ago
(A thousand years ago, maybe more)
You thought I was like the others
Only wanted you for your body parts
(One particular body part)
You thought I was just a fool
I was just a tool, but not a monkey wrench
(Not THAT kind of tool)

But I wanted to kiss your ear in the morning
& I wanted to hold your hand in the city as we walked
I wanted to look at you and miss the movie
And I wanted to do the shopping for our family

Hey, do you know me? We met at the bus stop on the weekend
(Do you have the time?)
You asked if I knew when the bus comes
Then you thought about your boyfriend
(What kind of guy is he?)
Sometimes he might buy you a present
Then he thinks about the football
(Do you know who won?)

But he would never kiss your ear in the morning
& he would never hold your hand in the city as you walk
He’ll never look at you and miss the footy
And he only does the shopping somewhat reluctantly

Hey, do you know me? We’ll meet for a minute in the future
A hundred years from now, maybe more
I’ll ask “do you have these in my size?”
You’ll tell me as you ignore me
You might look me in the eye
I thought that I might die
(Can you die of love?)

Now I’ll never kiss your ear in the morning
And I’ll never hold your hand in the country as we walk
I’ll never look at you and miss that movie
And we’ll never do the shopping for our family
Track Name: The Window
I’ve seen beautiful eyes a thousand times before
As for sweet voices singing sad, sad songs
I just don’t hear them anymore
But I heard yours, a window to your soul
Don’t they say that about eyes
A window to your soul

I’ve been loved, I’ve been despised
I’ve been the sunshine, I’ve been the rain
I’ve been the answer to a desperate prayer
I’ve been a worst nightmare
Could I be yours? you can take your choice
And I could step right through
That window to your soul

I want to stroke your hair
and see myself reflected in your eyes
Hear myself in song, you’re in mine

I’ve seen beautiful eyes, but none like these before
As for sweet voices singing sad, sad songs
I want to hold you, I won’t let you fall
I stand before that window to your soul
Let me step right through
That window to your soul
Track Name: The Hippy
She used to be a hippy
Now she’s got a laptop and a mobile phone
She used to live in hovels
Now she’s got a mortgage on a period home

She once was a masseur
Now she’s a marketing guru for a company
She used to be a vego
Now she cooks dead animals for her family
I thought that she’d sold out until I realised
She’s got the hippy inside

She used to ride a pushie
Now she drives a late-model Holden Calais
She used to wield a sketchbook
Now it’s a digital camera and a PDA
But she gets no plastic bags when she goes out to buy
She’s got the hippy inside

She smiles with her heart, she cries with her soul
She always plays a part
In making the world such a better place
I wish that I were half as good
But I don’t think I ever could
She’s as beautiful as a really nice piece
Of reconditioned secondhand hardwood

I see a lot of hippies, with tie-dyed shirts
And dreadlocks, and Indian cotton pants
They’re smoking marijuana, and hanging out at CERES
Doing a funny hippy dance

But she is something else, and I can tell you why
She’s got the hippy inside

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