Victory For The Monsters

by Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos

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about

'a declaration of war on the forces of mundanity and boredom'

Only two and a half short, action packed years since forming after a fight in a music shop, Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos release their debut album "Victory For The Monsters" into an unsuspecting world. The Sexy Weirdos have been likened to acts such as The Pogues, Gorgol Bordello and The Specials, but they describe their music as " carnival punk" - a strange mixture of influences from all over the world combined to make a unique punch that aims straight for the gut. Their live show has united many a disparate audience, with well written lyrics and exemplary playing providing substance to match the showmanship. "Victory For The Monsters" is many things - a prophecy of a new future for rock and roll,an overexcited invitation to party, a declaration of war on the forces of mundanity and boredom, but above all, it's a great album brimming with the passion invested in every note, it's a mixture of heavy brass, esoteric fiddle, insistent, danceable rhythms and raw, hook laden vocals, creating an impact you simply won't find anywhere else.

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released 27 October 2012

All lyrics by Johnny Kowalski
All songs Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos
Except track 3 (John-Joe Murray) and 7 and 11 (traditional)
All tracks arranged by Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos
Recorded by John-Joe Murray, additional engineering by Craigus Barry and Farmergeddon. Mixed by JJM and Phil Wilkins.
Recorded at Carnival Punk Studio, a temporary studio set up in a disused warehouse in Worcester, UK in Spring / Summer 2012.
Mastered by Richard Wood

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Track Name: Something Wonderful
Well I'm glad I'm finally free of you
Yes I'm glad I'm finally free of you

Couldn't work out, who's to blame
Was it you or am I insane?
Message learned and freedom gained
It fucking hurt but the fact remains that

It felt so bad on Saturday
But you know this is Tuesday
And something wonderful happened yesterday
Track Name: Night Before
No matter how much you drink you can't put out the fire

Everyone was partying, they don't know why
Or what he did to make her cry
There wasn't a cross word and she doesn't lie
Friends say that it's time for her to say goodbye

No matter how much you drink you can't put out the fire

He's not a bad man just an angry man
But his untamed rage was never part of the plan
Does he falter? Does he care?
As the people all around him turn and stop and stare

No matter how much you drink you can't put out the fire

Everyone was partying, they don't know why
Or what he did to make her cry
There wasn't a cross word and she doesn't lie
Friends say that it's time for her to say goodbye

No matter how much you drink you can't put out the fire
Track Name: Morning After
So you woke up late this morning with the truth around your neck
Spent the whole night swimming through an ocean of regret
Met you in the Pig and Drum about a half past three
Over to the Firefly with all the boys and me
Later you were arguing something about the war
Causing such commotion that they threw you out the door

And I am writing this all down
And you are staring at the ground
And I am writing this all down
And you are staring at the - staring at the ground

So we pushed up against the wall and tried to drive it home
No matter how you told the truth the truth you'd never own
So we talked and talked and talked retracing the old ground
No matter how we searched and searched the truth was never found

Now the world is feeling frozen like a winter's lake
And you can't help but thinking that you made a big mistake

And I am writing this all down
And you are staring at the ground
And I am writing this all down
And you are staring at the - staring at the ground

Now the world is feeling frozen like a winter's lake
And you can't help but thinking that you made a big mistake

And I am writing this all down
And you are staring at the ground
And I am writing this all down
And you are staring at the - staring at the ground

So you woke up late this morning with the truth around your neck
Spent the whole night swimming through an ocean of regret
Met you in the Pig and Drum about a half past three
Over to the Firefly with all the boys and me
Later you were arguing something about the war
Causing such commotion that they threw you out the door

And I am writing this all down
And you are staring at the ground
And I am writing this all down
And you are staring at the - staring at the ground
Track Name: Scriptwriter's Song
You could be the big man on the town
Laughing as the clubs are closing down
Count the cash and light and a cigarette
Because you know the night's not over yet
There is a new place where we could go
You might even see a few people that you know down there

His scriptwriter's working over time
Supplying him with those quality lines
Keeps saying that he's doing fine
Gotta make sure that I get mine

Power and money gained through dirty tricks
Corporate smiles and dirty politics
Am I jealous of you are you jealous of me?
Quick make sure the others do not see
They're all acting like they're in a school
You just keep on playing like you're Mr. Cool

His scriptwriter's working over time
Supplying him with those quality lines
Keeps saying that he's doing fine
Gotta make sure that I get mine

There is not a moral to my tale
Some were born to succeed some born to fail
Others just obey with faces pale
Others find a new breeze and set sail
But I better move along for now
Because the words I say might trouble you anyhow

His scriptwriter's working over time
Supplying him with those quality lines
Keeps saying that he's doing fine
Gotta make sure that I get mine
Track Name: Talking About Me
So I heard you've been talking about me and it made you feel alright
That's why I said what I did when I saw you the other night
And I guess it could be better
You know I won't forget her
I'm impressed, you never met her
But you still talk about her more than I do

So actions speak louder than words and one thing's become clear
You've been whispering all of these words in everybody's ear
And if that's the way you treat me
Should you get to keep me?
You know ..................... to meet me
But you still talk about her more than I do

So I heard you've been talking about me and it made you feel alright
That's why I said what I did when I saw you the other night
And I guess it could be better
You know I won't forget her
I'm impressed, you never met her
But you still talk about her more than I do
Track Name: Klezmer Prayer
When I am waiting in the city
I will pray, I will pray, I will pray for you
As I am moving across the country
I will feel that soul no matter what I do
Though the voices I am hearing
Hold no hope, hold no hope, hold no hope for me
I am righteous in my dealings
No matter how much you might disagree
YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH

When I am praying in the city
I will wait, I will wait, I will wait for you
As I am moving across the country
I will feel that soul no matter what I do
Though the voices I am hearing
Hold no hope, hold no hope, hold no hope for me
I am righteous in my dealings
No matter how much you might disagree
LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA
Track Name: Going Out My Mind
I can't deny it, I've always tried
To make the best of circumstances
But I just can't bare to lie
About these mental disturbances
Well, I can't believe a guy like me can get what he wants
Or maybe what he deserves
Because I just can't keep from going out my mind

Whilst others around me bitch
I'll just sit back and play it cool
Pretty soon though I make the switch
And then drink like a crazy fool
Well, I can't believe a guy like me can get what he wants
Or maybe what he deserves
Because I just can't keep from going out my mind

La la la la la la la la la la la

I can't deny it, I've always tried
To make the best of circumstances
But I just can't bare to lie
About these mental disturbances
Well, I can't believe a guy like me can get what he wants
Or maybe what he deserves
Because I just can't keep from going out my mind
Track Name: Johnny Draw Back the Knife
About to be caught by a world beating wave
The kind that destroys the proud and the brave
No escape routes and nowhere to run
He's filled with the knowledge of what must be done
Singing "Johnny draw back the knife
Johnny draw back the knife
take back what you know that you must let go of
Johnny draw back the knife"

So he did what he had to and plunged forth the blade
Brightness shone forth destroying all shade
The blade stood deep in her quivering breast
She uttered these words as he stared at her chest
Singing "Johnny draw back the knife
Johnny draw back the knife
take back what you know that you must let go of
Johnny draw back the knife"

Many years later sat by the sea shore
He'd tell the story of what happened before
And how he'd always be tied to the land
And the vicious death that the seabed had planned
Singing "Johnny draw back the knife
Johnny draw back the knife
take back what you know that you must let go of
Johnny draw back the knife
Johnny draw back the knife
take back what you know that you must let go of
Johnny draw back the knife"