KNICKERBOCKER GLORY

by John Moore

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" John Moore is a former blues-guitar whizz who joined The Jesus and Mary Chain, released a series of solo albums, and captured the darker side of Nineties aspiration with the sardonic pop trio Black Box Recorder. Now he has returned with a concept album about middle-aged vanities and love affairs and it's very funny and poignant indeed.
Philosophical Man is a classic road song, even if the road in question is a clogged-up section of the motorway. " Accidents, diversions and emergency plans, nothing's gonna stop me I'm a Hammersmith M4 man."Moore boasts. Then there's Rabbit Hole, a heartfelt ballad about jealousy on which he whispers earnestly " If I ever ask you who you've slept with, please don't tell me."
Couched in shimmering rock, Sixties girl-group pop and even a touch of operatic soprano on Anne of a Thousand Days, this is a literary pop gem."
★★★★ Will Hodgkinson. The Times

" Bon viveur, wit, painter and writer of note, Moore is also a saw playing ventriloquist and first person to import absinthe into the UK.
Having served time with The Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Box Recorder, he now crafts intoxicating tunes on this keenly conceived collection of droll, warm and affecting love songs.
Pals including Boz Boorer, Luke Hiaines, and opera-inclined Louise Kleboe add a radiance and variety to Anne of a Thousand Days and Philosophical Man. Sharp but sweetm goes down a treat."
★★★★Gavin Martin. The Mirror

"More spark is shown by John Moore on the hell-raising Knickerbocker Glory (Germ). The former Mary Chain/Black Box Recorder guitarist delivers a scorching solo album which finds a way for 70s glam pop, rockabilly, sleaze and wide-eyed innocence to cohabit with witty, ironic lyrics. Philosophy, art and stonking riffs join in, and the naughty but nice net result is impishly invigorating. You'll need to wash your hands afterwards".

Chris Roberts. Prog Mag, Feb2018

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released February 2, 2018

All songs written and produced by John Moore

Recorded in London
Additional recording, Los Angeles, New York

Mixed by Steven Boyce-Buckley

Mastered by Jeff Mortimer

Cover design by Marie-Louise Plum

John Moore - Vocals, guitars, other instruments
Brian Young - Drums, percussion
Morgan Visconti -Bass
Cecilia Fage - Backing vocals
Rod Melvin - Keyboards
Boz Boorer - Saxophone
Bill Churchville - Trumpet
Ava Nixey Moore - Flute, vocals
Eleanor Gall - Violin
David Barbenel -Cello
Alfie Thomas - Accordion
Louise Kleboe - Soprano on Anne of a Thousand Days
Eos Counsell - Violin on Philosophical Man
Tim Weller - Drums on Philosophical Man
Luke Haines - Guitar on Philosophical Man
The Loose Moorelles – Backing vocals
(Cecilia Fage, Amy Fleming, Laura Barton,
Joanne Kernan, Marie-Louise Plum)
Thanks
MLP, Lisa & Ian, MFM, Jimbo, Keith, Tom U, Martin R, Pete L, Claire M
Craig G, Ross C, Katie H, Jerry C, Polly B, Walter P

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John Moore London, UK

John Moore, Singer, songwriter, guitar player, writer, poet, painter, thinker, importer of Absinthe, bipolar, insomniac, temperamental, cantankerous, occasionally amusing.
Loves books, cats and rock and roll.
Formerly of Black Box Recorder, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Lives in London.
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Track Name: RABBIT HOLE
RABBIT HOLE

If I ever ask you who you’ve slept with
Please don’t tell me
Although I’ll try to bug you ‘til you do
I know there must have been a time before me
When someone else had to do

I’m in the rabbit hole, it isn’t helpful
I’m searching for the key
My minds going to places it’s got no right to be
Down in the rabbit hole – this stupid jealousy
Is making a fool out of me, making a fool out of me

Did you have a boyfriend, but was he nice?
But was he as nice as me?
Did he show you places that we could never see?
Did he ever paint your picture, or write love poetry
And who’d win in a fight – only tell me if it’s me?

I’m in the rabbit hole, I’m searching for the key
My mind’s asking questions that have got no right to be
Did he satisfy you, and do we match up physically?
And when you went to sleep, although you didn’t know me
Were you still - dreaming of me?

And has he walked on land reserved for you and me?
And are your names already carved upon our tree?
And how to reclaim disputed territory?
Tell me, was he as much fun as me?

I’m in the rabbit hole, down in the rabbit hole
I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole
Down in the rabbit hole
Ba na na, ba na na, ba na na

And if you ever ask me who I’ve slept with
I won’t tell you
Although you’ll try to bug me til I do
We’ve got to climb out of this rabbit hole
Because there’s no one else but you
There’s no one else but you my dear, no one else but you
There’s no one else but you my love
There’s no one else but you

© John Moore 2018
Track Name: PHILOSOPHICAL MAN
PHILOSOPHICAL MAN

Driving back to London on a spring Sunday evening
Wishing I was staying in the place I was leaving
Sunset in the mirror it looks so fine
Masters of the universe get back to the weekly grind

Switch to automatic, drive the world from your mind
Utopia is easier if you follow the signs
This brave new world is getting out of hand
Take the boy out of the city not the countryside out of the man
And I know what I am, I’m a Philosophical Man

And the speed camera that took my picture made me feel so grateful
Because it proved that I still existed
Think I know what I am, I’m a Philosophical Man

Put your foot down baby if you know where you’re going
Put your foot down baby you’re the queen of the road
But you’re stuck on the M25 of the soul
And your satellite navigation system is broken – beep beep yeah

Driving back to London on a spring Sunday evening
Wishing I was staying in the place I was leaving
Accidents diversions and emergency plans
Nothing’s going to stop me I’m a Hammersmith M4 man
And I think therefore I am a Philosophical Man

And the speed camera that took my picture
Made me feel so god damned grateful that I still existed
Think I know what I am, I’m a Philosophical Man
Think I know what I am, I’m a Philosophical Man
And I think therefore I am a Philosophical Man
And I think therefore I am a Philosophical Man

© John Moore 2018
Track Name: CONTROLLED EXPLOSIONS
CONTROLLED EXPLOSIONS

Controlled explosions, unexploded bombs
You wouldn’t believe me if I told you
Dry your eyes, forget those lies
Knock the devil off your shoulder

You’re the one, there’s no smoking gun
It’s the oldest trick in the book that he sold you
Dry your eyes, forget those lies
Don’t let that serpent enfold you

He’s making you mad, he’s making you sad
He’s trying to fill your mind with doubt
But it’s love that’s won,
And old left hand HATE - is down for the count

On the brink, it’s not what you think
I couldn’t stand to be rejected
It’s just a name of an old flame
Whose line’s is disconnected

Controlled explosions,
Controlled explosions, bup, owwwwww
Its just the name of some old flame

Now I’ve known girls before, both beautiful so sweet
I keep in my heart with affection
But they weren’t built to last, they’re all in the past
And you’re complete perfection

Controlled explosions, unexploded bombs
Now I’m being inspected
I don’t mind, whatever you find
Those lines are disconnected

You’re the one, there’s no smoking gun
I haven’t worn this suit since 2001
Come back in the sun, it’s love that’s won and
You’re the permanent one
You’re the permanent one
You’re the permanent one

© John Moore 2018
Track Name: ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS
ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS

I carried on with Anna in a suicidal manner
For a thousand days, a thousand ways of self-destruction
And when it was all over I was looking so much older
Than my tender age, my life was saved by another

A real Florence Nightingale who fed me up and fattened me
To twice my size, with apple pies
And the milk of human kindness
So imagine what a shock I got when things turned out to be Not quite as they’d first seemed
She only wanted me for the pot

And father, if you knew why didn’t you tell me?
Why did you let me fall into those traps?
‘Cause still, I’m not any wiser
And as soon as I get out of here I’m going straight back!

Back to being a single man with single thoughts
And single plans, and single friends
And lonely nights that never end
Back to all those single’s bars with lustful thoughts
And lonely hearts and desperate dates
She’s three hours late, but maybe she’ll still come

But father, if you knew, why didn’t you tell me?
How could you let me get into this state?
When just a private word could have set me straight
But oh no! and now it’s much too late

I’m going out to find a light
Who won’t burn down the house tonight, a gentle flame
Not another stick of dynamite
A little Roman candle’s about all that I can handle
If she’s safe to hold, and she won’t explode in my face

And father, if you knew why didn’t you tell me?
Why did you let me fall into those traps?
Cause still, I’m not any wiser
And as soon as I get out of here I’m going straight back

© John Moore 2018
Track Name: NEAR ME
NEAR ME

If I talk too loudly, if I play the fool
If I say some stupid things, I’m just happy to be near you
People come and go, I wonder if they know
They’re invisible to me?
You’re the only light I see

All my memories just fade, and my nightmares go away
You make my nightmares go away
My foolish heart is torn apart
That’s what it means to love you
I need you near me all the time

If I’m out of touch, and I sleep too much
Stay in bed til half past three
Would you stay in touch with me?
And when I lose my grasp, and I’m fading fast
And there’s no reality,
Those dreams are real enough to me

Thy kingdom come, it shall be done on earth
Like it is in Heaven
My foolish heart is torn apart, that’s what it means to love you
I want you near me all the time
To feel you near me all the time
I need you near me all the time

All my memories just fade, and my nightmares go away
You make my nightmares go away
My foolish heart is torn apart
That’s what it means to love you
I need you near me all the time
To feel you near me all the time
I want you near me all the time

© John Moore 2018
Track Name: SOMETHING ABOUT YOU GIRL
SOMETHING ABOUT YOU GIRL

Seems like a funny thing to do
To say those words, ‘I Love you’
And it sounds like such a clumsy thing to say
But if it works then its OK

And there’s something about you girl
And I want you around,
Not just today, not just tomorrow, but forever
Yeah there’s something about you that’s so rarely found
And I don’t wanna lose it
'cause you are beautiful to me, beautiful to me
And they say it only happens once, and no it’s happening to me
Yeah there’s something about you girl and I want you around

I love the pretty clothes you wear
I even love the colours that you dye your hair
I don’t believe it, I can’t believe it
Sometimes I wake up to make sure you’re still there

Because there’s something about you girl
And I want you around
Not just today, not just tomorrow, but forever
Yeah there’s something about you that’s so rarely found
And I don’t wanna lose it
‘cause you are beautiful to me, beautiful to me

And they say it only happens once, and no it’s happening to me
And they say it only happens once and now it’s happening to me
Yeah there’s something about you girl and I want you around

Something about you girl, something about you girl
Something about you girl and I want you around
Yeah there’s something about you girl
And I want you around,
not just today, not just tomorrow, but forever
Yeah there’s something about you that’s so rarely found
And I don’t wanna lose it
Something about you girl, something about you girl
Something about you girl and I want you around

© John Moore 2018
Track Name: HOW DO YOU TURN A FRIEND INTO A LOVER?
HOW DO YOU TURN A FRIEND INTO A LOVER?

How do you turn a friend into a lover
Without losing a friend?
How do you let her know your heart is aching
With a love that has no end?
Wish I could harness the power of the ocean
Draw down lightning from the sky
It’s like trying to defuse an unexploded bomb
Please guide my hand

How do you turn a friend into a lover
It’s not a game, it’s not a game?
And everything is NOT fair in love and war
It has to be truthfully gained
I never meant to mislead you, I’m so ashamed, so ashamed
But I’ve been carrying this anvil in my heart
For so long, for so long,

She asks for my opinion about a boy that she likes
I run him down, call him a clown
Although he’s probably twice the man I’ll ever be
Oh but please let it be me, Oh but please let it be me

Once you’ve said it it’s out there
And there’s no going back
If you’re right then you’re right
Then there’s so much light
But if you’re wrong, what if you’re wrong?

I make a joke but I really mean it
Let’s run away to Gretna Green
I want to kiss your lips forever
Like I do in my dreams, like I do in my dreams
Like I do in my dreams, like I do in my dreams

© John Moore 2018
Track Name: GIRL FROM RENO
GIRL FROM RENO

If you marry a girl from Reno
It won’t last too long
You hate her when she’s leaving
But you’ll miss her when she’s gone

You crawl home late one evening
Realise that something’s wrong
You get that sinking feeling
Nothing’s there where it belongs

Her wedding ring is on your pillow
It’s just a stupid band of gold
And now this New York City Summer
Suddenly it seems so cold, suddenly it seems so cold

The girl from Reno, The girl from Reno is going home

Her wedding ring is on your pillow
It’s just a stupid band of gold

You’ll never Love that girl from Reno
You’ve lost your girl from Reno
You’ve blown it with that girl from Reno
You’ll never have that girl from Reno
You’ll never love that girl from Reno
You’ve lost that girl from Reno
You’ve lost that girl from Reno
The girl from Reno, the girl from Reno
Is going home.

© John Moore 2018
Track Name: SOUTH OF HEAVEN
SOUTH OF HEAVEN

Short of intimate – that’s what we are
Just south of Heaven – we don’t make it that far
The conversation drifts away
I’d give my life to make you stay

South of Heaven – or so it seems
Each disappointment can’t diminish these dreams
You kiss my cheek and say good night
I watch until you’re out of sight,
So cinematic, so bitter sweet,
Her footsteps fade on an empty street

South of heaven – that’s what we are
Those constellations seemed so near now so far
Who turned the telescope around
And dropped the stars back on the ground?

No happy endings, no turning back
This whole love scene is beginning to crack
So cinematic, so bitter sweet
This star-crossed script is incomplete

But if I keep wishing on those stars
The planets will align
But they’re taking their time
And then there’ll be a rewrite of that last scene
And we’ll get to speak those lines
But they’re cutting it fine

Short of intimate – that’s what we are
Just south of heaven – we don’t make it that far
The conversations drifts away
I’d give my life if only you would stay

No happy endings, no turning back
This universe is beginning to crack
So cinematic, so bitter sweet
The credits roll on an empty street

Short of intimate – that’s what we are
Just south of Heaven – we don’t make it that far
The conversation drifts away,
I’d give my life to make you stay

© John Moore 2018

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