Get Smart! - Bonus Edition

by Squire

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    Limited edition version of Get Smart! includes special bonus insert with additional sleeve notes.

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    This CD version of Get Smart! was re-mastered from original analogue tapes and re-released in 2007,. Tthis 12 track album comes with a special 12 page boolet detailing the recording of Get Smart!, and containing the complete lyrics!

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Recorded in London and Los Angeles, this was Squire's most ambitious project, full of lush strings, horns, harpsichord, and piano as well as the usual guitar bass drums. In complete contrast to the white sleeved hand printed sparse/stripped down Fan Club album just a year earlier, this record celebrated the pop song in technicolor, with its vibrant sleeve, lyric insert and poster included! The album was mixed, half at Jacob's Studio (The Life, Jesamine etc) which brought out the British pop sensibilities and half at Ocean Way, L.A (Take A Look, You're The One etc) touched by the California sun. Ocean Way had previously been Western Recorders where The Beach Boys had recorded most of their songs, and still used the same echo chambers.

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released August 2, 2010

When the Jam moved up from punk upstarts to mod statesmen in 1979, the British kids turned to other mod outfits to satisfy their craving for everything well-dressed and retro. While the Chords followed in the Jam's footsteps, the three other main contenders for the mod followed different musical paths: Secret Affair were a magical blend of punk, soul and pop with a mild dose of prog; the Lambrettas were straightforward power pop; and Squire were a mix of all of the above and more. In fact, if the mod scene hadn't existed, Squire would have still made brilliant, timeless records, no matter what was going on around them. While only releasing one full-fledged album (Get Smart!), singer/songwriter Anthony Meynell would embrace the '60s wholeheartedly while releasing a batch of singles that still managed to sound contemporary while exposing the many influences he wore on his sleeve. When Get Smart! was released in 1983, fans were astonished at the album's mixture of power pop, horn-soaked mod, Motown-influenced stompers and beautiful acoustic ballads. Meynell had already shown that he was able to write a catchy tune, but Get Smart! upped the ante ten-fold. Squire's sound had solidified under his guidance and the obvious nods to past heroes blended into the background while Meynell re-created mod and power pop in an age when synths ruled the airwaves. Every inch of this album is filled with melodic hooks, love-lorn lyrics, and an exuberance that was all but missing from music then and now. It's innocent and charming but also mature and commanding. It lacks the power chords that made the Jam hometown punk and mod heroes, but it's more immediate than much of Weller's pretentious posing. Meynell's songwriting is at its prime on Get Smart!: just listen to "It's Too Bad," "Take A Look," "Every Trick in the Book of Love," and "You Don't See Me" for proof. The album's mix of upbeat pop and midtempo ballads helps to keep the album flowing at a smooth pace, never standing still and becoming monotonous and boring. While the album does have a few tracks that are brighter than others, this is a brilliant example of an album as a whole. Remember the first time you heard Rubber Soul, Revolver, Headquarters, or All Mod Cons? Remember when it felt like one great complete piece of work and not a mix of various studio recordings? Well, Get Smart! is that and a whole lot more. It's pure brilliance in every sense of the word. Stephen SPAZ Schnee. All Music Guide

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Track Name: The Life
The life - mess your mind
The life - try to find a new way
The life - turns me on
The life - I have found the Noonday Underground

Make no excuses for me
When this small boy hits the big time
I am the life!

The life - hide away
The life - from the light of day - a new way
The life - live as one
The life - I have found the Noonday Underground

I wonder, how did it feel,
When your only song was the all mod con?
Thought you were the life?
I bet you though you were the life!
Well, i am the life!
Track Name: It's Too Bad
I can remember the days
When life was a simple affair
Do you remember all the games that we played?
And all our friends would be there.

Now i run and hide
When someone comes my way
It's a pain inside
It happens every day

Seems like so long ago
Since i've been all on my own reminiscing
Dreaming my life away
And dying to be someone

Now it's all for real
I don't know who to be
Now i hesitate
I don't know if it's me,

I thought life was just another game to play,
And i'm not the only one, you know,
If i could find the time . . . .
There's so many things in life to understand
Until i do,
I'll just get away, when it's too bad.
Track Name: Jesamine
I know a girl called Jesamine
I can't explain
But every time i see Jesamine
I go insane
And every time i'm away from her
She's with another guy
My friends say she is a Jesabel
I don't know why!

It's high time i left my Jesamine
But when i try, she cries
And i give in
To Jesamine

She finds it hard to resist
When other people smile
And i've done some things in my time
To make her cry
But we've been living the same old scene
For longer than i care
And i've been saying the same old lies,
For longer than i dare!
Track Name: Take A Look
Think of all the things that turn you on
They're the kind of things you call your own
Take a look, inside your head
And then you'll understand
With every line, that you write down
You're easier to find
- So take a look!

Tell me what you see, when you see me?
What's the word for when you're up a tree!
Take a look, inside your head
And then you'll understand
With every line, that you write down
You're easier to find
- So take a look!

Take a look, inside you're head
You're halfway there by now
Read that book beside your bed,
You're in that book
And how!
Track Name: When I Try, I Lie
Sometimes i feel alone,
It happens all the time,
Sometimes i find someone,
Then i'm feeling fine.
Why can't i put into words . . . .
Oh! I don't know, but,
When i try, i lie

Sometimes i feel undone
It happens all the time
But when i find i've won,
Then i know it's mine.
Why can't i put into words
Oh! I don't know, but,
When i try, i lie

When i try, i lie
And i can see no reason why
But i just can't put into words
The feelings deep inside
Are those i try to hide from you
Track Name: Standing In The Rain
I know a girl i think is strange
She likes standing in the rain
She says she needs to be alone
Standing in the rain is the only way
Life is hard -
But she's found a way
She likes standing in the rain.

Behind the wall of rain she hides
She feels safe from the world outside
The drip of raindrops hypnotise
Baby-safe inside a womb
She is safe in her own cocoon,
Life is hard
But she's found a way . . . .
She likes standing in the rain.

The rain is falling from the sky
A tear is falling from her eye

I know a girl i think is strange
She likes standing in the rain
But if the sun shines -
Will she go insane?
And if the rain never stops -
Will she come back again?
Life is hard
But she's found a way
She likes standing in the rain
Track Name: You're The One
I've been looking for someone to love
You're the one that i dream of
I'm looking for someone to love
You're the one.

I've been looking for someone who'll care
You're the one who's always there
I'm looking for someone who'll care
You're the one.

You're the one, always in my dreams
Cant you see . . .
You're the only one for me!

I've been looking for someone to say
"You're the one to make my day"
I'm looking for someone to say
"You're the one"

I've been looking for someone to try
Just in case you pass me by
I'm looking for someone to try
You're the one
Track Name: You Don't See Me
Every day i hear the sunrise
Makes me realise
I see a new world in my eyes
I feel good inside
I look around to see the same old clowns
Running everywhere
They don't se me watching them
They don't see me stare.
Look out of my window
Staring down at the world below
I'll tell you what i see,
I don't see me.

Lying awake in my bed
Trying to decide
If the world inside my head
Is the world outside
I ride around on the underground
I didn't see me there
Walking around the same old town
I go everywhere
Look out of my window
Staring down at the world below
I'll tell you what i see,
I don't see me.

Looking down to the world outside - the world keeps turning round
Turning around to look like something that is hard to find
But if you find you can't believe,
Then you don't see me.
Track Name: Every Trick (In The Book Of Love)
Baby what are you trying to do
Tell me what you're trying to play
Don't you realise that my heart's hanging
On every word you say
When you look into my eyes
Tell me what you feel inside?
Don't you hear the sound of your heart thumping
Don't you feel the butterflies?

Come on baby, open the door
'Cos if i cant get you
No one can!
And i've tried every trick in the book of love

I'm the guy that ends up high
Not the kind to compromise
Don't you think it's time that you stopped running
Don't you know that love can't hide
I know there are many things
That you should know by now
If you don't baby, it's too bad,
I'm serious - and how!
Track Name: Stop That Girl
That girl used to keep
Used to keep me satisfied
But now she's always there
Always there right by your side

(That girl!)
She's the kind that takes a lover
(That girl!)
Any time she wants to
(That girl!)
And if you take my advice
You'll always keep her in your sights
Stop that girl

That girl used to take
Used to take what she could get
But now she's only here
Only here by my mistake

(That girl!)
She's the kind that takes a lover
(That girl!)
Any time she wants to
(That girl!)
And if you take my advice
You'll always keep her in your sights
Stop that girl

Stop that girl
Can't you see
What that girl
Means to me
She means more than enough wasted years
And more than enough wasted tears
Track Name: Get Smart!
This is the time for decision
Now is the time to make up your mind
I am making an offer
Making an offer you can't deny

The only choice that you have to make
Is the right one...
Now is your chance to
Get Smart!

Make a decision, its easy
To make a decision, every day
First decide where your loyalties lie
And then you are on the way

The only choice that you have to make
Is the right one...
Now is your chance to
Get Smart!
Track Name: In A World Of My Own
Out in a world of my own
Out in a world of my own
It's the place where i can go
When i'm feeling low

Some people don't understand me
They want to take it away
But if they should even try
I know i can hide

Out in a world of my own
I've got a world of my own

Nobody knows where to find me
Nobody else knows the way
And the world that is so real
Never follows me

Some people don't understand me
They want to take it away
But if they should even try
I know i can hide

Out in a world of my own
I've got a world of my own

People are searching
Searching for a world of thier own
I know i've found mine
Found it when i was alone

Out in a world of my own
I've got a world of my own
Track Name: In A World Of My Own (Demo)
Out in a world of my own
Out in a world of my own
It's the place where i can go
When i'm feeling low

Some people don't understand me
They want to take it away
But if they should even try
I know i can hide

Out in a world of my own
I've got a world of my own

Nobody knows where to find me
Nobody else knows the way
And the world that is so real
Never follows me

Some people don't understand me
They want to take it away
But if they should even try
I know i can hide

Out in a world of my own
I've got a world of my own

People are searching
Searching for a world of thier own
I know i've found mine
Found it when i was alone

Out in a world of my own
I've got a world of my own
Track Name: Get Smart! (Demo)
This is the time for decision
Now is the time to make up your mind
I am making an offer
Making an offer you can't deny

The only choice that you have to make
Is the right one...
Now is your chance to
Get Smart!

Make a decision, its easy
To make a decision, every day
First decide where your loyalties lie
And then you are on the way

The only choice that you have to make
Is the right one...
Now is your chance to
Get Smart!