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released February 22, 2000

Rick Valentin - guitar, vocals
Rose Marshack - bass, vocals
Jim Valentin - guitar
Howie Kantoff - drums

Written and recorded by PosterChildren at Studio Tedium - Champaign, Illinois

Mastered by Jonathan Pines at Private Studios - Urbana, Illinois

Special Thanks to Matt Talbott for the gear.

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Poster Children Champaign, Illinois

Poster Children was formed in 1987 by Rick Valentin (guitar, vocals) and Rose Marshack (bass, vocals). Jim Valentin joined on guitar in 1991 and Matt Friscia (drummer #7) joined in 2001. Known for a strong DIY ethic and relentless touring, the band has released ten albums, eleven videos, and a DVD and were pioneers in the use of the web, blogs, podcasts and enhanced CDs for promoting their music. ... more

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Track Name: This Town Needs A Fire
With vision blurred by spectacle
Our common senses have been dulled
The grey has turned to black and white
I've got a target in my sights
I've got a fix, a fix, a fix, a fix

Got a brand new pair of glasses
And a pocket full of matches
Everything is clearer
The problem's in the mirror

You're out of focus, out of truth
A blind spot in your point of view
The doctors say they have a cure
But their prescriptions never work
I've got a fix, a fix, a fix, a fix

This town needs a fire
It's gotta be rewired
Break all the connections
And cut out the infection

When 20/20's not enough
And second sight brings second thoughts
When what you see is what you get
And what you want is to forget
I've got a fix, a fix, a fix, a fix

Got a brand new pair of glasses
And a pocket full of matches
Everything is clearer,
The problem's in the mirror

This town needs a fire
It's gotta be rewired
Break all the connections
and find a new direction
Track Name: Strange Attractors
Out of order
Back to nature
Find the pattern
Tame the random
Strange attractors

What's the secret
Where's the structure
All directions
All dimensions
Strange attractors
Track Name: Daisy Changed
I remember you when you were so high
I remember when you could barely talk
You used to be such a happy person
I remember you when you were young

Talking to a cartoon you've created
Using ancient history and a dead language
These paper dolls are compliacated
Look around, no one is that thin

Daisy Changed
She's not the same
Girl you knew
Back in school
She's all grown up
How about you?
Do you have a life?
Do you have a clue?

Jump cut edits on familiar faces
You can't stop time by running in place
Frozen on the inside, melting on the outside
Falling apart like the rest of us

Do you remember every moment
Do you remember anything
Do you remember 1980
Do you remember our friend what's his name

Daisy changed,
And you're the same
You don't know her
And you never will
You're out of date
You're Dorian Gray
And she's the painting in your back room
Track Name: Zero Stars
Driving down the highway on the lookout for the cops
Breaking every limit we're the band that never stops
Eighty miles an hour and five hundred miles a day
After two weeks every exit starts to look the same

We don't have a future, we don't have a past
All we have are speeding tickets and a tank of gas
We're not on the TV, we're not on the charts
You don't know our faces and you don't know who we are
We're zero stars

Wake up at the crack of noon and head out on the road
Get lost for an hour while we're looking for the show
Tear the roof off every night and load back in the van
Find a place to sleep before the whole thing starts again

We keep making records, we keep writing songs
We are happy hiding underneath the underground
We don't play areans, we only play in bars
We don't need to pay someone to plug in our guitars
We're zero stars

We don't get a paycheck, we don't have a boss
We don't sit in cubicles with memos on the walls
We don't need a weekend, we don't need a break
We are on vacation for forever and a day
We don't have a future, we don't have a past
We maxed out the credit cards and we're out of gas
We're not on the TV, we're not on the charts
And we really don't care if you don't know who we are
We're zero stars
Track Name: Time Share
Time share day one
Jet lagged and undone
We stake our claims and crash
No time for introductions

Time share day two
We split up into groups
This is when bonds are formed
And strangers are discovered

Time share day three
Dividing lines are drawn
Five to one and two against two
The battle has begun

Time share day four
All sense goes out the door
No safety in numbers here
Everybody's picked apart

Time share day five
Loose tack and shifting sides
The center has no voice
Negotiations collapse

Time share day six
In a state of aftershock
Peace comes from exhaustion
Thank god the end is near
Track Name: Rock And Roll
Ripping off riffs from the radio
Pounding out a headache on the casio
You gotta keep it simple cause the kids are stoned
I don't give a @#$% about rock n' roll

Okay, Okay, Okay, Okay, Okay....

Down in the basement gonna make a mess
Screaming out streams of unconciousness
Surfing the surface in stereo
I don't give a @#$% about rock n' roll
Track Name: Persimmon
In the garden full of fire
Is the object of desire
True temptation, you can’t fight
Rip the fruit right off the vine

Take a taste of sweet persimmon
Take a chance on the forbidden
Spitting seeds and sugar venom
Choking on the pit of passion

Feelings that you can’t deny
Driving you out of your mind
Little whispers, little lies
Guilty without any crime

Doubled up with double vision
Poisoned by the contradiction
Straight to hell or straight to heaven
It’s a positive attraction

Take a taste of sweet persimmon
Take a chance on the forbidden
Spitting seeds and sugar venom
Choking on the pit of passion

Pain and pleasure, hand in hand
Feelings you don’t understand
You are burning with the touch
You can’t hold back, it’s all too much

In the garden full of fire
Is the object of desire
True temptation, you can’t fight
Rip the fruit right off the vine
Track Name: Elf
With your ticky hands and zipper skin
Eating food like medicine
You're out to lunch then back again
On the watch with a flash in hand

A magic bullet or bitter pill
Are you moving forward or standing still
There's no such thing as a free will
Take careful aim and make the kill

A shot in the arm, a shot in the back
A helping hand or directd attack
Get me some numbers, get me some facts
Get me some data that I can track

Clock tower, high power, eye in the sky
No corner, no cover and nowhere to hide

I will go, I will go

Picture this an endless list
Of private crimes you can't commit
Step off the curb and you're at risk
It's not who you are it's who you're with

For your protection a digital trace
They're listening in for saftey's sake
You can bend so far and then you will break
Crushed underneath a terminal weight

It's ours, all hours, day after day
It's broken, wide open, just watch what you say
Track Name: The Old School And The New
Demographic target test
Gonna find out which parts work the best
Build each song brick by brick
Until all of the pieces start to fit
Computer generated scenes
In glossy lifestyle magazines
Furniture for the mind
Has become the perfect waste of time

Throw out the fashion fascists
Destroy the old school and the new
Ignore the luminaries
Remove the skeletons and glue

Brian Wilson in every bedroom
Sgt. Pepper in every garage
Isn't one of each enough
I want someone to prove me wrong
Here comes another Dylan
Here comes a guy who whines and rhymes
Beating on a hip hop corpse
Stone dead since 1985

It's time to bury heroes
The word genius is a lie
Don't let yourself look backwards
The past is not the place to die

Look at all these button pushers
Are they accountants or a band?
Just because no one's singing
Doesn't mean that you are playing jazz
What can you say in twenty minutes
That can't be said in under three
We should be burning records
Instead of burning more CDs
Track Name: Silhouette
I'm the only one who loves you
I'm the only one who cares
I'm the only one who understands
The way you play solitaire

You are my only weakness
I'm speechless on the telephone
I just called to tell you this:
You will never be alone

Your silhouette, I can't forget

I'm the only one who knows you
Who sees the way you really are
You don't have any secrets
I am always in the dark

The bedroom on the second story
At the window in the light
I'm the shadow on the sidewalk
We're together every night
Track Name: Perfect Product
I've known you all my life
A steady guiding light
The center of a sea
Without an enemy
Awash in the tide
I'm caught inside of you
Without a guide I'm in
Deep electric blue

You treat me like a child
I guess that's what I deserve
I gave you all my time
You said you'd give me the world
I'm always watching you
You don't know I exist
I need another fix
Of deep electric blue

You are the perfect product

I am sick of all your static
Life with you is automatic
I don't kow who's more pathetic
The pusher, preacher, or the addict

I'm not talking to you
You're not talking to me
But we communicate
With some frequency
I'm with you every night
You never leave my sight
Always alone with you
In deep electric blue

My memories are photographic
Don't tell me to just forget it
Your emotions are synthetic
You've already done your damage