"THIS MEANS WAR"-1983

This Means War

TANK THIS MEANS WAR EQUIPMENT:
ALGY: I use 2 natural wood Gibson Thunderbirds ('76 re-issues), 1x 375 Watt Ampeg SVT amp,  2x V6B Ampeg 2x15" cabinets. It's worth noting that there's only 6 pairs of V6B's in the UK.The strings I use are Rotosound Bass strings and I hit them with custom-made stainless steel triangular plectrums.
PETE: 2 x black Fender Stratocasters, one is quite old and the other one is new.The older Strat has customised Schaller machine heads, screened inside, new pots and tops.  I go through 3 Marshall 100 Watt amps and 2, 4x12" Marshall cabs and 2 custom made 4x12" Celestian speakers inside Sound City French wood cabinets with polished black grates.  The pedals I have are an Electro-Harminics AOT tube, a Cry Baby Wah Wah, a lead booster and others (?).  Oh, and I use Gibson Heavy picks and strings (Rotosound 009's).
MARK: I use a Golden Premier drum kit which is about 9 years old comprising 6x6", 8x 6", (2) 14x10" hanging tom toms, 16x16", 18x16" Floor tom toms, (2) 24x14" Bass drums. I use a Ludwig "Black Beauty" 14x5 1/2" snare drum which is screwed very tightly for maximum volume!  I use Paiste 2002 cymbals comprising 11" splash, 15" hi-hats, 16" crash, 16" medium, 18" crash, 18" medium, 18" china - type, 20" crash, 20" ride and 22" ride. The stands I use are Tama and Premier tri-lock and my pedals are Premier 250's. I use Remo black spot skins on the top and bottom of the tom toms and bass drum, and Remo batter heads on the snare. My sticks are custom made and best described as a cross between guage 747 and tree trunks...
MICK: 1x white Gibson Flying V which goes through 1x Marshall head and 1x Burman head and 4, 4x12" Marshall cabinets. The strings I use are really anything I can get hold of and I use Gibson medium picks.
1983... I remember it well rehearsing  in Terminal Studio 4(the tankard) send Kipper out for more....out for more... Toasted sandwiches in the ship the Marquee's floor guaranteed to stick send Kipper out for more... out for more.
All falling up stairs, the funny farm stairs Frank, I remember it well the RAK mobile outside Jody, Julie, Denise and us all inside the warehouse, I remember it well. 
A Rockman, a Simmonds brain a drum pad with no name a Chris Pring and Graham Blake seated...
A ZBA, sploins, splins, a tonic without gin a tour bus that never was heated!!
 Bass and drums done, head up north things to be done, bass and drums done get a studio tan, see no beast nor man things to be done, now bass and drums done.
John Verity's studio, curries were drunk beer was eaten, deadlines ignored deadlines were beaten.
The memory mood's here an ashtray can full of beer the vocoder's broke where's the lead then?
back home in participation awaiting confirmation of finality and quality of mix too much consternation when told of this over estimation there's one last vocal to fix.
Up north, one more time once more, one last time on the way we watch Lemmy, Brian Robbo and Phil shine... we stay up all night Jack Daniels, snakebite face down on the table... not I.
All this shoes to go to the first and the last show remember it? Yes I do well the Marquee sold out was hotter than Cerebus' burn no doubt I told you! I remember it well!!!
What do you mean is that it? I suppose all you want to hear about is me, Razzle(RIP), Evo and a huge bottle of Smirnoff, or what the stripper did with a bottle of Newcastle Brown and the baby oil... I don't know...
ŠAlgy Ward(Kent, England. February 1997). 

 

 

   This Means War!!!


1. Just Like Something From Hell(Brabbs/Brabbs/Tucker/Ward)
Rolling like thunder to a place eight thousand miles away
With just as many men strong, fascismo jumper
Your consripts will fall as our prey they can't deny us of our victory
Who made the blunder that's what we're hearing every day
I think they 're getting it wrong it makes you wonder
Why we all have to stay it's not as if we're changing history
I don't really think they knew what they were doing here
It's not not a case of knowing who is wrong or right
Now get out there boy and fight
Your fathers gladly walked half way 'round the world for
One thing they overlooked and it's just one vital fact
They didn't realise that we'd come fighting back...
Just like someting from hell, just like someting from... hell
Fascismo jumper is content with lightning up the sky
While we shoot everything down
The pressure that they are under when all the shells
And bullets fly it's hard enough to keep their sanity
No set of values can apply when all these men die
Just help them into the ground
There's nothing left for them to lose but at least they had a good try
So say goodbye to all humanity
I don't really think they knew what they were doing here
It's not a case of knowing who is wrong or right now get out there boy and fight
Your fathers gladly walked half way 'round the world for you
One thing they overlooked and it's just one vital fact
They didn't realise that we'd come fighting back...
Just like someting from hell, just like someting from... hell
Rolling like thunder to a place eight thousand miles away
With just as many men strong fascismo jumper your consprits will fall as our prey
They can't deny us of our victory
Who made the blunder that's what we're hearing every day
I think they're getting it wrong it makes you wonder why they did it anyway
It's not as if they're making history
I don't really think they knew what they were doing here
It's not a case of knowing who is wrong or right now get out there boy and fight
Your fathers gladly walked half way 'round the world for you
One thing they overlooked and it's just one vital fact
They didn't realise that we'd come fighting back...
Just like someting from hell, just like someting from... hell
2. Hot Cold Lead Steel(Brabbs/Brabbs/Tucker/Ward)
It's been a long time since my last letter from home my mind is elsewhere,
I'm soaking wet and cold to the bone with the threat of an aerial attack,
Can't waste time getting bored I'm sniper hunting, my orders are not to be ignored...
What is going on? Where did that shot come from?
Square bashing with my pack and drill...
If a bullet don't get ya then the disentary will
Hot lead, hot lead, hot lead... hot lead, cold steel
It seems years since I saw something resembling my wife
I could be here for a term, that could turn into life
I could get out and Icould take a chance, once I could ill afford
I still can't remember my first son or what he was called, yeah
What is going on? Where did that shot come from?
Square bashing with full pack and drill...
If a bullet don't get ya then the disentary will
Hot lead, hot lead, hot lead... hot lead, cold steel
I've been thinking where has it all gone? I've seen people happy,
I tell ya, I want some I've made people laugh and I made them cry
But I wish I'd never been born
I got my discharge, my exit, so fill out the form, yeah
What is going on? Where did that shot come from?
Square bashing with full pack and drill...
If a bullet don't get ya then the disentary will
Hot lead, hot lead, hot lead... hot lead, cold steel

3. This Means War
(Brabbs/Brabbs/Tucker/Ward)
Now living here just ain't good enough for those of you wearing red ties
Just you breating makes our leaders rush to the shelters still watching the skies
I'll feed off your vilest dreams it's not as bad as it seems
It's now or never as I'm left with these mouths to feed
I wanna see all those rivers bleed
Do you know just what this means...war!
They think that we don't know what's going on
With all their satelliteski spies it don't matter where they're coming from
Do we still have to give up our lives?
I'll feed off your vilest dreams it's not as bad as it seems...
Cos it's now or never as I'm left with these mouths to feed
I wanna see all those rivers bleed
Do you know just what this means...war!
This means war, this means war, this means war, this means war
Get out of my way mother...
Don't it seems stupid that we're sitting here and soon there'll be nothing left
We can't go on pretending that we're unaware and laughing in the face of death
I'll feed off your vilest dreams it's not as bad as it seems...
Cos it's now or never as I'm left with these mouths to feed
I wanna see all those rivers bleed
Do you know just what this means...war!
This means war, this means war, this means war, this means war
4. Laughing In The Face Of Death(Brabbs/Brabbs/Tucker/Ward)
Through the smoke I clearly see I don't know
I've seen things you won't believe, at twenty below
I will not be defeated, not while I'm still breathing by you or by anyone
And with the way I'm treated, behind the back scheming
I've waited so long, I've waited so long...
Apparently I should be glad, you told me so
Have you ever felt that you've been had, and you didn't know
I will not be defeated, not while I'm still breathing by you or by anyone
And with the way I'm treated, behind the back scheming
I've waited so long, I've waited so long...
I'm laughing in the face of death, laughing , laughing...
I'm laughing in the face of death, laughing , laughing...
All this is such a part of me, or doesn't it show
You realise I'm not built for speed, but I sure ain't slow
I will not be defeated, not while I'm still breathing by you or by anyone
And with the way I'm treated, behind the back scheming
I've waited so long, I've waited so long...
I'm laughing in the face of death, laughing , laughing...
I'm laughing in the face of death, laughing , laughing...
Through the smoke I clearly see someone I don't know
I've seen things you won't believe, at twenty below
I will not be defeated, not while I'm still breathing by you or by anyone
And with the way I'm treated, behind the back scheming
I've waited so long, I've waited so long...
I'm laughing in the face of death, laughing , laughing...
I'm laughing in the face of death, laughing , laughing...
5. If We Go(We Go Down Fighting) (Brabbs/Brabbs/Tucker/Ward)
Do you really believe everything you hear or read
So easily deceived, there's no excuse for their sheer greed
You're hot, but not too hot to handle... you're not just what they want you to be
My feet are solid ground you can't pull the wool over my eyes
You don't know what I've found I've got you such a nice surprise
They'll never get my sound they failed but at least they've tried
You don't own me, you'll never get me...
If we go, we'll go down fighting, if we go, we'll go down fighting...
Do you really believe everything you hear or read
So easily deceived, there's no excuse for their sheer greed
You're hot, but not too hot to handle... you're not just what they want you to be
My feet are solid ground you can't pull the wool over my eyes
You don't know what I've found I've got you such a nice surprise
They'll never get my sound they failed but at least they've tried
You don't own me, you'll never get me...
If we go, we'll go down fighting, if we go, we'll go down fighting...
You can't see through the lie, when it's in front of you
You won't get too far, and yes it's true they'll pander every whim, good or bad
Then they'll close your lid or worse, they'll drive you mad, you bastards!
If we go, we'll go down fighting, if we go, we'll go down fighting...
6. I(Won't Ever Let You Down) (Brabbs/Brabbs/Tucker/Ward)
Well it's time to start the weekend, time to come alive
Leave it at the office, just leave that shit behind
Don't they ever notice what is going on?
Don't they realise where it all comes from?
It's just me and Razzle, and no-one around
How do the hooray Henrys get more to the pound?
I see this light shining, with nowhere to go
She says she wants to go...slow
Let it roll... if nothing else, I'd be a happy man let it roll...
I couldn't handle more than one on the side how could I be so snide
I won't ever let you down... I won't ever let you down... I won't ever let you down...
Well I'm prowling like a hunter and teasing like a cat
There's one thing on the menu, she won't be getting back
They always look much better when they're in the dark
They always try it on when you've got nowhere to park
She just a dumb no-one with some time to kill
I feel like jumping out the nearest window, still
I see the light shining with with nowhere to go
She says she wants to go down slow...
Let it roll... if nothing else, I'd be a happy man let it roll...
I couldn't handle more than one on the side how could I be so snide
I won't ever let you down... I won't ever let you down... I ain't gonna let you down...
How could I be so snide I won't ever let you down
I can't handle more than one at a time
I won't ever let you down...
7. Echoes Of A Distant Battle(Brabbs/Brabbs/Tucker/Ward)
Flame on! They're coming down from the hills
Attacking from both sides... they're closing in for the kill it's only a matter of time...
We're running out of ammo fast we must stand at the line, every man to the last
They're all around us, so no get away each and every hour, it goes on all day
Use the blade and run them through... with no shot left, what else can we do
Where are they coming from?
Echoes of a distant battle... echoes, echoes of a distant battle... echoes
They're saluting us as warriors there's hardly a man alive...
They disappear in a cloud of dust and attack for the last time...
We're running out of ammo fast we must stand at the line, every man to the last

They're all around us, so no get away each and every hour, it goes on all day
Use the blade and run them through... with no shot left, what else can we do
Where are they coming from?
Echoes of a distant battle... echoes, echoes of a distant battle... echoes
They came down from the hills attacked from both sides
They closed in for the kill hit us for the last time
We're running out of ammo fast we must stand at the line, every man to the last

They're all around us, so no get away each and every hour, it goes on all day
Use the blade and run them through... with no shot left, what else can we do
Where are they coming from?
Echoes of a distant battle... echoes, echoes of a distant battle... echoes.
8. Whichcatchewedmycuckoo(bonus track)(Brabbs/Brabbs/Tucker/Ward)
Which cat chewed your cuckoo? Well all of my life I've been told that I must get married
I've got to find myself a wife if I can't walk I must be carried
I don't want some aggravation I don't need some imitation
Out of the box and she's intact she's got legs right up to her back
Ol' black stockings, that's a fact
Which cat chewed your cuckoo? Which cat chewed your cuckoo? 
Well I got myself a wife how come she gets embarrassed? But she dresses up right
And pretends to be some foreign heiress
I didn't want some aggravation I don't need some imitation
Out of the box and she's intact she's got legs right up to her back
Ol' black stockings, that's a fact
Which cat chewed your cuckoo?
I didn't want some aggravation I didn't need some imitation
Out of the box and she's intact she's got legs right up to her back
Ol' black stockings, that's a fact
Which cat chewed your cuckoo?

 

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