Cyanide Lake

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Cyanide Lake
(Radio Rats, 2013)
This album was recorded at two locations.
1. Location One - Springs. Drums (Leonard Dickson played drums – now living permanently in Vienna). Drums were recorded in a wooden-floored dining room in Strubenvale, Springs. A stereo pair of Microtech UM 90 valve condenser microphones (1995) recorded the room sound of the live 12 songs’ drum tracks, while an AKG D112 bass drum mic was used for the kick pedal. These 3 tracks went onto a Fostex D16 hard disk recorder via a Soundcraft analogue 8-4-2 desk (1988). The hard drive was formatted for 8-track recording at 24-bit, 96 kHz, for maximum resolution. The songs were played live, with Dave Davies (Springs) doing guide vocals and Jonathan Handley (Hilton, PMB) playing electric rhythm guitar. There is leakage of vocals and guitar onto these drum tracks, but the drums are very much louder than the leaked sounds.
2. Location Two – Hilton. Bass (David “Herbie” Parkin played bass – now living permanently in Sandviken, Sweden). Bass was overdubbed in the Radium studio in Hilton, as were Dave Davies’ lead vocals and Jonathan Handley’s vocals and guitars. When all 8 tracks were filled, the songs were mixed onto an Alesis Masterlink hard disk recorder. Mastering was done on this machine too, which entailed adding basic compression and loudness matching, and then the final writing of a Red Book master CD. The final CD’s (with artwork) were then duplicated by CDT in Johannesburg.
3. Radio Rats are currently completing Night Thoughts, part one of a two-CD, 20 song new release. The drummer on these songs is Chris Melling (Pietermaritzburg). His drums have been recorded using the same method, but this time in a carpeted lounge in Hilton.
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Track Name: Guild Hall Dilemma
Guild Hall Dilemma

His colours clash, he consecrates his ash
To the Guild Hall floor
He has a studio complexion, a hardened reflection
Jacket pocket lyrics that tell all
His soul is stained, his mood's not the same
As it was the night before
He hums a number in Guild Hall penumbra
Stops to listen to the mirror on the wall -

"It's so simple - just turn your back and leave her
So simple - just bite your lip and try
So simple - just smile and disbelieve her
So simple - just leave in the dead of night"

The hall is quiet in afternnoon light
Shadows sniff at his heel
His cigarette's a tiny red rocket
On a shaky Ferris wheel
He feels like a city, no room for pity
No compassion for the weak
His Angels clash, he contemplates his ash
As the mirror begins to speak

Radio Rats 2013
Handley Davies Parkin Dickson
Track Name: Flesh Temple
Flesh Temple

Your flesh is a temple
With hormonal beasts -
Your soul passes through
Watched by grim priests.

Your Mini's in a scrapyard
Ruined by rainwater,
In the shadow of a massive
Rusted flying saucer.

Run away, run away,
Run away madly -
That way they'll never catch you
The way they caught me.
Now you've left your flesh temple
And, Oh honey, you're free.

The salt in the ocean
Is from rain off the mountain,
Brought by clouds of emotion -
And it's where tears come.

Now the birds in the rafters
And the leaves on the floor
Of your temple of laughter
Hear your laughter no more.

Handley
Radio Rats Madhouse
2011
For KR 1960 - 2010 Springs
Track Name: Where Does Your Love Lie_
Where Does Your Love Lie?

Tell me, where where does your love lie,
Oh where does your love lie -
Does it lie with another, or does it lie with me?

Tell me, where does your gaze fall,
Oh where does your gaze fall -
Does it fall upon another, or does it fall on me?

Oh I wonder, yes I wonder,
Where does your love lie?
Oh I wonder, yes I wonder,
Where does your love lie?

Tell me, where go the words
That you whisper, unheard -
Do they go to another, or do they go to me?

And all your kisses blown
To that ship come sailing home -
Are they blown to another, or are they blown to me?
Passenger or sailor, which one will I be?

Oh I wonder, yes I wonder,
Where does your love lie?
Oh I wonder, yes I wonder,
Where does your love lie?


Jonathan Handley
Radio Rats 2012
Track Name: Fan The Flame
Fan the Flame

Just a little smile,
A kiss now and again -
It doesn't take much to fan the flame.

Just a little hug,
A squeeze every now and then -
A sweet breeze is better than a hurricane.

Fan the flame, fan the flame -
It doesn't take much to fan the flame.
A little bit of sun, a few moments of fun -
It doesn't take much to fan the flame.

Just a little wink,
A giggle now and then -
It doesn't take much to fan the flame.

Who cares what others think?
Let them have clouds and rain -
When you blink honey it drives me insane.


J.Handley 27 Aug 2012
Radio Rats / icbm music / Radium Wreckords
Track Name: The Key
The Key

Mere minstrels are we
Set low in society -
By song put to bed,
By word praised when dead .
Common thieves are we,
Pickpockets guilty
Of nimble-fingered theft,
'Til nothing new is left.
So come on, come on,
Come on, come on, come on -
Follow me, follow me,
To where the piper, the drummer,
The singer, the strummer
Hold the key -
The key.
Lepers with long hair -
Thin as rakes, God's mistakes.
Troubadours with sores
And begging bowls at sullen doors.
Sad madmen are we,
Jesters and jugglers of mimicry -
Borrowers of birdsong,
Lenders of nought,
Silent when caught.
So come on, come on,
Come on, come on, come on -
Follow me, follow me,
To where the piper, the drummer,
The singer, the strummer
Hold the key -
The key.
Mere minstrels we may be,
But we hold the key
To the happiness that you seek -
It's in the quiet between the beats.

Handley [Sept 2011] Radio Rats
Track Name: RTZ
RTZ

Last night I had this weird dream -
A Stargirl stopped me in the street.
She said "Old Man Winter's a-coming;
But if you push RTZ, he'll retreat."

So I pushed RTZ
And time went by real slow -
I pushed RTZ
And back I did go.
She said "Push RTZ
And let's return to zero -
'Cause if you push RTZ
We'll forget all our silly sorrows."

I woke up, heard noises in the kitchen,
Went down, found old friends drinking tea;
And that Stargirl, sitting there with them,
She smiled, held out her alien palm to me...
(On it glowed a green button -
It said "RTZ - Push Me!")

So I pushed RTZ
And time went by real slow -
I pushed RTZ
And back I did go.
She said "Push RTZ
And let's return to zero -
'Cause if you push RTZ
We'll forget all our silly sorrows."

J.Handley Radio Rats 20 May 2012
Track Name: Strubenvale Strut
Strubenvale Strut



Forwards
Backwards
Outwards
Inwards

Sideways
Smoke haze
Mirrorball
Guild Hall

Sing la-la-la-la
Let's do the
Strubenvale Strut
Do the strut




Radio Rats
2013
Handley Davies Parkin Dickson
Track Name: Cyanide Lake
Cyanide Lake
Had this dream, kept me awake
Saw this arm rise up and take
A white guitar flung high and far
Over Cyanide Lake
Church of Anthrax, northern side
Wind blew soft and the reeds cried
Her arm came out and we went quiet
At Cyanide Lake
Karen, Lindsay, Carmen, Julie
And many others stood by me
Saw the guitar taken by that arm
From Cyanide Lake
Yellow dumps eastern side
When it rained they wept cyanide
So we jammed, but we never swam
In Cyanide Lake
Dark down there, dead and cold
Where a goddess stands and in her hold
Your sacrifice to rock and roll
And Cyanide Lake
All the old folk took us aside
Said 'Drink that water and you'll die'
All we knew it sparkled cobalt blue
Did Cyanide Lake
So this dream is about you
We hung there when there was nothing to do
Little did we know what lurked below
Cyanide Lake
That pale goddess of rock and roll
Will reach up and snatch our souls -
Had this dream kept me awake,
Cyanide Lake

Radio Rats 2013 Handley Davies Parkin Dickson
Murray Park, Springs
Track Name: Small Town Garage Toilet Blues
SMALL TOWN GARAGE TOILET BLUES

Just the other day I was on the highway
Had a long way to go and nothing to say
Pulled into this one-horse town
Gas was low as the sun went down
Stretched my legs, needed a piss -
Was prepared for the worst, but not for this…

I’ve got the small town garage toilet blues
Got the smell of old urine on my shoes
Got no water to wash my hands
‘Cause they’ve ripped the taps off the wash stand
Got no soap, no paper towels to use
Got the small town garage toilet blues

Just the other night I was into low flight
The stars were pale ‘cause the moon was bright
Flying down the road on stay-awake pills
Into the valleys and over the hills
Pulled into town for a packet of fags
Went for a leak, started to gag…

Radio Rats 2013
Handley Davies Parkin Dickson