Caught In A Wheel (Rogers).
A midlife crisis song, Inspired by a TV advert containing a certain punk icon advertising spreadable butter.
Santa Monica Sunshine (Rogers).
Written as a radio friendly song that has a bit of a dig at the shadier side of the entertainment industry.
Let It Burn (Rogers).
A love song inspired by an old picture of a portrait painted in blue. It shows how inspiration can be found in the art of others.
American Dream (Ashford / Rogers)
The melody and lyrics for this song were written by keyboard player Tim Ashford during the 1980s to a chord structure written by Bud Rogers. It was originally inspired by dissidents gaining citizenship for secrets, but with worldwide immigration still a very big issue today it still serves as a reminder that things are never quite what they seem to be.
The song is dedicated to Tim.
A very simple love song that highlights the isolation people can feel after the breakdown of a relationship.
Slave To Passion (Rogers)
Originally free written during the early 1990s as a poem, Slave To Passion was adapted into a song about obsession. Although the theme is quite open and could relate to any obsession there is a strong sexual undertone that runs throughout the song.
Innocent Days (Rogers)
A song dedicated to the memory of all those crazy nights shared with friends and band mates. Everyone has that certain place in their memory; their own fire they danced around, hopefully this song reminds them of those times. And who was “the girl with the moon in her eyes”? No one knows!
Token Of Gold (Rogers)
Token Of Gold was one of the first serious songs written by Bud during the 1980s, originally just a series of simple lines written about the loss of a loved one, it grew very quickly into an emotional expression of loss through the symbolism of jewellery left behind. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest things to say.
The song Whiteout was also free written as a poem about insomnia, it also raises questions about where we go during our dreams. It was written to express the journey through sleep as if it was like passing through a dark tunnel, but on completion it also seems to carry a strong religious undertone.
With the recurring theme of dreams that runs throughout the album it seemed kind of fitting to end with Lullaby. The song is simply that, a lullaby for a loved one.
BUD & THE BULLET
1. Pictures of a Modern World (Rogers).
Surely we’re not alone? Billions of stars and endless galaxies, there must be someone else out there? But that raises the question if there is, what would they make of our little planet and what we’ve done with it? Pictures of a Modern World is kind of a postcard from Earth to all our friends throughout the galaxy, come on down and join us for a cuppa, tell us how your day’s been going.
2. Dirty Water (Rogers).
So yet another of our once great nationalised industries is sold off to the private sector, for better or for worse? I’ll let you decide. Dirty Water pays homage to the golden days of British industry and to the working class man (or woman), working day in, day out saving up for their 2 weeks of escape to the sun… Sadly nothing ever lasts forever.
3. Hello (Sedgewick / Rogers).
It’s funny isn’t it, no one sends letters anymore, now it’s just abbreviated texts and online posts… lol!! Hello first appeared on the Intercity Mars album by Numb in 1996. Written by Raoul and Bud and featuring Pete on drums along with Jase Manning on bass the original track originally received much acclaim for its smiley message about keeping in touch with old friends. Now it returns to say… Hello J
4. In The Line of Fire (Rogers)
In a world that seems to get smaller by the day it’s so sad to see the isolation and loneliness that many people feel in an increasingly selfish society. Those that lecture us on how we should live our lives as they float around in their perfect little bubbles singing I’m alright Jack often have no idea what it’s like to struggle. Where is that superhero when you need him?
5. Chameleon Days (Rogers)
Chameleon days indeed, ever changing yet never changing, will we ever learn? Our little planet has become obsessed with fame and fortune and where have all the protest songs gone? We have a responsibility to keep singing your song John, you may have been a dreamer, but you weren’t the only one!!
6. Genocide (Rogers)
This song kind of follows on from the theme of the previous song, a simple little lullaby about the abuse of innocence and how those who sadly fall victim to the greed of others can sometimes go on to extract their revenge in a most devastating way.
7. In Temptation (Rogers)
In Temptation was written as a good ol’ fashioned driving song, it embraces the invulnerability of young love and the feeling of being totally lost in someone else’s company. Despite that feeling of fear and trepidation about what is to come, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else at that time and open heartedly dive in.
8. Digital Love (Rogers)
Where would we be today without our mobile phones, personal tablets etc.? We’ve all become digital junkies to the point where panic kicks in if we can’t find our own little plug in baby and we lose contact to our network of addicts. We will quite literally jump around naked with our digital love for the world to see, and share our innermost thoughts with complete strangers… Until that is of course, the battery goes flat!
9. Southward Bound (Rogers)
We decided to slip this one in for the sake of innuendo. Southward Bound unashamedly salutes those great old rock songs of the 70s and 80s that weren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves... And others! You could openly sing songs about loose women without fear of being labelled sexist; you could celebrate the good times without being accused of being irresponsible. Rock on!!
10. Rollin’ On (Rogers)
It’s oh so sad to see pubs up and down the country closing down at an astonishing rate due to lack of support, over pricing and greedy breweries etc. They used to be the hubs of their communities, now many of these places have become “ghost towns”. This one’s dedicated to all those very talented guys and gals I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with over the years; and the guy in the corner who’s heard it all before of course. Keep on doing that voodoo that you do, “It’s just Like Freddie said… The show it must go on”. Bx)
Thanks and luv goes to all who helped, encouraged and inspired the album,
Nice dreams x)