Cosmic Street

by The Gatekeepers

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about

This album is a group of songs. There's no overall theme to them, they are just the ones that were finished so they were the ones that went on the album. Well, there were more but these were either newer or better.

I have used fades at the tops and tails of these tracks rather than noise reduction. The source tape is noisy but its unnoticeable when the music starts. Noise reduction was altering the sound too much to use. And, hey, it's real!

Cosmic St is in the Brisbane suburb of Robertson. It's clean and affluent. We loved the idea of the mix and just the name alone. But when Greg and his brother Ian went looking for it they could only find Cosmos St. Ian took a photo of Greg sitting at the street sign pretending to play the trumpet. Greg traced the photo which became the cover art.

The overall style is 60s guitar pop which was the big M.O. at the time for anything melodic and independent. Other influences like baroque music or Indian classical also weave in there but neither of those in any way goes against the 60s grain. The only real difference between us and other bands that affected a 60s sound was that we tended not to copy the formula too closely. We didn't wear paisely nehru jackets on stage and we didn't take twenty minute guitar solos with lots of fuzz 'n' wah. We looked standard post punque and kept the guitar sound clean or acoustic. We thought we were being anti rock.

The Gatekeepers formed in 1983 around the duo of Peter Jetnikoff (me), and Greg Wadley. We'd met while in another band, The Pits, and I had some songs that we recorded on 4-track at the end of 1982. In early 1983, I came back to Brisbane from uni holidays and we filled out the personnel and recorded some of those songs. All of these apart from Be Brave (which is recorded on Ian's spiffy Walkman) were done on 8-track. We started playing and recorded the rest on this album in the second half of the year, mastered all of that and this is the result. We were better recording than playing live (like most other bands at our level, we sneered at "professionalism" and recruited friends rather than players) and kept recording in the years after. I'll put those up as I see fit in times to come.

Peter Jetnikoff

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released October 1, 1983

All songs Peter Jetnikoff with the exception of Be Brave which was cowritten by Peter Jetnikoff and Greg Wadley

Peter Jetnikoff: Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Greg Wadley: Lead vocals, backing and harmony vocals, bass, keyboards, drums
Margot Hoyte: Backing vocals, keyboards
Greg Gilbert: Drums
Elizabeth Connolly: Drums

Recorded at Basement Studios and Peter Cavello's place, Brisbane 1983. Mastered at Basement Studios by the band and Ashley Keating 1983

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Track Name: New Blue Kid
NEW BLUE KID

Shimmy shimmy hey hey don't look down

New Blue Kid walk into the sunrise
With your jellybean eyes. Tell me lies
Lunar Head welcome to the corner
With the 3d face. What a place
Look at us now see how we run
Oh the cyclones we go around in cyclones

New Blue Kid walk into the ceiling when you're reeling
With your headlights on. Count to one
Lunar face igniting like the flashes of the lightning
With the clouds in your head. Glide instead
Look at us now see how we run
Oh the cyclones we go around in cyclones

New Blue Kid walk into the sunrise
With your jellybean eyes. Tell me lies
Lunar Head welcome to the corner
With the 3d face. What a place
Look at us now see how we run
Oh the cyclones we go around in cyclones

Shimmy shimmy hey hey don't look down
Track Name: Unkindest Cut
UNKINDEST CUT

The thinnest dreams blossom in the spring
They say they've thought of everything
In her hands a discounted bouquet
The cage is locked, no turning away
She sees the violence in the hall
She sees the unkindest cut of all

Beneath the veil two wooden eyes
Stare into the last surprise
He shines his fists in anticipation
The chains are gleaming for the consummation
She sees the violence in the hall
She sees the unkindest cut of all

She sees the violence in the hall
She sees the unkindest cut of all
Track Name: Longer Than The Day
LONGER THAN THE DAY

Your sister says she doesn't want you here
She thought she made it clear
And now the rapping on the door
Is louder than before
It's longer than the day

The thirteenth card told you what to do
Nothing you could choose
Now you sit staring at the blade
It's longer than the day
It's longer than the day

Now you're pleased. Now you're appeased

Inside you now the lion and the lamb
Are in a traffic jam
You look as though you need a rest
Perhaps it's for the best
It's longer than the day

Now you're pleased. Now you're appeased.

It's longer than the day.
Track Name: The Circle
THE CIRCLE

Bleeding tears today you might run too far
Locked in the shouting away form your mother's car
Watch out, watch out for every pair of eyes

Come down join the circle
Hear the buises flow watch our tails grow
Come down join the circle
Feel the grund explode as we corrode

You should have seen that dero's face
The teacher and the bell come and put you back into your place
Too small for pain and nausea's prize

Come down join the circle
Hear the buises flow watch our tails grow
Come down join the circle
Feel the grund explode as we corrode

Broken fingernails scratch at the wall
Too far gone now to hear your mother's call
The power shuts off and you realise

Come down join the circle
Hear the buises flow watch our tails grow
Come down join the circle
Feel the grund explode as we corrode
Track Name: Susan Burn
SUSAN BURN

Immortal wounds dissolve her pain
She listens to the silent rain
Formless in a rusty chain

The silent world of Susan Burn
Strains toward another turn
The silent world of Susan Burn
She walks until the edge of time

A pride of lions comes to tea
But she's dreaming of the sea
The deepest place for charity

The silent world of Susan Burn
Strains toward another turn
The silent world of Susan Burn
She walks until the edge of time

Surrender is her final plan
She builds her cages in the sand
No hope for the superman

The silent world of Susan Burn
Strains toward another turn
The silent world of Susan Burn
She walks until the edge of time
Track Name: 13th Childhood
13TH CHILDHOOD

Swimming through my 13th childhood
Headaches come and go like you should
If there was a chance I could fall into another sleep

One important day I'll make my mind up
One cool day I'll make my mind up
See if you can look the other way
See if you can keep yourself away
From a day

Sulphuric dreams in my 13th childhood
Faces burn like napalm on wood
I don't talk talk costs too much, so expensive

One important day I'll make my mind up
One cool day I'll make my mind up
See if you can look the other way
See if you can keep yourself away
From a day
Track Name: Room on the Edge
ROOM ON THE EDGE

In a room on the edge, second floor,
I stare at the ceiling and listen for the door
They're playing outside, cooking up fun
Chasing goblins on the run

Watch the bed grow twice its size
A starving roach looks for a prize
Come inside, come inside
It's like walking through the rubble of Hiroshima

In a room on the edge my vision's blurred
Tell me a wish I've never heard
In a room on the edge, through paper walls,
I hear them laughing in the hall

Watch the bed grow twice its size
A starving roach looks for a prize
Come inside, come inside
It's like walking through the rubble of Hiroshima

In a room on the edge...

In a room on the edge there's broken glass
And all the curtains are made of brass

Watch the bed grow twice its size
A starving roach looks for a prize
Come inside, come inside
It's like walking through the rubble of Hiroshima

In my room on the edge.
Track Name: The Keeper of the Gate
KEEPER OF THE GATE

Morning comes again with promises
Sunshine on the lawn, unwelcome guest
Shaving with your aging eyes, the mirror's lying
Lies don't mean much, lies just grate
He walks past but he never sees
The keeper of the gate

Into work into the clock whose hands don't move
Same daydream of a man jumping off a roof
Flirting won't pay cover your eyes
Your coffee's gone cold
Dreams don't mean much they're all too late
He works for but he never sees
The keeper of the gate

Never ask questions about your fate
Chasing every rumour for
The keeper of the gate
Track Name: Beat 225
BEAT 225

Go down to the place where heads shrink fast
Look into someone else's past
Switch on switch off see what gives
Find yourself a disused relative
On beat 225

Buy and sell you lifetime plans
As long as money changes hands
The ghostly dreams that haunt the bars
Are locked away in chemical jars
On beat 225

Well, you can never tell
Where your depression ends
The shape of all your friends
Life, life in this beehive
You might enjoy the drive
On beat 225, Beat 225

Beat 225
Track Name: Be Brave
BE BRAVE

In a happy place we walk away we walk away
In a tear stained face we look away we look away
So blue

Waves of faces of words
No sound
Words surround

In a happy world there are no words, there are no words
In a wordless world
Behind a wall behind a wall
No sound at all

Waves of faces of faces
Be brave
Perpetually

Be brave...

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Track Name: Dismantle
DISMANTLE

Now there is no time. There is no form or space
I feel like steel. I feel like a backwards chase
I melt so well
I dismantle

Tables and chairs dance like flames. They laugh
The cradle's burning. It laughs
I burn so well
I dismantle

I live in a burning ocean
I swim through sound and motion
I sink so well
I dismantle