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Wasp 51!

by Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

"Sorta like a sneering Bob Dylan with walls of distorted guitar, riffs, and solid songs from beginning to end. By turns ugly, angry, tortured, wistful and exhilarating." - Alternative Press
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. In My Vibration Time
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2. From Beyond the Mirror Image
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3. Lost My Head in the Dreaming Hour
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4. Better Yet, Let's Go to Bed
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5. Anyone Not Invited to the Party Is In
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6. The Big Man Strikes out for Undiscovered Country
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7. Real Again
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8. Things You Can't Be
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9. You Go to Me and I by You
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10. The Usual Method
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11. She Has the Scars to Prove a Life
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12. Soft Surrender
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13. Might've Been Maybe Queen
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14. 26 Heavyweight Bleeders on Parade
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15. Scrapezoid
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16. The Dancer Cries out for Leaps and Hugs
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17. Savage Destination Down
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18. Let the World Spin All Around It
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19. Ah Ahh Ahhh!
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20. Goodbye Goodbye
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21. Hardly No Results for Bitter
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The acclaimed 2003 D.I.Y. album from Book Of Kills (Jim Shelley).

"Jim Shelley
Wasp 51!
Date received: September 11, 2003

I've been singing Shelley's praises for so long — since before the beginning of the Universe in fact — its become a routine:

Jim sends me a fantastic homemade rock record;
I implore the invisible hordes not to ignore this one;
They ignore it;
Shelley sends me an e-mail swearing off music forever;
I congratulate him on his wisdom;
He disappears for a few months;
Back to #1

So here we are again with Wasp 51!, a solo effort that is — believe it — his best work since 1995's Saint Judas cassette, and that's saying a lot. Shelley's customary touchstones — Dylan, Lennon, Young, Bowie, Pollard — are polished to a gleam as this matchless lyrical alchemist turns rock into gold: "I'll take the high road/And you'll take a pass/The shadow king of rock/Is slowly fading fast/Such a starry ride/But these things seldom last/In this worst of all possible worlds." Man, this album gives me the chills. Oh sure, the drum machine grates at times, but will ya listen to those chords? Those melodies? Those words? Oh Jesus, those words...

You know what? Fuck you people. You can't have Jim Shelley. You don't deserve him. Go away! He's mine."

--Jim Santo - DemoUniverse (June 2005)

"(WASP 51!) really is incredible. It's just unlike anything I've heard and unlike any of (Jim's) other releases. It's all so supremely crafted. Jim speaks of musical crudeness a la Lou Reed, etc, but WASP 51! contains some very challenging, interesting structures that stooges like Dream Theater or whatever "technically unlimited" band couldn't touch. The disk taps a vein of originality and progress that can't be attained with "technical advancement". I feel that's true for all of Jim's work (all of which has more technical prowess than I can touch with a ten foot pole) but WASP 51! is a great example of how songs can be "simple" and stick to your soul like peanut butter. I mean, I was singing along to every song! That means something (to me at least)!"

--Billy Brett - Buck Gooter (June 2007)

1. In My Vibration Time [1.58]
2. Lost My Head In The Dreaming Hour [2.04]
3. Not Like A Mirror Image [3.58]
4. Better Yet Let's All Go To Bed [2.08]
5. Anyone Not Invited To The Party Is In [2.06]
6. The Big Man Strikes Out For Undiscovered Country [3.16]
7. Real Again [1.03]
8. Things You Can't Be [3.06]
9. You Go To You And I By Me [2.49]
10. The Usual Method [1.35]
11. She Has The Scars To Prove A Life [2.58]
12. Soft Surrender [.56]
13. Might've Been Maybe Queen [3.09]
14. 26 Heavy Weight Bleeders On Parade [1.25]
15. Scrapezoid [2.12]
16. The Dancer Cries For Hugs And Leaps [1.47
17. Savage Destination: Down [2.00]
18. Let The World Spin All Around It [2.34]
19. Ah Ahh Ahhh! [3.29]
20. Goodbye [.31]
21. Hardly No Results For Bitter [2.20]

In My Vibration Time
1 Feel my skin vibrating Time to carve the fat again With a stronger faith embraced I will cut deep In an ecstasy of fumbling Shaken stirred and stumbling Every piece of me you want you can keep Weak with time but stronger in will I still hear the voices calling I have never had my fill Dancing on the edge - not falling Where is what I started for so long ago? Is the circle almost circled – how can we know? Weak with time but stronger in will I still hear the voices calling I have never had my fill Dancing on the edge – how will I keep from falling? Dancing on the edge – How will I keep from falling?

Lost My Head In The Dreaming Hour
2 This time I’ll be someone else This time I don’t know This time I slip out of sight This time I let go This time I’m in foreign hands This time I use eyes This time I’m not second hand This time I get wise Call it how you want it to be From beyond it all Basement sights and teenage nights And a life we can’t recall If it gets too late for me to wait Please understand There’s too much pressure to be me At your command.

Not Like A Mirror Image
3 Through the oblivion lens of the latest computations It’s the screaming life shock of obsessed stimulation Another dog-faced dream for a played out generation Whatever we’re looking for I hope you find it When it’s thoughtfully developed I’ll be sure to get behind it Just put it in a contract and remind me to sign it It’s the death of everything And now it’s time to care again It’s the death of everything And now it’s time to care again And you can say what you will And you can say what you will And you can say what you will But now it’s time to care again This is a call to all endangered species! Yeah! It can’t be faked or reproduced by any trained professional It has to mean without charge – a sound confessional In the deepest heart of hearts – a bloody free-for-all It’s the death of everything And now it’s time to care again It’s the death of everything And now it’s time to care again And you can say what you will And you can say what you will And you can say what you will But now it’s time to care again.

Better Yet, Let’s All Go To Bed
4 It’s a wish thing The hardest part In a place like this fortune favors fools I guess we didn’t see it coming Still some things have not been changed In this worst of all possible worlds And there’s power in the heat And you are part of everyone you meet I’ll take the high road And you’ll take a pass The shadow kind of rock Is slowly fading fast Such a starry ride But these things seldom last In this worst of all possible worlds.

Anyone Not Invited To The Dance Is In
5 All the fairy tale endings have been taken I’m sorry but that’s how it’s gotta be So drink some more of my medicine and relax This isn’t supposed to be easy Oh how happy we will be When we wake up from this dream The life we lived so naturally We will remember it again You’re so obsessed with the big picture You can’t see the trees for the forest Go pack your bags we got a bus to catch All this standin’ still is pointless Oh how happy we will be When we wake up from this dream The life we lived so naturally We will remember it again.

The Big Man Strikes Out For The Undiscovered Country
6 When there is only an absence A passive surrender to impending explosions Let us sit and see what we’ve learned All feelings in one again Just to break with tradition Set the world spinning around it Because there is no other way to go We’ll look up when it all comes down Our eyes will burn with the things I know I wish I could tell you What you have done for me And how it was your hand That finally set me free Waiting on the other side Like ghosts of secret smiling Not seen through a sane man’s eyes And now anything could happen And where do we go from here When the smoke has finally cleared away? I won’t forget you And the things we’ll never say There is no legend To measure out the endless days We’re gonna bend them When we go our separate ways.

Real Again
7 She never has the time to wait It’s always going to be too late New pieces for the game And you all look the same And suddenly it’s real again Right or wrong she can’t regret The lies she hasn’t told you yet Prizes for everyone Set your smiles for stun And suddenly it’s real again.

Things You Can’t Be
8 It really is too bad Somehow you’ve become so jaded That there is no new Inside your ears and eyes It really is so sad Somehow you’ve become so faded Measuring out your days By the things that you despise We’re all trying to find a way To believe in a reason To believe in something And I don’t understand Why you resent the things That you can’t be here for the games You play so desperately And you can’t seem to stand The heaven-sent wings That you use to fan the flames Of your regrets so recklessly We’re all trying to find a way To believe in a reason To believe in something.

You Go To You And I By Me
9 She wants to know where The winds of change will take her today Do you remember hey hey? ‘Cause I can’t show her I’m playing loser games in a singular way And no one has my number hey hey! And I will never go there I’m standing down and stranger and mislaid And always out of favor hey hey! You say you’re standing on the ledge But you’re so sharp you’ve lost your edge You’re flashing on that liquid groove You’re running so fast that you don’t move You sold your heart to the greener crowd And now you’re living way too loud I guess you found out much too late That you’ve become everything you hate.

The Usual Method
10 I stood upright Waiting for you Wasting away According to your plan That is the usual method Not mine I think we’ve cut all the corners Too fine I lost my head You sucked me in I went too deep Am I so hard to swallow? That is the usual method Not mine I think we’ve cut all the corners Too fine.

She Has The Scars To Prove A Life
11 She lives deep inside her heart Where I want to be Shining love upon us all Like stars across the sea She has the scars to prove a life Of beauty endlessly Come to her upon your knees Anointed in mystery Mistress won’t you bless me with your smile If I swear to stay here for a while She lives deep inside her heart Where I want to be Shining love upon us all Like stars across the sea Mistress won’t you bless me with your smile If I swear to stay here for a while.

Soft Surrender
12 Don’t sink too deeply away from me Before we take our liberties The undreamed choice the delicate direction The unseen voice of a soft connection Can we cross just one more line? To be taken to be defined A soft surrender that we will find A tattered white lace valentine Can we cross just one more line? To be taken to be defined A soft surrender that we will find A tattered white lace valentine ‘Cause I don’t have to much more time.

Might’ve Been Maybe Queen
13 Everyone who comes ‘round to her side Seems to let her down Her heart is always open wide To the big come down Dancing deep inside her silver dreams Where everything is what it seems Hanging in the air somewhere between What’s been taken and what’s been seen She’s the might’ve been maybe queen.

26 Heavy Weight Bleeders On Parade
14 I saw your face in the paper today They found you in another compromised position Yeah everybody has needs well okay Maybe you just needed some more attention In the eyes of the establishment beards It’s just another cold and filthy trend You better eat the evidence before it gets weird I wouldn’t want you to come to a bad end In the eyes of the establishment beards It’s just another cold and filthy trend We’ll eat the evidence before it gets weird I wouldn’t want you to come to a bad end.

Scrapezoid
15 Just this and that I want to say Quite clear to such and none Close the book donate the day And double scrub the setting sun Let’s spread our wings And fly away somewhere beyond the sky We won’t come down no more Because we got too high You’re either in or you’re out There ain’t no middle ground And if you’ve got one single doubt Then please don’t come around Let’s spread our wings And fly away somewhere beyond the sky We won’t come down no more Because we got too high We’re just two rock and roll fuck-ups That’s all we’ll ever be So slide inside your cowboy boots And saddle up the pickup It’s time to meet our destiny.

The Dancer Cries For Hugs And Leaps
16 This is her life now—Spends her days inside her mind Slipping in and out of time While a bitter world unwinds The better dreams are gone Wrapped in box and cotton But somehow not forgotten A sleeping wasted vision She goes on her lonely way And where is she now? Is she gone? Is all that we can think to say Once I knew a girl Smiling roundly true before me Dancing laughing fancy free An echo of eternity Fare you well my love I know nothing good can stay So close your eyes and drift away We will meet again one day She goes on her lonely way And where is she now Is she gone? Is all that we can think to say.

Savage Destination: Down
17 Academic analytic dogmatic dirty trickster Pick up your matchsticks and go Seasick goldbrick snickering dizzy hipster Licking up your oilslicks for show Savage destination: down Epidemic egocentric convicted cynic Stick up your pin prick and blow Savage destination: down.

Let The World Spin All Around It
18 Until I find a way To get back to you Let the world spin all around it Let the world spin all around it The howl of a hungry bed It’s nothing new Let the world spin all around it Let the world spin all around it What portion of me baby Has been assigned to you? Just as before it breaks free So what else can I do?

Ah Ahh Ahhh! (It’s So Hard To Let Go)
19 Am I the things that I feel? How do I know when I’m real? Am I the words that I say? Or am I the games that I play? Am I what I could’ve been? Am I bone or am I skin? Does it make a difference if I don’t or do? Is it all the same to you? It’s so hard to let go Ah Ah Ah! Am I the reason that you’re still here? ‘Cause suddenly it all seems so unclear Should I hold on or should I let go? And I don’t even know if I want to know This song is all about you and me And what we keep and what we set free And what stays the same and what gets changed And once again my world is turning strange It’s so hard to let go Ah Ah Ah!

Goodbye
20 Kiss me goodbye my only true love Fare you well for a little while I will see you once again So won’t you smile?

Hardly No Results For Bitter
21 If I told you the things that you want to hear Would you hide them near your heart for me? If I had the time to live your life for you What would you do when I set you free? Aping a time once much greater Hardly no results for bitter We have no tomorrows
These questions with no answers They just make you sad Aping a time once much greater Hardly no results for bitter We have no tomorrows I don’t need you anymore Maybe I never did Aping a time once much greater Hardly no results for bitter.

All songs written and performed
by Jim Shelley.
(c) (p) 2003 by Jim Shelley.

Ain’t Records
206 High Street
Bridgewater, Virginia 22812

Official Web Page:
Bookofkills.com


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