DAMAGE CONTROL

Format: CD
Released: January 2006
Label: Panoptikon
Catalogue: OPTIK 05

Artist: Martin Hall
Music and lyrics: Martin Hall
Producer: Johnny Stage
Design: Kenneth Schultz
Photo: hansen-hansen.com

INDEX

1. Damage Control 3:38
2. Swimming Pool Eyes (Winterhill version) 6:44
3. Vaseline Dream (2400 remix) 7:38
4. String Quartet Playing in a Refugee Camp 2:53
5. Play Hard to Get 3:10

LYRICS

Damage Control

She’s got a heart full of crazy people
She’s clearly not amused
Catching colds and missing trains
Is all she seems to do
The tragic bravados
The bourgeois staccato
Wonder why they bother at all
They’re all talking in headlines but dress out of style
“Get a life and then give me a call”

Every ghetto gladiator
Every little Pierrot
Looking like a drag magician in another wasted show
There’s a beggar on each corner
A stench in the air
Life’s a song that’s dedicated to the lovers at Tiananmen Square

So shit in your hat and place your head on a chair
This journey’s clearly not going anywhere
Turn on the tv
The lie of the land
A string quartet playing in a refugee camp
Start with a kiss and soon you’ll need vaseline
The damage control of any tangerine dream
Play hard to get
You’ll end on the run
‘Cause everyone’s bored with all this soft-porn

Confetti-covered
All animated
Party eyes that never close
A wave of raving faces with sparkling smiles
They look the same wherever she goes
The white shirts and big lips
All drowning in honey
Smacking tongues while they’re shaking their heads
Little socialites with portable roots
In her eyes they’d be better off dead

But the shops and the markets
The wild consumer craze
Seem to bind it all together and somehow make their day
All these harlequin girls with swimming pool eyes
If nothing else matters
They really took advantage of their time


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Musicians

Anders Remark: guitar, emax
Anette Slaatto: viola
Dan Hemmer: rhodes
Gisli: rapper
Gry Vester-Andersen: cello
Hans Nybo: saxophone
Ida Bach Jensen: string bass
James Crabb: accordion
Johnny Stage: guitar, percussion
Karoliina Koivisto: violin
Ketil Duckert: trumpet
Lise Munch: french horn
Lotte Arnsbjerg: vocals
Marie Carmen Koppel: vocals
Martin Hall: vocals, keyboards, programming, string arrangement
Mimi Kjær: piano
Minh Le: drums
Morten Jacobsen: bass
Sofie Darting: vocals
Thomas Li: protools

Recorded and mixed in the autumn of 2005 by Martin Hall, Johnny Stage and Thomas Li at The Box, The Tool Kit and various mobile locations.

Info

Damage Control was released in January 2006 as a detached forerunner of the forthcoming Facsimile album – neither the song nor the four other tracks on the ep was included on the album. Saluting the spirit of the 7” and 12” legacy the release was meant to be a single project in its own right, an extrovert up-tempo radio bash commenting upon 21st century consumer fascism.

Among the new Hall collaborators on the release you’ll find Summerhill, a Danish group featured as Winterhill as a remix/re-make unit (“Swimming Pool Eyes”).

The title track was included on The Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s P3 and P4 airplay chart in week 4 (Danish National Radio) and made its debut at the official sales chart at #16 in week 7.