BLOWJOB -- Dore Soul -- 25th Anniversary Reissue

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LINER NOTES, 2017

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Dore Soul. It was at a fundraiser for a friend’s sister whose husband had died suddenly in 1992. It was at a dank, dark rock venue in Deerfield Beach called The Ambassador Club.

They hit the stage and completely grabbed the room and refused to let it go for the next 45 minutes. As I watched them, I remember thinking that this is what it must’ve felt like to see The Rolling Stones when they were just starting out.

I wasn’t that far off, as lead singer Carey Peak and lead guitarist Jim Hadzopolus were the Glimmer Twins of the South Florida original music scene for the next half decade, writing some of the catchiest and most rockin’ songs the scene has ever produced.

The two of them jousted with each other on stage, shoving back and forth, seemingly ready to throw down at any moment. All the while drummer Gary Norton slammed away at the drums like a jackhammer. You almost didn’t notice Derek Sullivan holding down the bottom on bass, and he seemed to like it that way.

At the height of the best years in the history of the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach music scene, Dore Soul was one of the most popular acts.

And it was with good reason.

Their songs bridged the gap between what was considered alternative/college rock and straight up pop rock. The songs were smart, lyrically earnest, catchy and played with tremendous energy.

In their prime, on a good night, they were the best band in South Florida. There were, of course, off nights. Nights when the combustible nature of Peak and Hadzopolus would overwhelm their better angels, and things would veer off course and crash into a ditch.

But those nights were far outnumbered by their many great performances. Peak was one of the best frontmen I’ve ever seen. Period. He could sing. He could engage the crowd. He was a madman willing to climb, hang from and jump off anything.

Meanwhile, Hadzopolus cranked out riffs and leads that sounded like two people playing instead of one. I still have no idea how he pulled it off.

In short, they were my favorite South Florida band, and they still are.

Later, I found myself writing about the music scene for XS Magazine, a weekly alternative rag that was a key part of the success of the scene before it was co-opted by an asshole who won’t be named here. Before that happened, I wrote music features and reviews.

My editor handed me a cassette copy of “Blowjob” and asked me to review it. I popped it into the player and was immediately transported back to that night at The Ambassador. It was fresh and fun and captured the essence of the band. It wasn’t mixed exceptionally well, but the performances and quality of the songs made that almost irrelevant.

I gave it a glowing review and almost simultaneously “Breathe” started getting heavy airplay on WKPX in Broward and WVUM in Miami. Along with “Cigarratello” by The Holy Terrors, “I’m Not Average” by The Goods, “Mr. Malcolm’s Chronicles” by I Don’t Know, "Crackerjack" by Collapsing Lungs and “Insane” by Six Silver Spiders, “Breathe” was an honest to goodness hit song in South Florida.

It was on constant rotation on both stations (even though WKPX DJs were banned from saying the name of the album), as well as a staple on the ZETA and WSHE local shows, and that airplay helped push Dore Soul to the height of popularity, making them a top draw in the region.

Dore Soul was one of a handful of bands that transcended the stupid Broward-Dade battle that was waged unnecessarily for about five years.

They were too good for it matter.

After the review, I became friends with the band and became best friends with Peak. In mid 1993 when I started my own band, The Baboons, Dore Soul gave us opening slots on some really big shows. This helped us become one of the bigger draws in town until I left the band in mid 1994.

It wasn’t surprising that they would help a new band, as they were always about supporting the scene. They set the right example by attending other bands' shows and were also tireless promoters, flyering until late into the evening at venues such as Squeeze and The Edge.

Never afraid to speak his mind, Peak was a go-to interview for most music journalists here.

When I started booking Squeeze in 1994, Dore Soul was always a top choice.

Oddly, while lesser bands were getting signed, Dore Soul remained unsigned. To this day, it makes no sense. They had the most hit potential of any of the popular bands in town. Perhaps it was their iconoclastic ethos. Perhaps it was just bad luck.

On their second recording in 1994, “The New Shit,” the band took far more control of the recording and mixing, and they were evolving as songwriters. While superior in many ways to “Blowjob,” it was an unfortunate afterthought for a band that wasn’t meant to live beyond a few precious years.

In 1996, Peak, Hadzopolus and Norton evolved into the C-60s and were signed to Spongebath Records. Sadly, by the time their debut album dropped in 1998, the alternative/college wave had crested and they never found the audience they deserved.

It is with pride and pleasure that Magic Ears Music presents all of the studio output Dore Soul recorded during their all-too-short lifespan.

Because the original source recordings have been lost to the ages, Magic Ears worked from the already mastered recordings, which had been digitally transferred from DAT to WAV files. As such, these recordings have only been lightly remastered.

But that hardly matters, as their music sounds as fresh today as it did two-and-a-half decades ago, and most fans have only heard the hissing cassette version of these songs anyway.

There is a treasure trove of 4-track recordings that will be released in the future, but for now I give you the 25th Anniversary Remastered Reissue of “Blowjob” with “The New Shit” added as bonus tracks (along with one four-track version of “Shoot The Horse”).

Enjoy!

-- Adam Matza, owner, Magic Ears Music

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released July 22, 2017

ORIGINAL LINER NOTES
This tape contains 8 songs that we feel represent our live sound. They were written from Oct. 91-June 92 along with 18 other songs.

This tape marks a turning point in the band's songwriting. Anyone interested in hearing the rest of these songs (4-track recordings) can write to GML...We recorded this tape at Gled Studios in Ft. Lauderdale in Feb 93. Gary Stryder engineered it, Ron Fuller mastered it (Fuller Sound) and we produced it.

These songs are copyright 1992 Bla Bla Bla Music, except for "Lucy In The Sky," Lennon/McCartney, BMI 1967.

Derek Sullivan plays bass, Gary Norton plays drums, James Hadzopulos plays guitar and Carey Peak sings.

Thanks to: Linda Davis, Mike Kadeau, Lauren Cohen, Charles Klienicke, A.J. Jones, Lisa Cillo, Brett Locurto, Christina Evans, Mark Del Campo, Brett Rose, Jason Morgan & everyone at WKPX, Glenn Richard (WSHE), Kathi Macri, Tim Gallagher, Helena, Shannon and Long Distance, Doc at the Square, John Farrell, all of our friends and families and anyone else we forgot.

Special thanks to: Tempes Wood (for everything), Deirdre (for the copy), RDB (for his time), Norman Brasseler and Shawn (for their hard work) and Gary Stryder (for his patience).

No thanks to all the people who fucked us (everyone knows who you are).


DORE SOUL
Vocals: Carey Peak
Guitars, vocals: James Hadzopulos
Bass: Derek Sullivan
Drums: Gary Norton

Blowjob was remastered by Adam Matza at Magic Ears Mastering

Bonus songs from "The New Shit" were recorded and mixed by Dore Soul in 1994

Remastered by Magic Ears Mastering

Original cover photo by Melissa Joi Slepekis
25th Anniversary update to original cover by Samantha Thrall
Updated 2017 cover art by W. Kelley Lucas

BLOWJOB 25th Anniversary Reissue compiled and released by Magic Ears Music in 2017

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Track Name: Shoot The Horse
Oh, why can't our life be just like it used to be?
I turn and feel my heartbeat walking out on me.

SHOOT THE HORSE

It never makes me feel just like it used to do.
I wake up and I ask for what I need from you.

SHOOT THE HORSE

So stay away and find another just like me,
'cause I don't think I can live, live in misery.
You took the best part of a real life fantasy,
So let me SHOOT THE HORSE
and let me be apart of me.
Track Name: Breathe
You say,
you never want to see,
but now you've got to be,
getting over me.

Now you're shocked to find,
life goes on without me,
so turn around
I won't be found
it's not so easy to make a sound.

It's over, dead end dreams end sober,
but what I find is that it's pulling me down.

And it's tearing me up inside
You know that I can't stand to see you cry.
It's tearing me up inside,
so close you're eyes right now
and say goodbye.

Oh no, I walk without a care
seems a thousand years of coming up without air,
I need to BREATHE, I need to see
if I can choose my destiny,
it's everything I say and do
that makes you scream and shout.

And it's tearing me up inside
You know that I can't stand to see you cry.
It's tearing me up inside,
so close you're eyes right now
and say goodbye.

It's tearing me, 'cause you know that I can't stand
to see you cry.
You know it's true,
so close your eyes right now
and say goodbye...
Track Name: Beat
Everything
I see you everywhere
and you're everything.
I touch you everywhere
'cause you're everything
I follow you 'cause you're everything.

I want someone just like you
I want someone to do what I want to
just like you
I need you
So don't try to tell me
that you don't want to.
I'll talk until I'm blue
And you won't know what I'm going through
It ain't just a game,
I know you'll love me just the same.

Everything
I feel you everywhere
and you're everything.
I'll put you under there
'cause you're everything.
I'll never let you hear
'cause you're everything.

I've got someone just like you
I've got someone to pull me through
just like you
I love you,
and I need you, but you don't want to.

Maybe you'll see things my way,
or you won't see at all.
You'll always learn the hard way,
or you'll never learn at all.

You should have listened to me,
and it could've been a dream,
but now you're gone and they'll accuse me.
But they don't know that you were everything...
Track Name: Fear
I just don't know how to tell you
I'm not the one you thought I was
I left you out, out in the cold
A little something was all that I needed.
You aughtta be so happy without me,
but I can see that you are so afraid,
and I'm afraid to see.

Days they come
and when they come
they tear apart our lives in two.
It's just a reason, a reason it has to be
changing our lives,
'til what matters comes through,
I know you'll be
and we'll be so happy
when it's through.

And then we'll see how afraid we are.
I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid
I'm pissing my life away.

So it's tomorrow,
but it's today,
and I can see we've found ourselves
another way.
And I can feel something new around me,
as a whole new life waits to surround me
And I don't really know you the same way,
but I know that's how it should be.

But I can tell you that I'm not afraid,
not afraid to see,
I'm not afraid...
Track Name: Full In You
It doesn't matter
though if you want to see
I won't let you down
if you follow me...

Captured
by my instinct
Listening
to what you think.

I can't see just what you're headed for
but I don't care because I don't live for you

I'M FOOLIN' YOU

Cry a lot about it
try and figure me
you can't live without it
you just wanna be
Twisted
by instinct
Listening
to what you think

I'M FOOLIN' YOU
Track Name: Just
JUST say one word and watch me fall
because I've already spent a lotta time just thinkin'
and I can't recall
a lotta time just came and went because my head was blowin
in this crazy breeze and my eyes are too bloody to see,
and there ain't nothin' I've felt that gets me by until you.

Butterflies, realize, make my eyes hypnotize,
and then you say to me I'm far gone,
you know it won't be long,
I'm far gone,
you know I'm not that strong.

Time will pass, my love don't last
and the world closes in on me.
So I take a little hit
and punch a big hole in my reality
I take a collection for another injection
of some blind security,
I'd trip over the sky and land on the moon for you.

Butterflies, realize, make my eyes hypnotize,
and then you say to me I'm far gone,
you know it won't be long,
I'm far gone,
you know I'm not that strong.
Track Name: Choke (live)
Love is evil
I find it evil
don't you find it so hard
to be so in love with just me,
so seriously.

Slippin' and fallin'
I know it's all in your mind
don't you ever want to forget about me,
and that's so serious, see?

Get over
can't you get over me,
my life is short
and CHOKES on your sympathy.

I'll tell you what
it's just a matter of opinion,
but you see it's a face that keeps you tryin'
for those extra reasons,
to let a person try and say it with their eyes instead.
Don't you take it so seriously

You're just a afraid now
and you don't want to be left alone,
you're head keeps dreamin'
but you wake up and you're still alone,
my friends are happy when you're sad
and that's a friend to me.
Oh, don't take me so seriously.

Get over
can't you get over me,
my life is short
and CHOKES on your sympathy.
There's a reason, a reason it has to be
such a cruel world,
but I never let it bother me.

Love is evil
I find it evil
can't you get over me,
you take me so seriously. 2x

Don't you know it's just me,
it's just me.

Get over
can't you get over me,
my life is short
and CHOKES on your sympathy.
Track Name: Shoot The Horse (reprise)
Oh, why can't our life be just like it used to be?
I turn and feel my heartbeat walking out on me.

SHOOT THE HORSE

It never makes me feel just like it used to do.
I wake up and I ask for what I need from you.

SHOOT THE HORSE

So stay away and find another just like me,
'cause I don't think I can live, live in misery.
You took the best part of a real life fantasy,
So let me SHOOT THE HORSE
and let me be apart of me.
Track Name: Truth (live)
I'll never be thinkin' when I'm drinkin'
and that's no fun.
I'm sick of these days, 'cause they all drive me crazy
and I'm not the only one.

Way up above me
that's what you think of me,
the leader is always the one who gets swallowed
and that's no fun.

Look at yourself sitting up on your shelf
your time is done.
You think that you rule me, but you'll never see me
slappin' your face 'til I'm gone.

I've got a feeling
it might be a real one,
so just you hold on.
It's feelings like this
that will keep me alive
and I hope it goes on and on.

Give me a reason
and I never will speak of you like that.
But sometimes it's just so hard for me to take.

I wanna be real
and I wanna be TRUE
and I'm not the only one.
But I hope I don't turn into someone like you
hiding my face from the sun.

It's hard to believe
everything that you see
and I don't mind.
Listen as I keep telling you lies
'cause I'm so blind.

Give me a reason
and I never will speak of you like that.
But sometimes it's just so hard for me to take.

Maybe tomorrow
I'll be filled with sorrow,
so don't count me out.
I'll probably look at you
and not even know you,
knowing what life's about.

Give me a reason
and I never will speak of you like that.
But sometimes it's just so hard for me to take.
Track Name: Cornflakes (Bonus Track)
Don't hate me too much
Oh, can't you see
You can't be bold, as bold as me
My n-nervous energy is stayin' up all night!

Waiting
I'm still waiting
I'm still WAITING!

Cornflakes are good for you,
easy to swallow, easy to chew
But they taste so bad all by themself
Gimme some sugar!

I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting
I'm still WAITING!

Because I'm looking for diversity
I want something that'll never get to me
Even if it's just imaginary
Even if it's through adversity

Play cops and robbers or climb a tree
But give me something more interesting
You don't have to be such a bore
C'mon and do somethin'

I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting
I'm still WAITING!

I'm looking for diversity
I want something that will never get to me
You can't find it in universities
So blame it all on my nervous energy

Quick! Change the channel
Reruns of Hogan's Heroes really stink
I've got a great idea,
We can drink a lot of beer,
And talk about people that are just so full of it!

I'm looking for diversity
I want something that will never get to me
Even if it's just imaginary
Blame it all on my nervous energy x5
Track Name: Jeri Curl (Bonus Track)
Feel a stroke, give a wink and a goodbye
Drive a car in a wall for a good time
Then again, I don't feel like a young man
In a dress and heels, I don't feel like a woman

Take a trip, it's a train on my thoughts
Picket fence around a cardboard box
I cut holes for windows, so don't you get too close
Paper dog will bite you on your nose, your nose

I stretch a lot when I wake up
The sun is so bright that it makes my day
I don't go out to play

You don't seem really mean like on Tuesdays
Brush your teeth, now they gleam like on Fridays
Jeri curls out of style for a while
It's time for a change, so please don't waste my day

I stretch a lot when I wake up
The sun is so bright that it makes my day
I don't go out to play

You don't seem really mean like on Tuesdays
Brush your teeth, now they gleam like on Fridays
Jeri curls out of style for a while
It's time for a change, so please don't waste my day

I stretch a lot when I wake up
The sun is so bright that it makes my day
I don't go out to play

I think a lot then I go to sleep
The moon is so dark that it makes me feel okay
in a funny kind of way
Track Name: The Snare Song (Bonus Track)
I know it's so obvious
but I can't see
so I guess I can't be as smart as you.
And I don't mean to tell you lies
I'm so sarcastic
but you're so wise.

And I don't think that we like you
'cause you don't do the things we do.
And if you think that's my cue,
then I guess the joke's on you.

There's not much difference in between
a grumpy old man and a tired baby
call me sad, get all mad, I'm a fad
take your roller coaster views
and grab a pen and a pad, go!

And I don't think that we like you
'cause you don't do the things we do.
And if you think that's my cue,
then I guess the joke's on you.

You oughta look in the mirror
before you turn your head,
king size eyes popping right out of your head,
I'm a rock in the road
I'm a roach, I'm a toad,
I'm a demolition man with my finger in my nose.

And I don't think that we like you
'cause you don't do the things we do.
And if you think that's my cue,
then I guess the joke's on you.

Well, I guess the joke, the joke's on you...
Track Name: Dynamite Kites (Bonus Track)
Flying Dynamite Kites in the kitchen
I'm gonna land them on your head
with hopes to blow your mind.

Cookin' up my kite's distinction
it's a real show stopper
made just for your kind.

And if you say you don't believe me
I'm sure you won't and if you don't
Well, maybe my kite's caught on a branch
of a willow tree, surprise to me.

And now everybody flies their kite
Although I keep a picture of Paul and John on mine for good luck
And if you ever wanna fly in my kitchen
and get the feeling that I love
then go ahead, blow your mind.

Maybe I'm out of my head
I'm sure that I am
You're so sure that I am.
And these are just reflections of intentions for
to blow you up
Maybe I'm out of my head
I'm sure that I am, you're so sure that I am
And these are just reflections of intentions for
to blow you up.
Track Name: What If... (Bonus Track)
People live so far
and it makes me wonder something.
What if I had a big car
and the world knew I was coming?

I've seen a big tree leaning
and it knows just what it's doing.
What if it started talking
now wouldn't that be something?

I want to climb that mountain
and see what I've been missing
It's so good, too good, for my own good.
And I wanna go back home now.

People live so far
and it makes me wonder who they are...2x

People live so far...
Track Name: The D Song (Bonus Track)
I can't keep my mind on what it is I haven't seen
It's something you'll give to me tomorrow.
Yesterday was such a drag and don't you ever tell,
tell me that your heart is made of sorrow.

Too much of a good thing is a secret that I keep
I haven't felt that feeling in a lifetime.
We base our life on all these things we haven't seen.
But still I'm only human and so are you.

I know it makes me want to scream and shout
But I don't know what it's all about
And all these things in life I blame on me, on me...

I thought that I was waking up into a world that's real
instead it was a picture of tomorrow
Now I don't know anymore just what it is I feel
Feelings are a winding road to nowhere.

I really don't know what it's all about
I know it makes me want to scream and shout
And all these things in life I blame on you, on you...

It's falling on your head 2x
It's falling down
It's falling.
Track Name: My Book (Bonus Track)
He lets the morning paper be the comfort that he needs
reading of the day's drug tragedies
reminds him that it's okay to sell again

So off to school he goes, history his Holy Ghost,
teacher in disguise, telling all his students lies

And when you said I'll teach you,
did you know you you'd be a page in my book
as another dirty crook?

Playing as wise man, telling stories of the old familiar
white lies turn to powder puffs of smoke to sell
your life and start again...

Wife and kids sit alone as father does his time
the lesson that you'll learn will be the one thing
you forgot to tell.

And when you said I'll teach you,
did you know you you'd be a page in my book
as another dirty crook?
Track Name: Mr. Know It All (Bonus Track)
This is how the story goes
about a boy that we all know
He took his time to learn and grow
and wastes it all as time will surely show.

Yea, you try to help it,
but there's nothing that you can do
running downstream in a plastic canoe,
be well, but don't you tell
when you try to take me with you
when you're going to Hell.

We all love the show
that's why we'll hate to see it go
and one more thing I'd like to know
is are you real or Mr. Know It All?

I know there's more where you come from
and from what I can tell you're a dime a dozen,
and I think your look will suit you well
when you're going to Hell.

We all love the show
that's why you'll never see me go
and one more thing I'd like to know
is are you really Mr. Know It All?

We all hate your show
that's why you'll never see me go
and just in case you didn't know
how I feel,
you can go to Hell!!!!!!!!!
Track Name: Shoot The Horse (Alternate 4-Track Version Bonus Track)
Oh, why can't our life be just like it used to be?
I turn and feel my heartbeat walking out on me.

SHOOT THE HORSE

It never makes me feel just like it used to do.
I wake up and I ask for what I need from you.

SHOOT THE HORSE

So stay away and find another just like me,
'cause I don't think I can live, live in misery.
You took the best part of a real life fantasy,
So let me SHOOT THE HORSE
and let me be apart of me.