The Root Mull Affect

by Vinny Peculiar

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    ‘A well-measured introduction to an undersung national treasure’ UNCUT MAGAZINE. 7/10
    This fifteen-track album from the Salford based singer songwriter is frankly, unmissable. A real joy. Americana-uk 9/10
    Crashing poppily through Vinnys world of nostalgia and insight every song stuffed to the gills with melody and eccentricity, clever, funny and wonderfully weird’ R2 magazine 4/5
    ‘Autobiographical fragments brightened by adoration of Bowie, punk and ‘Alice Cooper on TOTP’ Classic Rock 8/10
    ‘The missing link between Jarvis Cocker and poet Roger McGough and some of the wittiest lyrics this side of Wreckless Eric’ IRISH TIMES
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1.
She’s hanging out with the men in dresses Evensong and evening classes A sweet contentment in her eyes I’m trying hard not to act surprised Oh yeah Jesus stole my girlfriend Oh yeah Jesus stole my girl Oh yeah Jesus stole my girlfriend And I can’t get her back And I just want her back… She’s going off to church on Sunday The Harvest Festival on Monday We go to bed but we don’t make love Cause her thoughts are lost to the one above Oh yeah Jesus stole my girlfriend Oh yeah Jesus stole my girl Oh yeah Jesus stole my girlfriend And I can’t get her back And I just want her back… I know you’re up there listening So go ahead and do the decent thing Perform a little miracle I must preferred her Cynical, Miserable, Impossible Hysterical, Illogical, Despicable…. Now all I seem to do is mope around the house Feeling like the antichrist She says she’s training to be missionary or such like…. Oh yeah Jesus stole my girlfriend Oh yeah Jesus stole my girl Oh yeah Jesus stole my girlfriend And I can’t get her back And I just want her back… Oh what does he care ….
2.
A Vision 02:36
I had my hair shaved at the back like Terry Hall in 1984 I was waiting at the bus stop heading off to work at the mental hospital Harrington Jacket, smoking B&H I spent forever in the record shop It was just another routine summer’s day back in Selly Oak But the sun it seemed a little too bright for the sky Little figurines started to dance in my minds eye I had a vision I had a vision I was transfixed and all I could see was a psychedelic wash of light The cars left pretty trails behind and the road started melting Like a Salvador Dali painting A sense of inner harmony and peace took over me Like I knew what I was here for like I knew what to believe I had a vision – I had a vision – Breakdown section The bus drove by I was on another plain but the plane came down soon after that I felt like a twat, just sat there… A woman said are you OK? People were staring someone said ‘are you OK’ I said I never felt this good before in all my life, never felt this good in all my life… So took the day off sick and went to bed in the middle of the afternoon… I had a vision I had a vision I had a vision I had a vision
3.
She needs a man about the house someone who can do a proper job A sensitive yet sensible example not a helpless good for nothing slob What good’s a man about the house when all he does is get under your feet Go to the football and to the pub you can pick one up like that on any street A broken dream machine that’s way beyond repair No good to anyone oh how she must despair She needs a man about the house someone who won’t get under her skin Tells herself she’s the only one stupid enough to live with him The only person he loves is himself he never does a blessed thing Locks himself away inside his room create some idea…berate some idea One night with Pamela Sigourney or Jennifer A Harley Davidson trip across America To get things done around her you might as well do them yourself In the time that it takes him to think You could have painted the fence Wallpapered the living room You could have fixed that kitchen sink A broken dream machine that’s way beyond repair No good to anyone oh how she must despair One night with Pamela Sigourney or Jennifer A Harley Davidson trip across America
4.
I used to be a feminist I used to be a freak Sold my sperm for bus fare I got £15 a week The jobs as good as yours she said your numbers on the pot Just abstain the night before and bring us every drop But don’t expect a helping hand cause we’re strictly DIY T here’s a pile of magazines next door you’re most welcome to try We freeze it in a cryostat and you sign your name right here It’s a brave new world out there she said for a genetic engineer Sperm Donor... Production and delivery became the weekly norm I held the pot under my arm to keep the sample warmIn the art of masturbation I truly excelled Until I broke the night before rule once again and got expelled And sometimes in my darker moments I imagine successes Kids grown up and questioning paternal second guesses Campaigning on the TV for the records and the access With Kilroy finger pointing stage-managing the masses Sperm Donor....money for old rope It’s funny but it’s no joke Blood test DNA Get away….. So if you’ve been affected by the issues in this song I don’t have any answers there is no right from wrong But should you track me down here then I’m certain come what may I could never be your father nor could I ever turn you away No matter where you got your genes or the colours in your hair There’s a place for you in this world we can never share And if I’m the one who gave you life by some proximity I just hope to god you haven’t turned out anything like me… Sperm Donor Money for old rope It’s funny but it’s no joke Blood test DNA Get away….
5.
You can call me Vinny Peculiar but it’s not my real name I made it up all because my real one is lame I was born in 57 in the county of Worcestershire I was raised a Methodist with Jesus in my ear I went to Sunday school I said my prayers In teenage makeup and Levi flares I joined the boys brigade couldn’t wait to leave I learned to flatter and deceive I married young and I was happy, happy with my lot Had a little baby girl I became a baby swot Bought a house in Birmingham and joined the CND Travelling by Midland Red to the asylum and the nursery I went to training school to become a nurse I saw the sex pistols and the adverts I swore I loved you then and that I’d never leave But I’d learned to flatter and deceive 17 years later I’m writing this song I know now what other people have known all along The presents and the flowers that I’m sending you today are, Pitiful excuses from the dad who went away I’d go to festivals I’d go abroad I’ve still got Sleeping Gas but not Reward In this reality I only make believe Having learned to flatter and deceive
6.
I’m in the everlasting teenage bedroom I play guitar and look into the mirror Smoke cigarettes and drink cheap beer Am I the only person in here? I catalogue my record collection I’m reading Playboy Mayfair and Forum I play loud music late into the night I’m in the everlasting teenage bedroom And everything’s all right I have no partner no job no children And I’m attracted to the politics of freedom I love my friends I think about them often And we make plans and someday they’re going to happen I’m in the everlasting teenage bedroom And everything’s all right And I don’t care for the older generation I’ve got the whole of my life before me I’ll make mistakes but I’ll put them behind me Times on my side and it always will be In the everlasting teenage bedroom Everything’s all right Times on my side Everything’s all right Alright
7.
The lazy bohemians sat out on the rooftops Whistling at schoolgirls sucking on ice-pops Those carefree idealists doing just as they want to There’s a room in the attic for somebody like you Lazy bohemians lazy by design Cant get up in the morning can’t be arsed to go out at night Talking bout a revolution hey man they’re out of sight The lazy bohemians loathe big corporations And the work ethic wind up of past generations Those shaman in shameless Pursuit of sensation picking a fight with my imagination Lazy bohemians good for nothing swine Picking holes in the system towing the establishment line Talking bout a revolution And all the wanting to be good people turn into those who never would people And all the happy just to be people turn into you and me people Get lazy go hazy Crazy bohemians are throwing a party Everybody’s invited don’t worry be happy If you want to stay over you’re welcome to use my room I’ll be cooking the dinner and sleeping late into the afternoon There’s a sleeping bag in the corner Yeah just behind the sofa
8.
You said anywhere will do just as long as I’m with you Just get the tickets just book the room We can be who we want escape where we’re from We’ll be back so quick no one will know we’re gone On the seat of the bus you made me go red Then finished me off on the hotel bed I had stars in my eyes you were older and wiser than I was My dirty weekend All grown up playing happy pretend Getting caught out in the end When I said goodbye I knew that I would never see you again There were photographs in the drawers of a naked man called David With a large and flaccid cock cowboy boots and an earring A spy hole in the wall for the pervert in the hall I played the gigolo you played the whore And we painted the town all the usual shades Holding hands and making promises in the light house rays I’d put on your makeup you’d put on a show For the boy in reception before we had to go And when I woke in a dream like state last night it was as if I was 19 again in Scarborough My dirty weekend All grown up playing happy pretend We’re all caught out in the end When I said good bye I knew that I would never see you again
9.
I’m sitting on top of the world Holding the hand of a beautiful girl I’m making the breakfast and cutting the lawn Talking on the telephone about the day you were born Sometimes I feel like a king in spite of myself Meeting my friends out on the town Getting in late and fooling around Taping new songs at home in the dark Taking the kids to the park for a lark about Sometimes I feel like a king in spite of myself Reading the papers and watching TV Listening to John Coltrane Live at the BBC Shopping for trinkets and for spices Happily left to my own devices Sometimes I feel like a king in spite of myself Looking at the stars lighting up the sky Holding my breath under water happy to be alive I’m finishing off The Book of Dave And listening to The Auteurs – ‘New Wave’ Sometimes I feel like a king in spite of myself
10.
From here you can see the donkeys Braided the same as fifty years ago When I was a lad and my family sat Amongst the thousands on the sands As I played And I remember my dad with his trousers rolled up And the knotted handkerchief for the sun was hot As he made his way through the crowds To buy a tray of tea and sticky buns As I played And I remember my mother sitting stiffly in the deckchair So unused to such enforced relaxation Knitting frantically throughout the day The completed vests in a bundle at her feet As I played And I remember my sister dreamily looking out to see Transfixed by growing dreams of being someone And finding herself unable to join in the social chat Setting herself apart and sulking in a pretty way As I played I remember my brother too old for buckets and spades But wanting to be a part of it all And will to scrabble in the sand and build bridges And wait for the sea to erode and destroy As I played But most I remember being with my family On the beach below me by the donkeys And for a second I swore I could see all of us In careless unity, immortal and transient - As I played
11.
I still get nervous at the hairdressers The girls the gadgets the clippers the sink the apron and the mirror always the mirror So how do you like it? Shaped over the ears square at the back Are you a student a good laugh? And the radio always the radio I’ve been to a few salons in my time I’ve even had them visit me at home Truth is I’m still looking yearning longing dreaming of that elusive style To call my own I still get nervous at the Hairdressers The girls the gadgets the clippers the sink the apron the water-spray and The mirror always the mirror
12.
Time For Bed 03:13
A is for the apple B is for the ball C is for the crucifix hung upon the wall D is for the distance E for the effect F it lasts forever G is as good as it will get H is for the heroin I is for an eye J is for the jugular and K is keen to die L is for the loves M is for the mind N is just for nobody O can only find P is like a parachute Q is always queer R is on the radio where the S’s sneer T is in temptation U is underground V is for the Velvets behind a wall of sound W won't trouble you with EXerpts one by one Why don’t you do yourself a favour and be GONE Cut off your ties quit while You’re ahead Remember what Zebedee said Time for bed
13.
Working man down the club putting the world to rights A super cockle sub on Tamla Motown nights Walk the dog around the block put the kids to bed You’re losing track of time you’re going to fall asleep in the shed I said goodbye to my generation I never heard from them again Not me Kissing in Jakes Alley throwing arrows into the sky They all fall down and they land in your eye Your dinners in the bin its nearly half past there Not seen you around for a while no you wont remember me I said goodbye to my generation I never heard from them again The new estate is falling down They don’t build them like they used top The old boy network didn’t really suit you Those teenage diaries are better left unread Miscarriages of justice fester in the head I said goodbye to my generation I never heard from them again Spent all my life running away from… Easter parade in the village hall the minister for tea Con men in the pulpit and gangsters on TV Take a look if you want to take a picture take a holiday Let me back at the drop of a hat its as if I never went away I said goodbye to my generation I never heard from them again I said goodbye
14.
Egg Incident 02:52
Three youths were severely reprimanded by the police for throwing eggs at several houses on the Barley Mow Lane Estate in Catshill at approximately 8.45pm last Friday night. The boys, all in there early teens, were witnessed running at speed from the crime scene by local resident Mr Joseph Sneed who kindly telephoned this office after first alerting the police. The youths, all of them local boys who cannot be named for legal reasons were instructed to apologise to the homeowners and to clean up the mess.

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VINNY PECULIAR ‘The Root Mull Affect’ – a retrospective [2014]

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released March 17, 2015

VINNY PECULIAR ‘The Root Mull Affect’ – a retrospective

1 ‘The Hairdressers’ [Wilkes] produced by David Marsden & Vinny Peculiar.

2 ‘A Vision’ [Wilkes] – 2013 remix by David Marsden taken from the Rob Ferrier recorded album ‘Other People Like Me’.

3 ‘Jesus Stole My Girlfriend’ [Wilkes] 2013 remix by David Marsden taken from the Rob Ferrier produced album ‘Ironing the Soul’

4 ‘Man About the House’ [Wilkes] – taken from the album ‘The Fall and Rise of Vinny Peculiar’ production by Joe Fossard

5 ‘Flatter & Deceive’ [Wilkes] remixed by David Marsden taken from the Rob Ferrier recorded album ‘Ironing the Soul’

6 ‘Confessions of a Sperm Donor’ [Wilkes] taken from the 2004 album ‘Growing Up with Vinny Peculiar’ produced by Tim Browne

7 ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a King’ [Wilkes] live acoustic studio recording produced by David Marsden [2013]

8 ‘Lazy Bohemians’ [Wilkes] taken from the 2007 album ‘Goodbye My Angry Friend’ produced by Tim Browne.

9 ‘Dirty Weekend’ [Wilkes] 2013 remix by David Marsden from the Rob Ferrier recorded album ‘Ironing the Soul’

10 ‘Everlasting Teenage Bedroom’ [Wilkes] recorded live at The Joiners, Southampton, UK 28.5.05 with Mike Joyce [drums], Andy Rourke [bass] and Ben Knott [keys].

11 ‘Time For Bed’ [Wilkes] 2013 remix by David Marsden taken from the 1998 album ‘Gone’ produced by Rob Ferrier & Vinny Peculiar

12 ‘Playing on the Pier’ * [Wilkes/Wilkes] from the 2006 album ‘The Fall and Rise of Vinny Peculiar’ produced by Joe Fossard

13 ‘Egg Incident’ [Wilkes] taken from the 2004 album Growing up with Vinny Peculiar’ – recorded by Vinny at home.

14 ‘My Generation [I said goodbye]’ [Wilkes] 2013 remix by David Marsden taken from the album ‘Other People Like Me’ recorded by Rob Ferrier.

15 ‘Judy Wood’ [Wilkes] 2013 remix by David Ditchfield taken from the 2011 album ‘Other People Like Me’ recorded by Rob Ferrier.

All songs written by Alan Wilkes [aka Vinny Peculiar] except *lyrics by Jim Wilkes, all songs copyright control 2013.

Mastered by David Marsden at Beach House Audio, SOUTHPORT, UK 2013

ARTWORK by TIM METCALF

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Vinny Peculiar variously described as – ‘An under sung national treasure’ [UNCUT Magazine 2014] – a warm hearted Morrissey [Q Magazine 2014] and the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough [Irish Times 2014]. THE ROOT MULL AFFECT is a compilation -
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