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Some years after Duncan (founder of Spozzle Records) saw The Cold Shoulder play in a Scottish pub, he finally got his wish and signed them to the label.
Accompanied by cohorts Ben & Cameron, Jamie Reid started recording the debut album in an old London studio, under the ever rumbling arches of Waterloo station. Recorded on analogue tape and incorporating the occasional train rumble, “Milk it” represents the best of this fast fading art of capturing a band live & kicking with all the & 1, 2, 3, 4s, squeaky chairs & missed cues.
While the tapes were still hot, they were transferred to a studio in Paris (France) for mixing and mastering, giving the band an excuse for frequent cross channel trips and the occasional Paris Gig.
After all, there’s nothing like a bit of international flavour to add that certain something to an already classic dish…
All this would off course mean nothing were it not for the fact that these 10 songs are superb;
an indication of the massive talent that Jamie has for writing supremely catchy, quirky Pop songs.
He is of that rare breed who manages to incorporate influences without sounding like them.
Sure, you’ll hear a bit of "Police" (Love in a cold climate), a bit of "Bowie" (Undone) but there’s more of Jamie Reid here than anyone else. Looking at the world from his own perspective as in the fantastic Molly Parker’s Kitchen where a Los Angeles kitchen at 6 in the morning becomes a decor for a yearning desire.
Spozzle Records are proud to present “Milk it” by The Cold Shoulder: words and music direct from the brain of Mr Jamie Reid, recorded, mixed & mastered somewhere between London, Paris & Normandy. We’d be quite happy to go on at some length about how good this album is, but I’m sure you’d rather just listen to it.

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released March 24, 2016

London production by Ben Castle & the Cold Shoulder. Paris production & mixes by Duncan Roberts. Recorded at Alaska studios London & Spozzle studios Paris.

Mastered by Thomas Demarle & Duncan Roberts at Musicopré Normandy.

Guitars & Lead vox - Jamie Reid
Bass, additional guitars & bvox - Ben Wright
Drums & bvox - Cameron Gordon

Backing vox on "Root full of soul" Butterfly Boucher courtesy of A&M

Piano & keys - Vincent Guibert
Drums on Liberty A-bomb - Duncan Roberts
Perc & handclaps - The cold shoulder
Paper & comb - Ben Wright

All songs by J.Reid. Published (in France) by Space party. Copyright 2007.

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Track Name: Love in a cold climate
Love In A Cold Climate

If the miles they were but minutes
You’d be back in just three days
But if the minutes they were miles
Wrap up warm it cold out there today

Well no I can’t listen to your records no more
And hearing you sing’s like nailing my heart to a cross
Love in a cold climate brings me down

If every time we’d had was but a leaf upon a tree
Then it must be late in fall
(as I now fall in loneliness)
As every leaf must settle with its fate in peace
I resign and lay down with my loss

Oh well I wish that the courage I had wasn’t so dutch
As I always turn up late if I turn up at all
Love in a Cold Climate brings me down
And I wonder how I’d do now I’ve knocked off the sauce
And though more apt to feel the cold when the temperature drops
Love in a cold climate brings me down

But the world goes on
It goes on (x5)

(x2)

Break

Oh well I wish that the courage I had wasn’t so dutch
As I always turn up late if I turn up at all
Love in a Cold Climate brings me down
And I wonder how I’d do now I’ve knocked off the sauce
And though more apt to feel the cold when the temperature drops
Love in a cold climate brings me down

But the world goes on
It goes on (x5)

(x2)
Track Name: Undone
Undone

Last night I dreamt that I was homeless
I dreamt I was an orphan
I dreamt I was alone
And in the branches of the tree in which I was sleeping
I heard my brother’s voice behind me
Anton had come to take me home
He said in the forest old tracks they are blocked now
But new ones they are forming
They’re trying to circumvent the old
And in the forest there is now a clearing
Where nothing ever changes
Where nothing’s bought nor sold

And I have come undone (x3)
Once Again

Break



Last night I dreamt that I was homeless
I dreamt I was an orphan
I dreamt I was alone
And in the branches of the tree in which I was sleeping
I heard my brother’s voice behind me
Colin had come to take me home
He said in the forest old tracks they are blocked now
But new ones they are forming
They’re trying to circumvent the old
And in the forest there is now a clearing
Where nothing ever changes
Where nothing’s bought nor sold

And I have come undone (x3)
Once Again
Track Name: Molly Parker's kitchen
Molly Parker’s Kitchen

Sitting in the Kitchen of Molly Parker
Sun is riding up over Downtown
It’s six in the morning, we’ve been up for hours
In Echo Park

I love my lover (x3)
Though I’m hoping that she comes find me.

Up onto to Douglas and head into Sunset
Hang a left when we hit Sepulveda
We can go Olympic or we can take Pico
Right down to the pier

I love my lover (x3)
Though I’m hoping that she comes find me.

Break

Hey there Root Face Key
Do you know where it is we’re going ?
Hey there Root Face Key
Do you know where it is we’re going ?
Hey there Root Face Key
Do you know where it is we’re going now?

Sitting in the kitchen of Molly Parker
Sun is riding up over Downtown
It’s six in the morning we’ve been up for hours
This is L.A.

I love my lover (x3)
Though I’m hoping that she comes find me.

(x2)
Track Name: Accidents were made to happen
Accidents Were Made To Happen

Shit’s gathering as clouds in the sky
It’s ready to rain down on my parade
As she’s gathering up all of her stuff
She’s packing her bag like there’s no tomorrow
Well maybe not for her
See accident were made to happen

Take care while descending the stairs
Remember to look both ways at the bottom
But who’d of thought of looking up
In time to see that flower pot come crashing down
From on high window sill
An accident waiting to happen

Well officer why did this happen to her
Well I’ll put on a brave face
And as for this suitcase,
I’ll take all this old shit to Oxfam

Shit’s gathering as clouds in the sky
It’s ready to rain down on my parade
As she’s gathering up all of her stuff
She’s packing her bag like there’s no tomorrow
Well I think there’s no tomorrow
Well I know there’s no tomorrow
Well for her there’s no tomorrow
Coz I’m an accident waiting to happen
Track Name: Root full of soul
Root Full of Soul

When I die don’t bury me
Just hang my body in the old yard tree
And all the snakes and all the birds
Can line their nests with my soft inners
But hey, now don’t be afraid it’s okay.

See sinews laid and swept these floors
And tooth and nail helped hang these doors
And blood it piled up every stone
With a belly full of love
And a root full of soul

But hey now don’t be so afraid
But hey now don’t be so afraid
But hey now don’t be so afraid

Lay down

Whispers, short years, back stab, cold fears
Poison waters, sons & daughters
Running, creeping, laughing and a-weeping
And all of it is seeping into the cracks in the floor
But hey, now don’t be so afraid it’s okay.

When I die don’t bury me
Just hang my body in the old yard tree
All the rats and all the lizards
They can feast for a week
On my fat liver
But hey, now don’t be afraid it’s okay.

Woman it’s okay
Man it’s okay
Child it’s okay
Girl it’s okay
Goy it’s okay
We’re going to be okay
Track Name: Liberty A-bomb
Liberty A-Bomb!

Oh Liberty I see you there
You’re dancin’ in your underwear
And you fancy me and have no care
Bout my dribbling mouth and my vacant stare
But take care what you touch as I’m apt to explode like an a-bomb

Oh sweet Liberty she has no need
Of politics or war or greed
She just takes my hand and dances round
And lifts the smile from out of my scowl
Take off your gloves but please handle with care she’s an a-bomb

And I dream I’m in love
Dream that I’m loaded
It feels like I’m caned
Like I’m well coked
And well when I drop like a stone
Well hell, there’s no better place to go
Blown open wide on the ride of my life by an a-bomb

Oh merciful and sparingly
She breezes through inside of me
And she’s floating secrets down my spine
To tell the world that all is fine
Sweet Liberty’s ringing all of my bells without a warning

And I dream I’m in love
Dream that I’m loaded
It feels like I’m caned
Like I’m well coked
And well when I drop like a stone
Well hell, there’s no better place to go
All things combine to reach critical mass in an a-bomb

At dawn I dream Liberty’s beside me
Spooning round my eiderdown
As I dose she whispers “Hello, my one and only”

But when I rise
My sweet liberty fades
Oh she’s places to go and no she does not like her days
So just cut to the chase and come bring on the party
Liberty holds every night in my head





Ah sweet Liberty I still see you there
Still dancin’ in your underwear
Do you still fancy me and have no care
Bout my dribbling mouth and my vacant stare
We go up in the air and explode 8-miles high like an a-bomb

And I dream I’m in love
Dream that I’m loaded
It feels like I’m caned
Like I’m well coked
And well when I drop like a stone
Well hell, there’s no better place to go
Young lonely men who must sleep by themselves
Wish Liberty when their eyes close at twelve

She’s an a-bomb (x2)
Sweet little a-bomb
Oh you’re my Liberty A-bomb
Track Name: For Gahourtis man
For Gahourtis Man

Well it seems you snuck away whilst I was playing frogger on the motorway
Standing on the Bell Rock with a pint and a fag.
And in your ear they whisper time and up above your head the lights they brighten
It’s sad to see you go but we’ll always have one for the road

I’ll keep an eye on our scores, but now we’re in this crap division
Thanks for the help in telling my left from my right
Mum says you never felt worse but I’ve always loved ‘the curse’

Break

And as they stepped out from the kirk they said in all your life you’d never heard Death Is Not The End played so badly before.
So still you make them smile and if you sit up now just as you’re lying
I swear I’ll hear you laugh as you spy the Rock of Elvis

And above the gorge lightening roared
It hissed and fizzed as I was singing
Green Grow the Bloody Rushes – Oh!
And once more for what it’s worth
It’s like the woman says
It’s like the woman says
It’s like my mama says
For what it’s worth I’m glad that you branded on my curse
Track Name: The joyless Mr Kahn
The Joyless Mr Kahn

Oh baby, undertake the protocols.
Well it’s the swearing in of endless and godless oaths
Executed quite explicitly;
So expressionless, so cold.

You see Hotwig and Aspden
They’re claiming to have never met the man
Just the body of the notary;
The model know as Kahn

Well just let him be
Oh so what if he’s a bloody freak
And it’s not that he’s not beautiful
No he’s just unusual.

“Received with thanks!”
Well it’s remote, controlled, delivery by hand.
Oh he’s a hollow void of certainty,
Why he’s the joyless Mr Kahn.

Well just let him be
Oh so what if he’s a bloody freak
And it’s not that he’s not beautiful
He’s just unusual.

BREAK

Oh so just let him be
Oh so what if he’s a bloody freak
And it’s not that he’s not beautiful
No he’s just unusual. (x2)

Oh so just let them see
How unique you can be
Coz you know you’re not “not beautiful”
No you’re just unusual

Oh so just let him be
Oh so what if he’s a bloody freak
And it’s not that he’s not beautiful
No he’s just unusual.

Oh so just let us be
Oh so what if we’re a bunch of freaks
And it’s because we are unusual
That makes us the most, most beautiful.
Track Name: Were I were blind
Were I Were Blind


Were I were blind
Then I could see
Well I could see as well as any sighted man
Just how blind I’ve been

And I bless the lie for letting me bathe in your eyes
Though once and once only.

Break

Were I were blind
Then I could see
Well I could see as well as any sighted man
Just how blind a man can be

And I bless the lie for letting me bathe in your eyes
Though once and once only.
Track Name: She's so loveable
She’s So Loveable

Is it possible that I can get more love?
And is it possible that you come down on me from above?
Can I get more love?

And is it possible that I can see you now?
If it’s not possible I’ll have to throw a fit and spit the whole day down
‘Cause you give more love but I just can’t see how,
Though I’m not saying it’s not possible

Is it possible that angels live on stars?
Well it must be possible ‘cause when I see you I see the Aurora Borealis.
Angels live on stars.

And is it possible that I can see you now?
If it’s not possible I’ll scratch my skin and bone until I scream and shout
Cause you give more love than space and time allow.
So I’m not saying it’s not possible.
No I’m not saying it’s not possible (x2)

BREAK

I’d like to thank, yes well I’d like to thank
Your Mama and your Papa
Oh I’d like to thank, yes well I’d like to thank
Them for bringing you down from the stars
And keeping you on the earth, safe from the rest of the world
My love’s an interstellar alien girl.

And is it possible that I can see you now?
If it’s not possible I’ll have to throw a fit and spi the whole day down
Cause your love’s more full than the earth and moon are round
So I’m not saying it’s not possible.
No I’m not saying that it’s not possible (x3)

Cause you’re so lovable
Cause she’s so lovable
Oh so loveable
(x whatever)