Songs About Love And Machines

by Die alten Maschinen

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• Die Alten Maschinen, Songs About Love and Machines. This is a lot of fun, right here. A collaboration between Czech musicians Moimir Papalescu and Peter Van Krbetz and Canadian drummer Leon Stevenson (ex- of the Extras), Die Alten Maschinen mingles New Wave synth-pop, glam, spidery electronics and a cracked sense of humour into a loopy blend that might be described — as one of the more contagiously giddy tracks puts it — as “Medical Electro Rock and Roll.”
Kraftwerk, Thomas Dolby and David Bowie (whose “Dead Man Walking” is covered here) are obvious influences on the trio's mad-scientist sound, and Die Alten Maschinen lays bare a pronounced fondness for Devo by inviting Gerald Casale to sing on the droll “To Be Or Not To Be.” An undercurrent of hard-edged electro gives it all an original tilt, however, as do Papalescu's endearingly awkward and verbose English lyrics. Bad-ass cover art, too. (Ben Rayner, Toronto Star, Published on Fri Jan 14 2011)
www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2011/01/14/ben_rayners_reasons_to_live_for_jan_16.html

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released May 29, 2010

Moimir Papalescu - Analogue & Digital Machines, Voice
Leon Stevenson - Vocals
Peter Van Krbetz - Electro Horn, Synthesizers
with:
Gerald V. Casale - Vocals, Synthesizers
Bob Casale (Mutato Muzika) - Mix & Production

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Die alten Maschinen Czech Republic

Band is oriented towards electro, called by the band members Robo-pop. The virtual collab with the foreman of the legendary new-wave Devo, Gerald V. Casale, has developed from the initial testing on the vinyl "To Be Or Not" and album "Songs About Love And Machines" into a project which has produced the second official album Change. ... more

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Track Name: Future Perfect
FUTURE PERFECT
Moimir Papalescu / Peter Van Krbetz / Leon Stevenson

Take me to your leader we come in peace
We only hunt the alien beast
Your people have a fear of the unknown
We only shock you and destroy your home
You’re better off now it’s futile to resist
Choose our benevolence or cease to exist
Future Perfect, Future Perfect!
We come from a world from another time
When your planet was a primordial slime
Penetrating with our cyber forces
To collect and inspect suspect human resources
You’re better off now it’s futile to resist
Choose our benevolence or cease to exist
Future Perfect, Future Perfect!
We will bring you our technology
As we study your psychology
And your way of life your hopes and dreams
As we install you with our mind machines
You’re better off now it’s futile to resist
Choose our benevolence or cease to exist
Future Perfect, Future Perfect!
Poke and probe you with our keen device
As we grip you with your head in a vice
Not wishing to inflict any physical harm
Remove and replace your biological arm
You’re better off now it’s futile to resist
Choose our benevolence or cease to exist
Future Perfect!
Track Name: Dead Man Walking
DEAD MAN WALKING
(David Bowie / Reeves Gabrels)

He swivels his head
Tears his eyes from the screen
As his past puts him back in At lantic City
There’s not even a demon in Heaven or Hell
Is it all just human disguise?
As I walk down the aisle
And I’m gone gone gone
[Gone gone gone spinning slack through reality]
Now I’m older than movies
[Deadens my brain falling up through the years]
Let me dance away
[Till I swivel back round then I fly fly fly]
Now I’m wiser than dreams
[Losing breath from the water when I’m gone
gone gone]
Let me fly fly fly
[Spinning slack through reality]
While I’m touching tomorrow
[Deadens my brain falling up through the years]
And I know who’s there
[Till I swivel back round then I fly fly fly]
[Losing breath from the water when I’m gone
gone gone]
When silhouettes fall
[Spinning slack through reality]
And I’m gone
Like I’m dancing on angels
And I’m gone through a crack in the past
Like a dead man walking
Like a dead man walking
Three old men dancing under the lamplight
Shaking their sex and their bones
And the boys that we were
An alien nation in therapy
Sliding naked and new
Like a bad tempered child
On a rain slicked street
And I’m gone gone gone
[Gone gone gone spinning slack through reality]
Now I’m older than movies
[Deadens my brain falling up through the years]
Let me dance away
[Till I swivel back round then I fly fly fly]
Now I’m wiser than dreams
[Losing breath from the water when I’m gone
gone gone]
Let me fly fly fly
[Spinning slack through reality]
While I’m touching tomorrow
[Deadens my brain falling up through the years]
And I know who’s there
[Till I swivel back round then I fly fly fly]
[Losing breath from the water when I’m gone
gone gone]
When silhouettes fall
[Spinning slack through reality]
And I’m gone
[Gone gone gone spinning slack through reality]
[Deadens my brain falling up through the years]
[Till I swivel back round then I fly fly fly]
[Losing breath from the water when I’m gone
gone gone]
[Spinning slack through reality]
[Deadens my brain falling up through the years]
[Till I swivel back round then I fly fly fly]
[Losing breath from the water when I’m gone
gone gone]
[Spinning slack through reality]
And I’m gone, like I’m dancing on angels
And I’m gone, through the crack in the past
Like a dead man walking
Like a dead man walking
Like a dead man
Like a dead man walking
And I’m gone gone gone
[Gone gone gone spinning slack through reality]
[Deadens my brain falling up through the years]
Let me dance, dance, dance
[Till I swivel back round then I fly fly fly]
[Losing breath from the water when I’m gone
gone gone]
And I’m gone, gone, gone
[Spinning slack through reality]
[Deadens my brain falling up through the years]
[Till I swivel back round then I fly fly fly]
Let me dance, dance, dance
[Losing breath from the water when I’m gone
gone gone]
[Spinning slack through reality]
And I’m gone, like I’m dancing on angels
And I’m gone, through a crack in the past
And I’m gone, like I’m dancing on angels
And I’m gone, through the crack in the past
Like a dead man walking
Like a dead man walking
Like a dead man
Track Name: To Be Or Not
TO BE OR NOT
(Moimir Papalescu / Gerald V. Casale)

He was a brave boy
He was a strong boy
He had no mother
He had no father
No blood, just plastic bones
And a serv o-motor soul
He was always in control
He was always in control
Love was just a fantasy
A dream beyond his reach
Love was just a fantasy
Not his only fantasy
Not his only fantasy
Ditc hed by his master
A real love disaster
So sad he’d outlast her
So sad he’s outlast her
Love was just a fantasy
A dream beyond his reach
Love was just a fantasy
Not his only fantasy
Not his only fantasy
A robot friend indeed
A robot friend in need
To be or not to be
He was a brave boy
He was a strong boy
He had a mission
A factory condition
No blood, just plastic bones
And a serv o-motor soul
He was always in control
He was always in control
Love was just a fantasy
A dream beyond his reach
Love was just a fantasy
Not his only fantasy
Not his only fantasy
Not his only fantasy
Not his only fantasy
Track Name: Wir sind Maschinen
WIR SIND MASCHINEN
Instrumental
(Music: Moimir Papalescu)
Track Name: Charlie
CHARLIE
Instrumental
(Music: Moimir Papalescu)
Track Name: This Toy
THIS TOY
(Moimir Papalescu / Peter Van Krbetz / Leon Stevenson)

This toy is ok for playing
But don’t go breaking it’s heart
Enhanced with real emotion
Str oke a key and make it start
But that toy start s a lot of trouble
Never leave it alone
And those toys are still in production
There’s one in every home
This toy was made for loving
Then leaving without a trace
That toy is a murderous junkie
St ab you with a smile on it’s face
That toy sets a bad example
It’s just killing time
The other toys don’t know any better
They all fall into line
Oh boy the joy of a toy
High maintenance machines
Oh boy the joy of a toy
Now they’ve got hopes and dreams
This toy’s got a lot of things going
It’s got a lot of soul
Cries out for a lot of attention
Like Major Tom to ground control
That toy don’t wanna know a thing about it
It’s got a mind of it’s own
And that toy is a weak little puppet
Send in the clones
Oh boy the joy of a toy
High maintenance machines
Oh boy the joy of a toy
Now they’ve got hopes and dreams
Now this toy has an education
Really bright and shiny too
But dummies always seem to run things
And they can’t even tie their shoes
Now Toy-Town’s overrun with stupid dummies
And like I said just killing time
The other toys don’t know any better
Falling for dummy lies
Oh boy the joy of a toy
High maintenance machines
Oh boy the joy of a toy
Now they’ve got hopes and dreams
Track Name: Robot Workshop
ROBOT WORKSHOP
Instrumental
(Music: Moimir Papalescu)
Track Name: Heart Of Tin
HEART OF TIN
(Moimir Papalescu / Peter Van Krbetz / Leon Stevenson)

The city is dead, there is space to explore
A glimpse of the future a peek through the door
Leave the old station as rocket fuel burns
To faraway places and never return.
Oh oh my heart of tin
Wake me up from this dream - so i can start again
Why can’t we live together in harmony
Instead of living with antagony
It’s nature’s way, it’s the way of man
Kill everything that they don’t understand
When I take you on down the time-line
You can feel they’re playing tricks with your
mind
I know you wanna get it, wanna feel my soul
But I’m just drifting away, I wanna leave my own
home
Here I sit counting zeroes and ones
Things would be better if my dog had thumbs
The humans have left and to my chagrin
It played upon my heart of tin
Oh oh my heart of tin
wake me up from this dream - so i can start again
When I take you on down the time-line
You can feel they’re playing tricks with your
mind
I know you wanna get it, wanna feel my soul
But I’m just drifting away, I wanna leave my own
home
This is the story about love and hate
We’ve blown it away, we’ve sealed our fate
Isolation and broken dreams
We keep the faith in old machines
Oh my heart of tin
When I take you on down the time-line
You can feel they’re playing tricks with your
mind
I know you wanna get it, you wanna feel my soul
But I’m just drifting away, I wanna leave my own
home
I was made to serve , I was built to obey
Metal skin, heart of tin now I’m a lonely castaway
The dogs are alright they say they want me
around
But the mutants kicked another bloody anthill
down
Wake me up
Track Name: Lens Blank
LENS BLANK
Instrumental
(Music: Moimir Papalescu)
Track Name: I´m In Love With Sigourney
I´M IN LOVE WITH SIGOURNEY
(Moimir Papalescu / Peter Van Krbetz / Leon Stevenson)

I was chilling in my backyard just a lying in the sun
Blueberry vapour genie’s phazers on stun
Drifting away summers so serene
You know I must of had a wonderful dream
I dreamed of you and it melted in my brain
I tried to eat you like a cake out in the rain
Your body shimmered as i felt it’s healing light
I want to hold you but i knew it wasn’t right
(because)
I’m in love
I’m in love with Sigourney
I’m in love
I’m in love with Sigourney
Alien robot rockets whistled way across my head
If I stopped to think about it --I knew I ‘d be dead
I battled space and time as only I knew how
Every robot punk destroyed would say holy cow
I’m in love
I’m in love with Sigourney
I’m in love
I’m in love with Sigourney
And I know
And I know
She will never ignore me
I’m in love with Sigourney
Track Name: Apparatus
APPARATUS
Instrumental
(Music: Moimir Papalescu)
Track Name: Medical Electro Rock And Roll
MEDICAL ELECTRO ROCK AND ROLL
(Moimir Papalescu / Peter Van Krbetz / Leon Stevenson)

I walk 27 miles of hallways
St atic on the airwaves
There’s a ship in the slip on the darkside
Take you for a ride
Got a switc h with a glitc h i can control
It makes me really small
I can sail through your veins up to your brain
I’m one micrometre tall
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
Around the town and through your heart
Take it easy now on the body part s
Down the hatc h, come up for air
In a sturdy captain’s chair
Got a surgeon’s hand and a robot mind
Here to serve all of mankind
Shoot the juice into our veins
Killing bugs and virus strains
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
And in one lonely teardrop
I roll down off your cheek
Splash down in the delta
I’m on a winning streak
And if that lonely teardrop
should fall upon the floor
Shattered atoms burst apart
And I shall be no more.
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
medical electro rock n roll
Track Name: Peace On Board
PEACE ON BOARD
Instrumental
(Music: Moimir Papalescu)
Track Name: The Acrobot Hop
THE ACROBOT HOP
(Moimir Papalescu / Peter Van Krbetz / Leon Stevenson)

Ladies & Gentlemen
Boys and girls and mutants too
Under the big top
The Mart ian circus is waiting for you
So daring we flew
through the air with the greatest of ease
Amazing precision
Shiny bots on the flying trapeze
If you’ve got the ticket, if you love the show
If you wanna hop to it, come on let’s go
High-wire-tension - reaction
Way above the circus ring
A u - tomatic - reaction
Under a spell when we do our thing
Sparks a flying - reaction
This body’s seen the good old days
St ardust a fading - reaction
The golden apex so far and away
If you’re going under, if you love my soul
If you wanna hop to it, do you wanna let me know
The acrobots are coming your way hop hop -
hop hop
Everybodys’ crazy it’s a brand new day hop hop
- hop hop
My sugar shack is surely open to the past hop
hop - hop hop
We’re made of love and steel and so we’re built to
last hop hop - hop hop
If you wanna hop
Don’t ever make it stop
You’re like a spinning top
The cream of the crop
A flying tin can
A flaming straw man
With a time sharing plan
For a fabulous tan
If you wanna hop
Don’t ever make it stop
You’re like a spinning top
The cream of the crop
A flying tin can
A flaming straw man
With a time sharing plan
For a fabulous tan
If you’ve got the ticket, if you love the show
If you wanna hop to it, do you wanna let me know
If you’re going under, if you love my soul
If you wanna hop to it, do you wanna let me know
Track Name: Space Patrol
SPACE PATROL
(Moimir Papalescu / Peter Van Krbetz / Leon Stevenson)

As they move on down the line
From sector to sector evert hing is just fine
Making the rounds they go everywhere
They always make it from here to there
“there’s plenty of room for three couples to
ride comfort ably”
St op for a rest along the way
Like they never seen a better day
Smile at the citizens looking up from their chores
So peaceful on these alien shores
Space patrol
c’mon c’mon
Takes control
Crackling and urgent to motivate the crew
There’s a robot on board to tell ‘em what to do
File the sheeple through a big body scan
Please revise your travelling plans
“the acid... the acid is eating through my suit.
aagh”
Taking care of business that’s how they do
And now would you please remove your shoes
Your prosthetic leg, your pants and your watc h
Now they gonna take a look at your crotc h
Space patrol
c’mon c’mon
Takes control
As they move on down the line
From sector to sector evert hing is just fine
Making the rounds they go everywhere
They always make it from here to there
Crackling and urgent to motivate the crew
There’s a robot on board to tell ‘em what to do
File the sheeple through a big body scan
Please revise your travelling plans

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