Spies in the Wires, Their Disguise

Those who follow, live on their knees,
Those who lead will surely fall.
So put your shoulder to the wheel
And feel your back against the wall.

So feel the rain and walk this city
Human waste, feel its pity
I dreamt of blue in darkened skies
Ignored the truth and closed my eyes

They said they’d help you and they lied
Spies in the wires, their disguise
Red saliva down my spine
I smiled so hard I lost my mind

This is the end. Message sent.
The news is leaking from the tv set
No celebration, salvation
Self inflicted isolation.

The life I made was to unwind
A melting wave drives me blind
Someone else has drawn the line
All I need is another time

I chose honour and dreamt of blue
Just one duty till I’m through
Cry havoc and make me move
Shed blood, the time is due.

This is the end. Message sent.
The news is leaking from the tv set
No celebration, salvation
Self inflicted isolation.

Lyrics by Paul Toohill

We Lie and We Cheat

We are men of the millennium
We lie and we cheat
We can’t find our way
So we use who we meet
There’s nothing we can’t do
Nothing we can’t take
So we’ll eat you
Steal what we can’t make

Pollute what is pure
Rape all we find
Taking from the poor
Stealing from the blind
Time has made us cruel
We feel so strong
Hatred is our fuel
Our reason is so wrong

Nothing we can’t do
No one we can’t hate
We can’t turn back
It’s just too late
Reaching for stars
Crippled by fear
Falling to Earth
Our time is near

Lyrics by Paul Toohill

Flying High, No Way Down. The Stars, My Crown

Life support is falling
Ground control isn’t calling
Time is passing slowing down
Oxygen is running out

Sirens sound a warning
So clear this morning
Batteries about to die
So blue the sky

Flying high no way down
The stars my crown
My life machine
My glory obscene

All I see is open sky
All I need is why
Diagnosis deception
It screams rejection

My lights they flicker
Descent is quicker
Destiny is coming down
No chance to turn around

Controls no response
See me just once
White light in my face
Impact my embrace

Flashing light

Heart beat getting faster
Cold fear is my master
Cold sweat kills my time
All my readings flatline


Lyrics by Paul Toohill

Photographs Published in New Book on EBM

I am thrilled to announce that some of my historical artist and band photographs have been included in a new book about Electronic Body Music called Elektronische Korpermusik and written by Yuma Hampejs and Marcel Schulze. This book is a comprehensive and fascinating exploration of the history, culture and aesthetics of this genre of music that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It features interviews, essays, reviews and photos of some of the most influential and innovative artists and bands in the scene. I just wish I could read German to enjoy it more!

My photos included include Clock DVA, Dive, Nitzer Ebb and Insekt: some of the pioneers and legends of electronic body music, who combined electronic and industrial sounds, electronic beats, aggressive vocals and provocative performances to create a unique and powerful musical expression. I had the privilege of capturing some of their live shows and backstage moments with my camera, and I am honoured that they are now part of this amazing book.

If you are a fan of electronic body music or curious about its origins and evolution, I highly recommend you check out Elektronische Korpermusik. It is a must-have for anyone who appreciates this genre of music and its impact on the contemporary musical landscape.

Electronic Body Music (elektronische-koerpermusik.de)

23 For PB

This is the album done to celebrate Paul Bower’s life and influence on the Sheffield music scene. All the artists on the album donated a 2 minute and 30 second track for a total of 23 tracks, of course. All proceeds go to the Sheffield Cat Shelter, so it’s for a good cause. I came up with the graphics, using Paul’s artwork, and have a track on the compilation. Adi Newton of Clock DVA is also on there.

Here’s to you, Paul.