Manchester Skyline

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An electro-pop ditty about the increasing blandness and homogenous nature of our town and city centres, where originality and innovation in business / building design are being driven out by uniformity & chain stores / multinational corporations.

*fancies a coffee. But not one from any major chain of coffee shops*

And no, I'm not picking on Manchester. I like it!

This is the LS6 Mix - so called because I recorded the vocals in my flat in Leeds!

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Manchester skyline, looming above me
But for the trams well – this could be Leeds!
Lost for a landmark – yet certain we’re “here”
But where “here” is
Remains a mystery

Modernised, sanitised
Saved from demolition
By being changed into recognition..

But all I wanted to do was go there with you
And find something new to view
All we wanted to seek was something unique
And not the same bland boutiques..

Abominations of 60s town planners
Knocked down in droves yet replaced with the same
Making modern day nightmares
For battery existence
From bright satanic offices
To identikit bars -

See the sterling signs
In their sightless eyes
Admire, aspire
Acquire – and then build higher, higher, HIGHER..

But all I wanted to do was go there with you
And find something new to view
All we wanted to seek was something unique
And not the same bland boutiques..

Watch them rebuilding Rome out of steel & chrome
See a future so empty for towns that can’t sleep
A dystopic vision of a caffeine fuelled future
All bloated by burgers you’d barely call meat

Must Anglicised mean sterilised?
Leeched of individuality
You see, that really really matters to me..

But all I wanted to do was go there with you
And find something new to view
All we wanted to seek was something unique
And not the same bland boutiques..

LET'S TEAR THEM ALL DOWN..

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from Popapocalypse!, released August 23, 2014
A Short Dark Stranger - Vocals, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Electric Guitars, Programming.

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A Short Dark Stranger Leeds, UK

A Leeds based purveyor of pumping power pop!

80s / 90s style throbbing, crashingly catchy (and literally exploding) synth-pop epics cross fertilised with cathartic, heartfelt, emotionally honest yet wittily pithy, observant and self deprecatingly amusing lyrics.

The resulting hybrid is an entirely new musical species - and (dare I say it?) an act of "musical selection"!
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