One Way Ticket 1981​-​82

by Next Exit

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1.
You need to take a crash course You need to take a crash course, baby You need to take a crash course You need to take a crash course, baby I need to learn about the calm when the wind is clear And the way men fight when they have no fear Walk right out of the cage I’ve built I’ll stand up, I will walk, I will run, I’ll break free Pushing time, for too long Treading warm water in limbo, for too long Chorus I’ve made some decisions, made some decisions Are they the right ones? I hope so I’ve made some decisions, made some decisions Are they the right ones? I think so You need to take a crash course You need to take a crash course, baby You need to take a crash course You need to take a crash course, baby I believe when you walk into the combat zone That you play for keeps and you hold your own If you can’t take the heat get out of the oven And walk, you can run, but just leave you’re dead weight And we’ve been Pushing time, for too long Treading warm water in limbo, for too long Chorus I’ve made some decisions, made some decisions Are they the right ones? I hope so I’ve made some decisions, made some decisions Are they the right ones? I think so Uh oh, crash course Uh oh, crash course (Gregor)
2.
Static Cling 02:54
You think you’ve got hang-ups now Wait till she starts calling you Catch as catch can catch somehow Random noise now noise now What do I get from you? What do I get from you? What do I get from you? What do I get from you? Nothing but static, nothing but static Static Cling Nothing but static, nothing but static Static Cling You think you’ve got headaches now Wait till he starts grinding through Opposites attract please no non not You’re so negative, negative What do I get from you? What do I get from you? What do I get from you? What do I get from you? Nothing but static, nothing but static Static Cling Nothing but static, nothing but static Static Cling You don’t really want me You just want me to want you And you oughta be in somebody’s song You oughta be in somebody’s song You oughta be in somebody’s song But not mine (Gregor, Morlan)
3.
The car brakes squeal, round the corner in the night A radio is blaring through the window of the basement floor The old woman’s startled, stack of plates falls to the ground Her man starts bitchin’ ‘bout the price of just sticking around And I hear you screaming down the telephone line As the kids next door get in a fight And the dogs are howling on the corner lot ‘Cuz they’re scared of the cold starlight And yeah, I hear you comin’ over the phone So don’t think me impolite But I need electricity tonight I need electricity, I need electricity I need electricity tonight The front door slams, in the apartment down the hall The pitter patter footsteps keep pacing up and down the stairs A siren is shrieking, energy’s in the air I’ve got to get out of this cage and get somewhere And I hear you screamin’ down the telephone line ‘Bout the times I let you down The time I forgot to pick you up Cuz I got tied up downtown And yeah, I hear you coming over the phone So don’t think me impolite But I need electricity tonight I need electricity, I need electricity I need electricity tonight (Gregor)
4.
Go and refill the water on Table 6 One of the buzzboys, one of the buzzboys And empty the bus tubs in Station 2 One of the buzzboys, one of the boys May I take your plate, ma’am? Ashtray run to the upper And stock your station Can you turn off the heat? Can you turn off the heat? I’m one of the buzzboys, one of the buzzboys Last call for drinks and tips One of the buzzboys, one of the buzzboys Last call for smokes and tips The captain serves flambeau and flaming dishes One of the buzzboys, one of the buzzboys Well, I’m cleaning up a mess of slish and squishes One of the buzzboys, one of the boys Will there be only two of you? Would you like more coffee? Is there anything else, sir? I got stiffed on the tip, I got stiffed on the tip (Gregor)
5.
My auxiliary girl is fully automatic High response and minimal static With full wave bi-directional DC drive Touch her solenoid controls and she comes alive She’s got flat response with a minimal hump Instantaneous start with no noticeable thump Six millimeter stroke will turn her on So fast to respond Give me ten, and twenty more Give me a hundred watts if you can Give me a thousand watts of your love Cuz I’m a 98 decibel man Advanced front end controls are smooth as glass The quality to the sound just radiates class Clarity of texture, firm tight bass But this ain’t no techno hi-fi race Tuned to every nuance and every touch This girl is much too much too much I’m so glad I made her mine I love the square wave rise time Give me ten, and twenty more Give me a hundred watts if you can Give me a thousand watts of your love Cuz I’m a 98 decibel man Give me ten, and twenty more Give me a hundred watts if you can Don’t attenuate your love on me Cuz I’m a 98 decibel man (Gregor)
6.
I could search out for you like a plant seeks out the light I could seek and find you like a beacon in the night I could taste you in me like the coffee when I wake Savor you in moments and then grab all I can take And I could really get addicted to you I could reach for you, And I wanted to you And I could really get addicted to you I should fall for you, but I’m not going to I could seek your shelter like an orphan in the night Learn to miss your presence when you wander out of sight We could grow together till we almost seem like one Voices find each other and just blend in unison And I could really get addicted to you I could reach for you, And I wanted to you And I could really get addicted to you I should fall for you, but I’m not going to Sometimes I get too close, sometimes I overdose (Gregor)
7.
It’s autumn, the night time’s closing in She’s putting on her lipstick while staring right into the mirror She picks up her gloves, picks up her handbag High heels click clack out the back door down the stairway and It’s nighttime, the car pulls into the street Brisk blue air feels cool on her face and her neck She settles back, on imitation leather Takes a left run and puts the pedal to the metal I can’t sleep when I’m dreaming about you I have dreams when I’m sleeping without you I can’t sleep when I’m dreaming about you I have dreams when I’m sleeping without you The car stops, she unfastens her belt She’s pulling on her gloves and checking her rouge in the mirror She opens the door and picks up her handbag Feels the moisture on her ankles as she walks across the yard and It’s quiet, she pauses for a moment by the door Turns the key that opens to the red shag entry of the house She slips off her jacket, slips off her shoes Tiptoes down the hallway to the bedroom on the right I can’t sleep when I’m dreaming about you I have dreams when I’m sleeping without you I can’t sleep when I’m dreaming about you I have dreams when I’m sleeping without you (Gregor)
8.
I saw him grin, one hell of a grin When he turned the screw That fractured smile, just sealed my hate For people like you You’d have to have walked through the pain I felt To understand the pleasure I feel But I’m not vicious about it I’m not vicious to you I’m not vicious about it I’m not vicious to you I saw him swim and tightening in Just circle the prey Those razor teeth just ripped to the bone And ended your day You’d have to have swam in infested seas To understand the treasure I’ve found But I’m not vicious about it I’m not vicious to you I’m not vicious about it I’m not vicious to you I felt her long, tubular fangs, sink into my skin Rearing her head up she struck me again and again You’d have to have slept in a serpent’s den To understand the freedom I’ve found (Gregor)
9.
I had to call you up and hear the dirt These crazy rumors been flying around They say you got a new job and you're real content I hear you got an old man and you got money to spend I know you think I'm irresponsible but would you look at you Yeah would you look? Are you domesticated? Yeah, why's that Or have I speculated, I don't know You seem regulated, Well, maybe that's me It's been substantiated Have you been checkin' on me? Yeah, I had to call you up and hear it from you Tell me these crazy rumors aren't true They say you stay home nights just to watch TV You act like you got somethin' over on me I know you think I'm irresponsible But would you look at you, yeah would you look Are you domesticated? Yeah, why's that Or have I speculated, I don't know You seem regulated, Well, maybe that's me It's been substantiated Have you been checkin' on me? ‘Cuz now you worry 'bout important things And appointments you must make And which fork you should use on your salad plate Are you? Are you domesticated? Yeah, why's that Or have I speculated I don't know You seem regulated Well, maybe that's me It's been substantiated Have you been checkin' on me? (Gregor)
10.
Barb wire decorates the fence around the storefront Metal bars beautify the windows Girls walk by but you never see their eyes They’ve heard about the wolves that come out into the night But the metal and the concrete and the light Make a pretty skyline tonight Can I walk you down to the concrete river? ‘Cuz the neon and the billboards and the light Make your eyes sparkle tonight Can we take a stroll to the concrete river? Steel fence slides across the entry to the building Double-lock the door to the alley People hustle by in a race with the darkness They’ve heard about the animals, it make them nervous But the metal and the concrete and the light Make a pretty skyline tonight Can I walk you down to the concrete river? ‘Cuz the neon and the billboards and the light Make your eyes sparkle tonight Can we take a stroll to the concrete river? Let’s walk with hands entwined Under electric byline Let’s kiss with arms in bind Under electric skyline Can we take a stroll? Can we take a stroll? Can we take a stroll to the concrete river? (Gregor)
11.
You might tighten screws into this metal plate Turn them once, just lie so, not hard to calculate Or you might look for bad ones and then pick them out But it depends upon the job you are assigned You could file on this edge till it’s nice and smooth See how that man’s doing it, I approve Or you might polish down until the surface shines But it depends upon the job you are assigned You might punch a hole into this metal plate Line it up, just like so, not hard to calculate Or you might double check these ones already done But it depends upon the way that you perform And remember you are just a number And remember you can be replaced And please don’t take a break until the bell rings And don’t forget to punch out if you leave And I think that you will find this work a challenge And I think that you could make it a career And I think that you will really like it here And I think that you will really like it here You can have it, I don’t want it This ain’t occupational therapy Well, I I I don’t think it’s What I had in mind Don’t think it’s quite right for me Don’t think it’s quite right for me (Gregor)
12.
We Will Obey 03:01
She said “I don’t care, I’m not proud, I like the boys when they play it loud I love to feel the drums punch into my chest I hear the bass and I get possessed" You have desire that’s aching We have the frenzy you crave She says “Command us, we will obey” Command us, we will obey Girls just can’t stop dancing Girls just can’t stop dancing Girls just can’t stop dancing She said “I don’t care, I’m not shy I like the boys when they amplify I love the sound of a guitar crash I like the strings in electric clash You have desire that’s achin’ I want to lead you astray" She says “Command us, we will obey” Command us, we will obey Girls just can’t stop dancing Girls just can’t stop dancing Girls just can’t stop dancing Girls don’t care how many chords in the song Just wanna get the feeling Girls don’t care how complex it all is Just wanna catch the meaning You ever have a craving, a need you got to fill Hunger keeps gnawing right at you You gotta go for the kill I get it out of my mind some, I try not to brew (Gregor)
13.
Crawl out of bed, the radio’s blaring I like to wake up to an old song sometimes Sit up sip on little Miss Caffeine She tastes so good when you first open your eyes Wake up in the morning and I feel good Jumped on the shuttle bus at 9:15 People always talk about the weather and the world 9:28 when I took my leave Oh good, it’s raining it’ll make the rivers full Get out in the evening and I feel good Get out in the evening and I feel fine The boys just get excited, I’d don’t have to explain We ain’t no muscle manics, We ain’t no freebase mains The boy’s just get excited, I don’t know why or how But Johnny needs a sedative, Johnny needs a sedative Walk off the street, four bucks at the door They don’t spend the cover charge on room décor Find a table, drink some red wine The band’s about to play, I guess we got here on time Stay out in the evening and I feel good Home in bed the telephone’s ringing I like to wake up to an old friend sometimes I hope it’s my fortune teller She makes it worth my while to open my eyes Early in the morning and I feel good Early in the morning and I feel fine The boys just get excited , I’d don’t have to explain We ain’t no muscle manics, We ain’t no freebase mains The boy’s just get excited, don’t know why or how But Johnny needs a sedative, Johnny needs a sedative (Gregor)
14.
What have they done to you, you don’t even seem the same Why don’t you answer me, you don’t even hear your name How can I sleep with all these pictures in my head How can I stop the flow of life you left for dead? Would you please stop pacing the floor Please stop pacing the floor I can’t sleep, I can’t even think Please stop pacing the floor When did they turn the page When did you lose it all When did they write you off Could nothing break your fall? How can I sleep with all these pictures in my head How can I stop the flow of life you left for dead Would you please stop pacing the floor Please stop pacing the floor I can’t sleep, I can’t even think Please stop pacing the floor Would you Would you please Would you please stop Would you please stop now Would you please stop now Would you please stop now Would you please stop pacing the floor Please stop pacing the floor I can’t sleep, I can’t even think Please stop pacing the floor (Gregor)
15.
I’m leaving tomorrow don’t you understand Can’t you hear me? I really don’t see where it is I stand Won’t you clear me? Ask me how I’m feeling Disillusioned Ask me how I’m feeling No solution I know, I’ll be missing you I’m not disposable I know that you think I am I’m not disposable I know that you think I am I’m not a pull it out, wrap around Use it up and throwaway disposable I know that you think I am I don’t want to leave on uncertain terms Won’t you clear me? When I try and get an answer to a question or two You just smear me Ask me how I see it I feel older Ask me what I’m feeling I feel colder I know, I’ll be missing you I’m not disposable I know that you think I am I’m not disposable I know that you think I am I’m not a pull it out, wrap around Use it up and throwaway disposable I know that you think I am Keep me handy, easy to use Take it or leave it, you gotta choose you gotta choose I’m not disposable I know that you think I am I’m not disposable I know that you think I am I’m not a pull it out, wrap around Use it up and throwaway disposable I know that you think I am (Gregor)
16.
They spent 800 million dollars this year Trying to sell you a vice You have a choice Make your own decision You're the best, so easygoing The pleasure's back, the pleasure lasts longer Weekends and me cuz you're the leader One of a kind, always together You've come a long way, baby You're the first, the one and only Where a man belongs with the total woman There's only one way to play it Stop! Least go think about it Don't sell your health so cheap Suicide on a long range payment plan You have a choice, make your own decision No need to smoke, you don't want it Ah come on, you don't need it I've got a lust for living I've never felt better in my whole life No need to smoke, you don't want it Ah come on, you don't need it I've got a lust for living I've never felt better in my whole life I've got a lust for living I've never felt better in my whole life They spent 800 million dollars this year Trying to sell you a vice You have a choice Make your own decision (Gregor)

about

In 1981, Sweet Madness made plans to abandon Spokane for Seattle and changed the lineup with the move in mind. They dropped keyboards, adding Greg Morlan as lead guitarist. With the ska band Madness breaking out of England, they picked the new band name Next Exit as their farewell.

Their live shows still utilized the Sweet Madness song catalog while writing new material and developing a different sound.

Included here are Sweet Madness songs jacked up with Morlan's lead guitar and recorded in the new band incarnation Next Exit. Thirteen of the songs were new versions of original Sweet Madness songs. Made Some Decisions, Static Cling and You Have A Choice were written as new Next Exit songs.

credits

released July 20, 2017

Jan Gregor | vocals, guitar
Mark Fenton | drums, backing vocals
Don Lynd | bass, backing vocals
Greg Morlan | lead guitar, backing vocals
Jef Morlan | bass

All songs digitally transferred from original analog tapes
Mastering by Chris at Hanzsek Audio
Cover Photo by Cinde Hammock

bandcamp+site design: Rickio Woods | www.rickiowoods.com

In memory of Greg Morlan 1957-2013

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Next Exit Seattle, Washington

In 1981 Sweet Madness ditched Spokane for Seattle and changed their name to Next Exit.

The new lineup featured a more guitar-driven sound, with lead guitarist Greg Morlan replacing keyboardist John Robison.

For their first live show, they played at a Drive-In Movie Theater on the roof of the concession stand.

Static Cling was the first song they wrote with the new lineup.
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