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Year Of The Husband

by The Dudley Corporation

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Bloodied and bowed, and out of your mind, You're shaking like a leaf, your smile is fading Caught! With dirt in your mouth Your shamed and dated fame is lacerated with doubt And lo! We've seen through your emptiness and giddiness in the making of you "But I have made it!" I cut you down and you're still tainted famous And I will take you through the rusted valley of your failures Step back and take a minute to yourself You seem a little bewildered by your fall If you get away, make sure I make the highlights? And I'll...I'll bust out in a paper suit of arms and climb into the frame you're wasting with your lecherous life And I'll have made it! I cut you down and you're still tainted famous But I have made it, there's something wrong There’s nothing here but glitter, shit and little shards of life We'll run the lens begin Through all the middle, little million pieces of your life You've taken everything, you've touched it and it's died I framed it Step back and take a minute to yourself You seem a little bewildered by your fall We'll run it again when it seems you've got your breath We'll take it away the second that you're made up and waiting for your close up
There, under your clothes and close to your heart I found a life That I've wanted so long, I want to grow old and have you around Well, I caught you staring at me, you laugh at something unsaid With a wink to assure you me you freeze and play dead Down, under the sheets, is where we will live and where we might find a home, to keep out the cold, to keep us growing old for the rest of our lives The sun's busting in on a sad wind so run... South, south of this place, under Tuscan stars we ran through the streets With our feet miles above ground we tore through it's walls We angled our shadows and cast them in stone Without a care in the world we froze and played dead The suns busting in on a sad wind to run us around But I've made a pact with your heart to keep us aground
Fool 03:40
I'm cheap, but I'm a thrill, you'll remember me I'm sweet but I can be the bitterest pill you'll ever meet Ill leap without a net into the arms of evil folk My lungs will fail in an effort to sustain the last words I'll speak I'm perfectly aware of why I should go I cause time to buckle and to swear and hold your name to it's chest The moment I wake it's always the same I won't give in to thinking I'll win Day breaks the night in two You've a heavenly smile I'll make it up with you You're tender in your eyes I'll build a castle from your tears A fool with the best of intentions I'll wake up
Step-out 05:04
I've got a million things to do before I can slice this world into two pieces that'll cut you til you're cured and you'll never pin it on me 'cos I'll be a million miles ahead of the pack with my tail between my legs I'll be a murderer to those who'll cry and a saviour to all those who'll never pin it on me Step out, down of forever the California sunlight will kill you, so kill us another Step down out of the sunshine I've got a couple of things to do before I will be truly through with you You, you watch with a kind of nervous tick (tock) no, you'll never take it from me, not me I keep it locked inside my head beat back, see my tail lights pull away I'll be a criminal to those who try but hear these words, no no word of a lie A tear of my cloth won't dry your eyes The warmth of my breath will make you cry The crush of my arms, the ants way down below Thieve your softly worn smile, run for miles and we float Through ages, lost for words and time shuts down our life lines...
Blow me away with a lilt from your lips Let a new note ring out with every kiss I was always bound to you for hours, forever I’d dance with you On our last day on earth wake me up with a first touch of love and a notion to teach me all the lessons you've learned I'm a mute, I'm a fool, I'm indecently sworn to you Holding on, holding tight to the last glimpse of light, I'm amazed I've found life in the strangest place I'll be gone soon; I've got nothing to lose with a promise that I'll spend my life with you
Holy Wars 02:08
Oh my gosh, please make it stop Caught you staring at me with more hatred in your thoughts You really really ought to count to 10 before you're lost Send me to sleep with an old Beatles song Cut me at the chorus and I know we'll get along Mark all my friends in Yellow Hi-lites A Holy War that's worth the fight you realise, will kill us? Maybe then I'll figure what the middle 8 is for It’s left me counting tiles between the crackings on the floor Mark all my friends in Yellow Hi-lites! Caught in the middle, your stomach is aching Your heart is ripped open, you realise You’re still alive Don't cross the streams unless you want to die!
Sweetness, leave a last kiss on my neck I'm lost without a show of faith If my heart swells with thunder, shoulder it and slay its anger with your love I'll tear through the shadows of lesser men and waltz in the blood of their fall You, lead your life with all the honesty you can raise I'll ride beside your side I'll wait as long as you will wait, we'll find out what to do with this life
I was flying high through some vapour trails at night You were way below With every extra breath I would rise another mile The city peeled away as I fell up through the sky and I caught it unaware I let off a hail that washed away its colours I watched down on the wave of hate The red ran riot through the town I pulled you up and sat you down on top of a cloud With my hands over your eyes I showed you what I'd done to the streets way down below You let out a tear that washed away my colours But in a moment the matter was over I ran around and danced alone You came up behind me and told me you loved me I fell to earth without a sound You picked up the pieces and put me together We ran like hell and caught another vapour trail
Aliens... 02:10
'cos we're like commandoes Engaged in our stealth modes No trace of our Past Skimming through insides Relenting with side steps Can't trace our way back I mow through the chrome, caught myself in... 2 limbs wrapped around, your name in... 'cos Aliens kicks in it's something we've both seen I hope it ends soon 2 limbs wrapped around me Your name in the screen is all I can see
Underneath an aching August sky, I held out your hands Rain ripped down through out the night as we drew up a fire I lay down beside the naked flames and we mapped out a life We pulled stars down and drained the sky of light to keep us warm Then I caught fire Don't give up, stupido; you've half your life ahead of you


"Year Of The Husband" is the 3rd LP by The Dudley Corporation. With our 3rd bass player! Thankfully Mark has been with us now for more years than we all care to remember

Released by US label Absolutely Kosher in Summer 2008, it was an LP borne of a protracted gestation. Sessions took place in France, the US and Ireland, including the legendary Inner Ear (Fugazi/Dischord) in Washington DC. Guests include Carol Keogh, Nigel Farrely and Kenseth Thibideaux. Something like 4 years in the making. Ridiculous.

The artwork was by Rick Froberg, him out of Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes and now Obits. Check his things at rfroberg.tumblr.com

You can purchase the physical copies of the LP from www.absolutelykosher.com.


released July 4, 2008

In this, the year of the husband, the Corpo were Mark, Joss and Dudley. Instruments played included a bunch of guitars, bass, drums, tambourine, saw, piano, mellotron, lovely whistle and a microkorg. Carol Keogh sang for Ireland on a bunch of stuff, as did Nigel Farrely and Love Story In Blood Red.

Kenseth Thibideaux spread his talents on us while Brian and Nataly Kelly sailed over some smooth piano. Steve Kiraly percussed and Jeff Linnell flauted.

Chris, Miriam, Dolmhain, Igor, Snakey, Cara, Brent, Jorg, Annie, Brian, Nataly, Dan, Edra, Jeff, Pantone 247, Sandy, Angela and Jackson Blair didn't give up.

All songs written by the Corpo, except the piano bit on "Stepout", sampled from "Battle Lines Are Drawn" by Waiting Room, 2nd verse written by Carol Keogh and "Don't Give Up, Stupid" written with Kenseth


Recorded in sequence between Dec '04 and April '06 at Robowski (Wexford, IR), Lab East (Chicago, IL), Inner Ear (Arlington, VA), Black Box (Nantes, FR), Nigel's dining room (Cork, IR), Donal's bedroom (Dublin, IR), Dudley's front room (Dublin, IR), One Zero Zero (Belfast, NI) and Sexist Chocolate (Chicago, IL).

Recorded in sequins by Rob Bochnik, Kris Poulin, Don Zientara, David Odlum, Nigel Farrely, Donal O'Mahony and Rocky O'Reilly (who did the lions share, though it nearly killed the poor bugger).

Mixed by Kris Poulin at Sexist Chocolate and Volume in Chicago, Rob Bochnik at Robowski, and David Odlum at Black Box.

Mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA.

Front cover and crows by Rick Froberg
Back cover by Dudley

Art assembelage by Fiachra.

Special thanks to Graham Mackey, Donny Van Zandt, Cory Brown, Steve Kiraly, Hugh McCabe, Dan Sullivan, Damian Coleman, all lenders of gear '05, Pinback and especially Rocky and Kris, all honorary Corpo members.

Animapals - Handicat, Milo, Cincicat, Brujeria, Beag, Tito, Bailey and Maggie May.

For Barb, Jill and Giita


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The Dudley Corporation Dublin, Ireland

The Dudley Corporation are Joss, Mark and Dudley.

Dublin gents with 4 LPs under their decaying belts.

In brief, they play short rock songs with wit, verve, romance and booksmarts.

Their shows are notoriously frenzied, visceral and exciting affairs with one song careering into another or stopping on a sixpence, as they say in football parlance.

They are quite old.
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