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released September 17, 2016

Photo: Susan Milen

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Eric Blowtorch Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Eric Blowtorch sings, plays, and writes reggae, ska, rocksteady, soul, rock 'n' roll, funk, Latin, disco, hip-hop, Anglo-Afropop, and jazz songs with rhythm, melody, passion, and original comic timing. E. B. plays solo, in duos and trios with selected stars, and with a trio, Eric Blowtorch and the Inflammables. ... more

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Track Name: Radio Free Milwaukeº
University student to the inner city
and he thinks my scene is looking pretty seedy
Wants to come out into the lights
and let us know we got equal rights

Everyone’s a radio listener
with no choice of their own
Top 40 sellout shelter
Don’t you got the right to know?

With the AOR and the MOR
does the underground have a chance?
I couldn’t bear to hear no more
‘til we’re radio-free at last

Radio-free
Radio-free
Radio-free
Radio-free

Went to work and form a band
The public ground is growing slicker
Cut our own demo tapes
to get a hand in things much quicker

But the people follow the trend
On the streets we got told
Do whatever New York sends
Make us feel pretty bold
Track Name: Platemaker
Now the judge gave you five to ten
Now they’re sending you back to the pen
for the process to start all over
again

With a system so complex
it’s like have no purpose
until they place you under
arrest

Life without dues, platemaker
Life without rules, platemaker
Pay your dues, platemaker
Watch the rules, platemaker

Larceny in the first degree
Watch them bargain now for your plea
With your fate in hand they both
agree

Life without dues, platemaker
Life without rules, platemaker
Watch the rules, platemaker
Pay your dues, platemaker

Could be a case for the feds,
using every word you said
with a riot stick aside
your head

No more life’s simple pleasures
How you once spent your leisure
All the moments you once
treasured
Track Name: Art Deco
One man lost in Art Deco
Indentureship to time made known
It holds him like a fist
and, all in all, it drove him down
while season’s records kept on ground

Next stop 12:00 at night
The atmosphere builds for the fight
while one man slits his wrist
Don’t bother looking for a blade
as time claims you received your pay

At 1:00 I’m out of sight
I’ve seen this man who died tonight
He reclaims his last kiss
The mass of humanity was shown
One man was found in Art Deco
Track Name: Manchester Here
Manchester here – lifespan in a day
The people and skies so cold and so grey
Manchester here is not what it seems,
the pressure so severe it cuts off your dreams

You’re under the lights so watch what you say
It’s such a cold day in Hell when you live for the light of the day

Manchester here – what a place to live
They take all you got, still want you to give
Manchester here will always be home,
wherever you travel, wherever you roam

Blood in the fields, blood on the bricks,
blood in the road, blood on your clothes
You’re under the lights so watch what you say
It’s such a cold day in Hell when you live for the light of the day

Manchester here – when the riots begin,
who will decide how you pay for your sins?

Manchester here – on Earth you’re in Heaven,
not at midnight but half past 11
Track Name: I Plan to Stay
Looking for an army with a cloaking device,
a definition of cowardice,
happy when I find a man in a cap
ready to smear you just like that

Sign here, buddy
The beer’s in there
Just keep it intact
Your mind, that is

Happy with a bunch of fun-loving guys
and we riot in the street ‘til somebody dies,
happy when I find a man in a cap
ready to smear you just like that

Point that heater the other way
On this bloody turf I plan to stay
I plan to stay