Machines of Procreation
Recorded in early 2007 by Sydney-based solo-artist Adam Lean and Intended as a brief interlude between longer recording projects - 'Machines of Procreation' has now become a UriSexPact staple. Featuring a selection of new and never-before recorded live songs (in other words a catch-up EP), It contains some songs that are now some of the most popular in the AC & the USP repertoire. The only USP album with Adam L playing acoustic drums throughout and garnished with the inimitable light fingered 'wah-wah' lead guitar playing of Sydney-based jazz-funk-guitar legend Mick Stuart, it could best-be described as a concise selection of cheeky Jazz-Funk tunes based on a 'sexual' theme. Credits: Written, Produced and Mixed by Adam Lean. Performance: Adam Lean: Vocals, Guitars, Electric Bass, Keyboards, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Bongos, Hand Percussion, Pogramming. Mick Stuart: Lead Guitar on tracks 3, 4, 6 Technical: Live Drums recorded to a click track by Jeff at Zen Studios, Sydney. Everything else recorded on PC in Adam's bedroom studio via a 16 track Behringer Desk and ADK A-51s Condensor Microphone. Art Production: Fonts and Layout - Adam Lean. Front Cover painting - (Cave Woman constructing DIY Man) by Adam Lean and Pamela Koh, inspired by a drawing by Adam Lean - medium: water color / oils and mixed junk shop media on ply w/lots of tuna bolonaise thrown in for good measure. Rear Cover - ('Bomb' candle photo) taken by Adam Lean. Inside cover fancy dress self-portrait photos, designed and taken by Adam Lean (with the aid of a self-timer and mirror). All photos including Cover Painting taken with a Sony 5MP digital Camera. Song Overview / Background... The album opens with the 1/4/5 tickler 'Skeptical Testicles', one of the shortest, but most requested tunes of USP fans, if only for the name and catchy melody. These days the song is performed with an extended 'funked-up' solo tail, based on the first 1/4 funk interlude (perhaps to be added to a future live-album release). Topless Harry's Suffragette Noodle Bar is a funky re-working of the same song from the 2001 album 'Bongobelly', the first Topless Harry song in a series of three (and first original USP tune ever put to tape) - The Second being 'Topless Harry's Papercup Speakeasy' (Ultimate Lounge - 'Shaken & Stirred', 2002 - TwistedSounds) and the third being the disco pop epic - 'Topless Harry's Naked Sauna and Busty Gym' - also featured on Machines of Procreation - and yet to recieve it's live debut. An interesting fact behind these three tunes is that they were all originally written on bass guitar. Wick of the Bomb, a tune never heard before by USP fans was inpired by the time wasted in hormonal stand-offs between sexes. Ever wanted to talk to that incidental beautiful person who randomly appearred in your life, tho couldn't muster the courage? Then you need to get wise n' 'Get a grip on your mind - not your Monkey' - Features a blistering guitar solo by Mick in the up-tempo musical interlude. Sexual Frustration, another live staple and 'the song that everybody can relate to' is typical of Adam L's Jazz-Funk compositions - 12 Bar Blues with a 'twist'. Half-tone step in the solo (ala 'Kind of Blue') and Free-Jazz (sexual release) interlude after the third verse. It remains one of the most popular lives tunes - if only for it's funky riff's and frank lyric. Title track 'Machines of Procreation' was another studio demo turned real. A tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Aids campaigns of the 80's, featuring several spoken-word diatribe musings on the over-population of a fragile planet - and of course eating more Jelly ~!~ The longest song on the album - and most technically challenging mix (18 Horn Tracks & 5 vocal lines for starters), 'Topless Harry's Naked Sauna and Busty Gym' is Rock Ballad Disco Funk Epic in 3 parts - namely ballad / disco work-out and steamy reprise. Features a trumpet solo by Adam (only one ever Recorded to date - that he'll admit to) and After performing the third take in the studio of the extended lead-guitar solo Mick claimed he'd never been challenged to play so fast... Regardless he rose to the challenge - and then some ~!~ 'Tunnel at the End of the Light' is a typical UriSexPact-esque play on words - Essentially a five minute uptempo vocal mantra versus lead guitar solo, based on a late night acoustic guitar / drum-machine demo recorded many moons ago... Adam originally intended to replace his electric lead with someone else's, tho decided against it as the Godin Radiator twang kinda suits the catchy surf-esque groove... FAQ: 1. So who is this Topless Harry? a question often asked by USP devotees... Well, he's the the enigmatic man(?) behind such revered establishments as; 'Topless Harry's Suffragette Noodle Bar'; A stylish venue housing the poor, sexually charged 'hot-pantied' waifs ofSociety - who just can't settle into thier own little nieche of normality, tho somehow with the help of Harry's sponsorship find a way of getting by without giving themselves up to complete and utter debauchery. 'Come along, sup on a bowl of mami 'neath the glare from diamond-backed stucco lampshades, then down a cocktail or two in Topless Harry's Chocolate Nookie Bar.' 'Topless Harry's Papercup Speakeasy'; Is the Fuzz getting on your case? partner beating up on you again or do you just need to unwind in the privacy of your own decadence? - if so then TH's Papercup speakeasy is the illigitimate bohemian grove for you ~!~ 'Topless Harry's Naked Sauna and Busty Gym'; Everybody needs a little steamy nudity in thier life, no? and whoever said 'pumping iron without a cause' wasn't a worthy pursuit? Let Topless Harry 'Boot-Camp' you into shape and then steam you into fleshy submission ~!~ 2. Is this album offensive? Potentially yes, tho please note: no moral standards were harmed in the making of this album - It contains no explicit or offensive language whatsoever as the Uri Sex Pact is very much in favour of expanded vocabularly versus profanity... It's all about spreading musical happiness in a cheky way, not being overtly crass.