Sid Says EP Import
With a track record of 25 years of making music, Paul Needs' latest release is a three-track CD EP. Returning to the high-energy guitar rock of his early years with the bands 'GPI' and 'The Reactions', 'Sid Says' is a tongue-in-cheek but nonetheless damning indictment of the way that thousands of ordinary, law-abiding people are being treated in the UK (and other countries) in 2005 - because they smoke tobacco. While in no-way condoning this extremely unhealthy practice, Paul nonetheless makes the point that smokers are not just being demonized, but will be criminalized should the government succeed in passing smoking bans in public places. 'Like with alcohol in the USA during the depression, smokers - through their addiction - are to be forced out of a normal social life, while continuing to pay higher taxation on their addiction than on any other addictive substance I can think of', he says. 'Heroin or cocaine addicts pay nothing to the UK exchequer, and alcohol abuse is tolerated as being 'laddist' and normal. Why governments don't spend the massive income they take from smokers pockets on a mass treatment for this addiction, or offer grants for air purification in pubs and clubs - well, who knows. They want the taxation, but posture that smoke is an evil'. 'Did You Ever See a Man' is taken from his 2003 Album, 'Songs From The Long Land' (also available here), while the final track, 'Cwm Curri' is a delightful celebration of Tandoori and Bangladeshi cuisine set to the immortal melody of John Hughes' 'Cwm Rhondda'. More information on Paul ===== The Music. == Paul's influences are many, and extend from the power rock of bands like The Who, through new wave and the Beatles to classical and swing orchestras of the 50's and 60's. In his own songwriting, Paul explores subjects close to him - examples including the concern of increasing interference in the way we all live in songs like 'Sid Says', as well as a retrospective of how the industrial revolution affected his family and country, and how the world hasn't really changed that much in 'Song Of The Earth'. Of course, as with other writers, he also sings of love - the need for it in a requited form ('Don't Want To Love You', 'If I Reach Out'), not understanding the rules of the 'game' ('Did You Ever See A Man'), and indeed the achievement of simply being happily in love ('Catherine', 'Purest Gold'). Paul has a strong sense of his time in history, returning to his teenage years with his memories of the beach and fairground in his town in the powerful and anthemic 'Where Were You The Day They Burned Miami Down?' Although he mainly features as a strong guitar player and singer these days, Paul still considers his 'main' instrument to be the bass, and some delightful playing can be heard on his self-produced work, as well as on archive recordings of his old band of the 80's, 'The Reactions'.