Solar Bipolar

by Randi Russo

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Eclectic and Electric!

"An explosion of creativity that oozes with eclectic charm and raw emotions, it grabs you forcefully and pulls you in. When it's all over, you're left wondering what the hell just happened. ...There are a whole lot of balls and artistry packed into the 12 tracks of the disc. The intensity of her sound is something to be heard. Fans of unusual, melodic verse will be able to appreciate the words, the music, and that powerful voice as they all fuse together into Solar Bipolar." - Venus Zine

"A tough-minded debut, with lyrical bite and guitar growl in abundance ...a very pleasant detour ...Capable of channeling a visceral energy without coming off as even slightly contrived, ...she maintains a confidence and poise throughout that only echoes the fact that her approach is largely at variance with the current talents in her genre. All in all, an impressively balanced and altogether realized work from an artist that comes darn close to finding her own sound on her first release. - All Music Guide

"There's definitely a strong tie to the styles and sounds of the early New York punk scene, Patti Smith poetics driving over underground distortion. Yeah, crazy feedback slide drifting through my cranium. Dirty Lou Reed guitar crunches mixed with early Velvet Underground pop noise, and a touch of more current inspirations spilling out into the melodic rock beauty. Sonic Youth to even a little Pixie curl. Some no wave artsiness slips in to the gutter drawl, like a Jim Carroll dry dream, and it's nice. Still, the Patti Smith vocal style holds strongest, like early days Wave or Radio Ethiopia, and it's like a beautiful artistic tribute more than the act of overt influence. Randi Russo has her own stories to tell, and I'm listening to every word." - The Big Takeover (issue 50)

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released January 1, 2002

Randi Russo - guitar, vocals, keys; songwriter, co-producer
Lenny Molotov - bass, marimba
Matthew Carlson - drums, percussion
Spencer Chakedis - lead guitar, co-producer, bouzouki, lap steel

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Already known for her “honest, provocative lyrics” (The Big Takeover) and her upside-down guitar-playing which is “sweet when it needs to be but nasty in all the right places” (The Village Voice), Randi Russo continues to create songs with equal parts toughness & tenderness. While she often draws comparisons to PJ Harvey, Lou Reed & Patti Smith, Randi definitely has a voice of her own. ... more

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Track Name: Dead Citizen
DEAD CITIZEN (LYRICS)

Feel the desperation
Some would call it bliss
One silent hesitation
Another opportunity missed …again

Well, I’ve become a doer
That leaves no time for thinking
I am forced to move and move
to avoid the feeling of sinking… again

Sitting in a capsule
Head all filled with brains
Atrophy the muscle
What intelligence remains?

Where’s my money?
God knows I gave my time
Money, money, money...
Sold my soul for a dime

Now I can say to my father
that I’m part of society.
My wages go to FICA
and I got a blunted curiosity, blunted curiosity.

Dead Citizen, you’re less than one
Are you having any fun giving your time away
Yeah, you gave all your time away.

Turn on the TV, keep on eating,
And I keep on sleeping as if nothing’s going on

And suddenly 10 O’Clock is looking kind of late
At 6:30… I get ready for my wake
ready, ready, ready for my wake.

Dead Citizen, you’re less than one
Yet you feel like three… three people all the time,
three people, people all the time.

I’m going down to the Lower East Side
To fetch my soul and shed my pride
Going down to Battery Park
Where kids run around and things don’t look so dark
...they don’t look so dark.

I am trembling, shaking in my skin
I’m no longer a dead citizen, dead citizen... dead!

Alive again… Alive again.
Track Name: Adored
ADORED

Love...
It's a very splendid thing
Until it leaves me all confused.
Where are you going?! I'm not through with you yet!
Why are you leaving?! Are you scared like the rest?!

And I've been
I've been wrong before
And I was hoping you could give me more
And overlook that I've grown insecure
…And I just want to feel adored.

Love...
It's a very fragile thing
It has it's way
of making me feel small
When the fear comes -- you know the fear will come…
Then your treasured love will come undone.

And I've been
I've been wrong before
And I was hoping you could give me more
And overlook that I've grown insecure
…And I just want to feel adored.
Track Name: So It Must Be True
SO IT MUST BE TRUE (LYRICS)

Well, you keep on running so there's no need to hide
You can run until the day you die
And you keep on seeking that sunnier side
Hoping someday you'll shine.

And every, every, every, everyday he was
Hoping to find the light
And in every, every, every, every way he was
drawing closer to the dark side.

Well, I read it and they said it
So it must be true, can't forget it
And I did this, didn’t do that
So how come I am not there yet?

Well, you keep on seeking something from outside
to draw yourself back into your life.
And you keep buying books on bestseller lists
Hoping you'll find the bliss.

And every, every, every, everyday he was
Hoping to find the light
And in every, every, every, every way he was
drawing closer to the dark side.

Well, I read it and they said it
So it must be true, can't forget it
And I did this, didn’t do that
So how come I am not there yet?

Didn't you know everything they say isn't true?
Everything they say is true ain't always true for you…
Now that you know that, what are you gonna do?
Everything that's good for them,
ain't always good for you.
Track Name: The League of the Brigands (Bandits of Hearts)
THE LEAGUE OF THE BRIGANDS
(BANDITS OF HEARTS)

Didn't really mean to hurt you,
Didn't mean to cause you harm,
Didn't want to desert you,
Or cause your heart alarm.

Oh they taught me well,
The league of the brigands…
They taught me how to love them
And get up and leave them when I can…
And join the bandits of hearts
--the bandits of hearts.

Didn't really want to leave you,
But I didn't really want to stay.
You know I could never deceive you,
So I had to be on my way.

Oh they taught me well;
They made my heart swell.
Just when I thought I found love,
They all got up and left me to myself…
And that's what I did to you.

I took all of the pain from my youth
and I passed it on to you.
You'll probably find a brand new love, and you'll
do to her what I did to you.
And we'll keep that cycle of hurt going on
'cause that's what we seem to do.
Learn from the master of disaster 'cause
nothing else tells the truth
…no, nothing else tells the truth.

I'm not proud…
over what I did to you.

Hold to your heart… before you let it go.
Track Name: Wonderland
WONDERLAND (LYRICS)

I saw your picture the other day
Inside of a magazine
Have to admit you were looking great
And you finally achieved your dream.
But now your ego’s bigger than your salary.
I guess that means you have no time left
for little old me.

I heard you’ve gone to Wonderland…
Come back and save me if and when you can.

You can take me there
Out… out of my despair
I… I thought you care
About all the times we shared.

I saw you standing outside the café
Right where we used to meet.
And you were hanging with your new friends
Some of New York’s elite.
And I was surprised that you said hello to me
Were you just being kind?
Or were you boasting your new celebrity?

I heard you’ve gone to Wonderland…
Come back and save me if and when you can.

With all your talent, all your brilliance
It don’t mean shit if you lack resilience
And I’m not one to stay motivated
I was born to remain frustrated
And I got such a long way to go
with this head and all…

Taking me down
Smile forced upon a frown
I’ve been letting myself down.
My feet never planted on the ground.

I’ve heard you’ve gone to Wonderland
Come back and save me if and when you can.
I’ve heard you’ve gone to Wonderland... Save me.
Track Name: Matchless
MATCHLESS

In time, you'll find the right girl
One that'll make you love your mind
She'll be different than I was...
won't make you feel insecure all the time.

So please let me go
There's no second chance to rekindle
Our love, which has gone to the wayside
There's no point in trying to revive

You say you're gonna rekindle that flame
So you douse me with gasoline
But babe, you are matchless
Now I stink and no one will come near me.
Yeah, babe, you have rendered me matchless
'Cause of you, now I'm no good for anybody!

In time, you'll find your fire
From a girl that you desire
But now what you're calling passion
Is just your fear of taking action.

You say you're gonna rekindle that flame
So you douse me with gasoline
But babe, you are matchless
Now I stink and no one will come near me.
Yeah, babe, you have rendered me matchless
'Cause of you, now I'm no good for anybody!
Track Name: Push-Pull
PUSH-PULL

Are you the kind that will take up my time
and fill my heart with bitter resentment?
And are you the kind that would make me regret
that I ever had favored commitment?

So I push, pull, push you away…
Yeah, I push, pull, push
Yes, I push, pull, push you away from me
Come on, now won't you please stay?
Yeah, come on now, won't you please stay?

Well, would it suffice, if I self-sacrificed all my
wants and needs for your good intentions?
And will I love you less the more you give to me
your complete undivided attention?

So I push, pull, push you away…
Yeah, I push, pull, push
Yes, I push, pull, push you away from me
Come on, now won't you please stay?
Yeah, come on now, won't you please stay?

Well, you say I'm moody, but I say I'm choosy
And I just need a little more time.
And I wasn't looking... my mind was just cooking
up a vision of an ideal guy.

So I push, pull, push you away…
Yeah, I push, pull, push
Yes, I push, pull, push you away from me
Come on, now won't you please stay?
Yeah, come on now, won't you please stay?

Yeah, come on now won't you please stay with me darling… yeah, come on now won't you please stay.

Come stay with me, won't you come stay with me? Come stay with me… even though I keep pushing you away… even though I keep pushing you away…
Track Name: Sacred Silence
SACRED SILENCE

On the lake
Silence heard…
I can't concentrate
so I shot a bird

Had a bad feeling
I was being observed…
so I looked to the ceiling
I saw mother bird
Spinning her head 'round…
Spinning her head around

Never again will I avoid
the sacred silence and its sacred joy

Please God forgive me for what I have done
Please God forgive me for who I've become
Please God forgive me …Resort to distraction
Please God forgive me for all the wrong I've done

Never again… never again…
Track Name: Dress
DRESS

Oh God, who tore my dress?
I am filled with wonder
I want to know who would stoop so low.

Mama, please don't be mad
You know I ain't a rebel
I just did what I was told
Now tell me was that bad?!

Oh mama, don't get so upset
I know you loved that dress
'Cause you bought it with your last dime
from your last paycheck.

Mama, I know that you care
but I know you're also scared
You want to know, but you kinda don't
...want to know what happened that night.

Since that night I can't think straight
I can't help to feel like I'm a hook with bait.
Ma, ma, ma, ma, ma
You… You… can't you help me?
Please mama, don't be mad
I'm the only daughter that you ever had
Ma, ma, ma, ma, ma, ma…
can't you help me?!?!
Track Name: Possession
POSSESSION

I couldn't hide it, I was excited
And all confessions lead to depression.
Are you happy now that I gave to you
all you wanted… the deep dark truth?

Oh God, look at me...
wildly dancing with broken knees
Hoping you won't catch on
…that I'm behind a step and my love is gone.

If you are who you say
then you wouldn't treat me this way...
You're holding on too tight
Let me go; make it right.

I'm here by your side.
I'm right here by your side.
I'm on a heartstring,
not unlike a key on your key ring
You take me wherever you go.

The only time that you let me go
is when I am in your home
On the counter next to your money…
Like another key on your chain.

Oh God, look at me...
wildly dancing with broken knees
Hoping you won't catch on
…that I'm behind a step and my love is gone.

I'm here by your side… I'm right here by your side.

All confessions lead to depression
and all it adds up to is Possession.

And now I fear I can't be myself around anyone else, You're giving me (him) the eye.
Now I fear I can't be myself around anyone else
Why can't I just have a good time?

Possession. Possession...
Track Name: We Forget
WE FORGET

I look at you, and you look at me…
then you turn away; you don't want to talk to me.
Yeah, I see you, but you can't see me…
you only see a threat;
now both of us are lonely.

How quickly we forget

Did I try too hard? Did I try too long?
Did I say something weird?
Did I say something wrong…to you?

What can I do to make you see
that I am you and you are me?
What can I do to make you see
that I am you and you are me, eternally…
How quickly we forget.

Did I try too hard? Did I try too long?
Did I say something weird?
Did I say something wrong…to you?

Last time, this is the last time, that I'll let you forget,
Last time, this is the last time, that I'll let you forget

Always, always, always with you.