One Gaslit Night (EP)

by Fergus Maximus

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One Take. No Prisoners.

10 August 2015. It’s a crisp Monday night in the suburbs and a small crowd gathers at The Gaslight Tavern in Adelaide, South Australia (technically in Brompton for those keeping score). Fergus Maximus is setting up to record a couple of live sets in front of said crowd.
Except, of course, the audience has trickled in before they’ve managed to test all the mics ...

There’s cheerful banter, a sound check of sorts, then final tuning up before, finally, some tunes. They start with a set of jazz standards. This is Fergus Maximus in lounge mode (aka Jazz Paper Scissors).

The chatter fades and people are treated to some great music full of energy and fun but none of it is on this recording (this EP is taken from the second set). There will be JPS videos up on YouTube eventually. Honest.

After a quick break to make sure that the bar is appropriately stocked (it is), the band remove their JPS disguise. Kym Perry switches from electric to acoustic guitar. Jamie Harrison counters that move, swapping his acoustic (double) bass for an electric one. Perhaps Ferg changes his shirt. [Maybe. Details are hazy.) And then? Giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles ... No, wait. Wrong movie. Ferg draws people in with artful tales of love and loss, mistakes and surprises.

This EP was recorded using Fergus Maximus’ signature "One Take. No Prisoners." method. It’s real. It’s so live you can almost taste it. Plenty of glitches but the crowd knows they are part of something special. Skillful musicians unselfconsciously breathing life into songs replete with joy and pain and passion (Kym & Jamie thought they were just recording a demo).

So pull up a stool and wrap your ears around the sound of good friends making excellent music.

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released July 17, 2016

Ferg sang some stories, told some other stories, honked on the saxophone and performed random acts of percussion (then later designed and laid out the artwork)

Kym Perry played guitars (both acoustic and electric) and stompbox

Jamie Harrison played basses (both electric and acoustic)

Travis Grace was the live sound engineer and recorded from desk to disk

Matt Williams was the studio sound engineer who turned those raw tracks into this beautiful thing (at Fat Trax Studio in Adelaide)

Pete Maher did the mastering which made it even more beautiful (at Topfloor Productions in London)

Daniel Ralph from PressStopProductions set up cameras and edited video (check out the Fergus Maximus YouTube channel to see some of his handiwork)

Mark Anders hosted the gig at The Gassy and kept the lubricants flowing

Rhys Hewett from Graphic Alliance drew all the cartoons (including the famous ‘Splatman’ image that has become the official Fergus Maximus logo)

All songs by Fergus Maximus except Closer To You by Ferguson/Shillabeer/Harrison and Steal You Back by Ferguson/Shillabeer/Ferguson (for Blake)

Grateful thanks to Andrea for continuing to persevere beyond reasonable doubt, and to Lizzie, Rachel and Sam for in-jokes, hugs and upvotes

Fergus Maximus is proudly sponsored by Mr. Meanor’s Patent Tonic & Stain Remover

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Fergus Maximus is that guy with his headphones on long after the playlist has finished, completely oblivious because there’s always music in his head anyway. Ferg's unapologetic pop songs encompass all the important things: love, loss, mistakes, surprises and people’s astonishing capacity to miscommunicate. In these songs and stories you'll find some extraordinary snapshots from an ordinary life. ... more

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Track Name: Stay [Live]
Stay

This is the first line of a song about you
It’s kinda simple
but it’s the best that I can do
I don’t want you ...

This is the second part of a song about you
Don’t have much to say
but I suppose there should be two
Hope you hear it
On your radio
Hope you hear it …

Wish I knew
Wish I knew the right words
The right words to say
I don’t want you ...
I don’t want you to go ...
Please stay

This is another verse of a song about you
Probably can’t get much worse
but I’ll see what I can do
Hope you’re listening
To your radio
Hope you’re listening …

Wish I knew
Wish I knew the right words
The right words to say
I don’t want you
I don’t want you to go
Please stay

[Guitar]

Wish I knew
Wish I knew the right words
The right words to say
I don’t want you ...
I don’t want you to go ...
Oh no, no, no, no, no, no
Wish I knew
I wish I knew the right words, the right words,
The right words to say
I don’t want you ...
I don’t want you to go ...
Please stay

This is the last line of a song about you

© Heavy Happy Music 2001/2014
Track Name: My Heart [Live]
My Heart

Effigy’s just one of
Many places I’ve been burned
I left my love there somewhere
But it never was returned
My heart was on my sleeve
When she took me to the cleaners
They even got the stain out
With some shots of Mr Meanor’s*

But that’s all right
It’s okay
’cos I didn’t really need it anyway
Well that’s all right
It’s okay
’cos I never really used it anyway
My heart
My heart

Once upon another time,
Back when I had my shirt
She rolled my heart in honey
Then she stomped it in the dirt
I asked her why she treated me
So good and then so bad
She smiled and said that
It was just this hobby that she had

But that’s all right
It’s okay
’cos I didn’t really need it anyway
Well that’s all right
It’s okay
’cos I never really used it anyway
My heart
My heart

My heart
My heart
My heart
My heart

Every now and sometimes
When I think I’d like it back
My memory repeats for me
Her signature attack
She’d throw down the gauntlet
And when I bent to retrieve it
Her knee would meet my mouth
Encouraging my teeth to leave it

But that’s all right, it’s okay
’cos I didn’t really need them anyway
Well that’s all right, it’s okay
’cos I never really used them anyway
My heart
My heart …

[Sax]

Effigy’s just one of many places I’ve been burned ...

My heart …

* Mr Meanor’s Patent Tonic and Stain Remover

© Heavy Happy Music 2004
Track Name: Closer To You [Live]
Closer To You

Not entirely sure where I am today
Woke up under different sheets again
Have to ask somebody
When I go down for coffee
Live with a little mystery ’till then

It’s red and brown and grey out the window
Could be any city anywhere
And I’m staring at the telephone
But I guess I’d best leave you alone
’Til I figure out what time it is back there

’Cos every moment I’m away takes me closer
Sometimes that’s all that gets me through
And every single step I take is another step
It’s another step closer to you

Had a mismatched conversation with the waitress
Think she said the name of the hotel
but I’m not sure
When I tried to clarify
She said, “On Mercy Street” and I
Didn’t have it in me to pursue it any more

But every moment I’m away takes me closer
Sometimes that’s all that gets me through
And every single step I take is another step
It’s another step closer to you

[Guitar]

Well every moment I’m away takes me closer
Sometimes that’s all that gets me through
And every single step I take is another step
It’s another step closer

Well every moment I’m away takes me closer
Every moment
And every single step I take is another step
It’s another step closer to you

Closer
Closer to you
Closer

© Heavy Happy Music 2002/2003
Track Name: Shelley [Live]
Shelley

Shelley wasn’t there again today
So once again he didn’t get to say
“I’m sorry” but then just maybe
He wouldn’t anyway
Gathers all his hopes up off the floor
Underestimated how much more
She wanted and took for granted
She’d never choose the door

Would I lie to you?
Would I ever tell you less than half the truth?
Do you really think I could?
Well, yes … yes I guess you would

Sharing his own company again
Doesn’t make for scintillating
Conversation, a situation
That possibly explains
Why Robbie’s sitting outside in the rain
Staring at the window of the plain
White building where Shelley’s sleeping
Or should be anyway

Would I lie to you?
Would I ever tell you less than half the truth?
Do you really think I could?
Well, yes … yes I guess you

Would you ever accept part of the blame?
Would you ever expect me to do the same?

Shelley finds him snoring on the lawn
Running late for work but now she’s torn:
He’s stalking but maybe talking
Could still avoid a war
Leaves a scribbled note there on his chest
Hurries off and hopes it’s for the best:
“6:30 and this time I’ll be …
I promise I’ll be there”

Would I lie to you?
Would I ever tell you less than half the truth?
Do you really think I could?
Well, yes …
Would I lie to you?
Would I ever tell you less than half the truth?
Do you really think I could?
Well, yes …
Yes I guess you would
History says you should
So yes, I guess you ...
Shelley wasn’t there again
She wasn't there again
Shelley wasn't there again today …

© Heavy Happy Music 2004/2012
Track Name: Steal You Back [Live]
Steal You Back

I don’t want to cut you with my broken heart
I don’t mean to hurt you with my pain
All I know is I’m aching here without you
And I’m feeling things but I don’t have
the words that can explain
If only I had been there when you chose to leave
If only we had spoken on that night
Because, God knows,
the house is empty here without you
And I’m wishing there was something
I could do to make things right

If only …
If only …
If only these ‘if onlys’ had some power over history

I’d shake the hands of time
Arrange some momentary distraction
and sneak around behind
I’d break into the bank of time
And steal you back

Another day of helpless longing for your touch
Another night spins out of my control
I tell myself I have to start again without you
Should dry my tears
and pray that God has mercy on your soul
A blur of words I retell the story yet again
A blur of friends process in a well-meaning haze
They want to help but I’m resenting the intrusion
As if maybe it might not be true
if they would all just go away

I’d shake the hands of time
Arrange some momentary distraction
and sneak around behind
I’d break into the bank of time
And steal you back

Someday I’ll cherish every moment that we shared
But now I’m wavering somewhere
between acceptance and despair
I understand the theory of losing you very well
But it doesn’t seem so simple
When I explain it to myself

I’d shake the hands of time
Arrange some momentary distraction
and sneak around behind
I’d break into the bank of time
And steal you back
I’d take the hands of time
Engage him in conversation
while planning out my crime
I’d break into the bank of time
And steal you back

[For Bill & Edith. And for Blake.]

© Heavy Happy Music 2000/2015
Track Name: Darling Please [Live]
Darling Please

I don’t mind
If the rain falls on my skin
I don’t mind
If the droplets gather underneath my chin
I don’t mind
I don’t mind
But it’s late and I’m tired
So darling, please,
Won’t you let me in?

I don’t mind
If you get angry with me
I don’t mind
’Cos I know that I should have remembered my keys
I don’t mind
I don’t mind
But it’s cold and it’s dark
And it’s late and I’m tired
So darling, please,
Won’t you let me in?
Won’t you let me in?

Hey, honey, are you awake?
Hey, honey, I’m sorry it’s so late

I don’t mind
If I have to sleep on the floor
I don’t mind
Baby, please get up now and unlock the door
I don’t mind
I don’t mind
But it’s wet and it’s cold
And it’s dark and it’s late
And I’m tired and I know you’re tired too
But darling, please,
Darling, please,
Darling, please …
Won’t you let me in?

© Heavy Happy Music 2004