No Room at the Inn

by Leadfinger

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Reviews of No Room at the Inn
MOST great rock ‘n’ roll is made out on the fringes but this latest album from Australian veteran Stewart ‘Leadfinger’ Cunningham packs such a punch that it deserves to come out from the underground. Fans of bands from The Masters’ Apprentices to HITS will love its greasy swagger, sure-footed songwriting and a sound that’s both rich and raw. This is a deep seam, back to the classic Stones records of the late ’60s on songs like You’re So Strange, with its gospel-charged backing vocal from Chloe West. Gimme The Future sports searing guitar work that threatens to shred speakers, and Cruel City pumps with the kind of intensity once found on Radio Birdman records. But there is also room for banjo on the dusty roads of the title tune, and the intense The Lonely Road is dedicated to Rory Gallagher. Anyone who ever heard the sparks flying on a record by the late Irish bluesman will recognise a soul brother in Leadfinger and his passionate tunes.
– (4 Stars) Noel Mengel, Courier Mail, 20 April 2013

“If you take a journey through the past 20 years of Australian underground rock’n’roll, chances are you’ll pass Stewart Cunningham in your travels. Now performing under his ”Leadfinger” nickname, Cunningham’s cult pedigree includes a stint with the Proton Energy Pills and Asteroid B-612. On No Room at the Inn, Cunningham confirms his status as one of Australia’s most underrated songwriters. On the opening track, You’re So Strange, Leadfinger imbues the front-bar southern comfort of Lynyrd Skynyrd with a Wollongong surf-rock sensibility. On Cruel City, he falls naturally into the role of swaggering guitar-rock icon, while Pretty Thing is a post-punk pop classic Nick Lowe would sell his songwriting soul to own. It’s time someone found room at the Australian rock’n’roll inn for Cunningham.”
– (4 Stars) Patrick Emery, The Age, 22 March 2013

“The odds were stacked against Leadfinger delivering two killer albums in a row but only a fool would have laid down their readies against him. Here’s 11 songs of blues-rock swagger with classic influences, all processed through Stew Cunningham’s personal musical blender.
Those influences are fairly evident here so let’s kick a few around. “You’re So Strange” and “Gimme the Future” show “Let It Bleed”and “Exile”-era Stones touches, especially in Chloe West’s wonderful backing vocals. There’s a call-out to the late Rory Gallagher in the credits and you could read his guitar playing into any number of the songs. (If you don’t know Rory or his pre-solo band Taste, go to Google and make a beeline for a solo album called “Jinx”. That is all.)”
– (5 Stars) The Barman, i94Bar.com, February 2013

February 2013 saw the release of the 4th Leadfinger album No Room at the Inn on Citadel Records. Recorded and produced by the band at Sydney’s Defwolf Studios and Leadfinger’s own Rendezvous Studio, No Room at the Inn revisits classic seventies rock (think Tom Petty, Big Star, Flamin Groovies) without forgetting the band’s seminal roots (MC5, Radio Birdman, The Saints). Eschewing modern-day gadgetry and production tricks, the band relied on vintage recording gear and great songs to create an album that could easily be mistaken for a lost seventies masterpiece.

No Room at the Inn is Leadfinger’s most complex and strongest album to date with opening track YOU’RE SO STRANGE taking listeners on a soul trip to Muscle Shoals via Detroit! CRUEL CITY has the venom lyrics and twisting riffs that give this bitter hometown ode an incendiary pitch whilst PRETTY THING is like hearing a long lost Replacements track, a song that should probably be all over radio like a rash.

The album is available on Vinyl LP, CD and via download from Bandcamp, iTunes and the bands website. The LP comes with a free download card that has an unlimited expiry date.

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released February 22, 2013

Personnel
Dillon Hicks – Drums
Michael Boyle – Electric guitar and backing vocals
Reggie Screen – Electric bass guitar
Stewart Cunningham – Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars

Guests
Chloe West – Backing vocals on Gimme the Future and You’re so Strange
Bulahdelah Boomerangs RLFC – Hand clapping and beer drinking

Recording
Recorded over Winter 2012 at Def Wolf Studios, Sydney
and Leadfinger’s Rendezvous Studio in Helensburgh, New South Wales
Recorded by Steve McCarthy, Stewart Cunningham and Matt Clarke
Produced by Stewart Cunningham

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Track Name: You're So Strange
You’re So Strange (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Won’t ya Slow Down
I’m tired of chasing you around
I’m glad I don’t have to now
Yeah I don’t have to now

You’re so strange, in every way
When I met you on that fateful day
Everybody said the same

You better look out boy
She’s gonna make you her toy
She was so strange, but I couldn’t stay away

I kept on chasing her around
She kept on dragging the whole thing out
She was so strange

When we were together, she was always in a rush
I liked the silence and the feel, she always had to push

Then I was down and out, she found me out
Digging a bigger hole, diggin a deeper hole

You’re so Strange in every way
But I’m lucky she like’s it that way

You’re So Strange in Every way
You’re so strange but I like you that way

You’re so strange, yeah I chased you around
I couldn’t stay away
You’re so strange, but I like you that way

Won’t you slow down
Yeah I kept on chasing her around
She kept on dragging the whole thing out

You’re so strange in every way
….yeah I like you that way.
Track Name: It's Much Better
It’s Much Better (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Don’t ya talk so much, ohhh you make me blush
I always see you in my dreams
I wanna tell you how much it means
You keep on talking in my dreams
I wanna hear you say what you mean
You know it’s true, you know it’s true

It’s much Better
It’s much Better than that
It’s much Better

Don’t ya act so tough, oh you’ll say too much
I hear you talking in my dreams
What you say I don’t know what it means
You keep on talking in my dreams
I wanna hear you say what you mean
You know it’s true, you know it’s true

Oh it’s much better than that
You’re so much better than that
You keep on talking in my dreams
You keep on talking, talk ain’t talk
Track Name: Gimme the Future
Gimme the Future (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Gimme the future, gimme the juice
Gimme Gimme everything
Lets forget the past
Gimme the future
Let it all hang loose

I forgot the future
I forgot the past
Gimme the future and gimme gimme the truth
Just gimme the future baby, gonna let the past go loose

Gimme the future baby, I don’t wanna lose
Gimme the future, I want it all with you

Just gimme the future
Just give me the future you can have the truth
Don’t gimme no danger, don’t gimme no shelter

I take a drive in the pouring rain
Through the back streets of my mind
I could never see any future
Till I look in your eyes
I can never see any future
I can never see any future

Just gimme the future baby you can have the truth
Gimme, gimme gimme, let it all hang loose
Gimme the future, I don’t wanna lose
Gimme gimme me the future, won’t end up in the noose.
Track Name: Cruel City
Cruel City (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Have you ever seen the sun shine clear like this, I have no pity
The rats like to hide when it’s all so bright
But I have seen what’s really inside
Have you ever seen the night sky clear and cool
It hides a cruel city
Cruel city can you look at me
You wanna know the truth it can set you free
Well come and see me

I’ll tell you ….It’s a cruel city, cruel cruel city

You tried so hard to get a break in this place
You get nothing then they spit in your face
You spend your whole life living here
and now you may as well be living in outer space
Two faced people who don’t really care
There’s no honour in Tarrawanna
Don’t fall for the cruel cruel city
You’re coming last in the human race
You’re coming last!

I survive your demise
I survive and your decline
Is the price for your crime
I survive, I will survive
Your decline…. your demise

It hasn’t always been this way
Poison in the heart and a vacuum in the brain
I’m here to tell you that it’s a tricky game
Keep your wits about you or you’ll end up in the drain
Cruel city, it’s just the same
They wanna see you fail they like it that way
Cruel city is a twisted place
Cruel city is a fuckin shame
Now you wanna runaway
Track Name: The Lonely Road
The Lonely Road (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

You’re walking on lonely road
Won’t let no one help you share the load
I can see you walking all alone
A lonely shadow walking in the cold,
Walking alone
You put yourself on that lonely road

Now you’re sitting in some foreign bar
The place is full of people, you don’t know who they are
You head up to your hotel room
Sittin’ there in your lonely gloom
You spent too long on this lonely road

You’re walking on a lonely road
Won’t let no one help you share the load
Woe oh oh that lonely road
No direction – just keep on walking on
You just keep walking on
You won’t open up to anyone
You can’t escape this lonely road

I am not alone

You find yourself in that broken woe
Sittin’ in your room, staring at the TV glue
Your only friend’s a guitar and your favourite tunes
You can hear the people singing down the hall
And you ask yourself
How did I end up on this lonely road?

You can’t escape this lonely road
Track Name: The Wandering Man
Wandering Man (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Like a Gypsy, I was born in a Caravan
My good luck, to be born a simple wandering man
Turn myself inside out, twisting on a roundabout
Looking for an easy way out, head off on a walkabout
I found out, what it’s all about
Hear the people shout

Here comes a wandering man
Don’t try to understand just keep a wondering
Here comes a wandering man

Like a Hobo, I was born by the side of the road
My bad luck to be born in such a miserable hole
Turn myself inside out, twisting on the roundabout
Looking for an easy way out, head off on walkabout
I found out, what it’s all about
Hear the children shout

A house ain’t a home, when you’re alone
A house ain’t a home, when you’re alone
I wanna roam
Track Name: Pretty Thing
Pretty Thing (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

She’s such a pretty thing we’re loving her thing
She’s such a pretty thing we love to hear her sing
They follow her around the boys in that town
She’s such a pretty thing she’s the jewel in the crown

Such a pretty girl whoe oh oh wo
Such a pretty girl she’s diamond of a pearl
Such a pretty girl wo oh wo
Such a pretty girl she’s a ruling my world

She’s such a pretty thing watching her swing
She’s such a pretty thing we love to hear her sing
They follow her around all over that town
She’s such a pretty thing she’s a beautiful sound

She’s ruling my world
She’s ruling your world
She rules the whole world
What’s that you say she’s coming my way
I can tell her anything that I want to say
She’s coming my way

She’s such a pretty thing we’re watching her swing
She’s such a pretty thing we lovin her thing
They follow her around the boys in that town
She’s such a pretty thing she’s wearing my ring
Track Name: The Other Ones
The Other Ones (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Can someone call me up and tell me what’s going on
Someone call me up tell me what’s going on
I heard you got caught messing round with the other ones
Can you call me up tell me what’s going on?

Dammit Call me up, tell me what’s going on
Dammit Call me up, tell me what’s going on
I heard you been caught up messing round with the other ones
Dammit Call me up, tell me what’s going on

Jackie called me up late last night
She told me a little about what’s going on
Something about the police, drugs and a girl
She said you got caught messing round with the other ones
Police knocked on my door at 6 am …again!
They wouldn’t tell me what’s been going on.

Can you call me up tell me what’s going on
Dammit Call me up tell me what’s going on
We heard you got caught messin round with the other ones
Dammit Call me up tell me what’s going on
Track Name: No Room at the Inn
No Room at the Inn (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

There’s no room at the inn
They won’t let these boys in
We can write em tunes we can sing any songs
But theres no room at the Inn

I knocked on the front door
And I rapped on the window pane
But there’s no room at the Inn
I can’t even break my way in
I’d like to kick that door in
No room at the Inn

So I went round the back door
And I begged on the kitchen hand
Please throw me some bones, do anything you can
Be he would not let me in….

He said take your songs home
Don’t come round here no more
You wouldn’t fit in…No room at the Inn

So I hit the dusty back roads of old
On my way I never struck any gold
Found myself stuck in many a hole
But the people told me wherever I roamed
You got something man, don’t give up the ghost
You got something man ….more precious than gold
Don’t give up the ghost

Now twenty years on
They still won’t let me in
I can see in the window, I hear laughter and gin
I’d like to kick that door in

But time’s moved me on
And I found treasure and gold
On the backstreets of Rome
I made them my home, I made them my home

So I hit the dusty back roads of old
Found myself stuck in many a hole
On my way I never struck any gold
But the people they told me wherever I roamed
You got something man, don’t give up the ghost
You got something man, that’s never been told
You got something man, don’t sell em your soul
You got something man ...more precious than gold
Don’t give up the ghost
Track Name: Don't Think Twice
Don’t Think Twice (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Gotta think twice it’s alright
Don’t think twice Just do it tonight
Pick up that guitar
Don’t have to take it too far
Make things better for a little while

Just do it tonight – makes it alright
Do it tonight, don’t think twice
Do it tonight

I can stay at home and it’s alright
I can stay at home and do it another night
Staying inside where it’s safe and warm
I don’t wanna go out
If I don’t wanna go it’s not my show
But on my shoulders
There’s always an excuse to do it another time
Don’t thing twice

Don’t think twice, just do it tonight
Don’t think twice, do it alright
Pick up that guitar
Don’t have to take it too far
Going out alone but it’s alright

It’s alright – I’ll do it tonight
And it makes no difference if anybody really knows
Maybe it’s alright, maybe don’t think twice
Tomorrow never ever comes
Your better off doing it tonight.
Don’t think Twice, just do it tonight
And it makes no difference if anybody really knows
Do it tonight