Rich Kids

by Leadfinger

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Rich Kids is the second Leadfinger album and it was officially released in December 2008. It was also the second Leadfinger album to be released by Bang! Records.

Based in the Basque region of Spain, Bang! has always been and still is a great supporter of Australian underground music and is the European home for The Drones, Kim Salmon, Beasts of Bourbon, Bored, Brian Hooper, Spencer P Jones and many others. The Leadfinger relationship with this great record label started back in the mid 90’s when Stewart Cunningham was in Brother Brick and then The Yes-Men – Bang! released records by both these bands and was a big fan of Australian hi-energy rock’n’roll such as The Powder Monkeys, Bored and The Celibate Rifles throughout this period.

Rich Kids was recorded in an old farmhouse in the rural dairy country south of Sydney and is seen as the first official album release by Leadfinger as a band. With Wayne Stokes (ex-Thumlock) on Bass and Steve O’Brien (ex-Unheard, Zero, Tumbleweed) on Drums the album was recorded to tape and self produced by Cunningham on a shoe string budget in 2007 but manufacturing delays meant that copies did not appear for sale until early 2009. Rich Kids however has stood the test of time – it is a cracking distillation of all that is great and unique about Australian underground rock’n’roll. The powerful songs have hooks galore with great slab riffs and wailing guitars that veer through swamp blues tones, sweet melodies and pleading vocals. The album contains a couple of Leadfinger live staples that the band still plays to this day in THIN LIZZY ON MY MIND, FADE YOUR BRILLIANCE and the power packed anthem – RICH KIDS CAN’T PLAY ROCK’N’ROLL. Three killer songs that spell out the Leadfinger manifesto at its most perfect.

The album is also graced with a tough as nails version of Rory Gallagher’s BAD PENNY whilst the gatefold vinyl also includes a version of Roky Erickson classic – I THINK OF DEMONS, the deluxe digipak CD includes The Saints GHOST SHIPS. There are still vinyl copies available of this album still but the stocks are very low.

The Rich Kids album is a powerful statement by a songwriter who had paid his dues in many great bands but had never found mainstream legitimacy in his homeland. Lucky there were fans overseas prepared to back him and because of this Leadfinger was given a crack at the title… a ‘Bad Penny’ from the Australian underground?… he has definitely turned up again!!

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released December 11, 2008

Personnel
Stewart Cunningham: Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Bass Guitar on Fade Your Brilliance
Wayne Stokes: Electric Bass Guitar
Stephen O’Brien: Drums and Percussion

Recording
Recorded at Tongarra Studio and The Rendezvous Studio 2007
Engineered by Leadfinger & Steve McCarthy
Produced and mixed by Leadfinger

Mastered by Rick O'Neill at Turtlerock

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Track Name: Fade Your Brilliance
Fade Your Brilliance
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

We started dancing at a party
We had a few drinks to many
Next thing we’re alone in a bedroom
Hands and faces and and what comes next is

The early days are so amazing
You’re so perfect – I do my best
But there is danger close at hand
A few more years it all falls down

I can change my outlook now
I won’t fade your brilliance down
Whoo hoo hoo hooo
I won’t fade your brillian down

My own fear and hesitation
Prevents me from my destination
A long time of prevarication
Face down into the gloomy road
I got some issues to be rid of
With the coming of the autumn cold
I’m gonna shed these old leaves to the ground
They are all so crumpled and old

I won’t fade your brilliance down
Whoo hoo hoo hooo
I won’t fade your brillian down
Whoo hoo hoo hooo
(I promise not to fade your brilliance down)

I can change
I can change
I have changed my colour now
It’s all gold black and brown
All blue and green now
Track Name: Rich Kids Can't Play Rock'n'Roll
Rich Kids Can't Play Rock'n'Roll
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

You’re all white and clean and live in the best parts of this – town
Yer Daddy bought you a house and a job
The silver spoon, I got nothing, so tell me your truth

Rich kids playing rock’n’roll
Tell yer Daddy he can’t buy you no Soul

Tell me bout your vintage guitars
You stick em in your two car garage
Tell me bout your latest cd’s
Don’t mention your plasma tv’s

Rich kids playing rock’n’roll
Tell yer Daddy he can’t buy you no Soul
Rich kids wanna be just like you and me
But they don’t work in no factory
& they don’t know what it’s like to be so alone, ohhh

Yer Getting down with the working class
But Your songs have nothing to say to me
On a search for meaning in a life
Where anything you wanted was given to you
When it’s over you’ll be gone
You’ll drop your fake r’n’r tongue
When it’s over I’ll see you run
Back to your palace in the sun
Track Name: Bad Penny
Bad Penny
(Written by Rory Gallagher)

Well, like a bad penny you've turned up again,
You're in my sights, there's a mist on my lens.
I think you know how it was when I tripped and fell,
Well, you double-dealed me, baby and I broke like a shell.
Like a bad penny you've sure lost the glow
But I'm out of reach, your smile's sure gone cold.
Well, it can't ever be like it was then,
Well, don't you fool with me, baby,
Don't you mess with my plans.
Some stormy nights, your memory haunts me,
You won't go away.
Well, like a bad penny you have turned up in the change,
Try to fit into the picture, you can't get inside the frame.
I think you know I'm still sore, but I'm on the mend,
Times sure have changed, it won't happen again.
Well, like a bad penny spins around and around,
Well, you won't know what's gone wrong when it all falls down,
You got to learn from now on to stop playing games,
You ought to keep on moving, you got to spin on your way.
Some lonely nights, I hear you calling,
Won't you go away?
Well, like a bad penny you have turned up again,
You're in my sights, there's a mist on my lens.
I think you know how it was when I tripped and fell,
Track Name: Show You I Care
Show You I Care
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

I’ll show you that I care
But I won’t always be there
It’s not that I don’t really care
I’ve got my own way to fare
There’s time when I’m off on my own wide
Open road to clear my troubled mind
I want you to be aware
One day I’ll show you that I care

I don’t want to to think about days without you there
It’s not the same when you’re not there

I’ll show you that I care
I really really really really care
Show you that I care
I’ll show you that I care

I’ll show you that I care
I don’t always treat you so fair
But I’ll show you how much I care
You’re so precious and rare
I can’t complain
when you finally leave me here
When you vanish into thin air
When you’re no longer there

I don’t want to to think about days without you there
It’s not the same when you’re not there

I’ll show you how much I care
Show you that I care
I’ll show you
Show you that I care
Track Name: Andy Farrell Blues (Inst)
Andy Farrell Blues
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

….come on mate, lets go for a walk…
Track Name: Devil's Holiday
Devil’s Holiday
(Written by Stewart Cunningham/Bill Gibson/Stephen O'Brien)

We're all going down to an the all night town
Do anything you want to
Getting on my way, Yeah I'm on my way
I don't know where to find you
Gettin on down to the place I go
Where the people are always happy
Gettin on down to the place underground
I don't wanna take you with me

Devils holiday
Every place I play
Devil’s Holiday I'll play - anywhere I go.
We’ll do anything you want to

Getting on down to a place I go
We'll do anything you want to
I'm getting on down yeah the long highway
I don't know where to find you
Oh we're getting down to that all night sound
Hey even if you stay low
Then we go to the place we know
I think I'll take you with me

Devil;’s Holiday
Ain't gonna play your game
It never feels the same, I know, Everywhere I go yeah!

I read the other day Keith Richards said
He snorted some ashes up his nose
He mixed it all in with a little cocaine
And he snorted his dad right up his nose
I guess it just goes to show my friends
It’s a sweet old world we all live in
Yeah it just shows a what I say
You can do anything you want to

On a Devil's holiday
Every place I play
Hasn't been the same I know, everywhere I go Hey

We’ll do anything you want to
Track Name: Thin Lizzy on my Mind
Thin Lizzy on my Mind
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Hey You, You wanna boogaloo – Alright
My Thin Lizzy is on my mind
A rocknroll band from another time
Out of the seventies so sublime
They came from the emerald isle Come on

My my my my old man says he knew them for a while
when they were young growing up in Dublin
Rising up in Roisinh Dubh and I I I I wanna boogaloo
You know you want tooooo x 2

Phil Lynott and his afro hair
He was a Soul man from the emerald Eire (and Jamaica)
His leather pants and he sang like a bird
Up on his stage he would rule the world
Phil Lynott Rock’n’roll,
Thin Lizzy Lose Control

Nananana Nobody ever put on a show like him
(Wink of) his eye and a cheeky grin
Phil Lynott Rock’n’roll, Thin Lizzy Lose Control
Twin guitar solos
My Thin Lizzy my my my
Thin Lizzy rock and roll, Jamaican soul

Hey Hey ….Hey Hey….hey Hey
I wanna tell you whats on my mind
Thin Lizzy all the time
Phil Lynott Rock’n’roll Thin Lizzy Lose Control
Track Name: Ghost Ships
Ghost Ships
(Written by Chris Bailey)

Ghost ships are sailing on empty seas
and the light that was in the darkness
it does not shine on me.
Like an old man I run to find the shore
& the light that was in your eyes
it doesn't shine there anymore
So wait until tomorrow and darling then we'll see
You know I don't know about tomorrow..........

Whilst they blow in the wind and then it blows in my mind
and it’s Crazy in the moon that has to be mine
Now darling I would run but baby I am tired
& I feel that I, you know I must be hypnotised

So wait until tomorrow and then we'll see
I don't know about tomorrow..........Repeat 1st verse
Track Name: Northern Rivers Town
Northern Rivers Town
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

She was a friend of a friend I’ll tell you
And I’ll admit that I didn’t know her very well
She took a job away from the city
She was a girl who took nobody’s pity

Yeah she made up her mind, she had to make the most of time
Yeah she made up her mind, she had to leave it all behind

As she left town there was something on her mind
She found there was something she couldn’t leave behind
But the pity was gone and nobody wanted to know
In that final moment she had to go it alone

And I don’t know where she is now
But I feel that she is happy anyhow
And all her friends are in the dark
To that secret that she keeps hidden in her heart

She made up her mind
Track Name: I Went Searching
I Went Searching
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

I Went Looking
I went looking for all that I could find
I went searching, I left my home behind
I went looking for life

I went looking for all that I could find
I found it and I lost it again
I went looking for all that I could try
I’ll keep looking, I’m still searching for life

I went looking but all that I could find
Dead faces in some places no sign of life

I went looking for someone to fight
I won nothing and learnt something of life
I went looking and found my beliefs
A friend for life, I found it in my own mind

I went looking for all that I could find
I’m still searching oh lord, oh I went looking

I started looking for my own way of life
I left home at 17 no easy ride
I went looking looking looking for life
I went looking for all I could find