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another billboard grabs my gaze
blackmailing me to join the craze
stifling me in this concrete maze
a cellblock for the city slaves
lowered eyes greet me on the bus
a speeding brothel of regret and rust
today I’m sentenced to harbour my disgust
it’s not their sex and fame I lust

I wanna be
far from the Madding crowd

the world’s a twisted place today
I’m reassessing it far away
where the viewing’s pleasant, eases my brain
where I’m oblivious to all they say
they threaten we’ll be left on the shelf
they warn us all to spend on our health
marketers just play tricks to sell
like Bill Hicks told them: kill yourself

from up here you all look insignificant
it’s like I’m looking through their eyes


from Stories From Sleepless Nights, released March 1, 2001



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3 1/2 Inch Floppy Birmingham, UK

I met all of the band over a couple of weeks in October 1999. We met at different times, due to different band T-shirts. Sebby, Dave and I practised in my kitchen and it’s a miracle that they didn’t walk out then. But they stayed on, and Pete, Rachel and Jo were thrown in and the rest, as they say, is… unfortunate.
- Will DeNiro
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