Smoke Ghost

by Tadpoles

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about

Smoke Ghost (1998) is the third full length studio album released on CD by Tadpoles and is the first album with Tadpoles' new drummer, Adam Boyette. Upon original release, Bakery Records included a copy of Tadpoles Destroy Terrastock - Live with all mail-orders. The song "Breaking" is a re-recording of the original version which appeared on the group's 1992 cassette-only album, Superwhip. "Know Your Ghosts" is identical to the version which was released on the 1997 Know Your Ghosts E.P.


““★★★★ 1/2” Hard driving and intense, swirling and visceral” –ALL MUSIC GUIDE (July 1998)“dense, swirling layers of guitar noise which owe at least as much to the British shoegazer crowd as
anything from the ‘60’s” –JERSEY BEAT (#63, Falll ‘98) “ten shots of intoxicating symphonies from the stoned underbelly of the space-rock continuum”
–PTOLEMAIC TERRASCOPE (#25, 1998) “Two volumes of fuzzed-out overdrive, droning acid folk and yeah, S3 references.” –MAGNET (#53, 1998)
Terrastock review- “One of the most well-received bands were Hoboken’s Tadpoles..the most classically “psychedelic” of any band at the festival and the the same time, the most polished. “
–JERSEY JOURNAL (Jim Testa, May 3, 1997) Terrastock review- “...Tadpoles succesfully crossed Pink Floyd and My Bloody Valentine.”
–LOS ANGELES FREE TIMES (May, 1997)
“(They have) succeeded yet again in producing a very convincing psychedelic beauty full of hazy, magic rock sounds, journeys through space, adventures in Syd Barrett’s garden and zonked atmospheres, a perfect balance between tripped-out vibes and immaculate acoustics...Recommended.” –CROHINGA WELL (Belgium, #15, May 1999)
“A lot of psych rock bands tend to play the same song over and over. Not these guys. Every track has a new riff and a new feel to it. ” –FRESH COW PIE (#2, Fall 1998)
“Fills a room with swirling smoke and fuzz and dreamy galactic vocals that defy any principle of gravity – you will absolutely float when you play this” –EYE (#17, Aug/Sept ‘98)
“For their classically strange acid pop and surreal poetry, Tadpoles can claim the crown of reigning drug rock kings.”–OUTSIGHT (www.rocklove.com 1998)
“the third studio album from the best American psychedelic band I’ve heard...” –FACE MAGAZINE(Undertones September 13, 1998)
“Tadpoles don’t sound like anyone else, which is not only unusual, but immensely gratifying...indie tinged, psyche spacerock, lovingly crafted and performed stylishly...” –ZEITGEIST(Scotland,Vol 3, #7, 1998)

credits

released May 12, 1998

©1998 Tadpoles/Bakery Records
Smoke Ghost was produced, engineered and mixed by Mark Kramer (Shimmy Disc) at Noise New Jersey Studio in 1997. Additional engineering by Steve Watson. Album artwork and design was created by Ann Manca. Mastered by Todd Parker at dbs digital in Hoboken, NJ.

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Tadpoles Hoboken, New Jersey

Tadpoles, based in Hoboken, NJ, disbanded in 2000 after releasing 4 critically acclaimed studio albums, 1 live album and 1 E.P. all on their own Bakery Records label (except for their last studio album, Whirlaway, which was released on Australia's Camera Obscura Records.) The group was formed by vocalist/guitarist, Todd Parker and original drummer, Michael Kite Audino in New York City in 1990. ... more

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Track Name: When I Feel
When I feel

I want to touch

When I do

I do too much

When I go

I go too far

What I want

I want more

I'm going to last a lifetime

I'm feeling frail

Dead afraid

Trapped, earthbound

Peace flew away

Arm in a sling

My broken wing

This day is gone

Thistle in my palm

I'm going to last a lifetime

Greet the new day

Feel a new way

Figure time

With math of mine

I glow and flow

I frost the glass

Feel electric

Big and blasting

Hobo a train

I can't fail

Boxcar free

Chug down the rails

Ride on wheels

Learn and yearn

I'm on fire

Feel me burn

I'm going to last a lifetime
Track Name: Snow Down
It's snowing

Cool out all is fine

And my eyes are bugging out of my mind

And my ears are falling out of my head

And I fear

Honey, we are dead

It's snowing

Cool out all is fine

And my eyes are bugging out of my mind

And my ears are falling out of my head

And I fear

Honey, we are dead

You see

Here the weather doesn't change

It's all you can do to stop and rearrange

It's snowing

Cool out all is fine

And my eyes are bugging out of my mind

It's snowing

Cool out all is fine

And my eyes are bugging out of my mind

And my ears are falling out of my head

And I fear

Honey, we are dead

It's snowing

Cool out all is fine
Track Name: Breaking
Changing shapes

Falling apart

Slowly pull together again


Amber waves and says goodbye

The more you kiss

The more you cry

Gliding away

Changing shapes

Slowly pull together again

Amber waves and says goodbye

The more you kiss

The more you cry

Open your coat

And follow the boat

Until the last moment

The man says...

Take this
Track Name: Happy Feet
As I walk down the street

Cats meow, dogs bark

My heart beats your name
All the clocks that I see

Don't give me the time of day

No, no instead they show me your smile
As the word is to the flower

So it is with us

We are only really talking when we kiss and hug
Put your little heart in mine

I'll shelter you from the storm outside

You can set your bird free in my sky

I put my faith squarely in you

I put my faith squarely in us

I put my faith squarely in me

I put my faith squarely in us

Who's going to stop your tears from running?

Who's going to stop your eyes from burning?

Who's going to make you smile now?
Who's going to walk down your lonely streets?

Holding your hand in love so sweet?

Who's going to give you happy feet?
Who're you going to save for a rainy day?

To come and chase your clowds away?

Oh, please, honey let it be me.
Put it on my shoulders baby

I can carry the load

I can cover you up like a blanket when you're cold

I put my faith squarely in you

I put my faith squarely in us

I put my faith squarely in me

I put my faith squarely in us
Track Name: Jaded Jean
If you could see like jaded jean

You wouldn't have a need for dreams

Like jaded jean in her jaded scene

She's planting seeds

A garden queen
You can find her at home almost every night

Writing letters on sheets of white

Or jade green

From her garden stream

She's consciously falling asleep

Jaded jean

Would you believe

Her father's at home

Watching the clocks

While mommy's alone

And would you believe

In all of these things

If you could see

Like jaded jean

If you could work out everything

And fill the holes the ashes bring

You wouldn't have a need for dreams

Like jaded jean

In her jaded scene

The stories come before she falls asleep

She draws the people she wants to meet

They live in houses filled with schemes

The sun rises up

And floods her streams

Would you believe

Her father's at home

Watching the clocks

While mommy's alone

And would you believe

In all of these things

If you could see

Like jaded jean

If you could be like jaded jean

You wouldn't have a need for dreams
Track Name: Rainbowmaker
Rainbows have a way of knowing

And welcoming the light

Flying its flag
Rainbows have a way of showing

And teaching about light

Naming all the colors
Water with its peace with time

Can block and bend the light

I want to be that water

I am a rainbow chaser

I want to get that pot

Of gold at the end
I want to see the way

I want to know the way

Sailing on the waves

Floating in the waves

Feeling a part of time

Feeling all of the time

I want to be a rainbowmaker

I want to be a prism-man

I want to show my colors
I want a sky, each star an eye

Mirroring me back my man

Shining on me, shining me
I want to be, be understood

And I want, want to be heard

I want to be cared about

I want to be a rainbowmaker

To refract a tiny piece

Of all the distance of light
I want to be a rainbowmake
r
I want to be a prism-man

Iwant to show you my colors

I want to see the way

I want to know the way

Sailing on the waves

Floating in the waves

Feeling a part of time

Feeling all of the time
Track Name: Know Your Ghosts
I used to see the truth inside of what you said

Instead of thinking you're a kid

But those days seem so far away

I can only vaguely remember

High tides, low tides come and gone

Two more mooncalves torn asunder

Save me a whistle in eighteen years

Or don't; its all the same to me

Know your ghosts and you will never be alone

Never be alone never be alone

Know your ghosts
Know your ghosts and you will never be alone

Never be alone never be alone

Know your ghosts
Track Name: Sense
Thought you had a gun

And I didn't want to run

So follow me down to the sea

Stop along the way at a place that we can hide

You're the one holding the key

A lady gathers grass

And watches where she's been

She hopes none of her neighbors will see

She's stepping inside of a bus thats turning green

For once in her life she is free
Track Name: Firecracker
I believe in colors

So bright and full

So extreme
I believe in light

Florescent, candle

And the sun
It's not enough

To not be afraid of electricity

You've got to believe

You've got to believe

Give me your hums, your drums

Your drones and moans and

All the riches of your Gold Coast
Give me your wings, your web

Give me your heart and head

Give me your smoke ghost

The past is past, the future's best

I'm standing here

Ready for anything that comes
You and me will not

Go down in history

We'll just be disappeared and drowned
But, there's a lot of freedom out there

And I'm just trying for my piece

Oh, you've got to believe

You've got to believe

Show me your wrist, your lips, your kiss

Your needs and knees

Show me what you fear most
Show me your ankle, show me your elbow

Show me your anger

Show me your smoke ghost

Show me
Track Name: Percolate
Primo afternoon

To catch a train and zoom

Tunnel down to a curve

Get off before you swerve

You're never coming back

You're on the second track

You're leaving here you're gone

Just drive into the sun

A candy smile and you

Slow burning sweet perfume

Take all the time you need

Take in the sound of steam

You're never coming back

You're on the second track

You're leaving here you're gone

Just drive into the sun

You're tired sink down below

You really need to glow

Then get behind the wheel

It's all you've got to feel

You're never coming back

You're on the second track

You're leaving here you're gone

Just drive into the sun