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The Late Joys debuted in 2004 in Robi Polgar's play, The Road To Wigan Pier: A (Socialist) Tea-Time Travelogue & Historical, Musical Revue," performing as the house band in a rather mirthful drama about coal miners in Wigan, England in the late 1930s. Following those performances, the band played from time to time, but the original lineup dissolved and in 2006 Mr. P recruited bassist Patrick Lopez and then drummer Rex Rizk to help restart the band. The new-look Late Joys started rehearsing in June and, two months later, decided they had enough of a handle on things to record some of their tunes, and this is the result.

All these songs are written by Polgar, running the gamut from the fun-lovin' bedroom antics of All-Night Pillow Fight to the more in-your-face abortion rights number, Dresden. In between are songs of love-n-loss, such as Windsor Road with its boy-meets-girl, boy-misses-his-chance-with-girl, boy-writes-about-it-years-afterwards (as if that might help) swagger, and the slap-in-the-face You Don't Speak For Me, dedicated to smarmy politicians of all stripes, who should know better about opening their mouths but don't. Ghost Town, while just a demo from a rehearsal session, has been tossed into the mix as one of those seminal early tunes used to score gigs at area clubs.

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released August 1, 2006

All songs (words and music) by Robi Polgar.
Recorded at Revolution Records, Austin, TX; summer 2006.
Produced by The Late Joys.
Engineered and mastered by the mighty Rex.

Created by Stay Indie; art direction by The Late Joys.

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With influences that include The Beatles, The Kinks, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Jam, The Clash and a slew of '80s and '90s Brit-pop guitar-based trailblazers, The Late Joys put on a high-octane show that's groovy, melodic and infused with fun.

The Late Joys play infectious sonic confections with literate lyrics, catchy melodies and unabashedly progressive political sensibilities.
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Track Name: Ghost Town
When I moved into your town
The welcoming committee wore shirts of brown
When I tried to set my shop up in the street
Every passerby looked right through me
That was long ago and far away (just history)
Those days have seen their end
But it's a small world inhabited by little minds
And those days are coming back again

In the distant lands with names too hard to spell
Men in uniform turn paradise to hell
In our local haunts it only takes a dissenting opinion
If ignorance is bliss then we're blissful people having fun
Such fun turn on the TV: There's a monkey, there's a flock of sheep,
They seem to get on, yes they do
But when the monkey thumps his chest it's mutton stew and woolen vests
But only for the chosen few

'Cos we're living in a ghost town

In the olden days when things weren't quite the same,
If you kept your senses you'd just change your name
Like my father's father when the trouble did begin
In the future could you change the color of your skin?
Or change the way you dress? Well they'll still find you, you'll confess
They've new orders that you can't refuse
'Cos it's an act of treason to ask questions to want reasons
From men who hide their crimes behind the news

When we're living in a ghost town

Social woes just mean a few more detainees
Segregate the different, register the diseased
Soon the death squads will be knocking at your door
Disappearing all the awkward folk who won't conform
And as the knees jerk into line the goose step's smart their buttons shine
There's a curfew there's a quarantine
And when you find you're running in place, you know you've lost the human race
Though some will claim a victory

When we're living in a ghost town
Track Name: Windsor Road
The party's over and everyone else is heading home
Except that girl who spoke with you off and on all night long
Well you can feel it in the air, you can see it in her eyes
So you think you're nearly there, or maybe you've arrived
But you better beware, 'cos you confused the signs

You got lost on Windsor Road
You held her in your arms then you had to let her go
There's something about that girl, but you're never gonna know
'Cos you got lost on Windsor Road

You sat together and you played her a song by your favorite band
And she was so close you could have reached out and held her hand
But when the music ended, how it all fell apart
She couldn't really have meant it, she was only feeling sorry
For your cracked front fender and the wreck you call your heart

You got lost on Windsor Road
You held her in your arms then you had to let her go
There's something about that girl, but you're never gonna know
'Cos you got lost on Windsor Road

And it's not hard, driving 'round the town
With your radio on and the windows down
To see a slender arm dangling out the car ahead
And wonder if it's her, but you know better

And it's not easy to pretend there's nothing wrong
So your window's down and your radio's on
She could drive you 'round the bend if you let her
You swear you're on the mend, but you're no better

Sometimes you look up and you can't believe how far it is you've gone
But then you realize you're right back where it all went wrong
With anonymous houses to your left and to your right
But you don't need your compass or your theodolite
To know the road ahead's treacherous, but off you ride

You got lost on Windsor Road
You held her in your arms then you had to let her go
There's something about that girl, but you're never gonna know
'Cos you got lost on
You got lost on
You got lost on Windsor Road
Track Name: Dresden
Sally's crying in the kitchen
Clutching Kleenex tissues and at dreams of the clinic
That's gonna solve her problem, it's a name and address
That she got from one of the bad girls in her class
But she doesn't have any money
So she won't get that far
Who's she gonna turn to when there's no white hat?
Do you think she'd dare to get in her abusive father's car?

Dresden
Dresden
We burned it down before, we can burn it down again
Dresden

Sadie's on the plane to Paris
With her visa issued and a second set of baggage
She's a name and address to help her solve her problem
First a visit to the clinic then she'll do a little shopping
'Cos she's got a lot of money
Or at least her daddy has
He's not a politician or a diplomat
Just a well-connected member of the ruling privileged class

Dresden
Dresden
We put them to the torch and we never felt a thing
Dresden

Sammy's swinging with the Supremes
He's principled and decent not some right-wing extremist
So tuck your little problem back under your dress
When that black-robed bastard says, "Father knows best"
It's not a matter of money
It's just a matter of time
Before the bombs start dropping at his injunction
On the distant clinics or your funny Valentine

Dresden
Dresden
We'll put them to the sword or the hanger and the gin
Dresden

Dresden
Dresden
We burned it down before, we can burn it down again
Dresden
Track Name: All-Night Pillow Fight
This song is going to make you mad
This song is going to make you buy new clothes
You're not the best I've had
Oh, baby, but you're coming awfully close
You can run to the bedroom, pull the covers up tight
But you know you'll feel much better with an all-night pillow fight

Once upon a time you made me angry
But I swear I was only bluffing and proud
Can't you see that I'm still hungry
Oh, baby, you knock my stuffing out
I'll chase you to the bedroom if you try to hide
'Cos you know everything will be better with an all-night pillow fight

It's an all-night pillow fight
It's an all-night pillow fight
Anything wrong is gonna be all right
After an all-night pillow fight

You little flirt in my boxers and shirt
And your tasty little tongue on your delicious upper lip
I'm not a fighter I'm a lover under covers
With my pretty pillow pugilist

It's an all-night pillow fight
It's an all-night pillow fight
Anything goes in the middle of the night
In an all-night pillow fight

I wrote a song and it made you angry
If this is it I apologize
But I can see that you're still hungry
Your kiss is sweet while the feathers fly
Let's stay inside the bedroom and lock the door
And make peace in our silky sheets 'cos the bed's mightier than the sword

It's an all-night pillow fight
It's an all-night pillow fight
Anything wrong is gonna be all right
After an all-night pillow fight

It's an all-night pillow fight
It's an all-night pillow fight
The laughter floats as the feathers fly
In an all-night pillow fight
Track Name: You Don't Speak For Me
You don't speak for me
I never ever asked you to
You claim some higher authority
But it's obvious you haven't got a clue
You look so smug with your grin half cocked
And self-proclaimed morality
You're just a thug in a rich man's frock
A bully menacing his street

You don't speak for me
I don't know why you think you do
Tell me what you see
When you look into a mirror it's just you
'Cos all the people you surround yourself with
To give a whiff of statesmanship
They disappear into thin air
When you spout your fascist shit

I can speak up for myself quite nicely
I know my right from wrong like my night from day
I don't believe half of the things you do
And nothing that you say

You don't speak for me
You have to have it all your way
Excuse me if I disagree
But the world is not your eminent domain
Quit the game, take your toys, run home
Throw a tantrum, shake your fist
There's a name for uptight boys like you
You're a terrorist

You don't speak for me...