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Citizens United

  • Release date: 2013-10-01
  1. 1

    Back of a Pepsi Lid

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  2. 2

    Rhythm of Light

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  3. 3

    She's Gonna Rip You Up

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  4. 4

    Imagine Every Day

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  5. 5

    Venus Rising

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  6. 6

    Johnson Valley (TDRB mix)

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  7. 7

    Citizens United

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  8. 8

    When I Enlisted

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  9. 9

    Dust Requiem

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  10. 10

    LA to Albuquerque

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ABOUT THIS ALBUM

Citizens United is a compilation album that features bands and artists from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. I am the pivot for this project because all the artists featured are my friends and I pulled the album together.

The inspiration for the album came from emails from my LA based screen writer friend Dave Gebhardt who was driving back and forth from LA to Albuquerque in mid 2012 to visit his mother who was dying of cancer in a hospice there. His meditations on the declining state of American politics, corporate consumer culture, war and American history, love and connection, The Beatles, the aching beauty of the desert landscape, and the death of a loved one were profoundly moving. I suggested we work on a project that captured some of these feeling and ideas, and the result several months later – with a little help from our friends – is Citizens United

It is a diverse album both musically and emotionally. Citizens spans Velvet Underground drone pop, Beatles-esque tunes, glam-rock, folk-rock, cinematic soundscapes, to poignant and darkly funny spoken word meditations on death and American culture.

The title is a reference to the 2010 Citizens United v Federal Election Commission ruling by the United States Supreme Court, which effectively removed restrictions on corporations donating unlimited sums to politicians and governments. The ruling has been highly divisive in American society, and spawned grassroots movements to change the constitution to make it clear that “corporations are not people”. Its a massive undertaking, but more and more State legislatures, starting with Montana are passing resolutions in support of this movement, to try and stem the tide of political corruption, demolition of democracy and concentration of corporate power on a scale not seen since the 1890s ‘robber baron’ oil trusts

Calling the album Citizens United is a way of acknowledging this current USA political struggle (which will have implications around the globe), on a scale and importance of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements of the 60s. But also reclaiming the term as what it should really mean, which is about people – in our case artists –  joining together to be good citizens helping each other and supporting democratic ideals and practices.

TRACK CREDITS

‘Citizens United’

1. Back of a Pepsi Lid
Written, performed and recorded by N. Skeltys
Vocals: Ann Marie Sullivan
Spoken Word: Kim Marshall
from the film ‘A Life Exposed’ (Lesley Branagan dir.)
Copyright/ publishing 2013 Nicole Skeltys APRA
Melbourne, Australia

2. Rhythm of Light
Written, performed and recorded by A. T Vish
Lyrics and vocals: Ronda Z
copyright/publishing 2011 All Terrain Vehicles ASCAP
Pittsburgh, USA

3. She’s Gonna Rip You Up
Written by N. Skeltys
Electricity fired guitar, keyboards, programming, recording and mixing by M. J. Gardiner
Vodka soaked vox and screaming – Ann Marie Sullivan
1972 Wurlizter piano Slade boogie tribute – N. Skeltys
Copyright/ publishing 2013 Nicole Skeltys APRA
Melbourne, Australia

4. Imagine Every Day

Written by N. Skeltys
Electricity fired 12 string & electric guitar, Hofner bass: M. J Gardiner
Drums – Ross McGregor
Vocals – Ann Marie Sullivan
Whooos – Ann Marie Sullivan and Lucy Foley
1972 Wurlitzer piano Beatles tribute – N. Skeltys
Copyright/ publishing 2013 Nicole Skeltys APRA
Recorded and mixed by Joe Talia at Two Dog ranch, Taggerty, Australia


5. Venus Rising

Written, performed, programmed and recorded by N. Skeltys
Vocals: Lucy Foley
Spoken word: Kim Marshall
Mixed by: Byron Scullin
from the Amnesty International video to promote One Billion Rising campaign to stop violence against women
Copyright/ publishing 2013 Nicole Skeltys APRA
Melbourne, Australia

6. Johnson Valley (The Dust Revival Band mix)

Written, performed and recorded by A.T. Vish
Guitar solo: Jim Stamp
Backing vox: Ann Marie Sullivan
Copyright/ publishing 2010 All Terrain Vehicles ASCAP
Pittsburgh, USA

7. Citizens United
Written by M. J Gardiner and N. Skeltys
Acoustic guitar, 12 string, electricity fired guitar, bass – M. J Gardiner
Drums – Ross McGregor
Keys – N. Skeltys
Lead vocals – A. T Vish
Backing vox – Ann Marie Sullivan
Copyright/ publishing 2013 M. J Gardiner and Nicole Skeltys APRA
Melbourne Australia and Pittsburgh USA

8. When I Enlisted
Written by: G. Vance, M J. Gardiner, R. McGregor, N. Skeltys
Electricity fired 12 string & acoustic guitar, bass, and a bit of drunk soldier backing vox – M. J. Gardiner
Drums, backing vox – R. McGregor
Keys, backing vox – N. Skeltys
Lead vocals – Ann Marie Sullivan
Copyright/ publishing 2013 M. J Gardiner, N. Skeltys, R. McGregor, Gavin Vance APRA
Recorded and mixed by Joe Talia at Two Dog ranch, Taggerty, Australia

9. Dust Requiem
Written, performed, programmed, mixed by M. J. Gardiner
Copyright/ publishing 2013 M. J Gardiner APRA
Melbourne, Australia

10. LA to Albuquerque
Spoken word written and performed by: David Gebhardt
Music: written, performed and recorded by Robert Cuff
Copyright/publishing 2013 D. Gebhardt and R. Cuff ASCAP

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