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Exploring The Axis - 2018 Remastered Edition

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    2018 - the year Frontier Records finally re-releases Thin White Rope's first five albums! The first two, released on 03/09/18, are Exploring the Axis, and Moonhead. Each album has been remastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Both have two color options. The retail edition of Exploring the Axis comes in "road kill" red (ed of 350) and the mail-order-only edition is "thin rope" white (ed of 150). Both come with LP insert/lyric sheet and download card.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Exploring The Axis - 2018 Remastered Edition via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Still digging the compact disc format? We've got you covered. Nothing special or limited here, just the CD version of the remastered Exploring The Axis. Comes in sealed jewel case with booklet.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Exploring The Axis - 2018 Remastered Edition via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 11 Thin White Rope releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of The Ruby Sea - 2019 Remastered Edition, Sack Full of Silver - 2018 Remastered Edition, In The Spanish Cave - 2018 Remastered Edition, Exploring The Axis - 2018 Remastered Edition, Moonhead - 2018 Remastered Edition, Wire Animals/Wet Heart 7" Flexi-disc, The One That Got Away, Spoor, and 3 more. , and , .

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(C) & (P) 1985 Frontier Records, PO Box 22, Sun Valley CA 91353. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

credits

released March 9, 2018

jozef becker • DRUMS
stephen tesluk • BASS •VOCALS • GUITAR
roger kunkel • GUITAR • VOCALS
guy kyser • VOCALS • GUITAR

ENGINEERED BY • dennis dragon
RECORDED AT • the surf bowl • point doom
MIXED AT • ocean way • july 1985
DRUM DOCTOR • ross garfield
COVER ILLUSTRATION • guy kyser
MANAGEMENT • ml compton/pterodactyl

2018 REISSUE:
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER • lisa fancher
PROJECT PRODUCER • julie masi
REMASTERED BY • paul du gré

THANKS TO
frank french • RHYTHM GURU
scott miller • WHITE UHURU
robyn k • PHOTOGRAPHER
beverly dugan • BEER SHELTER
lloyd h & thad s • WITHOUT WHOM
andy childs & pete f • VISION

"Rocket USA" (Live) appears courtesy andrea ’enthal • KPFK’s 12 O’CLOCK ROCK and ed rasen • SPIN RADIO

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Track Name: Down in the Desert
Karl went south and walked out on his hometown
He said it was nowhere, he’d find a new job and stay there
Karl went south like he’d fade if he stayed here
It scared him, he felt claustrophobic and needed some air

Something affected him down in the desert

Karl went south with a sigh of relief
Said he’d be happy with anything different at all
Karl went south but he went through the desert
A Mexican influence followed him home in the fall

Karl came back but he isn’t the same
He came very quietly, no one was very surprised
Karl came back and he works and he smiles
But if you look closely there’s still something scared in his eyes
Track Name: Disney Girl
We both know the moonlight’s just blue filters on the daylight
But we don’t go south anymore cause backroads echo phantom saws

You are my disney girl, too many fingers for your world

We should go in white, top down, see quiet streets in tiny towns
Love in swamp-cooled Bates motels, your tailfin glasses, scarves as well

You are my disney girl, too many fingers for your world
Track Name: Soundtrack
I want so many moods and I want so many more
Cars and tape decks carve a tunnel between my worlds
Windshields are like TV screens, I’m not involved at all
My entertainment takes me everywhere nowhere at all

My soundtrack tells me what to think of what I see
Interpretation by the music, not by me
I don’t point myself anywhere I can’t turn away
I’m only going places, I never mean to stay

She throws firebombs on the highway
Glass splashing and bushes burning
On both sides so far away at night
In the rear view watching twin red lights
She’s not an insect, I just hear that humming in my mind
Not an insect not her eyes
Track Name: Lithium
You call and all I do is fall until you call again
You get so happy when it rains, I wish you wouldn’t change

I’m not proud how I drag you down

Your men from Petersburg and Prague, they seem to have you scared
You shouldn’t be running to the corner just because I’m there

I need lithium and you, you make me feel the same
Some reaction in my blood puts bubbles in my brain
Track Name: Dead Grammas on a Train
It crashed and burned about 1912
A real big fucker about a mile long
Rolled over houses underneath the turn
It killed the gramma of my perfect one
I know it is because of this that she was never born

I saw a picture 1939
A little girl with a face like mine
The train behind her hand an open door
She was the mother of my perfect one
And it is because of this that she was never born

So many tombstones by the railroad line
Say “This lady left not a soul behind”
Wait at the station, I don’t wait for long
Could’ve been a death train about 12 miles long
Stacked full of grammas for my perfect one
I don’t know what happened but she was never born
Track Name: The Three Song
If it seems you’re gonna fall
You’ve got 3 days to wander through
You got 3 pits of burning fire

You’ve got 3 men on your bed so share your beer and cigarettes
And the window by your side - religion, drugs or suicide

Three-time hospital bed, three lives you could have led
Three sixes on your head, three eyes and one is red

And I never found religion, I never found the perfect drug
I tried and tried to use the razor to show myself a cut above
I tried and tried to use the raayzerrr...
Track Name: Eleven
It’s always disappointment coming down the hallway oh oh oh
Wish I could start again but everyone’s saying oh oh oh oh oh

It seems like failed assassins leave home a dozen times, always a dozen

I’ve overreached my mind, Dolores finds me crying oh oh oh oh
I start to feel the strain, I rise and flex my evil brain oh oh

It seems like failed assassins leave home a dozen times...
Track Name: Atomic Imagery
Romance interrupt my atomic dream
Imagine you awake with me
It’s just lightning, you’ll see it rain
Before thunder can I have you again

I pictured something clean and dry
I saw no need to purify

In this sweaty night some dry heat
May be a good thing howling in the street
It won’t be no lovers who condemn
The perfect heat that fuses them

I pictured something clean and dry
I saw no need to purify
Track Name: The Real West
Not like a passion, not like the jism trail
Not like those young boys out looking for thrills
No yellow bar rooms, no girls at all
Just old men losing time and looking for gold

Razorback mule eating gourds off the vine
It looks so lonely out behind the county line
Wind rattles dry fruit chewed in the night
Next morning mule found laid on his side

Then they’ll be walking and what will they do?
Their tools rust as they nibble on the mule
They got no gold for their final days
So those old men jump some poor young boy’s claim

He sang “I got passion, I got my jism trail,
I’m just a young boy, it ain’t no big deal.”
The real west - pity the old
Run out of time and looking for gold.
Track Name: Exploring the Axis
The axis buried is a pivot in your head
Around which buried things revolve that most people leave unsaid
And it’s probably a good idea cause things could happen in your town
And the police come by coincidence and find it written down

The axis calls and sometimes I repeat the things it says to me

I remember one time I read about
A killer who just couldn’t get off without
Certain evil preparations; the detectives searched his loft,
Found a portrait in red ink of a girl with her dress off

The axis calls...

Sometimes I walk alone in the fog
Wondering if I’d be seen by an old man and his dog
And maybe that same night, somewhere in the town,
The worst thing in the world occurred and police track me down

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