Westport Lake (EP)

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Our second single, from 2001 - this is from the press release.

This live favourite is released only on enhanced CD (we say only, though the extra value for money implications of including the video are obvious, not to mention the thrill of seeing Claudia riding a horse in her swimsuit - more on this later.)

One hard-bitten A&R Senior Executive was moved to remark that the chorus was the best he'd heard in ten (yes, ten) years. Needless to say, the A&RSE was fired soon afterwards...

The sound? Petula Clark meets the Beach Boys (well, she probably has for all we know - maybe they would have had a little sing-song 'round the old joanna, a bit of a West Coast knees-up, and ended up sounding a bit Gaminesque.) By the way, Westport Lake is in Stoke, which is where our top lyricist, Bill Pritchard, lives.

Anyway, we got a bit carried away and did a dance remix with heavenly choirs, trumpet solos and all that kind of thing. And the night before mastering, Gamine decided to record 'Checkmate' (which we redid for our 'Sabotage' album), with our 'characterful' old piano completing the broken-down jazz mood to perfection.

Did we mention the video? Well, we made it ourselves for the price of a cup of tea and a jam sponge and custard at the legendary New Piccadilly Cafe, which is sadly no more, but the 70's Italian porn look is entirely accidental. Of course. (Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV-IjhP3egY)

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released August 13, 2001

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Track Name: Westport Lake
WESTPORT LAKE

I got wolf-whistled by the potters near the canal.
It's always busy on a Sunday, life's so regional.
You were there waiting, as you always were,
I was wearing leopardskin leggings and fake fur.

So tell me what did you see?

I thought I was dreaming
When what I was really meaning
Was that my libido was screaming
Just like when we met at Westport Lake.

You were a diabolical example of humankind,
But then so was I so I didn't mind,
But you know we were so refined,
Everyone else was so behind,
You with a Number 1 and me eyelined.

So tell me what did you see?

I thought I was dreaming
When what I was really meaning
Was that my libido was screaming
Just like when we met at Westport Lake.

We haven't met for almost a year.
I've turned a personal affliction into a lifelong career.
I hang around in bars, get paid handsomely by local stars,
Though my skirts are shorter and my face has hardened,
I still wonder.

So tell me what did you see?

I thought I was dreaming
When what I was really meaning
Was that my libido was screaming
Just like when we met at Westport Lake.