The End

by BRAT

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about

In early 1986, the band “The End” from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was on hiatus. That band had worked with the Paragon Cable Network in New York City who again approached the band with an offer of additional appearances and video shoots on their show “Music Beat”. When the band regrouped for these appearances in the fall of 1986, several band members were replaced. Curt Ritchie (guitar), Bazooka Joe Solina (drums) and Jean Pierre Reimer (guitar) decided to revamp the sound a bit and brought in Brian Paine (vocals) and brought back former drummer Roberto Lombardi (bass). Lombardi had ditched the drums and had been a fulltime bassist for two years. It was discussed at this time that a name change to “Brat” might be warranted as the new members gave the band a totally different sound.

The band then entered the studio “Fresh Tracks” in Philadelphia to record a fresh batch of new music that would be the soundtrack for their early 1987 New York television appearances at Paragon. Basic tracks were recorded as a band, not individually by a member and gave the songs a live feel. Lead guitars and vocals followed and within a month they were putting the final touches on the tracks. The first completed songs, “Love & War” and “Back On Top”, were previewed and were already gaining some regional radio play.

The band then began showcasing for major labels, most notably MCA and Capitol records, who both wanted to hear more material. So, again the band began writing songs to appease the label's interest. Seven more songs were written and rehearsals for the new recording began when tensions arose between Reimer and Solina which led to Solina exiting the band and joining “Rough Dymond”. The band briefly recruited drummer Jim “Feek” Ferraioli (formerly of “White Foxx”), but sadly Ferraioli became ill with cancer and couldn’t remain in
the band.

When sessions for the new material finally began in the summer of 1988, they were completed with veteran drummer Jimmy Drnec (“Cinderella”, “Tangier”, “Network”) filling in. Basic tracks were again completed with the entire band playing, but the band's relationship with Reimer totally broke down as the rest of the band were never happy with the departure of
Solina. So, Ritchie re-recorded all of Reimer’s guitar parts after Reimer was let go.

At this point in 1988, the band completed the new recordings, drafted in drummer Mark Kaminski and changed the name of the band officially to “BRAT”. The name recognition was gone with the change and the label interest dried up. Continuing on, “Brat” began gigging in the fall of 1988 and also wrote and rehearsed several new songs for a new album. Eventually, though, Ritchie and Paine joined the popular “Dead End Kids”, while Lombardi joined “April Fool”. Lombardi later formed “The Rage”.

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releases December 20, 2019

BAND:
ROBERTO LOMBARDI: Bass, Background Vocals, Songwriter, Producer.
CURT RITCHIE: Guitars, Background Vocals, Songwriter, Producer.
BRIAN PAINE: Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Songwriter.
MARK KAMINSKI: Drums. (Live and Rehearsal Tracks)
BAZOOKA JOE SOLINA: Drums. (Tracks 1-7)
JIMMY DRNEC: Drums. (Tracks 8-14)
JEAN PIERRE REIMER: Guitars, Songwriter (Tracks 1-7, 14)

RECORDING CREDITS:
Tracks 1-5 (1987), 8-14 (1988) were recorded at "Fresh Tracks" in Philadelphia & were produced by Larry Spivack & BRAT.

Tracks 6 & 7 were originally recorded in 1985 at "Galaxy" studios in Somerdale, NJ & produced by Robert Leese. Additional recording and remix in 1988 by Larry Spivack and produced by Roberto Lombardi at “Fresh Tracks” in Philadelphia.

2019 remastering by Jamie King

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Track Name: The Seer
THE SEER
(B. Perrone, J.P. Reimer, J. Trent)

Straight from the sky
with wings they descend
Longboats touch the shore
Stealing the light of day
and nothing more
Look there’s a glow in the eastern sky
Hope filled his eyes as he cried
Dreamers and fools
and those not afraid to die

(Chorus)
Can you feel
Can you feel it
Can you tell me if this dream is real?
Can you see through the mist
that shrouds the steel
My head is spinning like a wheel

There’s imps in the mist
that make your mind twist
And treat every man as a sinner
The demons take light
Turn day into night
Turn summer into winter
The men pay with souls
to fill the black holes
To pay the price of The Seer
The mortal men fear
The answer is clear
See with The Seer

Into the night
We must try, we must fight
On through the night we must go
In search of the land of the rising sun
if it’s so
On through the night
We must try or die
On silver wings we will fly
Light will be ours
less this hope be a lie

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Dress to Thrill
DRESSED TO THRILL
(C. Ritchie, B. Paine)

I can see you busting through your clothes
That’s right, I see right through them
I can’t keep from looking at them
I can see you turning up your nose
All night you’re trying to tease me
That’s right, there’s got to be a reason
‘Cause I’m wondering…
Why do you dress to thrill me?
For love. You won’t say.
Why do you dress to thrill me?
For love. I want you today.

Why can’t you be real
And tell me how you feel?
Do you dress for attention?
Your love you won’t mention
Won’t you show me
what’s beneath your skin?
Are you flesh or plastic?
You can’t be that fantastic
Why do you dress to thrill me?
For love. You won’t say
Why do you dress to thrill me?
For love. I want you today
I’ll love you like a bad machine
Oh, baby like you’ve never seen

How come you dress to thrill me?
You dress to thrill me
You dress to thrill me
You dress to thrill me

I can see you busting through your clothes
That’s right, I see right through them
I can’t keep from looking at them
I can see you turning up your nose
All night you’re trying to tease me
That’s right, there’s got to be a reason
‘Cause I’m wondering

Why do you dress to thrill me?
For love. You won’t say
Why do you dress to thrill me?
For love. I want you today

You know you caught my eye
But still you walked right by

How come you dress to thrill me?
You dress to thrill me
You dress to thrill me
You dress to thrill me.
You dress… you dress…
To thrill me
Track Name: Back on Top
BACK ON TOP
(C. Ritchie, J.P. Reimer)

Threw away the key
when they locked the door
But guess who’s back
even better than before
Given up for dead
Left to crash and burn
You could never send me
to the point of no return
Ashes to ashes
And dust to dust
You thought I was dead
I’m not ready to rust
So full speed ahead
I’m pulling out the stops
I hope you’re ready
We’re back on top

(Chorus)
Hey, Hey,
We’re back on top
Hey, Hey,
We’re back on top
Hey, Hey,
We’re back on top
Hey, Hey, Alright

No heavy chains could keep us down
Held under water
but we still don’t drown
We’re ready to rock
We’re breaking through the walls
We’ve got all the muscle
and even more balls
Knife in the back
Shot through the heart
You never thought
we’d make another start
Between the eyes and paralyzed
You’d better get ready
‘Cause we’re coming alive

(Repeat Chorus)

Threw away the key
when they locked the door
But guess who’s back
even better than before
Given up for dead
Left to crash and burn
You could never send me
to the point of no return
Ashes to ashes
And dust to dust
You thought I was dead
I’m not ready to rust
So full speed ahead
I’m pulling out the stops
I hope you’re ready
We’re back on top

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Love & War
LOVE AND WAR
(C. Ritchie, B. Paine, J.P. Reimer)

Is this a bed we’re sleeping in?
Or is this a battlefield?
My wounds haven’t healed
but you’re not finished yet
You say that you don’t care
but you know you can’t forget me
You say that it’s fair
All in love and war

(Chorus)
(Love) and War, (Love) and War
(Love) and War, (Love) and War
(Love) and War, (Love) and War
(Love) and War, (Love) and War
(Love) and War, (Love) and War
(Love) and War, (Love) and War

And so we meet again
When’s this gonna end?
This time you think you’ve won
but I’m not finished yet.
The war has just begun
The tables all have turned
It’s my turn to attack
Gonna get you off my back

(Repeat Chorus)

Maybe you should think
about the things you do to me
Maybe you should think
about hell and ecstasy
Maybe I’ll be cold
when you try to get next to me

The battlefield is clear
One on one I make my move
Surrender in my sights
This may never last
The cold war has begun
Face to face and one on one
The brew heats up again
Oh, love and war again

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Curse of the Black Widow
CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW
(C. Ritchie, B. Paine)

She takes a little of my love
I take a little of her’s
If she takes a little too much from me
I’ll be dead for sure
We walk through the door
There’s a big white web spread on the floor
I’m feeling real unsure as she shuts out the lights
She ties me to the bed
Her long black legs wrapped round my head
Her hunger’s barely fed
I think I’ll die tonight

It’s the curse of the black widow
It’s the curse of the black widow

Now, I’m tied down to her web
I feel my beating heart
She’s getting ready with her big white fangs
to tear my flesh apart.
No! my God, I scream
This has to be a dream
As rude as this may seem
I think I’ll lock the door
She throws me on my back
and lunges to attack
She says that she’ll be back
and hot wind starts to blow.

It’s the curse of the black widow
It’s the curse of the black widow

Oh, that spiders bite
has let me loose tonight
I think I’ll be alright if I can get away
She’s only happy free
She’s lost her hold on me
I’m happy just to be alive for one more day

She takes a little of my love
I take a little of hers
If she takes a little too much from me
I’ll be dead for sure
We walk through the door
There’s a big, white web spread on the floor
I’m feeling real unsure as she shuts out the lights
She ties me to the bed
Her long black legs wrapped round my head
Her hunger’s barely fed
I think I’ll die tonight

It’s the curse of the black widow
It’s the curse of the black widow
It’s the curse of the black widow
It’s the curse of the black widow
Track Name: Not Ready for Love
NOT READY FOR LOVE
(J.P. Reimer)

I know all about your special crimes
Do you wanna come and waste some time?
Like a dog I’m running wild
I’ll take on any bitch that gives me a smile
Don’t wanna be chained
I’d like to be free
I don’t need a woman hanging over me
I’ll take all there is
I’ll take it straight to the top
It ain’t never gonna end
It ain’t never gonna stop

(Chorus)
Not ready for love
Not ready for love
Not ready for love
Not ready for love

It’s hot tonight and I need some action
Looking up your legs is the main attraction
All I want from you is the in and out
I’ll use you first then throw you out
Don’t wanna be chained
I’d like to be free
I don’t need a woman hanging over me
I’ll take all there is
I’ll take it straight to the top.
It ain’t never gonna end
It ain’t never gonna stop.

(Repeat Chorus)

Can’t hold me back
I’m at it again
Like a choo choo train
coming round the bend
Must be a champ
You got a real good blow
You can stay tonight
but be gone tomorrow

Don’t wanna be chained
I’d like to be free.
I don’t need a woman hanging over me
I’ll take all there is
I’ll take it straight to the top
It ain’t never gonna end
It ain’t never gonna stop

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Loud N' Proud
LOUD ‘N-PROUD
(C. Ritchie)

Out in the streets
Don’t run for cover
Because you’re different
Not like the others
A leather animal
that can’t be tamed
Out in the night
We hit with force
The lusty women
try to run our course
But metal’s on our mind
And you can’t change that

(Chorus)
(Loud & Proud)
Fight for liberty
(Loud & Proud)
Heavy metal machine
(Loud & Proud)
It ain’t hard to see
(Loud & Proud)
You look like me

Come on and stand up
you metalheads
Speak your piece man
before you’re dead
United we are one
and can’t be stopped
No snide remarks
directed at you
Can’t change our ways
You know it’s true
Music is religion
and I’m your savior

(Repeat Chorus)

I’m going to the top
I’m never gonna stop

(Repeat Chorus)

Try as they might
Try as they may
Won’t ever drop out
We’re here to stay
So never fear your rights
when you’re on the street

With me you run into the night
Feel the power of sonic flight
We’ll take on the world
just you and me

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Slowdown
SLOW DOWN

(C. Ritchie, R. Lombardi, B. Paine)

Hey boy shufflin’ down the street
You’re lookin’ pretty blurry
The ground ain’t coming up to meet your feet
You feel too good to worry
Oh, I tell you. it’s hard enough
Oh, I know it. it’s really tough
But you gotta slow down

Hey girl dressin’ up to look so fine
And spendin’ all your money
You got too much makeup laid on your eyes
You’re lookin’ pretty funny
Oh, I know it
You wanna look so hip
Oh, I tell you
You look like a comic strip
And you gotta slow down

(Chorus)
Slow down – You’re trying to hard
Slow down – You ain’t gonna make it
Slow down – You push it too far
Slow down – I ain’t gonna take it

See me rockin’ all around the world
And listen to the power
A million dollars and a shiny car
I’m livin’ every hour
Oh, I tell you, it’s hard to stay on top
Oh, I know it, I’m never gonna stop
Never gonna slow down

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Hot Rod
HOT ROD
(R. Lombardi, B. Paine)

Hot Rod. Rev it up
You got your four on the floor
and you’re all jacked up
High beams shining bright
Lighting up the highway
in the middle of the night

You glow in the dark
I feel the air getting hot
when you walk in my direction
So put it in park
And let me check your motor
Feel it shaking. Feel you shaking

(Chorus)
Well I’m not looking for the girl next door
(Hot Rod)
I want to make a connection
(Hot Rod)
I don’t want you for the rest of my life
Well I’m not looking for love
I’m looking for action

In heat. On the run
Another lap around the track
I can’t get enough
Burned up. D.O.A.
I’ll give you all you want, so don’t hesitate

Don’t put up a fight
I’ll take you to the top
and dose you with affection
So stay for the night
And let me feel you burning
Take you higher. Take you higher

(Repeat Chorus)

You glow in the dark
I feel the air getting hot
when you walk in my direction
So put it in park
And let me check your motor
Feel it shaking. Feel you shaking

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: One Life to Live
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
(R. Lombardi, C. Ritchie, B. Paine)

In my hardest years
I find it hard to realize
the way in which I’m put together
With my darkest fears
I don’t believe I’ve found a way
to love my life or live forever
I tell you that my heart is broken
But I’ve lied before

In my world one love is all I need
to fill my life with happiness and complication
I’ve heard quite enough of everything
that pulls me down or leads me to damnation
I tell you that my heart is broken
But I’ve lied before
These words were better left unspoken
Life is disease, I am the cure

(Chorus)
One life to live
It’s taken every single day
I’m learning to forgive
I’ve got to love
I’ve got to find a way

It’s hard to be a man
No one really understands
and that’s the hardest part
So tough, so hard, so cool
Don’t you know that you’re a fool
and that’s no way to start

You tell me that you’ve found the answer
But you’ve lied before

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Liar
LIAR
(C. Ritchie, B. Paine)

The modern writer is poised at his desk
And he writes of the year 1099.
He’s got to be sure that his language is clear
As he uses the words of the time
If he stumbles and falls
the page will tell it all
The characters slip out of bounds
The lies are obvious
Mistakes are clear.
And the reader puts it down

Blonde and blue eyes are poised on the bed
And she tells of the pain in her mind
She’s got to be sure that her language is clear
And that she uses the words of her time
If she stumbles and falls
her face will show it all.
Her characters slip out of bounds
The lies are obvious. Mistakes are clear
And the reader puts it down
And it’s imagination that’s waiting for you
A tough, tough fabrication
And the words are untrue

(Chorus)
You’re a liar
Don’t tell the truth
You’re a liar
I can’t count on you

The modern writer is poised at his desk
and he writes of the year 1099.
He’s got to be sure that his language is clear
as he uses the words of the time.
If he stumbles and falls, the page will tell it all
The characters slip out of bounds
The lies are obvious
Mistakes are clear.
And the reader puts it down
And it’s imagination that’s waiting for you
A tough, tough fabrication
And the words are untrue

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Push It
PUSH IT
(C. Ritchie, B. Paine)

My bike tops out at a buck and a quarter
I’ll take it one thirty-five
I spent last night with my best friend’s daughter
I’m lucky to be alive
I run all night and I just can’t stop
I put my fist in the face of a cop
I drink too much and I get too high
I’m reaching up, yeah, for the sky

(Chorus)
Push it, Push it, Push it. Alright now
I’m supercharged and I’m built for speed
Push it, Push it, Push it. Alright now
I’ll do anything to get what I need

I stole a ride on the astral plane
Yeah, and I won’t give it back
I lost my baby to the neon lights
Hey, and now I’m walking the tracks
Aw, honey don’t you know how I feel?
My heart’s open, but it’s made out of steel
I’ll take you right here or ten at a time
Give you a chance to blow my mind
Push it, Push it, Push it. Alright now
Can’t help it, I’m living in sin

(Repeat Chorus)
Push it, Push it, Push it. Alright now.
That’s right, I’m pushing to win.

I’ll be alright in my pleasure and my pain
But late in this night and forever
Hear me call your name
Hear me call your name
Call your name

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Promise of Destruction
PROMISE OF DESTRUCTION

(R. Lombardi, C. Ritchie, B. Paine, J.P. Reimer)

Dream. dream for your life
Dream, dream, dream
You are immortal
He wanted to live
He must escape
He wanted to ignore
the promise of life and death
Drink to live or drink to die
He wanted to live
He must escape
He wanted to ignore
the promise of life and death
Drink to live or drink to die
Fool. fool that you are
Fool, fool, fool. blind to reality

They follow closely watching
every step he makes dying
he wanted to ignore
they promise of death
Do you want to know the promise he made?
He wanted to ignore the…

Promise Of Destruction
Die. Die all your life
Die, die, die
That’s what you wanted
You try to tell yourself
that all was well and good
But you can’t resist temptation
Heaven knows you should
Evil and intoxicants
composed for your seduction
Fulfilling destiny
Your promise of destruction
Track Name: Venus
VENUS
(C. Ritchie, B. Paine)

Standing all alone
An inspiration
Statue made of stone
but there’s no love for me
Been here for a thousand years
Through war and weather
But none can see my tears
I heard them in the rain

(Chorus)
The air is warm and bright
The sun is shining down on you
You’re glowing in the light
And you will know where you should be
Standing here with me

In my deepest dreams
I expected no one
To hear my silent screams
or take away my pain
But one thing keeps me strong
My love for Venus
The nights are much too long
‘Til sunlight brings you back to me

(Repeat Chorus)

Standing all alone. An inspiration.
Statue made of stone
but there’s no love for me.
Been here for a thousand years
Through war and weather
But none can see my tears
I heard them in the rain.

(Repeat Chorus)

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