The End

by BRAT

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1.
The Seer 05:27
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)
2.
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
3.
Back on Top 04:04
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)
4.
Love & War 03:04
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)
5.
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
6.
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)
7.
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)
8.
Slowdown 03:35
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)
9.
Hot Rod 04:28
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)
10.
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)
11.
Liar 04:15
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)
12.
Push It 03:21
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)
13.
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
14.
Venus 04:12
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)

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”.

credits

released 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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