Ossification

by Officer!

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1.
Dynamite 00:55
dynamite is good, it’s a word we use to show that something’s good, so in a word we can say ‘dynamite’ and people know that it is good…. oh the world is full of dynamite we say that dynamite is good, it’s a word we use to show that something’s good, so in a word we can say ‘dynamite’ and people know that it is good…. oh the world is full of dynamite we say that dynamite is good, it’s a word we use to show that something’s good, so in a word we can say ‘dynamite’ and people know that it is good…. oh the world is full of dynamite
2.
Anagrams 04:17
you can’t possibly sleep there, you’ll get covered in anagrams you might choke on monoxide out in the traffic jams while if you enter my sphere, a calm silhouettes you if you drop off to sleep here the psalms are certain to get you god is a creep, but you can’t knock him hides behind sleep, so you cannot ever clock him sleep in my bed, it’s a warm promise empty your head from the vomit that flows from this situation that we’re in, a shameful compromise between bad engineering, and sandman in your eyes if you crash in the kitchen you’ll meet the poltergeist his behaviour’s bewitching, and he acts like he knows jesus christ he changes bread into cup cakes and presses his head so it takes on the shape of snakes but in my room all the objects you see form a womb of comfort they don’t perplex you
3.
Air 02:54
i don’t know where you’re leading me but it is sure to be somewhere where it’s nice to be when i want to be somewhere and I don’t know what you’re feeding me but i want more of those nice ingredients: s’pose i am just plain greedy for your love you give me air to breathe and a little bit more so that it’s there to see – the incredible story of a pair of thieves who each other’s heart lawlessly did steal bless us, we have the makings of the finest thieves ever set foot in the bank – a big thank you note saying ‘i’ve got a gun’ i’ll appear with the takings, wow! and you’ll be driving the getaway car, motoring through the suburbs with our love – cos in a life of crime it’s important to be a little organized - that’s important to me to keep the weekends free for that slice of time in your company. and when you’re out of law and your luck is in (luck is in a little more of a good way than you’d imagine) you get more from banks than you put in them: happy days. we’ll become international, then stateless – resident in casinos, take our chances, advantage! like a drinky-winky super cars and luverly credit cards be our companions in life’s dilemmas - big spenders with our money and our love.. because to me it seems quite imperative to begin eliminating the negative and to win old freedom’s dreams not in raffles but in the great outdoors. and in a life of crime it’s important to be a little organised - that’s important to me to keep the weekends free for that slice of time in your company you give me air to breathe and a little bit more so that it’s there to see – the incredible story of a pair of thieves who each other’s heart lawlessly did steal
4.
Telepathy 01:34
sur une plage sous un soleil jaune je rêve d’un oiseau qui chante une chansonne vraiment triste il chante la joie qu’il ne connait pas; même que personne ne connait je pense à toi, et aux vagues qui me ballaient. et je me demande pourquoi la vie et si plate? mon oiseau dort, les yeux fermés, l’air s’evanouit à toute hâte – un oiseau mort, o, tué par une chatte.
5.
want a word of advice? (to make you think twice) a watched radio never boils and the nicest plants grow in nice soils the sunflower seed has all we need it’s very nice, makes sunflowers and oils. want a piece of my mind? (not the hurting kind) you can’t hurry love – it’s sacred – it needs nurturing like unbaked bread and if you’re wise you’ll see it rise or if you’re blind you’ll hear it instead. are you speaking to me? speak civilly! i ain’t hooked on going fishing but there’s plenty fish live on the wing they shudder by, rotate the eye - they gawp at me a funny old thing i’m a boy who’s hooked on loving i’m a girl who’s hooked on loving even spitter’s hooked on loving yeah old spitter’s hooked he’s hooked on love he’s hooked on love he’s really hooked old spitter’s really hooked on old love all the boys are hooked on loving and the girls are hooked on loving ev’rybody’s hooked on loving yeah we’re hooked on love we’re hooked on love
6.
Dogface 02:00
call my cat dogface and see how the time flies watch the time fly when you call my cat dogface the world names its babes in a similar way singing races at breakfast and tactfully leaving the gun or the book to be found in the cot, on bed and thus dines the day on army and on sex call my cat dogface and see how the time flies watch the time fly when you call my cat dogface my dear old grandfather spent his time making those old plaster ceilings against which forks scraping and so it goes on til we all hard a-sleeping hailèd by insomniacs, you’ll see why it is that I call my cat dogface calling my cat dogface and see how the time flies watch the time, watch the time, watch the stupid television watch it in the launderama orbiting in inner space dirty, dusty, atmospheric, inert, waiting for the chance to call my cat dogface
7.
Some 05:59
you scare the living daylights out of me when you dust the furniture like that o mummy must you dust the furniture like that? err it was in my teens the maxim struck, that all activity is neurotic! all activity is neurotic! all activity is neurotic! some when i get up each morning in the dark, with the lark i touch the pane of glass – it’s neutral what a lark and what a pane of glass and what a system there has come to pass get your head down, down, down, down, down, down. take the time to drink just one cup of coffee time to write a letter to david time to put the leeks in the saucepan some and ev’ry day bears out the facts until the mind is cleansed of taint the television can’t be clean and human beings can’t relax
8.
i had a friend who fled his friends feeling sick of it all. he fell in with some social dregs, drunkards, thugs and rotten eggs, embezzlers and molesters hmmm boxers versus wrestlers he’d run away but couldn’t hide and then one day… we knew it couldn’t last – attacked at once from every side, with sticks and stones and cries and moans of voices from his past, and not surprisingly, he died… a wealth of millstones round his neck, a wreath of aspidistras
9.
Tunnels 05:08
it seems quite incredible that although a tunnel may be dark at the beginning it is much darker in the middle and, once enveloped, the light at the end is not always there
10.
Apply 03:14
i can still remember how, free of any care, i sat in some fashionable bar where i thought: yes! i’m living for the now… and everything that’s gone before, used up, stated and expired… (like the old juke box that played all those hits of yesterday yesterweek yesteryear) … need you… be there… stop at nothing… make the past serve the present. nothing i did seemed to work out right… (systems that are nominally perfect) and all i could remember was something about … learning to obey the law. in a world of pastimes learning certainly can be quite low on anyone’s list, but a learning great as this takes prime time and a bit of … clarity: it’s sometimes so hard to think, to think clearly and well enough and long enough so it’s sometimes easier just to forget everything and start again… hmmm not quite. acting on your suggestion i tried application, but hadn’t taken account of the gravity of the problem… make the past serve the present… you may ignore if you should choose: the wolf at the door or black or white or girl or boy or rich or poor but many things and everywhere and evermore – you can’t ignore the things you know… anymore. people all over the world have grievances: sometimes it’s not enough for them to hope sometimes it’s not enough for them to vote sometimes it’s not enough for them to joke with you. remember, all over the world and remember throughout time and remember throughout history
11.
i could try to explain how i’m fresh out of any good luck explanations are lame – i’m a sitting duck it’s an obvious ploy acting stupid and helpless and dumb i’m an obvious boy – i’m an old sore thumb i can act unobtrusive i can be out of sight but I can’t suffer the day’s abusiveness and stay up half the night cos it’s no use and it’s not right. so when you look at me don’t me troubled by my expression i’m just sad as can be – it’s called depression. good times might come my way – statistical possibility wouldn’t know what to say – i’m a real pity i’m a boa constrictor who’s just swallowed a brick gulp i can’t pretend a famous victory when the battle’s so thick cos it’s no use and it’s a trick. fortunately i’ve got cakes and tv to console my iq from the bad things we do – it’s a good life good as a stroll down the subway a good stroll down the subway a good stroll down the subway a good stroll down the subway a nice stroll down the subway gadgets abound there are plenty around electric and sinister, there is something missing from my life not that i’m knocking it - you can’t
12.
Origin 01:41
let’s find something really big and call it a god let’s find something really big and call it a god ‘where did it come from?’ everyone needed to know that one thing – origin well look, let me tell you – the tiffinin was deafening ‘but where did it come from?’ the little little little nin. ‘what would you like for christmas, little boy?’ ‘a love affair that’s bigger than the both of us, sir.’ hmmm let’s find something really big and call it a god
13.
Hello 05:06
hello. how are you? i’m alright. no i’m not good morning. i’m doing fine good. i’m going out of my mind oh no. it’s happening again i wish i could understand the things that cause you such pain the place where i live is run like a hive i talk to myself too, not just other people – that’s too exclusive communication ends or never begins i say things like ‘honey, your lid is attractive’ and lose all my friends hello again. take a seat. sit down my happiness is complete oh well. hard luck. never mind we live in an age of milk and spillage emotion comes frozen and as it expires there’s much more in the fridge i go shopping for one seek bargains and fun find holes in my pockets and cracks in my windows seek ice in the sun i’m tired. il est tard. il fait froid life’s so hard
14.
i’m not such a fool i’m not so unkind i suppose we’re all of the same mind blind, cruel, all of the same mind, hang on a spring wind up and you go go to and fro vacillate, show, bring things, sing off your head’s top, top, top of your head base, base of your bed clocks tick through the night morning’s alright, bright, light, trite – i must dash

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Officer!'s first album
available officially here in digital formats
includes pdf of the cover and insert/lyric sheet.
and three different physical versions of the LP, while stocks last.
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released March 14, 2020

MUSICIANS:

Andy Bole, Anne Stokes, Bill Gilonis, Catherine Jauniaux, Christina Wild, Felix Fiedorowicz, Georgie Born, Graham, Judy Carter, Jussi Karel, Kevin, Kevin, Marie-Jeanne, Mary, Mick Hobbs, Patrick Gundry, Rick Wilson, Terry Robson, Tim Hodgkinson, Tom Cora, Zeena Parkins

Engineered and mixed at Cold Storage by Bill Gilonis, Pete Bullen,
Tim Hodgkinson, Charles Bullen, Steve Rickard and possibly others.
Chris Grey engineered and mixed at Surrey Sound Studios.
Bill Gilonis suggested the name ’Ossification’

Digital transfers by Dusan Jakovljevic,
with thanks to Zoltan Pfefer,

Mastered by Andy LeVien at RMS Studios, London.
Secret Services by Andrew Jacques.

Originally released as a vinyl LP by Ayaa, France, 1984
This digital edition released by Life and Living Records, 2020
©&℗ 1984, 2020 Life and Living Records / Mick Hobbs

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Officer! has always been around, from its inception in 1984 to the present day. Invariably Mick Hobbs is at the thick of it, with an ever-increasing range of collaborators, participants and guests. Due for release in 2021 is Officer’s next big item – a rousing set of thumping tunes that pay hommage to the unforgettable and unforgotten Cornelius Cardew. ... more

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