Sticker Paralysis

by Hogwash

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released June 9, 2010

Produced by Hogwash, Sébastien Langle, and Bells On Records
All songs written by Hogwash
Recorded at LOKO Studios, France

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Hogwash Paris, France

Punk band from Paris, France (2002)

Released 3 LPs and 1 EP.

Influenced by No Use For Name, Foo Fighters, Burning Heads, and Queen.

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Track Name: This Is Not A Method (This Is A Provocation)
We've been around, we've seen a lot
Not crazy amounts but just enough to understand
There's no use in pretending to be someone
Some things made us laugh, some were quite depressing
And in the end we still play that game though we know we can't win it

We shot then we aimed, we'll be backwards till the end but we're participating
Last night I thought I'd try meditation, I came up with a bunch of resolutions
We'll stop simulating growing pains, we're in our late twenties
Quit backstabbing all of our friends and then talk about integrity
And we'll stop believing in the ghost of punk-rock past

It may be strange but without rage we actually look like we managed
To overcome not to become bitter, jealous or jaded
But we will admit that's not how we planned it
And in the end we still play that game though we know we can't win it

We shot then we aimed, we'll be backwards till the end but we're participating
Last night I thought I'd try meditation, I came up with a bunch of resolutions
We'll stop simulating growing pains, we're in our late twenties
Quit backstabbing all of our friends and then talk about integrity
And we'll stop believing in the ghost of punk-rock past
We won't look back

This is a steal, a thrill, a contribution but it's not a plan
This is our life, our drive, it's not a method, it's a provocation

It'll all end up in contention and friction
Can't wash away this permanent impression
Track Name: The Fall
When you decide to forget all the things you've done and everything that was pointed out as wrong
You'll feel much better off and if that's not enough still remains the option not to give a shit

Behind the cover of your shame, you're looking for someone to blame
By living in denial you feel you're in control but you're not ready to take the fall

Please tell me why you can't reason. You're so wrong

It seems all you want is people's sympathy unless you're a poor boy who don't need it
And while you whine and bitch and drink, life still goes on
But you're just afraid - we all can tell - this masquerade's got to end

Sinking, you'll never touch the ground, infinite revolutions
You lost and never found the reasons for the fall
Track Name: Donna
Donna wrecked her brand new car today doing 90mph
Cut the yellow lane, looked around, then crashed into the sports car in the other lane
Blood sweat tears and gas on fire. She's waiting for her life to flash before her eyes

Until that day she was always so easily embarrassed, gotta face so many regrets
Don't underestimate now
If she could then she'd make the commitment to alienate the ones that she'd love to resent
She won't let life bring her down

Donna spent the night up pondering the sense of these misadventures
Though she wouldn't tell anyone how sorry she felt for the pain she’s ever caused
And then brush it off with laughter while blaming her mom/job/life/friends for her mistakes

Until that day she was always so easily embarrassed, gotta face so many regrets
Don't underestimate now
If she could then she'd make the commitment to alienate the ones that she'd love to resent
She won't let life bring her down
Track Name: Safety Buzz
You're counting your mistakes
All these times you've been in the wrong place at the wrong time
Love-hate relationships got the best of you and now you sincerely regret
The roads you drove down, the feelings that you bared
The guys you kneeled at, the submission. The smell of shame. The smile on his face

You've got to run away
You've got to run away
You've got to run away

Go home, stay here, don't go away
I don't love you but I won't mind saying so and tonight you'll stay 'cause I always have my way

To feel this way again, this second chance, can you pull yourself together? Give it up now
Forget the circumstance, ignore the pain and don't throw it all away. Don't snort it all away
Track Name: Round One: Fight
I've been playing with my life for much too long; when everything unravels will i just lose control?
I've always relied on my darkest side but now it's gone and I look back righting all the wrongs

Nothing justifies when I blame it on someone else, there's no point in caring when it's all too late
Just as long as I'm with you, reason for all my sins I'll just keep on sleeping tight. Whiskey and anxiety.

Somebody, nobody. Just a release until the next day

She'd been playing with her life for way too long and everything unravelled but she just kept control
Nothing but spite sat on her mind and now she's gone with a smile on her face, with a bag of regrets

And there is no new life, just lies and illusions, it flashed before her eyes
Just like a mentally-ill exhibit that it'll never get better

Somebody, nobody. Just a release until the next day
Somebody, nobody. Why be a victim till the day...?

Nothing but spite sat on her mind and now she's gone with a smile on her face, with a bag of regrets

Nothing justifies when I blame it on someone else, there's no point in caring when it's all too late
Just as long as I'm with you, reason for all my sins I'll just keep on sleeping tight. Whiskey and anxiety.
Track Name: Paris Beach
I stand my ground 'cause I know what's best for myself, don't waste your time trying to convince me otherwise
You have to understand it yourself before you can judge me or exercise superiority on me, self-righteous and lonely man

I never really meant to hurt you, I just feel like some truths need to be told
In some ways you and I are similar but we won't admit it, it's much better to draw a line and stand on either side
Looking out for number one remains the best solution

Now you pay the price for this selfish enterprise, you're running out of cash
Since you forgot to explain how you made your choices. It's not enough or it's too much

Your courtesy has become a stick we use to beat you up
We never try, never talk about solutions. We sit and smile. Handshakes, goodbyes

When all the feelings will come rushing back, when we decide that we must take everything back
Then we'll be able to be on the same track

It's all in vain but try to be more forgiving
Track Name: Russian Standard Of Care
I emptied that box on the floor: letters, cards, pictures and more
Completely forgotten all these items I collected before
Some of them I got from you, some were too good to be true
All of them embodied a path I thought would lead back to you

Letters will be paper planes I will send from a rooftop, pictures where I look insane I will show no one
Cards I'll give to someone else. Someone who will really care about my stories and my hopes and fears
My hissy fits and my idiosyncrasies. They won't keep me in a box

Time will pass and we will talk again. Another time, maybe another place
I never really thought of you again, you've been away way too long
But sentimental geeks will never learn their lesson when it comes to being firm
They'll keep it in a box under their bed and then they'll empty it

Letters will be paper planes I will send from a rooftop, pictures where I look insane I will show no one
Cards I'll give to someone else. Someone who will really care about my stories and my hopes and fears
My hissy fits and my idiosyncrasies.
They won't keep me in a box

Can't be kept in a box
Track Name: Waffles
It all seems too familiar, the confusion, the discomfort, this charade of me and you
Now we know who pulls the strings, sound the alarm, pick your battles, get in line, you'll see it through

Nothing is the same and I watch you walk away
Everything's alright, you're so understanding
Nothing is okay, changed my mind, won't explain
Everything's the same as long as we still share the same place
Respecting each other's space

It all seems too familiar, the confusion, the discomfort, this charade of me and you
Now we know who pulls the strings, sound the alarm, pick your battles, get in line, you'll see it through

Nothing is the same and I watch you walk away
Everything's alright, you're so understanding
Nothing is okay, changed my mind, won't explain
Everything's the same as long as we still share the same place
Respecting each other's space
Take the time to discuss the alternative to the pain of realizing we're wrong
Insecurity will prevail.
Doesn't mean we can't just have a good time

Nothing is the same but to me we're still alright
Track Name: Simple Jack
The flame's burning our own fate, "broken barriers" will never mean the same in the world we're living in today
Find a better place, roll with the punches, make them learn your laws, explain. A cemetary grave, a lot of mistakes to bury, take the throne, frozen birds will never sing again. A complicated quest, from outerspace to Neverland, Michael's not dead
Track Name: Remembering The Future
Open up your eyes and find out: are you still really yourself?
You have to figure out why your life is so hard, you can't hide under your veil
Laying on the couch late at night and you're talking to yourself
You never realize that it's falling apart and your time is now counted

It will hunt you down again, it's not a game, you can't pretend
Can you tell hate from anger? Simple gestures.

Twenty years will pass and you'll still whine about life being unfair
You feel like crap. Your friends are unaware of the amount of beer that you drink spending everything you got
How will you justify to your kids and your wife when they send the men in white?

Leaving would make things so easier for them but you never cared for anyone who wasn't for you
You once told me I should never judge your life but I'm asking who am I supposed to be and if I'm right this time
Track Name: The Crying Waitress
Images sometimes fill my head with reveries so vivid that they feel like memories
In them most people look the same but they're much nicer to me and they don't treat me like I'm a fucking slave

One day she'll stop bending over...

She believes in deeper emotions, she's hardly going through the motions, she wants her tale to be more than cautionary
(I love myself but I will never allow to give in to destruction, to believe in illusions)

Dreaming of being someone else is not an option for me, my life's the way it should be
But if I had to make a choice between my daily routine and a better one I wouldn't hesitate

She's so loving yet she feels so numb, she relies on many rules of thumb, all attempts to help won't be necessary

Take me back to times when life was fun, didn't have to feel a thing for anyone
I was glad just to be on my own, now I'm spending hours talking on the phone

She set the blaze and walked away. Looked back with no regrets
She's not a saint, she's just a waitress. Somehow they'll never forget her name
Track Name: Home Is Where The Start Is
You and I have never been good at keeping in touch, all the bridges that we burned ended up costing so much
Both agreed it would be better not to ask questions but it seems to me that you enjoy these awkward memories

Now it's time we finally come to terms with fabricated stories and delirium
I resent you for embarrassing me, you hate me for my shortcomings
From now on we will always be living in separate realities
Ones where we don't exist to each other at all

You spent so much time working on my case while I try hard to go on with my own mistakes
Most of what I told you I knew you wanted to hear. No sincerity, a commitment to bear angry feelings

If you could go back in time, erase your face from my bad memories and make it like we never met
I'd be better, you'd be fine but somewhere down the line we'd meet again and make it worse than it has been
If I could go back in time, erase my face from your good memories and make sure that you never forget

Home is where the start is and you know how I sacrificed a lot to find myself
But now I've lost my heart
Home is where the start is and you know how I sacrificed a lot to lose myself
And now?