- 1995, Sound Asleep Records

"An EP by Bill Lloyd ...is pretty much worth an album by anyone else, particularly when it's the only thing he's put out this year. Glorious pop for gregarious people, a yahoo for theYellow Pills crowd... If, like Bill, I could knock off stuff this good at home, I'd be a very happy fella." Chris Nickson, The Rocket (Seattle)

       Liners

What we have here are five pop songs recorded in my home studio...Def Heffer. As if Nashville doesn't already have enough studios.....Def Heffer Studio is really my home office. This record started off as a collection of home-demos. I recorded and mixed it and thought I was finished..but when my friend, Jerker, said he'd like to release them as an EP on his label (Sound Asleep Records) in Sweden, I couldn't stop myself from wanting to improve the package.

SO.. four out of five tracks were taken to Marc Owens High Street Studio up in my former hometown of Bowling Green, KY. where Marc replaced the drum machine tracks with real drums. It's the very same basement where in 1967, our first bands (with names like The Underground Sound and 98¢ Plus Tax) bashed out "Steppin' Stone" and years later we recorded the title track to my first album, "Feeling the Elephant").

Aside from Marc's overdubbed drums, I played and sang the rest. This makes this more of a solo record than I'm accustomed to making. The smart thing to do is to surround yourself with talented musicians and engineers. While I do believe that.. doing the dumb thing was fun this time.

These songs were mostly recorded late at night while my wife and baby son were sleeping. On tracks like "When the Green Room Turns to Blue" and "Wake Up Call" , this nocturnal schedule is almost audible. But don't get the wrong idea. This has the appropriate loud guitars.If you're not listening to it loud, then I advise you to do so now...

For the technically minded, these songs were recorded using 16 tracks (two ADATs), one good microphone, lots of guitars and a load of technical manuals that I tried to ignore.While Marc's studio has more stuff (it's less of an office and more of a pro operation!) most all of the recording and mixing was done at home..Def Heffer...

While I plan to record another album (with more than just five songs), I've always loved the idea of EP's. It gets these songs "out there" ...so thanks for being "out there" and thanks for listening! -Bill
Reviews

    * "An EP by Bill Lloyd (don't be fooled by just remembering him as half of Foster & Lloyd) is pretty much worth an album by anyone else, particularly when it's the only thing he's put out this year. Glorious pop for gregarious people, a yahoo for the Yellow Pills crowd. A truckload of melodies and hooks on the title track and "Conference Call" give way to the softer strains of "When the Green Room Turns to Blue," and the aching notes of "Wake Up Call." If, like Bill, I could knock off stuff this good at home, I'd be a very happy fella."
      - Chris Nickson,The Rocket (Seattle)

    * "Since his groundbreaking work a decade ago with Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd has slowly but surely built a fine name for himself as one of the defiantly few musical visionaries left alive in Music City, USA. That Nashville ironically cowers behind the bite of Bill's big-guitars attitude in no way demeans the power of the songs herein to weld themselves instantly to all within hearing range. Add to this luscious brew lyrics which forever delight in throwing wrenches at the heart and you'll be kept up nights wondering, as I, why such brilliant and inspired work had to travel halfway 'round the globe to find a label."
      - Gary P. Gold, Sound Views

Credits

   1. Confidence is High (Lloyd) (Warner Tamerlane-Def Heffer Music) (BMI)
   2. When Will I Ever Learn (Lloyd /Ezell) (Warner Tamerlane-Def Heffer Music) (BMI)
   3. When the Green Room Turns To Blue (Lloyd / Etzioni) (Warner Tamerlane-Def Heffer Music and Feadbach-Prophet Sharing Music) (BMI/ASCAP)
   4. Conference Call (Lloyd) (Warner Tamerlane-Def Heffer Music) (BMI)
   5. Wake Up Call (Lloyd / Scarborough) (EMI-Blackwood Music Inc./Okay Then and Bar Jan Songs) (BMI)

    Produced by Bill Lloyd- in Stereomanic Sound!
    All instruments and vocals by Bill except drums by Marc Owens.
    Recorded at Def Heffer except drums on tracks 1-4 recorded at High St. Studio-Bowling Green.KY.
    Photo by C. J. Hicks.
    Sleeve design by Jerker and Lena.

Lyrics

"Confidence is High" (Lloyd)

she leans across the counter
throws salt over her shoulder
she breaks the fortune cookie
pockets the message..it told her
your change demands a new address
she's certain as she says
confidence is high
i'll try again..nothin's gonna' stop me
no one can deny my right to fly
in the face of sorrow..my
confidence is high
she sells the books and records
at a saturday yardsale
she finds the rand mcnally
on an interstate guardrail
she longs to live more and die less
she's certain when she says
confidence is high
i'll try again..nothin's gonna' stop me
no one can deny my right to fly
in the face of sorrow..my
confidence is high
    

"When Will I Ever Learn" (Lloyd/Ezell)

i found a way to forget her
i told myself such a lie
she's not the one that i'm after
and now's not the time
i thought i wanted my freedom
but now i know what i lost
i learned a lesson in living
but look at the cost
i used to laugh at lovesick losers..
now i'm one of them..
when will i ever learn
to let love into my life
when will i ever learn..
i try but i can't get it right
i crash at every turn..
when will i ever learn
maybe i'm missing the meaning
of what this life's all about
my head and heart disagreeing..
i'm so full of doubt
i thought that love was illusion
it left me blind and confused
it grabbed a hold of my senses
and left me no clues
and after all these years of yearning
i keep turning away from my heart
when will i ever learn to let love into my life
when will i ever learn..
i try but i can't get it right
i crash at every turn..
when will i ever learn... ..
a way to make love last
how can people come together
fall apart so fast
    

"When the Green Room Turns to Blue" (Lloyd/Etzioni)

you could have been a wife with a family
but now you're a so-called celebrity
you've got style, grace and personality
when you're on your way down, will
you remember me?

when the green room turns to blue
what will you do when the camera
finds someone new
who is young a beautiful too..
i'll be there for you

it's a world premier..lights shine
against the clouds
you walk down the aisle..they can't
control the crowd
photographers and autograph hounds
and in a flash..the curtain falls down

when the green room turns to blue
what will you do when the camera
finds someone new
who is young a beautiful too..
i'll be there for you

when you wake up, who are you going to blame
the nurse or the actress who's half your age
when you're yesterdays news and they
turn the page
who'll be your shelter on that rainy day

when the green room turns to blue
what will you do when the camera
finds someone new
who is young a beautiful too..
i'll be there for you

"Conference Call" (Lloyd)

i guess she never figured she'd be
runnin' into me
workin' opposite coasts for the same
company
but when i heard her quote my memo
my heart took a fall
i fell in love with the voice on the
conference call

i got her personal extension from the
company file
and our first meeting felt like the fourth
of july
we settled for a merger and the thrill of
it all
and we made our connection on a
conference call

conference...conference call
conference...conference call

when business affairs got word of the
deal
i put my power tie on and made my
appeal
but the vp of personnel was simply
appalled
and i lost my job on a conference call
    

"Wake Up Call" (Lloyd/Scarborough)

it's 6 a.m. in some hotel
and i'm not sleeping very well
i just keep staring at the wall
waiting on my wake up call
i cannot shake these dreams of you
they followed me into this room
i'd move my bed out in the hall
if it wasn't for my wake up call
sleepwalking through my life
i let the best things pass me by
without a thought
while a voice here inside me's saying
wake up
i did not want this king size bed
but it was all the desk clerk had
it leaves me feeling very small
while i'm waiting on my wake up call
sleepwalking through my life
i let the best things pass me by
without a thought
while a voice that's inside me's saying
wake up
it's 6 a.m. in some hotel
the drapes are drawn, it's just as well when i lost you..i lost it all
i never heard my wake up call
it's 6 a.m. in some hotel