Eponymous

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about

Love ;)

This record almost didn't end up being released at all...

In my quest to create the "perfect" album, it was initially assembled haphazardly whilst writing CORE, on the heels of my previous effort entitled GET NAKED.

A collection of new and somewhat older material, it was unofficially released in 2009 and sold in very small quantities while touring.

I have since come to realize its value in my discography and have decided to stop waiting for the "perfect" album to materialize... Seven years in the making and including new recordings of two seminal classic songs which were part of my live set at the time, here then for the first time, is the 2016 Remixed, Expanded and Remastered version.

To suggest its themes are dark would be accurate... To say Eponymous is solely rooted in anger would be limiting in scope for there is hope, and the thread explored throughout is perhaps best expressed in the songs that bookend this collection.

"Throw Myself" leads the way;
"Can't think, I'm saturated... Can't talk, I'm overrated..."

...I then reflect upon a world edging closer to madness as it insatiably feeds its need to consume at the expense of our survival and that of all species by destroying our very home in "Bubble Boy" (first of two versions on the album - 2nd being a bonus track).

"There is NO distinction between YOU and the ENVIRONMENT, baby..." ™

I then proceed with a rallying cry as I stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter in "Everything Changes", go on to express my rage at the futility of war by interpreting one of my favorite Dylan songs in "Masters of War" (written in 1963!), and follow-up with another plea for social justice in honor of our First Nation brothers and sisters who are #IdleNoMore #NDAPL #StandWithStandingRock in "Nobody Knows".

"Angry Young Man" ensues, a track whose title perhaps best encapsulates the themes one will find in most of the songs on this album, and reflective of much of what we see happening around the world in terms of people being disenfranchised on a political level...

I move on to meditate on unrequited love with "Eldorado Bridge", and on life and loss as I struggled with grief upon losing both my mother and brother in the space of a single year with my interpretation of Trent Reznor's hauntingly beautiful song "Hurt".

All of this finally leads me to find some peace of mind in "Stoned"... as if the creative muse had served as a catharsis enabling me to become grounded once again.

Next is "Until The End Of Time - Redux" (the original orchestrated track first appeared on "Get Naked" - here pared down to its most essential elements), a meditation on unconditional Love written for my children, and dedicated to the human race.

Is "Eponymous" perfect? No.
An accurate reflection of where I recently stood in time and space? Undeniably so.

I am an activist. I stand for social and environmental justice in the belief we can move forward through the concept of non-violence as embodied by Gandhi and by Martin Luther King.
Punk was about rebellion. "#Love Is Punker Than Punk..." ™ is my way of saying Love is the only way one can rebel against hatred.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™

Thank you ALL so much for your support!!!
You know who you are!

j.

Dedicated to my wife Bebel, to my children, to thinkers, doers, idealists, dreamers, romantics, lovers, and Eco Love Warriors the world over. Thank you for your Love and for your unyielding faith.

"Perfection is a work in progress... Aim High, Ask High, Get High..." ™

A limited edition gatefold vinyl release should be available soon!!! ;)
Reserve your copy today for $40.00 CA (plus delivery) by contacting y3kproductions@gmail.com

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"VOICE IS AMAZING!" Shawn Lefebvre (MUSE, Billy Talent, LA Guns - Engineer, Producer)

"I LIKE IT..." Alan McGee (Oasis, MBV, Primal Scream, The Libertines - record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian)

"STELLAR VOCAL!" Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn/Blur/Gorillaz, Lee Mavers/La's - Producer)

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"...A BIG, TERRIFIC SONG... COULD FILL AN ARENA SHOW!!!"
Bruce Replogle (John Lennon, Nick Cave, The Cure - Publicist, Manager) on "Sunshine"

"INTENSE, SOLID VOCALS; TOP TIER SONGWRITING; MODERN, TIGHT, COLORFUL... GREAT WORK!!!" Brad Chapman (Anita Baker, Quincy Jones, The Bangles, Kevin Cronin - Vocal Coach)

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"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™

© 2007-2017, JAMESPARKER

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released February 9, 2017

Written, Arranged, Performed and Produced by JAMESPARKER, y3klounge, Montreal, Planet Earth © 2016

Mitch Ben David: Bass on "Throw Myself"
David Ryshpan: Wurlitzer on "Throw Myself"
Chelsea Autum and Bebel: Back Vocals on "Nobody Knows" and "Stoned"
Louis-Philippe Gingras: Lead & Electric Rhythm guitar on "Stoned"

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"PRETTY GOOD" Tony Visconti (Bowie, Lou Reed - Producer)

"I LOVE IT" Steve Thompson (Bowie, Rolling Stones - Producer)

"VOICE IS AMAZING" Shawn Lefebvre (MUSE - Engineer)

"I LIKE IT" Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream - Manager)

"REALLY, QUITE VERY GOOD" Terry Brown (RUSH - Producer)

"SOLID VOCALS; TOP TIER SONGWRITING; MODERN, TIGHT, COLORFUL" Brad Chapman (Quincy Jones - Vocal Coach)
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Track Name: Throw Myself
Throw Myself
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

I can't think I'm, I'm saturated and I
I can't talk I'm, I'm overrated and I
I can't drink I'm intoxicated and I
I can't walk it's too complicated and I...

I don't know, where to go from here...

Where to throw myself
Throw myself
Where to throw myself
Throw myself...

I can't feel, I won't allow my heart
The room to breathe a while
I can't cry, I'm all too numb
And everything is all too real...

I don't know, where to go from here...

Where to throw myself
Throw myself
Where to throw myself
Throw myself...

Solo

I can't think I'm, I'm saturated and I
I can't talk I'm, I'm overrated and I
I can't drink I'm intoxicated and I
I can't walk it's too complicated and I...

I don't know, where to go from here...

Where to throw myself
Throw myself
Where to throw myself
Throw myself...

Throw Myself, Throw Myself
Throw Myself, Throw Myself...

© 2009/2015, James Parker, BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.
"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love
Track Name: Bubble Boy
Bubble Boy
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

I wanna want a better life
I wanna want a faster car
I wanna want a bigger home
Don't really wanna live alone...

I wanna want the latest cure
For outmoded allure
I wanna want the latest thrill
Supply me with the latest pill...

'Cause I need, I want
I need, I know...

Dickie's living in a Bubble Boy
Don't heed much he's got a brand new toy
Dickie's living in a great big void
Got no future it was all destroyed
Destroyed, all destroyed...

I wanna want a high class girl
Who's gonna gonna make them swirl
She's gonna gonna wear my ring
And say the sweetest things...

I wanna want the latest trend
You've got it you can be my friend
I wanna want the latest deal
It fills the void I feel...

'Cause I need, I want
I need, I know...

Dickie's living in a Bubble Boy
Don't heed much he's got a brand new toy
Dickie's living in a great big void
Got no future it was all destroyed
Destroyed, all destroyed, all this...

BRIDGE

Dickie's living in a Bubble Boy
Don't heed much he's got a brand new toy
Dickie's living in a great big void
Got no future it was all destroyed
Destroyed, all destroyed...
All destroyed, all destroyed...
All destroyed, all destroyed...

All destroyed, all destroyed,
All destroyed...

© James Parker 2014, BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love
Track Name: Everything Changes
Everything Changes
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

From the courthouse to the street
We're all marching to the beat
Helicopters overhead
Another Black Lives Matter dead...

Everything changes
Moving through the ages
Everything in stages
Morphs and rearranges

A fire's raging down below
It all began so long ago
We're bearing witness to injustice
And we're all standing in the glow...

Everything changes
Ever through the ages
Everyone in stages
Morphs and rearranges

Bridge

Everything changes
Moving through the ages
Everything in stages
Morphs and rearranges

Everything changes
Ever through the ages
Everyone in stages
Morphs and rearranges...

Come on.

© 2015 James Parker Socan/BMI. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.
Track Name: Masters Of War
Masters Of War

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave
’Til I’m sure...
’Til I’m sure that you’re dead

Copyright © 1963 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991 by Special Rider Music
Track Name: Nobody Knows
Nobody Knows
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Nobody, nobody knows
Nobody, nobody knows my hell
Nobody, no one knows
Nobody, nobody knows my hell...

But you my friend have been around
For a long, long time
You've seen me crying in the rain
Oh you my friend have been around
For a long time
Will you still be there in the end?
Nobody knows...

Nobody knows my pain
Nobody, no one knows
Nobody, nobody knows my pain...
(That's right, and I don't know yours)

But you my friend have been around
For a long, long time
You've seen me crying in the rain
Oh you my friend have been around
For a long time
Will you still be there in the end?
Nobody knows...

Bridge

But you my friend have been around
For a long, long time
You've seen me crying in the rain
Oh you my friend have been around
For a long time
Will you still be there in the end?
Nobody knows...

Nobody knows my hell
Nobody knows...

© 2013 James Parker BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love
Track Name: Angry Young Man
Angry Young Man
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Well times is tough in this ol' town
There ain't much work around
Been holding on as good I can
The little that I've found...

This ride's been rough, I'm feeling down
I don't know where I'm bound
Oh but I keep hoping someday soon
This luck'll turn around...

Angry Young Man, I do my best to understand
Angry Young Man, I've got my back against the wall
Angry Young Man, I'll keep on fighting if I fall
Angry Young Man, Angry Young Man

Oh well, I've got a wife and family
Now they're counting on me
But I've got bills and obligations
Far as I can see...

And Credit Union's at my door
Well they've been here before
Only this time I've gotta pay
Else they'll take my home away...

Angry Young Man, I do my best to understand
Angry Young Man, I've got my back against the wall
Angry Young Man, I'll keep on fighting if I fall
Angry Young Man, Angry Young Man

Bridge

Angry Young Man, I do my best to understand
Angry Young Man, I've got my back against the wall
Angry Young Man, I'll keep on fighting if I fall
Angry Young Man, Angry Young Man

© 2013 James Parker, BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..."
Love
Track Name: Eldorado Bridge
Eldorado Bridge
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Perched upon a ledge on Eldorado Bridge
I observe the remains of our world
High upon a ledge on Eldorado Bridge
I confess that I fell for you girl...

That you didn't love me, that you didn't care
Had me losing control in despair ooh
That you very simply didn't want me there
Had me cursing and humbled and scared...

Perched upon a ledge on Eldorado Bridge
I remember a night long ago ooh
When underneath a moon on Eldorado Bridge
We first kissed and I first loved you so...

True confessions made it all the more intense
Do believe my confusion was real
How you made me quiver when you laid it bare
At the altar of whoredom I kneel...

An honesty so brutal it could shatter stone
Has me gathering the pieces alone
I surmise we could still maybe make it right
Do surprise me by climbing tonight...

Perched upon a ledge on Eldorado Bridge
Half insane, fully drunk and unbound
Underneath a ledge at Eldorado Bridge
That is where my remains will be found...

Perched upon a ledge on Eldorado Bridge
I observe the remains of our world ooh
Underneath a ledge at Eldorado Bridge
That is how and where I fell for you girl...

© 2014 James Parker BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love
Track Name: Hurt
Hurt
Words & Music by Trent Reznor

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything...

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt...

I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here...

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt...

If I could start again
A million miles away
I would heal myself
I would find a way...

© 1994, Trent Reznor, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.
Track Name: Stoned
Stoned
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

May your stone gather moss
May your bones get stoned
May your stone gather moss
May your bones get stoned

Be yourself, seize the day
Free your mind and have your say
Live your life, may your touch
Be as gentle as your stay...

Feel the rain falling down
See the dew drops on the ground
Feel the wind on your skin
Don't forget where you begin...

May your stone gather moss
May your bones get stoned
May your stone gather moss
May your bones get stoned

Be your own, let it known
May your Love shine as it grows
You are you, I am I
We are all one as it flows...

Know your heart, play your part
Give yourself another start
We are free to decide
Matters not which kings abide...

May your stone gather moss
May your bones get stoned
May your stone gather moss
May your bones get stoned

Solo

Bridge

Be yourself, seize the day
Free your mind and have your say
Live your life and may your touch
Be as gentle as your stay...

May your stone gather moss
May your bones get stoned
May your stone gather moss
May your bones get stoned

© 2013 James Parker BMI/Socan. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love
Track Name: Until The End Of Time
Until The End Of Time
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Baby, when I look into your eyes
I see the Earth and sky
Like a new dawn rise...

And baby, like an ocean pearl
Like a sail unfurl
Through this great big world...

I give you my Love
No conditions claimed
Until the end of time
Until the sun don't shine
Until the end of time

And baby, like a mountain soar
Like a torrent pour
Like a tempest roar...

And baby, like an open mind
Like a bridge unwind
Like a beacon blind...

I give you my Love
No conditions claimed
Until the end of time
Until the sun don't shine
Until the end of time

And baby, should the Angels call
Should the Heavens fall
Should the devil crawl
Should the prophets hail
Should the trumpets wail
Like a full forced gale

I give you my Love
No conditions claimed
Until the end of time
Until the sun don't shine
Until the end of time

Until the end of time
Until the end of time
Until the end of time...

© 1996//2014 James Parker Socan/BMI All Rights Reserved

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
LOVE
Track Name: Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are
Words & Music by JAMESPARKER

Where the wild wind blows
Where the river flows
Where the full moon glows
Where nobody goes

Where the wild things are
Where the wild things are
Far from where we are...

As the baron eyes his dish of iron, oil and paper
Grinding diamond dust to season bitter ash and gold
As the multitude is lulled in thinking it is thinking
I will sit and gaze upon the wild and raging sunset
With you

Where the salmon spawns
Where the glaciers rise
Where the new day dawns
Where nobody lies

Where the wild things are
Where the wild things are
Far from where we are...

We live, we love
We laugh, we ache
And as the human race is lulled in thinking it is thinking
We hurt, we maim
We kill, we die...

Where the wild wind blows
Where the river flows
Where the full moon glows
Where nobody goes...

© 2015 James Parker BMI/SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.

"When you change YOUR world, you change THE world..." ™
Love.