It's Getting Personal

by Electric Needle Room

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Electric Needle Room is an indie pop band from Kansas City that won’t go away. They keep releasing insanely catchy pop songs about things ranging from flossing to long nose hairs to the Presidents of the United States (not the band, the actual Presidents). Their seventh full-length album gets personal. Because they are so clever, they decided to name it “It’s Getting Personal.” If you want to defeat Darth Vader, Wal-mart, and MTV, you must listen to this record. Heck, if you like it, you can even promote it. Thank you for reading this. Love,
Matt

From Ron Trembath of Trainwreck'd Society:
"On their latest effort, "It’s Getting Personal" (technically ENR’s 7th album), they bring more of the brilliance I have held to be self-evident. As you could imagine from a band featuring a guy who wrote a song about every president in history (even Millard Fillmore for chrissakes), the storytelling is absolutely amazing. Simple pop tunes about real life, all in realm of bands like They Might Be Giants or Barenaked Ladies. There are songs about Twitter, Facebook, dancing like no one is watching, simply surviving, and so much more. Yes, It’s Getting Personal is another brilliant display of the finest indie pop group with a brilliant grace of storytelling to come out of Kansas since, well, probably ever. I seriously could never get enough of these two. Their songs, without a doubt, create some of the most fun listening experiences I have ever had."

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released January 11, 2014

Matt Beat, Steven Beat, Ryan Hubener

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Electric Needle Room are an indie pop band based in Lawrence, Kansas. It is mostly a solo project for Matt Beat, but his brother, Steven Beat, also helps with percussion. Emcee DL, Bryan Poole, Dave Thomas, and Chris Huggard have all helped the band with live performances throughout its history. ... more

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Track Name: Conform
The woman asks me "how are you?"
I don't know, should I tell her the truth?
I say I can't stop passing gas
And I can't get rid of this heartburn
She says "too much information" and is grossed out
I really don't know how to figure people out

Sometimes I say the most inappropriate things
But I try really hard to conform to society

I thought it was an ordinary day
I thought I looked pretty darn slick
But I wore a shirt and pants the same color
And my co-workers let me have it
They said "Matt, do we need to have your wife dress you?"
I said "You know what, she already does, thank you."

Sometimes I do the most inappropriate things
But I try really hard to conform to society

Everybody pushes me to be normal
But normal is relative, I'm normal to me

Sometimes I say the most inappropriate things
But I try really hard to conform to society
Sometimes I do the most inappropriate things
But I try really hard to conform to society
Track Name: Please Don't Forget to Take Care of Yourself
You never hesitate to take care of others
You'll help strangers like sisters and brothers
You go above and beyond
To make others strong
Your thankless job that doesn't pay you much
Stresses you out, and sucks your life out
And then you go home
And the work's just begun

But please don't forget to take care of yourself, take care of yourself, take care of yourself

The work's piling on, you can't catch a break
Body's worn, don't know how much you can take
And you are freaking out
Is this what life's about?
Yet you keep going, putting others before you
They take you for granted, they practically own you
Well that is enough
I know it'll be tough

But please don't forget to take care of yourself, take care of yourself, take care of yourself
Track Name: Reality TV
I don't want to live my life anymore
I'd rather just watch other people live there's
Reality TV
Reality TV
I don't want to keep up with the laundry
I'd rather keep up with the Kardashians
Reality TV
Reality TV
I don't want to go out and meet people
I'd rather watch people meet the Bachelor
Reality TV
Reality TV
I don't want to watch home videos
Well at least I don't want to watch any of mine
Reality TV
Reality TV
Why is reality so much better
Why is reality so much better
Why is reality so much better than reality?
One time I thought about going outside but changed my mind to watch a Big Brother marathon
Reality TV
Reality TV
A long time ago I tried to start a band
And now I just watch Diddy Making the Band
Reality TV
Reality TV
I didn't know the real world existed
until I found the show on MTV
Reality TV
Reality TV
I'm watching people watch TV watching people watch TV watching people watch TV
on Reality TV
Why is reality so much better
Why is reality so much better than reality?
Track Name: Why Don't You Follow Me? (The Twitter Song)
I followed you on Twitter
Why don't you follow me back?
I followed you on Twitter
Why don't you follow me back?
Is it your ego?
Or you want to be popular?

I'm a fan of you, why aren't you a fan of me?
I care about you, why don't you care about me?
I always have to know what you are thinking
I always have to know what you are up to
It seems you don't care a thing about me
Why am I not important to you?

I followed you on Twitter
Why don't you follow me back?
I followed you on Twitter
Why don't you follow me back?
Is it your ego?
Or you want to be popular?

You influence me, why can't I influence you?
I would go to your funeral
I don't think you'd go to mine
I always have to know what you are thinking
I always have to know what you are up to
It seems you don't care a thing about me
It seems I might as well not even exist

I followed you on Twitter
Why don't you follow me back?
I followed you on Twitter
Why don't you follow me back?
Is it your ego?
Or you want to be popular?

I am one of a million sheep that hangs by your every word
What's the point of following you?
I'll think I'll just follow myself

You feel better 'bout yourself?
Track Name: I'm An Embarrassment to Everyone But Me
My clothes were in style ten years ago
I spit when I talk
Don't chew with my mouth closed
You don't like to take me out in public
I have stinky breath
Can I have some Mentos?
And a little athlete's foot
You don't want to see my toes
You don't like to take me out in public

I'm an embarrassment to everybody else
I'm an embarrassment to everybody else but me

I don't swim I
just doggy paddle
I don't laugh I
just sort of cackle
You don't like to take me out in public
I get up on stage and
try to sing you a song
But my voice is off key
It just comes out all wrong
You pretend not to know me
When we're in public

I'm an embarrassment to everybody else
I'm an embarrassment to everybody else but me
Track Name: First On the Dance Floor
I'm the first on the dance floor
I just don't really care
Everyone else in the room just
Sits there and stares
I'm all bustin' a move like it's 1998
All the girls look like they're afraid
All the guys just think I'm lame
Junior's on his cellular phone just filming the whole thing
Desperately hoping the footage will go viral, or something

I'm going left, and I'm going right
I'm going left, and I'm going right
The DJ can't believe this sight
The DJ can't believe this sight
I'm lucid, completely sober, wide awake at night
Some are laughing
Some are loving it
Others are full of fright

And I don't care what I look like
I'm just having fun
And I don't care what I look like
I'm just having fun

I'm the first on the dance floor
I haven't heard The Chicken Dance
Take your Electric Slide and, and throw it in the trash
I'm all groovin' and movin' in crazy, mysterious ways
Everyone else is insecure but I haven't felt this great in days
Now some brave folks surround me, and are thinking about joining
But I don't even notice
I'm so focused on my motions
And when they finally join me
You might think they annoy me
But it's nice to have company
And yes, it's now a party

And I don't care what I look like
I'm just having fun
And I don't care what I look like
I'm just having fun
Track Name: Stuff (Things)
We want to keep up, and they're having more fun
And when we catch up, it's never enough
The advertising says we gotta have it
Not a necessity, but our life's easier

All we want is stuff
But all we get is stuff
It's temporary stuff
I'm sick of all this stuff

We protect our things, like they'll always be there
And lose them and sell them, like we never cared
They say "one man's trash is another man's treasure"
Well it all is trash 'cause nothing lasts forever

All we want is stuff
But all we get is stuff
It's temporary stuff
I'm sick of all this stuff

We hold onto our things
Sometimes better than ourselves
We hold onto our things
Sometimes better than our friends or our family

That's not what life's about

All we want is stuff
But all we get is stuff
It's temporary stuff
I'm sick of all this stuff
Track Name: Facebook Friend
Why'd you stop being my Facebook friend?
Was it something I posted?

Back in 2004
I signed up for The Facebook
I had many friends there
It made me feel popular
But now I see no one on there
Except for those whose views I share
I guess I shared my views too much
I forgot that most are bigots

Why'd you stop being my Facebook friend?
Was it something I posted (or shared)?

Now it's 2013
Now isolated on Facebook
Afraid to share my views
They're easily offended
Thought he was my friend in real life
But guess he could not handle when
I kicked my filter to the curb
Let it all out, I was candid

Why'd you stop being my Facebook friend?
Was it something I posted (or shared)?
Track Name: We'll Make It
Stress and pressure pulling our hair out, it's tough
We take it out on each other until we're beat up
Hold it in and hide until we meet up, it's screwed up, so what is up?

You and I
Yes we'll make it
We'll survive
Yes we'll make it
Keep the fight
Yes we'll make it
For what is right
Yes we'll make it

Down each other's throats, we don't remember why
We forget to live and act like we are dying
Don't you give up, wipe those tears, just please
stop crying, keep trying, start buying that

You and I
Yes we'll make it
We'll survive
Yes we'll make it
Keep the fight
Yes we'll make it
For what is right
Yes we'll make it
Track Name: Maybe Not (The End of Hope)
There's only about 7 billion people in this world
But my mommy said that I am exceptional
She said if I work hard then all my dreams will come true
She said "Do what you want- don't ever let someone stop you"
The kids are so happy, their whole lives ahead of them
They'll be doctors and lawyers, engineers and CEOs

Or maybe not

If you treat others well, then well, they'll treat you well, too
After you die everyone will remember you
If I write the best songs, then everyone will listen, won't you?

Or maybe not

What goes around comes around
Play by the book and you'll win

Or maybe not
Maybe not
Track Name: Spare Kidney
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I think it works well
Only time will tell
I'd rather donate
Than try to sell
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?

I don't have much to offer
I have not much of value
But there's something inside that I was born with
And if you're family you just might get

I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I think it works well
Only time will tell
I'd rather donate
Than try to sell
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?

I'm worth more dead than alive
But my organs are groovy

I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I've got a spare kidney, do you want it?
I think it works well
Only time will tell
I'd rather donate
Than try to sell
I've got a spare kidney, do you-s
Track Name: The Colic Song
My baby cries cries cries for no reason
and I haven't slept for days

I fed her, burped her, changed her, swaddled her
Bounced her, swung her, bather her, sung to her
Nothing seems to work
And I am quite beserk

My baby cries cries cries for no reason
and I haven't slept for days

I drove her downtown, that worked at first
But at the stoplight the crying returned
What am I doing wrong?
I even tried singing her this song.
Track Name: Just Survive Until Death
I don't remember when
I had my last vacation
Or a day off
Productivity
Without fame or money
There's no respect
The things that matter most
Are often neglected
They have our souls

Somebody tell me why do we work so hard?
All this time and we have only gone this far
Two steps forward, one step back, we're exhausted
We work and work and work and work and then we die
Somebody tell me why do we work so hard?
All this time and we have only gone this far
Two steps forward, one step back, we're exhausted
We work and work and work and work and then we die

All we do is survive, survive, survive
When we really should thrive, should thrive, should thrive
All we do is survive, survive, survive
When we really should thrive, should thrive, should thrive
All we do is

I am just too busy
To make myself break free
From this machine
I know that my career
Does not define me dear
It's just for dough
Too much prosperity
In the minority
Why can't it stop?

Somebody tell me why do we work so hard?
All this time and we have only gone this far
Two steps forward, one step back, we're exhausted
We work and work and work and work and then we die
Somebody tell me why do we work so hard?
All this time and we have only gone this far
Two steps forward, one step back, we're exhausted
We work and work and work and work and then we die

All we do is survive, survive, survive
When we really should thrive, should thrive, should thrive
All we do is survive, survive, survive
When we really should thrive, should thrive, should thrive
Track Name: I Can, I Will
Well I want to do this and I want to do that
NO YOU CAN'T
But if I practice a lot and I try really hard
NO YOU CAN'T
All my life, people telling me what I can't do
All my life, people telling me what I can't do

Well I want to do this and I want to do that
NO YOU CAN'T
But if I practice a lot and I try really hard
NO YOU CAN'T
But I've been working for years and I won't give up
NO YOU CAN'T
But I'm doing really well and I believe in myself
NO YOU CAN'T
All my life, people telling me what I can't do
All my life, people telling me what I can't do

I just realized…
That now it's time for you to shut up, shut up
Now it's time for you to shut up, shut up

I can do this, and I can do that so back off
I believe in myself, and I will succeed
Forget you
When I'm on top I will not take time to thank you
Yes I can and yes I will not you