Artist: Pigeonhed

Battleflag ~ Lo Fidelity Allstars / Pigeonhed

The Lo Fidelity Allstars are an electronica group who have recorded since the late 1990s. Their members originate from various cities in Northern England where they were formed in Leeds, before relocating first to London where they came to the attention of major record labels.

Their earlier work is noted for genre-crossing stylings, distorted, morose, and at times alien lyrics, distinctive funk bass lines, and extensive use of lo-fi recording practices (although it would be a stretch to call the style of the music as a whole “lo-fi”, in the more traditional sense).This work is best exemplified by their 1998 debut album How to Operate with a Blown Mind on Skint Records. At this time, the Lo Fidelity Allstars were credited by pseudonyms rather than their actual names. After its release, the band’s lead vocalist David Randall (credited as The Wrekked Train) left shortly followed by the keyboard player “Sheriff” John Stone. For their second studio album, Don’t Be Afraid of Love, the members of the band discarded their pseudonyms in favor of using their real names.

Battleflag

Battle Flag” (or “Battleflag“) is a song by Pigeonhed (Shawn Smith and Steve Fisk) from their 1997 album The Full Sentence. It was remixed by Lo Fidelity Allstars featuring Pigeonhed for Pigeonhed’s Flash Bulb Emergency Overflow Cavalcade of Remixes album and later included and released as a single from the Lo Fidelity Allstars album How To Operate With A Blown Mind. Though it failed to garner much success in the United Kingdom, it gained modest airplay on both radio and MTV in the United States. It was also extremely successful on alternative rock radio stations in the United States, peaking at #6 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, the only U.S. chart appearance by either Lo Fidelity Allstars or Pigeonhed.

Battleflag – Smith, Fisk

Your construction
Smells of corruption
I manipulate, to recreate
This air, to ground saga
Gotta launder, my karma
Gotta launder, my karma

I said hallelujah, to the sixteen loyal fans
You’re gettin’ down on your muthafuckin’ knees
And it’s time for your sickness again
Come on and tell me what you need now
Tell me what is making you bleed
We got two more minutes and
We gonna cut to what you need
So one of six so tell me
One do you want to live
And number seven tell me
Is it time for your muthafuckin’ ass to give
Tell me is it time to get down on your muthafuckin’ knees
Tell me is it time to get down

I’m blown to the maxim
Two hemispheres battlin’
I’m blown to the maxim
Two hemispheres battlin’
Suckin’ up, one last breath
Take a drag of the death

Hey Mr. Policeman
There’s a time for getting away
There’s a time for driving down the mother fuckin’ road
And running from your ass today

Now tell me if do you agree now
Or tell me if I’m makin’ you bleed
I got a few more minutes and
I’m gonna cut to what you need
So one of six so tell me
One do you want to live
And number seven tell me
Is it time for your muthafuckin’ ass to give
Tell me is it time to get down on your muthafuckin’ knees
Tell me is it time to get down

Got a revolution behind my eyes
We got to get up and organize
Got a revolution behind my eyes
We got to get up and organize
Got a revolution behind my eyes
We got to get up and organize
You want a revolution behind your eyes
We got to get up and organize

Come on baby tell me
Come on baby tell me
Come on baby tell me
Come on baby tell me
Yes we aim to please
Come on baby tell me
Yes we aim to please
Come on baby tell me
Yes we aim to please
Come on baby tell me
Yes we aim to please…

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