In a World Upside Down

by Incognito Cartel

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Retro Jangle Pop, blending roots of '60s Rock and Jangle Pop into a sound strongly reminiscent of the '80s Paisley Underground style.

Nashville based indie band Incognito Cartel is single-handedly bringing back the paisley underground sound with their retro jangle pop debut CD release, “In a World Upside Down.” The 7 song CD is slated for worldwide online release on September 6. This will be preceded by a CD release party and performance on Saturday, September 3, at Nashville’s noted Ri’chard’s Café. Incognito Cartel is the featured act at the venue on the first Saturday evening of every month.

“Incognito Cartel’s sound is deeply rooted in the early rock and jangle pop bands of the ‘60s and ‘80s,” said Woodcraft Music spokesman Douglas MacCormac. “Listeners have likened the sound to a blend of the Animals, Monkees, and the Byrds with Tom Petty and the Stone Roses.” The band released a sneak preview video of the title cut “Upside Down” on their Facebook page, and it has received over 44,000 views in a matter of weeks.

Incognito Cartel is the brainchild of songwriters/guitarists Tom Templeman and Steve Rempis, who both desired to play in a band again after years of being indie songwriter/artists. They were quickly joined by Tom's wife, veteran bassist Terri Templeman, and mutual friend keyboardist/songwriter Don Gaylord, who is also the band's third songwriter. After a lengthy search for a drummer, the band hired Steve Holland, a well-respected Music Row session and live drummer.

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released September 6, 2016

All songs on the CD are written or co-written by Incognito Cartel’s trio of writers. Several outside co-writers also contributed their talents: Maureen Croissant-Prairie (Upside Down); Troy Castellano, Randy Finchum, Danny Traynor (Sometime After Sunset); and Jason McKeever (Pushing the Envelope). The band also wishes to acknowledge the following people for their efforts in this endeavor: Marv Treutel, for his hard work in engineering and producing; Christine Humphries, whose photography adorns the front, back and inside CD covers; and Beverly Wall, who designed the Incognito Cartel logo on the front cover and on the CD itself.

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Incognito Cartel Nashville, Tennessee

Incognito Cartel creates a retro psychedelic jangle pop sound for the 21st century from the sixties rock styles of the Animals, Byrds, Hollies, Monkees, Paul Revere & the Raiders. Members are veteran songwriters/musicians Steve Rempis (guitar), Tom Templeman (guitar), Don Gaylord (keyboard), Terri Templeman (bass) and drummer extraordinaire Steve Holland. "A musical offer 'youse' can't refuse." ... more

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Track Name: Upside Down
FINGERS TO THE BONE, TRY TO GET THINGS OFF THE GROUND
TUNE AND TOUR AND PLAY WORKING FOR THAT PERFECT SOUND
BUILDING THE CROWDS, MAKING IT PAY
CERTAIN THAT THE BIG TIME IS JUST A GIG AWAY

(Chorus)
IT’S A CRAZY LIFE
IN A WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
WHERE WRONG IS RIGHT
AND A SQUARE IS REALLY ROUND
A FRIEND CAN BE WORSE THAN A STRANGER
AND A SMILE CAN REALLY MEAN DANGER
IN A WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

HE REEKS OF FLASH AND CASH AND DRIVES A FOREIGN CAR
SIGN YOUR SOUL AWAY AND HE’LL PROMISE YOU THE STARS
A BABE IN THE WOODS, A MOTH TO THE FLAME
LURED BY PROMISE OF FORTUNE AND FAME

(Chorus)
IT’S A CRAZY LIFE
IN A WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
WHERE WRONG IS RIGHT
AND A SQUARE IS REALLY ROUND
A FRIEND CAN BE WORSE THAN A STRANGER
AND A SMILE CAN REALLY MEAN DANGER
IN A WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

(Bridge)
GET BACK TO THE WALL, STAY IN YOUR LANE
DON’T FALL FOR HIS LINES, IT’S ONLY A GAME

(Chorus)
IT’S A CRAZY LIFE
IN A WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
WHERE WRONG IS RIGHT
AND A SQUARE IS REALLY ROUND
A FRIEND CAN BE WORSE THAN A STRANGER
AND A SMILE CAN REALLY MEAN DANGER
IN A WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
Track Name: Iron Maiden T Shirt
I GOT A REAL BAD FEELING MY GIRL’S BEEN STEPPIN’ OUT ON ME, I KNOW IT
IT’S NOT A TAD REVEALING WHEN SHE NEVER SHOWS UP WHERE SHE SAYS SHE’S GOING
YOU KNOW I DON’T MEAN TO SOUND SUSPICIOUS
BUT THIS DOUBT THAT’S HOUNDING ME IS JUST SO VICIOUS
AND SHE’S SHOWING ALL THE SIGNS THAT’S SHE’S GOING WITH OTHER GUYS AGAINST MY WISHES

WELL YOU MIGHT BE THINKING, “MAN, HE’S LOST IT”
BUT I’VE SEEN EVERY STINKING OUTFIT SHE HAS IN HER CLOSET
AND I KNOW IT’S NOT MINE SO WHERE’D SHE GET THAT IRON MAIDEN T-SHIRT?

WELL I’M NO SOOTH SAYER BUT I THINK THAT I CAN MAKE A FAIR PREDICTION
COS SHE’S A REAL SMOOTH PLAYER TRYING TO SLINK AROUND WHEN SHE’S OUT OF MY VISION
MAYBE SHE THINKS WHAT I DON’T KNOW WON’T HURT ME
BUT MY HEART SINKS KNOWING THAT SHE’S GONNA GO DESERT ME
AND SHE’S KNOWS SINCE I’M A LONER I’VE NO ONE WHO’S GONNA PHONE ME TO ALERT ME

WOULD SIGMOND FREUD CALL IT PARANOIA?
FRIGGIN AVOID THOUGHTS THAT YOU KNOW COULD DESTROY YA
STILL I’M SURE IT’S NOT MINE SO WHERE’D SHE GET THAT IRON MAIDEN T-SHIRT?

(solo)

(repeat first verse/chorus)
Track Name: Appian Bridge
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ALL ALONE
NEEDING SOMETHING TO SMILE INSIDE YOUR HEART
THERE'S A PLACE JUST ACROSS THE WATER
WHERE KIDS STILL PLAY EVERY DAY IN THE PARK
AND PEOPLE STAY OUT LONG AFTER DARK

(chorus)
THINKING BOUT THE PLANS WE MADE
UNDER APPIAN BRIDGE
AND YOUR DREAMS ARE NOT IN VAIN
UNDER APPIAN BRIDGE
COOL WATERS FLOW JUST THE SAME
UNDER APPIAN BRIDGE
BET YOU WISH YOU COULD REMAIN
UNDER APPIAN BRIDGE

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN MELANCHOLY
DREAM OF SUMMER AND CHRISTMAS HOLLY OF DAYS GONE BY
THERE'S A PLACE JUST ACROSS THE WATER
WITH GONDOLIERS AND LINGERING TEARS AND LONG GOODBYES
AND OLD DREAMS THAT NEVER DIE

(chorus)

(solo)

(chorus)

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND YOU WILL REMEMBER
CRYSTAL MORNINGS IN LATE DECEMBERS OF LONG AGO
AND NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU ROAM
THERE'S A PLACE THAT IS ALWAYS HOME WHERE THE BOATS DRIFT BY
AND OLD DREAMS THAT NEVER DIE

(chorus)
Track Name: Full Throttle
When I was a younger man
I thought this ride would never end
I loved to dance out on the edge
some said I threw my life away
A little further down the road
I see the reaper leanin' on an old fence post
He just stands there laughin'
While I fumble on my way

Chorus:

And I, I lived my life at full throttle
Drank and sang and danced and laughed
My summertime away
With winter knockin' at my door
The only thing I'm lookin' for
Is just a shade of meaning
In between gray lines of age

Verse:

I sowed a ton of wild oats
I hollered "sex and drugs and rock and roll"
I never thought about tomorrow
Or considered rainy days
Bridges burned, fences left untended
So many things that must be mended
So much that I have left to do
Before I fade away

Chorus:

Bridge:

Sure has been a long, strange ride
A few good laughs and few good cries
I just hope when I'm in my grave
Someone will remember that I once passed this way

Chorus:
Track Name: Sometime After Sunset
The party’s shakin'... we just got here
Sun's still bakin'... just cracked our first beer
Well you’re hangin' with your girls, I’m broin’ with the guys
Knowin' we’re gonna slip away tonight

(CHORUS)
Sometime After Sunset
Head down to the creek bed
Get more than our feet wet
Gonna leave our clothes on the bank

We'll be bumpin' jumpin' hearts a-thumpin'
Take a swim, make this night into
Something we’ll never forget
Sometime after sunset

Feeling the liquor... gettin' anxious too
See the fireflies flicker... and I smile at you
Well you give me that wink just to let me know
You’re thinking about that place where we’re gonna go

CHORUS

Well our friends won’t notice that we’re not around
Cos the best part of this party's going down

DOUBLE CHORUS

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Track Name: In Your Letter
IN YOUR LETTER
YOU SAID THAT YOUR FEELINGS FOR ME HAD DIED
IN YOUR LETTER
YOU SAID OUR LOVE LEFT YOU UNSATISFIED

SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER
I WAS WARNED NOT TO FALL FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU
SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER
YOU’RE TELLING ME THINGS THAT I KNOW AREN’T TRUE

(chorus)
YOU’RE TELLING ME WE’RE THROUGH
THAT LOOK IS IN YOUR EYES
THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO
GOODBYE

IN YOUR LETTER
YOU SAID THERE WAS SOMEONE OUT THERE FOR ME
IN YOUR LETTER
YOU SAID I WAS BETTER OFF BEING FREE

SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER
DON’T YOU THINK THAT I’VE HEARD THOSE LINES BEFORE
SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER
DON’T TRY TO BE KIND AS YOU CLOSE THE DOOR

(chorus #2)
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU
YOU’VE GOT ME PARALYZED
THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO
GOODBYE

IN YOUR LETTER
YOU SAID YOU WERE SORRY THINGS HAD TO END
IN YOUR LETTER
YOU SAID YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO BE MY FRIEND

SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER
CAN’T DENY ALL THE FEELINGS I HAVE INSIDE
SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER
GIRL I’M DOWN ON MY KNEES, AAHH, FORGET MY PRIDE

(chorus #2)
Track Name: Pushing the Envelope
YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M THINKING
YOU DON'T KNOW WHY I'M DRINKING DO YOU? DO YOU?
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW I'M FEELING
YOU DON'T KNOW WHY MY HEART'S REELING OVER YOU... DO YOU?

SO YOU WANNA LIE UPON MY SOFA
SO YOU WANNA CRY UPON MY BED
DIDN'T YOU BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID IT WAS OVER?
DID YOU EVEN HEAR A WORD I SAID?

YOU NEVER TALKED MUCH ANYWAY
BUT I HUNG ON EVERY WORD YOU SAID... I DID
YOU GOT ME STANDING ON A LIMB
HANGING ON HOPE THAT YOU'LL GIVE IN... AND I'LL WIN

BUT NOW YOU WANNA LIE UPON MY SOFA
NOW YOU WANNA CRY UPON MY BED
DIDN'T YOU BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID IT WAS OVER?
DID YOU EVEN HEAR A WORD I SAID?

FOR SO LONG YOU WERE MY PRIDE AND JOY
BUT YOU WANTED ME TO BE YOUR WHIPPING BOY... YOUR TOY
NOW YOUR PLANS ARE ALL SELF-DEFEATING
AND YOUR WORDS THEY DON'T BEAR REPEATING
AND ALL I REALLY WANNA DO IS FORGET YOU

SO YOU WANNA LIE UPON MY SOFA
SO YOU WANNA CRY UPON MY BED
DIDN'T YOU BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID IT WAS OVER?
DID YOU EVEN HEAR A WORD I SAID?

SO YOU WANNA LIE UPON MY SOFA
SO YOU WANNA CRY UPON MY BED
YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID THAT I LOVED YOU
NOW YOU WON'T BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY LOVE IS DEAD