G Street Panorama

by Fade To Black

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Fade To Black formed in 1990 during the burgeoning alternative rock scene that took over the United States in the 1990’s. The band was made up of five very creative individuals (Mike Anderson - vocals, Eldon McGraw - lead guitar, Jeff Behrendt - bass guitar, Randy Matthews - rhythm guitar, and Tommy Gomez - drums) who all were songwriters: as a result, the Fade To Black “sound” is very eclectic with roots in Punk, Classic Rock, and Alternative Rock.

The band released two indie albums in the early 90’s and broke up in late 1991. After an 18 year hiatus, all five original members of the band reformed in 2009 and immediately began working on their third studio album, “Black Is Back,” which was released on GTG Records in 2010. Seven songs from “Black Is Back” were played on college, satellite, and internet radio in seven different countries. In 2011, the band released their first live album, “Live in Lansing.”

Since reforming in 2009, two of the original members, Tommy Gomez and Randy Matthews, have left the band to pursue other professional commitments. The band added current drummer Mike Reed in 2011 and current rhythm guitar player Ian Walker in 2012.

In late 2011, Fade To Black began the process of recording their latest and fourth studio album, “G Street Panorama.” Over the course of the 2.5 years of recording their latest album, the band faced challenges that included changing drummers just into the recording process from Casey Chahine to Mike Reed, changing recording studios and starting the recording of the album over at a new studio, losing founding member Randy Matthews as he pursued other creative endeavors, changing record labels from GTG Records to Silver Maple Kill Records during the recording process, and adding new rhythm guitar player Ian Walker to the band. Yet, through all of these challenges, the band forged ahead with a zenith focus to complete the best album of their career. A half hour video documentary called “Gonna Rise Up,” which chronicles the making of “G Street Panorama” is available on YouTube.

“G Street Panorama” continues the eclectic songwriting that has been a staple of Fade To Black since their early days. The 11 songs on the album features punk, hard rock, pop, and ballads. Fade To Black also invited guest musicians to perform on the album, including Dave Gorbe on theremin, Jenny Spurbeck on cello, and Cat Harrell on backing vocals.

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released August 17, 2013

"G Street Panorama" is being released on Silver Maple Kill Records.
Produced by Fade To Black and Ian Walker.

Recorded at Michigan Sound Services Studios in Lansing, MI from April 2011 through March 2013.

Recording Engineer - Ian Walker.

Mixed by Ian Walker, Mike Anderson, Jeff Behrendt, Eldon McGraw, and Mike Reed.

Mastered by Ryan Wert of Elm Street Recording in Lansing, MI


Fade To Black:
Mike Anderson - vocals/synthesizer.
Eldon McGraw - guitar/keyboards/piano/synthesizer/backing vocals.
Jeff Behrendt - bass/vocals/backing vocals/synthesizer.
Mike Reed - drums/percussion/backing vocals.
Randy Matthews - guitar (left the band part way through the recording of this album.)
Ian Walker - guitar/mandolin/organ (joined the band during the recording of this album.)
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Fade To Black formed in January 1990. In the early '90's the band released two albums. They broke up in late 1991, but reformed in 2009. Since reforming they have released two albums and continue to play live and write new material.

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Track Name: Aliens and Beer
“Aliens and Beer”
Written by Mike Anderson, Jeff Behrendt, Randy Matthews, and Eldon McGraw.
Lyrics by Mike Anderson and Jeff Behrendt.
Music by Mike Anderson, Randy Matthews, and Eldon McGraw.

Did you know aliens were here?
They came down on a night so clear
Saucer opened, a beam came down
Alien feet walking around
My fear rose – it shook my core
Then I saw them walk to the pub next door

The people dropped their drinks and stared
The aliens, they didn’t care
They said “We’ve traveled many light years
We’re thirsty, we want beer!”
Sat down, they ordered a round
Then with their three arms they began to pound

They looked so scary at first
But they just came down to quench a thirst
They were happy to drink and get along
Then some redneck came on strong
They were getting picked on by Big Jim
Til their shrink rays took care of him

The bar don’t take galactic cash
When the check came, they had to dash
They were drunk, blotto, and stoned
When they try to fly their saucer home
The sauce rose, the saucer fell
Then it crashed somewhere near Roswell
Track Name: Under the Dome (explicit)
“Under the Dome”
Written by Jeff Behrendt and Eldon McGraw
Lyrics by Jeff Behrendt. Music by Eldon McGraw.

That guy's an ass
But most of these fuckers are
Time to take out the trash
Cause it never goes too far
Circle the bowl
Cause shit just stirs around
Protect my soul
Bury it in the ground

Under the Dome
This place is not my home
Under the dome
It will never be my home

Big swinging sacks
Left at the front door
Come and show me your pass
Cause everyone here's a whore
Speak loudest last
Word in the right ear
Blood in the stool
Dripping from the rear

Under the dome
Light peaks through the cracks
Under the dome
Better watch your backs

Elected ass
Slacken up their thirst
Raise up the tax
Fill their own plates first
Kept under wraps
Your rights is need to know
Don't turn your backs
On the win, place, or show

Under the Dome
This place is not my home
Under the dome
It will never be my home
Under the dome
Light peaks through the cracks
Under the dome
You better watch your backs

So do we have a deal?
I think we could so some business Senator
Track Name: The Note
“The Note”
Written by Randy Matthews and Eldon McGraw.
Lyrics by Randy Matthews. Music by Randy Matthews and Eldon McGraw.

Wanted to say, now that I've gone
Some things to you, waited too long
Life's been lovely, worth it to me
Life's been lovely, and now I’m free

But more than this, I'll miss your kiss
More than this, I'll miss your kiss
More than this, I'll miss your kiss
Because of this, I've lived in bliss

You've been for me, reason to live
Precious moments, all that you give
It's been worth it, the times we’ve had
Reason for leaving, not cause it's bad

But more than this, I'll miss your kiss
More than this, I'll miss your kiss
More than this, I'll miss your kiss
Because of this, I've lived in bliss

Only this body is gonna be gone
Only this body is gonna be gone

But more than this, I'll miss your kiss
More than this, I'll miss your kiss
More than this, I'll miss your kiss
Because of this, I've lived in bliss

Now that I am, always with you
Our souls were met, I’ve only a few
The rest can wait, to hear you come
Be like the morn, not setting sun

Lifes been lovely, trade none of it in
Lifes been lovely, it’s been a win
Lifes been lovely, and now it ends
Lifes been lovely, let’s do it again

But more than this, I'll miss your kiss
More than this, I'll miss your kiss
More than this, I'll miss your kiss
Because of this, I've lived in bliss

More than this, I’ll miss your kiss
More than this, I’ll miss your kiss
Track Name: Anger Is Emotion
“Anger is Emotion”
Written by Mike Anderson and Eldon McGraw.
Lyrics by Mike Anderson and Eldon McGraw. Music by Eldon McGraw

Anger is emotion
Anger is emotion

Who gave you the right to speak for me?
Who gave you the right to take my liberty?
Who gave you the right to go out and make war?
Who gave you the right to kill and maim the poor?

Anger is emotion
Anger is emotion

You bring out tanks and guns to make your point known
Then you sit back to watch them die and moan
No price is too high when it’s pain and blood and tears
Rage is your payoff with no way to steer

Anger is emotion
Anger is emotion

You try to hide your crimes, in the name of security
When will we stop this madness, this insanity?
You live a sickened lie, you put their heads into a vice
One day soon your game will end and then you’ll pay the price

Anger is emotion
Anger is emotion
Anger is emotion
Anger is emotion

You know this ain’t the first time we’ve seen this kind of act
You’ve done what you’ve done, now it’s time to face the facts
You’ve had your reign of terror, but it’s over now
Their blood has stopped flowing and they will not bow

Anger is emotion
Anger is emotion
Track Name: Witch Puzzle
“Witch Puzzle”
Written by Jeff Behrendt.
Lyrics and music by Jeff Behrendt.

Black candles, black diamonds
A setting just for one
Braided hair and monkeybone
Your nightmares just begun
Left handed vials candles at both ends
Squeals in the night, she has wills to bend

Witch puzzle, witch puzzle,
Witch puzzle, witch puzzle,
Take away all my sin
Letting the devil in


She works at night in a room with no floors
Stealing moonlight unlatching the doors
Under her spell actions not our own
Dancing with our bodies the colors are all sewn
Cackle in candlelight inventing her own skits
Jig-saw all the pieces she cuts us to fit

Witch puzzle, witch puzzle,
Witch puzzle, witch puzzle,
Marrow of my bone
Everything I own

Grandma taught me keep the devil at bay
Nobody told me to keep the witch away
Haunted valley skeleton key
Lookout mountain beckoning me
Sleep in the light careful what you sew
Blanket blessed with light warmed over soul

Witch puzzle, witch puzzle
Witch puzzle, witch puzzle, which way to turn, when will I burn?
Track Name: Waited So Long
"Waited So Long"
Written by Jeff Behrendt and Eldon McGraw.
Lyrics by Jeff Behrendt and Eldon McGraw. Music by Eldon McGraw.

I've waited so long
Waited so long
Waited so long
Yes I have

I'm gonna take it easy
I’m gonna take it slow
I'm giving you the reason
So you don't have to know
Don't tell anybody
Let's whisper it tonight
We don't love each other
I'm givin’ you the right

And I've waited so long
Waited so long
Waited so long

If you ever doubted
My love was real
We could go on living
I'll give you what I steal
Let's just remember
It was all a game
There's no way in heaven
Two people feel the same

And I've waiting so long
Waited so long
Waited so long

A lifetime in circles
Trying to read your mind
Why'd we even bother
I knew it all the time
I'm peaceful in the morning
I’m easy in the day
I'm mellow in the evening
Now that you've gone away

And I've waited so long
Waited so long
Waited so long
Yes I have
Waited so long
Waited so long
Waited so long
Yes I have
Yes I have
Track Name: She Loves Me?
“She Loves Me?”
Written by Eldon McGraw.
Lyrics and music by Eldon McGraw.

You punched me in the face
And boy did that hurt
Ya knocked the wind out of me
All I did was flirt

I thought that you loved me
Well I guess I was wrong
You stabbed me in the heart
And you won't play along

She loves me? yeah
She love me? yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
She loves me? yeah
She love me? yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

You hate all my friends
And I don't understand
You say they're all morons
And to change all my plans

You used to laugh out loud
And now all you do is yell
You're makin' my life
A living hell

She loves me? yeah
She love me? yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
She loves me? yeah
She love me? yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

I can't take this anymore
I can't take this pain no more

Well why are you so angry?
Always gotta nag
I never thought I’d live
With an old bitter old hag

I'm packin' up my bags
I’m gonna run for the hills
Yeah I’m gonna leave you
Cause there aren't any thrills

She loves me? yeah
She love me? yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
She loves me? yeah
She love me? yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
She loves me? yeah
She love me? yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
She loves me? yeah
She love me? yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Track Name: So Lonely
"So Lonely"
Written by Eldon McGraw.
Lyrics and music by Eldon McGraw.

I'm thinkin’ about you
Drivin’ in my car
Could this thing work out?
Or have we gone too far?

I’m thinkin about you
Down this dark road
Could this be our path?
How will it be told?

Hey I’m so lonely and I think your lonely too
Hey I’m so lonely, but I don’t know what to do
Hey I’m so lonely and I think your lonely too
Hey I’m so lonely, but I don’t know what to do

Your eyes were so sad
When we met last night
I wiped away your tears
And I hope it’s alright

I’m thinkin about you
Down this dark road
Could this be our path?
Will the story be told?

Hey I’m so lonely and I think your lonely too
Hey I’m so lonely, but I don’t know what to do
Hey I’m so lonely and I think your lonely too
Hey I’m so lonely, but I don’t know what to do

I’m thinkin’ tonight
It could be so good
And I’m thinkin’ tonight
If I should or would

I’m thinkin’ tonight
If I should stay away?
And I’m thinkin’ tonight
What’s the price I pay for loving you?
For loving you

Hey I’m so lonely and I think your lonely too
Hey I’m so lonely, but I don’t know what to do
Hey I’m so lonely and I think your lonely too
Hey I’m so lonely, but I don’t know what to do

Hey you’re so lonely
Hey you’re so lonely
Track Name: Now and Forever
“Now and Forever”
Written by Eldon McGraw.
Lyrics and music by Eldon McGraw.

You were there
From the beginning
Always on my side
I knew right then
Love is forever
There’s no denying

And your love
Is all I've ever needed
And our hearts
Will always be blessed

Now and forever
I need you in my life
Now more than ever
I need your kiss tonight
I need your kiss tonight

You always give
Your best to me
I never wanted more
I never thought
I would survive
You are my savior

And your love
Is all I ever needed
And our hearts
Will always be blessed

Now and forever
I need you in my life
Now more than ever
I need your kiss tonight

Now and forever
I need you in my life
Now more than ever
I need your kiss tonight

I need your kiss tonight
I need your kiss tonight
I need your kiss tonight
I need your kiss tonight

Tonight
Track Name: Gonna Rise Up
“Gonna Rise Up”
Written by Mike Anderson and Eldon McGraw.
Lyrics by Mike Anderson and Eldon McGraw. Music by Eldon McGraw.

We’re gonna rise up
We won’t take it no more
They can show us their power
And we’ll show them the door
We don’t care if they’re strong
We don’t care if they’re tough
Their time is now over
Enough is enough

Gonna rise up
Gonna rise up
Gonna rise up
Gonna rise up

They can laugh all they want
We’ll get them in the end
They raided our country
And that’s a deadly sin
Yeah we all know their game
It’s take as much as you can
But they’re showing their cards
And they got no hand

How long do they think they can keep us powerless and poor?
Pretty soon they’re gonna find out that the lion sleeps no more

There are no kings
And there are no slaves
If you wanna be free
Then you gotta be brave
When you get tired
Of being treated like a fool
And you see it’s all wrong
Then you know what to do

We’re gonna rise up
We’re gonna rise up
We’re gonna rise up
We’re gonna rise up

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