dead is better

by Double Eyelid

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Susana Double Eyelid's take on the classic Spiritual Cramp is spellbounding, it's perhaps the sort of composition Kurt Weill would have made if he'd been our contemporary and definitely one of the best covers I've heard. Dead is better is an intense tune, rich in its music and lyrics, it can be heard over and over all the while finding delicate nuances through the song, also, its video is beautifully made, do yourself a favour and go watch it Favorite track: dead is better.
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Written by Ian Revell, 'dead is better' uses the classic line from Stephen King's 'pet sematary' to warn against returning to a destructive relationship.

The b-side, 'spiritual cramp,' is our art-damaged reinterpretation of the seminal work by the original Christian Death.

This single was recorded in several studios in Toronto as a companion to the video by Steven Cerritos, "dead is better," which was released on July 5 and is currently being featured by MuchMusic.

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released June 19, 2012

Full credits for 'dead is better'

Music and lyrics by Ian Revell

Vocal, acoustic guitar, keyboard, drum programming - Ian Revell
Guitar, backup vocals, tambourine, keyboard, drum programming - Karl Mohr
Organ - Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip
Viola - Amanda Penner

Produced by Ian Revell and Karl Mohr; Engineered and mixed by Karl Mohr

Full credits for 'spiritual cramp'

Music and lyrics by Rozz Williams and Rikk Agnew, originally recorded by Christian Death

Vocal - Ian Revell
Piano - Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip

Produced and engineered by Ian Revell; Mixed by Karl Mohr



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Double Eyelid Toronto, Ontario

Formed as part of an experimental staging of Hamlet, Double Eyelid features singer and general oddity Ian Revell, guitarist Karl Mohr, and keyboardist Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip.

Main influences include Roxy Music, Bauhaus, Sex Gang Children, David Bowie, Edith Piaf and Christian Death. Double Eyelid rides the razor's edge between street level and high art.
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Track Name: dead is better
She is a creature of habit
But all her habits are bad
She has a strange compulsion
It's going to drive her mad
Every night at the graveyard
She goes digging for bones
But when the past is buried
You'd better leave it alone

Because sometimes, dead is better
Sometimes dead is better
Sometimes dead is better

She has strong attachments
And she can't let them go
And they take her back again
To the place that she knows
In the park with the skeletons
She wants to dig up my bones
But when I'm resting in pieces
You'd better leave me alone

Because sometimes dead is better
Sometimes dead is better
Sometimes dead is better
Sometimes dead is better
Sometimes dead is better
Sometimes dead is better
Sometimes dead is better

Is there life in this body?
Can you really raise the dead
I guess you could surprise me
I know that I can be easily led
But be careful what you wish for
You should not have come around
The last time I saw you, you were throwing dirt on my body
But this time, I think you'll be the one left underground