If You're A Boy Or A Girl

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conradraven Jane is the best! Favorite track: Rabbit Stew.
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yougotmegotmegotme I follow Jane on Twitter, and dig her music. Found out today that she made a new album with her new band, and upon checking it out, it sounded very good and different, just like Jane's music has always stood out to me. Rabbit Stew is very good, and I generally like the neat sounds and lyrics to this album. An easy buy for me, no doubt. Good stuff. Stop, Drop & Swallow speaks about times today, and the Next Night is spooky good. The videos are also very cool! Favorite track: Rabbit Stew.
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steveinsocal "...If you think Jane Wiedlin's "Fur" is a bit of a lost 80's classic, then this album is for you. Guitars and synths jostle for supremacy as wave after wave of timeless power-pop tunes work their way up from your toes before embedding themselves deep into your conscious..."

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Favorite track: Aloha.
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ital53 pleasantly impressed with this CD.
love the whimsical tones on some songs, and the yesteryear tones, mixed with some really cool sounds.

Thanks Jane and Peter
Favorite track: The Next Night.
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church_d I’ve been anticipating “If You’re a Boy or a Girl” since the “Aloha” dropped several months ago. Jane and Pietro have great harmonies backing each other up no matter who is lead singer throughout the album. The Great mix of power guitars and electronics as well as catchy lyrics makes this album a must purchase for fans of power pop music. Jane and Pietro make a great team and I hope they make it within a 3 hour drive from Kansas City during their U.S.Tour dates so that I can see them live! Love the videos and can’t wait for the LP to arrive in the mail! David C., Topeka, KS
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David Keller We have followed this group since their 1st listening party and they are FIRE! No lies, I have been a fan of Jane Wiedlin since I bought my first Go-Go's album, Beauty and the Beat when I was 11. Which was also my first concert, Vacation, and she was my 1st girl crush. This introduced us to Pietro Straccia who is an amazing instrumentalist and vocalist. This is my new fave group and we love what they are giving us! Favorite track: Rabbit Stew.
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"If You're A Boy Or A Girl" is the first album by songwriters Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's) and multi instrumentalist Pietro Straccia (epiqe).

An explosive long distance writing collaboration that started a few days after David Bowie's death and culminated in the recording of a collection of candy-grunge, elettro, psychedelic, pop, songs and the subsequent birth of Elettrodomestico.

While many of the lyrics explore alienation and despair, the sound of the duo is markedly upbeat, with layered guitars, intricate harmonies, and four-to-the-floor pop drumbeats.

Guest musicians, maestro Joe Gore (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman), played bass, guitar, piano, slide guitar on many songs, and Gaby LaLa on Sitar!

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released October 23, 2017

Recorded by Travis Kasperbauer at Lucky Recording Company in Brisbane CA, and by Pietro Straccia at Las Cuatro Palmeras in Oakland CA.
Produced by Travis Kasperbauer, Pietro Straccia, Jane Wiedlin
Mixed by Travis Kasperbauer
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering.
All Songs © Jane Wiedlin and Pietro Straccia
Love Me At A Distance written by Pat MacDonald

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NewWave/Pop icon Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's) teams up American/Italian multi instrumentalist Pietro Straccia to create timeless electro psychedelic pop songs.

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Track Name: Rabbit Stew
RABBIT STEW
Jane Wiedlin/Pietro Straccia
I fell into a hole
Rabbit stew didn't know what to do
Asleep Awake
Dreams crowded
With conversation and dates of expiration
Floored the ground below my feet
Melts feelings
Black and blue again
Cracked ceiling

Beyond the glass door
Guess I'll stick around a little more
Outside the window the water's cold
And my heart is growing mold

ASLEEP AWAKE
SURROUNDED BY BLUE
DREAMS AWAKEN
DECADES OF YOU

Diamond dogs die
I drink and I cry
The neighbors fight
And it's like this every night

And outside the window the water's cold
And my heart keeps growing mold
Beyond the glass door
Guess I'll stick around a little more
Guess I'll stick around

ASLEEP AWAKE
SURROUNDED BY BLUE
DREAMS AWAKEN DECADES OF YOU

Oh I fell into a hole
Oh I Oh I
Oh I fell into a hole
Oh I oh I
Track Name: Aloha
ALOHA
Wiedlin/Straccia

Is it something I said?
Every day I swallow my feet
Now that I'm here
Don't know how to be me
The haters around
Are on the attack
If I let em hug me
They'll bury knives in my back

And I do understand
They'd rather I not speak
I'm supposed to be silent
I'm supposed to be meek

But I have spent a lifetime
Learning not to be Learning not to be
I don't want to die alone
Three thousand miles from nowhere
A million miles from home

ALOHA: HELLO ALOHA: GOODBYE
ALOHA: I LOVE YOU
I KISS YOU I KISS YOU YOU KILL ME
I KISS YOU I KISS YOU YOU KILL ME

Fire ants and Iceheads
Coming to take me down
You'll get eaten alive here
My big mouth is not allowed
Let the gentle breezes
And tropical scent
Comfort you
And cover up the stench

Of everything everything A
That's rotten here
And everyone
That's twisted and bent

Cuz I have spent a lifetime
Trying not to be Trying not to be
I don't want to die alone
Three thousand miles from nowhere
A million miles from home

ALOHA: HELLO ALOHA: GOODBYE
ALOHA: I LOVE YOU
I KISS YOU I KISS YOU YOU KILL ME A
I KISS YOU I KISS YOU YOU KILL ME
ALOHA: I LOVE YOU
I KISS YOU I KISS YOU YOU KILL ME
I KISS YOU I KISS YOU YOU KILL ME
I KISS YOU I KISS YOU YOU KILL ME
GOODBYE
Track Name: Mail Order Bride
MAIL ORDER BRIDE
Jane Wiedlin/Pietro Straccia


Do it do it
I do I do

My constant companion
Always beside me my little bunnybun
My hand you so tightly hold
Cuz yours is always so cold
You're so tiny but you talk so loud
How can it be that no one else hears you
Always demanding:
Do it do it
I do I do

Never leaving my side
My lovely bride

You've delivered your invite to Heaven
Each day since I was eleven
Why do you lie to us
With your fairytales of Jesus
Promising good times ahead
When we are the dead

Never leaving my side
My Mail Order Bride
My sweet bride

Do it do it
I do I do

Why dont you show your face I try and try
To dig you out of your base but you're too deep inside
Yeah you play seek and hide
And though I cut with great haste
I could never get to that place

You've delivered your invite to Heaven
Each day since I was eleven
Why dont you lift your veil
So coy with your skin so pale
Promising good times ahead
When we are the dead
Never leaving my side
My Mail Order Bride
Always by my side
My sweet bride
My sweet bride
Track Name: Love Me At A Distance
LOVE ME AT A DISTANCE
Pat McDonald

Love me at a distance
Love me from afar
I'll love you forever
Wherever you are
Love me at a distance
Though I can't be there
It's nice having someone
In the world somewhere

I'm wishing you everything
Money, luck and fun
A girlfriend, a boyfriend
I'll be either one
Potential disappointment
Is a bird in the hand
Who'll say what you want to hear
Sings on demand

I'd rather be your long lost secret love
This mystery fits me like a glove
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me

I offer no resistance
No strain upon your strength
Love me at a distance
And I'll love you at length
Love me like an ex
So cold and so far gone
Call me from Mexico
And play me like a song

Call me your long lost secret love
This mystery fits me like a glove
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me
And fuck the reality

Love me at a distance
Love me from afar
And I'll love you forever
Wherever you are
Love me at a distance
Though I can't be there
It's nice having someone
In the world, in the world, in the world
Somewhere
Track Name: Brittle
BRITTLE
Jane Wiedlin/Pietro Straccia

Standing on the edge of a cliff
It's unstable it's unstable
Trying to find a purpose to purchase
I'm unable unable

AND IT FEELS LIKE I'M LOSING
CONTROL OF ILLUSION
CONTROL OF ILLUSION

When I was a girl I could breathe
Above water, underwater
When I was a girl I could fly
Like every daughter, every daughter

AND IT FEELS LIKE I'M LOSING
CONTROL OF ILLUSION
IT FEELS LIKE I'M LOSING
CONTROL OF ILLUSION

THERE WERE BUMPS
AND I FELT THEM ALL
NOT JUST A LITTLE
WITH EVERY JUMP
WHAT WAS TOUGH
BECAME BRITTLE

Everywhere is poisoned beauty
All the world is set on fire
And I would be with other people
Who desire my desires
Now I'd rather be alone
But I'm unable I'm a liar

AND IT FEELS LIKE I'M LOSING
CONTROL OF ILLUSION
IT FEELS LIKE I'M LOSING
CONTROL OF ILLUSION
NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH
CONTROL OF ILLUSION
NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH
CONTROL OF ILLUSION
NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH
NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH
NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH
Track Name: Stop, Drop & Swallow
STOP, DROP & SWALLOW
Jane Wiedlin/Pietro Straccia

Here's something for the pain
Time to climb aboard again
Hide what is yours and follow
It's okay, stop drop and swallow
You don't really need to be a man
I don't feel the need to show my hand

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A BRIGHT YOUNG THING
I DON'T REMEMBER I DON'T REMEMBER
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BELIEVE IN ANYTHING
I DON'T REMEMBER I WONT REMEMBER

For a day of solitude
Would you promise a change in attitude
For just one dreamless night
Would you tear your clothes
And everything in sight

HIDE WHAT IS YOURS AND FOLLOW
IT'S OKAY, STOP DROP AND SWALLOW

You don't really need to be a man
I don't feel the need to show my hand

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A BRIGHT YOUNG THING
I DON'T REMEMBER I DON'T REMEMBER
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BELIEVE IN ANYTHING
I DON'T REMEMBER I CANT REMEMBER

HIDE WHAT IS YOURS AND FOLLOW
IT'S OKAY, STOP DROP AND SWALLOW
Track Name: Bliss
BLISS
Jane Wiedlin/Pietro Straccia

That flea of a cat
Tearing up the mess in my house again
This house 
twenty feet away from some dangerous friends
My friends
Keep changing like a nonstop turnstyle
Not sold
on the width, depth or breadth of that smile

I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS
I THOUGHT I WAS CHASING MY BLISS

That cat
Is a harbinger of doom
My friends
Are camping out in every room
This house
Take out the trash, no I gotta crash
Not sold
This was supposed to be a deal
Sans cash

I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS
(They said it would be magnificent)
I THOUGHT I WAS CHASING MY BLISS
(They said it would be transcendent)
I THOUGHT I WAS CHASING MY BLISS
(They said it would be magnificent)

But who   
Who made their bed?
Yeah, you
You made your bed
And now comes the time 
To lie lie lie in it 
And that's what you get for your folly
Work on your poker face, dolly

I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS
(They said it would be magnificent
I THOUGHT I WAS CHASING MY BLISS
(They said it would be transcendent)
NO I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS
(They said it would be magnificent)
I THOUGHT I WAS CHASING MY BLISS
(They said it would be transcendent)
Track Name: Nightblind
NIGHTBLIND
Jane Wiedlin/Pietro Straccia

I can't see in the dark
Steering the car in the blind
Hoping the road stays straight
Because narrow is the pathway
Moving gaily forward

You better go man
Get your feet off the ground
Stick your head in the clouds
Pour your mind in the gutter
Clear your thoughts
Clear your thoughts

Nobody knows you’re night blind
Till you hit a kid
Till you drive off a cliff
Nobody knows you’re night blind
Till it’s too late maybe
I'll pray to a god that don't exist
Pray to a god that don't exist

You better go man
Get your feet off the ground
Stick your head in the clouds
Pour your mind in the gutter
Clear your thoughts of clutter
You better go man
Get your feet off the ground
Stick ,your head in the clouds
Pour your mind in the gutter
Free your thoughts
Free your thoughts

Clear your thoughts
Clear your thoughts
Clear your thoughts

Nobody knows
Till it's too late too late
You gotta go man go
Cuz it's too late too late
Nobody knows
Till it's too late too late
You gotta go man go
Cuz it's too late too late
Track Name: Lost At Sea
LOST AT SEA
Jane Wiedlin/Pietro Straccia


I ran away on a boat
Across a big ole moat
Didn't you know?
I kicked you out and swore you off
You bug me like a scratchy cough
Didn't you know?

ANOTHER SKY-FILLED MORNING
YOU COULD SHARE WITH ME
I'M NOT ALONE
BUT LONELY
I'M LOST AT SEA

The scope was pointed straight ahead
A new wave hit me instead
It was so dumb
I'm down here lost at sea
You stayed up there in The Peaks
You didn't come

I'M OUT OF SONGS
AND LONGING
FOR BEAUTY
GETTING NOWHERE SLOWLY
I'M LOST AT SEA
ANOTHER SKY-FILLED MORNING
YOU COULD SHARE WITH ME
I'M NOT ALONE
BUT LONELY
I'M LOST AT SEA

And this mistake
What has it taught?
A bird in love
The hand is blind
Time marches on
This ain't much fun
Aphorisms roll off my tongue
Enough cliches to pen a play
Cold comfort to the mind
There is no time
When it is fun
This dilemma makes me feel numb
It all comes from a place of love
It should come from a place of love
Well, it MOSTLY comes from a place of love
Track Name: The Next Night
THE NEXT NIGHT
Jane Wiedlin/Pietro Straccia

When everything is hurting
And every single minute ticks like hours
When you can't seem to settle
Even though you've run out of all power

Worn, your will is gone
But you still go on
Just remember

IT MAKES THE NEXT NIGHT EASIER
TILL THE NEXT NIGHT

You’re so tired you're decomposing
Your janky limbs would kill to be reposing (decomposing)
The monkey mind is spinning
It feels like you'll never be not in it (decomposing)

Soon the light will hit where you lay
You'll drag your sorry ass out of bed
Somehow you'll get through the day
Like the dead

Worn, your will is gone
But you still go on
Just remember

IT MAKES THE NEXT NIGHT
EASIER
TILL THE NEXT NIGHT
GETS EASIER
THE NEXT NIGHT
TILL THE NEXT NIGHT
THE NEXT NIGHT

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