Bandees

Bandees

BandAlternativeRock

Does the notion of mixing the best of the Beatles and Bowie, a dash of X, Elvis Costello, and the Violent Femmes and a drop or two of chick-rock cool, with a good-sized chunk of that whole late twentieth century psychedelic jangly pop guitar thing whet your appetite yet? [Back Stage Pass Magazine]

Biography

The Bandees; featuring vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, Stephen and Patricia Ann Dees; are a duo that displays both versatility and virtuosity with a wide-ranging yet distinctive sound. With the amazing Alberto Cruz on drums; this Indie, Power-Pop, Alt. Rock band manage to create the most monstrously delicious slabs of music out of a myriad of influences.

Bandees founder, Stephen Dees has toured/recorded with many diverse acts, including Todd Rundgren, Hall & Oates, Tony Carey, Victor Wainwright, Noble “Thin Man” Watts and Novo Combo, co-founded by Dees and Santana drummer Michael Shrieve. Novo Combo released two critically acclaimed Polygram Albums, the self titled "Novo Combo" and "Animation Generation", featuring the Dees penned hits, Up Periscope [Billboard Top rock tracks], Animation Generation [Top 5 MTV video] and City Bound (E-Train) [Billboard Top rock tracks] a song co-written with acclaimed tunesmith Desmond Child.

In 1998, Stephen decided it was time to start the band he’d always dreamed of; with the ability to play any style of music and make it their own.
Patricia Ann Dees’ classical background and beautiful voice; made her the ideal partner to realize this goal. On vocals, flute, oboe, saxophone, harmonica, bass and keyboard; Stephen refers to Patricia as the “Brian Jones” of the group, with the ability to pick up just about any instrument to add that special touch.
With Stephen’s charismatic vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion and seemingly endless prolific song writing ability; the twosome have been the core and creative force behind the Bandees 5 CD’s.
Alberto Cruz, a dynamically creative drummer; joins the Bandees as a collaborating member for their 6th release, “Sonic Kitchen”. Alberto has toured and recorded extensively in America, the Caribbean and South America, with artists including Flock of Seagulls, Alejandro Delafuenta, Meritaje and Water.

With the Bandees latest CD “Sonic Kitchen” they continue to serve up their own unique brand of tasty sonic treats. Bon Appetit’…

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Lyrics

She Blows

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

My girlfriend looks so sweet.
With big blue eyes; tiny little feet
How was I to know? I couldn’t tell…
Beneath the shiny glow, a psycho bitch from hell.
Is it my plight to live my life on the edge of a knife?
There she goes, ready to explode.

Look out lay low, when she blows she blows {there she goes}
Everybody knows, bitch is out of control. {oh no they know}
There she goes, when she blows she blows.

Jealousy, possession, her worst traits
When she’s insecure, I tell her that she’s great.
Questions where I’m going; where I’ve been.
I’ve become a prisoner in the wolves den.
When I see red in her eyes; I run for cover and hide.
There she goes; ready to explode.

Look out lay low, when she blows she blows {there she goes}
Everybody knows, bitch is out of control. {oh no they know}
There she goes, when she blows she blows.

Sometimes she can be so sweet; especially when she’s talking in her sleep.
But then she starts to wake; that’s when the dam will break
There she goes; ready to explode.

Look out lay low, when she blows she blows {there she goes}
Everybody knows, bitch is out of control. {oh no they know}
There she goes, when she blows she blows.

Loopy Jane

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

My girl Jane, she’s not so plain
You might say she’s a little bit strange
She’s got a fetish for sex in the kitchen
Turns her on by her own admission
Hot as an oven when she plays she cooks
Can I come and play cause I like to look
She’s baking me treats, something sweet, bon appétit.

My Loopy Jane she’s not so plain
In our sugar pop world she’s my cinnamon girl
I wanna eat her up, can’t get enough
Of my Jane, Loopy Jane

Smell the aroma drifting down the hall
It’s calling to me I’m bouncing off the wall
Mesmerized by her invention
To have a taste is my intention
Captivated by her pantry moves
she looks so fine in her birthday suit.
She’s baking me treats, something sweet, bon appétit

My Loopy Jane she’s not so plain
In our sugar pop world she’s my cinnamon girl
I wanna eat her up, can’t get enough
Of my Jane, Loopy Jane

Jane is the smile on my face
Butter cream girl in white lace
Jane is the smile on my face
Love my Loopy Jane.

Chorus Out…

Hi (Laissez-Vous Voler Babe')

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

When I kick back, ready to unwind
In my secret place, among the knotty pine
There I loose myself, in another time
Man, I could go for days

Some prefer jackin’ up on liquor
Now I’ve hear it said, hoppin’ up is quicker
But that won’t do for me
I like getting’ mellow on the Waikiki

Hi hi, don’t you want to get high babe’
Hi hi, laisse vous volier, .. babe

As the name suggests, chocolate chunk is chunky
Solid indica, I’m a funky monkey in electric green
Deep hashy flavor with a touch of bitter sweet.

Buddha’s girl, she’s a friend of mine a cherry candy tart; a silky leggy vine.
When she does her dance for me, sensi makes sense it’s the logic of the tea.

Hi hi, don’t you want to get high babe’
Hi hi, laisse vous volier, .. babe

Hold My Breath

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

I hold my breath, did I hear a sound of a memory at my back door weeping
There’s no one there, it’s just my fear; of a bad time left far behind me.
Still I hold my breath. Hold my breath…

In a dark and lonely place
I hear a whisper, see your face
I must leave before I bleed
Wake me from this bitter dream
When words are false, reactions worse
The pledge of love becomes a curse

I hold my breath, did I hear a sound of a memory at my back door screaming
There’s no one there, it’s just my fear; of a bad time left far behind me.
Still I hold my breath. Hold my breath…

Break the glass, bend the spoon
Sadness hangs thick in a desperate room
No more tears, no more rage
Time to heal the wounds, turn the page
He’s not coming round here no more
Close the curtain and lock the door

I hold my breath, did I hear a sound of a memory at my back door pleading
There’s no one there, it’s just my fear; of a bad time left far behind me.
I hold my breath. Hold my breath…

No matter what it takes, I’ll look for better days
The sun will shine somehow
I’ll learn from my mistakes, no matter what it takes.
The sun will shine somehow
I’ll survive somehow, I hold my breath. Hold my breath…

I hold my breath, did I hear a sound of a memory at my back door bleeding
There’s no one there, it’s just my fear; of a bad time left so far behind me.
Still I hold my breath. Hold my breath….

Nobody Likes Me

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

I can’t pay the rent; I live out on the streets
Got old plastic bags, tied around my feet
I don’t mind
Nobody likes me

Got no expectations, nothin’ to lose
Got a box down the alley where I sleep on the news
I don’t care
Nobody likes me

People they stare, but they just don’t see
There’s a stench in the air
My god is that me, I don’t mind
Nobody likes me

Sometimes I get soup on down at the mission
Even losers’ go to heaven, they say cause he has risen
I don’t care
Nobody likes me

Kid

Written By: Chrissy Hynde

Kid what changed your mood
You've gone all sad so I feel sad too
I think I know some things we never outgrow
You think it's wrong
I can tell you do
How can I explain
When you don't want me to

Kid my only kid
You look so small you've gone so quiet
I know you know what I'm about
I won't deny it
But you forgive though you don't understand
You've turned your head
You've dropped by hand

All my sorrow, all my blues
All my sorrow

Shut the light, go away
Full of grace, you cover your face

Kid gracious kid
Your eyes are blue but you won't cry
I know angry tears are too dear
You won't let them go

Words and Music: Chrissy Hynde
Copyright © April Music/EMI

Monkey Boy

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

Trippin’ with the monkey, Jammin’ with the monkey
Freakin’ with the monkey, my baby loves her monkey boy
Laughin’ with the monkey, Twistin’ with the monkey
Goofin’ on the monkey, my baby loves her monkey boy

I will collide with a harsh loud noise
Completion of the vow I do embrace
Small exclusive moments, savoir-faire in my intent
Tenaciously you hold, I love it when you’re bold.

Trippin’ with the monkey, Jammin’ with the monkey
Freakin’ with the monkey, my baby loves her monkey boy
Laughin’ with the monkey, Twistin’ with the monkey
Goofin’ on the monkey, my baby loves her monkey boy

Hot flesh alive, when I feel your joy
Brain synapses, wrenching primal toy.
Courageous indignation overcomes me when I rage
Free in my primitive state, your number one primate.

solo

I will collide with a harsh loud noise
Completion of the vow I do embrace
Small exclusive moments, savoir-faire in my intent
Tenaciously you hold; I love it when you’re bold.
When you hold, truth be told, sure do love it honey when you’re bold.

Trippin’ with the monkey, Jammin’ with the monkey
Freakin’ with the monkey, my baby loves her monkey boy
Laughin’ with the monkey, Twistin’ with the monkey
Goofin’ on the monkey, my baby loves her monkey boy

Words and Music: Stephen Leslie Dees
Copyright © 03/16/2006

Up Periscope

Written By: Stephen Dees

Far beneath in ocean world, a ship without no sail.
Free in open sea, aqua blue marine.
We while away our time, it’s peace we hope to find.
We’re top security, in our submarine.

The captain he’s ok, but is it worth the pay?
His rules I cannot stand, he’s worse than my old man.
My room is just a cell, a long time before bail.
I long for liberty, three days in Italy.

Up, down periscope, round round we go
Search high and low round round and
Up down periscope, round round we go
Search high and low round round and…

I’ve got these duty blues. I know I can’t refuse.
Cause if I waive command, I’ll wind up in the slam.
The picture of my girl is fading fast away.
I hope she waits for me. I really cannot say.

Up, down periscope, round round we go
Search high and low round round and
Up down periscope, round round we go
Search high and low round round and…

China Box

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees/Patricia Ann Dees

Particles swirling, poles attract
Love in action can't turn back
Atoms in motions, first contact
Thoughts are blending we react

Shadows move upon the room
Light from a candle, sweet perfume
From a china box, china box

Whisper secrets, touching souls
Merge in silence, lose control
Tears are falling, pure as rain
Cleanse our soul, keep us sane

Paint the light upon the dark
You and I will place our heart
In a china box, china box

A china box…

Zachary

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

I wanna watch Shrek, Don’t wanna go to school
My daddy says it’s time, grow up expand your mind
Ma I’m only three, as scared as I can be
Don’t make me go away, I’d rather play

Hey Mama, I wanna stay at home
Cause I, don’t wanna be alone
Now why, can’t you sense my pain
Oh mommy, I just wanna be happy
I’m Zachary

Dad I’m really smart, I’m nobody’s fool
I know my ABC’s, had ‘em down since I was two
Ma I’m self-employed, your resident Danger Boy
The keeper of the toys, your pride and joy

Hey Mama, I wanna stay at home
Cause I, don’t wanna be alone
Now why, can’t you sense my pain
Oh mommy, I just wanna be happy
I’m Zachary

I can’t leave you now, you depend on me
No you don’t know how much,
you depend on me.

Chorus…

I wanna watch Shrek, Don’t wanna go to school

Music Box

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

Fortunata Dan and the boys from Deland like to sit by the road and wave
At Max Silver Shack, hit the Hammer on the tack,
Bamma jamma down at Blue Jay Way
They sure can play, have you heard; tap the eternal nerve;
Pre-dominate the verb

Are B has a music box, they put notes in and songs pop out
We all dig his music box, they put love in, watch that lid pop off.

Piana’ and Six String walking down Beal Street, last stop on Melody Drive
Chickie Baby, Cat Daddy, Gun on the drums, the Wildroots hit that jive
Twenty Oh Five on Holy Ground; the coolest band in town;
Kickin’ up retro sound.

Daddy has a music box, they put notes in and songs pop out
Root boys dig that music box, they put love in, watch that lid pop off,
Rock that lid right off.

Happy tones, cool sounds, when the Bandees Fly Around;
it’s the Butterfly’s Big Day
Sugar pop non-stop, let’s rock til we drop,
gonna chase your blues away; it’s ok;
bird has flown, medallion’s coming home, regenerate the tone.

Bandees have a music box, we put notes in and songs pop out
We all dig our music box, we put love in, Rock that lid right off.
And it’s a groovy thang!!

Where You Are

Written By: Stephen Leslie Dees

Tell me daughter, you sound bothered,
Desperate and blue
Searching, hoping, constantly coping
What will you do? I wonder too.

Come back, I know where you are
Meet me half way
Come back, I know where you are.

Running, chasing, my girl’s breaking
I’m breaking too.
Hard words spoken, drown in emotion
What can I do, I suffer you.

Come back, I know where you are
Don’t go that way
Come back, I know where you are
I know where you are.

Bridge:
Don’t be ashamed of who you are, you’re beautiful
You know I’ll always love you
Say you’ll stay, don’t turn away from your life; hold to loves light
Look up not down, come home, be found

Come back, I know where you are
Meet me half way
Come back, I know where you are
Say you will stay
Come back, I know where you are
I know where you are, where you are.

Discography

“They Fly Around”, Bandees – SLD Music
“BIG DAY”, Bandees – SLD Music
“three”, Bandees – SLD Music
“Saffron”, Bandees – SLD Music
“Neverland”, Bandees – SLD Music
“Sonic Kitchen”, Bandees – SLD Music

Compilation CD’s
NO COVER Magazine Groupies Suck Vol #11
Trackspotting Vol. 1
Trackspotting Vol. 3
Trackspotting Vol. 4
Trackspotting Vol. 5
Trackspotting 2000
SSA Compilation Vol. 3 – Shine

Set List

Bandees Set List [Original Songs]
1. Loopy Jane
2. Hi [Laissez-Vous Voler Babe’]
3. She Blows
4. Down
5. Hold My Breath
6. Something Big
7. Music Box
8. Where You Are
9. Saint Joan
10. Hand in the Fire
11. Monkey Boy
12. Claudia
13. Kid
14. Love Will Save the Day
15. Zachary
16. Up Periscope
17. Is it Something I Said?
18. Turn Around
19. Psycho Boy
20. Nobody Likes Me
21. China Box
22. Lily of the Lake
23. Pretty Pretty Dr. Smith
24. Kids Go Out and Play
25. Square
26. You are My Baby
27. Whenever You Walk By
28. Neverland
29. Good Mothers are Like the Sun
30. Breaking the Surface
31. Bend in the Road
32. Anna
33. Siren’s Prayer
34. Yippie Yi Yo Ky Ye
35. Talk About it
36. Sad Room
37. Saffron
38. Big Day
39. That’s What the Big Man Said
40. Slow Fade
41. Serious
42. They Fly Around
43. The Color of Rain

Cover Songs
Beatles
• Please Please Me
• If I Fell
• In My Life
• Wait
• Two of Us
Kid – Pretenders
All Day and All of the Ni