SPOOKEY RUBEN

SPOOKEY RUBEN

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
BandRockAlternative

Joe Jackson meets Ween. Brian Wilson meets XTC.

Biography

"You can't help but recognize Spookey Ruben as eccentricity in its purest form." -Allmusic guide

Highly regarded as a pioneer in the post-Nirvana Alternative music scene, Spookey Ruben's successes began in the mid-nineties with many of his self-directed music videos making it into high rotation on MTV and MuchMusic.
'Modes of Transportation Vol. 1' (TVT Records) Spookey's 'homespun/playing all instruments' debut LP shot to the top of music critics Top Ten lists, catapulting him into world-wide acclaim, hailing the album as the 'Pet Sounds of the 90s' and crowning Spookey as Canada's King of Lo-fi pop.

"Pop Fantasia Genius" -Mojo Magazine

His vibrant live performances both w/ band and solo-acoustic have taken him around the world (Europe, Japan and North America) sharing the stage with likes of The Flaming Lips, Supergrass, Fishbone and Ben Folds Five.

"Tommy Douglas or Spookey Ruben? - Which of these men is our greatest Canadian?" -Toronto Star

With the launch of 'Spookey Ruben's Dizzy Playground' (Divine Cardboard/Hi-Hat Films) a short film series which airs online at Exclaim.ca and Aux.tv Spookey has created a special place for him to stretch his 'child's eye' imagination with music, humour and fantasy. His newest EP 'Shackleton' (Hi-Hat/Sonic Unyon) was just released in conjunction with a successful East Coast Tour in June 2012.

Lyrics

Glenn, Take Care

Written By: Alan Deil (a.k.a Spookey Ruben)

Glenn, Take Care

Glenn, take care
be strong
and someone will hear you
Glenn, be strong,
become the voices inside you!

You call it some kinda lonely (something you suffer only).
The silence screaming inside you, (hiding out for so many years.)
Now you're here and it's hard to lie.

Glenn, take care
be strong
and someone will hear you
Glenn, be strong,
become the voices inside you!

It's free to play in the outdoors
That's something they'd only pay for.
You only know what you want (what you want) when it's gone.
Step right up to the stage!
You're alive and you're here to stay!

Glenn, take care, be strong,
and someone will hear you.
Glenn, be strong.
Become the voices inside you!

If I could tell you how to get there I would set you aside, give you a piece of my mind, Glenn.
There's no instruction guide on how to get out what's stuck inside.
Leave it all up to you, yeah.
It's your life!

to draw, to paint, to sing, to play the drums;
to draw, to paint, to sing, to play the drums;
to draw, to paint, to sing, to play the drums;
Glenn, take care, be strong, and someone will hear you!
To draw,
to paint,
to sing,
to feel the pain.

The Office

Written By: Alan Deil (a.k.a. Spookey Ruben)

The Office

Is the bakery baking bread all night long?
Is the fakery painting smiles on the prinicple?
Hey I can breathe all the things I see!
Hey I believe that all the fun we’ve had can be put in a bag and manufactured

What takes you back to the office:
It must be something that you just need to do
It must be something you ought to
Takes you away from the things that you call blue

When the receptionist sings a song, Is it wrong?
Is your occupation fun, reading poetry?
Hey, maybe yeah. Signing autographs...
Hey, you would know.
Through all the thick and thin:
I’ve been fat, I’ve been thin, I’ve been skinny yeah

What takes you back to the office
It must be something that you just need to do
It must be something you ought to
Takes you away from the things that you call blue

in the paper it says yes
in the bible it says no
on the TV maybe so
and the neighbours they won’t go
in the bible it says no...

the relationship I’m in is only to justify
all the buildings I’ve lived in have all been identified

What takes me back to the office
It must be something that I just need to do
Could this be something I ought to do?
Takes me away from the things that hurt me too

When You Fall In Love With Someone Who's In Love With Someone Else

Written By: Alan Deil (a.k.a. Spookey Ruben)

I can’t sleep,
I’m definitely under the weather
Earthquakes and stomache aches
Maybe now, maybe it’s here for a sign
Too long to wait a while
And all the people would say,
“What’s wrong with you?
Just take an aspirin or two,
And surely, the symptoms will pass.”
Too bad, I’m going mad

Cause when you fall in love with someone
Who’s in love with someone else.
And you feel like you’re so lost,
In what you’re doing with yourself.

I can’t think
It’s something you slipped in my water
You got me down now
But maybe now, maybe it’s here for a sign
Too long to wait a while

I’ll put your books in a box
And your shoes, and your socks
Bury them under the ground
And eventually, it all comes to pass
Put on your crying hat

Cause you’ve fallen in love with someone
Who’s in love with someone else
And maybe that’s why you feel
Like you’ve just lost all that you have

And all the people would say
“What’s wrong with you?
Is what you’re sniffing so good,
If you only knew better, you would
Put on your riding hood

When you fall in love with someone
Who’s in love with someone else
And you feel so lost in what you’re doing
With your life

And I don’t want to fall in love with someone
Who’s in love with someone else
And maybe it's 'cause that someone
you should love is someone else

Favorite Movie

Written By: Alan Deil (a.k.a. Spookey Ruben)

You're my favorite movie
And i rewind my favorite parts
That's because you're truly
My favorite movie in all of the world

Blooming skies under your eyebrows
Chocolate eyes is how i describe you
Let your worlds light up inside me
Watch my favorite shots unfold in slow motion

It all began when your body was silent
Dissolve to a pan and now i can't find you
Let the book become alive
Edit the angles out that made me not like you

Cause you're my favorite movie
And i rewind my favorite parts
That's because you're truly
My favorite movie in all of the world

Always moved by the music you're making
The stories you've told, pretending your aching
I've been gathering the outtakes
Imagining all of it through multiple lenses

Scene by scene i label the moments.
Treasure the frames of legs in the garden (the frames of legs in the
garden)
Let your world project before me
Take me in until i'm fully surrounded

Cause you're my favorite movie
And i rewind my favorite parts
And i'll be your's trully
Don't ever tell me it's
The end.
End
End
End.

You're my favorite movie
And i rewind my favorite parts
That's because you're truly (blooming skies under your eyebrows
My favorite movie in all of the world (chocolate eyes is how i describe
you)

Scene by scene i label the moments
And i rewind my favorite parts
And i'll be yours trully
Are you to tell me it's the end?
End
End
End
End.

TRICKY BOY WONDER

Written By: SPOOKEY RUBEN

When time comes alive to open up your eyes,
will you look inside your head and cry?
Into a land with open-hearted hands,
but what he's done inside his head is gone.
Finds a job under the table, puts his bread under his bed.
Ignores the sign under the bridge and puts his children there...
as you lose who you are and hold it in your body, but life
(life as we know it)
is holding on and is acceptable.
When time comes alive to open up your eyes,
will you look inside your head and cry?
Into a land with open-hearted hands,
but what he's done inside his head is gone.
By all means: spilling the beans on secret lives and shattered dreams.
Tell your god no-one is home and put your conscience there...
as you lose who you are and hold it in your body, but life
(life as we know it)
is holding on and is acceptable
But you care for the Tricky Boy Wonder and hold him in your body, but life
(life as we know it)
is holding on and is excellent!

Discography

SHACKLETON
MECHANICAL ROYALTY
AUSFAHRT WALSRODE
ALONE AT THE ZOO
BED
BREAKFAST
MODES OF TRANSPORTATION VOL. 2
MODES OF TRANSPORTATION VOL. 1

Set List

Subdivintro
Cat + Mouse
Suddenly The Sun
Tricky Boy Wonder
Tug of War
Tricky Boy Wonder
Overhills
Over and Out
Waterloo
Shauna
Hey Now Behave Now
Running Away
Why Did I Do What I Did?
Don't Take Your Dog to The Park
Glenn, Take Care
Brand New Game (solo acoustic)
Leave the City (solo acoustic)
It's Not What You Do It's You
When You Fall...
Welcome To The House Of Food
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Anthem
Born On Labor Day
These Days Are Old
Agent Steel

(130 mins)