The Bootlickers

The Bootlickers

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The cocktail mix would probably be: 1 part Go-Go's, 2 parts Beatles, & a dash of Dollywood!

Biography

UPDATES (12/01/07): Hey kids - no live dates in December as we prepare to record the new CD...

However, to tide you over, we've put together a FREE Holiday CD that's fully downloadable (artwork and all!) from www.thebootlickers.com. You can also preview and download three of the tracks here in the AUDIO section.

AND a new video for Once More, With Feeling (from AUTOMATIC BALL CLEANER) has just been completed. Check it out in the VIDEO section.

Live shows will begin again after the new year to coincide with the release of the new CD (and our first concept video)!
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It's all about great songs...and we have them.

The purchase of a beat-up, worn down, tascam 4-track marked the beginning of John McNeill’s musical bliss; countless hours of experimentation evolved into dozens of musical works…leading to the formation of the bootLICKERs…which became the live vehicle for these harmony driven gems.

The bootLICKERs have released three cd’s Universal Nancy, HUGE, and Automatic Ball Cleaner. The band have been profiled as “Hometown Heroes” in the Philadelphia City Paper, voted “Best Band” by the Philadelphia Weekly and received tons of glowing reviews. John has been interviewed on KPFK, Los Angeles, KPFT, Houston, WXPN, Philadelphia, 4ZZZ, Australia and on IMRU Radio, QMH, Qzine, Sirius Satellite Radio and This Way Out (broadcast on more than 125 affiliate stations worldwide). The bootLICKERs have been featured on the PBS series "Under the Pink Carpet" performing in NYC at the Knitting Factory where they were joined onstage by Randy Jones (of the VILLAGE PEOPLE) to perform a racuous rendition of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" HUGE was also chosen by This Way Out as BEST OF THE YEAR. Many of the songs have been featured in television and film, including:

“Hope” - featured on the NBC Series “ED”
“Road” - featured on the NBC Series “ED”

“Love Comes Back” - featured in the film “OpenCam”
“Radio City” - featured in the film “Stray Witness”
"Radio City" - featured in the film "Flogging Margaret"

“Love Comes Back” - featured on the Human Rights Campaign compliation “Love Rocks” alongside The Dixie Chicks, Christine Aguilera, Pink, Cyndi Lauper, Dido, Nada Surf, Emmylou Harris, Carole King, the B-52’s, Mandy Moore, Simply Red and Melissa Etheridge.

“Road” - featured on the ACLU/Figjam compilation “Marry Me” alongside RuPaul, Marcella Detroit (Shakespeare’s Sister), Bree Sharp, and Daniel Cartier

"Driving" - featured on Philly's top rated rock station 93.3 WMMR's "Home for the Holidays" campaign.

Sirius Satelite Radio broadcast the bootLICKERs live, performing a 45-minute set at the Cutting Room in NYC (including "Road", "Love Comes Back", "Hope", "Pretty", "Sure of You", "Margo Fontaine and the Hollywood Kids", "Radio City", "Driving" and "Once More, with Feeling").

John and the band have toured the US and Canada and have performed from Boston to Jacksonville, Nashville to Chicago, Cleveland to San Francisco, NYC to Ottawa, Baltimore to...well, you get the picture.

That’s all for now – with the promise of MUCH more to come!

Lyrics

Love Comes Back

Written By: John McNeill

And you’re afraid that once you go there
There is no turning back
And I wonder to myself
What the hell is so wrong with that
You said you wanted it all
But you act just like a little, little child
So afraid of it all

Cause love comes back to you
Yeah, love it comes back to you
And love comes back to you... and to me
Love

You’ve been feeling that your heart
It is no longer your own
You opened up for just one moment
And now your cover is blown
You were awake in the dark
But now you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
God knows I tried

Cause love comes back to you
Yeah, love it comes back to you
And love comes back to you... and to me
Love

Can’t you wipe away all your heartache and tears
Can’t you put aside all your doubts and fears

Cause love comes back to you
Yeah, love it comes back to you And love comes back to you... and to me
Love

Driving

Written By: John McNeill

You’re going down to Reno
You’re going on your own
There’s nothing left for you here
It’s no place to call home

Now the weather’s changing
The clouds begin to unfold
But like the way you’re drifting
The rain it won’t take hold

So you keep on driving
Traveling down the road
You’re listening to the radio
And it sounds like welcome home
She says you never know where you’re going
But you sure know how to run
Oh, welcome home

You can almost see it
But the motion becomes a blur
And you can almost taste it
Til it all just starts to burn

An empty destination
You never arrive but you always return
to such a perfect stranger
So much still to learn

So you keep on driving
Traveling down the road
You’re listening to the radio
And it sounds like welcome home
She says you never know where you’re going
But you sure know how to run
Oh, welcome home

Now it seems that every road leads further from the core
But you just can’t stop, you ain’t got what it takes to say…
no more
You’re just trying to find the thing that helps affirm the whole…
being that you’d left behind so long ago

So you keep on driving
Traveling down the road
You’re listening to the radio
And it sounds like welcome home
She says you never know where you’re going
But you sure know how to run
Oh, welcome home

Revealing You

Written By: John McNeill

It’s a superlonely christmas
And I’m feeling so boxed in
And I’m never…never…never gonna do this again

It’s a superlonely living
And I just can’t pretend
That this is living…no this ain’t living, man

How can you walk through this life thinking…
Everything’s alright
Now I’m here on my own
In my head
No other place to go

Lying here awake at night
Thinking there’s no way I can win this fight
Holding out some hope for sleep or a…sign

I hear voices outside in the cold, crisp night
The contour of your face in the lone streetlight
That shines down
Through the haze of my life…
Revealing you
You

Road

Written By: John McNeill

And I’ll give to you the left side of the bed
And I’ll offer you the contents of my head
(Just say you love me)

And I’ll give to you your fresh mint toothpaste
And I’ll relinquish to you some time and some space
(Just say you need me)

And I know that you want me
But sometimes it’s hard to tell
When all I hear is myself

And I’ll give to you your radio stars
If you’ll give to me your hand in the car
(Just say you’ll hold me)

And if you share with me the blame that you have shed
I will see to it that your recovery is fed
(With hope and faith and love)

And every day with you I feel as if I’ve been blessed
But now it’s time for you to bring it home
‘Cause this is so close to being the one

And the road sign read “last exit before the toll”
And you wonder - will the price leave you broke?
Someone’s shouting “there’s a fire in the hole”
But that pervasive sense of purpose won’t let go
Faced with the choice of redirection you pray the car will stall
So I turn to you and offer the wheel
You stay on this road
You want to stay on this road
We’re gonna stay on this road

Help Me

Written By: John McNeill

i need to find a way
to just restart this day
cause if i don't
i'm gonna lose it

i can't hide or run
when the world goes wrong

everything is just insane today
i just wanna find the way
how you gonna help me find...my way

sometimes it all comes down
purpose can't be found
i just have to try
to find some meaning

won't you help me find a way
just help me find a way
help me
just help me

i can't hide or run
when the world goes wrong
everything is just insane today
are you gonna help me...find my way

Feel

Written By: John McNeill

There was a time, not long ago
When everything was so real
But it's different now
Just want to get back to the place
Where I knew...
How to feel
Feel

I remember that day in the park
When everything seemed so green
I remember that tiny spark
Electricity between you and me
But you need to help me
'Cause I can't remember everything
I can't remember everything

How do I feel?

I look outside and the wind is blowing
Apart the flowers on the dogwood tree
And I can hear it like it's sending a message
Of what could happen between you and me
So I reach deep down inside
And I imagine that you're not with me

And I feel
I feel like I'm falling apart
Feel

Boxing Day

Written By: John McNeill / Ed LeBlanc

The day after Christmas
We've had all our fun
So now we're staring at boxes
Something must be done

Queen gave us this day off
To make sure everyone
Gathers all of their boxes
And takes them to the dump

So let's all go boxing
On Boxing Day
We'll wear silk shorts, no shirt, and punch people in the head

Back in the U.S.
They don't shy from the chore
They throw out their boxes
On the night before

So let's all go boxing
On Boxing Day
We'll wear silk shorts, no shirt, and punch people in the head

Grey Monday

Written By: John McNeill

The only thing that's different
Is that nothing's quite the same
Last Christmas my heart was on fire
My thoughts euphoric
And you were near
But this Christmas my body's numb
And my head is so goddamn clear

How am I going to do it
How am I going to make it through another year

Who the hell did you think you were
When you walked away
On that grey Monday
Here I am such a sad display
Searching for some meaning in this empty holiday
In this empty holiday

All I want for Christmas
Is for the pain to disappear
All I want for Christmas
Is for the pain to disappear
All I want for Christmas
Is for you to come by and wipe away these tears
Wipe away these tears
All I want for Christmas is you

Discography

Universal Nancy
(RU12 records)

Huge
(coLinGa records)

Automatic Ball Cleaner
(coLinGa records)

Marry Me
(Figjam Records)

Love Rocks
(Centaur Music)

A Very bootLICKER Xmas!
(coLinGa records)

Music available at www.cdBaby.com
and for download at iTunes, Rhapsody, Buymusic, Napster, Audiolunchbox, Sony Connect, Zune + more

Set List

Sets are mostly comprised of original songs from our four CDs and live DVD, plus new material we're recording for our upcoming CD.

Some cover songs we've given the live bootLICKERs treatment include:

Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin’
Cover song most assoc with us. We played it at our very first show…after all, “these boots are made for lickin’…”

The Lemonheads - Into Your Arms
A great, catchy pop tune which fits John like a glove, vocally. And who doesn’t love a little tambourine?!

Wilco - War on War
We’re not a political band so we let Wilco be political for us. The song says it all.

Liz Phair - Flower
Wonderfully dirty – we can’t play it enough.

The Replacements - Here Comes a Regular
Forget rousing drinking songs…hands down the best ‘bar’ song ever. Here’s to stark, desolate, lonely and brilliant!

Fountains of Wayne - Stacy’s Mom
Power pop perfection…with some minor lyrical modifications, we brought this to a whole new community!