The Great Affairs

The Great Affairs

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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A rock n' roll band in love with pop songs.

Biography

Our story begins in California's first "earthquake-proof" hospital.....

Salinas, CA, May 20th, nineteen hundred and something or other, Denny Smith, the man who would become the voice and visionary of this thing now known as The Great Affairs was born, the son of a U.S. military policeman and grocery store clerk. Once out of the service, Denny's father relocated the family to Central Illinois, where a steady diet of FM radio and records pilfered from his uncle's closely guarded collection of classics, coupled with the requisite indiscretions of youth, would provide a wellspring of inspiration for the burgeoning songwriter in later years. The gift of an electric guitar at 15 sealed the deal, and his fate.

Landing in Nashville, after a fairly successful stint in Los Angeles left him somewhat disillusioned with the music industry, Denny spent a few years regrouping, playing regionally with a few acts, and making a name for himself, all the while searching for the elusive "sound" and the players he would need to make it.

Patrick Miller, a longtime friend and musical collaborator, brings to the table a style rooted in his love of the blues and decades of British pop, favoring a slide and his trusty Les Paul. While his ultimate quest will find him succeeding Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, for now he is content to be the soul of The Great Affairs.

Matt Andersen, who only needs four strings and his Black Crowes bootlegs to survive, will regale you with his commentary on obscure jazz records and his latest B-movie discoveries, but is perhaps most valuable as the band's audio/video documentarian and resident "beer snob".

New addition Jason Hees, indie movie star, lost Duke of Hazzard, and once-keeper of the Roland V-Drum towel..." Waldo the Squid of Drum! Magazine had this to say "Hees has a definite flair for the dramatic in his animalistic approach..." 'nuff said.

But that's the LONG story.......

The short story, and all you really need to know, is that the The Great Affairs is a rock n' roll band in love with pop songs. With nods to everyone from Tom Petty & Butch Walker, to U2 and Kings Of Leon, their affection for great songwriting goes hand in hand with their desire to capture your heart with just a single line, only to never let go, the way that one great lyric you just can't shake gets you every time.

Ladies and gentlemen, The Great Affairs.

Lyrics

Dodge

Written By: Denny Smith

HEARD A STORY I DON’T WANNA BELIEVE
MY HEAD IS TELLING ME IT’S RIGHT
I’M JUST PLAYIN’ ALONG
I USED TO WEAR A BUSTED HEART ON MY SLEEVE
YOU KNOW IT’S STILL RIGHT HERE
STILL RIGHT HERE

IT’S NEVER OVER, BUT IT’S UNDER THE WHEELS
WHEELS ARE DRIVIN’ ME CRAZY
STARIN’ HOURS STRAIGHT INTO THE SUN
I’M GOIN’ NOWHERE BUT I’M DYIN’ TO LEAVE
YOU KNOW I’M STILL RIGHT HERE
STILL RIGHT HER

I’M NOT ANGRY
AT ALL THIS TIME
I’M JUST LOST

I THOUGHT WE’D BE FINE IN THE MIDDLE
IF WE LIED JUST A LITTLE, RIGHT ON
I THOUGHT WE COULD STAND ON THE BRAKES
(DODGE) OUR MISTAKES, I WAS WRONG
I THOUGHT WE COULD DIM ALL THE LIGHTS
SWEAT OUT THE NIGHTS
CHANGE OUR WAYS WHEN THE MOMENT WAS RIGHT
BUT WE’RE DAMNED IF WE DO, DAMNED IF WE DON’T TONIGHT

DAYLIGHT ALWAYS SEEMS TO COME RUNNIN’
WHEN YOU’RE DAMAGED
I’VE GOT BLOOD ON THESE HANDS
SO I’M GUARDING THIS CONFESSION
LIKE I’M DOWN TO MY LAST POSSESSION

I’M NOT ANGRY
I’M OUT OF TIME
I GOT LOST

Everything You Knew

Written By: Denny Smith

WHAT THEY SAY
HONEY DON’T BELIEVE IT
THEY’RE JUST BODIES DIGGIN’ AT YOUR FLESH AND BONE
‘TIL IT BREAKS
AND THEY BURY YOU BENEATH IT
AIN’T NO LIFE IN LIVIN’ WITH THE DEAD AND GONE
WHEN IT ACHES
LIKE EVERYTHING YOU KNEW WAS WRONG

YOU CRY TOO SOON
EXISTENTIAL MYSTERIES, SOME CRISIS IN BLOOM
YOU HANG TOO LONG
A STILL-LIFE STUDY OR A FUNERAL SONG
IF YOU’RE STONED
DON’T BOTHER SIGNALING ‘TIL SHE COMES
IF YOU DON’T
I’LL KEEP REMEMBERING
YOU WERE ONCE, YOU WERE ONCE

YOU STAND TOO CLOSE
MESSIN’ IN THE MISERY THAT CURSES THE MOST
AND YOU DREAM TOO LOUD
BUT YOU’RE SO DAMN PRETTY WITH YOUR HEAD IN A CLOUD
LIKE A SAINT
I KEEP REMEMBERING
YOU WERE ONCE, YOU WERE ONCE

Inside Your Head

Written By: Denny Smith

I’M NO GOOD WITH EMOTIONAL
I’M TIED UP PRETTY TIGHT, YOU KNOW
YOUR STATE OF EMERGENCY
IS A FOREIGN AFFAIR TO ME

BUT I’VE BEEN STAYING UP WITH YOU ALL NIGHT
‘CAUSE IT’S CRAZY WHEN YOU COME
YOUR MIND IS ALL UNDONE
AND EVERYTHING IS HANGIN’ BY A THREAD

INSIDE YOUR HEAD
THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH ME, SHE SAID
YOU’RE HOT AND COLD, IT’S GREEN TO RED
YOU’RE PRETTY GOOD AT PLAYING DEAD
‘CAUSE I CAN’T SEE A THING INSIDE YOUR HEAD

STRAITJACKETED STATUS QUO
SCREWED LOOSE AND LAID OUT LOW
DON’T WANNA BE IN YOUR HAIR
YOU’RE ALREADY LOST IN THERE

BUT WHY CAN’T I BEGIN TO PASS YOU BY
WHEN YOU’RE COMPROMISED AT HEART,
PECULIAR AFTER DARK
DO I KEEP SEEING BEAUTIFUL INSTEAD

Feels Like Home

Written By: Denny Smith

LIGHTS DIM AND ALL WE HAVE IS GLOW
FROM THE DASH OFF YOUR IVORY SKIN
DON’T LOOK NOW, THERE’S SEX IN THE MIRROR
AND SHE SHOULDN’T BE WITH HIM
OVER THAT HORIZON IS A RECKONING
I HEAR THE VOICE OF REASON BECKONING
BUT I THINK I’LL TAKE MY CHANCES

AND LET IT BURN
‘TIL I’M CRAZY FROM THE HEAT
WE’LL NEVER LEARN
‘TIL WE’RE DYING ON OUR FEET
‘CAUSE IN THIS MOMENT, WE’RE AS YOUNG AS WE’LL EVER BE
AND THIS FEELS LIKE HOME TO ME

LAUGH YOURSELF TO TEARS
CRY YOURSELF TO SLEEP IN OPEN ARMS
BABY, HAVE NO FEAR
LET THE SECRETS KEEP, THEY’LL DO NO HARM
WE CAN BE DISHONEST WITH THE FOOLS IN TOWN
WE CAN LET ‘EM TALK AND TEAR THE WHOLE THING DOWN
WHILE THEY’RE RUNNING OUT OF CHANCES

WE’LL LET IT BURN
‘TIL WE’RE CRAZY FROM THE HEAT
WE’LL NEVER LEARN
‘TIL WE’RE DYING ON OUR FEET
‘CAUSE IN THIS MOMENT, WE’RE AS YOUNG AS WE’LL EVER BE
AND THIS FEELS LIKE HOME TO ME

LIGHTS DIM AND ALL WE HAVE IS GLOW
FROM THE DASH OFF YOUR IVORY SKIN
DON’T LOOK NOW, THERE’S SEX IN THE MIRROR
AND SHE SHOULDN’T BE WITH HIM

Discography

The Great Affairs "The Great Affairs" EP (5 Tracks) June 2009
The Great Affairs "The Great Affairs" (12 Tracks) November 2009
The Great Affairs "Ricky Took The Wheels.." (12 Tracks) September 2010

Radio Airplay:

Butterflies Radio -- www.butterfliesradio.com
Circle 7 Radio -- www.circle7radio.com
Cyphreinc Podcasts
Dragon's Lair -- www.blogtalkradio.com/Dragons_Lair
Lansingerland FM -- Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Mothpod -- www.mothpod.com
WIRX 107.1 FM -- Benton Harbor, MI
WWHR 91.7 FM -- Bowling Green, KY
X Radio -- www.live365.com

Set List

Originals:

A Hundred Other Things
Bastard Son
Break Me Down
Crave
Dance Alone
Dear John
Dodge
Everything You Knew
Feels Like Home
Finding Grace
Gold
Good Flyin'
Hand Me Downs
Happy Here
High
Inside Your Head
Last Good Memory
Lies
Make It Out
Miss America
My Apologies
Needles And Pins
No Heart Left To Hold
Nothing Matters In The End
Only In My Head
So Damn High
The Ghost
The Shadow Of Your Doubt
Undertow
Unspoken
What It Is To Fall
You'll Never Know
You're Not Funny

Covers:

Can't Find My Way Home -- Blind Faith
Firecracker -- Ryan Adams
Have You Ever Seen The Rain -- Credence Clearwater Revival
Get A Leg Up -- John Mellencamp
I'm On Fire -- Bruce Springsteen
Pink Houses -- John Mellencamp
What's So Funny 'Bout (Peace, Love & Understanding) -- Elvis Costello
You Wreck Me -- Tom Petty