Best Kept Secret - Demos & Rarities 2001​-​2004

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about

This is not our debut album.

A collection of lost singles, b-sides, live tracks and remixes released between 2001 & 2004. Much better than that sounds.

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released December 13, 2004

All tracks written by Luxembourg except 2 by Luxembourg and Bashford.
1 & 8 produced by Brian O'Shaughnessy & Luxembourg at Bark
2 produced by Luxembourg at Biscuit
3, 6, 11, 12 & 13 produced by Luxembourg, engineered by Alex Piot at River
3 includes a sample from "Without Your Love" by Charlerelle & The Louchettes, written by Christie & Kelman. Honest.
4 recorded live at the Betsey Trotwood 21/10/04
5 & 7 produced by Darren Allison & Luxembourg, engineered & mixed by Darren Allison
9 original session by Tom Rixton, additional production & mix by Darren Allison at Triangle N12
10 recorded live at Orange & Blue for Kooba Radio
13 remixed by The Reductor
14 recorded live at The Fan Club 06/09/03

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Best Kept Secret reviews:

playlouder
"Luxembourg are men of beautiful cheapness, just like this record..."

independent on sunday
"The sound of a young band nobly groping for greatness..."

kitten painting
"My, how these tunes twist, turn and shimmer..."

cmu
"The ideal package to find in your stocking this Christmas..."

you're so old street
"Best Kept Secret appears to be glued into my discman..."

planet sound
"They have more class than the rest and are probably better in bed too..."

vanity project
"Lyrically inventive, and unafraid to add an electro-boot up their own foppish arse..."

trakmarx
"A sound informed by Roxy Music, early Pulp & a ton of self belief..."

god is in the tv
"The antithesis and antidote to cheesy, manufactured pop music..."

sounds-xp
"If it’s this fucking amazingly good, ye gods, what will their real debut album be like?"

designer magazine
"A musical history of their experiences so far with wit, style and originality..."

p2 magazine
"In a perfect world, Let Us Have It and Search Continues, Hope Fades would be number one forever..."

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Luxembourg are a British five-piece indie band, formed in London in 2001. Most often compared to artists like Pulp, The Smiths, Suede and Roxy Music, they have been described as "pop noir".

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Track Name: Let Us Have It
here we come like we’ve always done
but in droves, if you believe what you read
i was born with a bit of both
but i’m not sitting on the fence
‘cos your arguments for
keeping us all at bay
all amount to the same old thing
you happen to have it and you happen to like it
and you’re not giving it away

but take it easy
take it easy
no one will get hurt (oh oh)
if you relax it will be painless
take it easy
take it easy
we’ll be oh so slow (oh oh)
you’ll barely notice us arrive at all

well, are you sure that you’re oh so pure?
just how far back do you want to go?
i heard your father was a regular charmer
and you probably have a sister in montego bay
would you be the same person
if your mother had dumped him
and conceived you in a different way?
you happen to be here
and you happen to like it
but you can’t take it with you anyway

so let it go and
let us have it
well, was that really so hard?
and you might even find you like it
let it go and
let us have it
it’s inevitable, yes!
we’ve taken your cities
and we’ve got designs on your countryside
Track Name: Theme From Luxembourg
mother fills the air with her perfume
the candles burn a hole through her eyes
the arms around her offer protection
the stone walls are just somewhere to hide
from those who wouldn't be understanding
of all that is about to unfurl

stand up, hold up your head
and keep on singing
stand up, hold up, hold on
stand up, hold up your head
and keep on singing
stand up, hold up, hold on

and mother knows exactly why she's here
it's not the first and won't be the last time
she always says it will be the last time
although she knows it's not up to her now
and mother knows exactly why she's here
it's not the first and won't be the last time
she always says it will be the last time
although she knows it's not up to her now

and now she stares up into that empty space
and fills it with words and voices, pain and fear
as one of the voices grows louder and tells her what she needs to hear
the voice departs but the pain won't disappear
Track Name: We Are The Resistance
'79 to '91
and a nation led astray by a mad leader
1991 to 2000
the best years of a generation stolen by a dictator
1993 to 2003
and a man’s twenties are stunted by crippling shyness
well shyness is nice but shyness can stop you
from overthrowing oppressive political regimes

(and our leader says)
"all i’m saying
all i’m doing
i can’t breathe without your love"

cut’n’paste films and tunes
to make a collage of resistance
the stage is the street is the stage
bring down enemy servers by bombarding with e-mails
use digital cameras and satellite phones
and sing...

"why can’t my keyboard help me now?
my home has been bombed into the past
why can’t my country compensate me?
this Lady took the best years of my life"

we are the resistance
the resistance is futile generation
reporting mass desertion from the frontline
Track Name: What The Housewives Don't Tell You (acoustic)
i’m stuck at home with a thousand housewives
they’re such a scream
at least for a while
from their tireless questioning they never cease:
how to keep your man
how to effect world peace

so why did you ask me out
when you knew you could not deliver?
we went out somewhere
then came back again
so why do you look terrified?

i don’t care if you
never make a move
just as long as you
don’t say it’s time to leave
stay around a while
i can make more tea
you can put on a record
just don’t say you’re going

cos what the housewives don’t tell you
because they don’t want to distress you
is it’s a lonely, lonely vigil that we’re keeping
and it’s all for you

now you’re sending me messages
that i can’t quite read
you write, “hope you’re well”
when you mean, “come and see me”
you write, “how are you?”
when you mean, “how i want you”
and your “see you soon”
means, “put those arms around me”

so why did you ask me out
when you knew you could not deliver?
i could wait all day in your favourite café
but the staff are almost ready to turn me away

cos what the housewives don’t tell you
because they don’t want to depress you
is it’s a lonely, lonely vigil that we’re keeping

what the housewives don’t tell you
what they never have done
and they never will do
it’s a lonely, lonely vigil that we’re keeping
and it’s all for you

you see there’s something that the housewives don’t tell you
because they really, really don’t want to distress you
but me, i’m not so concerned with protecting your feelings
i think there’s something that you ought to know
Track Name: Search Continues, Hope Fades (electro version)
when we met you made a niche inside my body
beneath my ribcage and above my spleen
the niche was small at first
but you filled it completely
and with time you and the niche both grew
and grew
and grew

into a complex universe of spores and nodules
weaving between kidney, heart and lung
but always friendly
so benign and ever-welcome
but then you shrank
and you left
left your negative inside

and the search it goes on
and the search it goes on
but hope, it fades with the passing days
and the search it goes on
and the search it goes on and on...
but hope is fading
fading with the passing days

soon you became an extra vital internal organ
and then you shrank
and left a howling void behind you
there are endless doorless corridors
inside my upper torso
unique impression cast within me now

search continues, hope fades...
Track Name: Making Progress
it goes like this...
(something like this)
there are moments of joy
they're interspersed
with something else that i call
constantly searching for escape

please don't - please don't try to stop things
from progressing
don't you ever try to stop things
from progressing

but i need things to slow down

it's getting fast
so very fast - but not fast enough
it takes progressively more energy
to yield the same small reward

i'm running fast
i'm standing still
i think i'm making progress

but i need things to slow down
Track Name: Lemon & Lime (electro version)
a lime and lemon confection
brazil nut cracked inside steel jaws
coriander and parsley
musky perfume in classrooms
coal tar soap like a soft drink

a chocolate egg filled with...chocolate
a tin foil spud in the fireplace
the ajax scrubbing formica
the lager brewery hops smell
the sunday gravy ambrosia

it was the best thing i ever tasted
the first thing i ever tasted
the first thing...

palmolive soap on your shiny hands
the batter licked from the mix-bowl
the liquid for bubble blowing
when i smell these things
i know that time is a trick and no more
Track Name: Make It
you were schooled in a monastery
discipline, latin and classics
and you slept there each night
though your parents lived very nearby
but i went to a bog-standard comp
that was neither the north or the south
while you studied socrates, shakespeare and chaucer
my mind was on woodwork and physics

i’m nothing like you and you’re nothing like me

but i think we can make it
i’m sure we can make it
i feel we can make it work out
no, i don’t think we’ll make it
i’m sure we won’t make it
i feel... like it’s not going to work out now

you are very well-spoken
i’m black country via home counties
your complexion is flawless
mine leaves something to be desired
but you say that you like me the way that i am
shall i read you the phonebook?
i’ve never met anyone like you before
but the novelty’s starting to wear off

i’m sorry, i’m sorry
i’m sorry again

but how long have you waited for a chance like this?
well it didn’t work when you were younger
so it’s not going to work out now
now who’ll be the lonelier
will it be you or i?
Track Name: Success Is Never Enough
(let’s kid ourselves)

i’m starting out with such good intentions
i’m starting out with the perfect plan
i'm gonna write just what i see
i’m gonna say just what i feel
i’m gonna do things my own way

no one says no, and no one tries to stop me
no one conspires (at least not openly)
there are no thumbscrews to be seen
there are no pressures spoken of
but i feel the need to please

i want success just like the rest
i write what i need to meet this end
this goes down well
still i want more
i take more and it’s never enough

sometimes i wake up out of the dreaming
know there’s a problem, know that i must act
but someone always reassures
or opens up a few more doors
and i fall back into the dream

just for a moment i can’t imagine why you buy it
i can’t imagine why i buy it anymore
and i will tell the truth one day
but not just now (no, not today)
because there’s really no need to worry

i’m in and out of the dream
i’m in and out of the dream

stop - don’t stop
stop - don’t stop
Track Name: Close-Cropped (acoustic)
do you remember us
on that minibus
with me staring at your feet?
and even judging by your footwear
i knew we had to meet

so it’s a crying shame that in the mating game
i have the prowess of a fool
when we got to the farm
i should have turned on the charm
but instead i played it cool

are you with or without her?
you’d be so much happier with me
if you’re available
i’m unrestrainable
can’t you see?

i want your close-cropped hair
i want your pale blue eyes
and i want your soft hands
and your handsome thighs
i want your gormless grin
your regional accent
and i want your cracked lips
and i want your snake hips
and i want it right now
and i might even
and i might even tell you

now my days are filled with ways
in which our paths might cross
i’ve never been down
to your part of town
as much as i have this week

are you with or without me?
you’d be so much happier without
are you available?
you see, i’m uncontainable
can’t you see?

i want your peachy skin
and i want it now
i want your well-groomed nails
and your tended brow
i’d let your supple arms
drape across my frame
i want the things you’ve got
i think you feel the same
i’d let your three-day stubble
tear across my cheek
i want to hold your hand
until some time next week
i want your winning ways
and your ample chest
i want the bits on display
and i want the rest
Track Name: Raised
the cherished things were sold to raise some cash
the rationale was poor
driven just by pride and later on regretted
the money for the trip could have been
raised in a civilised way
those things were sold – they were not forgotten

when those things are found there will be comfort
when those things are found there will be sadness

all this letting go
and taking back
..and letting go again
is done with so much care

the very things that go to make a lifetime
disappeared
overnight and never re-united
stored away untroubled by the years
so on the day they left
they looked just as good as when first created
Track Name: (I Need) A Little Bit More (Than You Can Give Me)
i came home early
found you sleeping on the stairs
with the woman from next door
i came to surprise you
and you did look quite surprised
when i found you lying naked on the floor

i guess that when i told you
i would leave you if you cheated
you took it as a promise, not a threat
but now we’re really here
i don’t feel like making your life that easy
i feel like making it hard on you

i need a little bit more than you can give me
i need a microscopic shred of honesty
i need a little bit more than you’re capable of giving
so i’m leaving you
i’m leaving you now

i came home early
found you skulking in the bathroom
with the local football team
you tried to convince me there was nothing going on
did you think i hadn’t heard that one before?

it didn’t look to me
like you were planning sunday fixtures
or discussing the finer points of the offside rule
so don’t expect me now
to keep providing the refreshments
forget the biscuits - i’ll be showing you the door

i want you to stop
and think
think what you’ve done to me
Track Name: Reasons For Losing Sleep (redux)
Woof woof woof.
Track Name: In My Bed (live)
when you're overwrought
when you're overtired
when you need a plain word of hope
just this once in a while
please don't forget that part
i might just drop my guard

tonight you're forgiven
tomorrow i might just despise you
but that's all to come

come crawling into my bed
your hands and knees work just fine
there's room for one more in my bed

these old sheets have seen it all
these four posts would tell their stories if they could
but i'm kind of glad they don't
if you're open to ideas
if you're tired, if it's been years since you've been had
well i guess i could do you a favour

oh but don't say i'm easy
i sleep in the same bed each night
i just let them come to me

come crawling into my bed
your hands and knees work just fine
there's room for twelve more in my bed

if you've had more than enough of your own company
i know that i have
i know that i have
so get into my bed

oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no
my bed
oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no
cos baby, these old sheets have seen it all
these four posts would tell their stories if they could
but i'm kind of glad they don't
if you're open to ideas
if you're tired, if it's been years since you've been had
well i guess i could do you a favour

when you're overwrought
when you're overtired
when you need a plain word of hope
when you're overwrought
when you're overtired
when you need a plain word of hope
when you're overwrought
when you're overtired
when you need a plain word of hope
when you need a plain word of hope
when you need a plain old word of hope

You sure you want to be with me I've nothing to give?