10 Neurotics

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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Sailor Boy 03:46
Inch Worm 04:09
Love Song 01:52
In Dystopia 03:34
I hate god ‘cause they tell me he loves me. I don’t trust their scriptures, no I don’t trust you, ‘cause I can’t believe it’s true. ‘cause when my Dad says he loves me, he doesn’t mean it. I take a stranger’s hand, the best that I get. I face my obliteration, I haven’t died yet. I drown myself with sex, I live to forget. Angry words from my Daddy’s lips, “If only you were like the other boys. A better son, a proper son, I wouldn’t have to punish you.” Then I’m thrown against the wall; seraphim spit “he loves you” but I know he doesn’t mean it. I take this strange man’s hand, the best that I get. I accept my subjugation, I haven’t died yet. I drown to lose myself, I feel no regret. I reject god ‘cause they say he will save me. I can’t touch him like the toys on my bed, use your magic to save me! Then he smacks me ‘cross the face; ears ringin’, angels singin’ “he loves you” but I know he doesn’t mean it. I take this strange man’s love, the best that I get. I provide no vindication, I feel no regret. I drown to forget, how could I please him anyway? 


From Sam: I still love 10 NEUROTICS, our 2009 album. I think it was a departure, and listening to it right now, I think it's an amazing performance by Athan, Brian, Laurie, Nicki (& myself). I think a lot of people missed it, or didn't get it. Either because it came out during that death-of-cds-era, or they were put off by the naked girly and the themes of personal revelation.


“Emotionally charged, theatrical, bold, raucous, heartbreaking, and beautiful, 10 Neurotics is a grand and exciting musical direction for Black Tape for a Blue Girl. Traversing fresh musical ground including the evocative flavouring of Dark Cabaret, they never fully relinquish their well-known sensually provocative sound. Blacktape emerges that much more important for its willingness to fearlessly incorporate unexpected elements into its work. They add a stronger, more theatrical component; you feel as if you are watching a powerful stage show in motion. 10 Neurotics is a great album! It may be Blacktape’s best!” – Matt Rowe, Muscictap.net.

10 Neurotics reimagines the passion of Black Tape For A Blue Girl (and visionary founder / songwriter, Sam Rosenthal) in a rock / dark cabaret setting. Sam challenged himself to put the electronics and lushness aside; he wrote these songs on the acoustic guitar, an instrument he had never played before. The results bear a more considered approach to songwriting: structured, melodic and dare say even “traditional” in composition. It is a new approach to the mood and power for which Blacktape is known.

Featuring drum kit and bass for the first time in 20 years (courtesy of new band-member Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls & The Violent Femmes), these fourteen songs are revealing first person narratives. These are stories so unnerving and personal that 10 Neurotics features an all-new line-up; the previous vocalists quit the group out of discomfort with the content.


released August 25, 2009


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Get exclusive music: blacktapeforabluegirl.bandcamp.com/patron from Black Tape for a Blue Girl & Sam Rosenthal. I released my first cassette in 1984! BlackTape's first LP was in 1986; the music incorporates darkwave, ethereal, ambient, goth and art rock elements. This page also includes my ambient/electronic music, as well as side-projects. Thanks for listening. ... more


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