10 Neurotics

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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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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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Black Tape for a Blue Girl is an American Ethereal band formed in 1986 by Projekt Records' founder Sam Rosenthal. Their music takes on elements of darkwave, ethereal, ambient, goth and neoclassical music. Director David Lynch is one of the band's more well-known fans. ... more

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Track Name: Love of the Father
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? 

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