Up, Up And Away [Home Demos 1993​-​2002]

by MILKYWAY

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RECUERDOS QUE OLVIDÉ 003

One of the collections we are treating like our favorite child at Elefant, and the one that has been most well-received by our followers, is “Recuerdos que olvidé” (Memories I Forgot), which collects demos and previously unreleased recordings from some of our favorite and our most representative groups. We inaugurated the collection with AEROLINEAS FEDERALES, continued with NOSOTRÄSH, and now our third release is going to be nothing less than a limited-edition copy of MILKYWAY’s first demos, which were mostly recorded before the start of LA CASA AZUL.

The demo concept has always been associated with an early stage of a song, sometimes even rougher, but always with a special charm, and in which you can trace the essence of the songwriter. “Up, Up And Away (Home Demos 1993-2002)” is full of great songs and huge hits that are so typical of our songwriter. What’s amazing here is how, in 1993, in a room, with an analog 4-track (for the songs from before 1996) and a digital 8-track (the songs after 1996), there are already songs as incredible as “Over” - the final track on this album – almost 10 years before LA CASA AZUL’s first full-length was released. 14 songs that highlight all the things we now know about Guille: his versatility, his wide range of styles, his unlimited imagination, and his inimitable personality when it comes to writing great pop melodies. But there are also discoveries and surprises in each and every one of the songs that comprise this album:

“In Love” (1995) first appeared on MILKYWAY’s eponymous debut CD-Single on Annika (and remember that while LA CASA AZUL uses Spanish as their language of choice, MILKYWAY does his thing in English), begins elegantly, between lounge cushions with echoes of the best Soft Pop from the 60s and those la-la-la’s that have returned to take us to an unforgettable place. A romantic hook, all shiny and young, where Ester Pascual’s voice appears for the first time – the only name there with Guille’s on the albums credits. It is a tribute to “Love So Fine” by ROGER NICHOLS & THE SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.

“Julie” (1996) starts the first danceable beats, with one of those impossible structures that jumps from URSULA 1000 to France Gal, from SAINTE ETIENNE to THE BEACH BOYS, wrapping things up with an amazingly Beatle-like chorus. Julie in my room with diamonds.

“Shine (Go To California)” (2002) is a delicious house specialty, as if THE LEFT BANK went on vacation to the sunniest part of the world to have a party, that inexplicably ends up blowing up in that techno-pop ending, owing so much to J-Pop.

“My Groovy Love” (1997) moves to the beat of sweet Eurodisco, with dream-like arrangements, a seriously catchy chorus, PET SHOP BOY stylings, and an undeniable tendency toward the dance floor.

“Fence” (1996); THE LEFT BANKE are back in their purest form, holding hands with LOVIN’ SPOONFUL, who go to visit Billy Nicholas and Paul Simon, in a song with a surprisingly folky spirit.

“Silly Things” (1996), funk, disco, techno-pop, PIZZICATO FIVE, KRAFTWERK, infinite synthesizers, impossible beats, celestial harmonies… This song is impossible to categorize, with its mix of a thousand different sounds and references, to listen and dance to. Must I remind you that we’re talking about Guille Milkyway?

“My Favourite Girlfriend” (1994): Another surprise with that acoustic guitar that the song starts off with, as if it were unplugged, with more folk tones, a mix of Donovan, Laura Nyro, Simon & Garfunkel… This bareness that Nick Garrie so badly wanted on his debut album, curiously enough at the hand of one of someone who is one of the masters of arrangements.

“Radio Milkyway” (1996) is an anthem. Why couldn’t we enjoy this wonder before, which describes the universe of MILKYWAY so well? From home-grown techno-pop to eurodisco, from CAPSULE to HELEN LOVE, from BIS to THE HUMAN LEAGUE, from FLIPPER’S GUITAR to Jean Jacques Perrey, this tremendous sing-along hit has special meaning on this album: “It’s the sound of the spring / It’s the sound you’ve been waiting for”.

“Fizzy Dizzy” (1995) is another song that was included on “In Love EP”. Electro, disco, techno, house, the bpms crossing the limits of possibility, the club about to burst, and suddenly the gameboy melody comes on, everyone stops and looks at each other. Yes, that’s the starting bell for the final blast, the euphoria, the dream-pop that bursts into absolute happiness.

“I Know” (2002) dives into the sunniest, most elegant part of MILKYWAY, sunshine-pop sponsored by Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini and THE BEACH BOYS. Delicious, sublime.

“Bubblegum” (1996) is euro-pop and dream-pop, with echoes of LIO and the beloved Jacno. Another one of those marvelous choruses so unmistakably MILKYWAY, dream-like and evocative, and at the same time agile and energetic.

“Feelings” (1996); A new unforgettable chorus, PET SHOP BOYS, DEEE-LITE, NEW ORDER… melodies that chain themselves to your heart and never let go. What’s more, like that string quartet in the final moments of the Titanic, the melodies haunt you with a will of their own in the most complicated moments.

“Magic People” (1997). Yes, we were missing the vocoders, so we could begin to come full circle. Somewhere between SCISSOR SISTERS and ERASURE, OMD and Andreas Dorau, comes this new magical dance-floor hit.

“Over” (1993); Toy-like sequencers, samba, electronic deconstruction, the oldest song by Guille so far. It’s a surprising song, with a noticeable dark side, with that chorus full of Brazilian echoes but that opens little by little to the positivity and light more typical of his songs.

When it came to “La Polinesia Meridional”, Guille Milkyway talked to us about escapism as a way of understanding life and the world, something that takes on special meaning considering what’s going on in the world around us right now. In some way, this album gives even more meaning to that, now that we can see his special joie de vivre in it, that sunny vitality, that constant celebration of feelings by a songwriter who seems to have been born already bursting with inspiration that we are still enjoying to this day. And we have proof once again that what Guille has is not inspiration; it’s much more than that, something innate, intuitive and incredible.

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released October 29, 2012

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Track Name: In Love (1995)
I'm falling in love with a girl I've just met today
She's so pretty, she's so beautifully dressed
I look at myself and I wish I was someone else
Someone who could catch her eye with just a wink

But I'm not that cute
I've got nothing to say
Nothing to share
No money to pay the rent
What can I do to make her mine?
Could somebody help me? help me now!

She brings me the light but how could I make her see
When my heart is so afraid..., well just like me
I think it's the first time 'cause I feel like it's going to break
Into a million pieces: love..... it's there!!

Tonight please let me be the one
I just want to hold you tight
Tonight is the night
Tonight, it has to be the night
When all my dreams could fly
So close to the sun

I'm falling in love with a boy I've just met today
He's so pretty, he's so beautifully dressed
I think it's the first time (yes i think it's the first time)
'Cause I feel like it's going to break

Into a million pieces, love.... it's there!
Track Name: Julie (1996)
Julie is moving away
Leaving her friends
Her home and her family
So tired of bearing the rain
And listening to the same
Pretended sugary pop stars

She bought a plane
With the money her daddy gave her
All over the world
Nothing but rainy days and rock and roll
Where was the love?
Could someone tell her why all the groovies where gone
Maybe tomorrow a better sound will come along

Julie open your eyes
There is a light at the skyline
I think you'd better move up
You've got to hang on to sunshine

Julie open your heart
There is no sense in protecting it
You'll be a beautiful star
Now drink some strawberry juice and free your mind

Julie started to play
With a glittering face
The songs that she'd always loved
And crowds of people in grey
Where healing their pain (gritty gritty pain)
At the multicoloured stereo sound

Swinging around
A thousand people were dancing through the night
Music was flowing
Unbelievable growing flowering vibes

Colours and candles
Groovy incense and shocking perfumes
Julie remember
Your love will save the world

This is your life you can do whatever you like
Julie, Julie take a balloon and fly
Take a beautiful one
Track Name: Shine (Go To California) (2002)
Eight o'clock, time to wake up
Morning shower, a little make up
Yellow dress and a watermelon smile

'Cause summer's finally here
And now no fears are coming to your mind
You feel so sunny and so happy and you shine

I bet your life's gonna make a change
It's time you make a move and rearrange your feelings
Different, you feel different
For the first time in your life.

Try to find a place
That it's right for you to fly away
And maybe you can give it a try
Take a sip of lemonade and find a hideaway
Where you shine so bright

Summer's in the air
You can smell the flowers everywhere
Rainy days are gone out of sight
You can go to california
Sure the sun will warm ya
And then you'll shine

Music plays, people hand in hand
You never thought life could be so lovely
Fall in love and take it to the end
Track Name: My Groovy Love (1997)
Anywhere I go
I need to share my groovy love
I need to fly and hide my fears
And fear those melodies in my ears

Give to me your love
Your endless dreams and lazy thoughts
Your life is green and pink and blue
I want a boyfriend just like you

I love you sweet baby
Bring back your tenderness
I miss your company

Bring back the naivety
Those crazy nights dancing beat
Anyway you'll always be lonely

Sorry but I'm not feeling that lonely
(Yes you are)
Look at me, sorry, I 'm happy
(Yes your are)

Anywhere I go
I need to share my groovy love
I need to fly and hide my fears
And fear those melodies in my ears

Give to me your love
Your endless dreams and lazy thoughts
Your life is green and pink and blue
I want a boyfriend just like you

My girlfriend was so cute
She loved the songs of Mama Cass
That made her perfect to fill my simple life

Anywhere I go
I need to share my groovy love
I need to fly and hide my fears
And fear those melodies in my ears

Give to me your love
Your endless dreams and lazy thoughts
Your life is green and pink and blue
I want a boyfriend just like you
Track Name: Fence (1996)
I know you've never been strong
But from time to time you've shown
A little sparkle of integrity
Now this is the time
To make it through the night

They walked away from your life
Taking all those crazy dreams
That once belonged to only you
But even without them
You've got to save your smile

You have some reasons to cry
But you'll always see the grass
Greener than any other one
Now you have a chance to sit on the fence

And think how good it could have been to live a life
Of melodies and songs for everyone

(I never did it right)

You have some reasons to cry
But you'll always see the grass
Greener than any other one
Now you have a chance to sit on the fence

And think how good it could have been to live a life
Of melodies and songs for everyone
Track Name: Silly Things (1996)
I love you doing those silly things
Laughing over my eyes in the fairground
The way you play with your living
Your childish heart is like sunny weather

After all, the rain that came is gone
And now my eyes are closed
It feels better singing a love song

Hear the sound, my feet are off the ground
The sound of spring and love
Sweet melodies that come to my voice sweet baby

Fly away, somwhere beneath the waves
Sorrounded by the sea
Pretend that nobody hears your weeping

Find a space where time slows down 'til break
A place to be alone
Confusion fills my imagination

Now let me give you some candies
They taste much better when we're together
Our love will be never-ending
As long as we're as light as two feathers

I've been there for a long time
Now could you give you sweet vibrations
I love it when you smile at the sunshine!
Track Name: My Favourite Girlfriend (1994)
There were so many times
When my hands needed care
Your were there to protect them

And the nights I was low
When my faith was too small
Your were right there to save it

From the iced days of Christmas
To the warmth of July
You've been always so gentle

Though I'm not always easy
You've been always so mild
I just want you to thank you
For being here by my side

When my hands needed care
Your were there to protect them

And for singing my songs
With a voice that I love
You're my favourite girlfriend

Though I'm not always easy
You've been always so mild
I just want you to thank you
For being here by my side

When my hands needed care
Your were there to protect me
Track Name: Radio Milkyway (1996)
We have a message to you
To share all around the world
Forget your sorrow
We're going to be in the groove
'Cause we got the stereo sound
Of today and tomorrow
Easy pop tunes
Strawberry style
Now open the way
For the Milkyway sound

Looming up from the freeze
Groovy people around the world
Let us be in the scene
And we promise to bring you love

Take a chance on the beat
Groovy people around the world
Here's the sound of the spring
Here's the sound you've been waiting for

We've been holding it up
We've lived up in a cloud
A thousand lightyears from the Milkyway
Now we're moving along
We're taking the planet earth
Fasten up your seat belts
We have come to stay!

Take a chance on the beat
Groovy people around the world
Here's the sound of the spring
Here's the sound you've been waiting for

We only want to see you smile
With our music in the sun
It's a summer breeze
We're just sidereal

Turn the radio on
Let your dreams go
Wherever they find love
Track Name: Fizzy Dizzy (1995)
Inside a world of chocolate bars and cotton candy
We love to crash in the bumper cars 'til going crazy
We're living up in the space beyond the noisy world

Don't speak, don't move, just fly away
Your dreams are meant to stay
Don't try to drown them in the shades
It's like tiptoeing on the clouds
On a sunday morning promenade
Eating marshmellows and nuts

Your sleepy face it brings back the sunshine to my life

Inside a world of chocolate bars and cotton candy
We love to crash in the bumper cars 'til going crazy
Sweet fizzy dizzy when we jump into the big wheel
Up in the yellow car we let our bubbling dreams go flying

Round and round
(Uh uh) look at the sunny sky
Happy-go-lucky foolish time
(Uh uh uh uh uh uh uh uh)
Swimming across the stars
We'd like to be just who we are

Inside a world of chocolate bars and cotton candy
We love to crash in the bumper cars 'til going crazy
Sweet fizzy dizzy when we jump into the big wheel
Up in the yellow car we let our bubbling dreams go flying

We're living up in the space beyond the noisy world
Track Name: I Know (2002)
Lately you've been changing your mind
No more saturdays singing for no one
'Cause I've noticed a change in your smile
It's like holidays finally I found

Love! I know that you're gonna to be my love
You're giving me hope, I know
And it's gonna last so long, my love
I know, I know

Let's take our bicycles now
Tell me... how does it feel?
On our way to happy
Up in a magic balloon we will fly away
High, so high
Track Name: Bubblegum (1996)
I first met you hanging around
(With my little pretty girlfriend)
You looked so cute, it was so easy to try
(It was clear I wouldn't reject it)

Lost in the crowd
I couldn't hush my heart
I couldn't see so far
You disappeared in the noise of the night, of the night

Your glance was an electric Flash!

I saw you chewing bubblegum
Through my Blue Tropic vodka glass
Pop, you were so pop!
Groovy stockings all around
Green bell bottoms
Sparkling lights
Girls and boys all them pop kids feeling so high

Then I tried getting close to you
Yeah I was feeling over the moon
Beat you were so beat!
Mirror balls and sugary tunes
Kept on going the whole night through
So that's how I fell in love with you

You standing there holding my hand
(What a perfect situation)
Hiding my love, I tried to pretend
(You unlocked my imagination)

Lost in the crowd
C'est la follie de l'amour
Dites-moi je t'aime toujours
Me tu partiras et je resterais déçu

Your glance was an electric Flash!

I saw you chewing bubblegum
Through my Blue Tropic vodka glass
Pop, you were so pop!
Groovy stockings all around
Green bell bottoms
Sparkling lights
Girls and boys all them pop kids feeling so high

Then I tried getting close to you
Yeah I was feeling over the moon
Beat you were so beat!
Mirror balls and sugary tunes
Kept on going the whole night through
So that's how I fell in love with you
Track Name: Feelings (1996)
If you keep on writing words of love in the seashore
Then the water will come and make them fade forever

I guess I've been always too much sensitive to ignore
That your words were just a passing dream
They would never true
Must have been a sin

You can love whoever, be loved by whoever
I'm not a fool but i just thought I could trust on your

Feelings, the ones you forgot when you left
The ones you once said you would feel forever
What kind of feelings are your fucking feelings?

Well mine are melodies
A kiss and a walk in the rain
Some tears and a shivering faith forever
These are my feelings
I'm not ashamed to feel feelings

Now say goodbye to the sunday afternoons singing "bubblegum"
Say goodbye to all those extra peanut butter ice-creams at Häagen-Dazs
Someday I will find another girl to share my daily round
A girl with a sweeter voice, and a softer touch and a more innocent heart

And bring her flowers and write her songs of love without a fear
You may think I'm so soapy, well of course I am
I'm so proud of it... I love Jimmy Webb and I love Karen Carpenter
I love all the starry-eyed people who make me feel

Feelings, the ones you forgot when you left
the ones you once said you would feel forever
What kind of feelings are your fucking feelings?

Well mine are melodies
A kiss and a walk in the rain
Some tears and a shivering faith forever
These are my feelings
I'm not ashamed to feel feelings
Track Name: Magic People (1997)
I just want to know
Where do you want to go
With all this violence
Which breaks the silence

Take a look at all the magic people
Singing just for you

We want to say to all the people of the world
Stop the fighting 'cause it's not worth
Now all the people of the world, stop I now

We want to say to all the children of the world
Stop the violence and stick to love
Now all the children of the world, reject it now

Some people are trying to blow up the world

I just want to know
Where do you want to go
With all your smugness
And your fucking selfishness

Take a look at all the magic people
Laughing at your face

We want to say to all the people of the world
Stop the fighting 'cause it's not worth
Now all the people of the world, stop I now

We want to say to all the children of the world
Stop the violence and stick to love
Now all the children of the world, reject it now
Track Name: Over (1993)
I'm staring at the sea
Pretending not to be
Your favourite lover
Too many groovy flights
Too many cocktail nights
But I've grown older
And I'm not your style anymore

Over, don't you know it's over
My love for you was ended
Long before it begun

Over, all my dreams are over
Since they were held by you
And now you walk away

Sunny days (how happy we were)
Country lanes
Lazy tunes
They lead me back again to you

Over I know it's over (closed up)
But my love's growing stronger (closed up)
And there's no way to stop it now (closed up)