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WHAT THEY'RE SAYIN' ABOUT "MEDIUM COOL", BABY:

“This one’s a total knockout. An instant classic. Highly recommended. Top pick.” —Baby Sue

“The perfect summer soundtrack to a world before cell phones and Instagram stories.”—NeuFutur

“Here’s to Russell finally getting the credit he deserves and giving the world a hell of a great record to boot.” —The Recoup

“This set is as vital as any release of the last decade…2019 Album of the Year Candidate”—Radio Free Americana

“Rock n’ roll done just right”—Icon Fetch

“You may not have a Corvette but be assured that when you crank this up, you may feel like you do.”—Glide Magazine

“Filled with nothing but pure rock & roll, it’s just the right elixir in a time when we’re swimming through mediocrity.”
—Music Tap

“A completely cool and totally essential disc.”—Tinniest

”Pure spirituality…if you haven’t bought music this decade, Medium Cool is the one to get. Yes, it’s that good.”—Twangri-La

“Much like the 1969 film that shares its name, Medium Cool is a dazzling fusion of fact and fiction.”—Coachella Valley Weekly

“I fucking love it…really can’t recommend it more highly.”—Glorious Noise

“I can hardly wait for the weather to get nice enough that I can play this in the car with the volume up, the windows down and my foot firmly on the gas pedal. A-“—The Vinyl District

“Might be the coolest thing since cruising the old San Fernando Valley in a sports car on a warm summer night.”—Buzz Bands

“Throughout (the album) Russell and cohorts capture the
push-and-pull of youth with the well-tempered tendencies of adult life.”—Pop Matters

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released February 22, 2019

produced and mixed by Luther Russell & Jason Hiller at electrosound, l.a.
luther russell: lead Vocals, guitars, piano, synth, stylophone, percussion
jason hiller: bass
derek brown: drums
harmony vocals: danny de la matyr
liam hayes: guitar on “blue balloon”
photography by jim newberry
mastered by dale becker
album design by luther russell
all songs by luther russell ©2018
published by ungawa music, ascap, administered by words & music, a division of big deal music, llc
agency: brighthelmstone promotions, uk
attorney: j. david wykoff, esq., nashville, tn
thx: sbt, jody, robyn, empire, sean & lee @ burger, jf, mom/pops/sis, freddy Jr., thee black gnome, savoir faire, rathborne,
nigel @ rough trade, iñaki, cj, the hofe, katelman, sparky, vug, natron, ned, conqueroo, luis db, yufu, john & chad @ fluff & gravy!

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Luther Russell plays music of all kinds, including writing his own shit and producing other people’s shit. He is a Sagittarius, man.

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Track Name: Deep Feelings
I’VE GOT DEEP FEELINGS FOR YOU
YOU’VE DEEP FEELINGS FOR ME…YES, YOU DO
IT’S ALRIGHT
OH BABY, WE’VE GOT TONIGHT
YOU’VE HAD BAD DREAMS
FULL OF SADNESS
I’VE HAD BAD SCENES
FULL OF MADNESS
IT’S TRUE...
AH BABY, BUT WE’LL GET THROUGH

TALKIN’ DEEP FEELINGS FOR YOU
SHOW ME THOSE DEEP, DEEP FEELINGS
INSIDE OF YOU
BABY LET’S GO
I THINK YOU KNOW
LET’S MOVE CLOSER
COME IN TIGHTER
BE COMPOSER
TO MY WRITER
COME ON!
LET’S MAKE A SONG…

I’VE GOT DEEP FEELINGS FOR YOU…!!!
Track Name: Can't Be Sad
OH — DON’T WANNA TELL THE TRUTH
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO YOU
YOU KNOW I CAN’T BE SAD
OH AND THO YOU BEEN UNCOUTH
JUST LIKE A RUBIK’S CUBE
YOU’RE THE BEST DAMN PUZZLE I EVER HAD

I’LL TAKE THE UP’S, I’LL TAKE THE DOWNS
I’LL TAKE THE BLUES WHEN YOU’RE NOT AROUND
I’LL TAKE THE PAIN THAT MAKES NO SOUND
CAUSE I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN BAD…
BUT I CAN’T BE SAD

YEAH—I’M GONNA BREAK IT DOWN
JUST SO YOU UNDERSTAND
I SAID I CAN’T BE SAD!
AND THO YOUR LITTLE HAMMER POUNDS NAILS INTO MY HANDS
IT’S THE BEST DAMN CRUCIFIXION I EVER HAD…

I’LL TAKE THE UP’S, I’LL TAKE THE DOWNS
I’LL TAKE THE BLUES WHEN YOU’RE NOT AROUND
I’LL TAKE THE PAIN THAT MAKES NO SOUND
CAUSE I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN BAD…
BUT I CAN’T BE SAD

BRIDGE:
I KNOW I’M JUST A LITTLE BIT LAZY
I KNOW YOU'RE A LITTLE BIT MEAN
BUT NOTHING YOU DO IS EVER GONNA PHASE ME
CAUSE YOU’RE MY DAMAGED LITTLE ROCK & ROLL QUEEN
Track Name: The Sound of Rock and Roll
I’VE GOT DEEP FEELINGS FOR YOU
YOU’VE DEEP FEELINGS FOR ME…YES, YOU DO
IT’S ALRIGHT
OH BABY, WE’VE GOT TONIGHT
YOU’VE HAD BAD DREAMS
FULL OF SADNESS
I’VE HAD BAD SCENES
FULL OF MADNESS
WELL, WE’RE BACK TO THE BEGINNING
EVERYBODY LAUGHING, JOKING
AND SHE’S LEANING ON THE LAMP POST
IN A LEATHER JACKET, SMOKING
NOW IT’S BURNED-DOWN TO THE STUB
AND IT LOOKS JUST LIKE YOUR SOUL
AND SHE RUNS INTO THE CLUB
TOWARD THE SOUND OF ROCK ’N ROLL

NOW HER FACE BURNS WITH TEARS
AND HER EYELINER SMEARS
AND SHE’S ALL TORN APART
COZ THE DRUMMER BROKE HER HEART
BUT SHE’S BEEN SET FREE

NOW SHE’S STARING RIGHT THROUGH YOU
BUT YOU’RE TWO LEFT FEET ARE FROZEN
AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO
THOUGH YOU KNOW THAT YOU’VE BEEN CHOSEN
AS THE PILLS FALL OUT HER PURSE
SHE STARTS TO SLOWLY DANCE
AND YOU CAN SEE THE UNIVERSE
ALL WITHIN HER LITTLE GLANCE

NOW YOU’RE DRUNK, AND SHE’S HIGH
AND YOUR HEART WANTS TO DIE
AND THE MUSIC PLAYS SO LOUD
AS YOU FLOAT ABOVE THE CROWD
BUT YOU’VE BEEN SET FREE...
Track Name: Corvette Summer
WELL, HE’S DOWN AT THE JUNKYARD
GONNA BUILD THE PERFECT SPORTS CAR
WELL, HE’S KNOWN FROM THE FIRST DAY
THAT IT’S GONNA BE A STINGRAY

WITH SUPERIOR MAGS, NOW
A V8 THAT NEVER DRAGS, NOW
HE’LL HAVE THE BEST LITTLE ‘VETTE, NOW
ALL IN CANDY-APPLE RED, NOW
WHEN HE ROLLS...

HE’LL DO 120 FLAT-OUT
ON HIS OLD BIKE-ROUTE
THEY’LL SCREAM “LOOK AT HIM GO”
TO THE ROCK & ROLL RADIO

HE’LL BE CRUISIN’ FOR A SWEETHART
DOWN ON VAN NUYS BLVD
GONNA FEEL SO ALIVE NOW
WITH HIS RIGHT-HAND DRIVE, NOW
WHEN HE ROLLS...

YEAH IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT
ONCE THE DAYTIME FADES AWAY
GUN INTO THE SUMMER NIGHT
THERE’LL BE NOTHING LEFT TO SAY
NO TIME ANYWAY
FOR YESTERDAY

WELL IT’S ALWAYS ON THE BLOCKS
HE’S ADDIN’ GABRIEL SHOCKS
HE WANTS MERCURY TUBES
AND THE FASTEST STOCK CUBE, NOW

IT’S BEEN A DREAM SO LONG, NOW
BABY, NOTHING COULD GO WRONG, NOW
HE’S GONNA TASTE A LITTLE HEAVEN
YEAH, BACK IN ’77, BABY!
Track Name: At Your Feet
YOUR EYES ARE FIXED ON THE STARS IN THE SKY
YOUR FINGERS TWITCH AS YOUR MASCARA CRIES
BUT YOU DON’T EVEN SEE
WHAT’S ON THE GROUND AT YOUR FEET

THE WIND BLOWS YESTERDAY’S NEWS DOWN THE STREET
THE RAIN ON YOUR FACE IT TASTES SO BITTERSWEET
BUT HERE I AM LIKE AN OLD
PAIR OF SHOES AT YOUR FEET

HEAR THE ROSE PARADE
MARCHING THROUGH TOWN
THE NEW POM-POM GIRLS
MAKE THE SAME OLD SOUND

AN OLD SONG BREAKS THROUGH THE RADIO WAVES
YOU STAND FROZEN IN TIME AS IT PLAYS
MEANWHILE I’M ALL DROWNED OUT
AS I LAY DYING AT YOUR FEET
Track Name: Have You Heard
HEY LITTLE BABY, HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE ROCK AND ROLL?
YEAH, IT’S COMING DOWN THE LINE, JUST DOIN’ THAT STROLL
YEAH, FROM BROOKLYN-TOWN, ALL ACROSS THE LAND TO FRISCO BAY
BACK IN MILWAUKEE, BABY — DOWN THROUGH TO EL PASO WAY

IT’S COMIN BACK
AND THAT’S A FACT
AND, OH!—FEELS LIKE WE’RE DREAMING!!
DON’T DO WHAT THEY SAY...
DON'T PUSH IT AWAY

COME ON MAMA ...I WANNA KNOW HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE ROCK AND ROLL!
IT’S DEEP IN SIDE ME & YOU... IT’S DEEP INSIDE YOUR SOUL
DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS, STRAIGHT TO TULSA, THEN ON DOWN TO L.A., YEAH
DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S SHAKING THROUGH --DON’T YOU KNOW ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY??

IT’S ALL COME BACK
SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK
AND, OH!—THIS AIN’T NO FANTASY
THIS TIME IT’S REAL
JUST DO WHAT YOU FEEL!!!
Track Name: Sad Lady
SAD LADY
WHATCHYA DOIN?
I CAN SEE YOU
IN THE SILENCE OF YOUR RUIN
WHO WANTS YA, WHO NEEDS YA
THIS UPTIGHT?

SAD LADY
IN THE CORNER
I DON’T WANNA
HAVE TO CALL THE LATE-NIGHT CORONER
GET FLIRTY, GET DIRTY
TONIGHT!!

LIFE AIN’T NOTHIN
BUT AN UPHILL CLIMB
SO LET YOUR HEART BREAK
ANOTHER TIME
YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH

SAD LADY
WHO YOU FOOLIN?
YOU CAN SEE THAT
THIS PARTY’S FUCKING RULIN’
(SO) QUIT GLANCING AND START DANCING
POST-HASTE

SAD LADY
YOU’RE SO SOUR
DON’T BE DOUR
FOR IT’S THE WITCHING HOUR
IT’S GO-TIME
THERE’S NO TIME
TO WASTE

LIFE AIN’T NOTHIN
BUT AN UPHILL CLIMB
SO LET YOUR HEART BREAK
ANOTHER TIME
YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH
Track Name: Talking to Myself
SURE I WAS DOWN
WHEN YOU LEFT ME FOR THAT CLOWN
OH MY GOD, DON’T PLAY DUMB
YOU KNEW WELL MY DEAL WAS DONE

YEAH, I WAS A BLOT
AN INCONVENIENT AFTERTHOUGHT
I WAS DEAD IN YOUR HEAD
YEAH, WHEN YOU UNTIED THE KNOT

OH WELL
THEY WERE WORRIED BOUT MY HEALTH
I WAS TALKIN’ TO MYSELF
THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE
TO HELP ME THROUGH THIS HELL

SURE, I GOT BY
BY STAYING DRUNK AND GETTING HIGH
I SCREWED AROUND, BOTTOMED OUT
DROWNING IN MY OWN SELF-DOUBT
EVERY FACE, THEY SAW RIGHT THROUGH
AND THEY ALL LOOKED JUST LIKE YOU
I WAS UNMOORED IN A STRANGE TOWN
CRACKING UP WHILE DRAINING DOWN

OH WELL
THEY WERE WORRIED BOUT MY HEALTH
I WAS TALKIN’ TO MYSELF
THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE
TO HELP ME THROUGH THIS HELL

NOW I LIVE AN AGE AWAY
FAR REMOVED FROM THAT COLD DAY
AND YOU’RE HALF-WAY ‘ROUND THE WORLD
A NEW LIFE FACING YOU UNFURLED
SOMETHING’S LOST, SOMETHING’S GAINED
AND SOME THINGS ARE JUST MAINTAINED
LIKE THE SCARRED-OVER HOLE
BURIED DEEP WITHIN MY SOUL
Track Name: Blue Balloon
I CAN’T LET GO
NO, I WON’T LET GO
FOR FEAR, YOU KNOW
IT’LL DRIFT AWAY…

A BLUE BALLOON
UNTIED YET TRUE
SO MUCH TO LOSE
NOT MUCH TO SAY…

I WANT IT DRAGGING ON THE COLD, COLD GROUND
UNTIL IT’S LIFELESS, STILL, WITHOUT A SOUND

I’M GONNA SEE YOU ON THE BURIAL GROUND
YOU’RE GONNA SEE ME ON THE BURIAL GROUND

A THUNDERSTORM
ON A SUMMER’S NIGHT
MIGHT BRING IT DOWN
MIGHT PUSH IT ‘ROUND…

WHAT YOU SAID TO ME
WHAT YOU SAID TO ME
IT BROKE MY SOUL
IT BURNED MY DREAMS…

WE DRAGGED EACH OTHER AS FAR AS WE COULD
’TIL WE WERE LIFELESS JUST RIGHT WHERE WE STOOD

I’M GONNA MEET YOU ON THE BURIAL GROUND
YOU’RE GONNA MEET ME ON THE BURIAL GROUND

NOBODY MESSES WITH MY BLUE BALLOON
NOBODY MESSES WITH MY BLUE BALLOON
Track Name: Can't Turn Away
I DON’T WANT TO FACE THE TRUTH
BUT I CAN’T TURN AWAY
NO, I CAN’T TURN AWAY
I DON’T WANT TO FEEL THIS PAIN
BUT I CAN’T TURN AWAY
NO, I CAN’T TURN AWAY
FROM YOU

NO ONE LEFT TO WATCH YOU BURN
THEY’VE ALL FADED AWAY
BABY, I’M ALL YOU’VE GOT
WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY?

I DON’T WANT TO TASTE THE TEARS
BUT I CAN’T TURN AWAY
NO, I CAN’T TURN AWAY
I DON’T WANT TO WATCH IT BLEED
BUT I CAN’T TURN AWAY
NO, I CAN’T TURN AWAY
FROM YOU

NO ONE LEFT TO WATCH YOU BURN
THEY’VE ALL FADED AWAY
BABY, I’M ALL YOU’VE GOT
WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY?

SEEMS TO ME YOU’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
BUT YOU WON’T TURN AWAY
NO, YOU CAN’T TURN AWAY
AND CLOSE THE DOOR.

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