Spain Roskilde Festival 4 July 1999

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Spain recorded live at Roskilde Festival, Denmark, 4 July 1999.

High quality radio broadcast recording

1. Nobody Has To Know
2. Ray Of Light
3. Bad Woman Blues
4. Waiting For You To Come
5. Spiritual

Encore

6. I Lied
7. Untitled No. 1

4th of July, 1999. The 223rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In America, barbecues. Hot dogs. Hamburgers. Flag waving. Fireworks. Nationalism. Cholesterol.

In Roskilde, Denmark. US slowcore pioneers Spain. On the “White” Stage. 19:00. Capacity: 5,000. On the “Orange” stage: UK alternative pop superstars Blur. 19:00. Capacity: 60,000. It was war. They were the American rebels. We were the outnumbered British troops from across the ocean.

The band. Josh Haden (me), bass and vocals. Merlo Podlewski, acoustic guitar. Björn Olsson, electric guitar. Shon Sullivan, keyboards and guitar. Will Hughes, drums. Our sophomore album, She Haunts My Dreams, had just been released. We were well into the first leg of our 1999 European tour. Merlo and I were the only survivors from our first album, 1995’s The Blue Moods Of Spain. Björn the estranged brainchild and lead guitarist of famed Swedish psychedelic band The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Shon the wunderkind multi-instrumentalist; this was his first time in Europe. And Will the experienced drummer-as-cynic, formerly of the big band celebrity-infused Low & Sweet Orchestra. He’d seen it all.

Blur were touring on their sixth album, 13. Certified platinum. Spain’s She Haunts My Dreams. Certified coal. Blur: Certifiably Breaking Decibel Limits. Every time I merely touched a bass string our stage would shake, and I had nothing to do with it. Merlo mouthed the words from across the stage, I can’t hear myself. Our intrepid soundman, the normally legendary Johan Rutjens, hanged his head, There’s nothing I can do. And yet. We soldiered on. With great power comes great responsibility. At the Orange Stage, over capacity. Loudspeakers wobbled with intensity. Men drank beer. Women drank beer, got on the shoulders of men, and spit out the beer. And you should’ve seen the beach balls. Our fans wanted to hear “Ray Of Light”. We gave it to them the best we could.

I was proud of us. Roskilde gave us a coveted spot at the festival. 19:00 July 4th was the final set of the “White" Stage on the final day of the Roskilde Festival 1999. Our work was done. We didn’t stay to watch Culture Club (21:30 Orange Stage headliners). We disappeared into the night. The next day we were on a plane to Britain. The war continued.

—Josh Haden 14 January 2020

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released January 15, 2020

Josh Haden - Bass, Vocals
Björn Olsson - Electric Guitar
Merlo Podlewski - Acoustic Guitar
Shon Sullivan - Keyboards, Guitar
Will Hughes - Drums

Live sound: Johan Rutjens for Waterland.

Photos: © 1999 Martin Dam Kristensen, used by kind permission.

All songs written by Josh Haden and published by Angel Heurtebise

Special thanks to Jan Saghaug

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Founded in 1993 by Josh Haden, Spain is a band from Los Angeles, CA. They've released seven studio albums over the past 25 years, the first being 1995's Blue Moods Of Spain, available from Warner Bros., the most recent being 2018's [spain mandala brush], available from Dangerbird Records (North America) and Glitterhouse Records (Europe). ... more

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Track Name: Nobody Has To Know
Nobody has to know
Girl we've fallen so in love
It was just a year ago
And you've kept it to yourself

Nobody has to know
Nobody has to know

Nobody has to know
Girl our love has grown so strong
Close the shades
Unplug the phone
How can our love be so wrong

Nobody has to know
Nobody has to know

Nobody has to know
Girl we've fallen so in love
It was just a year ago
And you've kept it to yourself

Nobody has to know
Nobody has to know
Track Name: Ray Of Light
Ray of light
I never see
Through the passing clouds
Or through the trees

When you left
Into the pouring rain
I knew I’d never
See you again

Ray of light
Won’t shine through
When love is through
When love is through

Late one night
I heard you at my door
But I pretended like
I wasn’t home

Please forgive
Me for what I’ve done
But you know I would’ve done it
Like I did before

Ray of light
Won’t shine through
What can I do
What can I do

Ray of light
I never see
Through the passing clouds
Or through the trees

When you left
Into the pouring rain
I knew I’d never
See you again

Ray of light
Won’t shine through
When love is through
When love is through
Track Name: Bad Woman Blues
Some people say she is cursed
More trouble than she is worth
More trouble than she will ever be worth

I knew I could get away
Knew it wasn't good to stay
Knew it wouldn't ever be good to stay

I couldn't leave her if I tried
For I have touched her deep inside
Why can't these people understand
Why I am so sad, so sad

They ask me if I can see
She'll lead to the death of me
She'll lead someday to the death of me

But they may have overlooked
That I have become so hooked
That I have now become so hooked

I couldn't leave her if I tried
For I have touched her deep inside
Why can't these people understand
Why I am so sad, so sad
Track Name: Waiting For You To Come
It was love
Only love
Only love

Oh then why
Do I feel
So alone

Love
Only love
It's only love
I'm waiting for you to come

It was you
Only you
Only you

Oh then why
Did I cry
The whole night through

Love
Only love
It's only love

I'm waiting for you to come
Track Name: Spiritual
Jesus
I don’t want to die alone
Jesus, oh Jesus
I don’t want to die alone
My love wasn’t true
Now all I have is you
Jesus, oh Jesus
I don’t want to die alone

Jesus
If you hear my last breath
Don't leave me here
Left to die a lonely death
I know I have sinned
But lord I’m suffering
Jesus, oh Jesus
If you hear my last breath

Jesus
I don’t want to die alone
Jesus, oh Jesus
I don’t want to die alone
My love wasn’t true
Now all I have is you
Jesus, oh Jesus
I don’t want to die alone

All my troubles
All my pain
Will leave me once again
Track Name: I Lied
Holding hands down by the shore
And I know, God knows it feels so fine
Holding hands down by the shore
And I know, God knows it feels so fine

I said I loved you, I said I loved you

Holding hands down by the shore
Leaned over and whispered in your ear

But I lied, I lied
I couldn't love you if I tried

Holding you in my arms, in my bed
God knows it feels so fine
Holding you in my arms, in my bed
God knows it feels so fine

I said I loved you, I said I loved you

Holding you in my arms, in my bed
I whispered in your ear

But I lied, I lied

I feel so dead inside
I couldn't love you if I tried
Track Name: Untitled No. 1
Walked away
Released from all my crimes
Walked away
Released from all my crimes

But I could never hide
What I kept inside

Walked away
Released from all my sins
Walked away
Released from all my sins

But the cruelest thing
Was all my suffering
When I held you that night
I knew it felt so right
I knew it felt so right

Walked away
Released from all my crimes
Walked away
Released from all my crimes

But I could never hide
What I kept inside