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SHARPE & NUMAN TEXT DISCOGRAPHY

1985 Jan Change Your Mind 7"
1985 Jan Change Your Mind PD
1985 Jan Change Your Mind 12"
1985 Jan Change Your Mind 12"
1985 FAMOUS PEOPLE  LP
1984 Famous People Japan pressing with bonus songs CD 
1985 Jan Change Your Mind 7"/12"
1985 FAMOUS PEOPLE  LP/CA/CD
1986 Sep New Thing From London Town 7"
1986 Sep New Thing From London Town PD
1986 Sep New Thing From London Town 12"
1986 Sep New Thing From London Town PD
1986  Famous People Japan pressing with bonus songs CD 
1988 Jan No More Lies 7"
1988 Jan No More Lies 7" PD
1988 Jan No More Lies 12"
1988 Jan No More Lies 12" PD
1988 Jan No More Lies CD
1988 Jan No More Lies 12" DJ Promo
1989 May I'm On Automatic 7"
1989 May I'm On Automatic 7" (Poster Bag)
1989 May I'm On Automatic 7" (Picture Disc)
1989 May I'm On Automatic 12"
1989 May I'm On Automatic 12" (Picture Disc)
1989 May I'm On Automatic CD
1989 Jun Automatic LP
1989 Jun Automatic CD
2010 September Automatic CD

BILL SHARPE

 I released my first solo album "Famous People" in 1985. One song on the album featured Gary Numan. Called "Change your Mind" , it became a top 20 hit and also heralded the start of a successful collaboration with Gary under the name of "Sharpe and Numan".....Bill Sharpe...

Bill's website is now www.billsharpe.com as opposed to the .co.uk one. It's beginning to take shape, so check it out as it comes together.

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 Shakatak website http://www.shakatak.com/

SHARPE & NUMAN LYRICS

Automatic

Change Your Mind
(Single, 1985 - also on 'Automatic' album, 1989)

Why don't you ever listen
It's you I'm talking to
This time it's your decision
We're into something new
I know that I'm sinking
Though any fool can see
Time that I was thinking
Of no-one else but me

Change your mind
Nothing ever stays the same
Change your mind
No-one ever plays the game
Change your mind
Give up what you can't defend
Change your mind
Rip it up and start again

Why can't you reconsider
Listen if you care
Take from me the giver
Reject me if you dare
Give me what I'm asking
And save it all for me
A love that's everlasting
Is how it's meant to be

Change your mind
Nothing ever stays the same
Change your mind
No-one ever plays the game
Change your mind
Give up what you can't defend
Change your mind
Rip it up and start again

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


Turn Off The World
('Automatic' album, 1989)

Got to pull it up, got to pull it out
Got to survive, got to stay calm
Got to think fast, don't want to burn
Searching for a door
Searching for a way out of this thing

I don't know what's wrong, don't know what to do
I'm out of control, nothing I can do
Nothing seems to work, I'm barely alive
Got to slow it down
Got to do something or give in, watching us fall

Trying everything, fighting for life
Running out of time, I don't have a choice
I'm riding it in
I'm inside and I'm trying to get out
I'm inside and I'm screaming for some help
And everything's gone wrong

I'm listening to the sound of my own fear
I'm listening to the sound of everyone's tears
I'm listening to me, this is the fear
This is nothing like you could believe
Panic in my heart
Like a cold hand pulling at strings
I'll do anything, even pray to God
Just let me out

Turn off the machine, turn off all the noise
Turn off the world
You learn fast when everything breaks down
You learn fast when that's all that you can do
You learn fast or nothing

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


No More Lies
(Single, from 'Automatic' album, 1988)

Everything, everything reminds me
Easily, you're walking out so easily
No goodbye's
Not even a tear for me
Now you cry
You'd like to have my company

But I'm not gonna call you again
I'm not gonna pick up the phone
No I'm not going through it again
You're not gonna leave me alone

No more lies
I don't need this anymore
I heard it all
And now I'm gonna close the door
Seems to me
Nothing comes that easily
Time to leave
You take it all and run from me

But I'm not gonna call you again
I'm not gonna pick up the phone
No I'm not going through it again
You're not gonna leave me alone

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


Breathe In Emotion
(1989, 'Automatic' album)

Something here
Something is cold
And you know
To speak now is to lie

Sad mistake
Maybe it's mine
But I know
You wake up with strangers

Is this love
If I said goodbye
There would be
No-one to listen

I could ask
'How do you feel?'
But I know
You breathe in emotion

I could cry
'Nothing is wrong'
But you know
I don't believe it

I could write
Words on a page
But I know
Love doesn't live here

Look at me
Look at my eyes
And you'll know
Everything's over

This is me
This is my heart
And you know
I breathe in emotion

So goodbye
I can't play anymore
So goodbye
I'm off the friendship line
So goodbye
I'm breathing emotion
Like some hero

I breathe in emotion

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


Some New Game
('Automatic' album, 1989)

I've seen them come
I've seen them go
I've seen them all

Call this affection
I've seen them do things
You wouldn't believe

I can't remember your name
I can't remember the time
I can't remember at all
Never again

She wants film
She wants sound
She wants everything

It's not love
In slow motion
It's a strange new game

You've got a picture of me
And I've got a picture of you
But who's got a picture of us
Never again

Do it once more for the man on the phone
Do it once more for the boys in the band
Do it once more for the girl with no heart
Will you do it once more for me

She's black she's white
She could be anything
She looks good she looks bad
She could tear me apart

Just say goodbye when you leave
And I'll say goodbye when you're gone
We'll say goodbye in the dark
But never again

I've heard your story before
I'll hear your story again
Now I've got a story for you
Never again

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


I'm On Automatic
(Single from 'Automatic' album, 1989)

This is Metal Rhythm
A new song on the radio
Some new face
A picture on your wall

Talk to me
You say it's nothing personal
But something's wrong
It's eating me alive

I can't find the reason
So I can't find the cure

They say nothing's wrong forever
But that something's wrong with me
Oh I've never been down so far
I've never been hurt like this

I'm on automatic
I've heard it all before
Some new flavour
With nothing in the heart

This isn't music
This is survival
But I'm still here
Now isn't that strange

I can't find the reason
So I can't find the cure

They say nothing's wrong forever
But that something's wrong with me
Oh I've never been down so far
I've never been hurt like this

They say nothing's wrong forever
But that something's wrong with me
Oh I've never been down so far
Nothing's ever hurt like this

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


Rip It Up
('Automatic' album, 1989)

The new law is moving in
Now you see them, now you don't
Like a shadow in my disguise
Like a soft machine on ice

Who are you?
'I'm the man
I am the cure and disease'
Who am I?
I'm the need I am the weakness that feeds

I've got to rip it up
I've got to tear it down
I've got to break the word
I've got to fight for you

Who am I to critisise
I'm unsafe at any speed
'We can change the world' she said
Never changed it, never tried
I'm cold and hard
But I don't mind
I've been everything I can be
I've been sick
And I've got the screams

These boys don't know when to push
Did you know that I don't run
Did you know that I don't hide
Did you know that I don't sleep
Did you know that I don't care

I am the soft machine
I am the word
I am the law
I am the new machine
I am your feelings and more

Come inside
Play with me
I'll show you things to forget

No-one talks
And no-one leaves
No-one remembers the way

I've got to fight the man
I've got to fight the need
I've got to fight the law
I've got to fight the word

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


Welcome To Love
('Automatic' album, 1989)

I could talk of memories
I could talk of miracles
I can't talk of anything but you
I remember everything
Even how you laughed at me
I remember every word

You said
'Love is a game
Love is a game that we play
Love is a game
Love is a game and you lose
Welcome to love'

Now you're waiting for someone
Waiting for the phone to ring
And I wonder who you're waiting for
There is nothing I can say
There are no good words for this
There is nothing more that I can do

Lovers are fools
Lovers are fools in the dark
Lovers are fools
Lovers are foolish and blind
Welcome to love


Voices
(B-side, 'No More Lies' single, 1988)

I can see in your eyes
(You're) talking good
But there's nobody home
And I'm breathing it in
But I'm sure that
I've heard it before somewhere
I'm alive with the need and you
Welcome to this exhibition
'Cos I'm feeding on me
And there's far too many opinions here

Voices
Like whispering friends
Voices
Are calling again
Voices
No-one can see
Voices
Are welcome to me
And I've been here once before

I don't know why I'm here
But I'm going to take what I can
I don't know who to fight
I can't run so I'm turning on you again
I think I need a friend
I need someone inside with the news
I think I need to sleep
Now and maybe forever

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


Nightlife
('Automatic' album, 1989)

Looking through windows like a TV screen
Nothing is ever black and white
A sex film distraction for an armchair stud
He's in love for the night

Looking through windows of expensive cars
This weeks flavour inside
She's working for the company
She's in love for the night

Nightlife
I've seen it all
Nightlife
Like pictures of war
Nightlife
Strangers in bed
Nightlife
Try to forget

Looking through windows like an old peep show
I'm listening to breathing and lies
Don't tell mother or the man next door
Girls in love for the night

Looking through windows at a friend of mine
She's like a knife in my heart
But you can get used to anything
I'm in love for the night

(Written by Sharpe / Numan)


 

BILL SHARPE

Biography 
After graduating from Birmingham University in 1975 with an honours degree in music, I started to work for the BBC as a studio manager. At the same time, I continued to play in bands as I did throughout my years at school. One of the bands was called "Tracks" which comprised of Roger Odell, Keith Winter and Trevor Horn who went on to international success as a record producer. 
In 1980, along with Keith and Roger and producer Nigel Wright, I formed Shakatak. We toured the UK extensively during the early eighties and signed with Polydor records. In 1982 we had our first top 20 hit with "Easier said than done", one of the hits that I wrote for the band. Others include "Night Birds","Invitations", "Dark is the Night", "Down on the Street" and "Mr Manic and Sister Cool". 
In 1983, international success began for the band in Europe, America and particularly in Japan where "Night Birds" became one of the biggest selling international albums of all time.

As the band's success continued through the 80's, I released my first solo album "Famous People" in 1985. One song on the album featured Gary Numan. Called "Change your Mind" , it became a top 20 hit and also heralded the start of a successful collaboration with Gary under the name of "Sharpe and Numan".

Apart from working with Gary , I also found time to write with and for other artists all over the world. From Yusuko Agawe in Japan to Annabella from "Bow Wow Wow" in the UK.

As the 90's began , Shakatak and I found ourselves touring less and recording more due to the demand for recordings particularly in Japan. Our music was becoming very popular in America in the contemporary jazz market where they had two consecutive number 1 albums.

At this time, since the band's schedule was less hectic, I found time to start writing music for television which has remained an interest to this day. In 1996, through my consultancy work for Technics keyboards, I met the great jazz musician Don Grusin and after spending time helping with the design and specs for some new Technics products in Japan, we became good friends. In 1997, I had the time and opportunity to record my second solo album and asked Don Grusin to co-produce the record with me in Los Angeles. This enabled me to work with some of my favourite American musicians including Alex Acuna, Paulinho da Costa, Abe Laboriel as well as the great soul singer Jeffrey Osborne.

The album is titled 'State of the Heart" and has received critical acclaim worldwide. In the ensuing years, I have continued to record and tour with Shakatak and we have just released our lates album, "Blue Savannah". 

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