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Ideology (2020)

by Nick Pride & The Pimptones

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My lucky stars I can't get over But here you are, my four leaf clover It's like a charm which brings you closer Save me from this rollercoaster We leave it to chance, trust it to fate Hoping that destiny brings us romance, so we wait It's written in stars, the fairytail's true Could there be someone who's waiting for you? (chorus) We're chasing a dream, believing it's real Hoping we'll find someone measuring up to ideal It's written in stars, the fairytail's true Could there be someone who's perfect for you? (chorus) Remember the night we met How the stars shone for us Lighting fires of love Burning higher just for us The universe it works in ways We cannot know so I'll just praise (my lucky stars...) (chorus)
Don't Turn Me Loose I'll be coming right back, back to you Don't turn me, hey hey hey hey I speak my mind, you're in the firing line It seems like when it rains it pours Don't turn me loose, I'll make it up to you You know my heart in only yours Don't Turn Me Loose I'll be coming right back, back to you Don't turn me, hey hey hey hey And when I stray, I'm never far away I need your light to guide me home Don't turn me loose or ever substitute Just try to shelter from the storm
Oh Michelle 03:50
A kinder soul you'd never meet She would help the lady on the street And when she spoke, her honesty was a breath of fresh air on the breeze but all too soon I knew she'd leave (chorus) Oh Michelle, won't you come back to me I need you now like never before Oh Michelle, why does this have to be We've still got time to make amends, but are you coming back again? Michelle I've seen a better way with you Remember where you used to live? There's a mean on man who call it his He threw your stuff out on the lawn And he burnt your bridge and he built a wall But would you answer if I called? chorus Oh Michelle, won't you come back to me? I know your boy left town, but we still need you around chorus
UNITY 03:38
Woke 03:38
Gotta Shimmy 03:33


UK soul and funk institution Nick Pride & The Pimptones are back with their first full album since 2016. Four years in the making, "Ideology" featuring the two singles “Don’t Turn Me Loose” and “Four Leaf Clover”. The Pimptones sound is the coming together of funk and soul, jazz and blues, disco and dance, tightly performed with pop sensibilities and a feel for the classic.

Nick Pride formed The Pimptones back in 2007 to deliver funk, soul and jazz with tight musical arrangements and a great live show. Since then the group has toured Europe, recorded four albums (“Go Deep” and “Rejuiced Phat Shake” on Légére Recordings, “Midnight Feast Of Jazz” on Record Kicks and the self released “It’s The Pimptones”). dabbled in various side projects and gained international airplay and recognition. However, following “Go Deep” (2016), it was time for the band to go through a reinvention. The Pimptones now return refreshed and retooled. New singer and full time band member Eliza Lawson plus an all new rhythm section now perfectly compliment the horn section, always a Pimptones trademark.

From the more modern soul pop of “Four Leaf Clover” and “Put It On The Record”, the disco of “Keep It In The Family”, the organic funk of “Mama Got The Nasty Jams” to the Latin jazz of “UNITY”, “Ideology” is not afraid to stretch out musically. But the twelve new tacks push the envelope lyrically as well, as Nick Pride explains: “For this album I wanted to talk about issues which mean something to me in a way which I hadn’t tried on previous records. The challenge is to write about equality, acceptance, feminism and social justice whilst producing a record that’s fun to listen to.”

“Queens Are Stronger Than Kings” dreams of a world run by women rather than our male dominated political systems. “Oh Michelle” laments Michelle Obama’s absence from office and dares to wonder how her government might handle today’s America. “Woke” speaks of an individual’s awakening from antiquated oppressions and seeing an old world with a new perspective: “This world is putting so many issues into clearer focus right now. We all have learning to do, we can all have these light bulb moments!” With awareness comes debate, and with debate there comes conflict. The song “Talking Bout Love” touches on the arguments which can follow. “Especially on social media, I see people so focused on trying to ‘win’ the debate or trying to sound cleverer than, or superior to, each other. This song takes a step back and asks which side of any given argument you should want to be on by the simplest possible criteria – are you on the side of compassion?”

Meanwhile when it’s time for a straight ahead love song, the band delivers Northern Soul stompers “Don’t Turn Me Loose” and “One More Tear”, bangers which would sit happily on any of The Pimptones’ previous albums. “Gotta Shimmy” is the type of irresistible instant funk that this band was born to play! I set myself the challenge of writing lyrics with purpose and message but not losing the joy of what soul music can be. Ultimately, the “Ideology” of this album is full of optimism and hope for a better future”.


released September 4, 2020

All songs written and arranged by Nick Pride


Eliza Lawson - Vocals
Nick Pride - Guitar
Keith Nicholson - Trumpet
Alex Saxon - Saxophones and Flute
Jimmy Brown - Bass
Pete Lawson - Drums


James Peacock - Keys
Gayle Roberts - Violin and Viola
Michael Lavery - Backing Vocals


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Nick Pride & The Pimptones Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

After more than a decade on the Funk and Soul scene, Nick Pride & The Pimptones boast a back catalogue of five full studio albums plus a whole host of side projects and extra releases to discover. Composer and songwriter Nick Pride's slick arrangements have all the harmonic sophistication that the jazz cats love, delivered with a heavyweight punch that keeps the dance floor moving. ... more

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