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FORGET

by Xiu Xiu

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1.
The Call 03:17
(you want to see it, want to tick it, you want to lick it, want to kiss it want to whisper in my ear bitch? but I don’t give a fuck girl, because you gave me a thousand bucks) Ask can one un-ring a bell A mutiny of you from me Plink upon a clavinet The exotic sounds of BLAHhHh Always feeling like I knew Who you were you but, never what CH Just from once come to me When looking for what means the most (clap bitches) Denounce yourself and walk the street A private and boring dream Don’t ask yourself if it isn’t true And wet your everything with cream Kill the hippies, kill yourself How you would but, never why CH- I call out your name in the night And with certainty you are worthless (clap bitches, why why why bitch, why why cunt why, clap bitches)
2.
Barely wear enough to pad a crutch (klip clop, no one) your face is made up for taking a punch I want to eat it and I will not wait (CHOP CHOP) CH- Everyone loves you Pain has just begun Everyone hates you Pain has just begun Rough and ready to be never awake (chugalug, no one) how do you feel? I say pretty ok Queen of the Losers! Take it take it away (CHOP CHOP) CH - What’s your name? Fuckin nothing
3.
Tonite is anything Goodbye to anything Outside of anything Collide with everything Ring a dong ding ding Down on your knees Ring a ding ding ding Swallow defeat Relief again Ding ding dong ding CH- Wondering, maybe? There’s not a chance, there’s never been Destroyed by color on the wind It is so clear it is so clean And unforgivably obscene Alive is anything Alight to anything Denied of anything Surprised with everything Oh love was stronger then Life went on without end Now to feel the sun Burn our rights and wrongs The shock of ash upon hope and peace There’s not a dance that’s never been Jealous of envy on the wind It is plain it is so pure And unforgivably obscure CH –
4.
Get Up 04:59 video
A piano fell on my face You told me to get up When I could not control myself You said to get up Consciousness demolished When I tried the pain inside You said to hold it in Love me forever Don’t forget me It’s late in the game to ask But I’m still asking A harmonica fell on my face It did not hurt that much If you leave no one will find my corpse You said RISE FROM THE DEAD! Sometimes a person cannot help what they do You mumble to get up Operating now without belief You say sh sh sh And to get up Do you hate me because I seem so stupid? Or do you just very quickly Hate me right back? During the rape of everything decent The flickering flames impressed me A saxophone fell on my face How is a mystery When I am shocked by my own foolishness You say you are not as shocked Why I repeat that I am shocked by own foolishness You get up and leave the room Love me forever Don’t forget me It’s late in the game to ask But I’m still asking you You are the only reason I was born You are the only reason I was born
5.
The plague That is your eyes A joke to break ones heart A joke to break your heart CH The dream of love to come When you leave all life will end The dream of love to come When you leave all light will end To bash Through paradise The skull that is your heart The skull eats ones heart CH To want what you don’t want To want what you don’t want You called me a mattress
6.
Jenny GoGo 03:56
Too dumb to be this dumb Too young to be this young Don’t do too much GoGo Too glum to be a chum Too brute to so cute What have I done? GoGo Too ding to be bat Too fat to so bad Take me instead GoGo Too tight to be so tight Too wrong to be this wrong Don’t say hello GoGo Maybe a bunny A hubby inside me Dummy baby Jenny Jenny! WHOA! Too dead this dumb Too dead to be this young Sing me to sleep GoGo Too dig to be a dug Too bear to be rug What have I done? GoGo Crazy, crummy A funny inside me Fussy baby Jenny Jenny! WHOA! GoGo
7.
Go away, go far away Don’t ever talk to me Oh run away Heaven’s call will never be for thee CH- Oh sorry you had to see it Born dead It has to be this way Born dead night is coming Sorry it could be this way At last at last It’s come undone Oh angel afraid to feel it (to want it) Fear not The day is done To look at her You are ashamed Now look up to the sky Oh to be free to be alone To be alone all the time CH-
8.
Forget 04:11 video
Hack off for you You felt for you What name for thee Other than thee? Reduced to bone Reduced to dust Cross our the dawn Could not enough Un-beautiful, pale of the sun Undignified, but it goes on CH – Forget! Oh forget who you are Don’t admit who you are Oh to take and touch And for once feel good Was it wrong? But said and done With great relief Rip out the dawn To drink the drink Hung from a chord Un-beautiful Hung from a chord Forget! Planet rock Planet blush Planet pure filth Planet gigolette Planet David Horvitz You are to be named The Cigar You are to called Candy Barr You are to be named Hanky John Undignified, as it goes one Planet Rock Planet No Planet Rock
9.
Petite 04:01 video
Petite Purposeful like a pillbox Nothing is wrong For nothing does matter Spelling trouble in the clouds And making trouble in the clouds This isn’t something your heart needs to know A world of trouble falling down as snow You feel worry and you should You forced because you are Where did your love for living go? Recited off of your head stone It was not my wish to be slave What God wants She does Empress of Blood and Murderess of Fools What God wants She does Sweet Petite Resolute as a rainbow What is was and why it wont be Spelling trouble in the clouds And making trouble in the clouds This isn’t something your heart needs to know A world of trouble coming down as snow You feel senseless and you should You feel pointless for you are Where did your of this life go? Rubbed it off of your head stone It was not my wish to be slave What God wants She does Duchess of Blood and Murderess of Fools What God wants She does
10.
The young offender at prayer You look good in despair Artemis of the job I won’t when you stop Faith, torn apart No, no one Yes, no one (Batti Batti Batti Battitore Inala Inala Inala oro Elevati ora elevati orora) Oh brother sleep Oh sister finality Your simple curtain Opening ever opening Mournfully appealing What do you want me to do? I want you to kill me Crushed to death Crushed to death Fate, turn it out Like a hole, turn it out No, no one Yes, no one (Batti Batti Batti Battitore Inala Inala Inala oro Elevati ora elevati orora) My room is a mess, my hair is black and blue My new phone is pink, my dress is a fishnet dress My face looks soft, my eye shadow is like Cleopatra My contacts are bright green, my braces are real My pose is for you, my freckles are for you My shirt has no buttons, my finger is my mouth My hijab is polka dot, my head is resting on my wrist My gaze is never going to settle, my beauty mark is from a pen My wig fell onto the pillow, my smirk is a shadow My glasses have purple frames, my village is 6600 miles away My arms are chubby, my nose smells horrible smells My kiss comes from a scream, my heart is going to crack in half My gold tooth is knocked out, my baseball hat hides the truth My name is romantic, my thoughts are pretenders My bra strap is a new feeling, my jaw is uneven and unsure My posture is by demand, my skirt is thrown up over my head My curls are fading fast, my ambition is still, it is still to be a star My pajamas don’t fit very well, my knees hurt My little shirt matches my little shorts, my skin feels like a breaking vase My appearance will stress you out, my bikini looks dumb My shower is the least refreshing thing about it My only recourse is there is not recourse My bindi has been rubbed to the side, my frown is for always My family will never see me again, my goofy jokes hide my goofy damnation My giggles excuse what just happened, my tears and my drool are all the same My fear is for one and all, my dead end childhood is just beginning My make up is like a rose, my motto is sham pain for my real friends My age is on a card and cannot be disputed My nails will be broken, my pelvis will be broken My feather boa feels like the butcher shop, my favorite band is I don’t know My complexion is flawless for hours, my awareness is the same as fainting My party is private, My day has been endless My night cannot possibly go on It doesn’t matter what you think Do anything you like Because I was born dead And I was born to die

about

FORGET was recorded during a period of epic productivity for Xiu Xiu. While writing FORGET, they released the lauded Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, collaborated with Mitski on a song for an upcoming John Cameron Mitchell film, composed music for art installations by Danh Vo, recorded an album with Merzbow and scored an experimental reworking of the Mozart opera, The Magic Flute. All of this frantic, external activity lead to a softly damaged dreaminess and broadened intent that has not been heard before in other Xiu Xiu works.

The album was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu's own Angela Seo. It features guest appearances by fabled minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine, LA Banjee Ball superstar commentator Enyce Smith, Swans guitar virtuoso Kristof Hahn and legendary drag artist and personal hero of Xiu Xiu, Vaginal Davis.

Standout track, “Wondering” is one of the catchiest boogie pop gems in the Xiu Xiu catalog, but like much of FORGET, it still bears an underlying tension that manifests differently in each piece. From the haunted guitar duet of "Petite", the hilariously fraught lyrics of "Get Up," the advanced industrial boxing match of "Jenny GoGo," or the experimental goth explosion of "Faith, Torn Apart," all the songs in their own way build to a roiling boil of a fate in vanishing.

The calligraphy on the cover translates literally to "we forget." It bows to the universality of everything and everyone's inevitable decline and foggy disappearance. Regarding the album title, Xiu Xiu singer Jamie Stewart said, “To forget uncontrollably embraces the duality of human frailty. It is a rebirth in blanked out renewal but it also drowns and mutilates our attempt to hold on to what is dear.” FORGET is both the palliative fade out of a traumatic past but also the trampling pain of a beautiful one's decay.

Xiu Xiu is Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo and Jamie "Butch Jenny" Stewart

Contributors:
Father Murphy
Vaginal Davis
Kristof Hanh
Greg Saunier
Charlemange Palestine
Enyce Smith
Devin Hoff

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released February 24, 2017

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