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Four thirtysomethings who really ought to know better have managed to craft a near-perfect pop gem. ‘Energise’ stands out as one of the most uplifting, not to mention unexpected, musical achievements of 2005

Energise isn't burdened with any deadwood to speak of. It's a likeable listen from front to back with precious little need of the skip button. If the idea of undersung thirtysomethings making relevant guitar pop sounds highly illogical, then hear ‘Energise’ first. It's illogically good.

There's a real human and honest feel to this whole album, something that gets under your skin, whether you want it there or not. It's one small step for wry tongue-in-cheekiness, a giant leap for out-and-out good tunes

Enterprise-sized hooks, tunes as catchy as the best tractor beam.. but really, there isn't anything trekky about this album. The key is that Shatner really know their pop music. Most importantly, they don't care what's cool and what isn't - they probably don't even know. That level of detachment means they can make the songs they want. Sci-fi geekery never sounded so good.
Sandman magazine

Pop that covers a lot of ground - and they can really play
'Vibrations' fanzine

This is never going to be considered a cool and/or fashionable album but there are more important things such as melodies and lyrics that actually mean something. ‘Energise’ is a record worth checking out.
Heathen Angel

A waft of fresh air
Vanity Project


released November 1, 2004


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Shatner Leeds, UK

Two of Shatner's albums were voted into the 'top 100 albums of the decade' poll in Leeds music mag 'Vibrations'. Recently described as “somewhere between The Clash and The B52s,” the band gigs sporadically around the North, most recently in Leeds, Harrogate, Nottingham, Sheffield, York, Hull and Huddersfield. They have recently supported From The Jam, Altered Images and Half Man Half Biscuit. ... more

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Track Name: It's Your Universe
You never get lost
you never get lonely
Half of the world
loves you and you only
Maybe it's true
that everything's here for you
All of existence tailor made for you
Even inanimate objects adore you
Maybe it's true
that everything's here for you

Your friends are moons
In orbit around
A beautiful planet
It's your universe
A billion souls
Have minor roles
In your epic movie
It's your universe
And it's only for you for you for you

When you're around
it's always unspoken
But everything works
and nothing gets broken
Maybe it's true
that everything's here for you
You never look back
you never look forward
You're so secure
and baby I sure would
Do it for you
cause everything's here for you

You're at the hub
Of Karmic Wheels
Life circles around you
It's your universe
When you're asleep
We cease to exist
You're central, essential
It's your universe
And it's only for you for you for you
Track Name: Celebrity
You had your boob job
And they straightened your nose
You got some crap designer’s
godawful clothes
Let's irrigate your semicolon
Wonder where they stick the hose
Do you suppose?

You stalk the paparazzi
so they'll stalk you
You'd sell your soul
to get the spotlight on you
Remove all your unsightly hairs
For Sting and Elton and the Blairs
(who cares?)

You'll never be another wannabe - celebrity celebrity
Cos now you're free from anonymity - celebrity celebrity

Out to find the in crowd
past the bloke on the door
You're just another sparkly
media whore
Your diet fad's a total pain
You lost some weight
it came off your brain
Let me explain

Cos now you're free from anonymity celebrity celebrity
And now you're it
Yeah you’re so full of it
celebrity celebrity

Your personal trainer tells you
'talk to the trees'
Your astrological adviser agrees
You need to sort your yin and yang
Can't see your feng for your feng shuis
Oh please

Cos now you're free
From anonymity - celebrity celebrity
You'll never be
Another wannabe - celebrity celebrity
And now you're free
From common oiks like me - celebrity
Track Name: Rise And Shine
None could open her eyes
Sleeping beauty lies
Not in this world
She's in the sky with diamonds
Getting high with simple Simons
She's in for a surprise

Now here comes the kiss
The kiss of life
The sunlight's warm embrace
Will slowly melt
the shadows from her face

See, dreams
are only for the sleeping
So pinch yourself
its wakey wakey time

Come on - rise and shine

Neither living nor dead
Somewhere else instead
Waiting for the dawning
Of a long forgotten morning
Come on - get out of bed

Time to break the spell
You're hypnotised
By the rhythm of daily routine
You're living in
The moments in between

See, chance is only for the taking
And rules for breaking
You're only marking time

Come on - rise and shine

Here comes the sun

Track Name: Future Song
I'm walking through the streets at night
The shadows cast no sun
I've got no sense of what is right
I'm alright when the game's begun
But now the whistle's blown

I'm talking to complete strangers
About the universe
Life and everything made sense last night
But fortune's gone from bad to worse
I can't find my way back home

The future's written in the stars
The past has been rubbed out
The present is a gift
So pass it round

A song is playing in my head
Over and over again
My body's plainly under-fed
But that tune will always feed my brain
When there's nothing else to do

I hear your voice, it's such a tease
With E.S.P. I'm cursed
I'm testing out these theories
This entropy will be reversed
The moment I'm with you

The past is written in the stars
The future's been mapped out
The present's all wrapped up
So take it now

I'm talking to complete strangers
In the pub and on the bus
I just do not know where to stop
I'm living life for both of us
But dying to get home

The future's written in the stars
The past has been rubbed out
The present is a gift
The past is written in the stars
The future's been mapped out
The present's all wrapped up
The past is written in the stars
The present's just a scam
The future is with you
So here I am
Track Name: Parallel Worlds
Well there's a world
where grass is truly greener
Another where the sea is pure Ribena
Alternative realities exist right here
So Infinite, so strange
(you get the idea)

So there's a world
where hell has turned to heaven
And there's a world
where 9 -11 never dawned
If there's a world
where Jews call Arabs brothers
Then there's a world
where you and me are lovers

Worlds in parallel
Worlds at tangents
Worlds but a few can see
Some not far from our own
And crossing the line
Would suit me just fine
So come and live in mine

I think we're heading in
the same direction
But somehow we don't seem
to meet along the way
A journey made without an intersection
Because somehow as well
our worlds are parallel

Worlds in parallel
Worlds at tangents
Worlds but a few can see
Some not far from our own

It wouldn't take much
To get you in touch
with parallel worlds of your own
Track Name: Ghost
A presence hanging in the air
A breath upon your body hair
I'm in your space though clearly I'm
An echo from another time
And obviously never there

The party's long been dead and gone
But I was left, there's always one
Who stays and wears his welcome thin
Won't take the hint you're turning in
No turning off what you turned on

We never let eachother go

I was there to catch you
when you fell down
But now you're on the rise
I'm less of a guardian angel and more
A demon to exorcise
I'll vapourise
The time is right
To step into the light

A figure lurking in your dreams
An extra in a dozen scenes
I'm on the page between the lines
I put the old in Auld Lang Syne
And old acquaintances in time
Should be forgot and left behind

I was there to be there for you
Come what may
But it may now be plain
I'm less a familiar spirit and more
A bump in the night to explain
I will remain
Till you get around
To putting me underground

A stubborn stain you can't erase
A haunting tune that always plays
When it's fifty fifty, phone a friend
I'll still be here, but don't depend
The place to start is at the end
Track Name: I Have Seen The Future
I have seen the future
There's some haircuts to beware of
There's some fashions to avoid
I'll just say no I'd rather not
And the music's mainly awful
And though drugs are still unlawful
Everybody takes a drawerful
Which I guess explains a lot

We were right about computers
But there are no laser shooters
And there's still no hover motors
And no hi-rise monorail
We don't look up to the stars
There's no colonies on Mars
There's no alien artifacts
They never found the holy grail

I have seen the future
Oh, the future...

I have seen the future
And it's really quite disturbing
All the terrorists are crazy
But the president is worse
Now we're all celebrities
On our reality TVs
We got porno DVDs
From straight to paedophile perverse

We are going grey
And we are often heard to say
"Aren't the policemen getting younger
Oh the youth of today"
I have seen the future
It's really not so great
But I know that I will wake up
Back in 1978

I have seen the future
Oh, the future...
Track Name: Girls Like You
Girls like you are out of bounds
You're off the scale and on the town
You're in the pink
And you're so up on what's going down
Girls like you cause accidents
And other unforeseen events
You'd think that girls like you
Were rare as summer snow
But no, it isn't so,
There's girls like you
most everywhere I go

Girls like you

Well, I gave up drugs and cigarettes
And alcohol, and my regrets
But I just don't know
if I'll just say no to you, just yet
'Cause girls like you
make men like me
Behave like boys
round a christmas tree
We want to open up the parcel
but we know we're not allowed
And you're the one
and baby, two's a crowd

You're a pain in the neck
the way you turn my head
You make me lose the thread
Where was I?

Girls like you shine like the sun
On a plate of snacks
you're the creamy bun
You're the forbidden fruit
oh yummity yum yum yum
Girls like you make perfect sense
But you're not cheap
high maintenance
You'd have me wrapped around your finger
Oh - resistance futile, I obey
No, I won't live
from day to day that way

Girls like you (and so do I)
Track Name: Square One
See the sunshine in your eyes
It comes as no surprise
To learn that it was my imagination running wild
Searching for a rainbow and a pot of gold
It wasn’t mine to hold
And maybe all that springing in my step
Was just my rubber soul

But I’m thinking to myself
Who's captain of the ship?
And can you make it so
Then I realise it’s out of our hands
So now I know -

That it’s back to square one again,
The place I know so well
Back to square one again,
Almost feels like home

If I want to know well this is hard to say
We’re a long way from the end
And I don’t think any more
or any less of you my faithful friend
There’s so much going round and round
in my head, but when I’m on the mend

It might be easier just to explain
But it’s none of your concern
Better if I keep myself to myself
Something that I learned

Way back at square one again
The place I know so well
Back to square one again - it isn’t really hell

Buttons will be pressed again
Switched on to what I chose
Windows will be opened
Although the doors are closed
Benefit gigs organised
and I’ll play for a laugh
Wandering down that road again
Oh keep to the path

But I’m wondering again
Just for a little while
Where did I go wrong
Now I think we know
That time’s been rearranged
Here it won’t be long

‘Til we’re back at square one again
The place we know so well
Back to square one again,
Almost feels like home
Back to square one, to square one
To square, square, square, square one
Track Name: She's Not You
She's got 'A' levels
in health and beauty
She's got a sexual degree
She was first in line
when charm was handed out
No doubt she's overwhelming me

But She's Not You
No, She's Not You

She's got everything
She even listens
when I talk endlessly of space
She's got lips
and curvy hips
And she could launch
a thousand ships
With only her face

But She's Not You
No She's Not...

...shy about her lingerie
She lets me watch
the football on TV
She's Not You
She's good with irons
ovens, pegs
She makes me chips
and scrambled eggs
And She's Not You

Though sometimes I wish she was

She's way out of my league
I'm amazed
that somehow
I'm amazing her
Mind of Jezebel
Soul of Gandhi
And the body of Kim Basinger

But She's Not You
She's Not You
Track Name: Timephone
I'm the old man you will become
Talking on the timephone from 2041
I have a message I have something to say
Before you waste your life away

Try and love
If you believe in anything make it love
Don't be surprised if life don't bring you
Wealth, success, your heart's desire
All could go in flood or fire
Aiming low is aiming higher - Love

Give me memories I can't recall
Give me debts and denture sets
Yeah I can take it all
A pickled liver and lungs of coal
But don't you mess with my soul

Try and love
If you believe in anything make it love
Don't be surprised if life don't bring you
Wealth, success, eternal bliss
Infinity in every kiss
There's only one thing you would miss
And that's love

Where was I ?
Sometimes I lose track of what I'm saying
Sometimes I lose track of who I am
I'm losing my marbles and my body's decaying
And the world spins faster to a slower man
I don't get about much
So live while you can

Don't you bring me pain, don't cause regret
Don't give me cause to remember
What I rather would forget
It's time to wake up, and it's time to move on
Before the moment is gone

Try and love
And if you can't just do your best to love
It's a challenge, it's a test
So, smell the roses while you may
Carpe Diem, seize the day
My money's running out
so once more I say....Just...love

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