TALAMASCA - Sodom & Gomorrah

by Eloha

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about

Founded in 1993 by front man / singer '''Chriss Lee'''. Their sound featured electronic drums, distorted bass and vocal effects. The band used Vampire / Goth imagery. Chriss Lee created himself into an immortal character with god delusions. Talamasca had a very visual show that recycled Christian imagery and symbolism in a very pagan way. He began the show with a gun in his hand, never pointing at anyone but just there as a threat; and in his other hand a bottle of French red wine. He would throw wine at the front row in a mock baptism. Throughout the show, Back-up singer '''Morgana''' and guitarist '''Ophelia''' (formerly Sylvie Roy of the band '''Barbarella''') would sometimes French-kiss or drink stage blood. As a backdrop, the band had a dozen TV screens showing faces of their fans or just static snow, and the amplifiers were covered with candles.

In April 1994, as Talamasca was rehearsing for a series of shows with local band Sassy Scarlet, Chriss Lee was noticed by Jennifer Ansel a stage manager at Montreal’s Theatre Lachapelle. She was involved in the production of a feature film by Montreal director Bashar Shbib, entitled '''DRAGHOULA'''. A film about a Jewish scientist turned drag-queen vampire, and naturally, Jennifer thought Chriss was the ideal man to play the main character. Barely 20 minutes into their first meeting and Chriss was being measured for a costume fitting. The shoot took 2 weeks. Talamasca meanwhile, was booked to perform their first acoustic show, in the round on the weekend after the first week of shooting Draghoula. The director, cast and crew of the film attended the concert and Bashar was so impressed that he hired Eloha to write and produce the soundtrack of the film.

Produced by Eloha, the '''DRAGHOULA Motion Picture Soundtrack''' featured four Talamasca songs and was the first release for the band. It very quickly sold out of all its 2000 copies.

Weeks later, with the money earned from the soundtrack, Talamasca entered the studio to record its first CD: '''Sodom & Gomorrah'''. Then the band began rehearsing for a club tour that became infamous for its eventful performances on and off-stage. Fights, stains, broken instruments, drugs and nudity… They played each club only once and then were even barred from ever performing again at 3 clubs booked by the same individual. They made quite a reputation for themselves.

In the spring of 1995 Eloha & Ophelia attended the Montreal Independent Music Industry Awards, the MIMI’s; There they announced their intention of executive-producing a KISS tribute CD named '''FRENCH KISSIN’''' to be distributed nationally by '''Cargo Records.''' 17 of Montreal’s best bands quickly signed up for it and the CD’s release was scheduled to coincide with Kiss’ Montreal date of their acoustic convention tour. The sold-out and tightly packed launch concert was attended by no less than 4 TV station cameras and 2 members of Kiss. the bands each performed their song. The next day GENE SIMMONS personally invited Eloha & Ophelia to his KISS convention, where after Ophelia mentioned that Gene and Paul did not attend the launch of French Kissin’, and Gene had spent the night at a strip joint, the audience booed Kiss!! Talamasca had crashed Kiss’ party!

For Halloween 1995 Talamasca was featured in a short Musique Plus TV special hosted by Lady Realite, and they performed an acoustic show at a private and exclusive S&M club: Montreal’s infamous Fetish Café.

Talamasca began performing at larger venues and by 1996 they were named the #1 Goth band in Canada by the music poll of newspaper The Montreal Mirror… After a some member changes, Chriss Lee entered the studio alone to record Talamasca’s second full-length CD '''The Lonesome Vampires Society'''. He played every instrument (except the cello which was played by Erich Kory) and produced the CD by himself. To this day one of his proudest musical achievements, The CD was hailed as: "One of the best albums from this city this year!" -Jamie OMeara, Hour and "Chriss lee is a superior songwriter" - Chris yurkiw, Montreal Mirror. To coincide with the release of the CD, the band filmed a video for the single '''X''' directed by Michel Coulombe, a Musique Plus cameraman. The video received only limited airplay due to its dark subject matter and suicidal imagery. Talamasca performed throughout 1996, then recorded another CD titled '''GET AN AFTERLIFE''' in 1997. Their Halloween concert of 1997 in Alma, Quebec was filmed and featured in a one hour broadcast by Cogeco Cable TV network across the province. Amidst rumours of drug abuse and other scandalous behaviour, Talamasca imploded in a spectacular way: After an overdose Chriss Lee was declared dead on the front page of local newspapers and all over the media only to return alive and well after a two month stint in rehab! This was considered by many to be "one of the greatest publicity stunts ever pulled on the Montreal media."

Chriss Lee subsequently changed his name to '''Eloha''', wrote a cathartic autobiographical novel, re-located to Toronto and after a long battle with addiction, is now well and has formed a new band named '''The Sevenate'''

credits

released September 1, 1994

Word and Music by Chriss Lee (Eloha)
Produced by: Chriss Lee (Eloha)
Engineered by: Louis Boisvert
Recorded at: Studio 408, Montreal (June 1-7, 1994)
Photography: Jennifer Ansell
MotherHouse Records, 1994
Chriss Lee (Eloha): Vocals, Bass, Drum programming
Ophelia: Guitar, Back vocals
Morgana: Vocals
Jason Quirk: Electronic Drums
Lans: Bass
Additional guitars by: Ky Anto
Additional vocals by: Roger Roy (The Rogue)

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Track Name: SOMEBODY DEAD IN TEEN TOWN
SOMEBODY DEAD IN TEEN TOWN

Turn the spotlight onto me
For me life’s always been a movie
I would dance for the family
It made me dream I would be somebody

Somebody nice
Somebody strong
Somebody wanted
Somebody loved

Like Monroe, or Elvis

I’m so bored that I turn into a rebel
I must’ve been a hero in another life
Like a lonesome vampire
Yes sir!

Somebody nice
Somebody strong
Somebody wanted
Somebody dead

Like Monroe, or Elvis.
Elvis!

Solo

Teen Town
Teen Town
Teen Town
Teen Town

Somebody dead in Teen Town…

2060 you’ll be watching me
Another dead actor on TV

Some get it
Some don’t
To live strong, never die, I vow

Teen Town
Teen Town
Teen Town
Teen Town

Somebody dead in Teen Town…
Track Name: LOVE ME MOST
LOVE ME MOST

God is gay
God's a tranny
Hell she's everything, she's a he also
She loves me and she saves me

You should love me most, you should, you should
You should love me most, you should, you should

Jesus is a junkie
Hell she's everything, even me
She was the first revolutionary

You should love me most, you should, you should
You should love me most, you should, you should

Jesus had long hair just like me

You should love me most, you should, you should
You should love me most, you should, you should
Track Name: SUI, SUI, SUI
SUI, SUI, SUI

Life is hard, life is hard
Not easy, not easy

Some, some, don't, don't, sem, seem, to adapt
Some find peace in alcohol and drugs

Slashed away!
Slashed away!

Sui, sui, sui, suicide
A scream in the night, take an express baby
Sui, sui, sui, suicide
Some do it slow, some do it fast
Sui, sui, sui, suicide
Bye,bye, bye bye, bye bye

Hell is here, hell is here
Not easy, not easy

Some, some, don't, don't, sem, seem, to adapt
Some find peace in alcohol and drugs

Slashed away!
Slashed away!

Sui, sui, sui, suicide
A scream in the night, take an express baby
Sui, sui, sui, suicide
Some do it slow, some do it fast
Sui, sui, sui, suicide
Bye,bye, bye bye, bye bye

Sui, sui, sui, suicide
A scream in the night, take an express baby
Sui, sui, sui, suicide
Some do it slow, some do it fast
Sui, sui, sui, suicide
Bye,bye, bye bye, bye bye
Track Name: EMPTY LIFE
EMPTY LIFE

I walk the night along the dirty streets
Until the sun comes up over me
I walk the night until my feet are sore
I walk the night Just another little girl

Got no one to come home to
After all I got a habit to feed
More faces, more faces
At least I'm not alone, the girls
Who'd want a junkie for a daughter
I know I'm hooked
I know I'm fucked
At least the johns they want a little bit of me
A car drives by me
I wish I had the guts to throw myself in front of one
let 'em have me for good...
But I just go on until the next hit
How many more will I survive?

I walk the night along the dirty streets
Until the sun comes up over me
I walk the night until my feet are sore
I walk the night Just another little girl

It's fucking raining no one stops
I'm running out of options
Up to the room
Slams the door, it's over
Empty feeling
Empty like a syringe after a hit
Empty like mom's house
Empty like my life
Now Tony always comes up jonesing
I guess he's on my payroll
Humiliates me but I let him...

I walk the night along the dirty streets
Until the sun comes up over me
I walk the night until my feet are sore
I walk the night Just another little girl
Empty life
Empty life
Track Name: BLINDED BY THE PAIN
BLINDED BY THE PAIN

Why did you have to kill yourself?
We still want you around
We heard what you had to say
and we wanted to hear more from you
Pretty stuf is so ugly when you're in pain
Even Frances saw with her baby eyes
All the pain and the shame,
and the sickness and the blame

We all cared for you but you didn't help yourself
I forgive you and I understand
what it's like to be
Blinded by the pain, numbed by the rain

Blinded by the pain, numbed by the rain
Blinded by the pain, numbed by the rain

Why did you have to kiss your death?
what did you hope to find there?
Is your ghost stil screwin' around
Waiting for an answer
Pretty stuff is so ugly when you're in pain
Maybe you saw in your baby's eyes
Daddy, daddy's lost in limbo

We all loved you but you didn't love yourself
I know
what it's like to be
Blinded by the pain, numbed by the rain

Blinded by the pain, numbed by the rain
Blinded by the pain, numbed by the rain
Blinded by the pain, numbed by the rain
Blinded by the pain, numbed by the rain

Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!
Track Name: NOTHING HURTS
NOTHING HURTS

As big as a time
as big as a girl
as big as a heart
as big as a love
as much as money
as much as a trip
a blade on a skin
a father betrayed

Comes a point when
Nothing hurts, Nothing hurts,
Nothing hurts, Nothing hurts
As big as 2 dogs,
as big as a house,
as big as a rock, oooh
Nothing hurts anymore,
more than yourself
As big as a time
as big as a girl
as big as a heart
as big as a love
as much as money
as much as a trip
a blade on a skin
a father betrayed

Comes a point when
Nothing hurts, Nothing hurts,
Nothing hurts, Nothing hurts
As big as 2 dogs,
as big as a house,
as big as a rock, oooh
Nothing hurts anymore,
more than yourself

Nothing hurts, oh nothing hurts
Track Name: PIGGY LIKES
PIGGY LIKES

Piggy thinks you want him all the time.
Piggy thinks you like it when you’re down
Piggy sees a hole, he doesn’t see a heart
Because it’s all he’s got, he doesn’t have a heart

Except for his mother, his sister or his daughter

Piggy sees a fine pair, he doesn’t see a mind
He sees meat and he sure knows the kind he likes
Piggy likes to think he owns the key
Piggy likes to use you…

As if she didn’t feel. As if she didn’t cry
As if being a woman meant living on your knees
As if she didn’t feel. As if she didn’t cry
As if being a woman meant living on your knees

Piggy thinks you want him all the time.
Piggy thinks you like it when you’re down
Piggy likes to think he owns the key
Piggy likes to use you…

Piggy thinks you want him all the time.
Piggy thinks you like it when you’re down
Piggy sees a hole, he doesn’t see a heart…

@1993 Chriss Lee Eloha
Track Name: THROUGH YOU
THROUGH YOU

I don't know just how you feel
but I can see it in your eyes
I don't know just what you're thinking
but I can se right through your lies
I don't know your name
but I can cut your heart open
I don't know just how you feel
but I can read it in your shape
Your shape

Right trough lies I am hypnotised
Right through you all I see is blue

I don't know your