The Ancient Art Of Telling Porkies

by Terry F Smith

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'The Ancient Art of Telling Porkies' (2016). The 12 songs took two years to write mostly conceived on a battered old classical acoustic with a view to paying homage to the art of songwriting and songwriters. Terry's mentors Syd Barrett and David Bowie both get their respective tribute songs here (Breakdown & Zowie respectively). Founder of the 'A Zit From Acne' project, this album comes as something of a direction change, albeit a small one, from the electronica and genre-busting mash-ups of AZFA, but a pleasant one. If your shell-likes want more there's also 'Gimme The Bees' (2013) and 'On The Rock n Roll' (2012) – both available for listening, sharing or downloading right here on Bandcamp. Or else iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many others via the net. 'The Ancient Art of Telling Porkies' is possibly Terry's best collection of songs yet – and believe me that's no porky guv... Everything has been digitally mastered and optimised for cans or speakers – so if you've got a decent stereo – just play effing loud – let your neighbours love it too... but enjoy, it's totally FREE to listen !


released May 3, 2016

Thanks to Debs, Vicks & Pheebz for being sound guinea pigs. Thanks to Paul 'Dubs' Waller for technical help and software progression. Also, Urban warrior Danny Shine for the vocal clips on 'Ziggurat'. Other very worthy musical mentions, some in a previous life but none less important: Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Mark Cooke, Syd & Paul Venters, Rich 'RIP' Pond, Paul 'Keeps' Keepence, Joe 'Yozef' Kelly, Paul 'Jah Dim' Sims, Andy 'Drew' Blake, Brad 'Budgie' Hall, Terry Dowling, John & Stephen Breakey, Todd Doyle, Pete 'Dr Bob' Farley, Dave and Lee Cornish, Rob 'Parker' Stanley, Dave 'Scoop' Jones, Tim 'Iggy' Mardell, Lesley Edgar, Dean 'Geordie' Jones, Andy 'Fums' Green, Jon 'Axxe' Cole, Maz Garaccio, Graham 'Stixx' Bentham, Julia 'Fingers' Baynes, Simon 'Boyo' McMail, Mark 'Bassman' Urey, Rob 'The Comic' Callaghan, Martin 'Animal' Muir, Pete 'Dilley' Dalley and Mark 'Lips' Chater, Uval and Mickey Pallett for support and inspiration over a sizeable period of time... this album has something from all of you.

Dedicated to my childhood hero and mentor David Bowie RIP.



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Out of Stoke Newington, now Hertford. Terry F Smith and his alter-ego A Zit From Acne offer a can-friendly genre-busting mix of electronica, indie guitar and dub-pop fusion. All FREE to listen, just click away and prepare your shell-likes for something original... ... more

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Track Name: About
Isn't it all about the money ? x3

Isn't it all about ?
Track Name: Breakdown
Introverted, intuitive, perceiving,
Extroverted, large thinking, believing,
Non-assertive, interesting, feeling,
Individual, interactive, believe in me,

Breakdown x2
Track Name: Deluge
It's sad,
It's just everywhere,
How sad,
It's just everywhere,
When the beast that spends the money,
Makes you all go home again,
Up to your necks in it
Track Name: Distance
A distant hologram is kept inside
Out with the old in with the new
If it gets us through
Then I swear, come with me

How I kept you off my mind
Impossible understanding time
When it gets me nowhere
That I cared, come with me

Baby come with me, come with me

Now I've found another star
I promise you we will go far
Go the distance
And I swear, come with me

Baby come with me, come with me
Track Name: Hungover
We used to be hungover, it's a bit uncouth,
Just like a bossanova, just irregular fools,

But I...

We used the beat hangover, just to be uncool,
Just like the bossanova, an irregular fool,

A little piece of heaven, don't you know I'm whistling inside
Track Name: Jack
I believe in a will to survive
That's older than any life
Africa holds the key to our world
It's older and yes bolder

And Africa has my shoulder to cry on
With the weight of modern world in its eyes
And don't forget to turn your back
Whenever she cries – we're alright...

Track Name: Players
Who can say whether we'll gel tonight
It's all induced in somebody new

I can feel the doubting inside
It's something used in somebody new

Tender the kiss
Are we not dreaming
There's something inside
That's turning me onto you
Too good to be true ?
Track Name: Qin
More than 7,000 warriors
Archers, Cavalry, Charioteers and Foot-soldiers
Guard his tomb

Qin Shi Huang Di
He wanted immortality
Qin Shi Huang Di
Complete with terracotta army
Africans, Dancers, Singers, Animals

Qin Shi Huang Di
He was just 13 years old
Track Name: Whatever
Whatever forever blue, I'm with you, I'm with you,
Our love is strong and we can get along whatever,
Who can stand another day like this,
We can learn to live like nothing matters,

It's a new kind of pain,
Watching innocence washed away,

Whatever forever blue, and we do, and we do,
Our love is strong and we can get along whatever,
Who can stand another day like this,
We can learn to live like nothing matters,

Only you can remain,
Watching innocence washed away,
Track Name: Ziggurat
In your life – another step to obscurity (x3)
In your life – another step in life's comedy