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Radiophonic Supersonic

by Dave Caruso

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    #8 Best Power Pop Albums of 2020
    -- Rich Rossi / Power Pop News

    Top 10 Songs of 2020 (Little Miss Sunshine)
    --Hop On Power Pop

    Top 15 Essential Albums of 2020
    -- Rick Warhall / Chasing the Essential

    #19 Best Power Pop Album of 2020
    -- Power Pop Station

    #23 Top 100 Albums of 2020
    --Absolute Powerpop

    Top 25 Album & EP Faves of 2020
    -- Indie Pop Takeout

    Top 50 Albums of 2020
    -- Pop Forever

    "A 10-song, radio-friendly batch of hit-single-worthy tracks... Radiophonic Supersonic is a triumphant winner."
    -- Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio

    "Detroit’s Dave Caruso creates such pretty pop songs on his recent album, Radiophonic Supersonic, reminding me of 10cc mixed with more than a little Macca. The Drop perfectly captures his careful attention to song arrangements, juxtaposing some crunchy rhythm guitar with low key sweet vocals."
    --Dennis Pilon / Poprock Record - Songs With a Hook

    "Although it didn’t arrive until early December, Radiophonic Supersonic still made a number of 2020 best power pop album lists. If I had compiled such a list, it might well have cracked my top 25 — a notable achievement in what was a strong year for the power pop genre."
    -- Alan Sculley / The Morning Call

    Dave's 10-song album, released December, 2020. This compact disc comes shrink-wrapped in a jewel case. Digital album booklet, including lyrics, are available in the bandcamp digital album download and at DaveCarusoMusic.com.

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1.
Little Miss Sunshine Words & Music (c) 2020 by Dave Caruso And when she faces her day with a smile In spite of her pain, she never complains Inescapable gleam in her eye And a power that glows wherever she goes She is the reason I get up and try again My any-weather friend Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Summer Sun Sublime When you feel run down, she’s around And she's the loving kind Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Sunny All the Time And when the day’s done, she’s the one She’ll be your valentine And if you ask her to give you a hand Before it’s begun, consider it done Anything that she can’t understand There’s never a doubt, she’ll figure it out She’s got a superpower that has no kryptonite A supersonic light Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Summer Sun Surprise When you feel run down, she’s around And she's the loving kind Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Sunlight In Her Eyes And when the day’s done, she’s the one She’ll be your valentine Let me be the first to say she wouldn’t be the same By any other name Little Miss Sunshine Sunny all the time Let her bring you sunshine She's the loving kind
2.
The Drop 03:38
The Drop Words & Music (c) 2020 by Dave Caruso Piece o’ cake staying happy in the honeymoon phase The tricky bit is sticking with it when the stakes are raised Sometimes it takes a lot But it seems like it’s worth the shot Giving it all you’ve got when you’re up against the clock Second stage; carried over from your Dance Hall Days Can you make it hold a candle to your first embrace? Sometimes the going’s hard And it feels like the longest yard Catching yourself off-guard in matters of the heart Better hang on when you start to worry something could go wrong The falling part is easy but the drop is long Now you’ve found you might be movin’ over solid ground Stick around; you won't get dizzy if you don’t look down Sometimes it takes a lot But it seems like it’s worth the shot Giving it all you’ve got but you’re running on the spot Better hang on when you start to worry something could go wrong The falling part is easy but the drop is long Sometimes the going’s hard And it feels like the longest yard Catching yourself off-guard in matters of the heart Better hang on when you start to worry something could go wrong The falling part is easy The falling part is easy The falling sure is easy But the drop is long So long!
3.
The Boy Wonders Words & Music (c) 2020 by Dave Caruso How will I measure up against my brothers and my dad? What does it mean to be a man? There’s no comfort I feel so out of place; Is mine a lucky face? Can I get to second base? The boy wonders Can I do this on my own? Will I face the world alone? I’m adrift in the unknown And going under Will she ever notice me? How can I get her to stay? Am I doing this okay? The boy wonders If I ever lost my strength or someone stole my thunder They can't rob me of my faith or steal my sense of wonder It's keeping me awake; what a difference we could make Our future is at stake I feel a hunger Doesn't anybody care? Such despair and disrepair Isn’t anybody there? The boy wonders If I ever lost my strength or someone stole my thunder They could never crush my faith or steal my sense of wonder Why do men do evil things? Can we overcome our hate? Will we ever change our fate? I’m outnumbered Will tomorrow's boys be bothered by the same concerns as me? Are we destined to repeat? Destined to repeat To repeat Repeat I wonder...
4.
Tuesday’s Gone Words & Music (c) 2020 by Dave Caruso It's hard to imagine when the day is done That the way that we're going ain't the only one That the world could be spinning any other way And the sun could be setting on a brighter day Where'd we go wrong? What have we done? How can we change? Who have we become? Why don't we try starting over again? It's a battle that we can win Tuesday's gone While her legend still lives on And Monday's just a lie That Sunday told to make us cry I'm living for Wednesday Cause Tuesday's gone I'm so disenchanted when the night is new It isn't hard to imagine with the things we do But we need not accept things for the way they are With some faith, love and courage we can make a start We're making our mark, we're leaving our stain But time is the only thing that we can't change We can never go back
But we can never give in Cause another day is pushing in Tuesday's gone while her legend still lives on And Monday's just a lie that Sunday told to make us cry I'm living for Wednesday, 'cause Tuesday's gone It's a battle that we can win Tuesday's gone while her legend still lives on And Monday's just a lie that Sunday told to make us cry I'm living for Wednesday...
5.
I Won’t Wait For You Words & Music (c) 1987, 2020 by Dave Caruso Make up your mind — Are we just killing time? It’s all on you / You know what to do Tell me here and now -- Is this love or only laughter? Should I put you down or keep you happy ever after? I won’t wait for you I know you want me to, me too I won’t miss out under a sky this blue I won’t wait for you I won’t wait for you I know you want me to, me too I won’t stand in line till my head is blue I won’t wait for you It’s open, shut your mouth / Before a lie comes out If you don’t care / Don’t keep me waiting here Tell me here and now / Share with me the sweetest secret Is it love you’ve found or just a nibble when you need it? I won’t wait for you I know you want me to, me too Don't look at me 'cause it's all on you I won’t wait for you I won’t wait for you I know you want me to, me too I won't keep this up till I'm black and blue I won’t wait for you [Break over verses] I won’t wait for you I know you want me to, me too You say you need some one but you won't say who I won't wait for you I won't wait for you I know you want me to, me too I won't sit on my ass till your eyes turn blue You can’t have my cake and eat it too I won’t wait — unless you ask me to. I won’t wait for you.
6.
Atomic Smile 03:17
Atomic Smile Words & Music (c) 2020 by Dave Caruso You seemed alright at daylight No cause for alarm But you could do no wrong and still do plenty of harm For as above, look out below When you said, “goodbye” I was sure that you wouldn’t go Your nuclear energy pretty much blew me apart Damn your atomic smile and your Teflon heart No radar blipped, no wire tripped I thought you were fine My defenses all in the green when you went over the line I told myself to take it slow But you hit me hard and fast — just like a pro Your body’s a weapon with a radioactive charge Bam! Your atomic smile and your Teflon heart Truth be told, I know you’re not the enemy But your friendly fire is gonna be the death of me No doubt that I’ve been outmaneuvered again My arsenal made no impression Not even a dent (I’ll be) fooled again -- well I guess that’s true Will I never learn that there’s no disarming you? Your bullet-proof radiance blasted me right off the charts Curse all your camouflaged armor and your Kevlar parts Bam! Your atomic smile and your Teflon heart Damn your atomic smile and your Teflon heart
7.
Indelible 03:31
Indelible Words & Music (c) 2020 by Dave Caruso I wrote a testament to you Determined to sing a line or two Could I preserve a love sublime? Could I suspend a beat in time? Moving the needles, making a mark Inscriptions smolder beneath the spark Passionate verses in your name Emblem and anthem, ink and flame It’s an indelible display / Never to fade away An act of devotion so ingrained / It’s here to stay, to stay Tracing the lines that cut so deep Pictures and stories on the sleeve Follow along on the other side Heaven & heartache soon collide With an indelible refrain / Never to fade away Now the impression still remains / It’s here to stay, to stay After a love’s demise A record of love survives We fight to conceal Hide what we feel Then scratch it with our fingers Some scars are too deep to heal And so the love byte lingers It’s an indelible display / Never to fade away An act of devotion so ingrained / It’s here to stay, to stay Such an indelible refrain / Never to fade away Now the impression still remains / It’s here to stay, to stay After a love’s demise A measure of love survives
8.
A Piece of the Action Words & Music (c) 2020 by Dave Caruso Well, you posed against the doorway Just like Joan Severance I was headed down the hard way Desperate for deliverance Now I can't get through anything I ever try to do No matter what I tell myself, my mind is set on you It’s a fatal attraction / A piece of the action My beautiful assassin / A piece of the action I was reckless beyond reason I set adrift my innocence Jettisoned salvation And cast away my common sense Now I can't get through anything I set my mind to do No matter how I concentrate, there’s no escaping you It’s a fatal attraction / A piece of the action An overdose of passion / A piece of the action Making my life miserable and sweet Dizzy as the company we keep But you’re more than another distraction And I'm just one hit away from satisfaction It’s a fatal attraction / A piece of the action My sinister assassin /A piece of the action It’s a fatal attraction / A piece of the action An overdose of passion /A piece of the action It’s a fatal attraction / A piece of the action I've only seen fraction / Of my piece of the action It’s a fatal attraction / A piece of the action My beautiful assassin / A piece of the action
9.
Heaven Minus Love Words & Music (c) 1985, 2020 by Dave Caruso I was young & foolish and you were ripening We never expected much -- only everything But it never came; Then we realized That all we'd ever have to share was in each other's eyes Now in a rock garden where flowers used to be It's heaven minus love and rain against the weed And nothing really grows here though we planted every seed It's heaven minus love for you and me We started out with nothing, left everything behind Uncertain what we wanted, unsure of what we'd find We laid out our heaven; we planned each passing day We sat with plans and folded hands while years just passed away Now in a rock garden where flowers used to be It's heaven minus love and rain against the weeds And nothing really grows here though love has gone to seed It's heaven minus love for you and me Nothing wrong with what we had but we wanted more than fun We gave it all we had, but we were both too young We blamed each other and heaven seemed worth fighting for We're still together but there's no feeling anymore Now in a rock garden where flowers used to be Stones planted in the earth, dreams buried in the weeds And nothing here is really what heaven's supposed to be It's heaven minus love; it's hell for you and me Now in a rock... garden where flowers used to be It's heaven minus love; it's hell for you and me And nothing really grows here; the weeds can barely breathe It's heaven minus love for you and me
10.
Throwing Out My Baby With the Bassinet Words & Music (c) 2020 by Dave Caruso Ever since last February Baby's been on a tear Leaving her unmentionables Hangin' everywhere I’ve long forgotten why I thought We made a perfect pair Depilatories ain’t enough To wash her out of my hair So I’m throwing out my baby with the bassinet Soaking wet The girl I can't forget, and yet I’m throwing out my baby with the bassinet There's just no room for Baby and my self-respect She's 55 with stop signs and a Promise that depends An empty street of red lights and a shortcut of dead ends She’s a road sign pointing nowhere In a town where no one goes Peel your eyes and hold the phone You'll be the first to know that I'm throwing out my baby with the bassinet Soaking wet The girl I can't forget, and yet I’m throwing out my baby with the bassinet There's just no room for Baby and my self-respect The consequence of my inaction Triggered these events You can't accomplish anything by sitting on a fence The suspense is almost killing me The pressure is immense Even with the best solution It all hangs on execution Throwing out my baby with the bassinet Soaking wet The girl I can't forget, and yet I’m throwing out my baby with the bassinet There's just no room for Baby No "if," no "but," no "maybe" There's just no room for Baby and my self-respect The plan is set There's no time left Just press "eject" That's all you get

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"Mixing Dave’s stuff was a joy — such beautiful melodies and smart lyrics. His playing and ideas are so colorful and hooky, that whenever he’d send over a new track to mix, it was like opening a cool little box of sounds, hooks, and surprises. Working remotely, I got to know him not just from our phone calls, but from his songs, too. Close your eyes and there is the man at the mic, telling his story."
-- Brad Jones / Nashville Songwriter & Producer

"Caruso shows a fascinating ability to create memorable melodies to unforgettable chord progressions, and the result is a set of songs that stay embedded in your brain hours after you hear them. ...An exceptional album that leaves you wanting more.
-- Peter Lee / Hooks and Harmony

"Radiophonic Supersonic is Dave Caruso’s latest work and his best to date... an abundance of single-worthy songs... Little Miss Sunshine is bouncy, radio-friendly guitar pop with a chorus you can't help but sing along to. Highly Recommended."
-- Richard Rossi / Power Pop News

10 original songs
Dave's 4th studio outing
His 3rd self-produced effort
The 2nd album recorded in Dave's Detroit studio

Bonuses included with album download:
- Lyric booklet
- Living room song video for "Throwing Out My Baby With the Bassinet"

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released December 4, 2020

(c) 1985, 1987, 2020, written, arranged, recorded, & produced by Dave Caruso

Mixed by Brad Jones at Alex The Great
Mastered by Andy Reed at Reed Recording Company

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Dave Caruso Detroit, Michigan

Dave Caruso is a melodic pop songwriter, indie recording artist & music educator from Detroit, MI.

Dave offers a series of livestream songwriting courses at his website.

He's also the creator and host of SongwriterStories.com, a songwriting and music discovery podcast, featuring fascinating interviews with songwriters like Matthew Sweet, Marshall Crenshaw, Vicki Peterson and Tony Macaulay.
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