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The oldest track on the album, Matt first played Gangsters back in 1990 whilst working with saxophonist Raf Ravenscroft (known for his inspired playing on Gerry Rafferty’s classic Baker Street) in his short-lived band The Ravenscroft Partnership. Co-written by guitarist Julian Littman (now a member of Steeleye Span) Gangsters had stuck in Matt’s mind and when the time came to assemble material for this album Matt contacted Julian to see what had become of the song and to get a copy of the lyrics! Subjected to a Taylor blues-funk arrangement overhaul, Gangsters was the title track of The Motives 2011 EP and is the second song on the album to have been nominated in the first round of The British Blues Awards best song category – The Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award.

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Gangsters (Littman/Ravenscroft)

I never had a love so strong
Until you came along
I never got a crush so bad
But someone’s got a hitman on our hearts
You know we’ve gone too far
Now there’s no turning back
If we wanna stay alive we’d better duck and dive
There’s something going down

We must be possessed by gangsters

Better get the hell outta town
And let the heat die down
Don’t wanna get the East River Blues
Someone’s got a contract on our love
If push comes to shove
We could be wearing concrete shoes
Better call the the FBI before somebody dies
We’re doing this thing all wrong

We must be possessed by gangsters

I never had a love so strong
Until you came along
Never thought I’d sink so low
You say it’s a perfect crime, it’s just a matter of time
Before my cover’s blown
Without a shadow of a doubt
I’ve gotta take you out
And head for Mexico

We must be possessed by gangsters

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from The Motives feat. Matt Taylor, track released June 11, 2012

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The Motives feat. Matt Taylor London, UK

A new band project brings together some of the finest talent from the European blues scene. The Motives draw their musical inspiration from 40s New York, 50s Chicago and 60s London, combining Matt Taylor's electrifying guitar work with Jonny Dyke's virtuoso hammond and piano over a rock solid rhythm section of Roy Martin on drums and Andy Graham on Bass. Their new album is released in June 2012. ... more

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