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Marcella and the Forget Me Nots – Born Beautiful
Album released 16th September 2011 on Really Good Records

“…a stomping, powerful pop statement” – Rough Trade(Jan 31 2012)

“Unstoppable” Vogue Italia (July 2011)

"Epic art-indie-Weimar, part Kate Bush, part PJ Harvey, with Roxy Music's dress sense"

It's like this. Marcella Puppini could be basking in the glow of retro glamour and silver-screen loveliness. She could be fluttering around the globe with the Puppini Sisters, charming audiences with songs from their new album, Hollywood. Her life could be so serene. But would she be happy?

Hell, no. The Puppini Sisters are Marcella's bit of fun. Now meet her real band, the indie-art-punk-Weimar group of misfits and drama queens with whom Marcella can tear open her soul. Marcella and the Forget Me Nots may be glamorous, but they're not lovely or charming. They are a scream in the dark, a pulse of desire, the glint of a knife. And they are Marcella's pride and joy.
So much so that Marcella refused to sign with a label for the band's debut album, Born Beautiful: instead she is releasing it independently – with the help of fans who donated funds via PledgeMusic. She knows from her experience with the Puppini Sisters how easy it is to be trapped into one sound, one style. With the Forget Me Nots, Marcella has the freedom to explore the full range of her musical loves, from opera to big bands, Klaus Nomi to PJ Harvey, Nick Cave to the Dresden Dolls, fusing these disparate influences with her own unique style to create something boldly individual and new.

Born Beautiful is her statement of eclectic intent. The title track is a cry from the heart: a plangent piano ballad that explores, with unflinching honesty, what it feels like to be “a prisoner of my insecurities”. Marcella's arrangement is exquisite: restrained yet fierce, gently propelled by Amy Kelly's militaristic drums and illuminated by Kati May’s golden clarinet solo. Opening song She Hero (key lyric: “She has the strength of a warrior, she shows the way to be free”) could hardly be more different: it's raw and sassy, Marcella a sultry banshee over Pato Vidal's strutting bass. And closing song Run While You Can is different again: while Marcella sings – true story, this – of her siblings seeing the devil in the Italian countryside, Ping Lee evokes those dark, open spaces with guitar-playing worthy of Ry Cooder.

With every arrangement, Marcella conjures up a new mood. Lullaby is as soft as its name, a swirling dance of clarinet and strings, so romantic you could almost miss the violence at its heart: “As you sleep your blood will dry,” Marcella croons to the philandering lover she has just murdered, “until it runs no more.” To The Water pulses with drama, Marcella's voice aching over a chilling backing chant of “Dies Irae” and Geri McEwan's stabbing violin. Dirty Old Men, meanwhile, is just plain twisted, a playful, sumptuously orchestrated serenade to all the sleazy geriatrics Marcella encountered in her youth, jacking off in the ladies' toilets or pressing up against her on the bus.

This, then, is the real Marcella: fiery, decadent and wild. And the Forget Me Nots are her match in passion, dazzling musicianship and forceful personality. There's nothing serene about Born Beautiful: it challenges everything you think you know about Marcella Puppini. But if you'd prefer to stick to “easy listening” – well, there's always the Puppini Sisters.

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released September 16, 2011

All songs written by Marcella Puppini
String arrangements by Marcella Puppini

Marcella Puppini: Voice, Piano, Keyboard
Ping Lee: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pato Vidal: Bass, Backing Vocals
Amy Kelly: Drums, Glockenspiel, Backing Vocals,
Kate May: Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Backing Vocals
Geri Mc Ewan: Violin
Paloma Deike: Violin
Wei Wei Fraser: Viola
Maral Mohammadi: Cello

Album produced by Fred De Faye
Recorded at The Premises Studios, London, by Fred De Faye
Mixed and Mastered by Fred De Faye
Artwork by Alex De Campi
Photography by Tom Medwell
Hair by Nicholas Alexander Willis
Make up by Kinga Markovic Mua
Styling by Jason Halsey

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Track Name: She Hero
SHE HERO
(Music and Lyrics by Marcella Puppini)


She has the eyes of a champion
Clear and awake all the time
She
Calls
And I follow

She knows the words to inspire me
She speaks of power and of love
She
Calls
And I follow

She’s my She hero she’s my she hero………x3
She’s mine

She has the strength of a warrior
She shows the way to be free
She
Calls
And I follow

She has the eyes of an old soul
Wise and ahead of the world
She
Calls
And I follow

She’s my She hero she’s my she hero………x3
She’s mine
Track Name: Stella
STELLA
(Music and Lyrics by Marcella Puppini)


INTRO:



Stella the Russian Goddess in the gem sweater

Jowly and somber, speaks of getting better

Stella with distant eyes and a translator

Speaks to my baffled soul of the creator

Stel-la-la-la-la-la
Can you save me? X3

INTRO:



Stella the Muse, the bruiser, I’m so confused

My heart is racing, Stella, I am not amused

Maybe you’re real, a healer, not here to steal

The hopes of a damaged soul for your next meal

Stel-la-la-la-la-la
Can you save me? X3


Stella, I know you feel it, it’s time to go

New fools are waiting, Stella, will you let them know

There once was a trusting someone you left behind

Who hopes they can see the darkness of your cruel mind

Stel-la-la-la-la-la
Can you save me? X3
Track Name: Born Beautiful
BORN BEAUTIFUL
(Music and Lyrics by Marcella Puppini)

If I had been born beautiful
I’d smile
Whenever someone looked at me
And I
Would not feel like a prisoner
Of my
Insecurities

If I had been born beautiful
I
Would feel like I’m invincible
And I
Would have doors open that now are
Shut
To the likes of me

If I had been born beautiful
I
Would not have had to work so hard
To find
My little corner in the sun
Cos I
Would just belong

If I had been born beautiful
I
Would not read fashion magazines
And cry
And wonder why I’m not like them
And why
Are they better than me?

If I had been born beautiful
You’d see me
I wouldn’t have to shout so loud
To be
More than a shadow in your eyes
I
Would be someone

If I had been born beautiful
Would I
Have turned out any happier
Or wise
Would I have had a better life
Would I?
Track Name: Dirty Old Men
DIRTY OLD MEN
(Music and Lyrics by Marcella Puppini)


You were the one with the hard appendage
Pressing up against me on a bus

You were the one with the clammy finger
Tickling my palm as we shook hands

You, with desperate grabbing hands
Me, with youth and noble plans
Easy prey

Dirty old men, AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH X 4

You were the one in the ladies’ toilets
Whipping your aggression in the dark

You were the one with the toothless anger
Ogling and cursing from afar

You, with desperate grabbing hands
Me, with youth and noble plans
Easy prey

Dirty old men, AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH X 4

I miss you, now I’ve grown.
Track Name: No, Billy, Please
NO, BILLY, PLEASE
(Music and Lyrics by Marcella Puppini)

They say he never cried
But the day his true love died
That brought him to his knees
No, Billy, Please

They saw him by her house
He stood night after night
Leaning on a willow tree
No, Billy, please

The years went passing by
And his eyes had barely dried
When she first arrived in town
It made Billy drown

To see her face so pure
And so like the one before
Who now lay beneath the trees
No, Billy, please

He tried to take her hand
But the sight of that old man
Made her scream in sickened fear
No, Billy, please

His rage arose like flames
And before he knew her name
With his knife her life he seized
No, Billy, please
Track Name: Run While You Can
RUN WHILE YOU CAN
(Music and Lyrics by Marcella Puppini)

My brother saw the devil
On a lonely winter night
It was dark but he was certain
He was not fooled by his sight

So the devil paid a visit
To the ordinary boy
Left him shaking in the darkness
And his innocence destroyed

He said Run, Run, Run,
Run while you can…………..

My sister heard some voices
On a lonely winter night
They were faint but she was certain
That she heard them clear and right

Were they calling out for someone
She was certain it was me
But those melancholy whispers
Came from mouths she could not see

He said Run, Run, Run,
Run while you can………….. X2

So I ran away from my home
To a city full of lights
I lived frantic days of searching
And sedated all my nights

But the darkness was inside me
Where there is no place to hide
Through the years I’ve learnt to love it
And I’m now its faithful bride

He said Run, Run, Run,
Run while you can………….. X3