Dinosaur Planet

by MJ Hibbett & The Validators

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A science fiction rock opera concept album about the return of the Dinosaurs from space... and much much more. "An indie War Of The Worlds" - CMU Daily. "Jeff Wayne has some new competition" - SFX Magazine. "You have to admire their nerve" - Word Magazine.

Visit the main webpage at www.dinosaurplanet.co.uk for albums, t-shirts and combo deals, free downloads and a whole world of extra information!

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released 14 November 2011

Recorded at The Snug Recording Company, Derby
Main dialogue session recorded at Dean Street Studios, London
Additional material recorded on location

Produced by Tom 'Tiger' McClure
Engineered by Richard Collins and Robin Newman
Arranged and played by MJ Hibbett & The Validators, who are:

MJ Hibbett – vocals, guitar, ukelele
Frankie Machine – bass, trumpet, guitar, banjo, vocals
Tom 'Tiger' McClure – violin, electric violin, strings, keyboards, vocals
Emma Pattison – vocals
Tim Pattison – drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals

Written by MJ Hibbett
All songs published by WipeOut Music

Artwork by John Allison (www.scarygoround.com)

To access a guide to playing all the songs and a complete script for the entire story go to www.dinosaurplanet.co.uk

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Track Name: Theme From Dinosaur Planet (overture)
Sixty five million years ago the Dinosaurs disappeared
And now... they're back

Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! ( ah-oo)



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Track Name: Don't, Darren, Don't
Don't, Darren, don't
Drive your panda car out to the old abandoned farm
And don't, Darren, don't
Leave your police radio on the back seat, with your phone
You might as well get into a spitfire
Clutching a photograph
Of the fiancee who you promised
This mission would be your last

Don't, Darren, don't
See a strangely glowing shape and decide to investigate
Don't, Darren, don't
Get any closer and then shout 'Is there anyone about?'
You might as well go down the basement
Of a haunted house
Saying 'There's no such thing as ghosts!'
Just as the lights go out

Turn around and look behind you Darren
When you heard a sound I doubt that it was nothing
Every time I see you in films, Darren
I shout 'Turn around' but the same thing always happens

You'll be teleporting down to a planet
Wearing a red shirt
If someone's getting shot with a phaser gun
It won't be Captain Kirk
Or you'll be diving into the ocean
Scoffing at the warning flags
Saying 'These lifeguards don't know what they're talking about -
Sharks never attack'
Or you'll be driving the super-villain
In your lorry to the prison yard
Taunting Magneto, saying 'You'll never escape
From behind these iron bars!'

Don't, Darren, don't
Come running crying home to me
You won't get any sympathy
Just don't.



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Track Name: Theme From Dinosaur Planet
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! ( ah-oo)

Sixty five million years ago they disappeared
Now the dinosaurs are back
The human race must learn to live in fear
The earth is under attack

From the Dinosaur Planet (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet (ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet (ah-oo)

They do not come in peace, they come in hate
Let non-saurons beware
But is there something that they're running from?
What could make a Tyrannosaur scared?

On the Dinosaur Planet (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet (ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet (ah-oo)

But could a crazy kind of love exist
Between a human and velociraptor?
Or might it only take one small kiss
To turn that cold cold blood to warm?
All it needs is someone brave enough
To go where only love can go
To hold out the hand of peace and say...
"No! No! No! Mercy!"

Clearly not. On the…
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! ( ah-oo)



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Track Name: A Little Bit
They had it easy in the renaissance
They could invent new branches of science over lunch
But nowadays we work more incrementally
No-one's naming any new elements after us

Because we all do a little bit, that's how we do research
There's teams all round the world doing these little bits of work
We only do a little bit but it's always for the best
Every great leap forward takes a lot of little steps

And no, it isn't very glamorous
We won't make a world-shattering breakthrough
We might find an explanation for gravitic oscillation
But I somehow doubt you'll hear it on the news

Because we all do a little bit but it’s a little bit of good
And compared to working for a bank that little bit's enough
We only do a little bit but when you put them in a pot
All these little bits together turn into a lot

Like the movement of tectonic plates
That slowly change the planet
Like the tiny grains of sand that swallow cities
Like the mountains moved by rain drops
Or the jungle moved by ants
That's why my thesis isn't finished

Some people think that they can save the world all by themselves
But all of history's heroes had a little bit of help
Robin Hood had Merry Men, King Arthur had all of his knights
Even Batman had a butler to help him iron his tights

So if you do a little bit don't be belittled by
Those who do a lot of nothing that's in any way worthwhile
Let's all get on with our little bits and let's take a little pride
Knowing we are all a little bit of the future of mankind




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Track Name: Here Come The Dinosaurs
Here come the dinosaurs - run for the hills!
They're here to stamp and claw and bite
God help us if there's a fight
We'll get killed
Here come the dinosaurs to eviscerate
They take delight in genocide
With hatred in their eyes
But they look don't half look great

But don't you think it's wrong to be stood singing a song
When a herd of hungry carnivores are near?
Yes, but their murderous machines are so marvellously sleek
They're so fabulous, so functional, and here

Here are the dinosaurs, looks like we're doomed
Oh but I am still in awe
Of their oh so stylish claws
As they slice me in two
Here are the dinosaurs - I've no regrets
The blood is pouring out of me
But they still look chic
As they eat my legs

And you might think that she's a fool for having "Dinosaurs are cool!"
As the second to last thing to go through her mind
But the last thing was a tooth which you must admit it's true
Is a pretty bloody awesome way to die



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Track Name: The Theory Of A Dinosaur Planet
It's called The Theory
Of A Dinosaur Planet
I'll just give you the abstract
To be going on with

The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction event occurred, as far as we know,
Sixty five point five million years ago
But even the interval of error in that estimated date
Is longer than it took us humans to evolve from apes
And if in that time we mammals managed to conquer space
I believe the Dinosaurs could have done the same

That's The Theory Of A Dinosaur Planet
The dinosaurs packed up and got away

They must have had astronomers who saw the meteorite
And they must have hypothesised the planet's dreadful plight
I expect their engineers would have come up with the plan
That said "Let's build a bunch of spaceships and get out while we still can"
And in sixty five million years they will undoubtedly have changed
Into a peaceful, deeply philanthropic kind of race

That's The Theory Of A Dinosaur Planet
There are dinosaur philosophers in space



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Track Name: My Grandad Is Nuts
It was my Grandad who wrote the above
Which he submitted as a paper though his colleagues didn't think he should
But he still did because, and I say this with love
Because my Grandad, my Grandad is nuts

He was very briefly famous twenty years ago
He was in all the papers, on the telly and the radio
Saying he'd uncovered evidence that the dinosaurs
Had escaped being killed by a comet because some of them were astronauts

They said "Your Grandad is completely nuts"
"He isn't safe to be alone, put him in a mental home for good"
But he stuck to his story, he refused to budge
Because my Grandad, my Grandad is nuts

Well of course it ended his career
As an archeologist
He was sacked from his post as a professor
He was banned from all the digs
He was excluded by the peer review journals
Never asked to conferences
But they had to book a massive room when he had his leaving do
And the reason for that is this:

Because my Grandad is a lovely man
Though you should keep the conversation off Galactic Emigration if you possibly can
Then he'll be delightful, he'll be a massive laugh
And you'll forget that my Grandad is mad

Because my Grandad is completely nuts
He still believes his theory and says that history will be his judge
He wouldn't change a thing even if he could
Because my Grandad, my Grandad is nuts
Because my Grandad, my Grandad is nuts


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Track Name: The Battle Of Peterborough
The Dinosaurs marched down the A47
The quickest route straight through the fen
They destroyed Dereham, stamped on Swaffham
Killed Kings Lynn, laid waste Long Sutton
Wiped out Wisbech and then
Saw that the Army had chosen Peterborough
As the place where they would stand, fight and resist
It's got excellent rail and bus links
Ample parking and an ice rink
But if it gets destroyed it won't be missed

The scene was set for the Battle Of Peterborough
The first time man and dinosaur would meet in war
But when fighting Tyrannosaurus Nuclear
Stegosaurus with bazooka
The best we could have hoped for was a draw

Along Bourges Boulevard they marched to battle
The first skirmishes took place next to Queensgate
Missiles flew and not much later
It was nothing but a crater
A million pounds of improvements had been made
The Army then retreated back to Stanground
As Velociraptors wrecked the outdoor pool
Triceratops tore down the market
Turned The Park into a toilet
Then Ferry Meadows fell to Sauron rule

Things weren't looking good in the Battle Of Peterborough
As Bretton, Fletton, March and Yaxley were smashed down
Market Deeping was demolished
Orton Longueville was abolished
Then they moved on to The East Of England Showground

The Army made their last stand in the car park
Where they stood heroic, glorious and strong
But the overwhelming forces
Of the armoured Allosauruses
Meant the Battle of Peterborough did not last long
And for the first time in about thirty years
Peterborough managed to get on the news
The newsreader looked sad and said
"A lot of people are now dead
But on the bright side, Cambridgeshire's been improved
And it's awful that we've lost a nice Cathedral
And on the East Coast mainline there will be delays
But apart from all of that it isn't all that bad
Hey, maybe they'll march on to Milton Keynes"

And so ended the Battle Of Peterborough
As the nation tried to look as if it cared
But the blackened smoking hole
And the terrible death toll
Was the first exciting thing to ever happen there


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Track Name: My Theory Of A Dinosaur Planet
That was my theory
Of A Dinosaur Planet
That there are dinosaur philosophers
In space

But now that they are here I must say that I'm surprised
To find that they are frankly not very nice
I thought that they would bring a wealth of hope and peace and love
But all they've bought is lots and lots of tanks and knives and guns

And if they're all kill-crazed psychopathic fans of war and death
It could mean the end of human life and worse still even yet

That my theory
Of A Dinosaur Planet
Is not entirely correct



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Track Name: We Are The Giant Robots
We are The Giant Robots
That's who were are
We are not here to mess around
So you had better write it down
Capital T and G and R

We are The Giant Robots
"The Giant Robots" is our name
Any other appellation
Would be pointless affectation
We'd be physically unchanged

We are The Giant Robots
This is your lucky day
Feel free to admire
But stay out of our way

We are The Giant Robots
And what you see is what you get
We always speak as we find
And say whatever's on our mind
We're not Politically Correct

We are The Giant Robots
We're humble about our success
We hardly mention it because
When you're as brilliant as us
We're know you're already impressed

We are The Giant Robots
We're big and we're strong and we're grey
We're right about everything
We're great

Why have you come to Earth?
You may well ask
We're here to repossess
Our dinosaur servants
But we'll take you instead
You'll be less cumbersome
You'll be cleaner around the house
And you've got opposable thumbs

We are The Giant Robots
Here's good news for the Human Race
You're going to be
Our new slaves



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Track Name: Dinosaurs Talk Like Pirates
Dinosaurs talk like pirates
It's scientific fact
If you require evidence
We'd like to point out that

In all pictures of Dinosaurs
You'll see their mouths ajar
As if they were caught in the middle of
Saying "Yarr!"

Dinosaurs talk like pirates
It's indisputable
If you harbour doubts then we
Would like to point out to you

That in all pictures of Dinosaurs
If you care to look
You'll see that nearly all of them
Have a pirate's hook

Dinosaurs talk like pirates
It's obviously true
But if you need a reminder
I'll simply say to you
They love to dance the horn-pipe



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Track Name: We Are The Dinosaurs
We are the Dinosaurs and our ancestors
Were minding their own business when
The robots came and kidnapped them and
Indirectly us
Conscripted Dinosaurs
We knew our day would come
We'd steal a ship and sail away
In search of Pieces of Eight
And a bottle of rum

We worked out a way to fight the Giant Robots was to ignite
A volcano, which they seem to be allergic to
And while they all sniffed and sneezed we set sail on starry seas
For our old home port, which is where we met you

We are the Dinosaurs
And we will confess
It could be argued that we've been
Ever so slightly too keen
On massive violence
But we are Dinosaurs
That's just what we do
But now the Robots have arrived
It looks like we're all gonna die
So how about a truce?

Though in the past we've disagreed
We're gonna make a mighty team
Man and Dinosaur, come together at last
And there's no one left alive
Human, Sauron who'd deny
That we're gonna kick some Giant Robot Ass



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Track Name: Literature Search
Let's do a literature search
And define our terms
Let's do a literature search
With a range of keywords

Literature search, ba-ba-ba, ba-ba-ba-ba
Literature search, ba-ba-ba
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba!



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Track Name: Strangely Attractive
You're a Dinosaur
I'm a general
If you want reasons to keep apart
I can think of several
But the problem is this:
I find you very very very strangely attractive

I like to run amok
You keep it military
Two souls entwined harmoniously
Is something we could never be
It's ridiculous but it'strue
I find you very very very strangely attractive

Incompatible down to our DNA
I ought to want to slash and bite you
And I ought to be afraid
Love has never ever been as blind as this
I find you very very very strangely attractive

I'm a general
I'm a dinosaur
Are we mad to think that this might work?
Yes, of course we are
But how can I help it if
I can't believe I'm saying this
The simple truth of it is
I find you very very very strangely attractive



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Track Name: Please Don't Eat Us
Since the moment that you landed on the planet
You've been appalled to hear your habits called barbaric
You might think that's what we're for
But we regard ourselves as more
Than freshly picked free range and organic
To put it simply we would rather
Be in your hearts than in your larder

Please don't eat us, we want to be your friends
Not your ingredients

So before you munch your lunch kindly consider
Your dinner could be someone else's little sister
And if you say "but she was yum!"
While later talking to her Mum
Don't be surprised if her reply is somewhat bitter
You might think she's being rude
But she is not on the menu

Please don't eat us, we want to be your friends
Not your ingredients

Please don't eat us please
Let's all live in peace
We are not your tea
Please don't eat us please

Please don't masticate my mother
Please don't dine upon my Dad
And please do not slice up my brother
When you fancy a kebab
Take the lead from our example
Take a leaf out of our book
You might like eating other species
Human beings never would
What's that? Oh well, that's different
No, you can't look in the kitchen

Please don't eat us, we want to be your friends
Not your ingredients

Please don't eat us please
Let's all live in peace
We are not your tea
Please don't eat us please



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Track Name: For The Fate Of The Earth
The Dinosaurs marched out that morning
Their horns and their claws held high
With the armies of the human race
Stood proudly by their side
Then the robots, they hoved into view
Like a great moving city, a city of evil
They knew - Oh they knew
What they had to do

They were caught in
The final confrontation
Facing Total Devastation
Fighting, Fighting for the fate of the earth
For the fate of the earth

The first shot rang out
A Tyrannosaur fell
The human beside him let out a yell
And said " No! No!"
"No surrender, 'til this war is won"
Then with a laser and a mechanical laugh
A giant robot sawed him in half
And said "Ha ha ha ha ha"
"This is going to be fun!"

They were caught in
The final confrontation
Facing Total Devastation
Fighting, Fighting for the fate of the earth
For the fate of the earth

For the Fate Of The Earth
We would lay down our lives
For the Fate Of The Earth
We will stand up and fight
For the Fate Of The Earth
Will be decided Tonight

For the Fate Of The Earth
Man and dinosaur
For the Fate Of The Earth
Will fight like never before
For the Fate Of The Earth
Let loose the Dimetrodons of war

A giant robot, the size of a former Polytechnic's Engineering Building
Drop-kicks an armoured tyrannosaur across the roof-tops of a
burning city
His machine gun spattering the night sky, bellowing as he flies
Then the steel behemoth itself comes under attack
From a combined fleet of enhanced Pterodactyls and human jet
fighters
Screeching missile after missile into its iron hide as it slowly falls to
the street below
Where it narrowly misses a speeding car
Driven by Terry with his Grandad in the passenger seat
Clutching a paper in one hand
A phone in the other
And between them the answer!
Iridium! Iridium!
That's how you get rid of them
That rare, precious metal, that defines the KT boundary,
Which we thought was the meteorite that wiped the Dinosaurs out
But no!
This literature search shows it was the failed final defence of the first
dinosaurs
They ignited volcanoes, to try and send out a blast
Of Death to robots
Iridium is death
Death to robots!

But then his phone reception is gone
As they crash into an Iguanodon
Gone mad with battle, who says
"Yarr! Prepare to be food!"
They try to turn, but find themselves trapped
By a Giant Robot - they're under attack
From both sides now - surely this must be their doom?

Terry looks at his Grandad, and says
"Well we tried" and his Grandad says
"Yes but I'd hoped, all in all“
"That we'd get to the end in one piece"
Then suddenly, racing down the street
Comes his daughter, Terry's mother, the General
And she's riding, oh how she's riding Captain Keith
She stops, climbs down from his back
And says "Iridium? As found in car spark plugs?"
"Oh and look - I've got a Grenade launcher. "
"Ain't that handy?"

They put one inside the other, then the General looks at the robot and
says
"Pick on someone your own size, leave my boys alone!"
And she fires the plug straight into the monster's side.
There's a ball of fire, a scream of pain
As the robot explodes in a hail of metallic rain
Which cuts down the insane iguanodon
Which you may remember was threatening to kill them earlier

They'd been caught in
The final confrontation
Facing Total Devastation
Fighting, fighting for the fate of the earth
For the fate of the earth

And now they've fought in
The final confrontation
Avoided Total Devastation
Fighting, and winning for the fate of the earth
For the fate of the earth



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Track Name: A Little Bit More
You thought that you could beat us because you were so immense
With no fear of tiny dinosaurs and even smaller men
Each one of you thought on your own you could take all of us on
I think it's fair to say that you've been proved completely wrong

We all do a little bit - a little bit of good
And when we're all together then those little bits add up
Let's shout "Hooray" because today we've well and truly proved
That a lot of little bits together make up something huge

So if you do a little bit don't be belittled by
Those who do a lot of nothing that's in any way worthwhile
Let's all get on with our little bits and let's take a little pride
Knowing we are all a little bit of the future of man...
And Dinosaur!
... and Dinosaur-kind!




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Track Name: Theme From Dinosaur Planet (reprise)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! (ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo)
Dinosaur Planet! ( ah-oo)




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