The Cosmic Adventures of ManBoy

by Mike Daly & The Planets

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Since 1991, Mike Daly has been the lead singer and principal songwriter for New Jersey-based power-pop stalwarts, Every Damn Day. In 2008, with EDD on hiatus, Daly embarked on a solo recording and performing project designed to feature an ever-evolving and revolving cast of musicians. The result is Mike Daly & The Planets, which for this release featured members of Daly’s bar band of the same name – Jim Van Sickle (bass/organ), Jim “Smitty” Smith (drums), and Tim Gillespie (lead guitar) – as well as Mike’s brother Chuck Daly (lead guitar) and brother-in-law Charlie Moeller (piano), and Smitty’s daughter, Amy Marie Smith (acoustic guitar/violin). The band’s debut 4-song EP, "The Cosmic Adventures of ManBoy," was released internationally in August 2010 on Daly's independent label, Pop Goes The World. The title was partially inspired by a quote from the 2005 film, Fever Pitch: "You're like a man-boy: half man, half boy." Daly elaborates that he imagined "ManBoy" as "sort of a superhero whose primary power is his ability to remain young at heart despite myriad adversities." The EP's lead track, "No Simple Task," describes how people knowingly and unknowingly save each other's lives every day. "Follow You" rocks to the pounding pulse of instant attraction. The incendiary "Broken" finds a man at his breaking point over people who haven't lived up to his expectations. Last but certainly not least, "Mikey's Lament" is a rollicking blues/rock number in which our hero voices concern that "time might be running out" for him to achieve his major life goals. In a review of "The Cosmic Adventures of ManBoy" for the New Jersey-based music newspaper, The Aquarian Weekly, critic Mike Greenblatt raved: "Four songs. 13 minutes. All muscle. Not a second of fat."

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released August 8, 2010

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jim Van Sickle at The Jerk Store, Haledon, NJ. Produced by Mike Daly and Jim Van Sickle for Pop Goes The World, LLC.

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Mike Daly & The Planets Hawthorne, New Jersey

Mike Daly & The Planets are a veteran power-pop group based in New Jersey, USA. The band released their debut EP, “The Cosmic Adventures of ManBoy,” in 2010. They made their live debut opening for The Smithereens in 2011. Their self-titled first album was issued in 2017 to rave reviews. For 3 straight years (2016-18), they’ve been chosen to play the International Pop Overthrow Festival in NYC. ... more

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Track Name: No Simple Task
How’d ya like to save my life
From a fate worse than living?
How’d ya like to grab the knife
That’s been jammed into my back?

I would like to strike a bargain
If you think it’s worth the time
I would gladly save your life
If only you’d save mine

How’d ya like to be the one
To help me find my purpose?
How’d ya like to grab the gun
I’ve been holding to my head?

‘Cause I think we’ve both been sinking
For the longest time
But I would gladly save your life
If only you’d save mine

And I know it’s no simple task
And perhaps too much to ask
But I think I’m worth saving

How’d ya like to come along
And show me something better?
How’d ya like to right the wrong
That I just can’t seem to shake?

I would proudly trade this poison
For the finest wine
And I would gladly save your life
If only you’d same mine

And I know it’s no simple task
And perhaps too much to ask
But I think you’re worth saving

© 2005 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Follow You
Somehow
Something
Sucked the air out of the room
Can't catch
My breath
And it's all because of you
And I can't help thinking
As you walk away that I would
Follow you
Anywhere
Call a cop on me, I don't care
'Cause you're young and sweet
And almost innocent
Nothing short of magnificent

Somehow
Something
Took complete control of me
I'd walk
Over
But I've been knocked clean off my feet
Though I'm sure that I could
Summon the strength I'd need to
Follow you
Anywhere
Throw a rock at me, I don't care
’Cause when God made woman
You were what he meant
Nothing short of magnificent

And every man and woman in the room
Is singing your tune

I would
Follow you
Anywhere
Put a pox on me, I don't care
'Cause you're young and sweet
And almost innocent
Nothing short of magnificent

Copyright 2004 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Broken
I've got no more dreams to share, I've plum run out
And though you said you cared, I’ve always had my doubts
Now you can't strangle my faith ’cause it’s already chokin’
And you can't break a heart that's already broken

I've got no sanity to spare, that well's run dry
And that might account for the wild look in my eye
People come up to me and say, "Hey, man, what you been smokin'?"
And I say "You can't break a man who's already broken"

So slice me, dice me, flush my soul down the drain
It don't matter none ’cause I'm already numb to the pain
You can slap me and shake me but you ain't gonna wake me from this
'Cause I've been done in, stung by a poisonous kiss

I’ve got no more patience left, so spare me your tears
Don’t tell me you’ve found your conscience after all these years
You can't take back your words, they've already been spoken
And you can't break a heart that's already broken

So whip me, beat me, chain my body to the wall
Make me watch while you and your lover do it all
Then pull my head back by the hair and throw salt in my eyes
But first you'll have dig me out from under an avalanche of lies

I've no longer got the floor, I've used up my time
It's just one more case where the punishment don't fit the crime
And if you think this is justice, I tell ya, you must be jokin'
But you can't break a man who's already broken

Copyright 2005 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Mikey's Lament
I'm keenly aware of time bearing down on me
I'm keenly aware of time bearing down on me
I've been looking all my life
For a woman to be my wife
And I'm keenly aware of time bearing down on me

I'm keenly aware that I ain't got no time to waste
I'm keenly aware that I ain't got no time to waste
I've been dreaming all my days
Of a child that I could raise
And I'm keenly aware of time bearing down on me

I'm keenly aware that time might be running out
I'm keenly aware that time might be running out
And the more I'm forced to wait
The more I feel it might be too late
And I'm keenly aware of time bearing down on me

Copyright 2009 Michael Daly (ASCAP)

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