COLOSSUS (PART TWO: 1994 - 2018)

by Andrew Liles



As my 50th year of existence ends I bring you COLOSSUS PART TWO.

COLOSSUS is an inconceivably massive project that consists of 50 tracks all of which are 50 minutes long.

COLOSSUS PART TWO completes this project.

COLOSSUS PART ONE consists of the first 25 tracks and is also available on this site.

Parts One and Two combined are just short of 42 hours of 'music'.

The 'songs' are extreme, simple, complex, mellow, angular and often surreal adaptations of every single hit from the last 50 years that was at Number One in the UK charts on my birthday.

The music is either in the same key or with the same notes played but in a different order, backwards or inverted. Further music and notation has been added by myself. They are absolutely nothing like the originals.

Additionally, the words to the songs are formed from the lyrics to every Number One hit from the last 50 years. But with a twist.

I have adapted the lyrics by using the William Burroughs cut up method and further changed them to make some kind of structure, but they remain predominantly abstract and nonsensical.

Many thanks to all the narrators who are individually credited on the track titles.

Further thanks to all the listeners, detractors, strangers, friends, foes and all those that were cruel or kind that have faded in and out of my existence. You, in no small way have helped me create this monolith.

Another Happy Birthday to me - here's to 101.

This recording is numerologically accurate and anagrammatically active.


Andrei Tarkovsky called his art “sculpting in time,” but Stalker has the brisk pace of a Tom and Jerry cartoon compared to Andrew Liles’ new mega-album Colossus, a 50 LP box set released in digital form. Liles specializes in improving things, and Colossus is bigger and better music. Not only is it superior to other new records, it is superior to the 50 years of pop history it digests.

Last March, we premiered the first half of Liles’ audio monument to his half-century between heaven and earth: 50 tracks, 50 minutes each, one for every year since 1969. With the arrival of Part Two this month, the 42-hour opus is complete. It’s about three times the length of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, 25 times as long as The Concert for Bangladesh, or 360 times the album version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (irrefragably scrambled in Part One).

The tracks, named after the songs that topped the chart on each of Liles’ birthdays, are original compositions distantly related to the number ones that inspired them—per Liles:

The music is either in the same key or with the same notes played but in a different order, backwards or inverted. Further music and notation has been added by myself. They are absolutely nothing like the originals.

Additionally, the words to the songs are formed from the lyrics to every Number One hit from the last 50 years. But with a twist.

I have adapted the lyrics by using the William Burroughs cut up method and further changed them to make some kind of structure, but they remain predominantly abstract and nonsensical.

Part Two brings us from 1994, represented by Mariah Carey’s “Without You,” to the present, and it is here that Liles really shines, because the hits are so much worse. If you listen to the originals, Celine Dion’s abominable “My Heart Will Go On”—bad enough in 1997-‘98—sounds like a Bach concerto next to what came after: Madonna’s “American Pie,” Westlife’s “Uptown Girl,” Chico’s “It’s Chico Time.” But when pop goes low, Liles goes high. Colossus draws strength from the passage of time that saps and enfeebles the top ten, right through the irresistible one-two combination that closes the album. By the time Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots performs “Shape of You,” named after Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit, and David Tibet narrates “God’s Plan,” after Drake’s supermarket sweep of last year, you may imagine that pop music is Tom Skerritt’s character in Alien, cocooned and begging for death, and Colossus is the muscular, merciful Sigourney Weaver who sets him on fire.

There is a lesson here for despairing pop fans: dross can be transformed into solid gold! All you have to do to make an Ed Sheeran song listenable is remove all of Ed Sheeran’s contributions to it, find a better Edward to sing it, and radically rewrite the music and lyrics. Then set it on fire. You can keep the original title, no problem.


released March 11, 2019

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Track Name: Without You (Narration by John Doran)
You only anymore.
What living is If You But I but I you but live If or leaving smile no that's that can't I I let it the let I the story I I without sorrow I shows Your is give know eyes I you goes I there can't can't I I give were without no of anymore Your shows tomorrow sorrow live evening your anymore always Yes you know is I live can't I anymore your I now you had without your think can't live as is were all in it's evening it can't no forget If You give shows should No but anymore can't live or If fair No goes face No can't can't I living face can't smile sorrow the guess this you can't live can't give leaving is I way you living eyes I in I your can't live as you can't live can't I I the Well just can't can't without I way you should give my But go you I can't Yes then you without I always story that's guess When just forget If I living give When And shows can't live live this forget living.
Track Name: Think Twice (Narration by James Worse)
Do light or say door
You that close
Before those say my faith halfway
Door always twice

Look to a ground
Sure you something, Baby
You out to you
Back before thinking

You cries serious memory
You everything
Life dice
Before Baby

Feel part before getting this
You eyes halfway baby
Think about close roll
What life?

You look distant life
That depends sweetest
I roll twice
Those about you leave

Don't serious storm
Roll serious when my about
My thinking back
Before what fire?

Dice can't dice thinking
Look there's twice door
Easy on you
You don't whatever

What it takes down
Be of a for you be life
You're us tonight
Say of soul me

Higher wrong Baby
sacrifice, think or...
Track Name: How Deep Is Your Love (Narration by M S Waldron)
May I?
Your need
My summer soul
How far?

Living world deep
Deep sun
Oh deep, me deep

World down
You fools
Pouring light

Eyes, hand, think
We belong down deep
Really deep
You're in

Learn, feel
When fools touch
Breaking you, you, you
Fall, believe
Deep morning

Darkest moment
Should you learn love?
The arms deepest you down

Inside living life
We need fools
You're rain really
Me and a door

Breaking all love
Inside is you, in world light
Track Name: Mama (Narration by Bobbie Watson)
A sense crossed
Mean eyes
True responsibility

I think now
You never know
Friend to a friend

Catching me
Shouldn't care
Become my enemy

I never friend
So time true
So I let my loving Mama

Why you?
You was
Ashamed love

I did little
You're guaranteed me... Mama
Track Name: My Heart Will Go On (Narration by Sylvie Mae Smith)
The lifetime you open
You, last night
This does
I touch distance

Open, when nothing
More across
Feel heart
On and on

You spaces
My door
Stay near, far
My dreams

Once loved
More fear
Hold one, wherever and go-go
That go love

Know time
Once believe
In here on far
Come forever

Show you're heart
Near gone here
Go always
Safe life

Wherever you see
Love door
Never heart
Time, us

Between the true
Track Name: When The Going Gets Tough (Narration by Jon Seagroat)
Do tell going loving
The tough can hold slow
Rough mountain touch

The coming climb
I'm the Never
Ready nothing

Fashion price going can deliver
I'll hold tough, do any swim
The willing track

And touch the want track
The rough touch dream
Reach ticket motion

Get the river feel
Slow want
I'm back darling

Going the coming

Touch it myself
Track Name: American Pie (Narration by Jean-Hervé Peron)
Believe the rhythm.
Happy we die.
That whiskey turned pink.
Mortal father. Boys smile.
Kicked the teenage singing.
Church slow and truck carnation.
Lovers up drinking now die singing.
Lonely music and streets.

This'll dry your faith.
If I can make whiskey... can God?
Poets remember the old boys souls.
Singing had died, long I cried.

I dreamed the most while people drove the whiskey train.
I screamed before men and children.
All died. Make the holy real.
The Miss American Ghost.

Drinking, rock singing.
Old you, started singing that dry die good rye music.
Sacred bible and broken singing.
I started my dancing years.
Track Name: Uptown Girl (Narration by Maniac)
Now time
Her uptown never
And as I'm her, blood girl never can downtown

She'll bet white pearls
She's anyone street girl
You see my ship uptown

Her girl, uptown, mine
Long living wakes mind
Someday maybe I can't

Understand my win
Because looking with blood I'm living
She's high. That's anyone

Track Name: Anything Is Possible (Narration by James Worse)
When flying
Even see high
Rain high

This flying
I see my doubt
My sky faith

Possible, imagine, never
Never high
I'll doubt

Wind mind this impossible
Wings possible grace
It's that impossible?

Told alone you
You Reaching
The made strangers

Flying again
Your will is reaching

It's high, can you?
Impossible follow dream
Believe baby

I'm here
Possible front feeling believed
Possible If eternity flying

Anyone is me changed
I'm moment
When flying
Track Name: Beautiful (Narration by Bobbie Watson)
Can't beautiful
Don't wonderful
We go, we say down
Sun bring the way

You're me today
Don't bring me words to matter
Down in the pain

Trying mistakes
Always consumed matter
Bring that everywhere down
So words

Don't so, no sun
No might of the ashamed beautiful
Doom inside
The down me

I'm Words
So all awake
Today in the now
Oh they, today

You're insecure
Oh everywhere emptiness
Single, beautiful, delirious, words
Tomorrow you can't say "Us"

All undone
Single tune words
Can't look down
Will we puzzle you?
Track Name: Toxic (Narration by John Doran)
Ready think addicted
Oh you're taste you're
Escape slippin' now think toxic?
Down on poison
Lips love
I'm give loving

Under you paradise
It's Intoxicate
Your'e that under taking
You're feel
Know poison and love

Now now ride
Losin' me you're toxic?
Dangerous head slippin'

Addicted lips poison
Come feel toxic

Taste it
Do you wear your sip

Spinnin' took addicted toxic

Paradise warning
Devil's high lips Baby
It's Slowly
You're that guy
A toxic
Track Name: Dakota (Narration by Brian Poole aka Renaldo M)
Like back like
One now up
You drinking
Talk thinking

Now made end
We didn't don't
Me, me coffee like me, me

The wake
The feel
Never laughs

Since the remembering
Look for some gum
Meet the call

June head drinking
You don't take
Laying back

Talk again made one
So feel was go feel
Was why feel?

One me
Look one, feel look
Take June about summertime

I like drinking
It made juice
Made we

Drinking car
The grass laughs

Happened now
Feel life chewing you

Since the remembering
Look for some gum
Track Name: It's Chico Time (Narration by Edward Ka-Spel)
It's up if out
Never out
Erotic feels delirious

You hang and get go
Up exotic scream and in front
Time to shout "Life"

Don't scream
Go going, it's back go
Life time serious

Time everybody, time
Mirror Chico, take all you can
Go take serious nothing time

Get life, remember bad
Don't smile, get delirious
Face don't realise

You fantasise party serious
Shake like delirious
It's sometimes better hypnotic
Track Name: Shine (Narration by Jon Seagroat)
Have me smile
Open your face down
Don't feel clear

Let coming change figure
Surprise yourself

All matters stop when trying good eyes
Hard anticipation
Come out demons

Everything round hole
Health pushing
Show light

Star time

Track Name: Mercy (Narration by Bobbie Watson)
Would I love you good?
For mercy
Playing games, morals me?

Don't release you
Begging, this begging
Need my release

"What spell" I said
Why mercy begging man?
True knew knees

You got under me
You release me, begging, begging
Hand release

Why you?
Now you won't
Better mercy

Down it
Under release
Just got you begging

Stop begging
I'm me

Think mercy
Take me
Track Name: Right Round (Narration by M S Waldron)
Mama whatever!
Gopher king, beautiful swagger
Just dance round jewellery
Control my fans

You women bottles
Fade watchin', move spendin'
No right rubber
Got money nothin'

When spin down go castles
Watch belong head top
You down head
Get ballin' money

Stoppin' down you found
Roll the spin at the go down
Down my bank you go
No dirty paid spin go go go

People from maximum
You throwin' round right round
Right on be right
She of Platinum

Go pockets
Go right down up roll
Goodie down cotty control
You makin' down found

When round of wage mind
That down man down drink
Benjamin mouth my grands
It's the beautiful go

You down pole head
Damn money
It's Cajun places
It's my Somebody got me down

Me nothin'
You right blazin' round top walk
No touchin' homies
Gun out

My down models
Money asses
Hop head patron
She go closer?
Track Name: Pass Out (Narration by Madeleine Rae Smith)
Morning king
Bring the track
We walk my clothes

The on man. Rain tonight down South
Let’s bet. Cards never fly
Hello light. A celebration

We hit mum
Fester. My tomorrow nobody
Extraordinary heart. Let it pour star cars

Come gazing to stars
I’m a hit. Used necklace for toast kicks
We branch bigger

Glass laying baby
Let the Concord
Cards rain, raving

Won’t it audio Prince?
Wild drive. We say this
We ain’t home until we walk

Visual collection
Fresher rain, more celebration
You good?

Drama shocks my uncle
Disturbing. Apologise
Check bulbs

Crazy women go out alone
I’ve a DJ groupie
I have her child now
Track Name: Someone Like You (Narration by Sylvie Mae Smith)
Mind sometimes
Someone yesterday
The married I like best

Nothing of summer compares
Uninvited hide
Find hate

Nothing from you now
We couldn't sometimes
Haze face

Never fight
I'll Never
But the never lasts

Born said instead
Guess in two
The don't like

Things, hurts
It found the it
I'll remember

I remember shy?
My time
I beg sometimes

You love
Lasts light nothing
Instead hurts

The hate fight worries
You remember girl
Memories remember blue

I surprise
Blue love dreams the uninvited
Regrets forget mistakes

Settled time
I'll stay
Glory hoped it bittersweet
Track Name: Somebody That I Used To Know (Narration by Madeleine Rae Smith)
Hung somebody
Records somebody
Somebody always
I say nothing

But didn't I?
Now number stranger

No you
Believing friends
But you collect the used

Reading somebody
Now me
When I stoop
Stranger company

I end you
But you don't low
I so right
Live ache treat

So every happened
Times know sense
Somebody know nothing
Admit even change
Track Name: Mirrors (Narration by Benjamin Louche)
Wanna fight?
My, my it's trying
Easy mystery
See the mirror space
Once promise

Lose you
Reflections face
Love my back
Hand can't promise
You're a right feel

Show me anyone
Figured looking back
Always in staring love
I'm you, merely looking
Aren't you bigger?

Half that baby
Bigger in vacancy
Strong baby assembled
Hold shine
Gotta hand fight

Look, glare back
I back now
You're my soul
Tell my song
Yesterday parallel

Goodbye easy life
Baby of bigger
You hold staring soul mirror
Reflect my reflections
Reflect reflection

Like everything glass
Half is reflection
Track Name: My Love (Narration by Sylvie Mae Smith)
My above
My stay
Touch to my with my
My up warmth
My close touch close
Warmth with above
My made my
My touch
My above close
Baby love
Love warmth
Stay the warmth of touch
Love touch close
Touch warmth
Baby above
Up above with my baby
Track Name: King (Narration by M S Waldron)
A test control
Let oh wanna wanna
I let courage oh oh
Down had don’t

I wait let cover cover
Was on oh under
Wait let Oh Oh
Watching let oh

Hold being go courage
Go to myself feel oh
They chest and like
So go got me name

Let’s like let
Don’t and Let go
Let’s let control
Don’t remember

Down break how oh
Let I've like so oh
All tonight to from oh
Out to go feel, I Oh oh

You was your lose oh
Oh compromised fight caught
I have to test tonight
Take and cut oh everything

Leave high
Let feel me me to to
And under you it don’t, don’t
I’ve another oh me I go oh

Oh to I go lose a behind everything
You take tonight
To me keep admission
And dreamed go keep

Go wanna go high
Light let that dreamed
Go try compromised
No oh, love was go you’ve of go

I control fight king
Track Name: 7 Years (Narration by Madeleine Rae Smith)
Quicker children
Wrote twenty
Seven seeking
Go was bigger

Big drinking years
Old boys stories
Daddy woman
Stories, years, herb years

Rich failure
Smoking liquor
Never pushing
Smallest sing

Soon twenty, still me
Old limits
Leave thought
Sixty learning seven

Cold old years
Soon my story glory
Always sixty, my sorry
Roaming years

Steady me
I'm learning better
Once lonely for a world
I really remember voices

Warm big life
Eleven years
Before writing songs
Lonely sun morning
I was me, sixty burning, warm
Track Name: Shape Of You (Narration by Edward Ka-Spel)
I like jukebox
We give trust
Follow a handmade van
Just body follow

I smell a mind singing
Falling sour, I'm okay
We push table love
Bed sheets do something
We talk

New taxi smell
Crazy magnet shots
Discovering thrifty love baby
Falling on my room
Conversation in your new body

Shape drinking love
Play with the love
Brand lover
I follow day
Eat me

Something was love
Let's love your best
First find slow like lead
Driver chance that day

I'll say "dance"
Come pull, I'm night
Push on my day
Radio love
I'm love with a body magnet story

Body plate discovering boy
Kiss club
I'm discovering love on a body
Push my heart mind
Fill love shape body
I'm over
Track Name: God's Plan (Narration by David Tibet)
My North got go
Still for do
Don’t die
Someone love me different me

Wishin' shit Southside
Without O' Scarlett
It's down bad
Her a dog

Sometimes I keep hard
Imagine momma side
God's things
That know it

Own trouble
Plan bring and things
40 pull you things. Tell 6
On me bed

They feel bad partly
Shit me
Bad things
Wishin' me wishin'

Me story fifty
Might I dub it sometimes
God's sorry side
You brothers wishin'

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