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''''Venus of the Hardsell'''' is the only single that [[Mucous Membrane]], [[John Constantine]]'s punk band, ever released. It was written by him and [[Gary Lester]] and released in 1978, by 'Snot Music record label.
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''''Venus of the Hardsell'''' is the only single that [[Mucous Membrane]], [[John Constantine]]'s punk band, ever released. It was written by John and [[Gary Lester]] and released in 1978, by 'Snot Music record label. The lyrics and video for the song were printed in [[Hellblazer Annual 1]], written by [[Jamie Delano]] with art by [[Dean Motter]].
   
===Lyrics===
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In 2006, fans of Hellblazer (including [https://www.reverbnation.com/spiderlegs Spiderlegs] , a poster on the fan forum ''[http://hellblazer.ipbhost.com Straight to Hell]'') created a rough version of the song. Upon hearing the song, [[Jamie Delano]] remarked, 'Thanks for the [https://www.reverbnation.com/store/view_item_album/artist_373405?item_id=1777280 MP3] . I enjoyed the rendition. Very authentic late 'seventies atmosphere. Almost made me nostalgic.' [http://hellblazer.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=51&st=1120]
The lyrics, as printed in [[Hellblazer Annual 1]] and - in reality - written by [[Jamie Delano]], follow.
 
   
Love, adventure death and glory
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Another user on the'' [http://hellblazer.ipbhost.com Straight to Hell]'' forum, Slinker , made a [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y44dN556Uog YouTube video] of the song from the images [[Dean Motter]] drew for the video in the [[Hellblazer Annual 1]].
The short goodbye
 
The whispered story
 
One last glance at the chameleon dance
 
And into the dark across the park
 
   
I ain't no mark for the Venus of the Hardsell
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==Lyrics==
(Say it)
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[[image:Hardsell1.jpg|thumb|alt=John Constantine singing into a microphone|John Constantine from the 'Venus of the Hardsell' video]]
I ain't no mark for the Venus of the Hardsell
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Love, adventure death and glory<br />
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The short goodbye<br />
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The whispered story<br />
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One last glance at the chameleon dance<br />
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And into the dark across the park<br />
   
Saints and sinners, new beginners
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I ain't no mark for the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
Lipstick traces and TV dinners
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(Say it)<br />
Cigarsmoke bars and expensive new cars
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I ain't no mark for the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
The acapulco dive and the media jive
 
   
They all survive for the Venus of the Hardsell
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Saints and sinners, new beginners<br />
(Know it)
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Lipstick traces and TV dinners<br />
They all survive for the Venus of the Hardsell
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Cigarsmoke bars and expensive new cars<br />
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The acapulco dive and the media jive<br />
   
Empty graves and shallow heads
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They all survive for the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
Shallow smiles and empty beds
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(Know it)<br />
Betta get a room without a view
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They all survive for the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
Sail out of sight of land
 
   
Momma won't like it but you should
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Empty graves and shallow heads<br />
Travel with a roughneck crew
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Shallow smiles and empty beds<br />
Listen out for all that's said
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Betta get a room without a view<br />
Just worry when the hounds aren't fed
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Sail out of sight of land<br />
(Gotta)
 
Worry when the hounds aren't fed
 
   
'Cos one mutt yaps and the pack starts baying
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Momma won't like it but you should<br />
Blood for the gods it's cheaper than praying
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Travel with a roughneck crew<br />
Soldier-boys die but Superman still flies
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Listen out for all that's said<br />
Violent days - it's a permanent craze
 
   
It never pays to love the Venus of the Hardsell
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Just worry when the hounds aren't fed<br />
(Leave it)
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(Gotta)<br />
Don't screw around with the Venus of the Hardsell
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Worry when the hounds aren't fed<br />
   
There're new uniforms at the church bazaar
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[[image:Hardsell2.jpg|thumb|alt=A rocket flying to the moon with images of Venus on either side|Still from the 'Venus of the Hardsell' video]]
Fanatics've got the rising star
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'Cos one mutt yaps and the pack starts baying<br />
Past the billboard bride troops the national pride
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Blood for the gods it's cheaper than praying<br />
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Soldier-boys die but Superman still flies<br />
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Violent days - it's a permanent craze<br />
   
It's all supplied by the Venus of the Hardsell
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It never pays to love the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
(Frig it)
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(Leave it)<br />
It's all supplied by the Venus of the Hardsell
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Don't screw around with the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
   
Nixon's names left on the moon
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There're new uniforms at the church bazaar<br />
Where Apollo's masons called the tune
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Fanatics got the rising star<br />
To cast their influence from above
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Thin dark streets ring with marching men's feet<br />
And damn all lunacy and love
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Past the billboard bride troops the national pride<br />
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It's all supplied by the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
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(Fuck it!)<br />
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It's all supplied by the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
   
You know they made her the Venus of the Hardsell
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Nixon's names left on the moon<br />
(Raped her)
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Where Apollo's masons called the tune<br />
You know they made her the Venus of the Hardsell
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To cast their influence from above<br />
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And damn all lunacy and love<br />
   
They're winning momma and it's getting dark
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You know they made her the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
D'you think there's time to build an ark?
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(Raped her)<br />
Tomorrow's a fiction, yesterday's a lie
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You know they made her the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
I had a friend stuck his works in his eye
 
Perhaps he'll die?
 
   
I wonder why we don't cry for the Venus of the Hardsell
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They're winning momma and it's getting dark<br />
Don't sigh for the Venus of the Hardsell
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D'you think there's time to build an ark?<br />
Don't lie for the Venus of the Hardsell
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Tomorrow's a fiction, yesterday's a lie<br />
Don't die for the Venus of the Hardsell
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I had a friend stuck his works in his eye<br />
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Perhaps he'll die?<br />
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I wonder why we don't cry for the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
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Don't sigh for the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
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Don't lie for the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
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Don't die for the Venus of the Hardsell<br />
 
Free her and live
 
Free her and live
 
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Latest revision as of 08:43, November 30, 2016

Venus of the Hard Sell by Mucous Membrane

Venus of the Hard Sell by Mucous Membrane

'Venus of the Hardsell' is the only single that Mucous Membrane, John Constantine's punk band, ever released. It was written by John and Gary Lester and released in 1978, by 'Snot Music record label. The lyrics and video for the song were printed in Hellblazer Annual 1, written by Jamie Delano with art by Dean Motter.

In 2006, fans of Hellblazer (including Spiderlegs , a poster on the fan forum Straight to Hell) created a rough version of the song. Upon hearing the song, Jamie Delano remarked, 'Thanks for the MP3 . I enjoyed the rendition. Very authentic late 'seventies atmosphere. Almost made me nostalgic.' [1]

Another user on the Straight to Hell forum, Slinker , made a YouTube video of the song from the images Dean Motter drew for the video in the Hellblazer Annual 1.

LyricsEdit

John Constantine singing into a microphone

John Constantine from the 'Venus of the Hardsell' video

Love, adventure death and glory
The short goodbye
The whispered story
One last glance at the chameleon dance
And into the dark across the park

I ain't no mark for the Venus of the Hardsell
(Say it)
I ain't no mark for the Venus of the Hardsell

Saints and sinners, new beginners
Lipstick traces and TV dinners
Cigarsmoke bars and expensive new cars
The acapulco dive and the media jive

They all survive for the Venus of the Hardsell
(Know it)
They all survive for the Venus of the Hardsell

Empty graves and shallow heads
Shallow smiles and empty beds
Betta get a room without a view
Sail out of sight of land

Momma won't like it but you should
Travel with a roughneck crew
Listen out for all that's said

Just worry when the hounds aren't fed
(Gotta)
Worry when the hounds aren't fed

A rocket flying to the moon with images of Venus on either side

Still from the 'Venus of the Hardsell' video

'Cos one mutt yaps and the pack starts baying
Blood for the gods it's cheaper than praying
Soldier-boys die but Superman still flies
Violent days - it's a permanent craze

It never pays to love the Venus of the Hardsell
(Leave it)
Don't screw around with the Venus of the Hardsell

There're new uniforms at the church bazaar
Fanatics got the rising star
Thin dark streets ring with marching men's feet
Past the billboard bride troops the national pride
It's all supplied by the Venus of the Hardsell
(Fuck it!)
It's all supplied by the Venus of the Hardsell

Nixon's names left on the moon
Where Apollo's masons called the tune
To cast their influence from above
And damn all lunacy and love

You know they made her the Venus of the Hardsell
(Raped her)
You know they made her the Venus of the Hardsell

They're winning momma and it's getting dark
D'you think there's time to build an ark?
Tomorrow's a fiction, yesterday's a lie
I had a friend stuck his works in his eye
Perhaps he'll die?

I wonder why we don't cry for the Venus of the Hardsell
Don't sigh for the Venus of the Hardsell
Don't lie for the Venus of the Hardsell
Don't die for the Venus of the Hardsell
Free her and live

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