Musical Artifact – ” Love Me Dead ” Ludo

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The acoustic version of this song is amusing and so peppy/funky/rock and rolly, yet looking at the lyrics in black and white it appears a little gruesome… but it is great! take a listen!

Song: Love Me Dead             BAND: LUDO

Love me cancerously
like a salt-sore soaked in the sea.
“High-maintenance” means
you’re a gluttonous queen, narcissistic and mean.
Kill me romantically
Fill my soul with vomit
then ask me for a piece of gum.
Bitter and dumb, you’re my sugarplum
You’re awful, I love you…

She moves through moonbeams slowly
She knows just how to hold me
and when her edges soften
her body is my coffin.
I know she drains me slowly
She wears me down to bones in bed…
must be the sign on my head
it says, “Oh, love me dead!”
Love me dead!

You’re a faith-healer on T.V.
You’re an office park without any trees
corporate and cold
gushing for gold – leave me alone.
You suck so passionately
You’re a parasitic, psycho, filthy creature
finger-bangin’ my heart.
You call me up drunk, does the fun ever start?
You’re hideous… and sexy!

She moves through moonbeams slowly
She knows just how to hold me
and when her edges soften
her body is my coffin.
I know she drains me slowly
She wears me down to bones in bed…
must be the sign on my head
it says, “Oh, love me dead!”
Love me dead!

Wow! Uh!

Love me cancerously
How’s your new boy?
Does he know about me?
You’ve got the mark of the beast.
You’re born of a jackal! You’re beautiful!

She moves through moonbeams slowly
She knows just how to hold me
and when her edges soften
her body is my coffin.
I know she drains me slowly
She wears me down to bones in bed…
Wha’ ’bout this sign on my head
it says, “Oh, love me dead!”
Love me dead!
Love me dead!
Love me dead!
Oh… love me dead!

Image above from Google

FROM Wikipedia


Andrew Volpe with Ludo in Buffalo, NY for Warped tour 2008
Background information
Origin St. Louis, Missouri
Genres Power pop
Pop rock
Geek rock
Labels Redbird Records
Island Records
Website Official Ludo Website
Andrew Volpe
Tim Ferrell
Tim Convy
Adam Brooks
Matt Palermo


Ludo’s origins can be traced to songs written while Andrew Volpe was still in high school at John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri. While sitting in his car in the local Schnucks supermarket parking lot after class, Volpe penned songs that would become some of Ludo’s first, including their local breakout radio hit “Hum Along”.[1] After his sophomore year at Washington University, Volpe decided to form a band with fellow John Burroughs graduate Dave Heltibrand. The two began seeking a guitarist, and Saint Louis University High School graduate Tim Ferrell took them up on the offer while home on break from the University of Notre Dame on summer break.[1] The three adopted the name Ludo after a character in the film Labyrinth.[2]

Heltibrand soon left the band, but lead vocalist Volpe and guitarist Ferrell continued to play occasionally around St. Louis as an acoustic duo. In 2002, Volpe and Ferrell moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, after Ferrell graduated from Notre Dame. Volpe dropped out of Washington University’s music program. Tim Convy, from Saint Louis Priory School, one of Ferrell’s friends from St. Louis, was added to the band after Volpe watched him sing with an 80s cover band in Columbia, Missouri. The three men performed together through early 2003, telling audiences they would return in the fall with a rhythm section and an album.

Ludo posted an ad: “Bassist/drummer needed to help take over world.” Bassist Marshall Fanciullo drove down to Tulsa from Omaha, Nebraska, to audition in summer 2003, and Matt Palermo left community college in Spring, Texas, to join the band on drums.

After playing together for only three weeks, Ludo recorded their self-titled debut album, Ludo, and released it on their own indie label, Redbird Records, in August 2003. Their first show as a full band was at a bar in Indianapolis on August 8, 2003. For the next few years, the band toured extensively with other Midwestern bands, including The Dog and Everything, Anything But Joey and The Primetime Heroes. This exposure brought them moderate indie success.

In 2005, the band returned to the studio to record the EP Broken Bride, a rock opera about a man who travels through time to attempt to save his wife from dying in a car accident in 1989, fighting zombies and pterodactyls along the way. The opening track, “Broken Bride: Part 1,” was a song that originally stood alone before evolving into the full opera.

In recent years, Ludo has put on themed concerts at The Pageant Concert Nightclub in St. Louis and The Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. These include “HalLUDOween,” “A Very Ludo Christmas,” “Ludo Shop of Horrors,” and “Cinco de Mustache,” and are noted for their fun outlook and interactive nature.

Ludo has toured with popular bands such as Relient K, This Providence, House of Heroes, Sing It Loud, The Spill Canvas, and The Presidents of the United States of America. In 2008, the band played on several well-known tours, shows and festivals, such as Warped Tour[3], Lollapalooza[4][5], SXSW[6], Batfest[7], and Pointfest[8].

In October 2006, Ludo signed a five-album deal with Island Records that turned Redbird Records into an Island imprint. Under the deal, the band may release noncommercial material such as Christmas albums or rock operas on the Redbird imprint. In spring 2007, Ludo headed to southern California to record their major label debut with Maroon 5 producer Matt Wallace.

On February 26, 2008, they released their album, You’re Awful, I Love You. The lead single was “Love Me Dead”, a song written in 2004. They made two music videos, an official version and a fan participation video. They performed the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 11, 2008. “Love Me Dead” was adapted into a commercial teaser for the show House,[9] and was #10 on the No. 1 Alternative Countdown on Fuse the week of August 18, 2008.

In November 2008, while on tour in Chicago bassist Marshall Fanciullo was relieved of his duties in the band.[10] He has since been replaced by Adam Brooks, formerly of the Omaha band Anchondo (December 2008 – present).

The band announced on their MySpace that “Ludo” and “Broken Bride” are scheduled to be re-released on September 29, 2009.[11] Ludo is also undertaking a short tour to promote the re-release of “Broken Bride” by playing the EP in its entirety.[11] On this tour’s off-dates, members Tim Ferrell, Tim Convy, Matt Palermo and Adam Brooks will be touring as a side project, “The New Heathers.”

On January 22, 2010, Tim Convy announced on his Facebook that Ludo is currently working on a new album.

Last Heard On     on the Acoustic Sunday Show



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