Temptation

Temptation

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BACKGROUND

Temptation’ speaks to the all-consuming power of relentless desire.” ~Jeff Martin

Temptation is a turning point for the band as it is harder and more aggressive than any other song before. Although it isn’t the first song which was written for the album, it’s the album opener with the saz intro, before the hard drums hit the scene. Temptation attuned the listeners to what they had to expect in the following a harder and louder Tea Party. The lyrics were inspired by “Jeff’s personal excesses and late nights” (Stuart Chatwood) . Temptation was the first single release of the album and first video.

SPECIAL FACTS:

  • It’s not quite clear whether Rhys Fulber was considering producing the album. Rhys Fulber remembers it like this: “I am not totally sure about that story exactly but I was in Jeff’s room hearing “Transmission” in its demo stages. I think EMI thought I could help them with the electronics but Jeff seemed to have it under control when I was there“. But in the end he made a remix of Temptation, which was released as a B-Side on the Triptych(!)-Tour Edition.
  • An instrumental of this song was used in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.
  • Also, this song was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Road Rash 3D.
  • Additionally, this song was a track on the EA Sports NHL 2002 video game soundtrack.
  • The song is covered by Nevermore and released as bonus song on their album The Obsidian Conspiracy
  • This song is The Tea Party’s only US Chart entry (US Billboard Active Rock Chart #36.
  • There is a sped-up sample of Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks’ in the first few seconds. Listen here.

LYRICS

Driven by restrained desire
I want what I need
Shaking as her sex takes hold
I’ve lost all control

Drowning in a sea of rage
I taste the embrace
Helpless as it steals my soul
I’ve lost all control

We exist in a world where the fear of illusion is real
And we cling to the past to deny and confuse the ideal
Once inside, we conceive and believe in a god we can’t feel

Destined by a fate so cruel
And drugged to delight
I’m laughing as the lies unfold
I’ve lost all control

Temptation
It never lets me down
Temptation
One foot in the ground
Temptation
You satisfy my soul
Temptation
I’ve lost all control

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BACKGROUND

Temptation’ speaks to the all-consuming power of relentless desire.” ~Jeff Martin

Temptation is a turning point for the band as it is harder and more aggressive than any other song before. Although it isn’t the first song which was written for the album, it’s the album opener with the saz intro, before the hard drums hit the scene. Temptation attuned the listeners to what they had to expect in the following a harder and louder Tea Party. The lyrics were inspired by “Jeff’s personal excesses and late nights” (Stuart Chatwood) . Temptation was the first single release of the album and first video.

SPECIAL FACTS:

  • It’s not quite clear whether Rhys Fulber was considering producing the album. Rhys Fulber remembers it like this: “I am not totally sure about that story exactly but I was in Jeff’s room hearing “Transmission” in its demo stages. I think EMI thought I could help them with the electronics but Jeff seemed to have it under control when I was there“. But in the end he made a remix of Temptation, which was released as a B-Side on the Triptych(!)-Tour Edition.
  • An instrumental of this song was used in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.
  • Also, this song was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Road Rash 3D.
  • Additionally, this song was a track on the EA Sports NHL 2002 video game soundtrack.
  • The song is covered by Nevermore and released as bonus song on their album The Obsidian Conspiracy
  • This song is The Tea Party’s only US Chart entry (US Billboard Active Rock Chart #36.
  • There is a sped-up sample of Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks’ in the first few seconds. Listen here.

LYRICS

Driven by restrained desire
I want what I need
Shaking as her sex takes hold
I’ve lost all control

Drowning in a sea of rage
I taste the embrace
Helpless as it steals my soul
I’ve lost all control

We exist in a world where the fear of illusion is real
And we cling to the past to deny and confuse the ideal
Once inside, we conceive and believe in a god we can’t feel

Destined by a fate so cruel
And drugged to delight
I’m laughing as the lies unfold
I’ve lost all control

Temptation
It never lets me down
Temptation
One foot in the ground
Temptation
You satisfy my soul
Temptation
I’ve lost all control

Temptation

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VIDEO

Temptation was shot in a huge, old water tank. Complimentary to the electronically tinged music of “Transmission”, the video was shot in cool blue and grey colours.

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Director: Tryan George
Year: 1997
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Temptation- Singles

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{...COMMERCIAL and PROMO SINGLES... }

Temptation

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AUSTRALIAN RADIO SINGLE +2

Description:
The Tea Party
Temptation + 2
Commercial CD Single
7243 8 84161 2 2
Australia

Commercial release
Slimline Picture Sleeve
[ Jewel Box – slimline ]

Tracks:
Disc 1:
Temptation 3:25,
The River ( Alhambra Tour ) 5:11,
Pulse 4:09

Temptation

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PPROMO CD SINGLE+2, CANADA

Description:
The Tea Party
Temptation + 2
Promo CD Single
DPRO 1549
Canada

[ Jewel Box – standard ]

Tracks:
Disc 1:
Temptation –
The Edit ( 2:36 ),
The Single ( 3:25 )
Call Out Research Hook ( 0:10 )

Temptation

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PPROMO CD SINGLE+1, CANADA

Description:
The Tea Party
Temptation + 1
DPRO 1579
Canada
Promo Only

[ Jewel Box – standard ]

Tracks:
Disc 1:
Temptation –
Edited Version ( 2:45 ),
Temptation ( 3:29 )

New Radio Mix by
Tom Lord Alge

Temptation

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TEMPTATION+1 – PROMO CD SINGLE – Canda

Description:
The Tea Party
Temptation + 1
DPRO 1554
Canada

Promo Only
Front & Back Picture Sleeve
[ Jewel Box – standard ]

Tracks:
Disc 1:
Temptation –
The Edit ( 2:36 ),
The Single ( 3:25 )

Temptation

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TEMPTATION+1 – PROMO CD SINGLE – U.S.

Description:
The Tea Party
Temptation + 1
PRCD 8193-2
United States​

Promo Only – retail
Generic Back Picture Sleeve
[ Jewel Box – standard ]

Tracks:
Disc 1:
Temptation -Edit ( 2:45 ),
Temptation ( 3:29 )

Temptation

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TEMPTATION+1 – PROMO CD SINGLE – U.S.

Description:
The Tea Party
Temptation + 1
PRCD 8192
United States​

Promo Only – retail
Generic Back Picture Sleeve
[ Jewel Box – standard ]

Tracks:
Disc 1:
Temptation -Edit ( 2:45 ),
Temptation ( 3:29 )

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