Lyrics: Champion Sound (Fatboy Slim)

Here’s another case of hard to find lyrics for a Fatboy Slim song. Previously I had transcribed the lyrics for the Fatboy Slim version of The Joker because the lyrics sites had just copied over the lyrics for the original version which was quite incomplete.

On the “Why Try Harder” album there are two new songs, “Champion Sound” and “That Old Pair of Jeans”. There’s acceptable lyrics available on line for the latter, but I couldn’t find any lyrics at all for “Champion Sound”. My CD’s liner notes has lyrics for it (in English and Japanese!) but only the first eight lines of it.

Here is my work in progress for the lyrics to “Champion Sound”. I’m pretty sure it’s at least 90% correct. Suggestions welcome!

(2016-06-18: fixed the line “They they they botch time zones around the world and” almost 10 years on…)

Artist: Fatboy Slim featuring Lateef
Song: Champion Sound
Album: Why Try Harder

Anybody lost looking to get found
Know it when they hear the champion sound
Works like a magnet on the people all around
Know it when they hear the champion sound

Anybody loving music up in your town
Know it when they hear the champion sound
Love it when they hear the champion sound
Need it when they hear the champion: “Watch Out!”

We’ve made tragedy, ripped up sporadically and (4X)

Gimme ride at the party with the bump full of Pearl (3X)

You can’t remain hit and we detect your identity

Anybody lost looking to get found
Know it when they hear the champion sound
Works like a magnet on the people all around
Know it when they hear the champion sound

Anybody loving music up in your town
Know it when they hear the champion sound
Love it when they hear the champion sound
Need it when they hear the champion: “Look Out!”

They they they botch time zones around the world and (4X)

And her true women they cried gradually (3X)

Do your soul grow by holding no rock

Anybody lost looking to get found
Know it when they hear the champion sound
Works like a magnet on the people all around
Know it when they hear the champion sound

Anybody loving music up in your town
Know it when they hear the champion sound
Love it when they hear the champion sound
Need it when they hear the champion

Bugger back to collect the due wanted by (2X)

And then whoever try to disrespect a mighty good time
Or a mighty good rhyme with a fight for the mind
Present at time or let me line flex
Listen and rewind it rebel pirates band at highest

Try this skit trampled by the stampeding feet of the fans
in the crowd screaming: “Yo, that’s Lateef! MaROON!”
That boy Slim on the tune
Rally round it if you’re strong
Throw your arms to the moon, c’mon

Anybody lost looking to get found
Know it when they hear the champion sound
Works like a magnet on the people all around
Know it when they hear the champion sound

Anybody loving music up in your town
Know it when they hear the champion sound
Love it when they hear the champion sound
Need it when they hear the champion: “Watch Out!”

Grand Opening Sale

Yesterday was our Grand Opening Celebration Sale. Our promotion was a buy one get one free sale on footlong sandwiches, though we allowed it for 6 inch sandwiches, deli sandwiches and salads as well for those who requested it. Anyways, here’s what we went through yesterday:

598 Footlong sandwiches
35 6-Inch sandwiches
5 Deli sandwiches
3 Salads

Total of 641 ‘units’.

Or in other words, a week’s worth of volume in one day. It was, by any way of looking at it, a wild runaway success.

Fixing Things

There was a lot of fixing things this week.

First thing up was the one of the inside air conditioning units in the shop. Each unit has a drain line to get rid of condensation. The drain pipe flows down to another pipe that runs along the top of the drop down ceiling and out the back of the shop.

On Tuesday when the workers came in and turned on the AC, water started dripping from the ceiling. When I took a look I found that the main drain pipe had become detached from the AC’s drain line. For some reason the installers had taped those two together. Since the main drain pipe was being held on just by the tape, gravity eventually did its thing and the tape gave out. (Gravity is very patient.)

We left that AC unit off and called up the contractor who sent out a crew to fix it on Wednesday morning. This time they used something called “adhesive” to join the pipes together. (I checked the other three AC units and their drain lines were all securely attached.)

On Wednesday a package came from my US mail forwarder. One of the contents was a replacement handle for our tuna press. Getting it back together was as much of a pain in the butt as taking it apart, but now it’s working again!

Also in the package was a set of gears for our digital camera. Last month Emily decided the zoom lens on the camera looked like a nice hammer and was using it to bang on the table. After that the zoom wouldn’t open or close which made the camera’s software very upset.

Sony wanted TW$4500 (about US$140) to repair it which is getting close to the replacement cost with the prices of digital cameras these days. I took it apart and found that the problem was just one of the plastic gears in the zoom mechanism which had gotten stripped. I found a seller on eBay selling a set of replacement gears for my model of camera and bought them.

I got around to replacing the stripped gear today. The surgery was a success and the camera is now working fine again. As a test I took some pictures of the Landis Hotel which has all the windows boarded up in preparation for the Typhoon, and the small hospital kitty corner to the hotel which had some sandbags set up outside.

The hotel also has large metal gates for the front and side doors which they can bring out if flooding is expected. I saw them doing a practice drill a couple of weeks ago where they boarded up the windows and put up the flood gates. This neighborhood has flooded twice due to typhoons, so I’m a bit worried about the shop.

Anyways, the camera seems to be fine now and will be ready to take any pictures of the neighborhood after the Typhoon goes through.

碧利斯 / Bilis

It’s Typhoon Season! Earlier this week Typhoon Ewiniar passed just east of Taiwan which only brought an afternoon of heavy rainy here in Taipei. Today we are awaiting the arrival of Typhoon Bilis (碧利斯). This one looks like it’ll cross straight over Taiwan. While these things are never certain, it’s close enough now that it looks like we’ll get a pretty direct hit in Taipei.

It’s already been raining with some moderately high winds today. For the first time I had my umbrella pop inside out due to the wind. Not that the wind is that strong yet, but it was a combination of holding the umbrella the wrong way when the wind suddenly shifted, and also the fact that it’s a cheap ass umbrella. Someone needs to figure out how to make a typhoon-capable umbrella. Regular umbrellas are too damn aerodynamic. Rain jackets aren’t suitable because they get very stuffy in the hot and humid weather.

We are probably going to close the restaurant early tonight and open late tomorrow, but since these things are constantly changing, we’re not sure of the exact times yet. My best guess right now is that the storm will gain strength here tonight at 8pm and keep up until mid-morning or as late as noon tomorrow.

Our buy one get one free sale is scheduled for Saturday and while the Typhoon will be gone by then, it’ll likely be a fairly rainy day. The big problem is that we had planned to have flyers distributed in the neighborhood today. Because of the typhoon the flyer distribution company told us yesterday that they weren’t sure they could do it. Eventually they realized that the typhoon was moving in slower than expected, so they picked them up for distribution today anyways. It’s kind of nerve-whracking to have the plans thrown up in the air though.

Busy Day

Today started off being woken up by 小左, one of my employees calling to say that nobody was there to open the door. Apparently it was my assistant manager 阿凱’s day off but someone forgot to send me a memo. Anyways, that resulted in a quick dash to the shop to open things up.

Then the neighbor who lives in the building behind the shop came to complain about our air conditioner. I hadn’t really noticed it before, but one air conditioner’s exhaust points straight at his rear window, and the other points straight at his rear door. The result being that his back room was roasting these hot days with the AC frequently on.

Being a good neighbor, I got a handyman to come over who installed some fin-like gadgets to the AC which redirected the airflow up instead of straight back. The nice thing about Taiwan is you can get stuff like that done with a moment’s notice, so within 2 hours the problem was solved.

If you’ll recall, shortly after opening someone dropped the tune press and broke off the handle. I ordered a new one but to save money on shipping costs I had it shipped to my mail forwarder. I hadn’t heard anything in a while so I asked the Subway coordinator for my store to check up on it. She replied that it showed as having been delivered on June 19th.

My mail forwarder has a nifty system where any new arrival results in an email to me and then is logged in my web account with them. Needless to say, it hadn’t shown up there. I wrote to their support address and they reported back that they didn’t have any record of a package with that tracking number on it, and requesting more information.

I replied with as much as I could and the key piece of information turns out to be that it was for a Subway store. It turns out that somewhere along the line both the mailbox number and my name were dropped from the address on the package. It also so happens that right next door to my mail forwarder, there’s a Subway restaurant. In the confusion it got delivered there instead.

I’m very impressed with the response from my mail forwarder. They were able to figure out what happened even in a fairly complex problem like this. If anyone is looking for a US based mail forwarder, check out US Global Mail.

Also check out this satellite picture from Google Maps. The red “C” is the Subway restaurant and the building to the left is presumably my mail forwarder.

That mystery solved, it’s now on its way here thanks to Fedex.

Subway is having a special promotion tomorrow with the local baseball team the Chinatrust Whales. You can read more about it, or at least you can if you read Chinese. Basically they will have an eating contest to see who can eat Subway sandwiches fastest, and they will also give out gift certificates to some lucky fans.

I also found out today that we did the invoice logs incorrectly for May and June. We were told to write down the gross receipts for each day, but it turns out we’re supposed to write down the gross amount minus the value of voided receipts. Fortunately the Subway paperwork has all this information, but it means redoing a bunch of work.