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Christmas 2019 Has Started Early!

Song CoverBelated Happy New Year to you all!

We trust your 2019 has started as well as ours has, and we wish all of you all the very best for the upcoming year. We’re excited, as we’re jumping right back into the studio and picking up where we left off last year to put the icing on the cake of our Santa Song…!

Having experienced the equivalent vertical learning curve as the Apollo 15 Space Mission last year, we are determined this time around to learn from our mistakes and get a proper head-start on things! We are, after all, taking on the likes of the big, multi-million pound music companies to compete for a No. 1 spot in the Christmas Top 40.

Ambitious…?

You bet ya! But if you don’t shoot for the stars, you’ll never get out the toilet! We’ve licked our wounds, drunk a lot more beer, pooled our brain cells, and we’re now ready to get back in the studio this Saturday to put down the polish to go with the puke and spit from the holiday season!

If you go to the SONG tab on this website you can hear a rough cut of the song as it currently stands, and if you like it, please follow us, like us, share us, and get on board nice and early this year for what will be an amazing trip into Christmas music history…!

We thank you for your continued support, and we’ll keep you updated as much as possible throughout the year…

 

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Christmas Is Cancelled

Besieged by more delays than British Rail, technical issues, unreliable session musicians, and a general lack of interest and support for the song, it looks like our five month journey is nearing an end for this year.

Tony Climax

Soldiering away as always, Tony was out and about in London trying to drum up support for our Kickstarter, but with under two days to go and only 13% of the project funded, we have decided to shelve the video idea.

We would dearly love to thank the five people that have backed our project, but you’ll be glad to hear that because we went for an all-or-nothing package, you won’t be debited any funds.

With only 13 days until our proposed official release date to go, the reality is starting to set in that this will probably not be our Christmas to release the song.

We have to say it’s a very big blow. Perhaps we bit off more than we could chew. However, as we still don’t have a finished track, and we should really be in the studio mastering it, it really looks like Christmas is cancelled this year!

It’s time to lick our wounds, crack open some booze, sit back and look at what we did wrong and could have done better. Personally, it’s totally knocked the wind out of my sails. I thought I had enough strength and energy to go the distance, but one thing after another has just battered me down, and to be honest, my heart just isn’t in it. I always said to the lads from the beginning, we’ll run with this as far as we can as long as it remains FUN… well, the fun stopped a few days ago.

Thank you for all your support. Just a heads-up, we’ll be off air for the rest of the year…

RiP Santa xx

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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAnthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his last book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life. A great accompaniment to “WHY DO i CARE?”

 

 

Who Will Be The First DJ To Play Our Song?

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In the run-up to the official release date (November 26th) of our killer Christmas hit song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, we got to wondering which DJ will be the first to play it ? We doubt any BBC DJ will be brave enough to play our slightly politically incorrect song on air, but you never know! Early tests on unsuspecting members of the public have shown that it’s catchy and annoying enough to stick in your head!

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The ‘Radio Rebel’ Chris Evans

Our money is on Chris Evans to be the ground-breaker, though. The ‘rebel of radio’ is known for not listening to the boring nah-sayers and doing his own thing. But the big question is, will he like it enough to play it on air? Music is a funny thing. Something that one person loves, another person hates. Perhaps the ‘Carrot-top of chat’ isn’t a fan of Christmas? Could he be a ginger-Grinch? Only time will tell.

Either way, we are happy to have our song ready for release and look forward to putting you all out of your misery. The launch date is only days away now!

Thanks, as ever, for all your continued support and encouragement. We could not have made this happen without all of your help.

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Until Next Time!

Last Day In The Studio…

Song CoverWell, it’s the 6th of November. We’ve survived Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes’ Night, and now we have only 20 days to get the song ready for it’s official release date! But we’re in the studio today putting the finishing touches to the song. Based on feedback from the early versions we’ve shared, we’re adding some exciting (hopefully) extras to the song to pump it up a bit and make it more appealing to the masses. Whether that will be the case or not, we have no idea!

We thank you for all your support, and there is still just over a week to hit our Kickstarter goal of £1,000 to make our music video, but we’ve sort of shelved that for the moment – unless a Christmas miracle happens! If you’d like to support us, you are more than welcome to pledge something by following THIS LINK.

“If you don’t try, you’ll never know how far you can go.”

We’re having fun with this, so it doesn’t really matter how far we go with it, we feel accomplished having built our own sound studio and to be using it to produce music. Right now we are just trying to be an example of what you CAN achieve if you take that next step from just talking about something and actually do something about it.

Again, thank you all for your continued support. It’s not over yet, we’ll be needing your help once the song is released to pester your local radio station to play the song and get the word out!

Until next time…!

 

Charity Midlife Crisis…!

WHEN THE AVERAGE BLOKE of our age has a midlife crisis, they usually go and buy a flash car, or a super-bike, or have an affair, or go traveling to ‘find’ themselves, but -since we can’t afford any of that – our midlife crisis consists of working together to build a recording studio and producing a smash hit to raise money for charity!

crash3.jpg.galleryHaving realised that none of us has actually achieved anything in our lives, this felt like a good thing to do. I mean, I can think of worse things to spend your time and energy on, can’t you? Starting a project to help inspire other people to follow suit, surely has to rate as a noble undertaking, right? I know it’s probably quite unusual in a ‘what’s in it for me?’ society to spend your ‘confusing forties’ doing something altruistic, but it’s where we are being called.

“Stay optimistic, but realise the world will think you crazy, until what you are doing becomes normal!”

It’s quite staggering that back in the summer when we began this project we had a huge support from people around us (even my family members that usually snub my crazy ideas!) However, as we near completion of the song and get ready for the big, final push, those closest to us seem to be dropping like flies! Perhaps they are bored with is now, or it could just be the colder weather! We know what we are doing is a bit mad, but unfortunately (or fortunately) in true Mastermind fashion, “We’ve started, so we’ll finish!”

Thanks for being along for the ride. We’ve all but given up on our Kickstarter – even though we picked up a new backer over the weekend! – but if you feel like spreading the word, you can use this link: BACK OUR PROJECT PLEASE!

The real work lays ahead… we’ll do it with or without a music video, but we do need to get the word out there about the song. Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing the finished song after tomorrow, which is our last day in the studio!

Until the next time…!

 

 

 

Keeping The Faith

cloudWell, we’ve got under two weeks to go before our Kickstarter is over, and although we are still only 10% funded, we KNOW we’ve got a hit on our hands with our Christmas song, I Got Pissed With Santa Claus. We don’t know HOW it’s going to be a hit. We don’t know HOW we’re going to hit our Kickstarter target, but we are keeping the faith.

It’s actually quite fun to make believe what will happen, which DJ will be the first to be brave enough to play it on air! Okay, so you may say we are old, piss-head daydreamers, but that worked through school! We also don’t care. As we’ve said before, this isn’t so much about outstanding success, but about actually DOING SOMETHING. We were tired of people just talking about doing stuff, but doing nothing about it. We hope our project at least inspires some other people to act on their dreams!

We are all back in the studio on November 6th to lay down the final version of the song. We’re cutting it fine, but it’s hard to co-ordinate all of us together in the same space at the same time – we’re not yet fortunate enough to be professional musicians that don’t have a ‘day job’! We’ll keep you in the loop, and thank you so much for all your continued support.

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Celebrity Backing…! I Got Pissed With Santa Claus

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Well, the public might not be getting behind our charity Christmas song yet, but we still have to get Hallowe’en out of the way first, don’t we, but that’s okay as the celebrities are starting to line up to help us!

In true StarTrek fashion, William Shatner aka Captain James T. Kirk willingly volunteered to recite part of our song to help promote I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS by Tone Def Tony and the Ho, ho, hos! Have a watch and a listen below:

DISCLAIMER: Obviously this isn’t William Shatner, it’s Tone Def Tony doing yet another one of his silly voices to help break the monotony of constantly asking people for money! We have to write that just in case we get sued and any money that we do actually manage to raise for charity will go straight back out again.

You know we hate to ask, but…

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Until Next Time…!

We Now Have A Facebook Page!

The wonders of old people and technology! With great frustration and A LOT of persistence, we’ve finally worked out how to get a Facebook Page. Click on the image of this happy chappy to go there…

Happy Finch

Can you guess who it is…? Add a comment below, if you know!

We still need your help with our Kickstarter, so please share and support if you can.

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Many thanks as always!

Who Writes Christmas Songs In Summer?

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In our series of continuing to share some tid-bits of trivia about Tone Def Tony, the band, and the folks behind I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, here’s a little insight into the man responsible for the crazy lyrics and how they got written.

for-web-copyright-vanessa-champion-07747-025361-83-of-130.jpgThe hottest summer since 1976 seems a really odd setting for writing a Christmas song, but Donnelly is actually old enough to remember that summer – and the brutally cold Winter that followed! For those that know Donnelly, although he’s not a fan of Christmas, he sings Christmas songs all year round. It’s annoying. It’s silly. But he does it anyway! He doesn’t do it to be an arse, he just really likes Christmas songs. A strange quirk, I guess.

Flashback in time for a minute… The turn of the millennium. Donnelly was living in the US of A and came up with some fun lyrics for a spoof World Cup Song (CHANT LIKE AN ENGLISH FAN) which he ended up producing with his late, old school mate, Richard Eyre, with mixed success. As they were developing the song, Richard happened to mention that Christmas songs were also a good avenue for ‘one hit wonders’. Back then no lyrics were forthcoming, but the seed was planted in Donnelly’s mind. How cool would it be to have his own Christmas song?

It took almost 18 years for that seed to germinate. Whilst promoting his old chestnut of a World Cup Song, sat in his garden sunbathing, guess what happened? Yep, that’s right, he got a cosmic download of the song lyrics! First it was just the first line of the chorus, as he mused about getting drunk with Santa Claus (as you do, right?) and then the whole lot just whooshed into his pea-brain! Not being very musical, he had to record it so he didn’t forget the tune.

At their monthly poker meet up, the song was shared with Finch and Davey, and the rest, as they say, is history…

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Until Next Time!