The George Michael Christmas classic gets absolutely ruined by the ‘dulcet’ tones of Tone Def Tony! But then he has a very open message to all the fans and viewers about Christmas, his last Christmas, and his thoughts about THIS CHRISTMAS…
Everybody loves our super-cool cover design for our track, “I Got P*$$ed With Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony, but we can’t take any credit for that. All the credit goes to the amazing Simon Crack of DEAD COOL APPS, who very graciously let us use his artwork. We approached him two years ago when we found another of his drunken Santa graphics online (which you can probably see in older posts from that time) and wanted to do the right thing and ask permission. Unfortunately, when we started to get our track ready for distribution, we discovered the resolution of that image wasn’t high enough, so being the superstar that he is, he dug deep into his files and found the image we’ve now used as our official single cover, as shown below!
Many, many thanks!
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There simply aren’t enough hours in the day! But I’m doing my best to catch up with all the thank yous that need to be said to all the people who have been integral in making this song project happen. We already thanked our Santa, but now it’s time to thank another great actor that stepped in very early on: Robert Woodhall (if you’ve seen the video, he’s the ‘crazy’ one in the chorus!)
Click on his photo to see more about him, some of you may even remember him for his appearance in the Netflix series AFTERLIFE.
If you’re on LinkedIn, you can see more about him via this link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-woodhall-220753124/
And, if you want to watch him in our music video, either click on the VIDEO tab above, or click here: MUSIC VIDEO.
I’ve wanted to write this post since late March when my own personal alarmed bells went off at the insanity that was happening in the world. Right from the get-go things just didn’t make any sense. Unfortunately far too many people listened and reacted to the ‘opinions’ of a very few people who weren’t basing their statements upon any facts. Now don’t get me wrong, I 100% believe it is EVERYBODY’S right to have opinions, but opinions are just that person’s perspective on how they see and think things are, they are not facts! That said, I now want to offer up some FACTS about this year and this so-called ‘devastating’ epidemic:
FACT: Approximately 50,000 people die in the UK EVERY MONTH (according to ONS data)
FACT: This is the first time in history that our Nation, let alone the whole world has gone into such a lockdown based on an (alleged) pandemic
FACT: There has been no increase in the expected death rate in the UK (see also ONS data)
FACT: This is the first time in history that a ‘Death Clock Count’ has been publicised on public TV and in the media of all the ‘alleged’ deaths from this virus
FACT: People have been bombarded with pseudo-science about R-rates and scaremongering – the R-rate for COVID-19 is about the same, or slightly less than the Flu!
FACT: If you test more people, obviously the number of cases being recorded will increase (there’s not been much talk of percentages though!) You’d think more cases = more deaths, but that’s not the case!
FACT: Pubs were among the first to be forced to shut down – the first time in 300 years – with no scientific proof that it was even necessary
FACT: The Government has done far too good a job at terrifying the populace into believing we’re all going to die from this ‘new flu’, and they won’t admit they made a mistake and overreacted, because they’ve spent far too much tax-payer money on this fiasco, they have to keep up the farce
I could go on, but I think those that are reading this already know where I’m going and probably support my thoughts and feelings that this all has to STOP RIGHT NOW! There is absolutely NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that the lockdown restrictions, social distancing, or wearing masks has any positive influence on reducing the mortality rate of this virus. In fact, more people are dying of other things (mental health issues, heart-related illness, cancers, etc.) than are dying from this coronavirus.
Don’t take my word for it, do your own research, it’s all out there. Go to the ONS (although it took me a long time to get a direct answer from them earlier this year!) the data is all there.
THE BOTTOM LINE: In my ‘opinion’ (and it’s just that, MY opinion) the Government overreacted, based on very limited information from a handful of scientists that had no idea what was going on (probably provoked by press releases from the privately funded WHO) and once they’d fallen down the ‘rabbit hole’ and started writing blank (tax-payer) cheques left and right to appease the lockdown, they have no choice but to keep spouting the same rubbish! Somebody needs to act like a real leader and publicly say they, “F*cked up!” I’m sure nobody will really care, we just want to get on with our lives (those of us that can recover them!) and try and rebuild ‘normal’.
Thank you for reading. If it hit a chord, please share. Please also consider supporting our happy little knees-up we’ve released to help those devastated in the pub trade by these ridiculous restrictions:
After two very long years, we have finally managed to get all our ‘pints’ in a row and release our novelty Christmas song, “I Got P*$$ed With Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony. And what a year to release it! Who knew back in 2018 that two years later we would all be in the middle of the most f****d-up year of our lives? I don’t think anybody has come out unscathed from this catastrophe, least of all the pub and hospitality trade who we’re trying to help out by raising money from the proceeds of our single.
It is now available to buy, download, stream, pester your DJ to play, etc.
AND WE DO NEED YOUR HELP!
We know it’s going to be an uphill sleigh ride trying to get to this year’s number one slot – especially as we’re going up against a mountain of celebrity, millionaire musicians who’ve all decided to release Christmas music this year! We also know that most people won’t have any extra money this Christmas, but you can support us in many other ways:
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyNStp1QMwc
Follow us on Twitter: @ToneDefTony1
Like and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToneDefTony/
Tell everybody you know about our campaign to save the pubs and our song! Stream it on Spotify and ask your favourite DJ to play it on the radio.
MANY THANKS FOR ALL YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!
Cover artwork courtesy of Simon Crack, Dead Cool Apps: www.deadcoolapps.com
Well, what do you know, after creating a radio-friendly version of the song, I’ve managed to work out how to add that version to our music video and create a ‘Snowflake’-friendly version of that too! Now you have a choice: naughty or nice! Very Christmassy, we think.
Good news kids! Santa Claus really does exist, and he’s starring in our music video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyNStp1QMwc (WARNING: If you are underage, please close your ears to the one rude word that’s used!
Spoiler alert: When our Santa isn’t being Santa, he’s really David Albury from Edinburgh (as pictured) Click on his photograph to see more details of his acting experience and contact information.
We were very fortunate that he approached us very early on in our search for a Santa for our music video and went above and beyond what we asked for! In fact he sent in so much footage some of the really great stuff got lost in my email box and wasn’t found until after I’d edited the video together, but we’ll try and use it in another video closer to Christmas time.
As you can imagine, trying to comply with all the ever-changing Covid-19 rules and regulations, making a music video is practically impossible, but would have been dead in the water had we not found our Santa.
Here’s a little bit more information about David, and I’m sure you’ll all agree he makes a damn fine Father Christmas!
Out of the Christmas Season, when David isn’t bringing festive cheer as Santa Claus, he is better known as ‘Dave the Quizmaster’, running pub quizzes in several pubs in Edinburgh. So, I think you’d agree considering our song is a good old-fashioned knees-up and helping the pub industry, he was the perfect choice for us!
We’d also like to give special credit to his ‘little helpers’, namely Pilrig Productions, including Linda Buchan, Irene Inglis, and Claire Watson. A super-huge thank you to all of you from us for being an integral part of our journey, and supporting us in our campaign to raise much-needed support for our pubs in this time of crisis.
I know the teeny-boppers say Facebook is for Grandparents, but that’s our target audience (and I thought Tik-toc was what clocks do!) We’re doing our best to get everything organized before Saturday October 24th when we officially release our Christmas #1 contender, “I Got P*$$ed with Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony, and it will then be available everywhere to stream, download, share, pester your DJ to play, etc.
We’re doing this to help bail out the pubs by giving away 50% of our royalties, so if you love silly music, love your local and want to keep them alive, please support our cause and join our new Facebook page by clicking on the image below:
Thanks once again for all the amazing support our “A ‘PUB’ Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas!” campaign is getting, and the charity Christmas song, “I Got P*$$ed With Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony.
We’ve had to change the cover art of our single at short notice, as the last image was too low resolution (bloody technology!) But we think you’ll agree our new artwork is much more Christmassy, flashy, bright, and funny, even though the picture here doesn’t do it justice!
To download a pdf of the poster, click on the link: Pub Poster
You don’t have to be a pub to download it, everybody can and put them up EVERYWHERE: your local, notice boards, shop windows, etc. 50% of all our download sales go to help support all our pubs that are being hammered by unfair, unjust, and unfounded regulations.
“If our pubs fail, Britain has failed!”
As always, a MASSIVE thank you to Simon Crack of Dead Cool Apps for giving us permission to use the artwork. Check him out at http://www.deadcoolapps.com
It may be a little early to start spreading the Christmas cheer, but most people I know just want this year to be over and put it behind us. These are unprecedented times we have all been thrown into and many long for days of old when life was ‘normal’. If you remember Monty Python, the Carry On films, Benny Hill, and the like, then we think you’ll truly love our Christmas song contender this year, “I Got P*$$ed with Santa Claus”, a funny, light-hearted knees-up telling the story of what might happen if you went on a bit of a bender with Father Christmas!
A full week before our song is officially released, we’ve managed to do a ‘Blue Peter’ job on our music video, and you can watch it live here from 9pm tonight (October 16th)
Not a whiff of a sausage roll in sight! But lots of beer and booze, which is just as well, as we are hoping to do our bit and help the struggling pub trade weather the storm. By downloading our track and asking your favourite DJ to play it on air (they might have to beep out the naughty bits!) you’ll be helping us give away 50% of our royalties to help those that have been laid off, are struggling to stay open, have been forced to close, etc.
Where would we be without our pubs?
People seem to forget all the money pubs help raise for good causes, and it’s in the hundred million pound range! Now they need our help. Don’t forget our history… for hundred of years the great British pub has been a center of society, a meeting place, somewhere to conduct business, politicians met and drank there (that’s why there are so many bars in the House of Commons – oh, and they’re not shut!) it’s a place of laughter, music, culture… need I go on?
Do your bit to pitch in, forget about all your Covid-woes and have a quick time out and laugh at our comedic, slap-stick, old school music video.