Pubs ARE An Essential Service!

I lost faith in the UK government a long, long time ago, not least of all because of what THEY have done to our country this year due to their total incompetence, and inability to man-up and confess that their handling of this situation was WRONG! Rather than their actions and policies SAVING LIVES, I believe they have been directly responsible for the death of thousands of my kinsmen with illnesses far more deadly than this flu-virus. Never in recorded history has a UK government stepped in and deliberately stopped hard working business people from earning a living, and especially hard hit have been those in the pub and hospitality industries, who were already struggling to survive before this nonsense!

What THEY deem to have been ‘essential’ businesses and services have been allowed to stay open and trade, but I strongly believe PUBS ARE ESSENTIAL SERVICES! Here’s why:

  1. Top of the list are the jobs they provide: many tens of thousands of people with limited skills and limited other possibilities can earn a decent living working in pubs – one of my first ever jobs was as a barman! Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of jobs that are created by the service industries that depend upon them: the maintenance people, suppliers, etc.
  2. I’m surprised the Treasury isn’t screaming at the loss of taxes from the heavy duties that are levied on the pub trade! How much tax are they losing? I mean, we’re going to have to pay for this incompetence somehow. right?
  3. Pubs, especially the smaller, local ones, are the hub and heart of communities.
  4. They are places to meet, socialise, keep up with community news, and a great safe haven for the lonely, and elderly.
  5. Pubs help raise money and support for good causes: approximately £100m per year!
  6. They are often the first to support local sports teams, and other under-funded local causes.
  7. Those that offer live music give opportunities to emerging artists, you’d be surprised the number of now famous musicians got their first break doing a pub gig!

I’m sure you can add to that list! It’s certainly a more substantial list than the government’s reasoning for closing tens of thousands of pubs!

Santa Cover NEW“I Got P*$$ed with Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony – the ONLY charity song raising money to help those suffering in the pub and hospitality trade this year.

BUY OUR SONG AND SUPPORT OUR GREAT PUBS!

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Charity Rejections! You Just Can’t Give Money Away.

Santa Cover NEWWe’re probably not going to do ourselves any favours here by posting this, but I just wanted to highlight the extreme challenge for anybody else trying to undertake a similar charitable endeavour.

As if it wasn’t time consuming and hard enough to go through all the steps and hurdles to create, compose, master, release, register, distribute, and promote an original song – not to mention the personal financial outlay involved – trying to find a charity to partner with has proven just as time consuming, and even more frustrating.

For over two months now we have been trying to find a charity involved with the pub and hospitality industry (which is crying out for help!) to partner with. I think we’ve contacted every single one that we could find via the internet, and have yet to find one willing to work with us! Even though it’s tempting, I won’t embarrass the organisations that have already turned us down for various reasons (including the use of a very mild swear word in our song, all the way up to disagreeing that COVID-19 is like the Flu! To name just a few daft excuses!)

They are all very happy to accept our donation once we’ve done all the hard work, but none want to be associated with us. What does that say about their organisations? To me, it puts them in exactly the same league as our incompetent government that is more than happy to spend our taxpayer money on whims and whimsy, but aren’t prepared to put their own oars in the water and paddle! Likewise the uptake by the hospitality industry in general has been lacking. At this rate, I’m more inclined to give any money we actually will raise to race-nondescript, trans-gender, vegan, teetotaler, car-hating, eco-friendly, tofu-terrorists that look like cute kittens!

Just saying… it’s frustrating.

Buy The Song Here!

Chat and Spin Radio Looking For New Guests

Hi everyone! I had a great interview last night with Ron Clark on Chat And Spin Radio. If you missed it and want to have a list, scroll to the bottom of this post and click on their logo.

They are a not-for-profit Internet Radio Station based in the UK. They Broadcast to 750,000 UK & International Listeners per week 24/7. Their webiste is: www.chatandspinradio.com

Currently they are looking for Book Authors, Writers, Artists, Illustrators, Bands & Singers and anyone who would like to come on the Radio Station over the Phone or by Skype / Facebook FREE PUBLICITY PROMOTION to get out to their Listeners. The 10 Minute Live interview will be on their Evening & Late Show which is Broadcasted 7 nights a week.

For more information, please email IAN JOHNSON on chatandspin@gmail.com for more information.

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Christmas Number One Here We Come!

Great to be on BBC Radio Solent with Pat Sissons yesterday for his Make A Difference segment.  He said, “…we’re gonna have to beat this one, I think.” Encouraging support and the first DJ (that we know of so far) to actually give our song some airplay. It was great to hear him say, “Tone Def Tony… Def as in cool!”

Definitely added to the new hero list. Hear the interview below:

Live Interview on BBC Radio Solent

I’m thrilled and excited – albeit very nervous! – to announce that I shall be interviewed live (gulp!) on BBC Radio Solent tomorrow at 12:45 by the very talented broadcaster, Pat Sissons. All thanks to Paul Davey, our guitarist, and all his hard work finding and emailing hundreds and hundreds of radio stations! Just goes to show hard work pays off in the end.

This is huge news for us, as we really are the underdogs in this journey to get exposure for our funny, little Christmas song. Thank you everybody for all your support! Click on the single cover image below to go to a link to (hopefully) listen in live tomorrow:

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If you want to support, download, buy, stream whatever, go to this link: https://tonedeftony.hearnow.com/

Premiere Friday: The Boris Johnson Interview

After much badgering and pestering, Tone Def Tony finally managed to pin down Boris Johnson’s ‘people’ for a much-needed interview about what’s been going on this past year. Click on the box below to set a reminder for when it goes live THIS FRIDAY:

In the meantime, why not download or stream our Christmas song to help the pub & hospitality industries this year: https://tonedeftony.hearnow.com/

Breaking News: We Finally Did It…!

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!!!

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Cover artwork courtesy of Simon Crack, Dead Cool Apps: www.deadcoolapps.com

Thank You Santa!

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!

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Photo by Polina Sulim

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!

Santa1Out 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!

He has numerous film credits, which you can see on his imdb profile: HERE and if you’d like to see him in action, you can check out his videos on YouTube: HERE

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.

Music Video Trailer: Save The Pubs!

Who knew making a music video for this year’s Christmas #1 would take so much work?! We’re having fun with it, but with a massive budget of ZERO POUNDS we’re making good progress. Fingers crossed the song will be available on October 24th, but in the meantime, here’s a quick peek at some footage of the first draft of our music video, which hopefully will go down as one of the funniest Christmas videos of all time…

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