Notre-Dame got way more money, and that’s just a building! Millions of tourists used to flock to the UK every year, not only to see Buckingham Palace and a glimpse of the royal family, but also to experience what a REAL, British pub is really like. Nowhere else in the world do we have anything closely resembling a British pub, and soon we might not have any in the UK.
Sadly, thanks to the the UK government, under the control and direction of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, under the premise of protecting the taxpayer-funded NHS, before any actual laws had been passed, deemed it permissible to shut one of our biggest – and most overlooked – assets right before any evidence was available that they were even a threat, let alone a contributing factor to the spread of this new (alleged – I’m disbelieving more and more every day!) coronavirus. The Treasury must be pulling their hair out trying to work out how to pay for this catastrophe! Oh no, how silly of me! WE the taxpaying business people will have to pay for it – if we still have businesses to run!!!
OBVIOUSLY £250,000 hasn’t been raised YET to bail out the great, British pubs, but wouldn’t it be marvelous, if we could raise £250,000 through the sale of our silly, Christmas song, “I Got P*$$ed with Santa Claus”by Tone Def Tony, to give something back to a great, British institution that has helped to raise BILLIONS OF POUNDS over the years for worthy causes? This is a blatant publicity stunt, but since the pubs have been seriously overlooked in the thinking of these ludicrous government-imposed restrictions, and we are just three old codgers trying to make a difference, we had to do something to try and get SOME attention!
To top that, we can’t wait to be number one, we’re giving ALL OUR DOWNLOAD SALES AND STREAMS TO HELP THE PUBS!!!
It’s actually quite a fun song that sticks in your head once you hear it, as long as you don’t mind the odd mildly rude word…
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:
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.
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?
Pubs, especially the smaller, local ones, are the hub and heart of communities.
They are places to meet, socialise, keep up with community news, and a great safe haven for the lonely, and elderly.
Pubs help raise money and support for good causes: approximately £100m per year!
They are often the first to support local sports teams, and other under-funded local causes.
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!
“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.
We’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!
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*$$ed With Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony. And what a year to release it! Who knew back in 2018 that two years later we would all be in the middle of the most f****d-up year of our lives? I don’t think anybody has come out unscathed from this catastrophe, least of all the pub and hospitality trade who we’re trying to help out by raising money from the proceeds of our single.
It is now available to buy, download, stream, pester your DJ to play, etc.
AND WE DO NEED YOUR HELP!
We know it’s going to be an uphill sleigh ride trying to get to this year’s number one slot – especially as we’re going up against a mountain of celebrity, millionaire musicians who’ve all decided to release Christmas music this year! We also know that most people won’t have any extra money this Christmas, but you can support us in many other ways:
It may be a little early to start spreading the Christmas cheer, but most people I know just want this year to be over and put it behind us. These are unprecedented times we have all been thrown into and many long for days of old when life was ‘normal’. If you remember Monty Python, the Carry On films, Benny Hill, and the like, then we think you’ll truly love our Christmas song contender this year, “I Got P*$$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.
To help spread the word far and wide about our Christmas Number One Song, “I Got P*$$ed With Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony, we’ve created a poster to put up in your local pub, noticeboard, bus shelter, or anywhere else you’d like to help get the word out there!
To download a pdf file of the poster, click this link: Pub Poster
Many thanks for your continued support. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@ToneDefTony1) and like and comment on our videos on YouTube: Tone Def Tony TV
Yes, it’s true! Tone Def Tony now has his own YouTube TV channel to help promote the Christmas #1 contender, “I Got P*$$ed With Santa Claus“. You can hear a teaser sample of the song before the official release date of October 24th, and over the coming weeks we’ll be adding more fun stuff to keep you up-to-date with everything that’s going on along the journey of getting this independently produced novelty Christmas song into the charts. Click on the track cover picture below to go to the channel.
Remember, by downloading a copy of our track you’ll be helping us to bail out the independent pub trade, as 50% of our royalties goes to help them out, and if you help us to get to the Christmas #1 slot we’ll double that and give it all away!!!