Crowdfunding Is Live Now…!!!

After a lot of hard work in preparation (and a HUGE c*ck-up with our first crowdfunding site!), we are finally able to launch our fundraising activities to build awareness for our funny, Christmas song “I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS” and generate a little bit more dosh to help fund our music video.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISER

In true Band Aid style, here’s an impassioned plea from Tone Def Tony…

If you CAN dump in some dosh, that would be amazing, but if not, please be a good sport and help share the word about our song, our charity efforts, and our music video.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISER

Until the next time…!

Davey On Guitar

Here’s another sneak peek inside the studio of Finch, Davey, & Donnelly Enterprises. This time it’s Davey on acoustic guitar strumming out some very early chords for the smash hit song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS.

It’s only short, but right at the end you’ll get a rare peek at Finch, the studio master!

Almost time to start crowdfunding ready to shoot the music video. Please support us, if you can by clicking on the link below and spreading the word:

Crowdfunding Link Click Here

The song is coming together nicely, and we can’t wait to share the finished article with you in November. Thanks for all the continued support.

Until Next Time!

#free-santa.com: Not Everyone Wants To Go #Viral…!

A bit of a f**k-up last time around! (I got a severe ticking off for THAT one! Far too many beers… hic!)

It’s too early for this to go viral, besides, nobody has ever read this blog, so we don’t have to worry about that! BUT on the point of f**k-ups, is Joe Public too dumb to know the “**” represents a “U” and a “C”… So, it’s really FUCKED-UP and PISSED in our song, but the BBC might not find that okay!

So… we’re trying to think of funny sounds to cover the rude words up, and we’d like your help deciding:

  1. Just use a pause, i.e., silence
  2. A Christmas party tooty-thingy
  3. A very big belch/ burp!
  4. Use “drunk” instead?
  5. A fart!
  6. All of the above

So, what do YOU think? You’re our target audience, if you’re reading this. So why not give us your opinion…

UNTIL NEXT TIME…!

PS – Don’t forget our fundraiser is coming very soon. If I can stay sober enough, it will probably launch on Monday! Please help to share the word far and wide…

 

 

#Crowdfunding: Here Comes The #Music #Video!!!

<Insert suitable picture here>  Aside from Governments, I don’t think anybody likes having to ask for money, BUT… we’re making a music video to accompany our song, as no-one wants to just hear a song these days, they want to SEE it! So, in true creative fashion (even though we could have crowd-funded the building of the studio – if we’d been smart enough! – we didn’t) so we decided THIS TIME to ask for YOUR help in raising a few ‘bob’ to help produce our music video…

3… 2… 1…

<Insert the video of Tony doing his Bob Geldhoff impression here!>

<I’ve got so much to do, I’ll fill this bit in later>

A really sneaky, sneaky sneak peek at how the song is forming up… (Uh-o, Finch and Davey are gonna kill me for releasing this!)

F**k ’em, eh?

DEFINITELY DON’T LISTEN TO THIS SNEAK PEEK LINK…

The final venison tastes a lot less ‘gamey’…! <Is there a picture of a ‘cooked’ reindeer…?>

Our crowd-funder is coming soon…

UNTIL NEXT TIME…!

 

 

Would “Chas & Dave” Like It…?

chas &amp; DaveIn the light of sharing, I had to post this… an old school buddy of mine (that obviously holds me in much higher regard than I hold myself!) was kind enough to share this… BUT he makes a good point… WOULD Chas & Dave approve…?

Personally, I think they would approve, but I’ll let YOU be the judge… you can hear the song (well, a rough studio version) at the end of this post…

<sure enough, ‘ere comes trouble…>

Like a good teenager, I’ve highlighted the words I heard…

“This is a totally outrageous project that’s kind of ‘okay’ and reasonably funny but does not present you in your very best light. I want to see you in EastEnders, mate, not a downmarket novelty Christmas video. Don’t waste your time. The good thing is that you have regressed back to your teens with this project. And some of the language has regressed too. Can one still say “‘er indoors” nowadays? The last time I heard that phrase was on Minder circa 1989!

“Out of principle, I won’t support such frivolity at a time when I have two daughters to put through university but I will certainly take you for a pizza at <BEEP!> and you can tell me about the more serious projects that you’re going to tackle in the New Year. This one is just too self-indulgent and esoteric. Successful Christmas songs are promoted through the “yoof” but this one’s full of expletives and reveals Santa Claus as an incurable alcoholic who regularly gets into pub brawls and ends up in jail. It really ain’t gonna go down ‘wiv da yoof’. Who do you envisage as the ‘target audience’? Even the late, great Chas with his fine mate Dave stopped doing this sort of material about 20 years ago.”

BLAH…! BLAH…! BLAH…!

All I heard was… parents (of MY age) will LOVE this song!!! AND kids will too…! It’s like that Haribo-song… time will tell…!

Have a listen, and tell us what YOU think…

I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS

Until Next Time…!

 

“…As Musical As A Squashed Slug!”

As promised, as we race towards our official release date of our smash hit Christmas song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, we’re sharing some fun trivia about the project, the people involved, and the band. In this blog post, we thought it would be fun to find out a little more about the man behind the phenomenon that is TONE DEF TONY…

copyright vanessa champion 07747 025 361The most ‘un-musical’ member of the trio that makes up Finch, Davey, & Donnelly Enterprises is the latter. Bless him for trying, but in the words of his late musical production partner, Richard Eyre (who co-produced the World Cup song, CHANT LIKE AN ENGLISH FAN by The Laddz), “Donnelly is about as musical as a squashed slug!” He meant it as well!

Although a great ‘ideas man’ and ‘conceptionist’, musical ability has seemed to allude Donnelly for most of his life, but not for lack of trying. Over his lifetime he has attempted to learn to play:

  • recorder
  • violin
  • trumpet
  • guitar (bass, acoustic, and electric!)
  • harmonica
  • penny whistle
  • tambourine
  • tuba
  • cornet
  • piano/ keyboards
  • and drums

No small list! But is it possible to be so musically inept? Evidently so. However, even though he’ll never be going back to drum lessons – especially not with drum master Finch, who now refuses to teach him, as he just won’t listen and take instruction! – he is making seemingly good progress playing keyboards (well, he can play scales!)

So, I hear you all ask, with such lack of musical talent, how in Ruldolph’s whiskers has Donnelly ended up the front man for their debut song??? Well, in the absence of either Finch or Davey wanting any of the limelight (and Donnelly being an ever attention-seeker) he caught the sticky end of the musical baton! Thank goodness there is part of his brain that isn’t too pickled, and he came up with the idea of turning his lack of musical ability into their USP (Unique Singing Point) and the character of Tone Def Tony was born.

I think we all know a person like Tone Def Tony. He’s that bloke that loves to sing, but doesn’t know he can’t! He’ll jump on the karaoke machine at the first chance and belt out a song waaaaaay out of his octave range (like Bohemian Rhapsody!) He has no idea how crap he sounds, but he’s having fun! And that’s really what Tone Def Tony and the song I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS is all about: having fun and having a go.

Stay tuned for more music insights into the band and project, and thank you again for all your continued support and encouragement. We’ll be posting about our upcoming music video and crowdfunding campaign to cover expenses and costumes, etc., in one of the next posts.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…!

 

“Laughter for Life” Charity Idea

Laughter for life logo
A mock-up of the “Laughter for Life” logo.

As part of our song project I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, and because it is for Christmas, the time for giving, we are hoping to use a goodly chunk of any money raised from selling and promoting the song to help fund a charitable project we devised: Laughter for Life.

All three members of FINCH, DAVEY, AND DONNELLY ENTERPRISES agreed very early on that they wanted a strong charitable giving element to the song project from the start.

“Laughter IS The BEST Medicine!”

Building upon the adage above, most hospital wards are drab, dreary, ‘unfunny’ places full of stressed out, over-worked medical staff, and sad, sick people and their relatives. Tone Def Tony (aka Donnelly) a ‘struggling’ stand-up comedian for many years, had long since wanted to get other comedians into hospital wards and especially hospices to cheer up the patients and staff. But that seemed like merely a pipe-dream with all the effort it would take and no funds, so they decided to go down a more traditional route and contact established charities.

Earlier this year, the team had approached Great Ormond Street Hospital and Dr Barnados with their fundraising song idea, but both organizations replied stating that they did not want to be publicly associated with the project, and we could not use them in any promotional material or marketing, BUT THEY’D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO RECEIVE ANY DONATIONS!

That’s when the three turned back to Tony’s old idea. Hence ‘Laughter for Life’ was born! Well, at least the first seeds have been sown… well, they have a rough idea for the charity logo (as can be seen above!) Admittedly, they are not artists and not very good with PhotoShop, so it looks more like a fag dangling out of Tragedy’s mouth rather than a thermometer, but it gives you an idea. We’d love an actual graphic artist to create a better, more professional looking logo, so if there’s anyone out there… Please get in touch!

Who knows how successful our song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, will be. We may not raise any money at all, but at least we are trying! In the meantime, if you are a healthcare professional that would like some comedy in your ward, or a comedian (at whatever level) that would like to cheer up some sick and dying folk, please use our contact form to get in touch.

As always, many, many thanks for all your continued support. Keep reposting and sharing about our song and this great charity project.

Until Next Time…!

Building The Studio: Part Two

Thankfully writing about building our recording studio takes a lot less time and effort than building the actual studio, so here’s the second installment of how we built our own sound studio in our back garden with limited funds, limited knowledge, and just enough stupidity not to quit! If you haven’t read Part One, you can read it here.

So, on with the story…

After many months of arm-aching toil, things slowly started to progress, even though the garden looked like a very cramped building site! Hundred of bricks and blocks had to be ferried by wheelbarrow down a narrow back alley and over an assault course of construction before being stacked neatly ready to be used. Likewise bags and bags of sand and cement were carried into the building site. Now it was time to call in the professionals:

Floor hardcore

Oh, but hang on… Now we have to halt on building the walls before they get too high, as we need to pour the floor first!!! The concrete pumping truck was unavailable that weekend, so guess what…? That’s right, we had to ferry all the concrete in by wheelbarrow!Levelling floor

Who knew Tone Def Tony was a dab-hand at donning his wellies and leveling concrete floors! Quite amazingly too no four-legged fucks walked across it as it cured, so there were no footprints for eternity left behind. We would also like to state for the record (although it was tempting at times) there are absolutely no dead bodies buried beneath this slab!

By this time we were many, many, many months into the project, and it still felt like we were miles away from ever completing Finch’s Folly (as it was now being called!) But wait! What’s this…? Actual WALLS going up…Finally some walls

Many more beers later and months more hard work, things actually started to look like a building, and oh, what’s that…? A roof and a door…!!!Roof on

Just in time for the colder (and wetter) months, the build was FINALLY in the dry! But we were far from finished. Although it was grounds for celebration, we did contemplate just turning it into a pool hall instead, as money was getting tight, but Finch’s Folly wasn’t looking like such a folly after all. It was now time to fit out the interior:Inside walls

No-one had told us that sound-deadening plaster board is a lot heavier than regular stuff… About three times as heavy in fact! Oh, and I wonder if you can guess how we had to maneuver fifty sheets of the stuff from the curb to the studio…? That’s right, all by hand! But once the door was closed, it was as silent as a grave in there! Now we could build the partition wall between what would be the actual studio space and the engineering room:Interior

This is where I actually thought about extending the readers’ agony by stopping and creating Part Three, but felt if you have read this far, you need to be put out of your misery! It just so happened that the BBC were renovating one of their London studios, so we somehow managed to acquire some amazing sound-proof studio doors (magnetically sealing doors no less!) and that gave the studio a feel of elegance! But the outside walls still needed rendering. The cheapest quote was almost a thousand quid…!!! Enter Tone Def Tony once more… not just a dab-hand at leveling concrete floors, but we discovered he had a knack for rendering too…Rendering

Not one to show off at all, but here he is feeling rather chuffed at his achievement:Ant finished rendering

And this is how the studio finally looks inside:Drum kit inside

Having taken a little over two years to complete, we sat back for some more, well-earned beers! But our journey wasn’t over just yet… even though we now had a sound studio at our disposal 24/7… NOW we had to learn how to operate the sound equipment and software, well, Finch did, but that’s topic of another post…

As always, thanks for reading, thanks for all your support. The first song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS will be released very soon…!

 

 

Building The Studio – Part One

As a little aside to the story behind the song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, we thought we’d share some of our journey of building the studio we recorded in…

ONCE UPON A TIME there was a young drummer called little Mr Finch. Even though his Dad was an accomplished drummer, and his Mother had the patience of a saint, I’m sure any parent reading this can imagine what a right royal f**king pain in the arse it is to have a son practicing drums in the house! So, at the tender age of sixteen, young Mr Finch dreamed of having his own private soundproof studio to practice in and create the next great masterpiece.

As with most children’s dreams (unless you are born a Trump, Zuckerberg, or Jobs!) it languished unfulfilled for many, many, many years… There were attempts, but none actually came to fruition. Undeterred, young Finch – now getting on in years! – clung dearly to his dream, even though it was beginning to fade and get fuzzy around the edges.

“Dreams Don’t Quit On People, People Quit On Their Dreams!”

Fast forward to the year 2015. Having met two new friends (Davey and Donnelly) on film set earlier in the year, he felt brave enough to share his childhood dream. Rather than laugh (as many might do at the folly of such a project) they were encouraging, in fact, more than encouraging, they offered to help! After all, how difficult could it be to build a sound studio in your back garden…?

The first step was to clear the space ready to build: Shed gone

That seemed easy enough! The plans were already drawn up and permission had been granted – weren’t THEY the biggest hurdles? Now it was time to break ground. Due to the location, the footings had to be dug by hand. How hard can that be? Trench

Eleven tonnes of dirt later, and many weeks of manual labour, the footings were dug (one and a half meters deep!) and approved. But what to do with this mountain of dirt…? That’s where mates and beer come in VERY handy – and wheelbarrows! Over the course of a couple of weekends, two large skips were painstakingly filled to the brim with all the dirt, and we were left with a large moat in the back garden.

And now came the most disheartening part of the project… Time to fill the trench back in again, but this time with 11 tonnes of concrete…! Weeks of sweat and muscle-ache left us right where we had started from months ago!Pouring footings

We’re back to where we started, almost. Exhausted, but excited, the next stage could finally begin: building the walls!

“If You Build It, They will Drum…!”

Foundation walls

If you knew the effort, energy, and money it would actually take to complete a building task on your own, you’d probably never start it! But we had put so much time and effort into it so far, and called in so many ‘favours’, we had no choice but to see it to the end. Call it stupid, or call it smart, but we were too dumb to know it couldn’t be done… A little bit like we were Bumble Bee Builders: we didn’t know we weren’t supposed to be able to build a studio on our own, so we just kept on!

Stay tuned for Part Two of building the studio, which will be coming very soon. In the meantime, please like our posts, follow us, reblog us, and all that great social media jazz…

Until next time!

Part Two now published, read it here.

The Background Story

So, Who Are Behind TONE DEF TONY AND THE HO-HO-HOS…?

If you haven’t already heard the catchy, novelty Christmas song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, the wait will soon be over, as it is set to be released late November this year (Go to our contact page to be added to our mailing list to keep up-to-date). Early forecasts say it will take the world by storm and climb up the charts rapidly, but who exactly is behind this surprising hit?

 

Christmas-beer1 NEWEnter stage left: Finch, Davey, & Donnelly Enterprises, a new music production partnership formed earlier this year. Even though – by their own admission – they are all just normal, middle-aged blokes – and their company sounds more like a branch of solicitors than musicians – they all share a ‘have-a-go’ attitude to life.

The three collaborators met for the first time three and a half years ago on a TV film set, and although music wasn’t the main topic of their early conversations back in 2015, they all went out for a beer once the shoot had wrapped, and have stayed in contact ever since. Little did they know where that chance encounter would lead them!

Finch, a drummer and accomplished musician in his own right, had dreamed of having his own music studio since he was just sixteen years old. Davey, a single parent father, had dreams of being a musician and artist, but life got in the way! Donnelly, a published author, actor, and entrepreneur, felt he’d f**ked up his eclectic life, having lived outside of the UK most of his adult life, and followed the whims of his various passions (which included, art, music, acting, construction, business, motivational coaching, and writing – to name but a few!)

A strange trio, one might think, to form a musical partnership, but as soon as Donnelly learned about Finch’s dream to build a music studio in his back garden (You can read about building the studio here), the first seeds were planted. Without the full budget to farm out the building project, they thought, ‘How difficult can it be to do it ourselves?’ That year, the plot was cleared, and first ground was broken. It would be two years later that the studio was finally completed. Little did they know, as they worked diligently on the construction of the studio, that they would actually be the first musicians to produce a song in that space.

Although all of them are highly creative ‘ideas men’ in their own right, it was Donnelly’s funny Christmas song that gained early attention from the group. In the midst of this year’s  summer heat wave, whilst promoting his World Cup song (CHANT LIKE AN ENGLISH FAN by The Laddz, from back in 2006) Donnelly got the lyrics for I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS. He recorded a very rough proof-of-concept on his laptop and added a crude drum beat and sound effects, but it captured the idea. At their monthly lads’ get-together and poker night, he played it to the team. Although crude, out-of-time, off-beat, and badly sung, Finch and Davey thought it had merit.

That was that. Everything else was shelved, and the trio decided to go ‘All-in’ and set to work recording the track. Tone Def Tony was born! It hasn’t been plain sailing, as you’ll learn in the next few posts, as we keep you updated on our progress, but it’s all good fun.

For a sneak peek at the lyrics, go here and remember to like us, share us, reblog us, and wait patiently for the first taster reels of the song…!