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Premiere Nov. 27th Reminder

Amidst 1000s of emails we have to send to help promote our charity song, I still manage to find the time to respond to fan’s requests, and those from overseas where English is NOT their first language, they have requested a Lyric Video (a sing-a-long version to you and I!) to help them learn and understand the song.

Click the link below to set a reminder to be amongst the first to listen along and read the funny (albeit slightly rude by prudish standards) lyrics to our charity Chirstmas song, “I Got P*$$ed with Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony:

And don’t forget, it’s raising money for charity, so if you like it please buy it, stream it, share it, like it, toast it, add it to your morning coffee, have it as a chaser with your favourite beer, whatever!

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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…!

 

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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Christmas Starts Earlier And Earlier…!

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IF WE KEEP ON at this rate, we’ll be celebrating Christmas in July! This is part of the reason for us producing our song, I GOT P**SED WITH SANTA CLAUS. The commercialization of Christmas just seems to start earlier and earlier! And, yes, we ARE trying to sell our song at Christmas time, but we’re trying to bring a bit of fun and comedy, and a sense of giving back to the season.

Snowy AllentownWe remember playing fun, family games, people getting together that haven’t seen each other for a while, drinking and eating far too much, and just having fun. Simple, innocent pleasures. It wasn’t about giving the biggest most expensive gift, it was about sharing and spending time with people you care about.

This is a picture of the last proper Winter I experienced in North America. I haven’t experienced a Christmas like that in the UK in years! BUT, the last time I did was 1976… the last time we had a Summer like the one we’ve just had…!

As you get sucked into the ‘propaganda’ of Christmas this year, we hope that our song is playing in the background somewhere that reminds people that there “WON’T BE NO PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS DAY!” for many people at home and around the world. Don’t worry, we’re not going all ‘Band Aid’ on you, we’d just like to remind you to think about what you already have, and perhaps feel grateful that you have it.

However, if you feel like you have too much and would like to donate to our Kickstarter…

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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:

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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!

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…!

 

“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…!