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!

Dave Albury
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.

Who Will Be The First DJ To Play Our Song?

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In the run-up to the official release date (November 26th) of our killer Christmas hit song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, we got to wondering which DJ will be the first to play it ? We doubt any BBC DJ will be brave enough to play our slightly politically incorrect song on air, but you never know! Early tests on unsuspecting members of the public have shown that it’s catchy and annoying enough to stick in your head!

Chris Evans
The ‘Radio Rebel’ Chris Evans

Our money is on Chris Evans to be the ground-breaker, though. The ‘rebel of radio’ is known for not listening to the boring nah-sayers and doing his own thing. But the big question is, will he like it enough to play it on air? Music is a funny thing. Something that one person loves, another person hates. Perhaps the ‘Carrot-top of chat’ isn’t a fan of Christmas? Could he be a ginger-Grinch? Only time will tell.

Either way, we are happy to have our song ready for release and look forward to putting you all out of your misery. The launch date is only days away now!

Thanks, as ever, for all your continued support and encouragement. We could not have made this happen without all of your help.

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We Now Have A Facebook Page!

The wonders of old people and technology! With great frustration and A LOT of persistence, we’ve finally worked out how to get a Facebook Page. Click on the image of this happy chappy to go there…

Happy Finch

Can you guess who it is…? Add a comment below, if you know!

We still need your help with our Kickstarter, so please share and support if you can.

KICKSTARTER LINK

Many thanks as always!

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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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…!