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BYD: Boffo Yux, You’ve Done A Lovely Cover

February 16, 2012
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Whale.

Jury found him guilty. Gave him sixteen years in hell

Our entry for the SoulTreeRecords.com ‘s Gift of Music. It’s an offshoot of Songfight. In the 2012 contest, we did this song for for Caravan Ray.

Note – Eddie hasn’t put up the 2011/12 entries on the official site yet. Here’s a link to them at a temp site.

http://www.one-thousand-words.net/blog/?page_id=649

Al and I created this cover song for ‘The Gift of Music’ – it’s a secret santa contest for other musicians, and a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – the contestants ultimately vote on the winners, and the money goes to fund research. Win Win for everyone.

To enter, you pick 4 songs you’d like someone to cover. Any songs. They can be songs you’ve written, favorites, the most hated song you’ve ever heard… you pick. Then you’re matched up with someone else’s picks, and you need to do one of them. Pretty simple.

We ended up with Caravan Ray, who has done some fun songs over at Songfight.org and the Nur Ein competition we were in last year. His reaction to the song?

“Heh! Boffo Yux, You’ve Done A Lovely Cover. That is truly bizarre. Funny – when Bon died, I don’t remember Peter Noone being suggested as a replacement, but you have demonstrated it could have worked!”

I think we succeeded on all counts this one. Here’s the song…

Here’s our thoughts on this puppy. First up, Al:

“Jailbreak”: With the “Gift of Music” cover, we were given four choices of a song to cover and this one stood out to us as a) within our musical abilities to tackle and b) contained the best possibilities for mischief.  (On a side note, we also provided someone else with four choices, and they unfortunately did not complete the challenge.

Which is too bad, because I thought we, or certainly I, provided annoying enough choices for an entertaining outcome.)  Oh, sure, we had to tweak the choice in a fun way, but how?  Pulling on my internal database of justifiably semi-obscure pop trends, I thought “Herman’s Hermits”, ’cause that’s just how I roll. Tom is typically a genius at isolating specific elements which sell a concept, and this was no exception.  He found the method used to get that typical HH “plunky” guitar sound (answer: stuff a rag between the strings and the pickups, no joke), which I think sells the endeavor.

One trawl through the HH catalog for sonic signposts and a Dick Van Dyke-level Cockney accent later and we had it.  Musically, we’re like The Professor on Gilligan’s Island:  mostly what we have in our repetoire is the aural equivalent of coconuts, but we can build a pretty decent radio transmitter out of ’em.  (Though, oddly, not a boat.  Never a boat.)

Tom:

I liked the idea of doing something odd with an AC/DC tune. It seemed subversive and devilish… but I wanted it to be cheeky, in the British sense of humor vein. How to make it ‘smart’ just not too pretentious? I also liked one UK band doing a cover of another by us yanks. So – part homage, part tweaking people, we started on the idea of using Herman’s Hermits doing a cover.

I remember seeing an interview with Peter Noone a long time ago where he explained how they got their ‘plinky’ sound for the guitar, and I knew someday I’d use it. It came in handy here.

Al ran with it, doing all the instruments including the tin whistle (Inspired!) and spoons. I just helped with a few backing vocal tracks. I’m very happy with the resulting song – I’m sure it’ll be used to torture purists for years to come.

I tried to get Peter Serafinowicz to give it a listen – thought it’d be up his humor ally, and tweeted him about it, but never got a response. If you know him, give old @serafinowicz a shout about the song and a link. I’d love his opinion. Enjoy.

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Christmas Songs you probably won’t hear on the radio – Part 1 ‘Twangles, the Christmas Squid’ by Jason Morris

December 5, 2010

I’ve noticed a bunch of songs about the holidays my friends have accumulated over the years, and thought it might be the time to start sharing the wealth. So I’m going to try and blog a bunch of them until Christmas, in the hope you get a chuckle, snicker, or feel good about yourself in the holiday spirit.

If you also want to purchase the (where available) spreading the cheer to the original artist, which is a bonus.

How do you do that?

First up – Jason Morris with his Masters of Song Fu favorite ‘Twangles, The Christmas Squid’

It’s an upbeat ditty about a cephalopod that brings toys to kids where Santa can’t quite reach. The chorus keeps bouncing around in my brain, and makes me happy. Enjoy!

I met some new friends the other day.

November 3, 2010

Note: This didn’t start to be a name dropping exercise. It just ended up that way so I could explain the convoluted path that my life has taken the last few days.

I met some new friends the other day. I went to W00tstock Boston with a video camera, and was invited to shoot some backstage footage as well as cover the event. 6 hours and 57 Gigs later, I’m coming out the other side of a fun time with some very gracious people, who I now know a little better. Hopefully they won’t file restraining orders the next time we meet.

I’ll post more on the backstage hi-jinx soon (I still have to do #NaNoWriMo as well) But here’s a taste of the last few days and two people I met that impressed me. They’re both twisty path stories about Marian Call and Marc Abrahams.

I hadn’t heard about Marian until a few months ago. (more…)

The Ballad of Henry Pym – in HD!

August 12, 2010

The Boffo Yux Dudes have been writing music for the new SpinTunes songwriting contest – our first song was this little ditty about our favorite SuperHero, Ant-Man.

We made a little video for it in HD – it’s 1080p if you really want to blow the sucker up on You Tube.

Bully for You!

Hey! Don't forget about me! I Helped!

Special thanks to Bully, the Little Stuffed Bull, for help in acquiring the scans and also perusing the lyrics so we have the true essence of who ‘Hank Pym’ really is.

The Z-89 Cray-Z Morning Crew & Big Mike – Calling it as we saw it

May 5, 2010
Danny and Scott in LA via electrons

25 years and 3000 miles later, it's a party!

In 1985, I produced a morning Radio show with a host of other talented folks on a new FM station in Syracuse, NY. It was a demanding, crazy time during a tumultuous part of my life, and I had a ton of fun. I recently went back for our 25th radio reunion, and caught up with people, which dragged out the archives. So I though I’d clear the air about the ‘Big Mike’ episode. More after the Break

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12 years later, I STILL can’t play guitar…

February 24, 2010

I want to get invited to these parties!

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1981!

You can vote for your top 5 songs by clicking on the banner
Al, Dan and I wrote a song for the latest round of ‘Masters of Song Fu’, an ‘Iron Chef’ of  songwriting skills for bragging rights on the internet. We’d appreciate it if you’d go and check out the song after you’ve had some fun here, and vote for 5 deserving candidates.
If one of your votes happens to be The Boffo Yux Dudes, we won’t complain. But do check out the tunes. This group is very talented, and has been making some interesting creative choices with their interpretations of the rules.
Enough brown- (more…)

Laughing with the King – Mini LP

January 8, 2010

In honor of the King’s 75th birthday, here are a few Boffo Yux Dudes bit involving our favorite musician. It’s Elvispalooza with the BYD this Weekend! More bits to come.

Enjoy

Woman Talk – Outtakes of the Rich and Brainless

December 31, 2009

A New Year’s present for BYD friends – Greg, Pat and Tom outtakes from our attempts at doing a studio video version of ‘Woman Talk’.      I don’t believe these have seen the light of day in 15 years.

You can see a full episode from the series here and here, as well as the BYD YouTube site.

Enjoy.

Our Winters Love – a not all quite there romance song

December 14, 2009
Who knew a reel to reel could be so much fun?

Mmm. Tastes like chicken!

Allan and I worked on another song entry for Masters of Song Fu – Round 3 – this round had you
“Write a winter holiday song that is not about the holidays.”

So, of course, we chose to write this simple ditty about a love gone astray.

The lyrics, while all clean, might be NSFW if you pay attention to them.

You can follow along with the lyrics here.

Enjoy

3 is an Evil Number – Masters of Song Fu Entry

December 5, 2009

Someone got my goat. And now there's hell to pay.

3 is an Evil Number – Master of Song Fu #5 shadow entry

I’ve been interested in the Masters of Song Fu contests since early this year. A bunch of talented and creative people are butting heads trying to write the best songs in various challenges, with the winner getting the honor of writing head to head against ‘Masters’. Think Iron Chef for the songwriters out there.

In my head, I’m going – this is going to be easy. Block out a few hours, pound out a song, and send it in. Who cares if I have no musical talent, current working studio, or a clue how to do it?

I think I found out the hard way.  Luckily, Allan Morgan felt sympathy, and (more…)