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TRACKLISTING. MONDAY 27/12/2010

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 03:00 UK time, Monday, 27 December 2010

Tom followed the Introducing Thanks For Your Support chain from start to finish. Starting with Glasgow's Little Yellow Ukuleles, the chain has gone all over the UK.

MAKE SPARKS - Hey Kid
http://www.myspace.com/makesparksband

THE VOID - Game Of Ghosts
http://www.myspace.com/thevoidband

BE A FAMILIAR - You’d Make A Great Ghost
http://www.myspace.com/beafamiliar

TANGO IN THE ATTIC - Seven Second Stare
http://www.myspace.com/tangointheattic

DAVE? - That Spark
http://www.myspace.com/wearedave

THREE BLIND WOLVES - Black Bowl Park
http://www.myspace.com/threeblindwolves

OLYMPIC SWIMMERS - I Won’t Sleep
http://www.myspace.com/olympicswimmers

CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND - Giant
http://conqueringanimalsound.co.uk

FIELDHEAD - Hypodermic
http://www.myspace.com/fieldhead

THE PATTERN THEORY - Ideas Of Fun
http://www.myspace.com/thepatterntheory

DANNY LAYCOCK - Another Day
http://www.myspace.com/dannylaycock

TROY FAID - Part Time Philosopher
http://www.myspace.com/troyfaid

SECRET CIRCUITS - The Battle
http://wwww.myspace.com/secretcircuits

BLACK DIAMOND BAY - Worship The Sun
http://blackdiamondbay.co.uk

ALRIGHT THE CAPTAIN? - Soundtrack your death
http://alrightthecaptain.bandcamp.com

DOUBLE HANDSOME DRAGONS - Bus Trips
http://doublehandsomedragons.bandcamp.com

FRIEND? - Take A Bath In Public
http://facebook.com/friendquestionmark

CITIES - 15728
http://cities.bandcamp.com

CHRIK - Techindy
http://chrik.bandcamp.com

ITCH - This Place Is Full Of Dinosaurs
http://thebanditch.bandcamp.com

THE LITTLE EXPLORER - Chair Legs
http://www.myspace.com/thelittleexplorer

CRUSHING BLOWS - Tie Them Down And Get The Answers
http://www.myspace.com/crushingblowsmusic

CHEAP JAZZ - Rear Window
http://www.myspace.com/funfunband

MY PSYCHOANALYST - Cinderella
http://www.myspace.com/mypsych

ONCE THERE WERE DINOSAURS - It’s About Time
http://www.myspace.com/oncethereweredinosaurs

THESE WAVES - These Questions Have No Answers
http://thesewaves.bandcamp.com

DIRECTIONS - Dreamer
http://directionsuk.bandcamp.com

TRACKLISTING. SUNDAY 26/12/2010

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 03:00 UK time, Sunday, 26 December 2010

Here's the tracklisting for our two-hour Christmas mixtape. Apologies for delay in posting the podcast, but we'll make it downloadable for you as soon as possible.

MAMMAL CLUB - Otter
http://www.myspace.com/mammalclub

LET US TALK ABOUT TREES - Lumberjack’s Lament
http://soundcloud.com/letustalkabouttrees

BODEBRIXEN - I Was Sad And You Were Lonely
http://bodebrixen.dk

SHRAG - When We Go Courting (Disaster)
http://www.myspace.com/shrag

PINEY GiR - Great Grey Belly
http://pineygir.com

ICE, SEA, DEAD PEOPLE - Grean Tee
http://iceseadeadpeople.com

FENNEL SEEDS - I’m A Traitor My Parents Will Never Want To Know
http://www.myspace.com/fennelseeds

GOSPEL - D.I.F.F.C.U.L.T.Y
http://www.myspace.com/gospeluk

PRINTED CIRCUIT - Sexy Trouble
http://printed-circuit.net

HER NAME IS CALLA - Pour More Oil
http://hernameiscalla.com

THINGUMABOB AND THE THINGUMAJIGS - Imaginary Bear
http://www.myspace.com/thingumajigs

ENDOR - Without The Help Of Sparks
http://helptheendorly.co.uk

ADMIRAL FALLOW - Subbuteo
http://www.myspace.com/admiralfallow

BRIGHT SPARK DESTROYER - The Shortest Distance
http://brightsparkdestroyer.co.uk

MENHIRS OF ER GRAH - Long Time Gone
http://menhirsofergrah.bandcamp.com

A GENUINE FREAKSHOW - I Can Feel His Heartbeats
http://agenuinefreakshow.com

CROOKED MOUNTAIN CROOKED SEA - They Don’t Mean Anything
http://www.myspace.com/crookedmountaincrookedsea

MOULETTES - Horses For Hearses
http://www.myspace.com/moulettes

PANDAS AND PEOPLE - When Will I Stay Til The End
http://www.myspace.com/pandasandpeople

FOUND MY NICHE - Demain
http://foundmyniche.co.uk

SUNFIELDS - City
http://sunfieldsband.com

THE OCTOBER GAME - Boxing Underwater
http://theoctobergame.com

MAPS AND LEGENDS - Storms Across The Bay
http://mapsandlegends.co.uk

MILK KAN - Junk Shop
http://milkkan.co.uk

ORWELL - I Need An End
http://www.myspace.com/orwellfrenchband

PANDA PARTY - Defiance Protect Me
http://pandaparty.co.uk

HOODLUMS - Forget A Friend
http://hoodlumsband.com

AMANDA APPLEWOOD - Still Smiling
http://amandaapplewood.com

DAM MANTLE - Theatre
http://dammantle.com

BRAVE TIMBERS - Let’s Never Go Back
http://www.myspace.com/bravetimbers

TRACKLISTING. MONDAY 20/12/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Monday, 20 December 2010

On Sunday Tom Robinson told his version of  Dickens' Christmas Carol. Here's what was in it

STANDARD FARE - Tinsel Politics
http://www.standardfare.co.uk 
SPACESHIPS ARE COOL - Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?
http://www.spaceshipsarecool.com 
JAY SPEARS - You Coulda Knocked Me Over With A Feather
http://www.jayspears.com 
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST TIP (Huw Stephens)
TRUE TIGER feat P MONEY - Slang Like This
http://www.myspace.com/truetigerrecordings
JONAH BRODY (Super Best Friends Club) - Spirit Of Christmas /Age Of Aquarious
http://www.myspace.com/thisissbfc
SWIMMING - In Dulcio Jubilo
http://www.swimmingband.com 
MEXICAN KIDS AT HOME - Wholesale Christmas (Bore Is Over)
http://www.myspace.com/mexicankidsathome
BIT SHIFTER - Winter Wonderland
http://www.bit.shifter.net 
THE SAVINGS AND LOAN - In The Bleak Midwinter
http://www.thesavingsandloan.net 
THE PARAFFINS - Braving The Winter
http://www.myspace.com/theparaffins 
MR CUBE - Winter Pixels
http://www.myspace.com/mrcube
HOLD YOUR HORSE IS - Wonderful Christmas Time
http://www.hyhi.co.uk
THE GRAVE ARCHITECTS - A Spaceman Came Travelling
http://www.thegravearchitects.co.uk 
BROOHAHA - Broo Ho Ho
http://www.myspace.com/broohahauk 
THE MOMERATHS - Your Winter Bones
http://www.themomeraths.co.uk
OVERTHEWALL - Keyboard Heaven
http://www.weareoverthewall.com 
KILL IT KID - Just Like Christmas
http://www.myspace.com/killitkid
PLANET CREATURE - Jingle Bells
http://www.myspace.com/youreonplanetcreature
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT TIP (Bethan Elfyn)
COLORAMA - Cerdyn Nadolig
http://www.colorama.org.uk
MEURSAULT - Christmas In Kirkcaldy
http://www.myspace.com/meursaulta701 
PINEY GIR - Love Is A Christmas Rose
http://www.pineygir.com
GOLAU GLAU - Oak Moon
http://www.myspace.com/golauglau
TOM WILLIAMS AND THE BOAT - True Love Will Find You In The End
http://www.tomwilliamsandtheboat.co.uk
FEVER FEVER - Little Drummer Boy
http://www.feverfever.co.uk
CAROLINE MARTIN - So Why Am I
http://www.carolinemartin.net 
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE TIP (Bobby Friction)
BUMBUU SAUCE - Bunnayn(Za)
http://www.soundcloud.com/bumbu-sauce 
CLUB SMITH - Last Christmas (Live)
http://www.clubsmith.co.uk
TRWBADOR - Y Ferch Nadolig
http://www.myspace.com/trwbador
THE CHRISTMAS GANG - Sing Along (The Christmas Song)
http://www.myspace.com/christmasgang 

 

TRACKLISTS. SUNDAY 19/12/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Sunday, 19 December 2010

Here's what TR played on Sunday

WE CUT CORNERS - Go Easy
http://www.myspace.com/wecutcorners
SING LEAF - Generation Ship
http://singleaf.ca
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED - Clear Your Conscience
http://allthingsconsidered.net
BEAULIEU PORCH - Love 80
http://www.myspace.com/beaulieuporch
INTRODUCING ROULETTE
BLUE-JOHN BENJAMIN & HIS AMATEUR HUMANS - Christmas In The Market Square
http://bluejohnbenjamin.com
O'MESSY LIFE - Fear And Trembling
http://omessylife.bandcamp.com
BRIGHT SPARK DESTROYER – The Shortest Distance
http://www.myspace.com/elliottmorris
FERGUS & GERONIMO - Never Satisfy
http://soundcloud.com/hardlyartrecords
INTRODUCING INQUISITION
CHASED BY WOLVES - Be My Love
http://facebook.com/chasedbywolves
YOURSELF AND THE AIR - So You've Come To Mingle
http://facebook.com/yourselfandtheair
JESS MORGAN - Talisman
http://jessmorgan.bandcamp.com
DARK DARK DARK - Daydreaming
http://www.brightbrightbright.com
SLOW COACHES - Fuzzy Felt
http://www.myspace.com/slowcoachessux
WE CAN BE ASTRONAUTS - Ghosts
http://www.myspace.com/wecanbeastronauts
PENGILLY'S - Ode VIII
http://www.myspace.com/thisispengillys
RANDOLPH'S LEAP - As I Lie In The Mud
http://randolphsleap.bandcamp.com
BUNNY COME - Pills Week
http://www.myspace.com/bunnycome
GOOD AND ANGRY - The Bridge - 3:44
http://goodandangry.bandcamp.com
THE LITTLE HANDS OF ASPHALT - Looks Like Styrofoam
http://www.myspace.com/thelittlehandsofasphalt
SEA KAY - Hand-Bird
http://www.myspace.com/seakaymusic
NICOS BIKE - Sharkbait
http://soundcloud.com/nicos-bike
ABSORB VS SEQUEL - Play the Game
http://www.myspace.com/thisisabsorb
THE LOVELY EGGS - Tyrannosaurus Rex For Christmas
http://www.myspace.com/thelovelyeggs
NO COLOUR - The Cruel Sea
http://www.myspace.com/nocolouruk
SMALLGANG - Leaves
http://www.myspace.com/smallgang
SLINGSHOT DAKOTA - Wave
http://www.myspace.com/slingshotdakota
THE TRAVELLERS - Talk To Me
http://facebook.com/pages/The-Travellers/34267238931
KEAVER & BRAUSE - J.U.I.C.E.
http://www.myspace.com/tbwmusic

 

TRACKLISTING. MONDAY 13/12/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Monday, 13 December 2010

 

Here's Tom's tunes from Monday 13th of December...


LOVE BITES & BRUISES - The Last Man Asleep In The World
http://www.myspace.com/lovebitesbruises

FREE SWIM - Rubix Rue
http://freeswim.bandcamp.com

MCKEVITT & NOBLE - This Is A Bucket
http://www.myspace.com/thisisabucket
http://soundcloud.com/notyouraveragetype

PEEPHOLES - Pulling Cars
http://www.wearepeepholes.co.uk

MISERY GUTS - If You Ever
http://www.myspace.com/miserygutsmusic

CHILDHOOD - Paper Wave
http://www.myspace.com/childhoodlondon

AMANDA APPLEWOOD - Still Smiling
http://amandaapplewood.com

SLEEP ROOM - Quietly Turning Pages
http://sleep-room.com

INTRODUCING INQUISITION
ELLIOTT MORRIS - A Matter Of Time
http://www.myspace.com/elliottmorris

ALT TRACK - No More
http://soundcloud.com/alttrack

DOUBLE THUMB - Wake (Ice & Blood) feat. BEN CRAWLEY
http://www.myspace.com/crazyforicecream

BETHAN ELFYN TIP
H. HAWKLINE - A Cup Of Salt
http://www.myspace.com/hhawkline

SESSION TRACK
YOUNG BRITISH ARTISTS - Lived In Skin
http://www.myspace.com/youngbritishartists

SUTCLIFFE CATERING CO - Masturbation Coma
http://sutcliffecateringco.bandcamp.com

JONQUIL - Fighting Smiles
http://rcrdlbl.com/2010/09/22/download_jonquil_fighting_smiles

WILD SWIM - Meek And Mild (Black Keys)
http://wildswimmusic.com

GLASS ANKLE - Kyo Wa Ii Hi Desu
http://soundcloud.com/glass-ankle

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

ILNESS - Old Song
http://www.illnessband.com
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SHRAG - When We Go Courting
http://www.myspace.com/shrag

RUTH BARNES TIP 1
HANDSHAKE - Shuffle
http://www.myspace.com/handshakemusicuk

RUTH BARNES TIP 2
IMAGINAIRE - The Haunter
http://facebook.com/imaginairemusic

JON DOTS - The Great Dictator
http://jondots.bandcamp.com

THE UNION CHOIR - Lifeboat
http://www.myspace.com/theunionchoir

FORTUNE COOKIES BLUES - Berlin
http://soundcloud.com/emk-1-1/berlin
http://www.myspace.com/fortunecookiesblues

SESSION TRACK
YOUNG BRITISH ARTISTS - Blue Thunder
http://www.myspace.com/youngbritishartists

LASZLO - Anatolia
http://www.jango.com/music/Laszlo


TRACKLISTING. SUNDAY 12/12/10

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Sunday, 12 December 2010

 

Here's Tom's tracklist for the 12th of December....

MR FOGG - Answerphone
http://mrfogg.co.uk

RURAL ROOTS feat THABO - Son of the Storm
http://www.myspace.com/ruralroots

THE LUCID DREAM - A Mind At Ease Is A Mind At Play
http://www.myspace.com/theluciddream08

THE YOU AND ME ENSEMBLE - See You
http://www.myspace.com/theyoumeensemble

INTRODUCING ROULETTE
JOSEPH GRAND - Adventure
http://soundcloud.com/joseph-grand

JEZ KERR - Play Sumthing Fast
http://soundcloud.com/higuera-records
http://facebook.com/pages/Jez-Kerr/162030400483775

HOT VAMP CLUB - Young Hearts, Slow Shoes
http://www.myspace.com/hotvampclub

ZAYNA DAZE - People Of Poison
http://wepluggoodmusic.bandcamp.com

INTRODUCING INQUISITION
BRIGHT SPARK DESTROYER - The Shortest Distance
http://brightsparkdestroyer.co.uk

HHYMN - These Hands
http://www.myspace.com/hhymn

MARY CIGARETTES - Bootcamp For The Brokenhearted
http:/soundcloud.com/marycigarettes

SESSION TRACK

WE ARE ANIMAL - Black Magic
http://www.myspace.com/ weareanimal

DINOSAURS ARE STILL ALIVE - Hive Mind
http://soundcloud.com/dinostillalive

WONDER BEAR - Solar Pond
http://wonderbear.bandcamp.com

JOY OF SEX - Red Rocket
http://joyofsex.bandcamp.com
http://joyofsex.tumblr.com

THE FLARES - Pancake Waitress
http://www.myspace.com/theflaresarehere

FAMILY OF THE YEAR - Summer Girl
http://familyoftheyear.net

PANDA BEAR JONES - It's Bad But That's OK
http://facebook.com/pandabjones

GLIC - Witches Ain't $H!T
http://glic.bandcamp.com

HELIOPAUSE - City of Glass
http://heliopause.co.uk

HI FICTION SCIENCE - PSK
http://www.myspace.com/hifictionscience

ROB COWEN & THE DISSIDENTS - Joyriders
http://robcowen.net

CRISSY CRIS TIP
CRUSO - Embedded (feat ALICIA AMELIA)
http://www.facebook.com/cruso

THE FOCUSSED DISTRACTION - Bed By The Motorway
http://www.myspace.com/thefocusseddistraction

DARK DARK HORSE - Sharks
http://www.myspace.com/darkdarkhorse

SESSION TRACK

WE ARE ANIMAL - 1268
http://www.myspace.com/weareanimal

A GAP BETWEEN - Bonfire
http://soundcloud.com/a-gap-between

INTERNATIONAL WATERS - Cycle of the Chain
http://internationalwaters.net

NERBEATER - Slewing Air Stopping Grounds
http://nerbeater.bandcamp.com

UTE LIVE.

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 15:59 UK time, Wednesday, 8 December 2010

 A couple of weeks back we got given some exclusive Ute session tracks. The boys recorded them especially for us, and we gave them a deserved outing on the show. They also filmed the session and have just put one of the videos online. It's amazing stuff and really captures what a great noise the three of them make. There's two more videos to come too, so keep your eyes peeled for them.

TRACKLISTING. MONDAY 06/12/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Monday, 6 December 2010

Tom got stuck in the snow in Southampton. Ruth Barnes stepped in with this little lot....

MUSEUM OF BELLAS ARTES - Watch The Glow (Dreamtrak Diamond Sound)
http://www.myspace.com/museumofbellasartes

BORDEAUXXX - Heartstrings
http://www.myspace.com/bordeauxxxmusic

CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND - Bear
http://www.myspace.com/conqueringanimalsound

POPPY PEREZZ - My Heart
http://www.myspace.com/poppyperezz

KONA TRIANGLE - Long Mountain
http://www.myspace.com/konatriangle

POLLY AND THE BILLETS DOUX - Back To Earth
http://pollyandthebilletsdoux.co.uk

MEAN LADY - Rain
http://meanlady.bandcamp.com

FATHER LONGLEGS - Chinese R’n’R Cat
http://fatherlonglegs.bandcamp.com/

PAPER DOLLHOUSE - Moon
http://www.myspace.com/paperdollhouses

FEVER FEVER - Bloodless http://www.feverfever.co.uk
http://www.feverfever.co.uk

SESSION TRACK
VUK - My Darling, My Sister, My Flying Bride
http://www.myspace.com/vukmusic

PEEPHOLES - Carnivore
http://peepholes.co.uk

PROFESSOR OJO - Zebras
http://soundcloud.com/professorojo

BOBBY FRICTION TIP Nuphlo - 40 Thieves (Hip Hop Rework) (Studio Rockers)
http://soundcloud.com/studiorockers
http://www.myspace.com/nuphloproductions


FORMER GHOSTS - Chin Up
http://www.formerghosts.com

BELLIES - Bellies! Theme
http://www.myspace.com/hungrybellies

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
GRANDE DUKE - Circle Of Willis
http://grandeduke.co.uk

WONDER BEAR - Solar Pond
http://wonderbear.bandcamp.com

GIRL MUSIC GURU TIP 1
SELEBRITIES - Time
http://www.myspace.com/selebrities

GIRL MUSIC GURU TIP 2
MINNIE BIRCH - Bicycle Song
http://www.myspace.com/minniebirch

SEA OF BEES - Gnomes
http://seaofbees.com

A GAP BETWEEN - Bonfire
http://soundcloud.com/a-gap-between

SESSION TRACK
VUK - Nameless Bones
http://www.myspace.com/vukmusic

KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS - Fokionos Negri Street
http://www.myspace.com/keepshellyinathens

MARTHA! MOTHER - Indian Country
http://silentfarmrecordings.bandcamp.com


TRACKLISTING. SUNDAY 05/12/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Sunday, 5 December 2010

Here's what TR played on Sunday

FICTION - Big Things
http://facebook.com/FictionLondon

THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER - Jardin Du Luxembourg
http://www.myspace.com/ghostofasabertoothtiger

FREAKY AGE - Never See the Sun
http://freakyageband.com

THE LAKE POETS - Windowsill
http://thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

INTRODUCING ROULETTE
HHYMN - These Hands
http://www.myspace.com/hhymn

GRENOUILLES - Bones
http://grenouilles1.bandcamp.com

JUKEBOX COLLECTIVE - Lost & Found
http://www.myspace.com/jukeboxcollective

HONOUR BEFORE GLORY - Breaker
http://soundcloud.com/honourbeforeglory

SMILE - Closer
http://www.myspace.com/wehatesmile

TRANSMITTENS - Marfa Texas
http://transmittens.bandcamp.com

EXCLUSIVE TRACK
UTE - Brother
http://www.myspace.com/utetheband

BLATNOVA - Midshipman and Mermaid
http://blatnova.co.uk

LONG LONG LONG - Ponytail Ambition
http://longlonglong.bandcamp.com

THE DREADNOUGHTS - Cider Road
http://www.myspace.com/vancitydreadnoughts

Mr FOGG - Answerphone
http://mrfogg.co.uk

STRAIT LACES - Where the Wolf Roam
http://straitlaces.com

LITTLE GREEN CARS - The John Wayne
http://www.myspace.com/littlegreencars

BETHAN ELFYN SESSION
TOWN - The Line
http://townmusic.co.uk

GOSPEL - D.I.F.F.I.C.U.L.T.Y. (Ft. Tom Robinson)
http://soundcloud.com/gospel_uk

PRINTED CIRCUIT - Distance And Time (HAWNAY TROOF Remix)
http://printed-circuit.net

HEADTAPES - Sunshine
http://headtapes.com

TARGET TIP D-MACKIA - New Generation
http://facebook.com/dmackia

JOUIS - She's On The Rise
http://soundcloud.com/jouis

HOT VAMP CLUB - Young Hearts, Slow Shoes
http://www.myspace.com/hotvampclub

EXCLUSIVE TRACK
UTE - Refuser
http://www.myspace.com/utetheband

ORWELL - I Need An End
http://rashrecords.co.uk

SHAKEY HANDS - Big Freezer
http://shakeyhands.bandcamp.com

YANMOLBY - Cut-In
http://www.myspace.com/yanmolby


MR FOGG - ANSWERPHONE VIDEO

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Sunday, 5 December 2010

We had Mr Fogg on the show on Sunday. He was here talking about his amazing new DIY video. He's written us a lovely guest blog about it.....

 

 

STOP! This blog gives away what happens in the video. So if you want to experience it as it should be experienced, watch the video above first.

 

Over the last 12 months I've done a few things that people thought were mad. First of all, last December I opened a pop-up “Fogg Shop” in Soho, selling Mr Fogg-related records and merchandise and performing 50 times in 4 days. Then, at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals I sprang a marching band and majorette on the audience in the middle of “Keep Your Teeth Sharp”.

 

After the festival, I found myself wondering what I could do in a video for my next single that could create the same kind of drama as those performances. 

 

I started thinking about how I could incorporate the marching band into a video. Well, the obvious thing to do is do it in a public place.  And what's the most public place? Trafalgar Square I guess. To start with “Trafalgar Square” was just a kind of holding phrase that I used to describe the scale of what I wanted to do. I would say to people “of course, the chances of actually being able to do it in Trafalgar Square are tiny – we'll actually find somewhere similar but more manageable to do it”. But in the back of my mind I was thinking “but what if it COULD be done”. 

 

 

 

I had an image of the video playing backwards and forwards in my head constantly – camera movements and all – and eventually I decided it was Trafalgar or nothing.  In the end I just phoned up the people responsible for the square and asked them if there was any chance of doing it. To my surprise, they weren't remotely phased by it.  The only problem was that I would only have one hour to shoot the video.  Now everything was reversed.  I was telling everybody “I've secured Trafalgar Square – piece of cake”, and in the back of my mind I was thinking “they must not have understood what you meant – you're never going to get away with this.”

 

I contacted several film-makers and got a series of astronomical quotes for how much it would cost to pull it off. £25k. £50k. The crowd will all need to be extras. You'll need a giant crane. It'll take 6 months to get permission. You'll have to do it on blue screen and put Trafalgar Square over the top in post-production.

 

Initially I thought they must be right. They're the experts after all.  But I started to do my own calculations. I phoned up cinematographers and asked them what kind of camera and lens was required. I made enquiries about the capabilities of cranes, jimmy-jibs and steadicams. And every time I spoke to a producer or director who said it couldn't be done I learned something new.

 

Eventually I had a fully-formed idea of exactly what I wanted to do and how it was going to be done, but I knew it was too much work for one person so I started to look for people to help me and came across two producer-directors called Ed Christmas and Stu Hall whose help proved to be invaluable. They were into the idea, but I think unsure about the logistics, so I decided not to give them a lot of chance to think about it.  I contacted Trafalgar Square and told them I would be there on October 28th (two weeks' time) and then called Stu and Ed and told them it was full-steam ahead if they wanted to be in on it.

 

From that point on, it was a mad scramble to get everything done.  We spent an afternoon knocking on the doors of embassies, government departments and church buildings and Stu eventually negotiated permission to film from the roof of the national gallery.  Then later that day Ed and I went to a cafe and drafted a script for the camera movements and the timing of everything that would happen in the square.

 

What hadn't quite dawned on me was that if this video was going to match the version that had been playing backwards and forwards in my head, I was going to have to be involved in every part of the process. I found myself choreographing dancers in Bow, animating photographs of Trafalgar Square, taking delivery of giant balloons, casting actors, and conducting marching band rehearsals on a military shooting range. If anybody is interested, if you want to write a score for an american-style drum corps you'll have to transpose every part into G in the treble clef.  And dancers are only interested in bar lines if they happen to coincide with them counting to 8.

 

The shoot itself passed by in a blur.  As the clock ticked down to our one allocated hour it felt more like being about to go on stage at a festival than doing a video shoot. I had expected a crowd of 10 or 20 people watching what was going on, but looked up halfway through the first run-through to see hundreds of people lining up in front of me. This was made all the more surreal because of the fact that the whole “performance”, apart from the band, was being done in total silence.  I tried to concentrate on my performance, while Stu sprinted about the place giving instructions to cast and crew and Ed directed the camera movements from the roof of the National Gallery.

 

The reaction to the video has been incredible. I started by sending it to a small number of people that I knew personally in the hope that they would want to pass it on to their friends, and 24hrs after  uploading it to Youtube 1000 people had already watched it. Now, less than a week later, a whole series of bloggers have embedded it on their websites and people are tweeting and retweeting it and adding it to their facebook pages.

 

That's the brilliant thing about videos – the way that they can be embedded and spread around.  This, combined with the fact that the technology is so cheap (or often free) makes video an essential tool for independent artists.  The good new is that if the idea is good, nobody is going to care whether it was made on a Red One, a D5 or an iPhone 4.

 

If you're thinking about making a video, a couple of useful sites to check out if you are looking for film-makers to collaborate with are www.radarmusicvideos.com and www.shootingpeople.com. Radar is specifically set-up to match-up musicians and video directors, and works on a system where musicians upload a brief and a budget (big or small – from £50 to £10k) and directors submit ideas (“treatments”).  Shooting People is a more general film-making community, but is a great place for finding people to work with or equipment to hire if you want to have a go yourself.

 

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