Rob. I do music and I love it. Links to my different projects below.
Superhero Eugene & The Orange Juice Sunshine Band are on a wee little tour.
I say tour in the loosest sense possible, we aren’t leaving the North-West of England yet, but hopefully we’ll venture out further into lands unknown soon. The gigs so far have been incredible fun, we’ve had members of the band The Yossarians (facebook) on-stage with us filling in when someone can’t make it, which has been a fun experience because unlike us they can actually function and play live onstage.
All the dates are on the facebook page if you live in the area, and if you don’t and you turn up that’s even cooler. We’ve done the Manchester leg (like if it was a real tour), so the gigs that are left are only in Cheshire, but we’re adding more in Manc, as well as Liverpool and Chester so that’s another thing to look out for.
Someone asked if I was doing anymore 12bitfidelity. gigs soon too, so if you’re dying to know yourself the answer is yes, once I have completed the album.
Alright cool, thanks for reading this far I guess.
I just finished watching Sir Terry Pratchett’s documentary on euthanasia, and all I can say that although it’s easy to get me a little watery eyed, this turned me into a human fountain. I’m not really ashamed about that either - it was such a personal and beautiful account of something I often muse about that it really did touch me.
I won’t go into the subject because everyone’s opinion is right, death is such a personal and touchy area I feel that the debate that would ensue if I were to put my view on here would be pointless, as it would never reach a valid conclusion. All I will say is that whether you are pro euthanasia or not you need to watch this stunning, moving piece of film while you can. I promise it will stir something deep inside you.
I went through my teenage years with Monty Python, their immature sense of humor perfect for someone out of childhood but still craving something silly, Flying Circus did to me what cartoons I had grown out of once did - filled me with a sense of joy and moments of uncontrollable hysterics. I loved Life of Brian and The Holy Grail too - I could quote them both line for line, and every time I watch them to this day I still fall in fits of laughter.
I recently saw John Cleese at the Lowry, a wonderful show. He talked about his career with such pride, and talked about how he loves the fact he spent his life bringing joy to people. He played his favourite sketches he’s written, clips from films he wrote and starred in, but did not mention The Meaning Of Life. At all.
I never really got The Meaning Of Life as a teenager, and watching it back I can see why. It’s a more mature film, written by a comedy troupe in it’s twilight years reflecting on itself rather than pumping out the same old circus routine, and I didn’t like that when all I wanted was that childlike immaturity. All I can say is though is watching it back with an older, and hopefully wiser eye I can safely say this film is one of the finest and most intelligent pieces of comedy I have ever witnessed.
It struck me that they knew this was going to be the last film they made. Everything they wanted to say about anything they seem to have said; from their bleak, satirical view of corporate ownership to the blissful ignorance to the bigger picture of life itself of every day people, and the ridiculousness of religious factions. There’s far too much to write about. It is dark humor, my favourite scene in particular makes light of the feeling of worthlessness due to the enormity of the galaxy and how in the grand scheme of things we are nothing. I felt like that scene really got to me, and I’m sure they wrote it to be thought provoking as well as humorous. Here is the entire scene:
Don’t get me wrong though, this film is bloody mad. From the musical numbers (a catholic man with dozens of children singing about how ‘every sperm is sacred’) to just the ridiculously silly sketches in a similar style to Flying Circus (the Zulu war in
Glasgow Africa with the officers missing leg) it’s clear they didn’t want to come across as too serious. I often thought watching it that I was reading into it too much, something deep and philosophical would be being presented and then before I knew it a fat guy was blowing up, but then it is Monty Python.
The Meaning Of Life captures every thought, every satirical critique and every one of those questions that we all ask ourselves and each other and turns it into an amazing, dark, thought provoking and completely mental comedy. I am so glad I thought to watch it again, as I was so quick to disregard it at a younger age. I urge anyone who did not enjoy it to watch it again, but without a typical Monty Python mindset. This film is brilliantly bleak and although dealing with heavy topics still manages to keep the charm and light-heartedness that every Python fan loves, but with a more serious approach.
As some of you have noticed (thank you for the few lovely e-mails too) I haven’t made much music recently. This saddens me a lot more than it saddens you, because now I have nothing to do.
What happened was I just hit a sudden brick wall. The process I went through to make music just felt stale and boring, and plus I’ve been venting all my musical needs into my band, so making electronic music felt like a chore rather than a hobby.
That being said I am writing again, just taking it more slowly. I’ll be doing things a little differently and am going to go back on what I’ve previously said and ask a few people to help me on tracks - a lot of my more recent tracks I’ve tried to make have always felt lacking in some way.
I’ll be uploading songs into a little EP soon so you can listen to some of my music on the go, or whatever. I’m hoping to start gigging again soon, it’s a crime I’ve only done one, but I plan on changing the way I did that too.
The case of the random asker has been solved.
How do you people know so much about me.
WHO ARE YOU!?
This made my day :’)
I like semi-colon’s; they make you come across as being clever even if you use them incorrectly.
My bands record. Personal favourite’s are Mont Goes On His Sunnies, Scared Of Bears Cutting My Own Hair Blues, and My Cupcake Muffin Monster.
All the songs were written by my good friend Matt O’Toole, except My Cupcake Muffin Monster which was written by Will O’Toole.
Download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?zqe3y9nph69sgr8