All ready for our big day out in the city - almost tempted to buy myself a Spiderman costume. Almost.
All ready for our big day out in the city - almost tempted to buy myself a Spiderman costume. Almost.
We have finally launched on Facebook. Ben, Art God, has designed some auitable pages, and we now have pages for The Vicar Chronicles and also The Vicar Chronicles Graphic Novels on Facebook.
Please go like them!
First up for the Vicarious treatment is "The Reggae Song", a favourite from the Tall Pointy One's college days, followed by Under My Wing, which will need a special singer - maybe Passenger, as managed by David and Tim at IE. Although I suspect they will advise their artist to go nowhere near our left-field projects.
I have also found my feet tapping away to the chorus of The Rainbow in 5/4 (more accurately 4/4, with an extra beat's rest), so we shall see where that may go. Onward!
Punk Sanderson does it again! Another Vicar Chronicle has slipped effortlessly from his inventive pen.
A rockstar whose CDs go into the shops but never come out (but aren't there any more either), a goth girl with a ghost in her bedroom (and one really big surprise), and Punk's very own dotcom start-up.
Sounds like chaos as usual!
God! That means a new plot, new characters, new jokes. What's wrong with the ones I've already written I ask. Hercule Poirot only ever had one plot (variations of).
btw. thanks for the various email of support. They make a lot of difference. Always good to know there are a few Punksters out there, who may actually read my drivel... (washing my mouth out with soap) - not drivel...fine literature - coming to a bookstore near you (hopefully)!
The Vicar's Songbook #1 has been made ALBUM OF THE MONTH by Rockerilla magazine, hailing it as "the epitome of the English sound" and "an incredible acoustic light orchestra" in the manner of "George Martin, Phil Spector, Van Dyke Parks and Joe Boyd".
Not to be outdone, Italy's Jam Magazine gives a glowing four star review, describing The Vicar's album as "Delizioso".
The Italians like their Vicars!
Not content with his recent success in London, The Vicar is launching in Japan. Ben Singleton (artist of the Graphic Novels) and his Dad, The Tall Pointy One are flying to Japan for a gruelling round of interviews, dinners, cocktail parties and first class plane travel. Hard work, but someone has to do it.
In fact, there are rumours that the Tall Pointy One treats his son in the same way as the Vicar treats Punk - making him fly in the back of the plane, while he himself reclines in luxury in the pointy end of the plane (maybe that's why he's called the tall Pointy One). Your intrepid reporter will try to find to find out if there is truth in the rumour.
Our compere for the day was the Tall Pointy One (that would be David Singleton to anyone who hasn't followed The Vocar's diaries) - and also JJ from Dolby - who described the album as the future of High Definition Music. Maybe The Vicar's not just a pretty face after all. If I work out how, I will upload some photos of all the various celebrities and super models who attended (the invitations also promised Susho on Naked Dancers, but i didn't spot either, although there was plenty of beer to quaff)
Anyway, I crept in, and it was fab do. So the album's well and truly launched. God bless this ship and all who sail in her.
Phill Savidge, known for his work with 90s Britpop, and more recently with Michael Nyman, The Stranglers and Barenaked Ladies has accepted the task of spreading The Vicar gospel.
Advance copies of the Songbook #1 CD/DVDA package are even now winging their way to music editors and other unsuspecting journalists.
Anyone needing further details can get in touch with the Phill Savidge PR agency at www.phillsavidge.com.
The Tall Pointy One at DGM is currently wrestling with the names on the guest list. (God forbid that the musicians who made the music should be deemed more worthy than the honourable members of the Fourth Estate and their Royal Charter). I understand that Donbledore is even hoping to fly in from Seattle.
Hopefully some seats will be reserved for true audients from The Vicar faithful, wishing to be present for the music - no doubt, Punk will, in due course, find a competition or Sorting Hat for choosing deserving suspects.
The Vicar is moving into the word of APPs - starting with an APP to house all the drummer jokes that feature on this site, and which Punk has been tweeting so successfully (If you can call 500 followers success).
Any followers keen on helping to build an App should throw their virtual hat into the ring by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neil Wilkes at Opus Productions, long-suffering hero, has finally completed The Vicar Songbook DVDA.
The first draft was done before Christmas, but this is a disc of mind-numbing complexity (the menus alone are revolutionary) and each small amendment requires a new series of beta checks and test masters.
The Vicarage now boasts its own Bluray/DVDA player courtesy of Cambridge Audio (actually not "courtesy of", if that implies a freebie, as I walked into a shop and purchased it) so I have even been able to enjoy it in the peace of my own inner sanctum.
Now, we need to find a way of presenting this wonderfulness to a cruel, uncaring world.
We invoke the spirit (who knows, maybe even the humour) of the backs-to-the-wall, David-against-Goliath master himself, Winston Churchill, in our fight to call the major Record Labels to account.
The next lines of this famous speech about "the New World saving the Old" are also prophetically (profartically?) appropriate.
So there it is - with the greatest respect and in the worst possible taste (what else did you expect).
A sleepy village in Wiltshire seems an unlikely place for a media revolution – even if it does involve earl grey tea-drinking Vicars, retiring rock stars and (in a twist worthy of Monty Python) a video-blogging flatulent drummer.
The intent of THE VICAR CHRONICLES, based around the exploits of the legendary music producer, The Vicar, and released this week by DGM Ltd, could not be more simple: to expose the ill-treatment of musicians and artists at the hands of the ‘evil empire’ of the music industry. An industry, in the words of guitarist Robert Fripp, “founded on exploitation, oiled by deceit, riven with theft and fuelled by greed.”
Even the copyright statement is a challenge to the status quo: “DGM Ltd accepts no reason for artists to give away the copyright interests in their work by virtue of a ‘common practice’ which is out of tune with the time, was always questionable and is now indefensible.”
No revolution would be complete without a street protest – and Punk Sanderson, author of The Vicar Chronicles, recently took his protest to the London offices of Universal Music Group, the largest record label in the world, releasing a Youtube video of himself holding placards and breaking wind in protest at each broken contract.
“It’s like the OCCUPY movement only smellier. We’ve called bankers, politicians and ‘phone-hackers to account – now it’s time to blow the wind of change at the major record labels. They trample over musicians’ rights and rather than owning up and offering fair settlement, reach for expensive lawyers. It would cost over £300,000 to fight them in the courts – who’s got that kind of money?”
It has taken ten years for The VICAR CHRONICLES to see the light of day. It is only now possible due to recent changes in the media landscape.
“A few years ago, a project of this magnitude – involving novels, graphic novels, audiobooks, videobooks, film, albums, even a potential TV series – could only have existed with the unlikely support, given the content, of a major label and book publisher,” co-creator, David Singleton, explains. “Now it took just two meetings. One with Robert Kondrck, co-founder of iTunes, who flew into London, and the other with Dan Slater, the head of Kindle at Amazon in Seattle.”
The Vicar Chronicles, by Punk Sanderson, are released through Amazon and iTunes. ‘Sherlock Holmes meets Spinal Tap’, an ingenious series of whodunits set in the music industry, blurring the lines between fact and fiction.
How can one small, mobile and not-very-intelligent unit fight the blast-door of lawyers that protect the world's largest media company?
Many musicians and artists have faced the same problem, but few have worked their butts off quite like this to find a solution - fart outside the offices of their nemesis and post the video on YouTube.
Punk Sanderson, author of a series of semi-fictional exposes of the music industry, has filmed his protest: Fart For Your Rights!
"It's like the Occupy Movement, only smellier. We've called bankers, politicians and 'phone-hackers to account - now it's time for major record labels. They trample over musicians' rights and rather owning up and offering fair settlement, reach for expensive lawyers. It would cost over £300,000 to fight them in the courts - who's got that kind of money?"
So, armed with a battery of slogans - "Fart For Farts Sake," "All You Need Is Wind," "With A Little Fart From Your Friends" - the intention is to encourage Dinosaur Inc to own up, get ethical and improve business practices.
"The major record labels are happy enough chasing college kids who infringe their own copyrights. This campaign blows them towards taking their own copyright abuse seriously. Any artist can join the protest, get the iFart app on their 'phone, and blast away in meetings with their record label. Or just trigger it anyway. We are on the scent of something big."
All Punk's found-sounds are of organic origin.
His Hairyness, in his role as scourge of the record labels (I assume at least some of you have read The Vicar Chronicles) has decided to join DGM and King Crimson's ongoing campaign to persuade Sanctuary/UMG to take their copyright abuses more seriously.
Hopefully, it won't be landing me a jail. Hey ho. It won't be the first time.
At the beginning of this dispute, had they apologized, offered a reasonable explanation, and a small but meaningful sum (perhaps £5,000) - much of this dispute would have long been settled. Instead of which, they offered no explanations,. no apologies and paltry sums - with no justification as to why these should have been correct. If a company of UMG's stature does not instantly offer £5,000 or even £10,000, then they do not take their infringement seriously.
So perhaps this is a case for The Vicar.
I have been hearing strange eruptions from one of the DGM offices - and these, combined with a video by Punk - may yet force the two parties into serious talks. To misquote Monty Python, It is time for a campaign in which "we fart in your particular direction".
All the acts of heroism by the Tall Pointy One and Neil Wilkes in making a defining surround sound experience may now receive the rewards that they deserve.
Promotional emails have gone out (if you're reading this and haven't been spammed then something's gone wrong). Who knows, I may even have sold a copy! (not holding my breath on that score).
So thanks to everyone for getting us here. And on with the next bit. And the bit after that.