Posts tagged “The Crazy Boy Floyds”

Saturday, 1 October 2016

“Of the Month” October 2016

TV Show of the Month:
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Gravity Falls

What a perfect show for Halloween, filled with scary supernatural elements like zombies, dark magics, monsters, and gnomes! It’s also a really frikkin excellent show, one that very carefully and slowly builds its mythology and world, all without sacrificing the immediate humor of the moment. Top-notch actors like Linda Cardellini, Kristen Schaal, Jennifer Coolidge, Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Louis C.K., Mark Hamill, John Oliver, Patton Oswalt, and even Neil deGrasse Tyson have lent their voices to the characters. It also built towards a planned ending and then actually ended! It’s only two seasons. You can watch it on Hulu. Do so. For Halloween.

Album of the Month:
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The Crazy Boy Floyds: 8-Bit Halloween

A great little collection of catchy songs about a Werewolf/Skeleton combination, the Grim Reaper, a generic Monster, and an Urban Legend. Go listen to them. Do so. For Halloween.

Video Game of the Month:
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Transformers: Earth Wars

What does this game have to do with Halloween? Umm… giant robots? Whatever, I’ve been playing this game very consistently for over a month, so it’s p-much a lock to be included in my “of the month” choices this time. It’s a resource/building/battling game, where you collect resources to build a base from which you launch sorties against opposing players’ bases. If you like that kind of thing, this is a very casual version (I usually just pick it up for a couple of minutes at a time a few times a day). Plus it’s nice to send some old faves like Ironhide and Bumblebee into combat on your behalf. If you do start playing, join my Alliance: “Seattleites”

Categories: Of the Month.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My Famous Friends: Geoff Slays Commercial Music!

Mmmm... so steamy...

Mmmm… so steamy…

My excellently-talented friend (since kindergarten) Geoff is an excellently-talented musician. Until recently he was the bass-playing part of Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount (he can be heard on all of the FFD albums released up to this date). He is also the singer and 1/2 of the composers (I’m the other 1/2) of The Crazy Boy Floyds. He also produced a bunch of Trevor Peach’s recent musics. And a bunches of other stuffs.

Now he’s written the musics for a commercial for Slayer Espresso’s new steam machine! Here’s what Geoffs says:

Hey guys! Not only is Slayer an awesome company that I have loved since it’s inception, but a while back Arthur Allen started working in their marketing department and asked if I’d be willing to make a little tune for the promos of their upcoming products. Of course I said yes! And of course Arthur has done amazing things with it! Thanks for the opportunity, man! I hope I get to work with you moooore!

Watch the ‘mercial here and wissen to da musics within!

Also, that looks like a pretty kick-ass machine. If only I thought coffee had a good flavor taste instead of tasting like burnt bits you’d scrape off the bottom of an oven!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

“Of the Month” February 2016

Musicians of the Month:
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The Crazy Boy Floyds

Full disclosure: The Crazy Boy Floyds is my band. I compose music and (rarely) lyrics for it. Therefore I think it’s completely awesome. We’re steadily releasing content for four albums simultaneously:

I’ve posted much about The Crazy Boy Floyds and will continue to do so. Check it all out at The Crazy Boy Floyds Tag on this here blog on the computer website.

YouTuber of the Month:
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DashieGames

“Dashie” is a guy who films himself playing video games and uploads it to YouTube. So what? Thousands upon thousands of people do that. Well, none of them have quite the… enthusiasm that Dashie does. Dashie is so over-the-top energetic and excited that I find him to be incredibly, infectiously entertaining. His shouting, screaming, and swearing might seem like it’d be annoying, but it comes across as charming. It’s fun to watch someone do something so damned enthusiastically. His facial expressions and reactions when things don’t go his way are priceless. I have exclusively watched his Super Mario Maker series, wherein people make insanely-difficult levels for Dashie to beat and he does his damned best. I made a level for him but he never ended up playing it. But you should still watch these Mario Maker videos. Watch out, though: he uses the cuss words quite a bit! Not safe for work and all that.

Link of the Month:
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LiarTownUSA

LiarTownUSA is the excellent Photoshop work of Sean Tejaratchi, wherein he makes phony images of phony things, and they’re all frikkin’ hilarious. He’s perhaps best known as the creator of the insane supermarket “Apple Cabin” (which now has a calendar available of all its bizarre advertisements)

Who wouldn't want to shop at Apple Cabin?

Who wouldn’t want to shop at Apple Cabin?

But LiarTownUSA is also chock full of phony book covers, magazines, albums, View-Masters, commemorative plates, calendars, rock show posters, as well as things like phony screenshots of fake YouTube videos and Netflix movies. Like Ghost Prawn:

Ghost Prawn
2000 R 1hr 45min
A routine hunt for microscopic bits of food lures Ghost Prawn into a web of seduction and deceit.

Recurring gags abound, such as a series of tributes to a seagull named Glenn that died in 1974:

Glennspirations

Glennspirations

Be warned, though, there is much that is NSFW in these images (such as fake porno mags and video covers).

Categories: Of the Month.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Four More Songos from The Crazy Boy Floyds!

Hey, ‘member just a couple of weeks ago when The Crazy Boy Floyds didn’t have any officially released songs, just copied MP3s that had been passed around? Well, now it’s a new week and four new songs by CBF have been released into the wild.

This week we have a song about the problem of a sleepy shepherd who has to count his sheep without falling asleep, the joys of being a monster, a timely political tale of clashing protests, and a wistful song about all your beloved childhood toys and games becoming real:

That’s a grande totale of SIXTEENE songose from CBF now! Yikes!

Categories: Music.

Friday, 15 January 2016

The Secret Code in the New Crazy Boy Floyds’ Song…

New songos already??

New songos already??

It seems like just yesterday that I announced that The Crazy Boy Floyds would actually be officially releasing songs into the wild after 20+ years of gestating (it turns out their songs hatch from eggs). Well, later in the day after I posted about that, they released a whopping FOUR more songs!

Here they are:

I’m especially fond of “The Bullet That Never Slows Down” because I wrote the music for it, and it’s always been one of my favorite compositions. But that’s not the song this post is about!

Did you catch the secret code embedded into “My Control Pad“?? Here are the lyrics to that song; see if you can find it (don’t worry, I’ve bolded and italicized the relevant words).

MY CONTROL PAD

Beekeepers
Would grin in their masks and
Their honeybees would carry me UP to his steel hands
UP and we’d jump through the cool August sky
The world was the view seen by diving red barons and I

Knew what it did when I opened up the box lid
Didn’t even plug it in to play
Soon DOWN the gravelly road I’d run
Knowing by the pond was a waiting someone

And that beekeepers
Would grin in their masks and
Honeybees would carry me into his waiting hands
DOWN and we’d bound over grass growing high
And leap over fences that spread out for acres and I

Wish I still had that control pad
I wish I still had that control pad

LEFT and he went RIGHT
And he went LEFT if you moved RIGHT
That way if someone stole it they could never understand
Sometimes I would confuse it for the other one but use it
Sometimes I would say that I could just say my command

And the beekeepers
Would grin in their masks and
Honeybees would carry me into his waiting hands
B and his three mini missiles would fly
And pop on the fence posts and scatter the hornets and

Sometimes I still used it for its factory made function
Didn’t want to see the Blue Max crash or give Bub a concussion
It always worked despite the sight of mud and grass stains clinging tight
And a sticker so you’d know if he was friend or he was foe

Beekeepers
Would grin in their masks and
Honeybees would carry me into his waiting hands
A and we’d wave as balloonists blew by
And swat at mosquitoes that came out at twilight

Beekeepers
Would grin in their masks and
Honeybees would carry me into his waiting hands
START and his heart and the lights in his eyes
Would rev up so strong now those summers are gone and I

Wish I still had that control pad.

Categories: Music.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

They’re Alive! The Crazy Boy Floyds

The Crazy Boy Floyds: CBF

That’s me on the left.

Way back, well over 20 years ago, the Harris brothers and their friend Geoff for some unknown and unwise reason started to scrape songs together. Geoff & I would write music (usually without collaboration; he would compose songs and I would compose songs) on those extremely old-school music trackers like Scream Tracker and Schism Tracker. We would then give the music to Mike, who would write lyrics and melody. Those would be given back to Geoff to sing.

And the songs started pouring out. Dozens and dozens of them. About any conceivable nerdy/childish subject, like robots, halloween monsters, video games, and very weird people. We decided to call our trio “The Crazy Boy Floyds” based on a character from “Under the Mailbox Theater,” our sketch comedy TV show that we were creating concurrently.

And nothing much came of it. CBF recorded a full album in one sitting at one point, but weren’t entirely pleased with it (most of the recordings that people have of CBF are from this session), and there were a couple of other less-than ideal recording sessions here and there. A few years ago Geoff went to China to train in Kung-Fu, and in his downtime he was able to record many demos of songs, but they were just that; demos.

None of these recordings were ever officially released. And in the meantime songs were still being written. Dozens and dozens of them.

Well, that all ended as of last week. Geoff, Canadian-ensconced and with copious free time, has at long last begun recording, mixing, and finalizing the real, final, actual versions of these songs that have been gestating for oh-so long—with a pledge to release a new one every week (in addition to the weekly Trevor Peach songs that he is producing).

How official is this?
THE CRAZY BOY FLOYDS HAVE AN EMM-EFFING BANDCAMP.

The songs are generally divided into four categories, which correspond with four albums into which the songs will be released:

  • The Crazy Boy Floyds:
    “This collection of music by The Crazy Boy Floyds is for the strange music that doesn’t fit in with their common themes. Much like the Island of Misfit Toys, the songs gravitate toward this “minus world” lacking any clear definition. Also, much like the toys on the Island of Misfit Toys, there’s actually nothing wrong with the songs.”
  • 8-Bit Halloween:
    “It is well known that The Crazy Boy Floyds are obsessed with Halloween specifically and Classic Monsters in general. Indeed, all monsters and modes of costuming are fair game in terms of subject matter in this collection of audio works. But will there be time…. to stop them if we must…”
  • Construction Paper Robot Assembly Line:
    “The first construction paper robots created by The Crazy Boy Floyds (designed in the German tradition – to go out of control) attempted to take over the world in the year 1992. They failed, of course, but they inspired The Crazy Boy Floyds musical fascination with robots that continues to this very day – on this very album.”
  • 25 Cents:
    “In the distant past, one could travel to an “arcade” to play “arcade style video games” which cost one US quarter- 25 Cents. This collection of music by The Crazy Boy Floyds celebrates that time, and celebrates classic video games in general, and the nostalgia of childhood play – though at times it is unclear how.”

Four songs were dropped in one big dump (that sounds dirty) last week. Here they are! Partake and enjoy:

And most likely I’ll be posting more songs as they drop, or every couple of weeks I’ll collect them and post them here. The point is, this is exciting, and something that has been percolating for more than half of my life. Literally.

Categories: Music.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Happy 30th Day of Halloween: The Crazy Boy Floyds’ “Haunted House”

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Original (much less creepy and non-pixellated) Photo by Gordon Werner

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Tomorrow is Halloween!

Let’s celebrate with one of my all-time favorite Halloween Songs, “Haunted House” by The Crazy Boy Floyds! Here are all 31 of the monsters that grace this song:

  1. Skeleton
  2. Boogeyman
  3. Black Cat Without Any Hair
  4. Werewolf
  5. Headless Man
  6. Zombie in a Wheelchair
  7. Mummified Mr. Hyde
  8. Scarecrow Still Stuck on Its Post
  9. Cackling Bat
  10. Severed Rat
  11. Phantom Possessed by a Ghost
  12. Vampires
  13. Swamp Creatures
  14. All Things that Menace and Lurk
  15. Devil Dog
  16. Creeping Fog
  17. Putrid Ghoul Caked in Drool
  18. Mad Scientists and Their Work
  19. Grim Reapers
  20. Eye Spiders
  21. Owl
  22. Witch
  23. Goblin and Friend
  24. Red Diablos
  25. Gibdos
  26. Stalfos
  27. Giddy Goons
  28. Empty Pants
  29. Future Blob
  30. Man-Eating Plants
  31. “Them”

All the monsters ‘neath the moon join their awful tentacles
Raise their hard-to-stomach heads and form a Hellish chain
Howl a horrid song, it’s a glorious bad dream
May the whole world sing along
To our 8-Bit Halloween!

Play the song:

Right-click here and “Save As” to download the song:
Haunted House

Enjoy! For tomorrow is Halloween!

Categories: Holiday.