Posts tagged “The Crazy Boy Floyds”

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”

haunted house

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.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Mix CD: November 2013

Mix CD: October 2013

I’m Missing a Bunch of Album Art!

Still no baby! Everything’s ready for her (including us), but no birth over the weekend. Instead, I made a couple of Mix CDs. Yes, actual, physical CDs. Yes, I still do that sometimes, though it has actually been a couple of years since I’ve done so. So because it’s been so long, I decided to make a double-disc. I also threw out my rule about trying to have only one repeat from previous discs (there are a lot of repeats on these).

For this set I just arranged my collection alphabetically by artist and started at the top. I tried not to use more than 2 songs for any given artist chosen. I got down to the “P” artists before I filled up two discs! I fudged the order a couple of times (Julia Massey shouldn’t be on the first disc, for example), but whatever.

So here are the track lists. Wherever possible I tried to link to somewhere where you could download the song, or at least to a place where you can listen to the song. I was actually able to find them all… except for the songs that I wrote myself…

Anyway, enjoy! There are some good stuffs on these:
Mix CD: October 2013
Disc 1

  1. Ducktails – Moon by The Advantage
  2. Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
  3. Paradise by Ana Laan
  4. Airbrushed by Anamanaguchi
  5. All the Same to Me by Anya Marina
  6. Title Screen Music from the Animal Crossing OST
  7. Around the Bend by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  8. Search for the Giant Squid by Ballzack
  9. Draw a Crowd by Ben Folds Five
  10. Stay the Same by Bonobo with Andreya Triana
  11. Avantcore by Busdriver
  12. The Story of the Earth, So Far by Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
  13. The Factory by The Crazy Boy Floyds
  14. Photograph by Def Leppard
  15. Mercy by Duffy
  16. Lazy Bones by Esquivel
  17. Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
  18. The Frug by Rilo Kiley
  19. Little Fighter X by Fighter X
  20. Skeleton by Jimes
  21. Queen of Wishful Thinking by Saucecore
  22. Me and My Brother by Ballzack
  23. Haunted House by The Crazy Boy Floyds

Disc 2

  1. Spin Around by Josie & The Pussycats
  2. Spaceships by Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount
  3. Take It Like a Man by Kay Hanley
  4. LonLon Ranch by Koji Kondo
  5. Awake by Leeni
  6. Nice Weather for Ducks by Lemon Jelly
  7. Chemistry by Locust Street Taxi
  8. Just Another Day from the Lost Viking OST
  9. Bucky Done Gun by M.I.A.
  10. Good Morning Moon by Marian Call
  11. Over and Over by Leeni
  12. Crashman Stage from Mega Man 2 OST
  13. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Us by Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount
  14. Daybreak by Michael Haggins
  15. No Myth by Michael Penn
  16. Lollipop by Mika
  17. Zanac – Area 2 by Miyamo Shant
  18. Taste the Bass by Mono Puff
  19. Dear Carbon Nanotubes by Locust Street Taxi
  20. Starry Eyed Surprise by Oakenfold
  21. Experimental Dream FLCL by Open Mike Eagle
  22. Things I Think About On Planes by Palmdale

Categories: Links, Music.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Julia Massey, We Heart You!

Last Thursday night Carrie & I went up to Darrell’s Tavern in Shoreline to be a part of an extremely important evening: the Julia Massey’s Surprise 30th Birthday Party! It was thrown by her husband Jared and dozens upon dozens of people showed up with a singular message: “Julia Massey, we heart you!”

There was another surprise after the initial surprise. A whole bunch of Julia’s musical friends performed covers of her songs for her. Below is the lineup. Where possible I’ve linked to the websites or Facebook pages of the performers, and linked to Julia’s original versions of the songs for download. Enjoy:

  1. The Jesus Rehab:
    Rock duo The Jesus Rehab (Julia’s Husband Jared on guitar & his brother Dom Cortese on drums) did a rockin’ version of Light Reminder. It might have been a little bit cheating since Dom is also the FFD’s drummer.
  2. Jon Yoon:
    Mr. Yoon did a lovely acoustic version of Bottom of the Ocean.
  3. Michael Raley:
    Mr. Raley did a spoken-word performance of Good Fish.
  4. David Miner:
    Mr. Miner is the guy who mixed Julia’s latest album! He performed a saxophone-only version of Outro.
  5. Bob and Sheldon:
    Bob and Sheldon are a very talented duo who specialize in covers. They performed at Julia & Jared’s wedding! They did two songs from Julia’s first album: Try to Convince You and Dancing in the Kitchen.
  6. Yevtushenko:
    I first saw Yevtushenko the week prior when they opened the Five Letters From Far Away CD Release Party. They’re a 4-person rock group headed by singer Amber Shine. She and her guitarist performed Aghadoe.
  7. Andy Kingham:
    Mr. Kingham has quite a history with Julia and Jared; he used to play bass for both of them! He rocked out two songs: Bullfrog and Salty Schemes.
  8. Robb Benson:
    Seattle music mainstay and all-around rockin’ good guy performed a really heart-felt version of Here Is a Stone Wall.
  9. Christa Fisher:
    Ms. Fisher heads the group Christa Says Yay! She has a gorgeous voice and absolutely belted out an amazing version of Someday, Our Bodies Are Gone.
  10. Safeword Sasquatch:
    Safeword Sasquatch is sometimes also known as DVoD. They’re headed by the duo of Eric Weber on guitar, and Liz Mayer on cello and ukulele. They did #712 and bridged it to Spaceships, then did a great version of Don’t Worry ‘Bout Us where the piano parts and much of the bass solos of the original song were done on electric guitar.
  11. Terrapin, AKA Gary Lappier with Katie Stricker:
    Gary did an extremely spaced-out version of Skatepark with his lovely fianceé Katie doing backing vocals. It was cool because it was so way different than the original version. This was Carrie’s favorite performance of the night.
  12. The Crazy Boy Floyds:
    Geoff & I programmed an absolutely batsh*t crazy version of Yeah, which Geoff sung while I activated an animated band on a laptop screen. Sorry we only have a MySpace page to link to, but we haven’t actually done anything for a few years.
  13. Three Ninjas:
    Threeni did a very cool electronic version of Honeycombs.
  14. Katie Larson & Jill Cimino with Jared Cortese:
    These two girls did a version of Brains & Bubbles (which is a very funny song that isn’t available on any album) with Jared backing them on Guitar.
  15. Red Heart Alarm:
    Catacombs and then did an absolutely scorching, country-tinged version of Soaked Through Matches. Red Heart Alarm was very impressive and super polished; it sounded like they’d been playing these songs for years, and they killed Soaked Through Matches so hard that they made it sound like it was their song.

It was a pretty amazing night. It was humbling to see how grateful Julia was for everyone who showed up, and it was an honor to be involved in it (even as little as I was).

I didn’t take any photos because (A) my camera phone is crappy and (B) I was too busy having a good time and enjoying the night to worry about taking photos. Luckily, another blogger took plenty: LiveSeattleMusicInTheClubs (who didn’t even know Julia; just happened to be there when it all went down) blogged all about the whole night, even the parts after Carrie & I had to leave (which was right after the tribute part). So check that out as well.

Geoff recorded audio for the whole tribute, but I don’t know when or in what capacity that’ll be available to me. I’d love it if he would record a studio version of our Yeah. Hint-hint, Geoff.

If you would like to get in on the Julia-loving action, she and the FFD are playing a show tomorrow (Thursday) night at the Tractor in Ballard! We will be there. So can you!

Anyway, happy birfday, Julia! We love you! You deserve it.

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Little Nemo Links

On Monday Google did one of my favorite of recent Google Doodles, this one based on Little Nemo, the old-timey comic strip created by Windsor McCay. You should click this image and enjoy, then come back here for more info:

If you don’t know about Little Nemo, you really should take it upon yourself to get some educamation about him. Here’s some primers:

The Comic Strip:
Little Nemo began as a comic strip at the turn of the 20th century, in which Nemo has a series of short adventures in Slumberland that always end with him waking up in his bed. You can read a whole bunch of these amazingly-drawn strips at the Comic Strip Library here. Here’s an example of one, the famous “Walking Bed” sequence:

Little Nemo: The Walking Bed

Little Nemo: The Walking Bed, 1908

The Animé:
In 1989 there was an animé version of the charachter, Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland. It unfortunately is not exactly stellar entertainment. There’s some excellent animation, but the screenplay went through too many hands. Eventually the screenplay was co-credited to Chris Columbus, of The Goonies, Home Alone, and Harry Potter fame. The whole movie is actually on YouTube right now, but due to the dubious legality of it, you might not be able to watch it for long:

The Video Game
There was also an excellent and quite difficult NES video game that was released around the time of the movie, called “Little Nemo: The Dream Master.” In it you throw candy into various animals and then climb into them and wear them like pajamas, each one giving you a different ability (frog lets you jump high, mole lets you dig, bee lets you fly, etc.). It’s really a classic of the NES, and you can play it online at NESCafe (again, of dubious legality) right here.

Little Nemo on the NES!

The Songs:
The “Little Nemo: The Dream Master” video game, of course, inspired the opening line of The Crazy Boy Floyds song “Scrambled TV Super.” Wot’s that? You ain’t never heard that song? Well, take a listen:

Yes, that’s right: “Sometimes you crawl into a frog, and wear it like pajamas as you hop along your log.” Pretty sweet, I know.*

And then, of course, rapper Mega Ran wrote a song about the video game that samples the 8-bit music from the game! Take a listen:

It all just keeps going! Little Nemo forevah!

*Full disclosure: I wrote the music for the “Scrambled TV Super” song, so I might be a bit biased.

Categories: Comics, Links, Movies, Music, Video Games, Videos.