Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sir Richard plays Bubblegum music!

<a href="">Silly Silly Silly (as Douglas and the Can-Do's) by Sir Richard Wentworth</a>

This is for a feature film that is in pre-production, done in the voice of one of the characters.

I love 60s/70s Bubblegum music (1910 Fruitgum Company, The Ohio Express, The Archies, et al) and I sort of nudged things a bit to allow me to work in this vein. I'm really happy with the results, and I'm thinking of doing a whole album in this style... what do you think?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Music from the Archives - Handfull O' Bald Guys "Ya-Ma, Son of Gamera"

Here’s another track from the vault, another one from the Wilmington Sessions (see my previous post for the session details). This track is another biggie in the ‘Bald Guys oeuvre, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it was a heck of a lot of fun to play live, as it’s kind of a silly song, a Toho bildungsroman set to the strains of a triumphant power anthem. All second-like, it pretty nicely expresses the oddball sci-fi aesthetic that we traded in. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, this song is an excellent example of the wacked-out songwriting combo of Squamata and Wentworth. Jason Squamata is, as cagey readers will have already sussed, my partner in crime on the TEENAGE LUVKRAFT comic book which is currently in production. He’s one of my oldest friends, and it feels like we’ve been collaborating since we first met – which, I suppose, we have.

Anyhow, enough waxing – let’s hit some sonic waves.

Written by Jason Squamata and Richard Wentworth
Jon Dyer (Guitar), Carolyn Klumpp (Drums), Richard Wentworth (Vocals, Guitar), Bob Wilson (Bass)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Music from the Archives - Handfull O' Bald Guys "TJS-510"

I've started wandering through the "archives", such as they are, and trying to get all of my past musical junk in order. So, I'll be posting music from my early days of singin' and strummin'. Hopefully this will be of interest to some -- please let me know!

This first installment is a song that was an early staple of my first band, Handfull O' Bald Guys. HFOBG was initially composed of myself, Carolyn Klumpp (drums), Kevin McQuilkin (bass) and Mike McQuilkin (synthesizer). We started the band in 1992, and played some gigs at the Billerica club Edible Rex before breaking up and reforming with the lineup that produced the following song.

The lineup on this track includes myself (vocals, guitar), Jon Dyer (guitar), Carolyn Klumpp (drums) and Bob Wilson (bass).

TJS-510 was recorded in 1992 in Wilmington MA, by the fella who did sound for Edible Rex. He had a little studio called Kashmir where we recorded 5 tracks. I'll post the other ones if there's any interest in hearing them.

The session was lots of fun, we were all very young, and I was hepped up on No-Doz for some reason. Listening to this music makes me feel weird, like I'm looking at my baby pictures. Hope that you enjoy it.