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music All songs by me (unless it says otherwise)).

I've colour coded them as to whether they kick ass (red) or are chilled out (yellow). This is a bit of an archive now really - there is some more recent stuff here: misc; acoustic shenanigans; bit stringsy

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FOLLOW MY LEAD - 2006, this even had an album cover with an otter in a bib on it.

1_interlude.mp3 (0.98M) - It starts off ueber-chilled out with this tune that I wrote years ago.

2_matter_of_time.mp3 (3.54M) - Time isn't linear in your miiiind.

3_paint_my_car.mp3 (4.38M) - Seeing as hillbilly blues has been number 1 in the charts for about 6 years, here is a new completely redneck offering (Matt on bucasolo).

5_fool_s_gold.mp3 (3.58M) - This is actually called "the streets of London are paved with fool's gold" and I'm still going through my ocarina-strings-no-quarter-phase here.

7_stay_just_the_way_you_are (demo).mp3 (3.86M) - The lyrics are by a girl called Carys Jones, and then I put some chords to it.

8_1984_film_score.mp3 (2.00M) - You'd betta turn up da bass on dis track -star!

9_scandal_in_soho.mp3 (3.52M) - You are forgiven for thinking that Geeza Butler is guest appearing on this badboy, because the lead bass is ripping the shit out of your speakers. Carys also wrote the lyrics to this one. I think I stole the run down at the end of the chorus off Headshrinker, but what goes around comes around!

10_my_first_fisher_price_symphony.mp3 (4.16M) - This was supposed to be my masterpiece, but I couldn't find anyone to play the oboe on it.

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FOLK PROJECT - This Summer... Steve, Matt and Si are going to take on the cider folk festivals of Somerset... and conquer them like a bitch. Here is the first draft of our songs. Steve wrote the lyrics and melodies and me and Matt put some chords to them - lyrics

small_town_folk.mp3 (1.90M) - we are just (small)-(town folk).

caravans_beneath_the_aurora_borealis.mp3 (4.40M) - well chilled-out

the_celtic_rose.mp3 (3.88M) - bit controversial

when_you_go_to_heaven.mp3 (3.05M) - one for the ladies; it's a tear-jerker!

my_fair_girl.mp3 - check out the free-styling beat-box of a penny whistle solo!

anchor.mp3 - bit of an epic sing-a-long-karaoke-classic and a great bit of ocarina.

the_perilous_fox.mp3 - the perilous fox.

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BUCA IS MY FRIEND - YES! the long-awaited arrival of the buca brothers is now upon us; this is the dawning of the new age of rock n roll, the history books are going to have to be burnt and re-written due to this rock revolution.

youre_buca_d.mp3 (3.82M) - this song is actually more likely going to be called "88 bucas per hour", but this limited edition buca demo features mr stuart smith on buca backing vocals (and he shouts you're buca'd at various points in the demo). my bro, matt, is on lead guitar and also buca backing vocals. and me on drums playing shit.

1.mp3 (1.2M) - 2.mp3 (1.8M) - 3.mp3 (0.8M) - 4.mp3 (1.0M) - i think maybe this will be the secret track on the buca album - it is time to play " guess that christmas song from the dodgy keyboard bass line" - it is my new musical direction. listen to each of the 4 short christmas classics, and answers on a postcard to: simon's christmas music competition, Blue Peter, Television Centre, London, W12 7RJ.

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SUMMER 2004 - the axeman is back!! hi i've only recorded about one song in the last two years and that was shit anyway. but i'm back in the studio (my bedroom) to rock.

medieval_madness.mp3 (3.44M) - medieval_madness_sample.mp3 (0.28M) - taketh a walk with me through medieval england to explore the unknown horizons of your mind... i was inspired by the rain song bit of the song remains the same video where robert plant is on his horse fighting evil medieval soldiers to claim the hand of his fair maiden etc. i invented a new instrument for this song, which i call the ocardiona. it is a cross between an accordion and an ocarina, and you have to harness merlin's magical powers to be able to play it.

the_dawn_of_beltane.mp3 (4.06M) - the_dawn_of_beltane_sample.mp3 (0.27M) - yeh this song is proper chilled: i'm talking putting your trainers in the fridge level of chilledness. this might be my new direction, because i've been listening to loads of chilled out shit. but i'm trying hard not to forget how to rock.

may_day_song.mp3 (3.55M) - may_day_song_sample.mp3 (0.28M) - this one has got two blues riffs and it's a bit like those stupid rap songs, where it's called "brian vs kevin" or whatever and you get two guys on the decks trying out do each other; here it is the verse riff and the chorus riff that are having a battle for supremacy. there's an acoustic 12 string solo, which means i am hardcore. and i made a drum kit for this one, so i'm excited about having real drums for a change. yeh it is a may day song, because i wrote it on may day when weird things happen.

banshee_boardwalk.mp3 (4.96M) - This is a lot more Radioheady than the stuff I normally write. I invented a whole new scale for this one, which I call, "Humphrey". There are some chorus lyrics.

dendermonde.mp3 (2.34M) - acoustic tune. the lyrics are funny, because they are taking the piss, but being sincere at the same time.

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SUMMER 2002

travelling_riverside.mp3 (5.16M) - travelling_riverside_sample.mp3 (0.36M) - there is an unhealthy amount of riffage in this one. it is a museum to all of my best blues riffs, so noone had better steal any of them. it has only got guitar, bass, and drums at the mo, but i'll put some harmonica, and singing on it at some point. there's a mint bass solo all the way through as well (it's not a cover of the robert johnson / led zeppelin song, but i stole the name).

belgium.mp3 (0.76M) - my only experimentation with computer based music, includes rather psychedelic drum loops.

hillbilly_blues.mp3 (1.97M) - hillbilly_blues_sample.mp3 (0.24M) - a cookin bluesy tune telling the ballad of a geeza on the run from the law after stealing the whiskey off the girl of ol' big joe (co-written with rob).

intro.mp3 (1.86M) - mellow acoustic instrumental.

nanaue.mp3 (3.59M) - nanaue_sample.mp3 (0.40M) - this was my "expressive arts gcse" coursework, it wasn't summer 2002, but i didn't have anywhere else to put it. it is some hardcore rocking shit. it was inspired by the ancient hawaiian tale of nanaue, the sharkman. it's a bit of a gruesome tale: basically there's this half man half shark dude and he likes to eat children then the villagers gang up on him and burn him alive.

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SUMMER 2001

blue_star.mp3 (3.60M) - blue_star_sample.mp3 (0.37M) - the rhythm in the chorus is pretty far out. and later in the song there is a crazy bass solo, and then an even crazier "ocarina" solo. i put this in inverted commas, because it is a keyboard ocarina, and sounds more like a chicken than an ocarina, but its cool to say i've got an ocarina solo in one of my songs.

pyromania.mp3 (4.46M) - pyromania_sample.mp3 (0.24M) - piano music. i think that the lyrics are fantastic. and its got this crazy key change chorus thing.

the_walls_of_my_life.mp3 (3.93M) - the_walls_of_my_life_sample.mp3 (0.23M) - i think that this song is a protest against losing our freedom, whether it some oppressive regime, or getting married etc.. some might say that the bass here "is wanking too much" or is "going off on one", but i'd like to say that it is "enjoying and exploring its freedom".

monday_mourning_blues.mp3 (3.38M) - monday_mourning_blues_sample.mp3 (0.24M) - this one started off as just a jamming track, some 12 bar blues with dodgy bass and keyboard drums, but it's got a phat guitar solo. admittedly its a bit indulgent, but i was listening to lynyrd skynyrd and zakk wylde quite a lot at the time.

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BANDS THAT I'VE BEEN IN - i've started uploading the legacy of my rock n roll childhood onto the internet. i've been in a few bands, mainly playing the bass.

SILVERFRACTURE i'm drumming in this band with my bro on guitar and we rock. i worked the drums out pretty easily - all you have to do is hit the cymbals properly and stand up between songs.

THE MASTRANTONE GROUP early 2006, i gigged a bit more with si and steve from the clusterbombs with a bunch of new songs. it is kind of nu-indie.

METAL BAND 2005, london, i'm talking proper metal.

THE CLUSTERBOMB FAIRIES i think this was, at times, a cross between queen, radiohead and system of a down (if you can imagine that).

KARABEKA very chilled out acoustic and folky; this was a relic-project of some other bands. at some point, i'll try and do a big family tree of all the bands around birmingham, because it is all very in-bred.

THE RATTLESNAKES rock n roll.

THE GUMMY BEARS this band usually consisted of getting drunk and then making noise ... nothing much has changed there then.

MISC JAMS we've got some proper rare bootlegs here.

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