CDs / USBs of our songs

We have recorded the songs for two CDs (& these are also be available on USB). This was done in a socially distanced manner, recording one singer at a time.

CD One – Brexit’s a Musical Trick
Act 1 – Camerine
Act 2 – Theryline
Act 3 – Boris ValBoris

CD Two – I Don’t Beg Pardon, I’m Talking B*ll*cks from the Rose Garden
also known as “Covid-19 Musical” (based on a suggestion by The Sunday Times )

Act 1 (Preparation)
Interlude A – Lock Down Shakespeare
Act 2 (Expedition)
Interlude B – Lock Down Shakespeare
Act 3 (Prevention )
Interlude C – Adapted Shakespeare
Act 4 (Distraction)
Interlude D – Lock Down Shakespeare
Act 5 (Reflection, Retraction, and Reward of the Undeserving)

Inspired by Gilbert & Sullivan, Flanders & Swann, Shakespeare, the Beatles, the Who, Lynn Anderson, Tammy Wynette, David Bowie, Noel Coward, Bob Marley, The Archers, Youmi Zuma , Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Queen, Men in Black. and several musicals and traditional songs, this album offers something for all satirical musical tastes.

Crowdfunder for the CDs

The book “I Don’t Beg Pardon” and both the CDs are mock-ups in this photo, but see below for CD /USB contents.

CD One – Brexit’s a Musical Trick

Recording , socially distanced, one singer at a time.
Ben Chambers at the sound desk and Zena Wigram (Theryline, Laundtretter, Arline, & Chorus) singing

Brexit’s a Musical Trick Song / Original Song Tune / time of full track
[In the list below we show the new song name, then the original song title which inspired the song, and then the length of the track in minutes and seconds. More than 75 minutes of fabulous music in total on the CD!]

The extracts below from many of the songs will give you a good flavour of the Musical. These extracts are generally the beginning of the relevant song, with the instrumental introduction usually cut from the extract – the full track will of course be on your CD or USB.
These extracts are from the tracks before they were mastered, and are here simply to give an initial appreciation of the full Musical. What is on the CD will be fully mastered, and even better !

Act 1 Camerine
Do or Die? / Who am I / 2.43

Do or Die – the opening of BORIS VALBORIS considering his dilemma. Should he lie or should he tell the truth? His future depends upon it

We Know What We’re Voting For (4-part chorus) / Do you hear the people sing / 4.18
4 groups of voters each announce that they know what they’re voting for. There is a majority voting Leave , but for different reasons.

Hasty Referendum / Valjean  arrested and forgiven / 1.52

After some bending of the rules the leave team wins the referendum. However EOIAUN MACSTAY BLACKSCOT, the LORD OFF THE ISLRES questions CAMERINE’S early departure.

What Have I Done? / What Have I done? / 3.34

VALBORIS is forced to question his future. GOVERT was prepared to treat him as a leader, but VALBORIS has not lived up to his own hopes. Is he now an outcast for ever?

Act 2 (Theryline)

At The End Of The Day We Have Need of a Leader / At The End Of The Day / 2.28
They don’t have CAMERINE as a leader, and they don’t have VALBORIS , but at the end of the day they have to have someone
After the elimination of GOVERT and the FOX and the CRAB , the leadership is between THERYLINE and LAUNDRETTE

What Have We Here, Oh You Closet Remainer? / What Have We Here, Little Innocent Sister?/ 2.28

REES_MOGGI accuses THERYLINE of having made a speech for “Remain” and being a closet Remainer. GRIEVOUS encourages the MPs to sort the matter out. THERYLINE insists that she is now part of the Leave team, but REES-MOGGI is suspicious

Lovely Tax Breaks / Lovely Ladies – The Docks / 4.02

THERYLINE is lured deeper and deeper into the murky world of REES-MOGGI and the tax evasion, and in end has to recognise that she herself is tainted with this and may as well go along with the tax evaders. Meanwhile they privately comment on the need to achieve “No Deal”

Master Of The Spiel / Master Of The House / 4.59

FARAGIER is busy entertaining his followers, though this seems to have very little to do with what else is going on . WIDDY reflects on life with FARGIER

In My Life / In my life (Love Montage) / 1.17
THERYLINE considers her position. She knows that VALBORIS and GOVERT love her, but is it enough? She decides to be brave, and therefore strongly and stably seeks her fortune in the outside world. She knows that her strength lies in being quiet.

A Poll Full Of Votes / A heart full of love (Love Montage) / 2.00
THERYLINE and CROSBI wonder who can be blamed for THERYLINE’S losses. She assesses her newly fragile lead, and realises she needs the help of ARLINE. They have scarcely seen each other before; is this a love match?

Labour People / Little People / 2.25

The street urchin CORBOCHE warns us not to underestimate the “Many” on the ground. He is never heard of again.

One’s Mascot / Valjean  arrested and forgiven / 1.52

The QUEEN (of the fictional country seeking a Brexit from the European Union, do keep up) is unimpressed at being delayed on her way to the races in order to open Parliament, and wears a blue and yellow EU hat in protest. She leaves THERYLINE to sort out the mess that Theryline has created with ARLINE

Leave And Remain  – Led By Donkeys / Red and Black – ABC Café / 4.34

Much to everyone’s surprise, FOUR BLOKES WITH POSTERS AND PASTE BUCKETS start reminding the other characters what they have said in letters a metre high , since most of them seem to have forgotten

Do You See The People March ? / Do You Hear The People Sing  ? – Peoples Song / 2.04
Many people call for both sides to stick to the Truth so that a Final Decision can be made in the polling booth.

One Day More At Chequers / One Day More / 3.56

There is “One Day More” at Chequers, as THERYLINE seeks a consensus, and there is only one thing on everyone’s mind; if you resign at the meeting, will you lose your car and chauffeur immediately and have to get a taxi home? FARAGIER patrols the grounds making sardonic comments. DAVID DAVINE and VALBORIS have decisions to make

On My Own / On My Own / 4.01

After VALBORIS has left her THERYLINE faces up to her lonely existence very stably and strongly

An agreement running to 585 pages / Stars / 3.01

THERYLINE achieves her destiny, as she finally establishes an Agreement that she thoroughly agrees with

A Little Vote Of Pain / A little fall of rain – Javert at the barricade / 3.35

This is a sad track because after being wounded several times THERYLINE dies, but (after the excerpt )her soul leaves her body to run through fields of wheat . Her ghost may haunt VALBORIS in future years

Act 3 (Boris ValBoris)

Bring Him In / Bring Him Home – The Night / 3.29

GAVINII and the other TORINES carry in a mute and apparently lifeless VALBORIS . Can he be revived ? Can anything be done?

I Dreamed a Dream / I Dreamed a Dream / 4.08

CAMERINE laments what might have been, and wonders about the future now

Help Us Out / Come to me / 3.42

TORINE backers implore VALBORIS in a touching scene where they share their worries about the loss of their tax breaks

Empty Houses, Empty Benches / Empty Chairs at  Empty Tables – Café song / 2.48

GRIEVOUS laments the lies to the QUEEN that have led to the empty benches

There was a wise lady who tackled a lie / There was an old lady who swallowed a fly/ 3.00

A WISE LADY with a spider sets about tackling the lie to the QUEEN

Who is this Man ? (Handicapped by Benn) / Soliloquy – Javert’s suicide / 4.20

VALBORIS faces a crisis. Suddenly his fate is in the hands of one man who, with a flick of his pen, could destroy everything that VALBORIS has worked for.

Ain’t It A Laugh / Beggar at the Feast / 1.52

VALBORIS and CUNNINGS emerge victorious and enjoy their new-found freedom to do whatever they like. All past promises are forgotten as they dance towards the Sunlit Uplands

Ain’t It A Laugh 2020 reprise / Beggar at the Feast / 1.32

The next year is not quite as planed for VALBORIS and CUNNINGS. But they can always think of a new way every week to tackle any problem put to them, and VALBORIS is quick to see how even a deadly virus can be turned to his advantage. All past promises are forgotten because there is no need to be bound by the promises of yesterday

CD Two – I Don’t Beg Pardon, (I’m Talking B*ll*cks from the Rose Garden)
also known as
Covid-19 Musical

This now has its own web page

Crowdfunder for the CDs

Please bear in mind:
1. We will make the first CD/USB (“Brexit’s a Musical Trick”) which is fully recorded, but needs to be mixed and mastered. The timescale may depend on progress with the crowdfunder, so may be later than the estimated date.
2.. Whether or not the second CD/USB is made (“I Don’t Beg Pardon”) depends on how the crowdfunder goes.

Below is a link straight to our crowdfunder because all information is there.

But Hurry ! -if you want to catch a pre-publication bargain, currently 3 books and 2 CDs for £25 pledge (or you can have it on USB instead of CD) – This is a pre-publication offer only — so hurry!

Here is the link to the crowdfunder

%d bloggers like this: