Drive My Car
I wrote this some years ago as a cheeky dig at Jeremy Clarkson, but it seems that now he actually has gone green. I did send it to him so maybe he took the hint!
It was turned into a video by the amazing Richard Hetherington of www.pocketrocket.media
(Recording and arrangement, piano and drums by the inspired Philip Bird).
Whisperin' Rock 'n Roll
I started writing this at the beginning of Covid, when I heard that choirs were now allowed to sing, but they had to sing quietly!
Then my dear friend Jay Benedict died of the disease, and the song became something else.
I Didn't Mail It
This song's not sure if it's a straight rock song or a send up. At the moment it lies between the two. It certainly started as a spoof. It occured to me that I was getting really sick of all those syrupy country songs that sang about 'lerve' when serious domestic abuse is on the increase in America. I started writing it but then found that I was feeling a bit sorry for our anti-hero. Work in progress maybe!
This is a song from my alter ego, Ray from Holloway. Here, Ray keeps getting caught by speed cameras - "Gotcha, gotcha!"
My Christmas Day
Ray's first song. This came from a conversation overheard in a London pub. A man was moaning to his friend about Christmas, and the phrase I heard was, "So we're sitting by the side of the road in a broke-down Vauxhall Zafira waiting for the RAC..."
No-one Emails Me No More
You know those well-meaning friends who forward every virus warning and chain letter they get? I've had it with being told I'll have a lifetime's bad luck if I don't pass it on to all my friends. Hence this song.
Somewhere in Tennessee there's the guy who was the first one to default on his sub-prime mortgage. Like the butterfly effect, he started it, and it was just this one good ol' boy that caused the entire devastating worldwide financial collapse - and he's mad as hell. Ah sure do lerve playin' ma banjo!
It Has To Be Sean
After playing my first ever proper gig with The Bushido Brothers, I was mucking about with the chord sequence of one of their songs, and I realised it was very close to the Bond theme, and if it's Bond, well, it has to be Sean!
Charlie Be Good
I cheated here, it's a karaoke backing, Prince Charles's version of Jonny B Goode.
I wrote and recorded this in my early days with the Archers, late eighties. Time for a re-release?