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Sunday 17 July 2011

The Two-Headed Hippopotamus on a Bootjack Project: Week VIII

(The Two-Headed Hippopotamus on a Bootjack Project is a series of impromptu recordings released on a weekly basis. Click the label at the bottom of the post for more details.)

 Week Eight is finally here. I seem to be operating on a nine-day week, so I'll have to pick up the pace to get 'em done by the end of July. To be honest, I'm not slaving away on each track, fine-tuning the composition in the lead up to the release. I spend the week bashing out ideas too crappy to be shared, only to have a half-decent one trickle out on the eighth and ninth day.

This week's track is horrendously cheesy. Cheesy in a "Sha-na-na-na, sha-noop sha-noop" kind of way. I'm slightly embarrassed, but I guess it's time the world knew the truth. It is partially redeemed by the darkness which pervades all these recordings, which I come by naturally. I should try and make something cheerful just to see how it ends up perverted.

On a technical level, I suppose it's cool that voice is the only instrument (if you don't count finger snapping). I think it becomes overly dense by the end, but the groove is still prominent. And before I get too down on myself for letting my inner cheesebag loose, I have to remember this is an experiment, and this song continues the tradition of sounding nothing like its predecessors. It's called "Toothy Grin," have a listen...

"Toothy Grin"


  1. Man, I LOVED this...I'm going to figure out a way to put it on my Ipod so that I can listen to it while tiptoeing through the sewage. 50s ghoul groove!

  2. Ghoul Groove! I like that even better than my other fake genre, Lurch Rock. I'm inspired to take the idea further... Goblin Swing? Homunculus Blues?

    If you'd like the mp3, I can share it with you via Open Drive and you can have it fer keeps. I'll need your email, but you can send it to me at if you don't want to put it up here for the world to see (or even just my readership of six).

    When all twelve pieces are done I'll probably post 'em to bandcamp, too.