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Holidays and Other Disasters

by Flying Tadpole & Tim Fatchen

Songs of terror, horror, angst, personal inadequacy and indifference! The cutting satire, cruel humor, blue angst, occasional comedy and general mayhem from the scurrilous alter ego of Tim Fatchen. Pianos, synths, strings... pity about the singer...
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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1. Whatever the Cat Drags In
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2. My Kness, They Won't Fit!
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3. We're Going Geriatric All Together
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4. I Want My Song Sung
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5. You're Not on the Flight Computer
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6. It's All About Spin
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7. I'm Not Content to Be Unsaturated
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8. Swing That Suitcase (Live)
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9. If It Worked for Noel Coward
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10. The G.F.C.
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11. They Play Sound of Music
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12. Swine Flu City
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13. Blood on the Roses (Live)
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14. The Cairo Marriott Crow
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15. Let's Shoot a Camel or Two!
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2:28 $0.99
16. He Fell into a Pyramid
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17. I'm Dead! Dead! Dead!
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Album Notes
Flying Tadpole, a travelling disaster at home and abroad! It's not enough that cattle-class air travel turns you into a clot, the cat's waiting to ambush you back home!

A pre-release CD in 2009 sold at gigs, but Life got in the way and production stalled. But the tracks have mainly dated well, and remain popular both on YouTube and at gigs. So here are all but one of the originals, that one being soooo dated it's been replaced by an everlasting instead. They're properly remixed and remastered.


1. Whatever the cat drags in: ---A fun start. Time enough to get serious later.

2. My knees, they won't fit! ---All serious holidays start with a long-distance air flight. Ah the joys! The joys of hours spent travelling in cattle-class. So much to experience! And the odd touch of existential fear, without which life wouldn't be...

3.We're going geriatric all together ---Teenagers: just what your grandparents need to hear at birthdays! Adults! Just what your parents need to hear at birthdays! Baby Boomers! Just what you need to shout at your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren! Take THAT, Generation Y!!!!

4. I want my song sung (by a singer who can sing) ---The plaintive cry of the bedroom composer without a voice...."so awful I listened twice in a row-- it's one of those instant classics. Perfect." (Heavy Hedonist)

5. You're not on the flight computer ---The worst words an E-ticket holder can hear... This song is dedicated to a check-in...person...at Malpensa airport, Milan, where after various bad Milan experiences which this one capped, Flying Tadpole has no wish ever to be again. It's amazing how many disasters one can have in 24 hours. Pirate taxis, jewellery theft, hotel misbookings...And just imagine, if the check-in...person...had succeeded in her push for World Domination, there would have been no Cairo Marriot Crow, because we would never have gotten there in time for the tour start...

6. It's all about spin ---A significant, indeed essential part of getting whatever message across is the use of those facilitators of the needful, the PR people. Not, I hasten to add, the mundane meeters and greeters, but the people who are so unassuming that we never ever see them, only their wonderfully wise words. Which can convince even an illiterate flatworm that white is black and black is the new rainbow. Not only do these wonderful people understand the real truth, but they phrase it in such a way that all seekers after truth are rewarded! (A song from "Cassandra! The Global Warming Musical For Our Time!").

7. I'm not content to be unsaturated ---You are what you eat. So why be miserable?

8. Swing that suitcase! (the St Anton Shuffle) LIVE ---Essential survival information for non-skiing tourists in the Austrian Alps in winter! And that's AUSTRIAN not Australian, the difference is no kangaroos. This live recording is from a pre-gig rehearsal, complete with the spoken introduction.

9. If it worked for Noel Coward ---My best singer agreed loudly that the earlier "I want my song sung by a singer who can sing" definitely states what I need.. . So, just for her... Lyrics are self explanatory. It was supposed to have a Noel Coward '30s tinkle piano which I couldn't get right, so you've got a more classical 1890s sound.

10. The G.F.C. ---*The Global Financial Crisis of 2008, post-Lehman Bros destroyed most of my clients and most of my business, It's still rolling on, people, years after the event. There isn't much original about the tune, in the same family as "Hit the road Jack" and my own "I'm dead dead dead!" at the end of this album. But: it IS Flying Tadpole unplugged, though I had to try three times to get a take that recorded properly.

11. They play "Sound of Music" ---I bought a kazoo and a tuning fork from Mozart's Birthplace, in Salzburg, in winter. This song gives the reason for my madness.

12. Swine Flu City ---an oldie but a recurrent snuffle. The great man of industrial loops, Kello Tronica, was caught in Melbourne, Australia, when a big Swine Flu scare was on. His reports of the fear striking the city's denizens inspired this funky effort. And Flying Tadpole can't resist bad puns, either.

13. Blood on the Roses ---a timeless tale of suburban bloodshed and tragedy.

14. The Cairo Marriott Crow ---High class Egyptian urban wildlife story here, though oddly, David Attenborough hasn't bid $'000s for it yet.

15. Let's shoot a camel or two! ---The greatest environmental disaster to hit Australia, the death of the continent's largest river system, is trundling along. And no, it hasn't been fixed since this song was first performed, we just haven't had extended drought. The causes are known--over-extraction of water--and have been known and foreshadowed for over forty years. There is a lack of political will to do anything more than token "fixes", but there's definitely an eagerness to change the subject. So whenever river problems obtrude, suddenly a huge onslaught on Australia's feral camels is proposed! We're saved!

The Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett was, at the time the song was written, Australia's environment minister. In fairness, it has to be said that his political masters did not allow him responsibility for the river issue. Blame, yes..

16. He fell into a pyramid ---Cruel and cautionary tale in the Little Johnny Head-in-Air style. Based on a true story. Really. I was there when it happened. Be Warned. Grow a beard instead.

17. I'm dead! dead! dead! ---You know all those great "I woke up this morning" songs? Like "You were on my mind"? "Midnight Special"? "Early in the morning"? etc etc. Well HERE'S one to really get the morning juices flowing! Give the universe the Finger!! And it has been played at one funeral at least!



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