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Irritatin' Katy

by Flying Tadpole

Cigar-box guitar fun with gritty blues, almost-Appalachian folk, cabaret, comedy, choked voices and rum hangovers in this largely live and wholly raw lo-fi mixture!
Genre: Blues: Folk-Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All the Long Hot Nights #3
2:39 $0.99
2. Irritatin' Katy
3:18 $0.99
3. Killers of Eden
2:49 $0.99
4. Cliche Blues
3:48 $0.99
5. The 'How Do I Play This Thing' Shuffle
2:13 $0.99
6. Can't Seem to Remember Old Songs
4:06 $0.99
7. Just Like a Pres-I-Dent
3:28 $0.99
8. Black Cat Rum
4:57 $0.99
9. The 'a' Shuffle
3:00 $0.99
10. Hell's for Sale
2:43 $0.99
11. The Last Smoker
1:21 $0.99
12. Twelfth
1:11 $0.99
13. Jammed Fingers
2:27 $0.99
14. Gonna Split This Scene
3:08 $0.99
15. Graded 'A'
1:34 $0.99
16. On Pants
1:07 $0.99
17. Absolut Rubbish
1:47 $0.99
18. Why Stop at Two?
3:30 $0.99
19. Long Hot Nights #2
2:52 $0.99
20. A Master You'll Be
2:18 $0.99
21. Sitting Here, Just...
4:16 $0.99
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Album Notes

Gritty and raw blues, almost Appalachian folk, ungenre-able messes, distortion, lo-fi, jammed fingers, choked voices and rum hangovers. A home-made cigarbox, minimal production and a group of online- and gig-tested songs, some serious, others cruel, some just for fun.

The cigarbox guitar is fretted, and usually played finger-picked/strummed. There's no Delta-style slide work.


1. ALL THE LONG HOT NIGHTS: various lyrics online to this urgent and driving song but this version uses Tim Fatchen's desert oil-field driller's. Two CBGs in use, one as a (regrettably) high-pitched bass...

2. IRRITATING KATY: I'm always in trouble with her when I pick up a cigarbox...especially when it's jog-a-long 12-bar blues.

3. KILLERS OF EDEN: a straight folk song. The shore-based whale fishery in Eden (Twofold Bay) New South Wales, ran for about 150 years in partnership between humans and Killer Whales ("orcas" for the soft-n-fluffies). The Killers' payment was to have the carcass until ferment gases brought it to the surface again. Part of the boat crews were Aboriginal, and the Killers were considered to be deceased tribal members returned. The "tower" is Ben Boyd's lookout tower.

4. CLICHE BLUES: Flying Tadpole and his multitracked Death Machine present...Three cigarbox guitars running, fingered (no slide or plectrum). 12-bar blues is the ultimate cliche when you think about it.

5. THE "HOW DO I PLAY THIS THING" SHUFFLE: Instrumental. Flying Tadpole's first CBG public offering, still in use at gigs!

6. CAN'T SEEM TO REMEMBER OLD SONGS: Slow melancholy CBG waltz with the old man's memory failing.

7. JUST LIKE A PRES-I-DENT: The Lottery Retirement Plan, or, Hope Springs Eternal

8. BLACK CAT RUM: Drunken slow blues. Do you think Black Cat Rum would pay for this advertorial? One-take record, hum buzz click... Tuned GDg. Fingers, no slide, no pick.

9. THE "A" SHUFFLE: Instrumental. To prove that I can play my cigarbox guitar in something other than G, I put a capo on so it'd play in A. And also in A. And in A as well, what's more.

10. HELL'S FOR SALE: Faux-Gospel warning. Two cigar box guitars: actually the same one, different knob settings. Not bad for a folk instrument, hey? Not that I can play it properly which is why this is in G. And G. And G also. With a brief shift to C! Wow! Even D somewhere! D-Double wow! That rise and fall phrase is similar to many others, notably Midnight Oil (Dead Heart). I guess they could launch a demand to share the profits, based on five notes.

11. THE LAST SMOKER: Have a last hurrah, I mean cigar...

12. TWELFTH: "This is my twelve-th effort
And friends, you should be glad
There's ten thousand songs out there
And not one is this bad."

13. JAMMED FINGERS: Instrumental jam. Self-indulgence by Flying Tadpole. You were warned. The cigarbox guitar in all its complexity playing in G. And also in G. In G as well. And it can play in G too. So we called in some assistance. One-shot recording, although the individual tracks were sequential. From L to R, instruments are CBG, drawbar organ, high hat + bass drum, piano. Very garage.

14. I'M GONNA SPLIT THIS SCENE: A song that arose from an argument on February Album Writing Month whether it should be split into Lyrics and Instrumentals. As a right-wing reactionary, I should be ashamed of doing this with political slogans. But like Knob Creek Bourbon (overproof), it's irresistible, and with much the same effect a couple of glasses has (ie I fall off my skis). Cigarbox by Flying Tadpole. Piano by Casio Privia PX350. Tambourine by the local pawnshop.

15 GRADED "A": Sometimes the chordal variation of a CBG gets a little...limiting...

16, ON PANTS: Existential uncertainty

17. ABSOLUT RUBBISH: A moral - don't drink like a fish.

18. WHY STOP AT TWO? Instrumental. In the middle of doing something else, this earworm came along. It's a sort-of folk-Appalachian-18thC-chordophone. No resemblance to Delta Blues. Only one way to get rid of an earworm--here, you can have it. (Three CBGs running, one as bass drone, one as rhythm, one trying to lead but failing and following. G-D-g capo'd to A, to shock the purists.)

19. LONG HOT NIGHTS #2. Fire and fear. Two cigarboxes running.

20. A MASTER YOU'LL BE: Two CBGs, bass guitar. And it is true, though the 10,000 hours to become a Master is far from exact. Some take 8,000, others 12,000. It's fitting that all three instruments finally got the basic riff right, at the end of the vocals, between1:46 and 2:01

21. SITTING HERE, JUST... Folk. Another almost-Appalachian sound out of a cigarbox guitar. Two cigarboxes, the bass guitar is needed to tie them together.



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