Hi, happy new year! I’ve put a new song up on the streams today called Head Down, you can find it via https://ffm.to/fjheaddown
It’s a song I made in October 2021 for a compilation in response to Jimmy Cauty’s (you know, from the KLF) MdZ ESTATE when it came to the Middlesbrough Art Weekender. Lisa Lovebucket who co-ordinated it all and explains it in the Point Blank Teesside article below:
My contribution, Head Down, was previously only available on one of the, long sold out, 23 lathe cuts released through Butterfly Effect records.
The last five Xmas 7″s are now available on Faithful Johannes’ Bandcamp … it’s this year’s ‘I’ll Always Call You Father Christmas’ backed with last year’s ‘It’s OK to be Alone (This Christmas) [feat. Benjamin Amos]. Edition of 40.
I picked them up from Stephen (Mr Butterfly Effect Records) on Saturday on our way out to Rievaulx Abbey. Had a good day. Very misty. Had soup and a sandwich. Enjoyable. Later the hot chocolate was too sweet. Dropped a 7″ off for Benjamin on the way home.
I’m out of Covid isolation tomorrow. Got a shadow of a headache but am otherwise ok. Got an idea for a video for the latest Christmas song, that I hope to sort shortly. Watch this space. I read a book and am half way through another book.
Hey, there. Faithful Johannes here. Finally got around to setting up my website, the domain of which I’ve had since the summer. Unfortunately, contracting Covid last week means I’ve had to cancel three live shows this December and banish myself to the back room for 10 days away from my family…. the positives though are that I read a book and started another, have almost finished my tax return, got up to date with reporting stuff to PRS and…. I’ve finally had time to get this website together!
The first bit of news to share here, is that my fifth annual xmas song, I’ll Always Call You Father Christmas, is out everywhere including my bandcamp and on the streams.
I wrote most of the words and melody between getting dropped off near the Duke of Wellington (pub not man) and walking the five minutes home in late October. I need to be clear from the off, I DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE SAYING “SANTA CLAUS”, really I don’t. Honestly. Not a problem at all. Although I do prefer Father Christmas myself. The song is addressed to St Nic, sympathises with his heavy workload, asks him some questions about the inconsistencies in the process and end with an extensive and materialistic list of Christmas requests.
It’s coming out on Butterfly Effect Record‘s Singles Club as a 7″ lathe cut single, backed with my single from last year, It’s OK to be Alone This Christmas (feat. Benjamin Amos). It’s an edition of 40, and I think, as I type there’s about 6 or so available still. If you’re after a copy there’s an invite only Facebook group and you post on there to say you want one – let me know if you want an invite, I’m sure if you’re not on Facebook you could message Stephen and he’ll sort you out too.
I do intend to do a video for this song when I feel a bit less Covid-y to go along with these ones… but in the meantime, you might be interested in this interview I did for NARC Magazine’s E-zine with an obnoxious interviewer called Tom Heap: