A Country and Western XMAS Brexit

We’ve had just about every word added to Brexit so why not a Country and Western XMAS Brexit? !! ūüôā¬† “Theresa, May’s a Remainer” is a Country and Western inspired Brexit Hoedown by “The Brexit Cowpokers” released on Friday 14 Dec for UK chart success on Friday the 21st¬†‚Äď could this be T May‚Äôs Bonanza moment at the OK Cabal in the Westminster cattle ranch? ¬†Watch the “Strong and Stable” film below:

 

TO KILL THE BREXIT BEAST, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE

  1. Buy the song in the week commencing Friday 14 Dec till 23.59 Thursday 20 Dec on all platforms.  EVERY click counts towards chart success and a cup of coffee gets you three copies.  Please gift the song to weary Remainers or Leavers in regret, or just your Brexity friends.  We are all sick of Brexit.  Here are the main links to download Рjust click the images and follow through:
  2. Share the project widely with others. Keep sharing throughout the week.¬† We need a minimum of 20 000 downloads to reach the UK Top 40 charts.¬† It would be simple if all the Remainers bought a copy or if the central Remain movements got behind the project.¬† Of course Brexit apathy is a thing and it’s Christmas, so we must press really hard.¬† If we succeed, we’ll inflict more mortal damage on the severely wounded Brexit beast and the stasis that grips our Government.
  3. If you have contacts in the press, tell them about it using the press release at our “WebStable“.¬† We have just done press items on BBC Radio, Norwegian TV, Kent Messenger and KM TV
  4. We have a Facebook event at A Country and Western Brexit
  5. If you are able to reach the main Remain movements, please ask them to mail their people.  They have 700 000 contacts and we could easily get the song to No 1 with just one click from them !!
  6. Streaming is available, but please remember this.  We need 150 streams to equal ONE download.  So if you choose to stream on Spotify, Deezer etc. the best option is to stream on repeat overnight Рturn the volume off, we cannot be held responsible for the psychological effects of listening to Country and Western Brexit music for extended periods!!  Streaming options via Brexit stream

The Brexit Cowpokers ask our PM to put her spurs on and use the courage of her convictions to go with the will of the people and stop Brexit in favour of Remaining and Reforming Europe.¬† We ask Parliament not to accept Theresa‚Äôs false binary choice of ‚ÄúDeal or No Deal‚ÄĚ, intended to bludgeon MPs and a weary public into accepting any Brexit at any cost, economically, socially and politically.¬† Chief Cowpoker Peter Cook aka Dolly Mayhem intends to undermine the botched ‚Äúmeaningless vote‚ÄĚ on December 11 by getting a single of ‚Äúmore meaningful Brexit music‚ÄĚ into the UK Top 40 charts.¬† The song lyrics to Theresa May’s a Remainer give a ‚ÄúHoedown evaluation” of the Brexit options on the blanket on the ground ‚Ķ¬† If we chart the song on Friday 21 Dec it will:

(a) seriously impact ongoing Brexit chaos, driving yet another stake through the Brexit Hydra’s heart
(b) impact mainstream culture and thereby affect events following the “meaningless vote”.
(c) shake the foundations of Parliament as they are forced to listen to an awful Country and Western song at Christmas !!

The song lyrics to Theresa May’s a Remainer give a “Hoedown evaluation” of the Brexit options on the blanket on the ground ‚Ķ

“No Deal is Kinda insane-er

May’s deal is mostly Remain-er

Remain is a no-brainer”

Professional singer Rachel Ashley aka “T May Whinette” said of the song:

“Theresa May is dun for unless she gets on a horse and runs down the wagons of rivals such as Jacob Rees Mogg and the Saddle Bums circling her reservation. Just like Johnny Major, she must shoot the bastards with her revolver‚ÄĚ.

Find out more about the Rage Against The Brexit Machine project, which reaches people‚Äôs heads via their hearts.¬† We have produced an album‚Äôs worth of songs to defend against the dark Brexit arts. Some are poignant, such as our song “In Limbo” for the 5 million EU citizens and UK Ex Pats trapped by Brexit uncertainty. ¬†Others are pointed, such as “Nigel Farage‚Äôs Garage” and “Jacob Rees Moog” ‚Äď an 18th Century Tory Synthpop Trancefloor groove.

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Brexit Goes Up To 11 …

Some of you will recall the famous sequence in the spoof Rockumentary “This is Spinal Tap”. I got thinking about the virtues of economy when I was pondering how much we have been manipulated by lies over the Brexit referendum. In data management terms we are still “drowning in data” on Brexit rather than “swimming with information” and fake news abounds, such as the bizarre story from a man I met in a pub who told me he voted to leave because he did not like garlic! Even more unusual the elderly “Christian” couple in a cafe who said that we must now leave because it was God’s will – My God!

In the spirit of keeping things simple, I decided to use the idea of less is more to simplify Brexit using the medium of just 11 words on single issues. The use of constraints as a spur to sharper thinking is a device I’ve used many times in my writing such as in the book Punk Rock People Management. Here then are some stylised memes. For a longer read, check out our articles at Europa United and The Independent.

Lest we forget the great moment when the amplifiers went up to 11, here we go …

It is clear that Chequers proposal is now officially dead – it will be represented again within the next 9 days and will be again rejected as a “walking wounded” proposal, in part because of the divisions inside the Conservative party.¬† That will leave the real choice as follows:

No Deal = “Sudden Death Brexit” versus RNR or “Remain and Reform”

Find out more about our plans to Exit Brexit at Exit Brexit.

p.s. Note that there are only 10 of these memes at present.¬† It would be nice to go up to 11 …

 

The Greatest Show on Earth

I attended the Greatest Show on Earth on Saturday … and you can this week …. in Leicester, Cardiff and Liverpool …

Richard Strange’s 1983 concept album “The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange” told the bizarre story in which a celebrity rose up based on his own BS and the “will of the people” to become the elected president of Europe. After being trashed by the gutter press, he then tragically falls from grace, facing abduction etc. Yet, his belief in himself is unchallenged by all of this, trapped in his self image. Listen to the finale of the album “I won’t run away” for an insight into the album. Of course, nothing like this could happen in real life … Reagan, Trump, Brexit etc. !!!¬† Was this just a preplay??

The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange was hailed the greatest concept album ever made. This reproduction of the album with a live band is timely and a poignant reminder of the problems that arise when our political leaders believe their own BS. Superbly put together both musically and theatrically, Richard and the band epitoimise Pop Art in a world of Populism where soundbites are three words, attention spans are three seconds and, thirdly, well, are you still listening?

Find out more about Richard Strange, leader of Proto Punk band “The Doctors of Madness” at Richard Strange and find an exclusive interview with him at “The Music of Business

See this once in a lifetime performance this week at

June 12th 02 ACADEMY  LEICESTER with The Psychedelic Furs
June 13th TRAMSHED CARDIFF with The Psychedelic Furs
JUNE 16TH 02 LIVERPOOL with The Psychedelic Furs
The band is exceptional.¬† It includes¬†Steve ‚ÄėBoltz‚Äô Bolton¬†on searing guitars, electric and acoustic (The Who, Paul Young, Atomic Rooster, Scott Walker and many others).¬†Terry Edwards¬†plays Saxophones (several of them at one time), guitar and percussion (Gallon Drunk, The Higsons, Tindersticks and PJ Harvey).¬†Atar Shafighian¬†is a keyboard player supreme, also adding melodica (Jamiroquai).¬†Lily Bud lifts the roof with her vocal talents¬†(Sarah Jane Morris, Band of Holy Joy).¬†Andy Gallop holds the whole show together with precision drums and percussion¬†(Orlando Seale, Harpo Smith, Fortnight in Florida)¬†together with¬†Dan Johnson on electric, stick bass and ambient electronic interventions.¬†It’s an outstanding lineup to match the theatre of the absurd. All supported by the excellent Johny Brown on ambient textures and soundscapes (Band of Holy Joy) with sound design by the magnificent Jo Lord and visuals by Inga Tillere. In attendance last night, legendary producer John Leckie (Muse, Bill Nelson, Doctors of Madness and many more).

The Phenomenal Band of Richard Strange

Find Richard’s work by clicking the picture

 

Touch my hand, touch my hand …

Definitely Theresa Maybe

Our next song in the Rage Against The Brexit Machine project is a dark analysis of Theresa May’s personal style via the hard hitting anthem “Shit Eating Grin”.¬† Buy the song on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.¬† “Shit Eating Grin” is written and recorded entirely by Peter Da Clinker and you can find his albums via Bandcamp.

Whilst I mostly prefer to critique issues over personalities in politics, I will make an exception here.  Theresa May has remained duplicitous, disingenuous and deceitful throughout her reign. Just recall these examples:

  • Theresa May has used our 3 million EU citizens as human bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiating process, in a most inhumane act to these people and their families.
  • Theresa bribed the DUP in order to prop up a minority Government with ¬£1 billion, whilst at the same time stating that there was no “magic money tree” to pay for health, social care, student loans etc. May is now putting the fragile Northern Ireland peace process at risk in order to satisfy the whims and fantasies of 35 Conservative Brexit Ultras in her party.
  • May campaigned to Remain in the EU but now claims to be a Brexiteer, stating that “Brexit Means Brexit” when it remains clear that it still has no meaning whatsoever.
  • She declared 63% of the UK voting population to be “Citizens of Nowhere” and now claims to want to rebuild the country as one nation under a Brexit groove …. no thank you Ma’am

Grab “Shit Eating Grin” and let’s “Break Brexit Before Brexit Breaks Britain”

 

I fall – Mark E.Smith – a memory

A mini memory of Mark E. Smith and The Fall.

My band supported The Fall at Canterbury University – The lead singer of our band was a fan of Mr Smith and we had planned to do a few Fall songs at the gig in his honour …

We had finished our soundcheck (hardly worth it given the quality of the musicians I was working with in “Akker and The Nice Boys”) and we were walking down the corridor to the dressing room and by chance Mark E Smith was coming the other way. It was a narrow corridor and my friend was gripped by the possibility of shaking Mark E. Smith’s hand. He held his hand out in anticipation and uttered some words. Mr Smith walked on by ….

An uncompromising lyrical genius who could be very difficult to work with judging by this mini memory and the “HR turnover” of his band members which saw 60 people pass through The Fall.

Here’s a selection of Mr Smith’s work which helped define The Factory and the sound that became Britpop:

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Peter Cook leads The Academy of Rock and Human Dynamics. Author of 8 books on leadership acclaimed by Tom Peters, Charles Handy, Harvey Goldsmith and Adrian Furnham. Featuring an interview exclusive with Virgin CEO Sir Richard Branson.

Punk Rock Brexit – Mixing Pop and Politics

“Mixing Pop and Politics, You ask me what the use is

I answer with embarrassment and my usual excuse”

Billy Bragg

Quite simply music reaches people much better than a spreadsheet and I’ll be performing some songs of Rebellion opposite Downing Street tonight Friday 10 March, with the Richmond Terrace Group. The group protest against Theresa May’s “deal or no deal Kamikaze Brexit” every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 pm till 9 pm.

For the occasion, we have re-written Rod Stewart’s Maggie May, OMD’s Enola Gay, Bruno Mars Uptown Funk and The Wild Rover by The Dubliners. ¬†The Wild Rover needed few modifications to turn the story into one I’ve heard many times of late – the tale of a Brexiter who has realised they were ‘played’ by the tabloid press and now wish we could escape Theresa May’s appropriation of “the will of the people” for her own personal gain and a place as The Iron Lady II, when comparisons are at best restricted to fashion and hair styling.

The refrain “Rise up your kilt” may be added to recognise the way that Nicola Sturgeon has consistently supported the EU and for the Irish Prime Minister’s support last night in Brussels

Theresa May’s behaviour does not fit any rational mould and I can only assume her childhood was deprived of love and affection due to privilege ….

Come down and singalong with the “Remoaners” !! ¬†6 pm start and Boris is making an appearance …

It is rumoured that Theresa May will invoke Article 50 on Tuesday once she has savaged her elder and wiser colleagues in The House of Lords once again, in fear of a revolt from her own party and a surprise formation of a credible opposition to an unelected dictatorship.

Join the Facebook group

Find The Richmond Group on Twitter РUse hashtag #No10Vigil

Finally, one of my favourite protest songs from the great Billy Bragg.

What a pity he is not the leader of the opposition – we would not have this mess.

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Peter Cook leads Human Dynamics, delivering exceptional business and organisation development without sex, politics or rock’n’roll. He is also CEO of The Academy of Rock, offering keynotes that blend MBA themes with parallel insights from music, reaching your head, heart and soul. Author of 7 1/2 books on leadership, innovation and creativity. Check them¬†out on Amazon.

 

The death of the 3 minute pop song?

I am very lucky to have contributed a song to this unique album of 100 songs which are just 30 seconds long. The album 100×30¬†is the brainchild of Marc Christopher Lee and was featured in The Independent just recently:

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Click on the logo to read the article

Marc was interviewed on ITV News in London on Friday 11 December with the story. The concept reminded me of the work of Bill Nelson who produced several albums of simple musical illustrations, each one unfinished and recorded pretty much as is, without further refinement and so on, to preserve the musical ideas as they were conceived of at birth.

Click on the image to view ITV News

Will it be a Christmas Number One?  Buy a copy to help

Here’s some¬†of the tracks from 100×30 – you have got time to play them all as they are 30 seconds each!! No wasted space ūüôā

I interviewed Marc Christopher Lee at The Virgin Lounge last week on the ideas behind the album. I’ve discussed the importance of the theory of constraints for creativity and it is clear that the constraint of less time can produce creativity in music as much as the opposite. Find out more and download the album at¬†100×30, which features Mungo Jerry and Owen Paul amongst many others.¬†Has the 3 minute pop song just died? Did brevity kill the prog rock star? Perhaps not, as David Bowie contemplates a 10 minute song for his new album, but the 30 second song is ripe for an¬†age when only 50% of people can get all the way to the end of a song on their smart phone.

 

Click to download the album

Click the picture to download the album at http://www.100×30.com

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About the Writer: ¬†Peter Cook leads¬†The Academy of Rock¬†– Keynote events with a difference and¬†Human Dynamics¬†– Business and organisation development, training and coaching. ¬†Contact via peter@humdyn.co.uk or +44 (0) 7725 927585. Check our new book out for Bloomsbury “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise“.