What the critics have been saying:
I dunno, I think it’s some kind of weird web-based multi-media concept-EP type of thing. Do I get the money now?
— bloke in Hastings
“A triumph! An idiosyncratic and endearing smorgasbord of intertwining emotional strands. A multi-sensory delectation!”
— Dylan Springer
“A complete waste of time”
— Jerkchickenburg Echo
Jerkchickenburg, Arkansas, world renowned as the birthplace of the eponymous sandwich*
- Forests of mighty Scots pine
- Majestic snow-capped mountains
- Crystal-clear lakes of shimmering blue
- Golden sun-drenched beaches
- Vibrant art and music scenes
… Jerkchickenburg has none of these.
* The Jerkchickenburger is enjoyed around the world, particularly with a large glass of Montepulciano at airport cafes, having missed flights to Stockholm
Rock a Nore Morning
On summer nights, every second Tuesday, except when the moon is in the seventh house, people from miles around descend on the town’s English-themed pub The Queen’s Left Nipple to hear locals (such as resident penguin herder, Keith Foster) singing songs of winter in their old homeland of Hastings, East Sussex. Rock a Nore Morning is one such song.
Don’t be Afraid
Jerkchickenburg has a ritual in which, as each new generation enters the world, a number of songs are written and recorded to mark the occasion. Don’t be Afraid is one such song. As our resident philosopher once said:
Sing if you want to
dance if you want to
love who you want to
don’t be afraid
Living in a Crowd
Visitors come and visitors go. A friendly Texan by the name of Andrea C. Renfree dropped into town a few years ago – actually really quite a lot of years ago, but even though it really was a very, very long time ago now, time flies so fast in Jerkchickenburg that it seems like yesterday. Why, I was talking just the other day … (Ed: Okay, okay, get on with it) … sorry, I digress, where was I? Oh right, yes, Andi took an idea for a song from Allison Lancaster (about a girl Alli once knew) and wrote a wonderfully poignant and moving lyric. Keith put a tune to it but couldn’t create an arrangement he liked until now. It’s called Living in a Crowd.
Some say that money makes the world go round. In Jerkchickenburg it’s widely believed that it’s hamsters.
On an unrelated note, here’s the Jerkchickenburg town anthem, which – strangely, purely coincidentally – is also named Jerkchickenburg (which is odd but untrue*)
As you’ll notice, it’s an instrumental. There once were words but they were in the long defunct and painfully difficult to speak ancient language of Jerkchickenburgian. No-one could pronounce them and no-one knew what they meant. This was very embarrassing for all concerned.
* Odd but untrue is – strangely and coincidentally – the town’s motto. You couldn’t make this stuff up. At least not if you expect to get paid for it.
Legend has it that Lord Byron once visited Jerkchickenburg. Any sensible person would dismiss that as myth and nonsense, although it might explain how a couple of lines alluding to one of his poems found their way into the popular Jerkchickenburg song Blue.
Once We Were Just Happy
Jazzy guitar chords, bongos and a walking bassline overlaid with smoky tenor sax riffs; these are exactly unlike the sorts of things for which Jerkchickenburg is renowned.
Hence it is very strange indeed to hear a song like Once We Were Just Happy emanating from the back room of the pub.
A short non-musical interlude follows.
Every five years Jerkchickenburg hosts its “Annual Short Film Festival”. (Hey, don’t ask me. We’ll just have to assume that they don’t know what the word “annual” means). The winner last time wasn’t this one:
Walking Down the Road Again
Back to the music – sorry but it has to be done. It’s no use complaining. You shouldn’t have come if you didn’t want to listen. It really gets my goat. I’ve just about had it with … (Ed: Okay, okay, quit haranguing the nice people and get on with it)
I’m reliably informed that this track was originally written and recorded in about 30 minutes after a couple of bottles of Malbec late on a Friday night. It’s been tidied up a little since. It’s called Walking Down the Road Again
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