The Sniffer Dog
A song about a rubbish sniffer dog I met in Auckland airport. I was
being all friendly with him and talking to the handler as well. Then
a week later I found a bag of Coca leaves in my bag I had inadvertently
smuggled into the country. Nice one Basil.
First song I ever wrote about a Shrew on a David Attenborough show where
the little fella just avoided getting eaten by a Pike only to get devoured
by a Tawny Owl.
Everyone disses Sprouts, I say, "Give Sprouts a chance".
'Crumpets' was written when Fred came to see me at Uni. He had said
that he would bring some crumpets he had and made quite a big deal of
it. However when the time came that crumpets were needed quite quickly,
as it does when Fred comes to visit, we discovered he had forgotten
them. A little down hearted we carried on with our evening and the next
day discovered that we had composed this song
A song about the yearly struggle of being a bird bringing up her fledglings.
Dedicated to Charlie the cat, they taste better than whiskers don't
My favourite Western movie "The Mole". Started singing it
and the song fell out.
Gideons was written as part of a film script called 'Student Dad vs.
the Gideons' or 'Armagideon' it was written by me and Allan Cooke who
I lived with at the time. The film was about a Group of rouge Gideons
who decided to rule the world (the Gideon’s are the religious
folk who leave bibles in hotel rooms and have done nothing to deserve
this) and the only man who could be bothered to stop them was Student
dad. There is even a romantic sub plot. Me and Fred decided to take
the song on when we played our first gig and didn’t have enough
songs. It went down so well we decided to keep it.
Strange song I didn't really like at first, with Bangra chords I just
fell upon. Wrote it in Peru with a really bad guitar while I had some
sort of bug which meant every orifice was fair game for waste disposal.
I therefore couldn't eat curry and was missing it.
One of only two poisonous Lizards in the world. It eats everything and
basks in the sun a lot. The second verse is about the stupid practice
in parts of America were Rattle Snakes are rounded up and killed. They
seem to think this is a good idea, and they killed the Buffalo, bastards.
Doggy Has Died (56k
Loosely based on a story some girl I used to live with told me whereby
she watched her dog get run over. The chorus is dedicated to my late
dog Brutus, RIP.
For Mums (56k
Clubbing for Mums this song came about when I was telling my friends
about my mums crazy dancing to M People, and how M People were dance
music for mums. I wrote the lyrics in my spare time working at an off
licence (you get a lot of spare time there).I did however forget to
write M People into the song but the idea is still there. “One
Night in Heaven"
Photograph (Secret Song)
We had decided to call the Album Animal Vegetable Mineral, due to the
subject matter of the songs being generally Animal or Vegetable based.
However we could not warrant the Mineral part as we had no mineral songs.
I thought about writing about stalactites but felt strangely un inspired.
It was then that my girl friend suggested cave photographs and so the
idea was born. The reason we put a question mark after the album title
was because we used this as the secret song. It turned out to be one
of the best songs id written (now there’s a cliché)