FINALLY! Hot on the heels of (well, seven months later than) his smash hit Easter video Shut Up Mum, the eccentric but entirely sane cult synth-rocker Gary Le Strange is about to turn your political world upside down with his latest effort, I am a Video.
Proudly describing it as "a 4-minute socio-political dance thesis," Gary explains that his new single was originally written for his unfinished third album Glamoronica, but abandoned when he felt the global record-buying public weren't quite prepared to be dazzled by such uncompromising brilliance, nor were his chief financial backers prepared to stump up the cash to make the necessary video to go with it.
As Gary says, "it's hard to believe this prophetic slice of pop doom was written over ten years ago, yet it's just as relevant today as it was then. Especially the bits about George Bush and Osama Bin Laden, and the stuff about them wrestling naked on the beach." With its four-to-the-floor hardcore dance beats and its hard-hitting but easy-to-follow political message about video culture or Western decadence or the human condition or something, it's a song that most if not all of the family can both sing and tap their feet along to. Providing they have vocal cords and/or feet.
Produced by British actor, comedian and composer Waen Shepherd (as seen or heard in Hyperdrive, The Inbetweeners, Crackanory, Murder in Successville and Steve Oram's critically-acclaimed feature film AAAAAAAAH!), this cluster-fucking new pop sensation is available to buy on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and Spotify from Tuesday November 24th, with a whole slew of other online musical boutiques and internet radio stations to follow.
To celebrate this wonderful release, Gary will be supporting the mighty Tenek at The Garage on Highbury Corner, North London, on Saturday November 28th from 6.30 pm as part of the celebrations for the launch of their brilliant third album 'Smoke and Mirrors'. Tickets and more info available here: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/tenek-smoke-mirrors-album-launch-party-tickets/179213
The Video is of course available to view on Gary Le Strange's official YouTube channel RIGHT NOW, so delay at your peril!
IN OTHER WAEN-RELATED NEWS...
Crackanory will be returning for a fantastic third series on Dave Channel, starting on December 7th, 2015 and continuing throughout the week. With top-notch writing and splendid narration from a sharp heap of incredible talents including Carrie Fisher, Catherine Tate, Christopher Lloyd and Robbie Coltrane, this third series promises to be the best of the lot. I of course wrote, performed and recorded the music for the entire series, while Richard Pengelley directed and Arnold Widdowson produced.
For those without televisions, all three series of Crackanory will soon be available to listen to as free podcasts via Audible. Featuring the mainly-original soundtrack from each individual episode, naturally I did the music for these too, so grab them while they're hot.
And if you didn't know already, Steve Oram's critically-acclaimed debut feature AAAAAAAAH! is now available to stream directly into your living room/caravan/train journey/whatever via the miracle of VOD. Starring Lucy Honigman, Steve Oram, Tom Meeten, Toyah Willcox, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Julian Barratt, Sean Reynard, Noel Fielding, Holli Dempsey and a whole bunch of other luminous talents, it's already been hailed as a modern masterpiece by many people who should know better and if you're in any doubt about its wondrousness, I've even taken the trouble to compile a selection of reviews - very few of which actually acknowledge I'm in it, but what do I care? They frequently hail my great mate Steve Oram as some kind of masterful genius and that's good enough for me.
An exhaustive list of which platforms you can access it on might prove too difficult to obtain by a brain as flabby as mine but I do know for certain you can view AAAAAAAAH! on iTunes and Amazon. And if you're any more doubt, here's a teaser trailer (though the trailer itself should probably come with some kind of mental health warning.)
Waen Shepherd, age 44 (yes - I get one year older every time I write one of these bloody things)
December 3, 2013
November 25, 2014
Shut Up Mum
April 21, 2015
I am a Video
Nov 24, 2015
Murder in Successville
Jun 13, 2016
UK Cinema Release
Aug 4, 2017