‘Don’t Listen To The Douchebags (Listen To George Takei)’ is a properly recorded version of a Youtube thing I did. That acoustic-recorded-on-the-webcam song was inspired by George Takei’s response to a school board member in the US who went on a Facebook rant saying he wished all the gay kids were dead. The board member later ended up resigning live on TV. Shortly after that I had the opportunity to contribute to a compilation CD highlighting gay and transgender bullying issues, so recorded the song properly, and made a video. Which cheekily features it’s inspiration 😉 Here it is:
This version of the song was recorded two years ago, and the incident that inspired the George Takei response was before that, but amidst the fuss over legalising gay marriage (in the UK) has also brought out the stories of violence and harassment of gay and trans-gendered people.
This song is being released on the Any Love Is Good Love compilation CD, which aims to raise awareness as well as fundraise. You can purchase the album from the Any Love Is Good Love page on Bandcamp. Much respect is due to from Ten Tigers/Lost Harbours and Ste McCabe who put it together. Funds from this are going to LGBT Youth North West (formerly Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester).
So we came up to Scotland with a batch of fresh off the presses teatowels so that we could start bringing out superior quality dish drying linen to the masses. The gig itself wasn’t the best attended – thanks to the combination of U2 playing round the corner in Hampden Park and a big Celtic vs Arsenal football game happening that night also.
However amongst that small number was one person who did seriously approach me asking to see the teatowel after the gig. I was quite suprised that this inebriated guy actually wanted one. And he liked it, and bought it and I hope this evening when he does his washing up he’ll fall in love with the drying the dishes experience. One other person when I brought them out in response to the punters request said he thought I was joking. Unfortunately before I could get a photo of the original purchaser he disappeared into the night with a song in his step no doubt.
My heart goes out to all the Celtic and U2 fans for whom drying the dishes will remain a vacuous experience.
Anyway they’ll be the first items under the merchandise section when that goes online in a couple of weeks, but for now ….drum roll…. here is the first online picture of the hotly anticipated teatowel. Dry your dishes with that, baby!
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