Time for fun with Pussy Cats Xylo Disco from the Transformates 變 music project

Have you ever wondered what the local cats are up to when they make that awful noise underneath your bedroom window at night. Well my musical offering this week will shine some light on these loud feline activities and provides some tips on how they can be made a little more melodic. It also features an instrument which is sadly under-represented by the writers of modern disco music – the xylophone.

Having filled you with sadness and remorse with last week’s ‘Ballad of a Dying Lover‘ I decided it is now time for something a bit more cheerful. So I put pen to paper and came up with what will no doubt become a poetry classic for generations to come. I also wanted to try and introduce the sound of the xylophone into modern disco music. I feel this instrument with its pulsating beat is a perfect match for such gatherings. Get ready for a disco revolution.

In fact I have prepared two versions of this week’s song: an unplugged version, where you can just hear me and the xylophone, and a full blown electro version with all the usual fiddly bits (but no drum machine!). Let’s start with the techno version. In this I have employed my southern UK alter ego for the vocals. You will also notice the sound of a trumpet is featured – a little reminder of my ‘classical’ training as the lead trumpeter in Ilkeston Grammar School’s orchestra (you can check out the details of my classical training in an earlier blog here).

The iTunes link – if you would like to download the single is here

I have mentioned in the past that I sometimes struggle to decide which accent to use for the vocals (for example ‘Pretty Boy Sally’ was finally released with a posh accent although at least 2 other accents exist in unreleased versions – the relevant blog with links is here).

To highlight the dilemma I face I have prepared the following ‘unplugged’ version of Xylo Disco which features a rather different vocal approach. This one is a bit more laid back – you could almost imagine yourself in a smoke filled bar back in the 50’s listening some old guy on the – xylophone (OK the instrument doesn’t quite match the Frank Sinatra image).

As I know not all readers are bowled over with electronic music I thought it would be nice to share with you this more basic version. This is how many of my songs start off – with just the vocal line and a rough idea of the chords. Then the Transformates start fiddling around with their knobs and the thing evolves into something quite different like the ‘Pussy Cats’ version above. Here is the raw cut:

Both versions are on YouTube and released as singles (you can download from iPhones, Amazon etc) so I will be able to get my vast marketing department to determine which approach is more popular. Tracking their relative speeds on the way to becoming viral will enable me to decide how to shape my future creative urges. All tracks released by the Transformates 變 project can be found in iTunes using the link here.

By the way you may be forgiven for thinking that I stole these lyrics from sonnets by Keats or Shakespeare. Clearly these gentlemen would have killed for lines like ‘Join the fun and shake your pussies at the Xylo Disco’. However rest assured that these were all my own work and I will be regularly checking on Google to ensure there is no plagiarism by other budding literary prize nominees. If you want to be known for good poems write your own!

I think next week I will treat you to something that is a bit more ‘classical’. How about a nice little baroque requiem?

Watch this space!

Chris Duggleby 

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