Monday, July 20, 2009
We are on a schedule!!
Wow…it's one month into the recording pretty much. We better get started. We have not done a thing at all yet apart from talk about what we are wearing on Fridays, surfing, eating, drinking, sleeping and playing golf.

“Time is money!” I keep saying, but they simply won't listen. I have beaten them black and blue and chased them around the golf course, and soiled their fancy clothes whence I tackled them onto the cold dewy grass. They just won't listen.

“WE ARE ON A SCHEDULE. WE HAVE TO MAKE THE BEST ALBUM EVER OF ALL TIME!!!!” I shout to Cogsy and DZ when they’re in the green room at Lennox Heads. They just won't listen.

Nick knows it’s all fruitless now, so we will have to employ some locals to do the job for us. We have left it all too late. All applicants please apply to this address.

Actually, whoops, that was just a dream.

It’s actually going really well. BETTER THAN WELL! We’ve done heaps…. A couple more weeks of recording to go, then mixing, then hopefully all of you rabbits can hear something. As long as the powers that be don’t lose the finished product in the mail.

Bernard and I were actually talking about it the other day, and the first thought that came into our mind when we heard about the Tsunami warning was that everything would be washed away. It would be tragic that there was no evidence left of what we have been working hard to complete. It turned out we were safe, and that I needn’t have slept in my wetsuit with a surfboard strapped to my leg.

It seems that we have entered into overdub and credit wars. Everybody wants to be credited for everything. No egos allowed here. Actually they were crushed years ago…. But still, in the current race …Currently JC is Prime Chime Contributer Collins, Bernard is Dr Q Chord, Cogsy is Thelonius Feedback, DZ is Hurdy Gurdy Middleton, and I am the Master of all Sub-harmonic Vocals and just the general wizardry that you all know that I am brilliant at.

It certainly is cold though, so every morning we have our personal hand warming specialist drop through our room, and they nimble up our fingers for the day to get ready for work. Mine just left… so typing is not too hard this morning..

One more week til Splendour…… hopefully we can lure some of the people performing to come and contribute something interesting. Let's say…..Paul Dempsey on spoons, or something like that. There are many options, and we have worked out a secret method of luring them all into our studio. Beer! Amazing huh?

Anyhow, I am off now to do some yoga, and to swim with the dolphins. It truly is a beautiful morning down here.

We are genuinely excited about how this record is coming together, and can't wait to be able to share it with the cosmos.

So for now… I shall stop wasting your precious time. Go and wash your cat or put up your Christmas tree, and hug the person next to you for me and whisper in their ear…..”not long til the new 'Fingers album now”

Over and Out.


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Blogger Jackie said...
I hate to break it to you Hoggy, but it's almost evening.

Great blog. The first half has confirmed what I've already suspected.... you lazy bastards are just having a holiday.

So how long is "not long"?

Blogger Deb said...
i think this child i am carrying will be starting school before we hear anything...

any spare tickets to splendour, i am happy to take them off your hands...

Blogger Jackie said...
Deb, I'm bagging your +1 now.

Blogger Andrew said...
Hi guys,

I'm not sure what the right place is, but I'm a Powderfinger fan from Australia currently living in the US, and I was wondering if Powderfinger would be interested in converting their tracks for the Rockband game?
The company behind Rockband has a new website,, and a new system where basically bands can upload their music as playable tracks in Rockband. I think Powderfinger would receive a cut of the royalties, and songs for Rockband sell at $2 USD here in the US.

Anyhoo, I'd really appreciate it if anyone here knew how I could send an email to Powderfinger, or their manager? I think there's a huge market in Australia for downloadable, playable Powderfinger songs (anything from the Internationalist!), and Powderfinger would be getting more exposure.



Blogger channah said...
Andrew, contact Secret Service Artist Management

Hoggy, what an inspired piece of prose. Whatever you're on, pass it round...?

Chimes, feedback, Q-chord, hurdy gurdy ... hang on, sounds like you've already been doing that :D

Blogger Pirate said...
Best way to wash a cat: front loading washing machine.

Feel free to send anything to me for safekeeping xD

The prospect of you lot in a studio with any number of the artist from Splendour is pretty exciting!! Keep at it boys!

Blogger Liz said...
Hmmm... I don't know if the promise of beer will work. Depends if they've heard that one before. :)

Blogger Liz said...
Ooops... I forgot to mention to Jax that I believe 5pm is roughly 'morning' to a Musician.

Blogger Jackie said...
Liz I don't know if they've heard it before, but we have! ;o)

Blogger bela said...
Great Blog Ian! the best one so far by a mile... You should get Sarah Blasko to do some backing vocals that would be Awesome!

Blogger Chloe said...
+1 vote for Dempsey on spoons and Blasko featuring in any way possible.

Luring with beers, hey? Don't forget you still owe some PFDBers a few, Hoggy! =P

Blogger JoR said...
music starved rabbit reporting for duty, sir!

how very convenient that splendour is just down the road too, youve co-ordinated your holiday well. im very impressed, golf, surfing, fine dining,festivals.. a admiration worthy "cunning plan" indeed (my lord! i have a cunning plan..).

I think need one of those hand warmy-uppers too..

Blogger dint said...
Boogie boogie boogie.Today I contemplated washing a cat so dirty,my hands blackened on patting it.

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