I frequently receive inquiries from Fat Head viewers asking where they can buy the music from the film.  I have to tell them that Tom Monahan (the Fat Head composer) and I are working on an album that would include the Fat Head songs and several more.  And we were working on that album, but then we both got tied up with other projects.  I moved to the farm and took on full-time programming work, I’ve had speeches and roasts to write and perform, Tom went back to school to finish his degree, etc.

We are committing ourselves to getting that album finished in 2013.  Really and truly.  Cross my heart and hope to die.

But in the meantime, I decided to dust off some songs I recorded with my first band way back in  … should I even admit how long ago?  Okay, sure, why not.  We recorded four of the songs in a studio when I was in college, and another in my apartment when I was in my late 20s.  That was after four-track recorders reached the consumer market.

Anyway, I had Chareva design an album cover and then went through TuneCore to upload the album to iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc.  I hope you’ll check it out and, if you like the songs, give them a nice rating and help spread the word through social media.

As you know, I don’t take advertising on the blog (and believe me, I’ve had offers) because I don’t want to push products I don’t personally use.  I prefer to sell what I produce … DVDs, t-shirts, and now a five-song album of songs I wrote.

Here are the iTunes links for some countries where I know we have readers:

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – iTunes U.S.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – iTunes U.K.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – iTunes Canada

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – iTunes Australia

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – iTunes New Zealand

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – iTunes Germany

Here’s a link for Amazon’s MP3 store:

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – Amazon

The sample online clip iTunes chose for “Prelude / Somewhere Down the Line” is from “Prelude,” which is all music.  “Somewhere Down the Line,” the second half of the same track, is a song with lyrics.  They started off as separate songs, but as we were working on them we realized the key was the same and the feel was similar, so when we went into the studio we recorded them as a single track.

The two guys on the album cover with me (I’m on the left, in case you don’t recognize me with hair) aren’t just my old band-mates; they’re my best friends.  Bob (lead guitarist, on the right) and I have known each other since sixth grade.  He moved to Franklin after finishing law school, which is the only reason I even knew there was such a place as Franklin, Tennessee.  Mike (keyboards, center) and I were roommates my senior year in college.  Some of my fondest memories are of the nights I spent playing in a band with those guys.

My daughters insist I tell them stories about my life before bed.  Here’s one about my old band they like:

We had a weekend gig lined up to play in a restaurant/nightclub in our hometown of Springfield, Illinois during Christmas vacation.  So when we all got home from college, we immediately began rehearsing.  (We always rehearsed in my parents’ basement – bless them for putting up with the noise.)  The first day of the gig, it began snowing – hard.  The club manager called and told me he was canceling because he didn’t want to pay us to perform for an empty house.

I told him we had a large and loyal following in town, most of them were home for Christmas and would want to go out on the weekend, and they weren’t afraid to drive in the snow.  They wouldn’t be happy if they showed up and we weren’t playing.  He refused to be convinced, so I finally said, “Look, we’re going to show up and play.  If you don’t think the crowd is big enough to justify paying us, fine, don’t pay us.  But we’re going to play either way.”  He took that deal.

By the time we were 15 minutes into our first set, the nightclub had run out of seats.  From the stage, we saw the manager who’d wanted to cancel dragging in extra chairs from the restaurant, which was indeed mostly empty.  The second night was just as packed.  The manager paid us.

Good times.

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16 Responses to “My Songs Are On iTunes”
  1. Judi says:

    Love the story so much! Kids really enjoy these because it just confirms to them that you are indeed a *hero* – at least at this tender age!

    They like that one, but their favorite stories are the ones where I ended up injured or embarrassed.

  2. Maybe I can help the out with a couple of “injured or embarrassed” stories this Christmas!

    LOOK OUT — SNAKE!!

    Kidding. I’m sure they’ve heard that one.

    See you soon.

    Cheers!

    Oh yes, they’re quite fond of that one … which reminds me, I need to dig out the document describing your encounter with a snake and read it to them.

  3. Marilyn says:

    The only Chenoa I know is Chenoa, Illinois, so I learned something.

    That’s where we got the name. We saw the name of that town and liked the sound of it.

    Imagine my surprise when I uploaded to iTunes and then found out there’s a Spanish-language singer named Chenoa.

  4. “Oh yes, they’re quite fond of that one … which reminds me, I need to dig out the document describing your encounter with a snake and read it to them.”

    we don’t need to go there.

    I do have a copy if you can’t find yours.

    I not only have a copy, my lawyer has been instructed to post it all over the internet if I die mysteriously.

  5. Steve says:

    Tom I thought your story was going to end differently. I once played a place for “the door”, $2 cover. I estimated 100-150 people came in that place and I got $40. He must not have cared if I came back or not. At least some one kept their word.

    I guess some club owners learn their accounting techniques from film distributors.

  6. Cyborcat says:

    “As you know, I don’t take advertising on the blog (and believe me, I’ve had offers) because I don’t want to push products I don’t personally use.”

    For whatever it’s worth, I appreciate that.

    I realise that some people rely on revenue from their web site as part of their income, but it’s kind of off-putting to be reading a blog where someone is talking about how you shouldn’t rely on fad diets, when right smack in the middle of the page is: “LOSE A BIT OF BELLY FAT EVERY DAY WITH THIS ONE WEIRD OLD TRICK!”

    That’s why I dumped the Google-generated spots. The small income stream wasn’t worth the embarrassment of seeing ads for the Corn Refiners Association and cholesterol-lowering foods/drugs appear on my blog.

    Coincidentally, I just sent another “no thanks, we don’t take ads” reply to an advertiser a couple of minutes ago.

  7. Ash Simmonds says:

    Ohhhh…. Chareva’s just being a first world anarchist and giving a big FU to designers with that font choice, isn’t she?

    I don’t know enough about design to speculate on your theory.

  8. Marilyn says:

    :-) I’ve been to Chenoa. Grandma’s cousin lived there.

  9. NM says:

    Tom – here’s the font info:
    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11582548

    The typographic world views that font with similar distaste to the way the LCHF world views Ancel Keys ;-)

    I had no idea fonts could be so controversial.

  10. Elenor says:

    I STILL wish you’d put a “Tom Naughton affiliate” (or whatever they call it) link to Amazon (on every page)! Going to your (Amazon)store does NOT let me buy anything at Amazon (except for the things you list in your store) — there’s no way to get to the Amazon search from there. I end up using Dr Mike (Eades)’s cause I can click his site link (to any of his products) and go straight to Amazon in his affiliate account. You could (and SHOULD!) put a “help a guy out, shop Amazon from here” big-old link up top (everywhere!).

    So, when I bought a router for my mom last week, I started at Dr Mike’s site, clicked one of his affiliate links to go to Amazon (not a Dr-Mike-Amazon store, just Amazon’s page for that product, some book of Mike’s) and then searched for the router — so he got a few pennies for it. I WANT to do that for you! I can’t because there’s no way to get to Amazon from your site. {grumblegrumble}

    Make it EASY for folks to support you, eh?!
    (Love you Tom, Merry Christmas!)

    I didn’t know the Fat Head store didn’t allow exiting to Amazon in general. I’ll look into it. I of course appreciate your efforts to support the blog.

  11. Linda R says:

    Seriously?
    I’ve been using Comic Sans for all of my personal stuff, e-mails, recipes, walking logs, food diaries and so forth, ever since I first saw it available in WORD on my first PC back in 2003.
    It’s warm, friendly, comforting and fun!

  12. Kim Øyhus says:

    Maria Schneider, main character from the movie Last Tango in Paris died last year of cancer, at an age of only 60.

    The relevance of this here is a fairly uniquely easy to see chain of cause and effect from fat.
    Her quote:
    “I like to see friends and go to the market and cook. But I never use butter to cook any more. Only olive oil.”

    And the reason for that is this:

    [on the butter scene in Last Tango in Paris (1972)]: “That scene wasn’t in the original script. The truth is it was Marlon Brando who came up with the idea. They only told me about it before we had to film the scene and I was so angry. I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can’t force someone to do something that isn’t in the script, but at the time, I didn’t know that. “Marlon Brando said to me: ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie,’ but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears. “I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bernardo Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologise. Thankfully, there was just one take.”

  13. Chareva says:

    @Ash. Having been a dyslexic child, this may explain my proclivity for comic sans. Tom got the final say ;)

    Don’t listen to her. I fought her tooth and nail over the comic sans, but she threatened to stop cooking bacon in the morning if I didn’t give in.

  14. Tony Dickson says:

    James Lileks, the author and blogger extraordinaire, calls it “Comic Sins”

  15. Jessica says:

    I thought this post was about Tom’s music on iTunes? And no one has commented on that? Let’s hope you sell a million.

    Well, it’s sort of an open-discussion forum. Thanks, I hope we sell a million too.

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