I’ve mentioned before how this blogging thing I’ve got going has led to so many amazing things or events in my life.

Everytime something incredible happens, I think it really can’t get any better….until something else comes along and tops it. This time round, I really do think it is the pinnacle.

Your humble scribe has now contributed to a commercially released piece of music……..

There have been many occasions, and I’m going back decades to well before all this started, that I wished I could somehow end up in a recording studio doing something like contributing handclaps in the background, just so that I could say I had been part of something truly creative. I’m now almost 57 years old and I really thought that dream would never come true.

Until…….a few months ago The Affectionate Punch got in touch and asked if I would consider doing a spoken vocal version of a new song that the collective had just written. It was an immediate ‘yes’ from me but on the proviso that if my effort wasn’t good enough to the ears of the professionals, then I wouldn’t be offended if it ended up not being used.

Scars is the latest EP from The Affectionate Punch. It was released yesterday, as usual, on bandcamp where you can have it for free or make a donation to support the efforts of those who make the music. Here is TAP to offer more in the way of backrground:-

The idea of a Scars e.p. came about following 2 individual comments that suggested the possibility of differing vocal interpretations of The Affectionate Punch songs. This was mulled over with interest resulting in a resounding yes.

The e.p. consists of 6 vocal interpretations of Scars in addition to 1 instrumental track. Each track has its own cover art.

Scars I has Holocaust Nancy on vocals
Scars II features the talents of Paul McKeever and Amanda Sanderson
Scars III is spoken by The Vinyl Villain with The Additions on vocals
Scars IV has Amanda Sanderson on vocals
Scars V is the instrumental version by The Affectionate Punch
Scars VI is the spoken word version by The Vinyl Villain
Scars VII is a remix by The Pocket Calculator Club

mp3 : The Affectionate Punch – Scars III (featuring The Vinyl Villain with The Additions)

It’s a huge understatement to say that I’m incredibly thrilled by all of this. It’s very much a one-off on my part and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity.

And wouldn’t you know, there’s a promo been made for Scars III…….


Click here to visit, listen and hopefully purchase from bandcamp.


11 thoughts on “DREAMS CAN COME TRUE

  1. All I can say is wow! and congrats!!
    Before I even saw the post on TVV this morning, there was a reminder email from Bandcamp that there was new music from The Affectionate Punch. I was blown away as I scanned the page and saw featuring The Vinyl Villain with The Additions and The Vinyl Villain versions.
    I am quite impressed! Your spoken word has a way of pulling me into the song and creating a counterpoint of tension.
    All the versions, save one, are built on a very special and dreamy, shoegaze-y, bed of music that is quite timeless in its appeal.

  2. Great stuff! I am glad you enjoyed doing this – you will now be doing all the voice over work for any role requiring ‘Scottish Man’ – I can see the radio and TV advert work piling up. Mind you I also imagined the floor of your student befroom covered in bits of vinyl not clothes

  3. Congratulations, my friend, nice job!

    Do you know if there any plans for also a version in English to be released for the European market?

  4. Nice one, JC. We will have decoy Scots on standby when you arrive to evade the inevitable LA paparazzi.

  5. Great – very much enjoyed your spoken-word contribution,
    JC. Looking forward to listening to all of this EP. Well done,
    Affectionate Punch and contributors.

  6. JC the pop star! Who’d’ve thought it? Just as the world turns even shitter, JC makes a record and all feels good again. Genuinely impressed mate, let’s have an album now!

  7. Thanks to JC for agreeing to take part and for providing such a sterling performance. Once again, his generosity of spirit shines.

  8. Dare we ask for a physical release of these excellent tracks….on vinyl, naturally!

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