The A side mashes up the Zombies and early Pretenders for an energetic pop kick of suspicion and paranoia, while the B side Heart Attack adopts a lazier feel with a dash of blues for its modern take on the woman-done-left-me lyrical trope. It’s available via all the usual online outlets as well as Tim’s Bandcamp site at https://timbick.bandcamp.com
To the Pentagon shopping centre in Chatham for the latest gig on the whistle stop grotto tour. The children at the Pentagon are asked to believe that Santa has a wife, presumably in the interests of gender balance. None of the kids that Tim spoke to while trying to persuade them to buy his new single seemed convinced. “She’s a lady wot Santa hangs out wiv” was the commonest reply, while one little girl thought “she’s a bit young for him, he must be at least a thousand years old and she’s about thirty.” Mrs Claus could not be reached for comment, offering only a regal wave and a mime of putting her fingers in her ears as Tim ploughed on through his Phil Spector-based seasonal selection.
Today marks the release of Ariège, a twin-tracker with a song called Slang to keep the lead song company and stop it pining for an album. In a deliberately convoluted and perverse plan, the download and CD are available now, with the 7″ to follow later. The cheapest outlet is http://timbick.bandcamp.com/album/ari-ge but you can get it pretty much everywhere else including The iTunes at https://itun.es/gb/1-jD4.
“behind the dry-wit lyrics and quirky vocal approach is a well put together tune that boasts an unfussy and really likeably catchy main melody… a smart execution of a sound that’s retained its popularity from decade to decade.” Andy Leigh, Chartburst.com
We’re prety sure it wasn’t Tim’s velvety and relaxing reading of Winter Wonderland that sent Santa to sleep on this latest tour stop-off at the Glades/intu shopping experience in Bromley. Santa had just had a hard day’s sitting about, and was happy for Tim to take the reins and entertain the queues of exasperated parents and quizzical babies. Next stop: Portsmouth.
Tim’s tour of Santa’s grottoes, timed to coincide with this week’s release of the Ariège single, kicked off on Saturday at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon, where Santa sits inside an ice castle awaiting the tiny tots.
Performing Phil Spector’s Christmas Album in its entirety, Tim was given a surprisingly warm reception given the icy environs, and only one under-five burst into tears. That was probably the emotion brought on by Tim’s heart-rending reading of Frosty The Snowman.
Ahead of the single release on December 14th, the video for Ariège is now out in the pretend world of the Internet. Filmed in Brighton in a secret location, the original concept revolved around a grand piano that Tim had to fight his way out of, but sadly the rental of said instrument proved to be beyond the budget by the time visualiser Jason Hook had bought his sandwiches. Please enjoy this video responsibly and on no account attempt any of the stunts contained therein, or you might give yourself a nasty paper cut.
A shoot for the forthcoming single “Ariège” with ace photographer (he prefers the term ‘visualiser’) Jason Hook, ably hindered by his glamorous assistant David Oddfellow (here playing the role of psychiatrist) from swoony soundscape purveyors Oddfellow’s Casino. They have a new album out pretty much right now called The Water Between Us, but since they have unwisely chosen not to be represented by **** Artistes there will be no promotion of that on this site. Although more information can doubtless be found at http://oddfellowscasino.com
As ever, little expense was spared for this session with the investment of £1.13 in a box of tissues. A video for the single is also in the works, with prop handlers still trying to fulfil Jason’s demands for a flotation tank and twenty six naked models.