From the Archives: The What A Beautiful Day film clip

Suffice to say, a lot of laughs were shared during the making of this film clip.

Az here with this trip down memory lane.

The whole concept for this video was the vision of our music producer and ex-Unpaid Debt guitarist Tim Walter. He had just done a promotional DVD piece of work for a comedian named Thomas Bromhead at the same time as producing the CD that this song was featured on and had the wild idea that the two sides should team up for something funny.

Tim even thought out the structure of the clip: a seedy guy sprays whipped cream on himself at home and then goes out for a night on the town to terrorize people with whipped cream.

He pitched it to me during a studio visit and that he thought he could get Thomas to agree to do the clip for a reasonable fee. I had nothing to lose by letting this idea play itself out and Thomas said yes. I put down the cash and we were cooking with gas.

The first half of the clip was filmed in the rental home of former guitarist Chris Reed in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. We laid down heaps of tarps, put on a BBQ and invited heaps of people over to watch the filming. We laughed our arses off.

The second half of the clip was filmed at Home Nightclub in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. A week earlier, I had done the owner a favour by playing guitar alongside some DJ from Sweden who was doing a techno cover of Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit at 4:30am on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. The whole crowd was on pills and wouldn’t have even noticed I was there.

So we got full use of the club for free on a Monday night – and with security there at the club’s expense. This was the day after the house filming and was also my 26th birthday that day. The members of Major Keg gave me a blow up penis for my birthday and I did all of the band filming scenes with that thing stuffed down my pants – not that you can tell in this clip – but it was one of those things that was funny to the people that were there.

The Ebolagoldfish twins Andy and Gav McDougall also made a guest appearance as the fake security guards – Gav smacking Thomas Bromhead on the arse wasn’t in the script but all involved enjoyed it so it stayed in the scene.

The two hot girls being sprayed with whipped cream were the girlfriends of the other two band members – what, you thought those wusses were going to use any other females on the planet for what we had planned?

Oh – I almost forgot the star of the clip: the blow up doll! We bought that for $100 from a sex shop in Canberra whilst on tour a few weeks earlier. I’m the one who volunteered to do the walk of shame to the counter to pay for it whilst the others stood there cackling like little school girls. Good times.

…and that’s about the summary of it. The funniest part of all in this clip is that Major Keg appear in this clip more than My Name Is John does – absolute camera whores and shocking for a bunch of guys who have the perfect faces for radio work.

This song had over 100,000 plays on MySpace and was finally banned by the since unloved social media service right around the time of the band’s breakup in 2009. A full three years later. Good work guys.

Song spotlight: I Wish We Were An Emo Band So We Could Get More Girls

Hi all, Az here.

So, this song has a fun little history behind it.

Back in the very beginning, we had a drummer named Ryan Lambert who later found semi-fame being the drummer of Sydney emo legends Town Hall Steps. We’ve written about him before.

Anyhoo…

Ryan was the one who pitched the whole idea for this song – name and all – and even played a cd of a tune with a similar beat to demonstrate how he envisioned the song would sound.

I then got to work, put together the structure and filled in the words. Voila – completed song.

Ryan (coincidentally) left the band shortly after that, joined an actual emo band (the aforementioned Town Hall Steps) and never got to play it.

The following year was when this song was recorded. As a bit of fun, I approached Town Hall Steps, explained to them the story as painted out above and then due to the connection with Ryan I asked if I could include a section of one of their emo songs on our upcoming cd Music To Make Love To, Vol. 1 right before our song about wishing we were an emo band.

Being the awesome dudes that they were, they thought it was a funny idea and were all for it.

And the rest is history.

Here’s the intro track that I’m speaking of, featuring my most favourite Town Hall Steps song:

Song spotlight: Why Must I Insist On Having Sex

The song we refer to as “Insist”. 🙂

Back when we were doing cd’s, it was our goal to always have at least one ska song on every one of them. Ideally there would be horns too but we wouldn’t force the idea like ska bands with dedicated members do just to make them feel loved.

And this one didn’t. It feels liberating to borrow extra musicians where needed and otherwise just focus on what is best for the song. There is a grand organ though and that was a random instrument that just-so-happened to be around in the studio where we recorded. It was o e of those made-up-on-the-spot things that just happened to help make the song feel more wholesome. We were pretty happy with it.

This song was originally pitched by former band member Chris Reed as a concept called “Mr Yes” and the intro for Insist is what the choruses for Mr Yes were. After Az had some time to digest the idea, he’s the one who came back with playing the chorus of Mr Yes and then suddenly flicking into the upstroke you here, starting a totally different song. Misdirection, it’s fun. Eyes lit up in he rehearsal room. A song was born.

There’s lots of NoFX and MxPx influence in this song and that’s totally ok. That’s what makes punk music punk: imitation is the ultimate form of flattery.

Lyrically this is standard MNIJ writing – telling a story that someone would pay attention to rather than just using throw away lyrics that rhyme. A small shout out can be found to Wayne’s World:

I’m so jaded, it’s overrated

Instead of adventure I’m just shooting fish in a barrel

That’s classic Wayne Campbell right there.

We used this as the first track on the split album “Let The Games Begin!” that we did with Major Keg and of all the songs on that cd, this is the only one that was a candidate to take that spot. It needed to be punchy and catchy and this one was there to do the job.

We’re streaming on your favourite services

Howdy people!

The good news from John land is that we’ve uploaded all of our music online to all the places you like to listen to music.

Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer and iHeartRadio are all carrying our gear. Just search for My Name Is John in your favourite app on your phone and ignore the weird techno band from somewhere overseas that have been using our name also.

So services are also showing our live version of What A Beautiful Day that we contributed to a live album that was released 11 years ago. Cool beans.

For your convenience, here is a link that will point you towards where all our stuff is.

Don’t use a streaming service? No worries. That same link above also offers a way to download all our music completely free of charge. Just go get it and get into it.

Enjoy.

Much love,

Your Johnnies

It’s 2018 so let’s get on the internet

michael-bolton-5Hi kids.

Pictured above is the sperm donor to Michael Bay’s mother, the immortal Michael Bolton.

We’re back in action and figure it’s time to put up a website. The first contributions have been a page showing different videos of us to view as well as a link to where you can hear all of our music.

It’s a start.

There’s a subscribe button on the right hand side which will let you know when we post something new. Cick it!!

Peace out for now.

Your Johnnies