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North Park bar has had enough Beatles, going gay for Morrissey

Bar Pink hosting Pony Death Ride's release party for Not a Foal, Not Yet a Horse Jan. 15

"We had no idea that this year is the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, but we're really lucky it turned out that way," says Jaye MacAskill, who with husband Joe is one half of Pony Death Ride, whose full-length Not a Foal, Not Yet a Horse includes the tune "Enough Already with the Beatles."

"We actually really do like the Beatles, although I think I like them a lot more than Joe does."

Regarding the track “Furries,” concerning fans of sexy cartoon and costumed animals, Joe says “Sometimes, we write cute little ditties with uke and keyboard. Other times, the punk rock in us rears its mohawked head. On this track, cute took a backseat. Have you ever got all gussied up for a night of possible love? Spent good money on clothes, or many hours in the mirror getting that last hair in place? No more! Apparently, the new trend is to throw on a fun, fuzzy animal costume and just go nuts!”

“Yes, that’s a See-and-Say at the beginning of the song. And, yes, we left it in the box and returned it when we were done. Screw you, Toys-r-Us.”

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Recorded at Earthling Studios thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, other phonic funnies on the album include “Stranger Danger,” "Mom and Dad Are Getting a Divorce," “Old Souls,” "Who the Fuck is Ed Hardy?" and "I Think My Boyfriend's Gay For Morrissey."

“Joe and his friend Todd are life-long Morrissey fans, so that’s where the inspiration came from,” says Jaye. For any diehard Smiths fan, it’s a cornucopia of all things Smiths-related. The song is chock-full of musical and lyrical references to the Smiths, with lyrics like “He’s fine until the music starts, then he won't touch my female parts.”

“We knew the song would be kind of controversial because of how serious Smiths fans are. It was one of the biggest validations in my musical career to have strangers from different countries around the world arguing online about whether our song completely sucked or was total genius. I consider that kind of notoriety to be a small marker of success.”

Joe says the tune is by no means meant to mock. “When I heard the Smiths and what Morrissey was doing lyrically, it changed the way I thought about writing music. You can still write clever, funny lyrics and be a serious musician. It is way more difficult to write something clever that will make people laugh than it is just to write about life.”

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The release party for Not a Foal, Not Yet a Horse happens January 15 at Bar Pink in North Park. The album title is a take- off of the Britney Spears song title, “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman." "The cover photos were shot at the Prancing Pony Country Farm in Ramona," says Jaye. "The inside painting was done for us by Eddie Argos of the punk rock band Art Brut, a big influence of ours."

“This record is two years in the making, and challenged us to stretch musically. Although there are certainly some punk rock-ish tracks on the CD, we wanted to have a varied sound. Our influences range from punk rock to vaudeville to cabaret, with comedy as the common thread. We basically had to learn or re-learn piano, ukulele and glockenspiel."

Jaye cofounded Pony Death Ride with her husband Joe in 2009. “As a multi-instrumental duo, our songs reference a variety of music genres, from classic American songbook–style to pop, country, electro, metal, and even children’s lullabies. Though our lyrics touch on various inappropriate adult-oriented themes.”

San Diego has a long tradition of comedic music, from Frank Zappa and his protégé Wild Man Fischer to the Rugburns (“Hitchhiker Joe”), the Beat Farmers (“Happy Boy”), the Bugs (“Dave Navarro’s Goatee Fucking Sucks”), Grammatical B (“Don’t Ask Don’t Intel”), and “the Mexican Elvis” El Vez, as well as José Sinatra, Adam Gimbel, and Mojo Nixon, whose comedic cut “Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin” got him banned from MTV for singing about one of their VeeJay’s vajayjay.

Jaye (“I moved here from Brooklyn in 2003 to get my master’s degree in public history at USD and to live closer to my grandparents”) cites a few of their inspirations. “I’m from Canada, so most of my influences are funny underground Canadian bands from the 1980s, like the Dick Van Dykes, Deja Voodoo, the Gruesomes, and the Flunkees, a sleazy punk Monkees cover band from Vancouver. I like the subversive stuff, so the more commercial novelty-type artists like Weird Al have never done much for me. Plus, I could never get over Weird Al’s hair. I just don’t like it.”

As for Joe (“I was born here, but I’m sure one day I’ll move on”), he says “I’ve been friends with Steve Poltz and a fan of Mojo Nixon for a long time, [and] my last two bands had the same mindset as those two musicians. I used to listen to KGB’s Homegrown albums, and one song called ‘Chula Vista,’ which is where I’m from, got me interested in this type of comedy-driven music. ‘King Tut,’ by Steve Martin, was also one of the first funny songs that I liked as a kid.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoDCtsxVOOg

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"We had no idea that this year is the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, but we're really lucky it turned out that way," says Jaye MacAskill, who with husband Joe is one half of Pony Death Ride, whose full-length Not a Foal, Not Yet a Horse includes the tune "Enough Already with the Beatles."

"We actually really do like the Beatles, although I think I like them a lot more than Joe does."

Regarding the track “Furries,” concerning fans of sexy cartoon and costumed animals, Joe says “Sometimes, we write cute little ditties with uke and keyboard. Other times, the punk rock in us rears its mohawked head. On this track, cute took a backseat. Have you ever got all gussied up for a night of possible love? Spent good money on clothes, or many hours in the mirror getting that last hair in place? No more! Apparently, the new trend is to throw on a fun, fuzzy animal costume and just go nuts!”

“Yes, that’s a See-and-Say at the beginning of the song. And, yes, we left it in the box and returned it when we were done. Screw you, Toys-r-Us.”

None

Recorded at Earthling Studios thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, other phonic funnies on the album include “Stranger Danger,” "Mom and Dad Are Getting a Divorce," “Old Souls,” "Who the Fuck is Ed Hardy?" and "I Think My Boyfriend's Gay For Morrissey."

“Joe and his friend Todd are life-long Morrissey fans, so that’s where the inspiration came from,” says Jaye. For any diehard Smiths fan, it’s a cornucopia of all things Smiths-related. The song is chock-full of musical and lyrical references to the Smiths, with lyrics like “He’s fine until the music starts, then he won't touch my female parts.”

“We knew the song would be kind of controversial because of how serious Smiths fans are. It was one of the biggest validations in my musical career to have strangers from different countries around the world arguing online about whether our song completely sucked or was total genius. I consider that kind of notoriety to be a small marker of success.”

Joe says the tune is by no means meant to mock. “When I heard the Smiths and what Morrissey was doing lyrically, it changed the way I thought about writing music. You can still write clever, funny lyrics and be a serious musician. It is way more difficult to write something clever that will make people laugh than it is just to write about life.”

None

The release party for Not a Foal, Not Yet a Horse happens January 15 at Bar Pink in North Park. The album title is a take- off of the Britney Spears song title, “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman." "The cover photos were shot at the Prancing Pony Country Farm in Ramona," says Jaye. "The inside painting was done for us by Eddie Argos of the punk rock band Art Brut, a big influence of ours."

“This record is two years in the making, and challenged us to stretch musically. Although there are certainly some punk rock-ish tracks on the CD, we wanted to have a varied sound. Our influences range from punk rock to vaudeville to cabaret, with comedy as the common thread. We basically had to learn or re-learn piano, ukulele and glockenspiel."

Jaye cofounded Pony Death Ride with her husband Joe in 2009. “As a multi-instrumental duo, our songs reference a variety of music genres, from classic American songbook–style to pop, country, electro, metal, and even children’s lullabies. Though our lyrics touch on various inappropriate adult-oriented themes.”

San Diego has a long tradition of comedic music, from Frank Zappa and his protégé Wild Man Fischer to the Rugburns (“Hitchhiker Joe”), the Beat Farmers (“Happy Boy”), the Bugs (“Dave Navarro’s Goatee Fucking Sucks”), Grammatical B (“Don’t Ask Don’t Intel”), and “the Mexican Elvis” El Vez, as well as José Sinatra, Adam Gimbel, and Mojo Nixon, whose comedic cut “Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin” got him banned from MTV for singing about one of their VeeJay’s vajayjay.

Jaye (“I moved here from Brooklyn in 2003 to get my master’s degree in public history at USD and to live closer to my grandparents”) cites a few of their inspirations. “I’m from Canada, so most of my influences are funny underground Canadian bands from the 1980s, like the Dick Van Dykes, Deja Voodoo, the Gruesomes, and the Flunkees, a sleazy punk Monkees cover band from Vancouver. I like the subversive stuff, so the more commercial novelty-type artists like Weird Al have never done much for me. Plus, I could never get over Weird Al’s hair. I just don’t like it.”

As for Joe (“I was born here, but I’m sure one day I’ll move on”), he says “I’ve been friends with Steve Poltz and a fan of Mojo Nixon for a long time, [and] my last two bands had the same mindset as those two musicians. I used to listen to KGB’s Homegrown albums, and one song called ‘Chula Vista,’ which is where I’m from, got me interested in this type of comedy-driven music. ‘King Tut,’ by Steve Martin, was also one of the first funny songs that I liked as a kid.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoDCtsxVOOg

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