There was a sudden influx in January. With the addition of Trevor the Lady Towel and my brother Minor Gubbins to our little family, and of course my sudden return, there felt to be a bit of a buzz here at Leroy's.
I released 'Independence. Standardised.' the first song from my "add-to" monthly 12 track album 'Intimate Moments in Public Places', which, on the most part was written in the cocoon.
TONE. and I had a sudden creative spurt, to which the short lived feature’s ‘Innuendo for the Week’(largely inspired by Trevor's fondness for smut)...
|‘Innuendo #1 - Blowing out the bare bulb’ by Major Gubbins & TONE.|
(A specific slur, about a newly established romance that involves a bald man) : “You heard, Dorothy’s been blowing out the bare bulb.”
...and ‘Folk Quotes’ (born of TONE.'s fondness for earwigging, or fly-wigging) were born...
|'Folk Quotes #2' by TONE.|
...I reinvented ‘The Daily Post-it’ into ‘Physical Tweets’ so my inane spouting wouldn’t just be limited to post-it’s...
|'I’m filled with unhappy bacteria' by Major Gubbins|
Placed on a toilet seat, in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster.
...Trevor the Lady Towel began doing his very own ‘Dirty Doodles’...
...and our fifth ‘READ ME!’ letter was released onto the public, proving to be our most popular to date!
|'READ ME! - January/February 2013' by Major Gubbins & TONE.|
Q: What are you having for tea tonight?
January also saw Hill St. Rodent (bohemian, writer and down-to-earth good egg whom put me up for a few nights during my weakest moments at Christmas) join our motley crew with his series of short tales ‘The Trials and Tribulations of Tony Anthony’, about a Barnsley born disgruntled bus driver for the disabled, who winds up on fantastical adventures during the daily grind. Something to read after this post maybe ey.
We slipped into February in a similar fashion to January. I released the second song from ‘Intimate Moments in Public Places’ called ‘CCTV’...
...We hosted the second ‘Tarts & Vicars’ song ‘Sole’ as a pre-Valentines' treat, it proved to be a major flop, but lovely all the same...
During the same week, and seemingly out of the blue, Leroy hit rock bottom. We tried our best to cheer him up, but everything we did was greeted with failure. By Saturday the 16th I had decided to take matters into my own hands and with a pocket of loose change I headed to Meadowhall to buy him a gift to show him how much he means to us.
Hours passed and my limited £8.77 budget was proving to be a hurdle that I couldn’t scale.
All avenues seemed to lead to a dead-end, until a great epiphany washed over me, resulting in the reanimation of Emily Quinn the mannequin. Who, after a brief scrap with a security guard, was intentionally (but without skill or the foggiest of how I did it) brought to life, by myself, in baited hope that she would talk to Leroy from a woman’s perspective.
With some persuasion, Emily accepted to talk to Leroy. We later found out that Leroy’s sombre mood was the result of losing the one photo he owned of his first and only love.
Emily also managed to open up Minor Gubbins, telling him that he should be venting his anger by doing something creative and instead of poo-pooing her suggestion, he began writing his ‘Minor Review’ that would wreak... erm... well, not wreak havoc, just reek I guess...
"Loose Women. Well that was a big disappointment. I had to use my imagination throughout most of it.
- 2 out of 5"
...She also told TONE. that he should take some time away from ‘Major Gubbins’ to broaden his artistic horizons and since then he has been studying all types of different mediums and techniques, putting aside his illustrative funny bone and concentrating on form and texture.
Not wanting to lose the momentum that we’d started in January, but now a man, or should I say, fly down, we did our best to fill in the canyon sized holes that TONE. had temporarily left us with.
This resulted in Trevor’s ‘Penis Monologues’...
...our collaborative ‘Folly Feedback’...
|'Folly Feedback #3 - Kit-Kat Chunky' by Major & Minor Gubbins|
...and my ‘MAPS’, an idea that grew from artwork created for ‘Intimate Moments in Public Places’.
|'MAP #1 (Meadowhall)' by Major Gubbins|
In March, I dished out ‘Ernishell', a nasty song about the abuse of power and fame.
And from an online point of view, March also marked our first year anniversary. Which funnily enough, got me thinking not of the past, but to the future, but I think I’ll save that for next week.