Only A Northern Song

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2012 by Ally

From: Yellow Submarine (1968)
Originally performed by: The Beatles
Written by: George Harrison

October 5th was Beatles Day on BBC Oxford, so I recorded a version of Only A Northern Song with my band Bug Prentice. I appeared on the Malcolm Boyden show to talk to him about the song before it was played.

(This isn’t strictly Stanton-Walsh Rule, but I’m posting it here because the song is from a film.)


New site

Posted in Other stuff on October 30, 2011 by Ally

The Stanton-Walsh Rule finally has a home. From here you can find all the songs in the project so far, as well as links to my various other projects. Feedback on the current songs and suggestions for new ones are welcome, as well as ideas to improve this rather dull site.

Rainbow Connection

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2011 by Ally

From: The Muppet Movie (1979)
Originally performed by: Kermit the Frog
Written by: Paul Williams & Kenneth Ascher

I’ve played this song at many a gig, so I thought it was about time to added it to the Stanton-Walsh Rule repertoire.

Ingrid Bergman

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by Ally

Written by: Woody Guthrie (lyrics) & Billy Bragg (music)

This here song isn’t featured in a film, and therefore doesn’t qualify for The Stanton-Walsh Rule. However, it is film-related, being an ode to the wonderful Ingrid Bergman, so I thought it was worth posting here.

Don’t Be Shy

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by Ally

From: Harold and Maude (1971)
Written and originally performed by: Cat Stevens

I really took some liberties with this song by changing the time signature to 7/4. I used Renoise to create the backing track, using a small sample of Cat Stevens’ guitar from the original version. Although originally uploaded in August 2010, I remixed and re-uplodaded it in May 2011.

Moses Supposes

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by Ally

From: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Originally performed by: Gene Kelly & Donald O’Connor
Written by: Roger Edens, Betty Comden & Adolph Green

This version probably owes more to The Jesus Lizard than Gene Kelly. The drums and mellotron are programmed in Logic; the other instruments are “real.” I got my friend Andrew Warne to mix this one, which is why it sounds substantially better than the others.

Nicholas Ray

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by Ally

Performed by: Bug Prentice
Written by: Ally Craig

One of my own songs, which I thought was worth posting here due to its cinematic inspiration. It’s named after the great director Nicholas Ray, with lyrics “borrowed” from several of his films.

Never Gonna Dance

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by Ally

From: Swing Time (1936)
Originally performed by: Fred Astaire
Written by: Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern

While many songs introduced by Fred Astaire went on to become jazz standards, it’s not often you hear someone else do Never Gonna Dance. Now I know why… My version didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped, and it’s far from my strongest vocal performance. Never mind, eh?

Everyone Says I Love You

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2010 by Ally

From: Horse Feathers (1932)
Originally performed by: Zeppo Marx
Written by: Harry Ruby & Bert Kalmar

Having tackled Rita Hayworth’s signature tune, I set my sights on the Marx Brothers. Everyone Says I Love You was originally sung by Zeppo Marx in the 1932 film Horse Feathers. Throughout the film, variations are performed by Chico, Harpo and Groucho. The last verse in my version is from Groucho’s variation. Watch out for the stylophone solo…

Put the Blame on Mame

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2010 by Ally

From: Gilda (1946)
Originally performed by: Rita Hayworth
Written by: Allan Roberts & Doris Fischer

I spent the afternoon recording this little demo of Rita Hayworth’s signature song. After recording, the first thing I saw was the sad news of Harvey Pekar’s death. RIP, you grumpy jazz-fiend bastard.