We really like playing a vast range of songs and we realise that it’s much more fun taking part than watching us. That means we want you to come along and help us sing for three hours.
It’s a bit like the blitz, except no bombs and no songs about the war. We’ve carefully selected a ranged of songs that are perfectly suited to being yelled at the top of your voice. You know when you go along to karaoke and you’ve always wanted to sing Total Eclipse of the Heart but didn’t want to look an idiot? Well come to the Prince and we’ll all look like idiots at the same time.
We’ll provide all the words for you, so if you’re not overly familiar with our peculiar fascination with 80s pop and soft rock ballads you can just read along lustily. To be honest that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.
We’ll be starting at 8:00pm and we’ll just carry on until they make us stop.
Special treats we have in store include:-
- Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
- London Calling – The Clash
- Africa – Toto
- Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
- Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns ‘N Roses
- Back for Good – Take That
- Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
- All Night Long – Lionel Richie
- Here We Go Again – Whitesnake
- Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
- Mr Brightside – The Killers
- Mr Blue Sky – ELO
Doesn’t that sound basically awesome?
When we all got together for our first meeting in the Moseley CDT, drinking tea and eating biscuits I bet none of us thought this would all still be going three years later. Well it is still going and seems to show no signs of stopping.
This Thursday we hope you can come and join us to have a special evening playing all those songs that have meant a lot to us over the years. Be it songs that people told us we could never play in front of other people, or even songs none of us thought we’d ever be able to play.
It seems that in the last three years we’ve learned about 200 songs, we’ve played more gigs than seemed advisable and, most importantly we’ve met a ridiculous amount of really nice people.
Thanks to everyone who has ever come along and hopefully we’ll see you on Thursday.
I know it seems like only last week that everyone got over wishing you happy new year, but one more won’t hurt will it?
2012 turned out to be a really good year for us. Besides our usual meetings every other Thursday (I know they’re not really every other Thursday when months are particularly fat) we got to play in loads of different places.
We managed to do loads more gigs than we expected last year and it is down to the patience of the people that turn up to each meeting that give up their free time that means we still seem to be getting away with it.
We’re really looking forward to 2013, we’ve got a new songbook coming in the next couple of weeks but we’ve also overhauled songbooks 2 and 3 to try and sort out the odd errors that were in them. In songbook 3′s case there were quite a few.
Hopefully the change documents will stop people having to print out so many pages. You obviously don’t need to print these out but if you don’t you’ll be playing different versions of some songs to other people.
We hope to have the new songbook ready for you in February.
We are going to be meeting on Thursday at 8:00pm in the Prince of Wales so hopefully we will see you there.
Next Thursday (1st November) will be a special meeting because it is the one week a year where we break out the Spookelele songbook. All manner of scary songs (well vague references to the paranormal).
The book has been updated since last year. It has another nine songs in. So it might be an idea to listen to the Spookelele playlist to make sure you’re familiar with most of them.
There will also be sweets and scary ghost costumes.
On the 9th of September we will be doing two sets as part of Artsfest. We will be playing at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery at 1:30pm and in Brindley Place at 3:30pm. We’re hoping to do quite different sets so there is no reason to not come to both of them (I’m not sure if that double negative makes any sense).
We will be doing our normal Thursday at the Prince, from 8:00pm, on the 6th and 20th, as always, feel free to come and join us.
We’ll also be playing at the Moseley Community Games which have been rearranged for the 22nd September. We’re not sure what time we’re playing but why not come down to the park for the whole thing?
It is also the Moseley Folk Festival on the 31st August. It’s a great weekend and many of us will be going but contrary to what we might have told you previously we are not playing.
We are meeting this Thursday(16th August) as normal. We’d like to get some of the songs that haven’t been properly done yet finished. Have a look at the videos below so you have a rough idea how they go. You don’t have to learn them in time for Thursday, just listen to them.
You might notice that the dates on the right hand side are looking a bit strange. We have been using Live Brum to feed dates to the site but it’s changed the way it works. I’m not sure the change has been for the better but I’ll look at how we can make sure the dates are correct.
Just try and remember that it is always the first and third Thursday of the month.
Keeping up to date with things is much easier if you join the Facebook group, I know Facebook is evil but it seems to work for us.
The main thing is that we’ve now got a shop, can you see the link at the top? This is the best and only place to buy Moselele related merchandise. We’ve quite a nonsensical range of stuff for your consumption.
We’re also getting ready for what looks like it will be a very busy bank holiday weekend. On the 3rd June it is the Diamond (is that right?) Jubilee which will include a number of street parties in the Moseley and Kings Heath area. We’ve been asked to play at a few of these, we’ve insisted we play at a few more.
Over the day it looks like we’re going to play at five parties in all. If you want to come and play then sign up on the Facebook group or let me know through this site. There are no restrictions on ability so don’t think you’re not good enough.
Other than that we’ll be in the Prince of Wales from 8:00pm.
Well we don’t want to be elected and we don’t do any Alice Cooper songs. To be honest we don’t think Alice Cooper would add anything of any worth to the machinations of local government.
Still, Thursday will be election day and our first meeting of May. So have a vote and then come along and play a range of songs that have nothing to do with politics at the Prince of Wales. We’ll be there from 8:00pm.
This Sunday we got to do a gig at Acorns Hospice, this was part of a sensory weekend where kids with learning disabilities get different sensory experiences such as music. Everyone made us feel really welcome and it was an ideal way to spend a very wet Sunday afternoon. We’d like to say a big thank you for inviting us along and here’s a photo.
A worryingly late reminder that we are meeting as usual on Thursday.
8:00pm in the back room of the Prince of Wales.
As we’ve been exploring some of the new songs it’s become a bit obvious that not all of us know them intimately (or at all).
If you watch the video below it will give you some pointers.
Remember, it’s not about learning the songs, just having a vague idea of how they go.
It seems more than two years ago when we met in Moseley CDT to drink tea, eat a large pile of biscuits and bumble through some songs. We’ve come along way since then, not least adding beer into the equation.
The last year has been very eventful for us, playing a few gigs and moving to a home that has really made the group what it was meant to be. This is mainly due to the influx of really dedicated people we have picked up since the Prince of Wales gave us their hospitality.
So on Thursday we’ll be celebrating two years of murdering over 150 songs. I can’t say there will be much more celebration other than singing but that’s a good start.
It’s also worth mentioning that we took part in the Big Brum Love Tour on Saturday.
You can watch a video of it below.
Of course you will notice that the meeting dates on the right hand side are working again. I’ve done literally nothing to fix them so I have no idea why that is.