Bug Prentice

The Stanton-Walsh Rule: Don’t Be Shy

The Stanton-Walsh Rule strikes again. This time it’s Don’t Be Shy, as written and performed by Cat Stevens for the 1971 film Harold and Maude. The electronic backing track was made with Renoise, fact fans.

New track: Nicholas Ray

Bug Prentice are proud to present a brand new demo. It sounds like this:

You can download Nicholas Ray for free, in a variety of formats, on our bandcamp page.

The Stanton-Walsh Rule: Everyone Says I Love You

The Stanton-Walsh Rule is my new side-project, dedicated to covering songs from classic films. It’s named after Roger Ebert’s theory that “no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.”

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.

New Demo: Put the Blame on Mame

I spend this afternoon recording a little demo of Put the Blame on Mame, a song made famous by Rita Hayworth in the 1946 film noir Gilda.

Put the Blame on Mame by Bug Prentice

After recording, the first thing I saw was the sad news of Harvey Pekar’s death. RIP, you grumpy jazz-fiend bastard.

New demo: Just Do Anything?
June 14, 2010, 12:42 pm
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Just Do Anything?
a demo by Ally

Many of my recent songwriting efforts have been inspired by Hollywood, from Woody Allen to Nicholas Ray. This one is a short, silly tribute to the great Orson Welles. Mahh, the French…

Note: I recommend downloading the MP3, the streaming version sounds a little odd to me.

New demo: Room On His Own
June 10, 2010, 12:17 pm
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Room On His Own (working title)
a rough demo by Ally

This song has been clunking about in my skull for years, but it wasn’t until recently I managed to concoct a satisfactory demo. The lyrics are adapted from an overheard conversation regarding a kleptomaniac seagull and anecdotes about the dark impulses of children, lest you fear for my sanity.

Nebraska Admiral
May 17, 2010, 9:34 am
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On Friday my friend Den showed me a page about the Nebraska Admiral, an honorary naval title from a landlocked American state. Today, Stephen Fry was awarded the title. In the interim, I wrote and recorded this demo.

Songjackers: The Eels Fan Tribute Album
December 1, 2009, 1:09 pm
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The EELS online fan community has released a double album of cover versions. Amongst the 48 tracks is Ally’s version of “Daisies of the Galaxy”. Visit Rocking Eels to download the album for free.

Pilot Inspektor
December 4, 2007, 4:15 pm
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In case you haven’t already noticed, I have made Pilot Inspektor available as a free download. I’m sure you feel as though all your Christmasses, Hanukkahs and Kwanzaas came at once just there. I know how you feel, the other day I discovered a hidden extra commentary on a Simpsons DVD.

If free Ally Craig material isn’t good enough for you (or if you already noticed it and this isn’t news to you at all), why not watch this video of Tom Lehrer playing The Masochism Tango? I’ve been known to cover it at gigs, and now you can hear it as nature intended.

Dead featured on Coverville podcast
September 6, 2007, 7:40 am
Filed under: Downloads, Internet

The lovely people at Coverville (a podcast dedicated to interesting cover versions) have featured Dead on a special They Might Be Giants episode. Have a listen, the presenter is very kind about my version indeed.