I’m not a tuba player, but I play one on TV

an Interröbang Cartel song

Lyrics Stephen Will Tanner (verses 1-2 and chorus, November 2003); Doctroid (verses 3-4, February 2004)
Music and recording Doctroid (April 2004)
Additional vocals jwgh
Album The Last Days Of The Crazy People’s Supermarket
I’m Not a Tuba Player MP3I’m Not a Tuba Player WAV / Lyrics

In an ark thread called Kazoo Bands, swt responded to my remark, ‘I don’t know anyone who plays tuba players either’, with two verses and a chorus of ‘A potential oom-pah drinking song “I’m not a tuba player, but I play one on TV”, singable in something vaguely resembling iambic heptameter’. I eventually followed swt’s instructions to add another verse or two — specifically, I wrote two — and then recorded it.

I realized I was going to have to do this the moment I figured out how to use Crystal to play sampled tuba in GarageBand. I characterize the song as Polka Electronica, with additional influences from Gordon Lightfoot and Keith Emerson. And if that doesn’t make any sense, this song has succeeded.

Zip Drive Click of Deth, a.k.a. jwgh, provided backing vocals.


This work (verses 3 and 4 lyrics, music, and recording) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.