Hi. Spaff here. A couple of years ago, I invited a bunch of artists to perform their own unique versions of "Hey Birthday Boy," a song I had written for a surprise party for Robert Lund. I received a dozen recordings; all were presented to Robert, some were played for the assembled multitudes, and the whole thing went over very nicely.
Unable to leave well enough alone, I have continued to solicit and receive performances of "Hey Birthday Boy"; I've been stringing the participants along, meanwhile, with the promise that I'll send them a CD collection of all the versions. We're up to 28, so I should probably be satisfied and wrap this up. Tantalizingly, however, there are still some of my favorite dementia artists who have said they are going to chime in, so I'm willing to wait a bit longer. But just a bit.
If you are a performer who wants to participate, therefore, there's still a little time left. Go to spaff.com/birthday for all the details, as well as a list of artists who have submitted versions so far.
Meanwhile, Robert has also recorded this uplifting birthday song. It's a parody of George Michael's 1987 uberhit "Faith" with new lyrics by me and vocals, instruments, mixing, etc., by Robert.
Consider it our gift to any of you with a birthday this year.
Copy the code below and paste it on your web site, blog, or anywhere you can input HTML to share this song.
stevegoodie - Aug 25, 2009
Now this is awesome. Beautifully executed... from beginning to end. And I hang my head in shame that I have not yet delivered on my promise to contribute to the Hey Birthday Boy conga line. Spaff... I suck. Could you please send me the tune again? I can't find it. And you guys are just amazing when it comes to this funny music crap. Well done sirs!
weirdojace - Aug 25, 2009
THE CAKE IS A L--*gets pummeled to death*
djseamus - Aug 25, 2009
Have another slice on me, Spaff and Lund. I'm definately putting this one out over the air from now on when any of my family members or friends have birthdays.....hell, I might even play it for my 28th birthday coming up next month. I hope I have cake.
JakeWaters - Aug 25, 2009
I agree with Austin. You should totally check out my version. Not that it's wonderful or anything, but I think I should take advantage of this free publicity that I didn't even have to initiate. And of course, this new song is awesome!
Spaff.com - Aug 25, 2009
spaff.com/birthday is accessible once again. Freaking technology.
Spaff.com - Aug 25, 2009
Arrakis: Really?! That warms my heart. You're so welcome.
oddaustin - Aug 25, 2009
Jake's final version can be heard here: http://www.myspace.com/jakewatersband, I might try to re-record some of my versions Spaff, since all of them sounded kind of scratchy and lame
Spaff.com - Aug 25, 2009
Dammit. What a colossally bad time to be having problems with my laptop, which have created problems with my site. I'll try to restore that demo of the song from Jake Waters (it's the only one I had up there). Meanwhile, if any of you who have recorded the song would be so kind as to step in and shoot a copy of it over to Steve Goodie and Max DeGroot, that would be very very helpful. Thanks, all!
And thank you all for the kind comments as well!
Arrakis - Aug 25, 2009
...Today is my birthday. Thanks, Lund.
maxgoof - Aug 25, 2009
Well, dang it, I want to participate in the "Hey Birthday Boy" project, but I can't find a single sample of the song! They all seem to have been taken down.
devospice - Aug 25, 2009
I'm totally singing this the next time I go to a birthday party. Awesome!
Balder - Aug 25, 2009
Now THAT is what I call a birthday song. Dammit Spaff, one day I will eat your brain to gain your powers.
stevegoodie - Aug 26, 2009
Be the cake, Jace... be the cake.
JonnySpazzbourne - Aug 26, 2009
That was cool. Sometime you should do the Limp Bizkit version. XD
Spaff.com - Aug 27, 2009
Thanks for the comments, guys! In the past 24 hours, I have received a barbershop-quartet version of "Hey Birthday Boy" from Robert Lund and a banjo version from Steve Goodie - as well as a re-commitment from the great Luke Ski. Hooray! We're nearing the home stretch.
weirdojace - Aug 27, 2009
Banjo version? I wanna hear that next weekend, Steve.
stevegoodie - Aug 28, 2009
Yep. I was being the cake, you see, and cake means banjo at my house.
ProjectSisyphus - Sep 1, 2009
Spaff's usual brilliant dark humor and excellent track/vocals from Robert. Yeah Spaff you gotta get that birthday boy song up before we all go to that big dementia party in the sky (admittedly, some of us are closer than others).
voiceroy - Sep 11, 2009
Now I have something cool and funny to link whenever I get birthday reminders on Facebook. Thank you, Spaff/Lund. This is now one of my top 5 favorite FUMP songs this year.
Spaff.com - Sep 13, 2009
Thanks for the comments, kids!
FYI, I just got a new version of "Hey Birthday Boy" from the Chris Waffle Experience as well as a couple more commitments from others. Yay!
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