but we’re really huge in canada

Me and the other guys in The Monkey Power Trio started getting checks in the mail a few days ago from BMI, the company that handles the distribution of royalties to “musicians.” As we’d never received checks before, we don’t quite know what to think. And, unfortunately, there’s not really a lot of information attached. It just says it has to do with our song Simple Genetic Mutation being used in Canada. As I think you usually just get a fraction of a penny whenever a song is played, something very weird must be going on in Canada right now for us to have pocketed almost a hundred bucks… If you’re in Canada, could you drop me a line and let me know if we’re really famous there or something?

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14 Comments

  1. Tony Buttons
    Posted October 14, 2005 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I happen to be Canadian and “Simple Genetic Mutation” is a very popular brand of (Canadian) bacon up here. And, come to think of it, they do have a new jingle.

  2. mark
    Posted October 14, 2005 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I think I had Simple Genetic Mutation bacon once, in a truckstop outisde of Vancouver. It turned my ass into a fountain for the better part of a week.

  3. Posted October 16, 2005 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    A true masterpiece, *more* than deserving of excessive royalty payments, if you ask me.

  4. Doug Skinner
    Posted October 16, 2005 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    What is it with BMI? Did they finally get their finger out? I just got an unusually large check from them as well. Among other things, one of my band’s songs is racking up royalties in Peru.

    These must be the end times.

  5. mark
    Posted October 16, 2005 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Hmmmm….. This is strange…. Are the BMI goons going out and shaking down foreign governments.

  6. Doug Skinner
    Posted October 17, 2005 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    While you sit blogging, dead-eyed thugs are pushing their way into Canadian radio stations to say, “The Monkey Power Trio don’t like welshers, pal.”

  7. mark
    Posted October 17, 2005 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    And somewhere there’s a Peruvian with two broken kneecaps thanks to you and your damned uke. It’s a cruel business, this international music trade.

  8. Posted October 17, 2005 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it’s just Karma returning your hijacked Crimewave money to you. I sure would like to think that’s it.

    You know what Mother Superior says: “Whenever God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.”

    This might also be a cosmic sign to let Clementine be a pumpkin or kitty for Halloween instead of Bird Flu.

  9. Tony Buttons
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I don’t want to change the subject, but I did want interject that it would really piss me off if a window in my house opened every time I closed a door, especially in the winter. I think that would make me hate God.

  10. Teddy Glass
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    And then, when you close your window, he turns on the TV.

  11. mark
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I know you’re right, Alicia, about not covering my daughter in dead birds, and I doubt that I would have gone through with it, but I do so like the idea that Halloween gives you this opportunity to make statements you couldn’t ordinarily make…. Of course, I guess I could cover myself in dead birds, but somehow that idea doesn’t appeal as much to me.

    And when you turn off the TV, God usually flushes a toilet.

  12. Doug Skinner
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    And then, when you jiggle the handle, He sends another damn plague of locusts.

  13. Posted October 20, 2005 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    If you had balls, you’d have covered yourself in dead birds when you went to interview Peter Falk. THAT’S Making A Statement. ;)

  14. Posted October 31, 2005 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Ya i also think that it is huge and Simple Genetic Mutation is famous in Canada.

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