GOLDFISH JONES NOMINATED FOR A LIEBSTER AWARD!

Huge news. Goldfish Jones have been nominated for a Liebster Award in recognition of their input into the comedy/depressing comedy blog genre. Thank you Purest Home for the nomination. The Liebster Award is for up and coming bloggers and I am happy to be nominated.

The rules for the award are simple:

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you
  2. Share the award on your blog and social medias
  3. Answer the ten questions you were given by your nominator
  4. Nominate 10 other new bloggers that you admire
  5. Notify your nominees via social media

Purest Home asked me the following questions:

1. What is your blog about? Its pretty much an ode to our failed career as musicians with a bit of satire and spoof thrown in along with some reviews. Often we go in too deep and you’ll soon discover our minds are not somewhere you want to be. Sometimes we slip into pretending to be a fish, its an easy fall back.

2. Why did you start blogging? Basically the music thing wasn’t working out due to our being fairly untalented in that regard. We have a lot of funny stories to tell and a blog could be our platform to do so.

3. What is the thing you find most interesting about yourself? I think the fact that I live and breath underwater is pretty interesting, also my lack of memory enables me to eat the same thing every day without getting bored.

4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? As a band we are extroverts but individually introverts.

5. What do you do to unwind after a stressful day? We love to sit down and unwind with the next episode of our favourite on-line show Truly Average  click the name to see it!

6. Coffee, tea, or something else? Big fans of hot chocolate mixed with a cheeky pinch of Baileys.

7. When did you start blogging? February 12th 2016!

8. What are your favourite apps, websites, or forms of social media to help your blog? Really enjoying various blogging groups on facebook, that’s all we’ve really got to use so far.

9. What is one interesting thing about your hometown? The name of our home town almost describes its constant weather. Coleraine (cold and rainy!)

10. Do you prefer movies or reading, and what is your favorite title? Movies just about! Favourite movie is called Office Space.

I nominate:

  1. Oluwanitori’s Blog
  2. Hadessah 
  3. Disguised by zebras 
  4. Salon Sites
  5. Coccole Jarvis 
  6. Yvette Donde
  7. Living well with CJ
  8. The Baking Sutra
  9. Little Log Cottage School
  10. Nezaustavljiv 
  11. My Own Samaria

Congratulations! Please answer these questions in your post, so we can get a better idea about who you are:

  1. What is your blog about?
  2. What do you hope to achieve through your blog?
  3. What is your favourite place to go on holidays?
  4. Had you ever heard of Goldfish Jones before this and if so how?
  5. What is your favourite animal?
  6. How long have you been blogging?
  7. What’s the worst thing to happen to you on your birthday?
  8. What would you choose between living the rest of your life on the moon alone but everyone knows who you are and what you’re doing and loves it or being on earth but going completely unnoticed?
  9. If you had 1 million dollars what would you buy?
  10. What is your favourite Moby song?

Feel free to share this post or comment your own answers to the questions we were asked. Also if you want more feel free to follow.

 

 

Through the Seasons

This song is about so much more than what you think. It’s intimate but also far. As we pass through seasons in our lives it’s so easy to look back and regret what has been done, said or even thought, but sometimes when life gets you under, when life gets you down you just have to look forward. That’s what this song is about, we find as three guys going through the same struggles in life as everyone else, three fairly ordinary guys making their way through the world that if you can put down what you feel, you feel it more. That’s the reason we wrote this song. The song is a story, a timeline as such, it starts as a scared youth leaving the niceties of life at home, where one can lounge in front of a log burning fire with an episode of blue peter and it ends with a man, a fully grown man who having left the quiet comforts of home has found something greater, he’s found life itself. Something all three of us have had to go through. Of course home through this process (and beyond) is always home, where you can be truly yourself, there are no places to hide and no need to, that’s what makes it so special but sometimes you need to push through those curtains and walk onto the stage full of yourself, full of who you need to be, not who someone else needs you to be. That’s why we wrote this song and we hope you liked it.

Truly Average: 7 Things we learnt from the first episode

Truly Average

As the latest attempt by Goldfish Jones Productions to break into the comedy world Truly Average has a mountain to climb following the largely negative response to 31. Despite this it manages to serve up many laughs, debuting  on the 3rd February 2016 to largely positive reviews. With people across the globe clamouring for more we share 7 things we’ve learned from the first episode.  

1. Roy Hodgson Could be anywhere! 

In the opening scene we are treated to a ‘Cloverfield-esque’ horror spoof in which lead protagonist Toby Jackson wakes to find himself scared, alone, in darkness and hearing noises. We are taken on a frightfest journey to  discover that the monster at the end is none other than the England manager himself (Roy Hodgson) simply looking for a glass of milk! Now its clear that the boys have put some money into acquiring these face masks so I can only assume we’ll be seeing Roy in some more surprising situations, whether it be stopping an estate agent in his tracks or haunting professional footballers dreams, I for one can’t wait to find out! roy.pngImage Credit : Goldfish Jones Productions

2. The boys don’t know how to spell

It’s clear to see we aren’t dealing with English students. An unfortunate case of unprofessional ism sees several misspelt  words (Including truly-spelt truely!- found in the title sequence) – unless it’s deliberate in which case very well played! Are the boys deliberately trying to play up their ‘Everyone thinks we’re idiots persona’ or was it simply an unfortunate mistake? I geuss we’ll never know. 

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3. Editing skills have vastly improved

To see the fruits of this simply watch the opening credits. Done with a smooth flow we are treated to seeing many of our beloved characters seemingly living under one roof. Despite all of these characters being played by only two people the way it has been edited together makes it feel as if they really do live in one big fun house we’d all want to join- room for one more?!  On top of this the sound has been well equalised throughout the episode, thankfully no more burst ear drums Mr. Drake!!! 

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4. The boys have accents aplenty! 

Whether it be harsh Northern Irish accents worrying about spilt yoghurt or fearful English tossers, the boys have you covered. With a wide range that also includes various regional american accents (American Teen Drama, Blue or death) its clear that there has been much practising had in the studio. We can’t wait to see what crazy accents (and characters) you come out with next! blue.png          Image Credit: Goldfish Jones Productions

5. McMagic Arthur will blow your mind

In this first episode we are treated to a one take, zero edit shot of McMagic Arthur and his card trick. Yes that’s right ONE TAKE. If, like me and many others, you assumed there was some sort of camera trickery which allows McMagic to pull off this amazing trick then you need to look again. Look closely and you’ll see its all in one take.I even emailed the production staff and they confirmed there was no trickery involved, McMagic simply has a gift. Rumour has it he’ll be taking it out on the streets to see what the public make of it in real life. I can not wait to see this. This card trick is a game changer and its here to stay!mcmagic.pngImage Credit: Goldfish Jones Productions

6. The soundtrack is banging

Some seriously stinking beats in here! From slamming anthems such as the shows opener (Different drum by The Stone Poneys) to the closing cracker (I want your love by Chic ) we are well and truly treated to some blasters that we can’t but help smiling to. Including  classics like Blue Hotel by Chris Isaak and Ne me quitte pas by Jacques Brel this is a soundtrack to transport you into another world. What’s more its even been put into a handy youtube playlist for you to enjoy at your leisure. Trulyosun.pngImage Credit: Youtube

7. Look out for some memorable cameos

Sometimes its nice to see someone other than the regular cast memebers. This is something the boys have realised and have begun using their infulences to bring in some new hot young talent for some short cameo roles. These include Graeme Livingston in his recurring role as the menacing Visser (Made out of granite 2) and Gideon Cordner aka slow clap. Who else will feature? We can’t wait to find out!

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Image Credit: Goldfish Jones Productions

Don’t take our word on everything though, find out for yourself here, hope you enjoy and share your feedback in the comments.

Addicted to Losing

If you want to feel the full effect of this piece then I encourage that as you read this you listen to Moby- God moving over the faces of the waters. I’ll link it for you here:

There you go. You settled in? Good then lets begin.

Many people want to know what it’s like to be Goldfish Jones. Why do we do what we do? How do we do what we do? For years now we’ve been making ourselves a laughing stock for your pleasure, and does anyone actually care? I’m not sure. We spend hours writing songs, making videos, posting on Facebook and now writing blogs. But who’s actually listening? Who’s actually watching? And who is actually reading this? We’d love to know. If there’s anyone out there who enjoys our songs and laughs at our videos, and loves to read where our minds love to wander, please, we beg of you, let us know who you are. I don’t know how long we can keep this up. At first it was all laughs and smiles. It was a joke. We knew the joke though many didn’t. But then the laughter faded to a dull echo of previous jokes. The views stopped rolling, the sales ceased to exist and the gigs went from crowded to empty with those that did come, wishing we hadn’t. But for some reason we keep going forward. because this feeling we get drives us on. We laugh when no one is watching, we cry when others can’t see because we’ve been changed inside. We’ve become addicted to this feeling, addicted and craving one more hit, just one more hit, and on and on it goes. We’ve become addicted to losing. It no longer matters to us if you like us or not, we maybe even prefer that you don’t because we can’t stop, but maybe you can help us start. Let us know you’re there, help and guide us to victory. We look around and see nothing but despair in this once great world we live in. TV is dead. Music is dying and blogs are full of more crap than a goldfish produces in a year. We hoped to bring a ray of light into this dark world. We hoped that our feel good comedy songs could lighten your day. We tried to revive TV with our own version of a sketch show in 31, now Truly Average and now we’re trying to clean out this bowl of blogs. But our songs go unnoticed and 31 was a colossal failure. Maybe they weren’t good enough and we acccept that, but what are you doing? Its easy to sit there and watch others fail but its hard to try and help. Give us some feedback, a helping hand, a smile on the street. Maybe together we can climb this mountain. Many hands make light work, its not a joke, its true! Maybe instead of just ignoring our crap you could point out why you think its crap and help turn this crap into diamonds. Or maybe we’ll just keep losing. We’ll watch music turn into tragic and depressing music mixed with robotic voices and lyrics that either mean nothing or mean things you wish you didn’t know. We’ll watch as TV and the media corrupt the minds of many, do you ever think about what you’re watching? TV is often a foreshadowing of the world to come, and in that case I truly fear what we’ll become. People don’t smile to strangers any more. I hear 9 year old girls using curse words I’ve never heard before. Its seems OK to push others down in order to raise yourself up. When did this happen? Its in the culture now and I’m afraid it won’t go away. Instead of characters like Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air we get scum bags like Walter White and Francis Underwood filling our screens as if they’re heroes. I know the shows are supposed to be highlighting how ‘bad’ they are but they don’t really. Instead we see crime glorified and made to seem so much cooler than obeying the law. Lies are easy to tell and get you to the top the fast way. Telling the truth is for chumps. All we wanted to do was create something clean and light hearted, but no one wants that any more. It doesn’t sell and we’re giving it away for free. Even some of our closest friends don’t get it. But if your out there and your shouting no! We want to hear you. If you don’t want this world to crumble into darkness, if you want to stand by our side then you will be welcome. Send us your thoughts, share your ideas. Enter the bowl in all its meaning and you will feel at home. Because that’s what people don’t get about us. Its not that we love to lose, its that we’re a family, and family’s don’t give up when the going gets tough, when someone laughs at your brother you don’t laugh too, you protect him and encourage him. So encourage us. Share our songs, watch our videos and let us know your there, because our arms are open wide.

Now enjoy the rest of this song. Share with you mates.

Man losing at slot machines in casino

Turning the tide on this losing streak.