Look at Me 2008
A Mika parody written for Lucy Montgomery to sing on BBC3’s comedy extravaganza The Wall. Her performance and the choreography were stunning but the BBC chopped it in half so the broadcast version made no sense. Here’s my original demo.
Another demo, this one written for Tom Meeten’s one-man stage show I am Northampton, which he subsequently took around the pubs and clubs of England as part of his solo act. It’s me singing on this version.
Meaty Porky Face 2010
Lady Gaga-inspired song written for Lucy Montgomery’s Variety Pack on BBC Radio 4, which got rejected for various understandable reasons. This version features me and a backing singer who wishes to remain anonymous.
La La Lenin (demo) 2010
A song written for Simon Messingham's Disco, in the style of Boney M. Simon gave me the title and the first two lines, I provided the rest. I did another version of this with more lavish production values but I think this demo serves the song better.
From the dark days of yore
Gary Le Strange
The Byronic Lord of Pop
For TV, radio & stage
Experimental & Personal
For my own pleasure
Music to laugh at
A Musical CV
Theme from 'Captain Helix' 2007
Theme tune to an imaginary TV series about Captain Helix, the show-within-a-show from BBC 2's Hyperdrive. Commissioned by BBC Online to accompany a Captain Helix game. The words are mainly by Kevin Cecil & Andy Riley with a bit of rejigging by me.
Bag a Dog 2008
Tom Meeten sings the lead vocal on this song we wrote for Mr and Mrs Fandango, a TV pilot he made with Barunka O’Shaughnessy shown as part of C4’s Comedy Lab series. I did the music, they did the words. If they are actually words.
Chips at a Bus Stop 2008
Another piece from The Mainstage, this time a quirky indie-rock tune which featured in a sequence about rehab-rocker Dave O'Farrell, expertly portrayed on screen by Josh Topp. It's me you can hear singing/screeching and shouting "Fuck off"
Motor Love 2011
Another anonymous female vocal on a piece I wrote for Simon Messingham’s play ‘Disco’ at the Brighton Fringe. This is my preferred ‘radio edit’ but a longer cut can be found on the promo video here. And yes, it’s the same tune as Agbaja.
Another from The Mainstage, attributed to the rapper X-Rental, though it is in fact entirely written and performed by me. Gareth wanted something pretty hardcore so I took inspiration from Busta Rhymes and Qadir and let rip. Not for the easily offended.
Little Old Nick 2013
A 1964 Antichristmas hit by Colin Watson and his band The Early Birds - I recorded the track and wrote the lyrics in 2008 but didn't record the voice till 2013. I've performed it exactly twice and it's been languishing on my hard drive ever since.
The Monster Bop 2015
From Bob Pipe's short film The Monster. Bob needed something like The Monster Mash to end the party scene and, rare for me, the lyrics were done within five minutes. I like to imagine it was a minor hit for Blake Famous (see above).