26
Sep

Decided to do our own take on the Miley Cyrus hit song “Wrecking Ball”.

Our is called “Wrecking Balls” and it’s about what happens when you piss off your girlfriend.

28
Jun
25
Jun

It’s Morphin’ Time - Official Music Video

A little over four years ago we started filming an epic Power Rangers parody music video for our song “It’s Morphin’ Time” off the album The Legend of Hard Corey.

We are very happy to finally present the music video and introduce you to THE MORPHIN MIGHTY MEGA RANGERS!

The MEGA RANGERS are an elite squad of teenagers chosen two decades ago by the ethereal, alien entity ZORDOM to fight the evil LORD NEDD and REEDA REVULVA and their MONSTERS / NUTTY creatures. 

Enjoy the video and remember, you’re not cool if you don’t share the video on Facbeook and Twitter and, of course, reblog on Tumblr.

And, of course, there were outtakes, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes footage. You can peep the photos from the shoot here and the outtake video below:

You can get the song on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, or listen free on Spotify. You can also get the official t-shirt from RedBubble (who we also refer to as RIPOFFBUBBLE. If anyone knows a cheaper place to make shirts on-demand at a high quality, shoot us a tweet on @FormerFatBoys.)

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Video Credits:
Director - Ben Garbe / Ben Nissen
Director of Photography - Ben Nissen - http://www.haphazardfilms.net
Cinematography - Ben Nissen, Ben Garbe, Corey Wills, Anthony Ricciardi
3D Modeling and Visual FX - Anthony Ricciardi - http://www.anthonyricciardi.com/
Editor, Rotoscoping, and Visual Effects - Ben Garbe
Lyrics - Benjamin Garbe
Guitar - Corey Wills re-imagining a Ron Wasserman classic
Drums - NP Lanthrum
Costumes - Benjamin Garbe
Robot Suit Designer - Ian Cermak
PA’s - Ash Adams-Klopfer, Mike Meyer, Rob Kross

Starring:
Pink Mega Ranger - Kelly Marie - www.itsmekelly.com
White Mega Ranger, Lord Nedd, Green Mega Ranger, Red Mega Ranger - $ucksex
Yellow Mega Ranger, Reeta Revulva, Puddy, Dinosaurus - The Laosian Boy
Blue Mega Ranger - Hard Corey
Red Mega Ranger - Chris
Green Mega Ranger - Knowlton
Sexy Yellow Mega Ranger - Maria
Nutty - Pat aka Mintie Phresh
Nutty, Man thong Green Mega Ranger - Joe D.
Zordom - B.E.N.
Bölk - Chozo Ninpo
Sköl - Funky49 http://www.funky49.com
Dinosaur - Jon D.

25
Jun

New Song: Boldly Go (Produced by Mustin)

We didn’t quite get it done in time for Star Trek: Into Darkness, but Mustin sampled the crap out of the Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek theme and then handed the beat to me and let me go warp 9 all over it.


You can download the song over at Mustin’s Bandcamp for the low, low price of NAME YOUR OWN PRICE. Go as low as zero dollars and zero cents. Engage.

09
May
The dude at AMC Theaters gave me his Iron Man 3 arc reactor lanyard. Sucker. Now I AM IRON MAN ONLY IN THEATERS IN 3D.

The dude at AMC Theaters gave me his Iron Man 3 arc reactor lanyard. Sucker. Now I AM IRON MAN ONLY IN THEATERS IN 3D.

24
Apr

What if Justin Bieber stole your girlfriend!?!? Don’t laugh. He stole mine and knocked her up. This is the true story of what went down. Big thanks to Justin Bieber for participating in the video! It’s REALLY him.

You can grab the song on all the major sites at the following links:

iTunes

Amazon

Bandcamp

The fake Justin Bieber song that we did called “Baby, I Love Oooh!” is free to grab by clicking right here.

Thanks to Ben Nissen of HapHazard Films for lensing this video and color correcting it.

Thanks to Elijah Lucian for loaning the beat for the fake Justin Bieber song.

27
Feb
Anthony (an awesome fan) sent us a shot from family game night where a very special Dinosaurus seemed to appear in the cards.
Show us your Dinosaurus!

Anthony (an awesome fan) sent us a shot from family game night where a very special Dinosaurus seemed to appear in the cards.


Show us your Dinosaurus!

26
Jan
Tonight while watching Homeland, a few of the local police descended on my back yard with flashlights….freaking me the eff out. I opened the back door and asked what was going on.
Police: “Sir, have you seen anything strange tonight. Your neighbors reported that a black was wandering through the neighborhood.”
Me: (thinking, did you really just say that?) “I’m sorry, what?”
Police: “A male black with a red sweatshirt knocked on your neighbors door and asked for a loaf of bread. We followed his footprints (in the snow) into your backyard.”
Me: (you know, “terrified”) “Umm…no… I haven’t seen anything like that. Those are actually probably my footprints. I have dogs that I walk out there.”
Police: “Well, check all your doors and windows and make sure they’re locked.”
Me: “Uh…ok. Thanks officer. Have a good night.”
They wandered off and I went to get a Slurpee and figured that I needed to be prepared in case the suspect tried to come back to my house and finish what he started at the neighbors. So I picked up this little surprise and left it out front just in case.

Tonight while watching Homeland, a few of the local police descended on my back yard with flashlights….freaking me the eff out. I opened the back door and asked what was going on.

Police: “Sir, have you seen anything strange tonight. Your neighbors reported that a black was wandering through the neighborhood.”

Me: (thinking, did you really just say that?) “I’m sorry, what?”

Police: “A male black with a red sweatshirt knocked on your neighbors door and asked for a loaf of bread. We followed his footprints (in the snow) into your backyard.”

Me: (you know, “terrified”) “Umm…no… I haven’t seen anything like that. Those are actually probably my footprints. I have dogs that I walk out there.”

Police: “Well, check all your doors and windows and make sure they’re locked.”

Me: “Uh…ok. Thanks officer. Have a good night.”

They wandered off and I went to get a Slurpee and figured that I needed to be prepared in case the suspect tried to come back to my house and finish what he started at the neighbors. So I picked up this little surprise and left it out front just in case.

02
Jan

The Absolute Best Albums of 2012

I know you were waiting all year for this. Now, I can’t nominate either of the albums Former Fat Boys released this year, but you should consider adding them to the top spots on your list. You can listen to them on Spotify for free. Click THE LEGEND OF HARD COREY or WANNA BUY BEATS VOL. 2 and decide for yourself.


Setting aside my ego here are the best albums of 2012:

1) The Front Bottoms - Self Titled


This band reminds me of a band called Troubled Hubble that hailed from Chicago and disbanded some years ago. They were a great little rock band that sang songs about fun, regular adventures. They wrote great hooks and just seemed to be having a lot of fun. This band seems to me to be the natural heir to their crown and in a rare feat, I like almost every song on this album. Some of the lyrics in the song “The Beers” are my favorite in years:

"I will remember that summer as the summer I was taking steroids, cuz you like a man with muscles. And I like you."

"It’s the cops are coming in kind of sobering up."

Standout track: The Beers, Rhode Island, Flashlight, Maps, Swimming Pool, Father

2) Wordburglar - 3RDBURGLAR

I really wanted to give this one the top spot. Sean Jordan aka Wordburglar is a comic obsessed rapper with an impeccable flow and an incredible flair for inventive rhymes. He’s probably the best writer of traditional indie hip-hop that is operating in “nerdcore”. I think he’s probably better than the scene deserves. I feel phenomenally lucky to have had him guest on the our last album. The only other “nerdcore” rapper I’d consider on his level flow-wise is YTCracker and I think this year Wordburglar’s output topped YT’s. Frankly, he’s got one of the best flows in hip-hop period and easily had the best hip-hop album this year.

Standout track: Croque Monsieur

3) The Classic Crime - Phoenix

I found this album on Spotify’s New Releases tab one week and thought it was the new Phoenix album. Whoops. I listened to the entire thing and recommended it to several people before I realized that it wasn’t what I thought it was. I guess it kind of reminds me a bit of more recent Jimmy Eats World. Kinda.

Standout track: Let Me Die

4) Eve 6 - Speak In Code

This is my favorite band of all time. They broke up after their label blew it releasing their 3rd album. That album was a better album, but to come back after almost a decade and record something this good is rare for any band. It picks up right where they left off.

Standout track: Victoria, Pick Up The Pieces, Curtain

5) All American Rejects - Kids In The Street

I like that these guys grew up a little bit and wrote some tracks that were still heavy on hooks, but not as obviously aimed at the Hot Topic-lite kids. Some cool music videos too.

Standout track: Someday’s Gone, Beekeeper’s Daughter

6) Mackelmore and Lewis - The Heist

Thrift Shop is undeniably incredible, but Macklemore’s smart flow and intelligent lyrics are such a stark contrast to the moronic hood grabage being put out by the likes of Chief Keef and 2 Chainz. This guy is poet and, I think, the best is yet to come. There were only about three songs I added to my iPod, but the whole album is a good listen.

Standout track: Thrift Shop, 10,000 Hours

7) Inspector Owl - Self Titled

Yes, IO frontman Corey Wills makes most of the beats for Former Fat Boys, but his main project is really great indie rock. Even if Corey weren’t one of my best friends and collaborators I think this record would still be on my list. Give Mousey a listen and make sure you make it to the explosive ending and tell me you aren’t sold. Do it.

Standout track: Mousey, We Are An Ocean

8) Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss

Yeah, I dunno. It’s catchy, it’s fun. It’s here based on the number of songs I starred as I went through it. I’m not very excited about it, but it’s got some joyful tunes on it. I think the real problem with it is that it feels like a bunch of producers made a record that was very disparate in styles. Ke$ha is Ke$sha. You know what you’re going to get. This feels like they haven’t decided what Carly is going to be.

Standout track: Tonight I’m Getting Over You

8) Stepdad - Wildlife Pop

It’s so-freaking-catchy-you’ll-just-die synth pop made by a fat beard man that takes being a fat beard man very seriously. One of the rare bands that’s actually amusing to follow on Facebook. This might deserve to be lower on the list or higher, but the problem is that every time I listen to it I get a musical tummy ache. It’s basically pure sugar. After awhile you crave some substance.

Standout track: My Leather, My Fur, My Nails

9) K’naan - Country, God Or The Girl

His last album was better, but this album was pretty damn fun. K’naan is another great rapper who actually has something to say. I listened to this again recently to wash the taste of the giant turd of a second album that Wiz Khalifah released this year out of my mouth. K’Naan accomplished some incredible feats here and managed to make Nas and Bono interesting again for a second. Also, made Nelly Furtado worth remembering.

Standout track: Gold In Timbuktu, The Sound of My Breaking Heart,

10) DMX - Undisputed

DMX was arrested, went to jail, and did so much crack in the last few years I can hardly believe this is possible, but he’s back bark and all. I went in with super low expectations, but was reasonably surprised. DMX always had a good nose for hooks and infused his deeper tracks with gospel in a non-tacky way. That’s all on display here.

Standout track: I Don’t Dance featuring Machine Gun Kelly

Honorable Mentions:

YTCracker and Hairetsu - Who Live Like This EP (Standout: Sexting)

The Rocket Summer - Life Will Write The Words (Standout: 200,000)

Punch Brothers - Ahoy! (Moonshiner, Another New World)

And finally, this is the Spotify Playlist with my favorite individual tracks of the year. I compiled it by listening to nearly every album featured on Spotify’s New Releases feature each week of the last year picking my favorite tracks. 

So….what did I miss? What do you recommend? What were your favorites?

19
Dec

Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg, the Batmobile lost a wheel and Joker got away!

http://youtu.be/tRnJ8uuujF4

Just made a little Christmas music video from a song on our Christmas album out of some of Batman: The Animated Series clips to celebrate the season.

Use code “batmansmells” for 50% off anything on http://formerfatboys.bandcamp.com through 1/1/2013!

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