Sunday, 18 February 2018

Coming soon - new video from John Dredge and The Plinths

 Coming soon - new video from John Dredge and The Plinths

We've done quite well with 'Going Down,' our debut song, managing to get on Iain Lee's show and the John Peel inspired Dandelion Radio, plus we had Track of the Week on Wandsworth Radio and airplay on many other fab places.  High profile fans such as Danny Baker have also helped us out, and our next video will be released on Monday 26th February.  It's a short film so stand by your computer screens for that one.  Our EP is available from Bandcamp and all the usual internet-type-places...


John x

Debut video 'Going Down'  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUeBxGszppg


http://johndredgetheplinths.bandcamp.com



Sunday, 4 February 2018

‘THE EMERGENCY EP’ BY JOHN DREDGE AND THE PLINTHS OUT NOW!

‘THE EMERGENCY EP’ BY JOHN DREDGE AND THE PLINTHS OUT NOW!
 
When Look-In Magazine expert and singer John Dredge met Doctor Doom expert and guitarist MJ Hibbett, a songwriting partnership was born.  With the addition of Star Wars enthusiast Andy Harland on drums and mystery man Bob Burgons on bass, John Dredge and The Plinths emerged, closely followed by 'The Emergency EP.' 

The four songs are out now, accompanied by a video for lead track 'Going Down' filmed by the band themselves in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Other tracks on the EP include 'Alison Alien', a homage to John Hughes' legendary movie 'The Breakfast Club', and 'Rose Tinted Glasses', which features a full marching kazoo band.
'The Plinths cannot be gainsayed,' says Dredge, although nobody is quite sure what he means.
'The Emergency EP' is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all download sites, as well as directly from the band via their Bandcamp site  http://johndredgetheplinths.bandcamp.com.

Monday, 29 January 2018

‘THE EMERGENCY EP’ BY JOHN DREDGE AND THE PLINTHS RELEASED TODAY!

‘THE EMERGENCY EP’ BY JOHN DREDGE AND THE PLINTHS RELEASED TODAY!

‘THE EMERGENCY EP’ BY JOHN DREDGE AND THE PLINTHS RELEASED TODAY!
When Look-In Magazine expert and singer John Dredge met Doctor Doom expert and guitarist MJ Hibbett, a songwriting partnership was born.  With the addition of Star Wars enthusiast Andy Harland on drums and mystery man Bob Burgons on bass, John Dredge and The Plinths emerged, closely followed by 'The Emergency EP.' 
The four songs are released today, accompanied by a video for lead track 'Going Down' filmed by the band themselves in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Other tracks on the EP include 'Alison Alien', a homage to John Hughes' legendary movie 'The Breakfast Club', and 'Rose Tinted Glasses', which features a full marching kazoo band.
'The Plinths cannot be gainsayed,' says Dredge, although nobody is quite sure what he means.
'The Emergency EP' is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and all download sites, as well as directly from the band via their Bandcamp site  http://johndredgetheplinths.bandcamp.com.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

‘THE EMERGENCY EP’ BY JOHN DREDGE AND THE PLINTHS RELEASED TOMORROW!

‘THE EMERGENCY EP’ BY JOHN DREDGE AND THE PLINTHS RELEASED TOMORROW!

When Look-In Magazine expert and singer John Dredge met Doctor Doom expert and guitarist MJ Hibbett, a songwriting partnership was born.  With the addition of Star Wars enthusiast Andy Harland on drums and mystery man Bob Burgons on bass, John Dredge and The Plinths emerged, closely followed by 'The Emergency EP.' 

The four songs are released on 29th January, accompanied by a video for lead track 'Going Down' filmed by the band themselves in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Other tracks on the EP include 'Alison Alien', a homage to John Hughes' legendary movie 'The Breakfast Club', and 'Rose Tinted Glasses', which features a full marching kazoo band.
'The Plinths cannot be gainsayed,' says Dredge, although nobody is quite sure what he means.

'The Emergency EP' will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and all download sites, as well as directly from the band via their Bandcamp site  http://johndredgetheplinths.bandcamp.com.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Musician cancels tour due to lack of songs

John Dredge’s extensive tour of Frinton has been cancelled at the last minute because he ‘hasn’t got any songs.’ The self-styled ‘singer-songwriter’ was all set to tour with his backing band, The Plinths, when he realised that no songs had in fact been written. His management came up with a plan to do covers instead but John refused, saying this ‘lacked credibility.’ His management replied that this was better than ‘lacking any music at all.’ However Dredge has decided to remain in situ until further notice.

This sort of behaviour is not uncommon with musicians of course, as only yesterday Morrissey cancelled a concert in Southampton as the promoter had ‘heard of meat.’ Allegedly this has resulted in a new song which includes the lines, ‘Heard of meat/herd of cows/brown cow/how soon is now?’

Friday, 25 August 2017

Dominic Jeffery – Filmmaker Ordinaire

Dominic Jeffery was a French film director, producer and garage attendant. As a film director and producer he made more than forty films. As a garage attendant he cleaned more than forty cars. His films are often cited as among the greatest ever made by Mrs Edith Witherspoon of Stepney. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the motion picture industry in 1975, although 'stole' might be a more appropriate word.

Jeffery was the son of the acclaimed painter and decorator Pierre-August Jeffery, who was also his father. Shortly before his birth, Dominic went to live with his uncle Ned, which was confusing for everyone. As he later wrote in his memoir My Life, My Films and My Work In Garages, "this was confusing for everyone." His younger brother Len (1901-1971) had a brief career in the film industry as a plinth operator, although work was scarce as plinths were rarely needed. His older brother Tim (1910 -1852) was a time machine expert. Dominic was also the uncle of the amateur cinematographer Norman Splatts, who worked on several of his films until he pleaded with him to stop.

During World War One, Dominic served in the French cavalry as a waiter. After being shot in the leg during a particularly violent meal, he acquired a leg injury which left him with an injury of the leg. At the end of hostilities he was given an honourable discharge by the navy, as the army had run away. Jeffery then followed his father's suggestion and tried his hand at making ceramics, but soon set that aside to make films, having been inspired by Erich von Stroheim's classic book, Setting Aside Ceramics To Make Films.

He decided to change career in 1928 when he directed the first of his nine silent films, 'La premiere de mon neuf films silents' (1935) which starred his first wife, Vera, who went on to become older. In 1937 he directed one of his best-known films, 'Mon film best known' (1948). Sadly the original negative of the film was destroyed in a cinema seating accident, and it was not until the 1950s that French film enthusiasts Jean and Jacques Plinge were able to reconstruct a print of the film using some old washing-up liquid bottles and sticky back plastic. His final work, 'Trouble de Voiture' starring Iain Lee (TalkRadio, The 11 O' Clock Show) and John Dredge (nothing) can be seen below, and was nominated for an Academy Award by Mrs Edith Witherspoon of Stepney.

Monday, 10 July 2017

New Song From Allegedly Classic Pop Duo


Pop duo The Dredge Hibbett Conunundrum formed in 1982 near Mungbean-on-Thames in the UK, Engerland, inspired by groups such as Bunsen Burner Breakdown, Whose Legs Are These? and Ornithologist Overdrive. The group consisted of singer/parking meter attendant John Dredge, guitarist/biscuitologist Mark Hibbett, and Rex Harrison (no relation) who left due to a disagreement over how many people could be in a duo.

During their initial run in 1982 they released two singles, Twig of Doom and Wait Till Irving Becomes Rotund on Pigflip Records, which sold over nine copies. The duo split up after becoming involved in a fight with their manager and a spaniel, but got back together when Pigflip put out a compilation of songs about teacakes, including the Conunundrum classic 'Fondant Fancy Fandango.' A sudden burst of recording, undertaken without the duo's knowledge, resulted in their first full-length album Have We Become Insipid? and a tour of Woking followed, followed by another tour of Woking due to an administrative error.

And now The Dredge Hibbett Conunundrum can be heard on Listen to the Bands, the Monkees tribute album from 7a Records! Their contribution The Day We Fall In Love was recorded over a three-year period. When questioned as to why it took so long, John replied that he was a perfectionist, although this trait is certainly not evident on the final 7a recording. Why not watch their new video anyway?

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