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Mammal Trilogy Part VI - Include Me Out

Sixth and final part of bassist/songwriter Martin Gordon’s (Sparks/Jet/Radio Stars) Mammal Trilogy.

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And so, for the last time, here comes another installment of the Mammal Trilogy. Since the release of his ‘Time Gentlemen Please’ album in 2009, Gordon has lain low, observing proceedings with a jaundiced eye. Finally spurred into action by a combination of penury, misanthropy and an increasing hatred of ant-eaters (we do not include the entire species of the suborder Vermilingua, but specifically the genus Vermilingua peronatus singularis), he was driven to create ‘Include Me Out’ as the sixth part of the Mammal Trilogy.

Gordon infers that ‘Include Me Out’ is the final chapter in the series; when quizzed however, all he will say upon the subject is “Let us have no more foolish talk talk of mammals and trilogies!”

A brief look under the cover of ‘Include Me Out’ indicates that the album’s twelve songs (which include a cover of an obscure McCartney tune) focus upon topics of contemporary significance. They acknowledge the imminent demise of the human race despite the increasingly popular use of recycled toilet paper, they address xenophobia by quoting an American politician who noted that “if English was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me”. They tell the touching story of Stanley Green, an English eccentric from the 70s and 80s now declared to be the first ‘human billboard’, and they observe the Arab Spring and the temporary dearth of despots.

The songs document lunar and loony conspiracy theories and those who hold them. They empathise with transgendered forest-dwellers, in the tragic form of a man who lives only to wear stiletto heels, and the title song rails against everything that’s left over, including celebrity dwarves on the telly. The album ranges stylistically from tear-jerkingly dramatic orchestral ballads to whimsical, ukulele-based social commentary. What it is not is a collection of sensitive, heart-rending fly-on-the-wall odes to lost love, waterfalls and that sort of utter tosh. If Gordon wants poetry, he declares, he will ask a poet.

The intention of this Pledge campaign is to raise enough to cover the costs of recording, musician fees, mixing and mastering – any additional funds will be used to cover the expenses of promotion. So as well as the basic IMO album, there is also a pile of attendant STUFF. This STUFF is available separately but, and it’s a big but – there are some mouthwatering BUNDLES which combine various items of STUFF into an economic package especially tailored for your pocket. It works out much cheaper in the long run to invest in a bundle of STUFF, believe us. And of course the STUFF is all individualised with a dedication to you, the discerning Mammal-lover.

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AccessPass: 'Include Me Out' - part VI of the Mammal Trilogy

'Include Me Out' - part VI of the Mammal Trilogy
£8
8GBP
Available

Digital download of the sixth and final part of bassist/songwriter Martin Gordon’s Mammal Trilogy. Former member of Sparks, Jet and Radio Stars, he concludes his satirical journey as finally, after a long slow walk, he arrives back at the pavillion.

'By Accident to the Orient' - Gordon's autobiography

'By Accident to the Orient' - Gordon's autobiography
£9
9GBP
Available

The first two chapters of the yet-upublished tale of Martin Gordon’s musical journey, also included on the ‘Include Me Out’ USB flashcard.The story begins with Gordon’s joining the US band Sparks, the second chapter deals with his leaving that band and forming his own band Jet. This text is revised and updated.

'Include Me Out' chord charts

'Include Me Out' chord charts
£9
9GBP
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Gordon’s handwritten chord charts. Think the guys (and, uniquely on this occasion, girls) just make it up as they go along? Erroneous. They get chord charts and, for string and brass players, full transcriptions. They are fined for their deviations from the printed score. Want to play the cello part to ‘Stanley Green’ on your kazoo? Look no further than these PDF copies.

'Include Me Out' lyrics (PDF)

'Include Me Out' lyrics (PDF)
£9
9GBP
Available

The lyrics are not included in the CD booklet for reasons of space and time. But here they are! The complete contents of IMO as a PDF. Tailor-made for those moments when you are caught unawares, and need instant access to information. Put an end to stuttering and stammering of excuses – simply open this file on your mobile device and bingo! NB – may not work with actual bingo.

First biog chapter read aloud by Martin Gordon

First biog chapter read aloud by Martin Gordon
£9
9GBP
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First chapter of Gordon’s biog ‘By Accident to the Orient…. and Back Again’ read aloud by the author, complete with deviations and random excursions into related (and often unrelated) territory as he does so.

LRC-coded lyric files

LRC-coded lyric files
£9
9GBP
Available

LRC-coded lyrics which will display the lyrics of IMO on your mobile device in synchronisation with the music. Astound your parole officer as the words appear on your device at exactly the same time as Senor Almgren sings them! Woo, spooky!

'Include Me Out' MIDI files

'Include Me Out' MIDI files
£10
10GBP
Available

Acquire all songs on ‘Include Me Out’ as MIDI files (piano/organ parts), including tempo, key and time signature changes. There will be good rockin’ at the OAPs social club tonite, I can feel it.

Handwritten lyrics to any tune

Handwritten lyrics to any tune
£10
10GBP
Available

Choose a tune from ‘A Word in Your Shell-like’ and Martin Gordon will slavishly write the words out and dedicate it to you. It could be a Radio Stars song, it could be a Mammal tune, it could even be a Jet tune if your memory goes back that far and your medication has not yet passed its use-by date!

NB: will be written on paper, not papyrus as in the accompanying snapshot.

'Include Me Out' limited edition CD

'Include Me Out' limited edition CD
£14 - £17
14GBP
479 left

It’s a CD. And it’s a limited edition, seeing as actually buying such an object is highly unfashionable these days. It has a 12-page full colour booklet, crammed with detail. And it can of course be signed. Well, obviously…. I mean, anything can be signed, if it stays still long enough.

The cost of postage & packaging is included.

New album 'Include Me Out' original demos on CD

New album 'Include Me Out' original demos on CD
£14 - £17
14GBP
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You gotta start somewhere, isn’t it. In the case of the tunes for the Mammal Series, the music begins as a demo, distributed to to the players/singers as guidance. Often things change en route to the final destination – melodies, arrangements, lyrics; here are the original demos to the sixth and final part of the Mammal Trilogy series, unadorned by guitars, orchestras, brass sections – as naked as the day they were born. Literally. Available as CD with 4 page colour booklet.

'Include Me Out' on USB Flashcard

'Include Me Out' on USB Flashcard
£15
15GBP
Available

It’s a digital world. Full-bandwidth, hi-resolution audio on a credit card-sized (2 gigabyte) USB flashcard, with full colour printing and lots of extras – the chord charts, the album lyrics and all the other digital extras which you can see on the very long list. The flashcard is writeable – you can use it to store your favourite funny cat photos on, once you have consumed the music. Or short clips of people falling over unexpectedly, that’s always very amusing.

The cost of postage & packaging is included.

Complete lyrics book - 'Words in Your Shell-like'

Complete lyrics book - 'Words in Your Shell-like'
£20
20GBP
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The collected lyrics to all Martin Gordon’s published tunes – from Jet, Radio Stars and the Blue Meanies to today’s solo releases, aka the Mammal Trilogy. Each tune is introduced by Gordon with a newly-written overview of the subject matter, the recording, or surrounding events. 157 pages, xx?xx songs, and each book will be hand-numbered and signed.

The cost of postage & packaging is included.

Bundle 3: No-tech unicellular package!

Bundle 3: No-tech unicellular package!
£50 - £52
50GBP
Available

‘Include Me Out’ MIDI files and chord charts, limited edition CD, book of Gordon’s lyrics, your credit in booklet, IMO demos. Value 76 pounds

Bundle 2: Lo-tech invertebrate package!

Bundle 2: Lo-tech invertebrate package!
£94 - £97
94GBP
Available

Digital package – first two chapters (Sparks and Jet) of the unpublished biography, IMO MIDI files and chord charts, lyrics, tailor-made 2Gb USB flashcard, credit in booklet, lyrics book, LRC lyrics files, signed CD album plus demo CD. Value 114 pounds.

Bundle 1: Hi-tech primate - everything!

Bundle 1: Hi-tech primate - everything!
£125
125GBP
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Everything you will ever need in order to be Included Out – the entire package! The lot! All there is!! And more!!! Value 254 pounds.

Bass on one of your tunes!

Bass on one of your tunes!
£200
200GBP
Available

Martin Gordon will come up with a killer bass (bass guitar or upright bass) part for one of your tunes, record it and mail it over. He may – it has been known – even make other suggestions…. but rest assured that they will (mainly) be polite ones.

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