Masters of Song Fu, Round 1: “Paul and Storm – Theme Song”

Well, it’s in the can and submitted: our first entry in the Quick Stop Entertainment Masters of Song Fu contest. (Click here for an explanation of the contest) Our task for this opening round was to write a theme song for ourselves, in the style of a classic television show. (That is, as if there were a song from the 1960s-1980s about us) And we have come up with this:

Paul and Storm – Theme Song

Catchy title, yes? Could use a few more whip cracks, maybe, but heck, we only had a week to make it.

So now our work is done, and yours begins. This is, after all, a competition; and the winners are determined by your votes. So please go to this link and vote for us. And vote wisely, because you can only vote once. (Or at least, once per IP address) Because as we’ve mentioned, in addition to the 20-odd challengers we face, we’re also up against the nefarious Doc Hammer and the agile Jonathan Coulton; and in the battle of the fan bases, we fear they hold superior numbers. So we must marshal our forces and show them we have greater spirit. We’ll do the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V, if it’ll help*. Voting begins today and ends in a week (Wed., June 4th).

Also, you’re welcome to download the song for free (just do that right-click-command-tab-num lock-whatever “Save As…” thingy on the link above); but it’s also available for purchase, in case you wanted to, say, reward the goofy songwriting duo with a dollar for their efforts. Your choice. No pressure. Really.

Oh, and our most heartfelt apologies to Warren Zevon’s “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner“, with which our song inadvertently shares many, many chord changes.

*we will not do that speech from Braveheart, though we will consider reciting some of Sean Connery’s rough-hewn and motivational quips from The Untouchables.

UPDATE: For clarification’s sake: you may vote for one (1) challenger, and the top 5 vote-getters move on; you may also vote for one (1) master, and the top two vote-getters will move on.

UPDATE 2: Thank you to everyone who’s deemed our Fu to be worthy and voted for us so far, keeping us in the hunt! We’re aware that some computers/OS’s/browsers aren’t compatible with the voting page–you also have our eternal gratitude.

15 Comments

  1. Posted May 29, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Well, I voted for you. Your song certainly did fare best of the three ‘Masters.’ The whip cracks deserve most of the credit, but also the mention of some of your tunes (pirates, nuns, etc.). I believe you captured the spirit best of the three – which isn’t to say that I didn’t also vote for my band, To Serve Mankind, as I think we could give you a run for your money (or your freebie – however you choose to look at it). Good work, sirs. I hope to compete with you again. (Bows and exits Song Fu Stadium)

  2. Paul and Storm
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Jeff. Our understanding is that you can vote for one “master” *and* one challenger. Not that that helps a ton, but at least it means that you can vote for someone else as well as for yourself.
    Best of luck,
    P&S.

  3. ThomasT
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I voted for yours, and explained why I picked it over Coulton’s over on his forums.

    @Jeff, as I say there, yours is one that I’m seriously considering, but I haven’t listened to all of them yet. The fact that you have a band name that doubles as a perfect sitcom title shows forethought to the point of clairvoyance. I’m impressed.

  4. Ann
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Voted for you two and snagged a few friends to do likewise (all brandy-new P&S fans they are). I’ll be expecting that promised St. Crispin’s Day speech shortly thankyouverymuch. Good luck in the Song Fu, boys.

  5. Posted May 29, 2008 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I liked yours the best, and I definitely think you captured the “based on a classic TV theme” rule better.

    You guys have to fight hard though, because having only a week to write a song is something in which Coulton has a bit of experience.

  6. Posted May 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Ha! OK, I work at Chicago Shakespeare, and we currently have a production of Comedy of Errors that’s a play-within-a-play, and one of the outer play’s actors is constantly, desperately trying to get someone to listen to him do the St. Crispin’s Day Speech.

  7. Posted May 29, 2008 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys! Well, you know I loves me some JoC… But I love you guys too, and I really thought your song was better, so you two got my vote.
    Also, Run at the Dog! I had already decided that was in my top 3, then I saw that they were from Mpls so that clinched my vote for them.

    ~Sharon the Mpls. Merch Minion

  8. Jeff
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Awesome job on your entry. Normally, I would have voted for you within seconds of hearing that song, but seeing as how im an avid fan of both you two and JoCo (his song was also awesome) its not such an easy choice.

    Hmmm, ill mull this important decision for the next few hours.

    *pensive ARR!*

  9. Mike
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Before mindless voting, I dutifully listened to all of the choices, and agree with comments above that your entry best captures the spirit of the challenge AND fits your style. I could easily see you guys performing this at a show.

    But when I got to the bottom of the page, the voting for the Masters was disabled. JoCo and P&S were the runaway favorites. Do you know why the voting was halted for just the Masters? I was able to vote for one of the Challengers.

  10. Posted May 30, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I breaks my heart to have to choose between JoCo and P&S, but after listening to the three “master” songs, you guys were definitely the best (although I really did like Monkey Shines, just not as much). You got my vote. :-)

    As for the challengers, sorry Jeff but I went with East Carolina. :-(

  11. Tina
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    I agree – I liked yours best, too, though I’m a JoCo fan as well. So you got my vote.

    BTW, I just saw this article about the death of the guy who designed the Pringles can (and how he was buried in one), and it totally reminded me of “Nugget Man”.

  12. Posted June 1, 2008 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I have voted for you and you have gained a new fan. I hope we both get to the 2nd round.

    -Cloakie

  13. Posted June 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Do two half wits make a whole wit? Regardless, I listened to all the songs and you blew them away. Clever, interesting, good stolen tune. Most of the others bored me (hey, I haven’t got all 30 seconds!). You should become British just so you can get knighted.
    I’ll sit down now.

  14. Laura Jean Moshiri
    Posted June 2, 2008 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I just tried to vote and it wouldn’t let me….i thought urs was the best

  15. Posted June 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I thought yours was the best as well.

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