ENGLISH BOB Rides Again

There's a new animated music series from the award winning animation director Neal Warner (IMDB.com) and the award nominated musical director Greg Piper (Just Imagine, A Day In His Life, Rock & Roll Rehab) called ENGLISH BOB. English Bob is an "Outlaw" Country band coming to the end of the trail that's pooled their resources and bought a music store where they're forced to interact with a new breed of young Modern Country artists.

The show's been presented as an animated "Country Monkees" in that the various band members are young (for Baby Boomers), zany (grouchy) and don't play their own instruments (as they are cartoon characters). Much of the interplay has a Millennials versus Boomers dynamic and the show has been conceived as a way to introduce new Modern Country acts that "guest star" as cartoon versions of themselves.

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The comic strip version of the show has been made available to Country Music and Western Lifestyle oriented publications and blogs.
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Look for English Bob to come on tour to a TV screen near you soon.
 

The Tooners' "Celebrity Friend" Tommy Chong wishes Jerry a Happy Birthday

Happy birthday and retirement from his "day job" to The Tooners' fine guitarist, Jerry Strull.

Just imagine (plug) if Jerry's "day job" had been playing guitar all these years! He wouldn't be playing with The Tooners now, that's for sure.
  The Tooners' "Celebrity Friend" Tommy Chong wishes Jerry a Happy Birthday.

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PIZZA FELLA COMIX

Episode 1 PF MEETS GP
Episode 2 PF MEETS GP
Episode 3 PF MEETS GP
Stand alone Pizza Fella Strips


This Pizza Fella comic was originally published in 3D. Use the red / green style 3D glasses.


"Ripped" by The Tooners

The Tooners | Ripped Open
This is a work of fiction loosely based on the short story, Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving.

The Tooners 10 song soundtrack to the tale of Rip Van Winkle!
Read book & listen to soundtrack here:
https://unsigned-records.com/thetooners/ripped/

BUY the CD-RP and book here: 
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Only $14.99 … an original, unique gift!

- aspiring to recreate a “Disney” style animated movie if produced by a NeoClassic Rock Band.



The TOONERS' The Haight CD


Last year, 2017, Greg Piper of The Tooners and I decided to put together a set of songs we could play on acoustic guitars and get some gigs playing coffee houses because we were bored and our drummer moved to Idaho. Going back through Greg's cassette collection of songs he recorded as demos for our old band Womanizer back in the 80s, we noticed that if put the songs in the order in which they were written, the ten songs that were originally rejected by the band for being too "soft" (romantic), actually did a real good job of telling the story of Greg's early relationship with his future wife. It seems he tended to write what he was going through at the time, his personal journal, and he and Jacki's meeting, romance and breakup, before reconciling two years later. After we released his songs as his solo CD by Gregory Shane Piper, called "Born To You", we went through both of our old song collections to see what else we could rerecord and press up before we forget about them entirely.

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What we discovered listening to these old songs, some dating back to our high school years, is that they divide into two very separate categories. The first category consists of songs inspired by New Wave bands such as Elvis Costello and The Knack who had very catchy, Sixties British Invasion style Pop Rock but with very sexual and subversive lyrics. In the Sixties lyricists had to put their nasty jokes and sexual innuendo "between the lines". In the Eighties they were the lines. Our New Wave / Hard Rock band, Womanizer, specialized in "naughty" songs although we always felt they had a sense of humor about them. The other group of old tunes could only be categorized as odd. These were our "arty" tunes that tended to be a bit more experimental musically, and lyrically unique. Most of them didn't fit in with our live set although we did release three as singles with animated videos over the years and four of them were included in our live multi-media stage show, Rock & Roll Rehab.

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 We decided to take these oddities and put them together in an album of their own. When we did this we discovered something very similar to the Born To You album; they appeared to tell a story. When we recorded The Tooners' Rocktasia CD we were aware that each of the songs illustrated a different emotion, anger, fear, love, lust, grief, etc. With this new collection of old songs it seems each song is about a particular belief and together they tell the story of one man's spiritual journey through life, told backwards. 
There are two ways of telling a story. Imagine you meet someone on the street you haven't seen since high school and he asks you to tell him what you've done since then. You can either start at the beginning and tell him what you did right after you saw him last and progress forward to the present time or you can tell him what your situation is like now and then tell him what led to that, and what happened before that, and what led you to that situation, and so on. Telling a story backwards has one advantage in that it has a definite ending which is actually its beginning. Telling a story from the past to the present only presents a temporary finish since it will continue on into the future, hopefully.

And so our new album, The Haight, is a story told backwards. Mainly because the music flows better with the songs in this order. The inspiration for the record comes from a book I wrote a while back called The Haight.

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I had what I thought was an interesting idea concerning religion and I wanted to express this idea but who am I to espouse a philosophy? I'm a cartoonist, animator and rock musician, why would anyone be interested in what I have to say? But maybe if I didn't say it, maybe if someone else, someone more interesting, said it people might like to hear it. I thought of the various context in which these ideas might be expressed, naturally, and I decided these thoughts could best be expressed by a stoner. That way if he seems too far out it's simply because he's tripping. Also, my friends and I, although a few years too young to have been actual hippies, were of that mindset and totally into the cultural scene as it was happening back in 1967. I may have been a junior high school student and living in Los Angeles at the time but I was also a guitarist in an "Acid Rock" band, an Underground cartoonist and psychedelic poster artist. My friends and I all played in Rock bands, had long hair, wore Beatles boots, corduroy flares with wide belts, Cossack shirts and lovebeads. We were what was called "Weekend Warriors". And so I wrote a book of fiction, semi-autobiographical, about a group of hippies living in Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love called The Haight.

The Tooners' The Haight CD HERE.

My fascination with hippies goes back to the actual hippie movement and decades before I wrote the book I wrote a song about an old hippie looking back at the hassle his parents gave him when he wanted to visit San Francisco on his summer vacation from school. This is one of the old songs we decided to include on the new CD and I renamed it The Haight as it also seemed to tell the story of the main character in the book, told from his perspective of being much older and remembering his youth. The following is the "story" of the CD The Haight.

#1. NOTHINGNESS - This song starts the CD and begins the character's reminiscence. He is a grandpa now, fifty years since The Summer Of Love, and is tucking his young grand daughter into bed for the night. As did his parents, and a lot of parents in the 1950s, he recites a popular bedtime prayer; "Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take". What an awful thing to make a child say before going to sleep! "If I should DIE before I wake!" But to his surprise this prompts the little girl to ask him a question, "What happens to me when I die?" Although this is a common question young children have, it catches him off guard as he believes that is something her parents or clergy should be asked. He blurts out an answer that he himself hasn't ever fully realized he believes. A question that is at its basis; is there a survival of personality and awareness after death or is there nothing after death? His spontaneous answer is that Consciousness did not evolve from physical reality, as we're taught in school, but that Consciousness creates physical reality. As author Eckhart Tolle says, paraphrasing Seth in the Jane Roberts books, "You can't lose your life, you are life". To his amazement the little girl seems to instantly grasp this concept, a concept he himself doesn't fully understand fifty years on, when she uses video games as an example. This was the song I initially wrote to express this idea before I wrote the book and it has since been developed as a concept called Biocentrism.



Now let's go to the last song on the CD and progress forward. This is going forward in time according to the story but backwards according to the song order.

#9. THE HAIGHT - In this song a man is remembering the time when he told his parents he was going to visit San Francisco for his summer vacation in 1967 and their surprisingly extreme reaction. His adventure in Haight-Ashbury begins his lifelong spiritual journey. This song represents Utopian-ism.


#8. I'M HIGH - Apparently his parents had something to be worried about. In this song he discovers psychedelic drugs which open his mind to deeper realities. This song represents Shamanism. See the I'm High video HERE.

#7. THE CATACOMB - Shortly after the Hippie Movement of 1967 and perhaps in some measure because of it, Christianity developed a youth movement known as the Jesus Freaks. Many young people, like our hero, looking for answers, turned to mainstream religion in the late 1960s and early Seventies after drugs proved not to be an answer but indicated that a deeper knowledge is available. The early Christians were similar to the Hippies in that they were both seen as a group persecuted for their beliefs and driven underground for their safety. The Hippie term "underground" as applied to the press, music, film, etc. is derived from the early Christians being forced into the catacombs under Rome for protection. Literally "underground". This song represents mainstream religion, particularly Christianity.



#6. I WISH YOU'D LOVE ME - Although it sounds like a love song it could be about a girl's devotion to a religious leader such as Jesus or a cult leader of which there were many in the Sixties and Seventies. Our hero is getting disillusioned by religion at this point mainly because of what he sees as mindless adoration for "leaders" especially when they infringe on his own would-be relationships. This song represents cults and hero-worship.


 #5. SEANCE - Rejecting mainstream religion leaves a spiritual void and with psychedelics proving there is in fact something out there, our hero sees Spiritualism as a more direct and personal connection to the eternal. This song represents Spiritualism




#4. GROWING OLD - Eventually the system of science and modern Humanism fights back and any notion of an afterlife, alternative dimensions of reality or Heaven and Hell is dismissed as old fashion superstition. However, between the personal, subjective mystical experiences our hero has already had in his life thus far and the bleak, depressing reality Humanism offers, he chooses to venture on. This song is about Humanism.


#3. FAITH HEALER - The New Age Movement began in the Sixties with the promise that modern science and technology wouldn't disprove religion or render it obsolete but rather would prove its validity by proving its concepts and beliefs scientifically. Although that promise still holds true, the "truth" is, as to be expected, extremely complicated and difficult to comprehend. The New Age Movement soon resorted to the usual dogma and ritual to which other religions de-evolved. Instead of the years of study necessary to understand the concepts behind the New Age Movement, one could simply wear a crystal necklace or a pyramid hat. It became like mainstream religion when it reduced Transcendental Meditation to simple prayer, mantras became hymns and to be a "Christian" meant going to church and giving it money. Today, to begin to understand the concepts behind the original New Age Movement, one would need to take graduate courses in Quantum Physics. This song is about our hero's ultimate disappointment in the New Age Movement.



#2. DRAWINGS FROM MY MIND - After decades of Spiritual adventurism our hero comes to understand that although what one's religious beliefs are is extremely important, personally, as such believes greatly influence our own perceived experience such as expecting to go to a Heaven or a Hell, ultimately the TRUTH is the TRUTH. It may be a arduous journey having to navigate through our own preconceived beliefs but eventually what will be, will be. Eventually the monk sitting on a mountain top contemplating his own navel will, if he does in fact achieve self realization, realize that life is not meant to be spent on a mountain top. As bleak, dangerous, depressing, fruitless and meaningless life may appear at times, it's supposed to be experienced in its fullness. The meaning of life, what the reason is for virtually ANYTHING that happens to us, good or bad, is for one reason; TO SEE WHAT WE'LL DO. Our hero's grand daughter is right. We're like characters in a video game. We are ultimately here to play the game, to have the experience that is our life, NOT to figure out how the game is programed or how the computer works. This song represents the state of mind of someone who has learned that eventually the journey leads to a destination and that destination is to be fully focused in the HERE and NOW. It is every day reality.


These songs are written by Neal Warner (Nothingness, Faith Healer, Seance, The Catacomb, I'm High, The Haight) and Greg Piper (Drawings From My Mind, Growing Old, I Wish You'd Love Me) and performed by The Tooners: Greg Piper, Neal Warner, Buzz Brissette, Jerry Strull and Pat Mehan with Susie Piper, Al Weiss, Michael Montrose, Gareth Fishbaum and Davey Justice.


ROCKTASIA ANIMATED MUSIC


Welcome to Rock & Roll Rehab's area dedicated to ANIMATED ROCK AND ROLL.
Some of the music videos presented here were created by The Tooners, others are ones The Tooners just really like.

 

SEANCE
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 I'VE SEEN LOVE IN MY DREAMS
Written and directed by Neal Warner
Song by Greg Piper
Recorded by The Tooners
Available on The Tooners' ROCKTASIA CD on iTunes

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 MASS MURDER MAN
Written and designed by Corey Harris
Produced and directed by Neal Warner
Song by Corey Harris
Recorded by Womanizer on PaperCuts Records

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  ROCKTASIA PROMO
Written and Directed by Neal Warner
Music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and Greg Piper 
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We would also love to add clips from The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, AHA's Take On Me, Prince's Rasberry Beret, The Firebird Suite - Fantasia 2000, The Rite Of Spring - Fantasia, Ravel's Bolero from Allegro Non Troppo, 
PINK FLOYD - Goodbye Blue Sky, and some others but we're not allowed.

Here Are Some Illustrated Classic Rock Lyrics As Original Paintings:

Posters available here
Framed fine art prints here 

THE BEATLES' LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
Posters available here 
Framed fine art prints here

The Byrds' 5D (Fifth Dimension)
Posters available here
Framed fine art prints here 

Gregory Shane Piper's US TOGETHER

Gregory Shane Piper's new single is a Modern Rock / Alt song called Us Together. Written by Piper and recorded aboard a cruise ship, it is an infectious, up beat tune full of sonic layers and unexpected twists and turns. Very electronic, unlike his Born To You CD of acoustic songs, with neo-psychedelic guitar work and lyrics that might be described as "cosmic".




The Tooners LYRIC VIDEOS

No Time To Die (Lyrics Video)




THE CATACOMB (Lyrics Video)



SEXIST (Lyrics Video)

 

I’M HIGH (Lyrics Video)



NOTHINGNESS (Lyrics Video)


GHOST SONG (Lyrics Video)




FAITH HEALER (Lyrics Video)


SIDESTREETS (Lyrics Video)


MACHINE GUN DANNY (Lyrics Video)



I GET SHY (Lyrics Video)


Hail The Rock & Roll Band (Lyrics Video)
 
 
 

Punk Opera (Lyrics Video)
 
 

Unborn Baby (Lyrics Video)
 

 

“I’M High” by The Tooners The Official Song of Four Twenty

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1413642012/the-tooners-new-single

The "High Holiday" of 2014.

We all love music and we use particular songs as part of our holiday celebrations. Christmas Carols at Christmas, John Phillip Sousa marches on the Forth of July, Alice Cooper tunes on Halloween, well, you get the idea.

Los Angeles rock band, The Tooners, performed a live multimedia stage show held at the Hayworth Theater on Wilshire Blvd. called Rock & Roll Rehab. It was about sex, drugs and rock and roll. One song written for the “drugs” part of the show was a catchy little number titled “I’m High”.  Now it just so happens that this year, 2014, Easter Sunday falls on April 20th. April 20th or 4/20 has for the last few years been declared the (unofficial) Official Holiday of the Cannabis Culture. In other words, it’s a day to celebrate the wonderful world of Marijuana. If you haven’t heard of that before check out the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420_%28cannabis_culture%29

We at Unsigned Records Multimedia (the producers of the Rock & Roll Rehab Show) are going to introduce the song, “I’m High”, this Easter Sunday, the 20th of April as the Official Song of Four Twenty. Not only is this year unique in that April 20th is also Easter Sunday but 2014 is also the first year in history that marijuana is legal in the United States, in at least two of them (you know who you are).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1413642012/the-tooners-new-single
 Greg Piper & The Tooners' Rock & Roll Rehab Show at the Hayworth Theater. 
We will be promoting the single, “I’m High” to AAA (Adult Album Alternative), College, Rock and Alternative radio stations in the U.S. and Canada British Columbia (Vancouver is referred to as “Amsterdam West”).



The "I'm High" Youtube video.

Click here to get it FREE before 4/20

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For those who believe in helping to make April 20th into an actual holiday (like Saint Patrick’s Day or Cinco De Mayo at least), we are offering an “I’m High On Four Twenty” custom T-shirt  available for sale online:http://thetooners-rocknrollrehab.blogspot.com/2012/03/rock-and-roll-rehab-merchandise.html

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Please call your local rock and roll radio station on Easter Sunday, April 20th, request “I’m High” by The Tooners and let them know the MP3 or WAV file is available for download at http://www.unsigned-records.com/imhigh.html.

The Return Of Pizza Fella

The first Pizza Fella comic was published in the premiere issue of L.A. Comics in 1971 and continued as a regular feature in the tabloid comics newspapers Two Bit Comics and Okay Comics until 1974 making it part of the Golden Age of Underground Comix (1967 - 1974).

Pizza Fella was a teenage delivery boy for a pizzeria in Los Angeles and his job allowed him to have adventures and meet new people in the marijuana counter culture of the early 1970s.

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An original Pizza Fella comic from the Golden Age Of Underground Comix (circa 1972)


Now he’s back to experience a new drug culture in the age of legalized cannabis and medical marijuana. He’s a bit older as medical marijuana is still illegal to minors and no longer breaking the law but he’s as big a pothead as ever.

Touches of the underground comix style of the original comic of the Seventies has been retained but gone are the foul language and seedier elements of the drug culture as now the people he meets that use marijuana could just as easily be older cancer patients or suburban housewives than hippies or urban drug dealers.

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Pizza Fella has returned to help chronicle a very interesting time period of changing attitudes and the social experiment that is the new Legalized Cannabis movement.

Created by cartoonist/animator Neal Warner while still in high school in the San Fernando Valley, Pizza Fella’s popularity at the time led directly to a job with legendary animation producer Ralph Bakshi whose first animated feature was Fritz The Cat, based on the underground comic book by Robert Crumb. This led to a lengthy career in the Animation Industry which included The Heavy Metal Movie, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Rugrats, Ducktails and many other television series and animated feature films.

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It’s not the growing legalized marijuana movement that inspired the return of Pizza Fella but the boom in both online and print media that the movement has created. The Alternative Press as well as what some may perceive as the return of the “Underground Press” has created an opportunity for a new breed of comic character, or in the case of Pizza Fella, the updating of a classic.

The new Pizza Fella comics are created as full color, three-quarter tabloid page size intended for weekly publications as daily papers such as The L.A. Times are probably not going to be publishing marijuana themed comic strips any time soon.

The new Pizza Fella 2016 Calendar can be purchased online at: 2016 Pizza Fella Calendar

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For information on publishing Pizza Fella comics contact: