The Bodacious Belgrade Blog

September 27, 2008

Reggae Mocha Lab

Filed under: Uncategorized — bunitingi @ 9:22 pm
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Technically, it’s 60s era ska…


Normally i don’t post work i do for clients. Several reasons, but the main one would be that once i send the finished music to them, it’s really no longer mine to do with as i wish, and now belongs to a larger work (even if that work is simply a commercial). It may not be appropriate to upload online and share, and heaven knows i have plenty of my own work to share.

But in THIS case…

So, occasionally i do some work for an advertising company in Budapest. A couple weeks ago i was hired to write a 30 second reggae track, specifically in a 60s ska style for a tv ad. (for a bank, actually) So i did and it went well and happiness and joy permeated the land.

2 weeks after completion, the client (the bank) recontacted the agency. Apparently, they REALLY liked the  music for the spot, and wanted to rehire me to make a 3:00 full length version which they are then promoting on radio and internet.

Not only great for me, but this means that i can put the track up here for your curiosity/listening pleasure.

Just to add a hair more back story, the trick about making this track full length, is that in the 30 second spot, the only lyrics were: “17, 17, 17 is the number that we love”. (see, the bank has some kind of 17% mortgage financing deal… get it?)

These Shakesperean meets Dylan lyrics were repeated twice, and bingo, there goes 30 seconds. But for 3 minutes… the trick is, obviously i have to keep what’s in the commercial, but how do you turn”17, 17, 17, is the number that we love” into an entire 3 minute reggae track?


But i am the man who tamed the wild serbian amazon of zemun (or at least knocked her up), i am the pianist who once caused a riot at a school for special needs children when i played a barney/sesame street medley that rocked the house (see, i kept alternating between the two songs, getting progressively faster and faster and FASTER and they kind of freaked out. Well, kinda really freaked out. They LOVED it, but boy did i get in trouble),  i am the musical visionary who is writing a funksical about Cthulu, i am the towering intellect who brought a heavy metal band to their knees in worship of me for my jaunty recitation of The Ballad Of Big Ass Lil And Yukon Pete.

Uh… i am the bored blogger with the broken leg who doesn’t really like to shut up because then i’ll be done with the post and have nothing to do. Except learn Serbian. You see the dilemma.

Anyway, here’s 3 minutes of light, audio entertainment:




  1. That’s how you get ’em, knock ’em up good. And then deal with the offspring for the next 18 years. Wait…

    Comment by matthew — September 27, 2008 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  2. 🙂 hey! that song is great ! 🙂

    Comment by Sestra Stp — September 29, 2008 @ 8:15 am | Reply

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