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March 6th, 2006

signing off

Okay monkeys, you probably realised that the blog page is no longer in op, as we now have a band forum instead. There is a link to the 'blog history' if anyone is interested. Well, it's been nice knowing y'all. You know what they say, always end on a song...........

"Oh, it's a long, long while
From May to December,
But the days grow short............' fade

February 19th, 2006

Last Night

Well, nobody came up and kissed Tony, which was probably a great relief to all (especially to Leon, who has a tendency to get jealous about T's uncanny prowess with the oppsex.) Apart from that, it all went rather swimmingly. Great crowd, and it was nice to see a lot of our friends who travelled up from Pomp. We did two new ones (Renaldo and The Words She Said) as well as our forthcoming single Snakes/Ice Major. Renaldo himself did a weird sort-of 'dervish-twist' at one point, which actually looked quite dangerous.

Some thankyous:

Jez, for his wheels and his visuals; all the other bands (esp Jim from Scarlet Soho); Tim the MC; Andrejz (I know I haven't spelt that right) for putting the whole thing together; Pluto for supplying the sugar monkeys; Oncle Patrick for throwing the inflatable elephant on stage (genius); Nebulous Nerrin for being the friendliest person of all time; and lastly, the barmaid with the cool forties-style hair.

Of course, let's not forget what it was all for. Hopefully a lot of money was raised for Make-a-Wish.

Next episode:

Next Saturday, same venue. Two more new tunes. Come along and invade the stage.

No work, no prizes.


February 17th, 2006


Howdy reptiles.

Tomorrows show is all in aid of a charity called Make-a-Wish.


Tony says the first person to come and kiss him on the night and say the words 'Make a wish' will have drinks bought for them all evening. If they do the same for David then they will have to buy him drinks all night. Leon doesn't count because no-one in their right mind would want to kiss him.


February 14th, 2006

Double Event

Hi gangsters

For the next two Saturdays we’re playing at the Railway in Winchester, which is a great venue, and fast becoming something of a residency for us. The show on the 25th will the third time we’ve played there this year, and will hopefully give us a chance to perform our new songs ‘The Devil in Me,’ ‘The Words She Said,’ ‘Shine Tester, Shine Tester,’ and ‘Renaldo.’ In fact, we may do two completely different sets over the two weeks.

Be great to see some of you there for one of them.

No work, no prizes


February 11th, 2006

(no subject)

As you can see, the band blog is working properly again. Yowzah!

Now, I took over the running of the blog area from Jodie about two months ago (coincidentally, the same time those weird Jack the Ripper blogs started appearing) and I feel I must apologise to people on the friends list for constantly receiving posts about Jack, mad magicians and 'top fives.' To be honest, it was only last week that I realised there was a friends page at all, and I was very surprised to learn that we actually had any friends on it! Perhaps I do deserve the moniker ‘David Essex’ that Tony and Leon have lately bestowed upon me (the ‘Essex’ being from ‘Essex girl.’)

So, I've had a few words with certain people and I'm told these particular posts will cease forthwith.

David Essex (sorry, Auton)

February 8th, 2006

Spitbank Show

Place: Spitbank Fort, the Solent
Date: Sat Feb 4th
Event: Emptifish reunion concert (to mark drummer Damian’s 40th birthday) + the Racketeers

We Autons have only just recovered from Saturday’s shenanigans on the Fort, which partially explains why this write-up is so late. Yes, it was one of those nights. The drink flowed freely and millions of brain cells were lost in the process.

You may recall that Autons were lined-up to play the night, too, but a few weeks before the show Damian contacted Tony and informed him that as Emptifish were now playing a full set instead of just a few songs (as was their original intention) there was, unfortunately, no room for us. At the time we were extremely disappointed. In the end we realised it was a blessing in disguise. I can’t really go into detail, but suffice to say that had we performed our particular brand of electro rock ‘n’ roll on this night we may very well have found our sorry plastic bods in the Solent within thirty seconds of the first song – Triton and all (which would actually be a fitting end to our beloved keyboard, seeing as it’s actually named after a half man/half fish sea god.)

Despite this, we all enjoyed the night immensely. The Racketeers were brilliant (as always) and what an honour to see the truly legendary Emptifish! Our heartfelt thanks go out to Damian for inviting us to this unique venue and occasion.

My only slight disappointment was that it wasn't the Fort where the Dr Who story 'The Sea Devils' was filmed. Now I'm being picky.


February 7th, 2006

Captain Beefheart

If anyone's interested, Autons get a little mention on a Captain Beefheart site: http://www.beefheart.com/blog/
(we use a Beefheart sample on one of our songs, Can Fever.) Also featured is Leon's blog from the Magic Band support back in June. For some reason we didn't put this on our site at the time. Scandalous!


February 6th, 2006

autons single

Autons first single Snakes/Ice Major out soon. We may put one of the songs online. But which one? Snakes or Ice Major?

Please advise and instruct,


February 3rd, 2006



My name is Simon and I have hacked into your site again. It was easy. You'll never catch me.

Old Abberline is still after me from the grave, I see. He never gives up, but he won't catch me, either. My deeds will live forever. The evil that men do, and all that jazz. (Jazz wasn't even around when I did those bad things.) Things change. I've changed. I don't do the evil no more. I'm still saucy, but not as saucy as I was. I'm a hacker, not a ripper. I don't kill (except for Sinbad, my pet spider - but that was an accident.)

I think I'll stop this now. I've enjoyed my time on your site, allowing you a glimpse into my little world. December 12th was the first one. There were six altogether. These deeds will live forever, too.

Remember, Simon Carter is not my real name. You will never know who.

Goodbye, old Boss. Perhaps I'll be be back one day. Now read this:

I went moon-bathing.
I went to an all-night aquarium.
I fell in love with Mercury (the planet).
This is what I did today, oh yes.

Simon Carter (crystal-boy and hack-hack)

February 1st, 2006

(no subject)

my brain is a freezing stump
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