Pete and Tom on Song - Live Fast (single)
Pete and Tom are two gentlemen, living and working in Dublin, Ireland. Tom has worked as an actor, songwriter, playwright, producer and theatre director over the years while Pete has written songs, played in various bar bands. Back in the 80’s Pete played bass in Tom’s spectacularly unsuccessful band. The band failed on such a scale that even in the age of the internet its name remains unrecorded and forgotten.
Pete and Tom stayed in touch over the years and more recently Tom had asked Pete to play guitar for some plays he had written and produced from time to time, as a result of which they both discovered that they had failed to mature as normal adult males do, could not face “golf” and had no interest in any of the other “grown up” activities normally available to older men (Mediterranean cruises, share portfolios, commercial property investment, vintage cars, yachting, diamond pattern V neck pullovers or Heritage Hotel weekends). In fairness they couldn’t afford most of that stuff anyway.
So, they decided to return to what they had started instead and this is the result.“You’re a Cad” was their first release and the video which is gathering views apace on YouTube demonstrated their theatrical side. (Available on Spotify and other platforms and on CD)
“Sweet Matilda” following soon after, displays disarming warmth and is very much in the pop idiom. Likewise, the video is available on YouTube. (Available on Spotify and other platforms)
“The Bottom Floor” which has just been released on Spotify and other platforms, shows Pete and Tom in more introspective mood with the song being driven by melodic and pulsating guitars. The video has just been uploaded to YouTube.Pete & Tom On Song are continuing to write, record and produce songs and will do so until death, disinterest, ridicule or an application under Part 2 of the Mental Health Act 2001 puts a stop to it all.
“Good career move” said the film Director, Peter Bogdanovich quoting some nameless Hollywood insider on the death of Elvis Presley. And indeed Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, James Dean, Amy Winehouse and many others have found the same. The difficulty being of course that you don’t actually get to enjoy the benefits. Fame is indeed a fickle, faithless and often cruel companion and most who were hugely famous in their day but chose not to make the “good career move” live long enough either to disappoint their fan base or to be forgotten completely. Mary Louise Brooks was the most famous and iconic actress of the age of silent movies but failed to make the ultimate (see what I did there) career move. This song is her story.
Live Fast is a country-laced track with a universal message of living the life to the fullest. We all have seen cases where it can lead to a destruction but we also have only one life to live and it's certainly better to know you've enjoyed your life doing what you loved instead of waiting for things to happen and in the end realizing you might not have lived a fulfiled life after all. The violin adds an additional layer of emotions and overall, this seems to be Pete and Tom on Song's strongest track to date.
Design: Bairbre Murray
"live fast, die young, stay good-looking, let them watch you fade away..."