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Former Utopia - ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’
Original by Joe Burke & Al Dubin.1926
Rewritten and recorded by George Gargan
Mixed by George Gargan & Jon Spleenless
Mastered by Jon Spleenless at Spleenless Studio's

The Former Utopia track here is not a simple song; it was created from concept to last solo, straight and non-stop in twenty cathartic hours, as undigested trauma was released and ‘forgiveness from eternity’ was bestowed upon the heavy-hearted former utopian. “A good place to begin.” reflects George, who decided to use the often dull device of a cover song as a transgressive means of dealing with a best friend’s murder. A pretty innocent romantic ditty from the 1920s thus transformed into a psychological exorcism. Influenced by the ‘life in reverse’/’back from the dead’ themes from JG Ballard’s ‘Mr F. is Mr F.’, Phillip K Dick’s ‘Counter Clock World’ and a film by Robin Campillo [‘Les Revenants’], George rebirths ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’ as a resurrection work, complete with cover art featuring George’ s own ‘Manor Park’ version of the English Artist Stanley Spencers’ ‘The Resurrection at Cookham’ (also on the artwork thanks to the Tate Britain) with George’s murdered friend arisen and commenting on the all new, gentrified East London.

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from Former Utopia Vs Michael L Clamp = The Philanthropists, track released May 7, 2011
Former Utopia - ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’
Original by Joe Burke & Al Dubin.1926
Rewritten and recorded by George Gargan
Mixed by George Gargan & Jon Spleenless
Mastered by Jon Spleenless at Spleenless Studio's

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Former Utopia are an East London based Rock band
who formed in 2006 and have, toured throughout the UK & Europe, are on Damnably Records.

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