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GODS COWBOYS' PETTICOAT JUNCTION THEME MIXED BY SMASH MOB 

Born of an act of God, the holy cabaret trinity known as Gods Cowboys roamed the comedy plains of Australia from 1992-96.  Slim, the snake oil preacher; Buck, the desperado deacon; and Billy, the free-range altar boy, cowboy evangelists who spread their love-thy-neighbor eat meat doctrine and converted audiences into believers across the country from coast to roast. Fringe & Comedy Festival favorites with a fearless ability to surprise their ‘congregation’, the boys mixed scorching satire with sacrilegious silliness. Schooled in the ways of TV evangelism and pyramid marketing, GODS COWBOYS conduct everything from holy communion and exorcisms to faith-heatings and sermons from their portable pulpit. 

GODS COWBOYS are performers George Catsi, David Delves and John Knowles. 
The boys had not performed together as a trio since splitting up following their infamous national tour with Red Symonds and Melinda Schneider promoting the benefits of smoking Horizon cigarettes. 

Recently, John’s wife Ronelle was diagnosed with incurable cancer. When David and George heard the news, they convinced John that it was time to dust off the hobby horses and mount the show again to raise much-needed financial and spit=ritual support for John, Ronelle, and their four young children.  Ronelle is a respected Musical Director, arranger and performer herself and Musical Director of the choir Alchemy a cappella and also the quartet Vocalicious. 

The GODS COWBOYS rollicking cover of Petticoat Junction was originally recorded for inclusion on the Album ‘Channel Surfing’ in 1995, a compilation of TV show and cartoon theme songs reinterpreted by live Sydney pop and Rock bands of the time. Petticoat Junction, for those unfamiliar, was a long-running American sitcom about a woman and her three gorgeous daughters who run the Shady Rest Hotel along a really used section of railway. Tracks for the Gods Cowboys cover version of Petticoat Junction theme song were recorded by Engineer Steve Peach at Stereo Missile Recordings, but the track was never completed at the time. Finally mixed in 2019 by Smashmob, with additional harmonica heroics by John and additional production by Frank Rogala and Jason Eldridge, the tune has been given a driving backbeat and a playful country twang. 

The Performers 
When David’s philosophy-quoting, guitar-slinging alter ego ‘Buck' is not out saving sinner’s souls, David Delves is an established singer-songwriter. He and his band The Welcome Strangers have produced two excellent albums and is currently working on his third studio album "Invisible, Man”. Recently seen on Guy Sebastian’s live feed singing and sharing an UBER ride together, David is the musical steam engine that drives the Cowboys. 

The man in white ‘bringing the steeple to the people' is Slim, known to others as Dr George Catsi, a University lecturer in Media Studies (UTS), Petersham Bowling Club President and creator of solo theatrical projects including a play entitled ’I Want To Be Slim’ and the autobiographical comic memoir ’What’s In a Name?’ about his own father’s life of outrageous scams and scurrilous behaviour.  George’s doctorate thesis was an investigation into the manipulation of minds and the media by televangelists. 

Bespeckled gurner John Knowles plays Billy, the harmonica-wielding, truth-telling innocent in furry chaps.  Portraying a cowboy is in John’s blood. His dad Chuck was an actual bronco-rider in the Calgary Stampede. John translated his bizarre upbringing into a Moosehead Comedy Award-winning solo show entitled “Saddle Sore”. John is an improvisation veteran and corporate comedian whose true storytelling show ‘I Can Top That!’ is staged live monthly and regularly heard on ABC702 Afternoons with James Valentine. 

The show began as a comedic take on masculinity, popular culture, and politics wrapped around a satirical look at God and religions – songs, spit, and satire. They kick the dogma and parody everyone from the Pope on down. It’s an all singing, all dancing country church service mash-up that formed its own genre - Cowbaret. Their congregation grew. At one point they were enlisted to bolster Sydney’s Olympics bid alongside Marcia Hines and others. GODS COWBOYS like to think they were the reason the games came to Sydney. 

SMH reviewer Pamela Payne wrote: “Gods Cowboys are assured, dynamic performers with a wicked sense of irony ... They play it straight from the holster with diabolical accuracy... these three performers create riotous comedy...they demolish without mercy all that their outward pose supports. They preach a method of sharp comic conception and takes the stage by storm!" 

To speak with GODS COWBOYS or to receive press photos, please contact: 
George Catsi - Ph: 0419 623 082  E: gcatsi@gmail.com    or  John Knowles - Ph: 0413 631 549  jknowles@ihug.com.au

Gods Cowboys Petticoat Junction mix by Smash Mob

Gods Cowboys Petticoat Junction mix by Smash Mob

Smash Mob’s Single “Mama Pleasel” features Robin Sandoval 

Smash Mob’s Jason Eldridge and Frank Rogala have dropped a new single, Mama Please, featuring the vocal talents of noted songwriter Robin Sandoval.  

“Robin has been a friend for over 15 years, so we were excited to finally get a chance to work with her. She had already been working with many of our talented composer friends and it was just time,” enthused Rogala.  

Sandoval first hit the Hollywood scene in the 1990’s performing as a percussionist on major network TV shows alongside of many of LA’s legendary studio players. She has gone on to collaborate with many notable artists and composers including a major label release (MCA Records) with performer John Pagano.  

“Robin has a spectacular R&B voice,” says Rogala. “A very fluid, expressive, melodic voice and timbre not to mention a rap voice as well. I think her impeccable rhythm comes from her being a first rate percussionist. We hope to make use of that ‘rap voice’ in the very near future.”  

“Her lyrics were everything you’d hope as a composer,” explained Eldridge, “thought-provoking, unique and very conversational.  Robin just checks all the right boxes. Mama Please has a hypnotic rhythmic quality to it that Robin is a master at performing."

"A large portion of this lyric and storyline poured out of my subconscious," explained Sandoval. "Smash Mob has this intuitive way of making me write that is completely backward from anything else I have done in the past - but it freakin' works!  It wasn't til after I was done that I really understood what the song was about.  Amazing!"

Along with dozens of music placements in TV and films Smash Mob is best known for writing the theme song for the History Channel Show Alone, as well as their dancefloor stomping remix of the Wonder Woman theme song from the 70’s TV show. Smash Mob’s music can be heard on TV shows including Young Sheldon, LA To Vegas, Animal Planet - Rabid, Bravo - Southern Charm, History Channel - Forged in Fire, Catfish, Discovery - Bad Blood, Discovery - Evil Stepmothers, Discovery - I Am Homicide, CBS Sports, MTV - Suspect, Amazon - Forged in Fire, E-Stewarts and Hamiltons, E- Dash Dolls, and MTV - True Life.  

Along with music for film and TV, Smash Mob also produces music singles and music videos for other performing artists. Smash Mob music videos and singles are available atSmashMobMusic.com website as well as the SmashMobMusicchannel on Youtube.  

Smash Mob’s music video You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon, is an official selection of the iPhone International Film Festival.  

Smash Mob is the teaming of the veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Eldridge.  

Mama Please - the latest single from Smash Mob feat. Robin Sandoval

Mama Please - the latest single from Smash Mob feat. Robin Sandoval

Press Release - Smash Mob Releases 3 Versions of Baby It's Cold Outside

“Baby It's Cold Outside” Radio Ban Prompts Smash Mob  to Release 3 New Versions 

Hollywood, CA December 17, 2018 / Music producer/composers Smash Mob reacted to the radio ban of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by recording and issuing 3 new mixes of the embattled composition.  The three new mixes “flip the script” with a female pursuing a male (Flip The Script Mix), a female pursuing another woman (Ladies Only Mix), and a male cajoling another man (Gentlemen Only Mix). 

“The context changes give a different perspective for those perhaps triggered by the standard wolf (male) and mouse (female) narrative,” explained Smash Mob producer Frank Rogala. “This is a teachable moment in culture.  First off judging something written 50 or 60 years ago through today’s lens is a bad habit and will ultimately make us poorer culturally and socially. Our lack of art education is showing.  Even though we don’t think there is anything objectionable in the original version, context is everything and that is the point we think is self-evident when you hear the gender swaps in these three new mixes.” 

“Art is made to provoke positive and negative emotions, not to mention, be remixed, updated and re-examined as society and attitudes evolve and change -  that is what we are doing here. Using this as an opportunity to make the song say new things in a new way, rather than exile it to the dustbins of politically incorrect speech,” explained Rogala.  

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” was initially banned by several radios stations in November of 2018, due to sensitivities raised by #MeToo movement.  In today’s climate program directors felt that the song could be perceived as pressuring someone into sex. Polls registered nearly 90% in support of the song being restored to playlists.  Due to public outcry, most radio stations have added the song back to their playlists. 

Even though it is popularly known as a ‘Christmas song, it never mentions and was never meant to be a “holiday song” when it was written by Frank Loesser in 1944.  It rose to popularity initially after it won an academy award in 1940 in the romantic comedy Neptune's Daughter. 

Smash Mob’s Frank Rogala was joined by vocalists Jacqueline van Bierk and Robin Sandoval.  “Jacqueline and Robin did a fantastic job with this song,” commented Smash Mob co-producer Jason Eldridge.  “The goal was to make all three versions fit into any holiday season playlist and just to be entertaining to listen to musically - regardless of the mix of vocalists.” 

“I don’t get a chance to sing jazz normally so this was a great adventure for me,” explained van Bierk (normally a rock/pop vocalist). 

“In order to pull this off this quickly, I had to impose on Robin and Jacqueline (the female vocalists) by asking the arrive early at a mutual friend’s party (so that we could track vocals on my laptop in a bedroom at his house before the festivities started).  Luckily they thought it was a worthy project,” laughed Rogala. 

“Frank bit off a lot with this one, this song has no repeating parts, every word and phrase is different, so producing these three versions was about the same work as doing 6 songs.  I can testify he burned the candle at both ends getting these out in time for Christmas,” said Sandoval. 

The 3 new Smash Mob versions will be available everywhere music is available within a few days, but those wishing to check out the mixes now can hear them at SmashMobMusic.com/cold

Along with dozens of music placements in TV and films, Smash Mob is best known for writing the theme song for the History Channel Show Alone, as well as their dancefloor stomping remix of the Wonder Woman theme song from the 70’s TV show. Smash Mob’s music can be heard on TV shows including Young Sheldon, Ex On The Beach, LA To Vegas, CBS Sports, Animal Planet - Rabid, Bravo - Southern Charm, History Channel - Forged in Fire, MTV-Catfish, Discovery - Bad Blood, Discovery - Evil Stepmothers, Discovery - I Am Homicide, CBS Sports, MTV - Suspect, Amazon - Forged in Fire, E-Stewarts and Hamiltons, E- Dash Dolls, and MTV - True Life. 
  
Along with music for film and TV, Smash Mob also produces music singles and music videos for other performing artists. Smash Mob music videos and singles are available everywhere music is streamed and sold as well as at SmashMobMusic.com website and the SmashMobMusic channel on Youtube.   
  
Smash Mob’s music video You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon is an official selection of the iPhone International Film Festival. 
  
Smash Mob is the teaming of veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Eldridge.

Smash Mob’s “We Can’t Work It Out” A New Viral Breakup Video?

Hollywood, CA, November 15, 2018 / We Can’t Work It Out Smash Mob’s latest single/music video feat rapper Boom Doggottie and vocalist Jacqueline van Bierk has the potential to become the “Rick Roll” music video for romantic breakups. 

Smash Mob is the teaming of the veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Frank Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Jason Eldridge. 

“Boom Doggottie has jaw-dropping skills as a freestyle rapper.  We were working with the track that became this song and Boom freestyled ‘we can work it out,’ and it occurred to me to suggest that, “there is already a lot of ‘we can work it out’ songs, how about we CAN’T work it out.  That was it, Boom was off and running and you can tell he was testifying from deeply personal experiences,” explained the video’s director - Smash Mob’s Frank Rogala. 

“The female voice, co-written with and performed by Jacqueline van Bierk, was something we felt we needed once we had the main vocal done,” explained Rogala.  

“Frank and I discussed the personality of this woman and we worked hard to not make it a female bashing song.  Just something that describes that oblivious narcissist that we all know, and hopefully are not in a relationship with” joked van Bierk. 

“When we started testing the video we noticed people really enjoyed it and the comedic aspects of Boom’s performance really connected. Boom is also an aspiring actor who has had a few bit roles here and there.  We are hoping this video opens some doors for him.  It really shows off his comedic physical chops,” said Eldridge. 

The video was shot in both Smash Mob West (CA), and Smash Mob East (MI) studios.  Boom Doggottie performed at Smash Mob West and Cathy Eldridge (Jason’s wife) filled in for Jacqueline van Bierk’s lips at Smash Mob East. 

“We wanted the presence of the electronic ball and chain (the phone) to be a dominating feature of the video and song - thus the phone sound instrumental,” explained Eldridge. “When testing the video, almost immediately, we were asked if it could be used – for this person to send to his girlfriend to break up.  It was then we started seeing the potential,” said Eldridge. “It wasn’t long after that, that word got around and we were asked again and again.  There is obviously a need,” joked Eldridge. 

Along with dozens of music placements in TV and films, Smash Mob is best known for writing the theme song for the History Channel Show Alone, as well as their dancefloor stomping remix of the Wonder Woman theme song from the 70’s TV show. Smash Mob’s music can be heard on TV shows including Young Sheldon, EX on the Beach, LA To Vegas, CBS Sports, Animal Planet - Rabid, Bravo - Southern Charm, History Channel - Forged in Fire, MTV-Catfish, Discovery - Bad Blood, Discovery - Evil Stepmothers, Discovery - I Am Homicide, CBS Sports, MTV - Suspect, Amazon - Forged in Fire, E-Stewarts and Hamiltons, E- Dash Dolls, and MTV - True Life. 

Along with music for film and TV, Smash Mob, also produces music singles and music videos for other performing artists. Smash Mob music videos and singles are available everywhere music is streamed and sold as well as at SmashMobMusic.com website and the SmashMobMusic channel on Youtube.   

Smash Mob’s music video You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon is an official selection of the Iphone International Film Festival. 

We Can't Work It Out feat Boom Doggottie & Jacqueline van Bierk

We Can't Work It Out feat Boom Doggottie & Jacqueline van Bierk

MTV's Ex On The Beach features Smash Mob Music

MTV's Ex On The Beach features Smash Mob's song Woah

The second season of the MTV show Ex on the Beach  will feature the Smash Mob single Woah feat. Evan Scott & Big Rick.

The song was previously featured on Fox's TV Show LA to Vegas.

Available on Spotify, Apple Music and everywhere music is streamed the song also has a colorful music video featuring both Evan Scott and Big Rick - directed by Smash Mob's Frank Rogala.

Along with music for film and TV, Smash Mob also produces music singles and music videos for other performing artists. Smash Mob music videos and singles are available everywhere music is streamed and sold as well as at SmashMobMusic.com website and the SmashMobMusic channel on Youtube.  

Ex On The Beach will feature Smash Mob's song Woah feat. Evan Scott and Big Rick

Ex On The Beach will feature Smash Mob's song Woah feat. Evan Scott and Big Rick

Boom Doggottie and Smash Mob Team Up!