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Getting Ready for a BUZZIE ReBoot!

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Dec. 5th will mark the debut of the newest version of Buzzie. Come see us at Austin’s historic SCOOT INN. We’ll be there with a whole bunch of popsters and rockers for The International Pop Overthrow Austin Edition.

Buzzie plays at 9pm on Friday Dec. 5th with the following lineup.

John McElhenney – guitars and vocals
John Viehweg – guitars and vocals
Chris Vreeland – bass
Jay Hendrix – drums
Stacie Livesay – background vocals

If you want a rough preview of two songs, here’s a littlebox recording of our rehearsal yesterday.

Work In Progress – John Veihweg’s Blog (Songs included: Little World of Love and The Same Thing.)

And come see some amazing music at the Scoot Inn from Dec. 4 – Dec. 6.

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Support local music when you can, and when you can’t… hey what’s wrong with you?


JMac (aka Mr. Buzzie)

I Walk Away – buzzie (official music video) from 2011’s Shooting Beer Cans Off the Buddha

I took a video today at Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas. I was amazed by the number of beautiful women walking around. And as I thought about walking away from the wreckage of the last relationship I felt a hopefulness about what’s next. This song carries that spirit, and this video seems to embody the future.

Watch this video directly on YouTube: I Walk Away by Buzzie


@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)
permalink: http://blog.buzzie.com/archives/i-walk-away

Here is the Buzzie Video Playlist on YouTube if you want more.

Other buzzie links of interest:

the same thing : buzzie lyrics : are you feeling anything yet


wake up baby, I can’t sleep
must be the ghosts I keep
everywhere I go, they’re around again
when I think i know, here I go again

i’m in a tailspin
i’m in a daydream
i’m falling again
fallin for the same thing

kiss me baby i’m all right
as long as you’ll be here each night
every time I go, you’ll be round again
and when I don’t know, you can pull me in

when all the life i’ve left behind me
trips me up from time to time
i reach for you when the pain is blinding
i’m getting closer all the time

john mcelhenney ©2001 all rights reserved
(ascap) happy mac tunes

< back to lyrics index page


Buzzie LOVES Robbie Rist: Mockers, Buzzie, Andersons, and Little JOHN

Robbie Rist, Cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch - goin to the dog house

A huge shout to my brother in guitars, Robbie Rist or as we’ve known him all these years, my cousin Oliver.

The MOCKERS do Highway Star in Madrid! (Watch the man rock!)

The MOCKERS Dejame! (from the movie The Fiesta)


The Mockers discography!

And to the my bandmates in 2009’s IPO Festival at the Orange County Fair Grounds – THE ANDERSONS

Robbie Rist – solo

Robbie on TV

Big John Little John

Robbie in Revenge of the Nerds PILOT

No Robbie, but how the meme grew and shrunk, here’s a Space: 1999 episode of Big John Little John

Cousin Oliver on the BRADY BUNCH – “Never trust anyone over 12!”

Robbie Rist gives information about doing voice over talent.

Nothing to do with Robbie Rist – the Simpson’s Voice Over actors without their cartoon on.

All of my love man, and until we play together again… In AUSTIN, oh, say SXSW 010 baby!

robbie rist and the andersons - she's probably with him right now

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Together it has been my pleasure to light up the amps and guitars with Robbie Rist no fewer than THREE times as BUZZIE. Here is the most recent collaboration as Buzzie at the International Pop Overthrow in Orange County this Summer, 2009.

  • Just Another Day (Video of IPO 2009 with a new demo song over the top)
  • She’s Gone (the raw footage is also on YouTube for your enjoyment)

More BUZZIE IPO 2009 Live Pics – from Jan at Psychedelic Central

Here’s the link to the Buzzie Pics on Jan’s Psych Central Myspace page where she’s got pics of tons of great musicians. I have put up screenshots of the photos here for ease of use. If you want to print or purchase (heh heh) one please connect with Jan via MySpace. And JAN, thank you very much for these!

David Bash introduces John McElhenney of Buzzie
David Bash introduces John McElhenney of Buzzie
Buzzie: Robbie Rist, Marc Joseph, John McElhenney, Derrick Anderson
Buzzie: Robbie Rist, Marc Joseph, John McElhenney, Derrick Anderson
John McElhenney of Buzzie
John McElhenney of Buzzie
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Buzzie: Robbie Rist, John McElhenney, Marc Joseph
John McElhenny of Buzzie
John McElhenny of Buzzie
Buzzie: Robbie Rist, John McElhenney
Buzzie: Robbie Rist, John McElhenney

Thank again to Jen from Psychedelic Central for these lasting shots!

permalink: http://bit.ly/buzzie-pics-2

Don’t miss the two Buzzie videos on YouTube and other services:

  • Just Another Day (Video of IPO 2009 with a new demo song over the top)
  • She’s Gone (the raw footage is also on YouTube for your enjoyment)

Just Another Day – (Video from Buzzie’s IPO show)

My son Jason shot some video of our show at the Orange County Fair. He wasn’t so focused on the show but was making some great comments along the way. I don’t know if he was going for an art piece, but he sure got one. This was shot on a Flip video camera and edited with iMovie. Click on the image below to watch the video on YouTube.

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The Buzzie musicians are:
John McElhenney: vocals and guitar
Robbie Rist: guitar and vocals
Derrick Anderson: bass
Marc Joseph: drums

The song “Just Another Day” was written and performed by John McElhenney.
©2009 All Rights Reserved, Happy Mac Tunes (ascap).

Many thanks to David Bash and the entire staff of International Pop Overthrow.

The video is also available on


The photostream is also available on Flickr.

permalink: http://bit.ly/buzzie-live

And now by popular request is the raw footage of She’s Gone, the song behind the video, un-edited and narrated by Jason.


Buzzie IPO 09 Complete Image Set

Lucky we were to have a professional photographer in the audience. Here’s the email she sent on Monday with the attached photos.

I photographed your band because of your great energy and passion for your music.  I was just compelled to!  Love the music!

Photographically and Musically Yours,
Christina Baldwin

This photostream is also available on Flickr.

buzzie, robbie rist, marc joseph, ipo 09

buzzie, derrick anderson, ipo 09

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buzzie, robbie rist, ipo 09

buzzie, john mcelhenney, jmacofearth, ipo 09

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buzzie, marc joseph, ipo 09

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buzzie, robbie rist, ipo 09

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buzzie, derrick anderson, ipo 09

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buzzie, john mcelhenney, jmacofearth, ipo 09


A short video of the show can be seen at these fine sites:

permalink: http://bit.ly/ipo-09-images-b

Preppin for the Summer of 09 “Tour”: Makin Set Lists, Stringin Guitars, Blisters On My Fingers

It’s officially June and Buzzie’s CA gig is on July 26th. Plenty of time to get ready. But something is resisting.

Today I worked the set list for the show. [Still confirming with Robbie Rist about assembling a snap-crackle-pop band for the show.] It will be fun to do a rockin song from the 2nd Blue Cartoon CD, “Only Me, Only You.” I haven’t played that song since I left the band. wOOt! And another song that Blue Cartoon played for a while but never made it on to a CD, “If There’s Time.”

Much work to do.

Plane tickets seemed quite cheap last time I checked. Probably time to make the reservations. The hotel is actually going to be the big cost. I won’t really need to rent a car if I stay at the Orchid Suites. But I might need one, since my show is in Orange County.

I’ve got an old band mate and best friend out there, but not sure if I want to sleep over and then rent a car. They’ve got twin girls, probably in the 3ish range. And from my buddy’s response, they’re a bit overwhelmed. I asked him to sit in on a song or two. And he didn’t have the time. Oh well. Probably better to leave them be and do the Orchid. And get a car for the morning of the Orange County show. Just thinking things through. You can hear some songs from my pre-Blue Cartoon-era with John Bergquist in a band called Felix Culpa.

And then there’s the question of how long to stay. Each night equivalent to another plane ticket. Jeesh!

But the news is: I’M GOING. And today I decided to take the Les Paul rather than the Strat. Less opportunities to mess with the tone on the Strat. I’ve been know to whack the pickup selector in a strumming frenzy and then have a hard time finding the stroke to flip it back. And since I’ll be doin a backline amp, the last thing I need is to be tweaky with my tone. So set the Les Paul and leave it. Three tones. All tone and volume knobs UP, all the way UP. Down = bright, Middle = full, Up = Heavy.

Set it and forget it. In practicing today I was messing around with the Strat and it came to me, “I don’t even want to think about it.” One less thing to worry about.

Now I just need a band and a place to stay. And I’m already “in waitin” for it. Power Pop Mecca.

It’s a brilliant summer already. “Time Stand Still!”

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Buzzie – On the Inside (4 song EP) Nears June Release


1. Buzzie – On the Inside (4 song EP) is getting close. The track are as follows:

  1. Why She Appears
  2. She Comes and Goes
  3. She Said (Beatles cover)
  4. Not Alone (remixed with the Martian Dust Devils)

The first two tracks were about 90% competed for Are You Feeling Anything Yet? but had to be dropped for lack to budget. So on these tracks the old Buzzie II crew is in tact. Cotton Mather originals Dana Myzer and Wit Williams, 20/20’s Ron Flynt on bass and producer, and additional stand outs Scrappy Judd Newcomb, John Notter Thomas, Michael Ramos, Mark Hallman. The 3rd track was originally planned for a Beatle’s compilation disc that never happened. And the final track is again from Are You Feeling Anything Yet? that was remixed from the original files by the Martin Dust Devils team.

This EP should be available before the end of June. The final touches are being added now.

The cover’s Buzzie depiction was created by a 17 year-old photoshop enthusiast from Finland. [Where is Finland again?]

Stay well tuned,

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