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The world needs more glitter-drag funk and soul, wouldn't you say? Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys' debut album is just the vehicle!
The world needs more glitter-drag funk and soul, wouldn't you say? Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys' debut album is just the vehicle!
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Hello Fabulous Friends and Fans!

You've been coming to our shows for almost three years now, dancing til your feet burn and your hair is full of glitter, and you've been amazingly supportive as we made the grand leap from being a dragstar-fronted cover band to a dragstar-fronted purveyor of original tunes -- and now it's time for us to reward your loyalty with a full-length album!  We want you to be able to dance to our music around your living room, at red lights in your car, in the back room at work -- and we need your help to make this magical thing happen!

We, Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys, are working on an album that will pick up where we left off with the release of our single/b-side earlier this year: Blue Skies/Nothing to Say.  We'll include both of those tracks, along with 8 other brand-spanking new tunes -- and one surprise cover tune! (Ok, not so surprising, if you know our penchant for the callipygous...)  We'll be working with David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham.  We worked with him on the single, and we love his style, sense of humor, and the love he brings to this project!

According to our calculations, tracking 11 instruments for that many tunes will take at least 80 hours of studio time.  Editing and mixing will add another 40-80 hours.  After that, we'll send the album to be mastered, pressed into CDs, and shipped to us.  We'll be hiring a graphic designer to help create the cover art and do the layout for the CD jacket.  We expect that this project will end up tallying in the range of $12,000 - $15,000.  We've saved up a big chunk of that from our years of playing kickass shows, but we need help making up the rest!

We are asking you to help us raise $10,000 by August 31.  We're really excited about the rewards we have to offer you, and we're grateful for every single donation, from the smallest to the largest.  We love you and are thankful for your support!

xxx
JB and the PB

Risks and challenges

We learned a lot from our last stint in the recording studio! We've figured out ways to be more effective with how we use our time, and the band has gotten much tighter, so we need fewer takes to get the gold. There are always unexpected snags along the way in any project, but Johnny and Darth have been working together as a team for 30 years now, so they have lots of strategies for staying on course!

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    I’LL THANK YOU, MY PRETTY: Yes we will! We’ll give you an official thank you on our website! You’ll also get a digital download of our single, Blue Skies.

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    PRETTY AS A PICTURE: We’ll post a thank you photo to your Facebook/Twitter, and you’ll receive a digital download of Blue Skies – plus a surprise brand new track from the album!

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    PRETTY BASIC: No frills. Just a straight up download of the full album in MP3 format. Perfect for newcomers to the Pretty Boys fandom -- find out what we're all about!

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    NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: Ooh! Moving pictures! We’ll post a thank you video to your Facebook/Twitter PLUS you’ll receive a digital download of the full album!

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    PRETTY ALBUM, WALKING DOWN THE STREET: Put this physical copy of the CD in your Discman so you can stroll the avenues in style. You’ll also receive a signed thank you from the band!

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    PRETTY LITTLE GENDERS: You will have the honor of choosing a “Gender of the Day” for Johnny! Johnny will post a photo of said gender to Facebook and Twitter, with credit given to you for your brilliance, and will email you a copy of the photo. You will also receive a physical copy of the CD and a signed thank you from the band!

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    ALL THE PRETTY THINGS: You will be the prettiest in all the land with this super-pretty merch pack! Of course, you get a physical copy of CD, and with it: Vintage Johnny Blazes T-shirt, Limited Edition Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys Blue Skies T-shirt, and a signed photo of the band! Sizes of t-shirts are limited, but we’ll do our best to get you the correct size!

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    MORE OF THE PRETTY THINGS: While the JBlazes vintage merch is sold out, you can still get all dolled up! A vegan boa, a pair of tasseled pasties, and a hair accessory/bow tie. You'll also get a copy of the CD, Johnny Blazes sticker, and a signed band photo!

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    COME TO A PRETTY PASS: Be An Honorable Pretty Boy! You’ll be the prettiest belle at the ball with our signature red neck tie and gold flower – everyone will think you’re in the band! This comes with a ticket to our CD release party in February 2015. You’ll get a copy of the CD, plus your picture taken with the entire band – and we’ll email you a hi-res copy of your photographic proof of your day as a Pretty!

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    P. Y. T.: Singing telegrams are so last century... Accordion-o-gram, now that's a gift for 2014! Justin Francos, our illustrious keys player, will learn the song of your choice by The Beatles, Tom Waits, or Radiohead and will deliver an accordion-o-gram to your door -- or by Skype, if you're outside of the Metro Boston area. You'll also receive our signature red tie and gold flower, a ticket to our CD release party in February 2015, and a copy of the album!

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    PRETTY MUCH: Be An ACTUAL Pretty Boy! Join us at Woolly Mammoth Sound and lend your voice to the final 32 bars of our track “I Believe In You.” You’ll get the deluxe tour of the studio, star treatment, and credit in the liner notes! We’ll also adorn you with Pretty Boy red neck tie and gold flower, which you can wear to the CD release party in February 2015, ticket on us. And of course: a copy of the CD!

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    PRETTY IN PINK: Learn to Blow, Real Pretty-Like! Maybe singing isn’t your thing, but you’ve always wanted to learn how to blow that horn? Take three 1-hour-long lessons with one of our horniest! Our fabulous horn section can teach you all there is to know about putting a reed or some brass between your lips. If you're not based in the Metro Boston area, get your lesson by Skype! Also comes with a ticket to our CD release party in February 2015, and a copy of the CD!

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    PRETTY HURTS: Johnny is accomplished at a great many things, but playing an instrument is so far not one of them. At this reward level, Johnny will learn any instrument and make a video of themself playing a song on it for you. Subject to instrument availability and delivery time may vary depending the difficulty of the instrument. You’ll also receive a ticket to our CD release party in February 2015 and a copy of the CD!

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    I FEEL PRETTY: Our bevy of beautiful backup singers are multi-talented! Not only do they sing oh-so-sweetly, but they are also accomplished stylists! Enjoy a spa day with a hair cut from Martine, make up and style advice from Allix, and a back rub from Abigail! You’ll leave feeling all the prettier with a signature red tie and gold flower, as well as a ticket to our CD release party in February 2015 and a copy of the CD!

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    PRETTY PRETTY PRINCE: Feeling pretty not enough for you? You want your moment ON STAGE? Well then! You choose a song and we’ll cover it, horns and all, and YOU will join us as a back up singer! You’ll come to a few rehearsals with us, and we’ll perform it at our CD release party in February 2015, to which you will get to wear your signature red tie and gold flower, and you’ll go home with a copy of the CD and a live video recording of you singing with the band!

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    SITTING PRETTY: Pick a gender of the day for Johnny, and Johnny will go on a date with you as said gender! You pick the restaurant/activity and pay for all associated costs. Johnny is game for anything legal and non-sexual (but do be kind: Johnny is terrified of heights, so we'd prefer no bungee jumping!) We’ll have a photo of you two taken, and we’ll mail you a print, along with a ticket to the CD release party, our signature red tie and gold flower, and a copy of the CD!

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    You can be the owner of a Darth Blazes customized guitar, from his personal collection of musical instruments! MIM Fender Telecaster Blacktop HH in all black, maple neck. Outfitted with DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups, 1-meg CTS pots, orange drop tone cap, and suede leather strap with strap locks. A killer rock machine with sustain that will let you go get a sandwich, and it'll still be ringing when you get back. Additionally, Darth will paint a custom graphic on the pickguard, similar to his 'One-Eyed Jack' treatment on Audrey, his customized Telecaster - based on your suggested theme.

    You'll also get a ticket to the CD release party, our signature red tie and gold flower, and a copy of the CD!

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    PRETTY PLEASE? We will give you a private concert of up to two hours of music – you can use this for a special event like a wedding or birthday, or just a house party with all of your nearest and dearest present! You provide the venue, and if it’s outside of the Greater Boston area, you’ll cover travel costs, or we can perform for you streaming. Johnny will show you all their costume options (yes… ALL) and you get to choose what look Johnny wears for your show! You’ll also get Executive Producer credit on album, plus all the physical swag: JB Vintage and Limited Edition T-shirts, CD, red tie and gold flower, a signed photo of you with the band -- and VIP tickets to the CD release party in February of 2015!

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