Hey Hey 16k 10th Anniversary

by MJ Hibbett & The Validators

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Flint I remember when this little piece of internet history arrived in 2004. Downloaded the low quality mp3 that was on offer, and it's since managed to find its way to every single music library and portable player I've ever had across the years. Undeniably fun and ingeniusly catchy. The 'main' version packs more of an oomph but the old, scruffy version will always be my fave. Oh and the b-sides are good too! Favorite track: Hey Hey 16K (original single version).
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Hey Hey 16K 02:54
We bought it to help with your homework We bought it to help with your homework And the household accounts If your dad ever works it all out Lunchtimes in the library writing down the pokes and peeks Copying an access code, get a taste for home taping Fetishists of map-making Rubber keys and rotten leads, rand and run and load and screens Then five minutes fingers crossed hoping not to witness the terror Of R: Tape Loading Error We bought it to help with your homework We bought it to help with your homework And the household accounts If your dad ever works it all out ZX spectrum 81, dragon vic and oric1 Commodore 64, amstrad and an acorn electorn Cheaper BBC micro Jet set willy, sabre wulf, lords of midnight, underwurlde Dark star, transam, ant attak And of course, manic miner The hobbit and knight lore and elite It made a generation who can code A bubble before proper consoles, who all know That the games you get today, may be very flash But there'll never beat the thrill Of getting through Jetpac Hey Hey, 16K, What does that get you these days? You need more than that for a letter Old Skool Ram Paks are much better. Personal Computer Games, Your Sinclair, 16K Kempston Competition Pro, Crash and Cursor Keys and GO TO Dixons and bother Saturday staff with loops that never end We bought it to help with your homework We bought it to help with your homework And the household accounts If your dad ever works it all out Hey Hey, 16K, What does that get you these days? You need more than that for a letter Old Skool Ram Paks are much better. For n=0 to 2 Those were the days Next n
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He needed reasons to keep living She needed someone she could love He needed something to believe in She lived on the floor above He listened to the Sunday Service Pumping down through the plasterboard She came to know his taste in music And recognised the way he snored All of a sudden nothing happened Out of the blue they didn't meet He never came to borrow coffee She never dropped her shopping round his feet Theirs could have been the perfect love song What a shame they never met He got run over by a milk float She went to live in Somerset
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There's someone we think that you should meet She'll be right up your street She's desperate just like you We'll see what we can do She hasn't really got a life But she's an old friend of the wife We thought you'd approve We'll see what we can do Two odd buttons in a kitchen drawer Two sore losers in a no-score draw Two old batteries that have no use Me and you We'll see what we can do Me and you We'll see what we can do We are the anti-socials We are the non-league hopefuls We are when we are me and you We'll see what we can do
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We bought it to help with your homework We bought it to help with your homework And the household accounts If your Dad ever works it all out Fighting in the playground for The glory of C64 Shouting out in praise of its 16 Colour Sprite Graphics And the One Five Three Zero C2N SHIFT and RUN/STOP, LOAD RETURN Wizball and Uridium Way Of The Exploding Fist Attack Of The Mutant Camels The Bard's Tale and Pitstop and Elite (and your Mother said) We bought it to help with your homework We bought it to help with your homework And the household accounts If your Dad ever works it all out Thumping from the SID The Lost Ninja Trilogy Inspired us to write our own Songs and then our own games with The help of Simon's Basic Armalyte and Creatures 2 Said that we could do it too All you need's a new idea Punk for kids who felt left out Here's three functions now form a software house These bedroom revolutionaries, they called us geeky kids Were learning new technologies that did not yet exist And though we may seem retro when we talk about the past It's good to know where you came from when the future's coming fast And our time is here at last! Hey Hey 64k Got us where we are today Twice as much memory as on Apollo To plot our course into tomorrow Hey Hey 64k Got us where we are today We found our forte's on computers And that's our passport to the future FOR N=0 TO 2 ? "These Are The Days" NEXT N
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We bought it to help with your homework We bought it to help with your homework And the household accounts If your dad ever works it all out Lunchtimes in the library writing down the pokes and peeks Copying an access code, get a taste for home taping Fetishists of map-making Rubber keys and rotten leads, rand and run and load and screens Then five minutes fingers crossed hoping not to witness the terror Of R: Tape Loading Error We bought it to help with your homework We bought it to help with your homework And the household accounts If your dad ever works it all out ZX spectrum 81, dragon vic and oric1 Commodore 64, amstrad and an acorn electorn Cheaper BBC micro Jet set willy, sabre wulf, lords of midnight, underwurlde Dark star, transam, ant attak And of course, manic miner The hobbit and knight lore and elite It made a generation who can code A bubble before proper consoles, who all know That the games you get today, may be very flash But there'll never beat the thrill Of getting through Jetpac Hey Hey, 16K, What does that get you these days? You need more than that for a letter Old Skool Ram Paks are much better. Personal Computer Games, Your Sinclair, 16K Kempston Competition Pro, Crash and Cursor Keys and GO TO Dixons and bother Saturday staff with loops that never end We bought it to help with your homework We bought it to help with your homework And the household accounts If your dad ever works it all out Hey Hey, 16K, What does that get you these days? You need more than that for a letter Old Skool Ram Paks are much better. For n=0 to 2 Those were the days Next n

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10 years ago, on May 4 2004, Mr Rob Manuel of B3TA put out a flash animated video for our song "Hey Hey 16K". Everything then proceeded to go KRAZY - by the end of a week it had been seen two million people, and spent several days in the top 10 most viewed sites on the entire internet. This was all before YouTube or iTunes even existed!

The song itself was first released in 1999 on the world's first ever* internet-only single, so to celebrate the anniversary of the video I thought I'd reissue it here, with both the original b-sides and two extra tracks. This is the first time it's ever actually been available to buy!


* I have stuck to this story for 15 years and am certainly not going to change it now.

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released April 28, 2014

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MJ Hibbett & The Validators London, UK

MJ Hibbett & The Validators have performed live on Radio One, had a Record Of The Year in Rolling Stone, an Album Of The Day on 6Music, released one of the first ever viral videos, toured the UK and Europe, featured in an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, and recorded a science fiction rock opera, all while maintaining their complete independence from outside record labels. ... more

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