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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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 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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Track Name: Hey Hey 16K
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
Track Name: The Perfect Love Song
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
Track Name: We'll See What We Can Do
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
Track Name: Hey Hey 64K (demo)
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
Track Name: Hey Hey 16K (original single version)
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