AmokOpera is a project originally conceived by ex Tricks Upon Travellers singer Graeme Hobbs to bring rock operas into the contemporary arena. Ex-TUT guitarist Dick Langford arranged, orchestrated and produced the music. A number of other musicians have also been involved and are listed under the various songs.

The initial plan was a single project but over the years has developed into an umbrella title for a number of ideas. At time of writing (June 2013) two operas have been completed and a third (A Distant England) is underway.

The first of these "operas" is "The Lottery of Life" and is the story of life as seen through the eyes of a number of characters. It's also about how having a dream come true may not end how you think.

From conception to death this musical play with its collection of songs, music and sharp dialogue draw a picture of working class Britain in the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st. It explores the cult of celebrity, the desire for money and the emptiness of modern life. Just what we want, mind-numbing souvenirs of the daily grind.

The songs are, in order :

Overture (as yet unfinished)
The Bait
I had to Marry You.
It's a Rotten Job (but someone's gotta do it)
Well Fair State
Stick
Vote for Me
The Seduction of Corruption
Lottery of Life
Flesh is Weak
As She Is
The Real United Nations
Nobody Loves You When You're Old
Brown Bread

The second of the musical plays is "Celebrity Torture" and deals with the search for fame and its consequences. The songs are ...

The Alternative Ending
From the Safety of My Sofa
Death Goes Shopping
Hello Magazine
When Obscurity Beckhams
Midnight Train
The Sausage Factory of Fame
Superstar Shangri-La
Dimwitted
House of Straw
The Fairytale of Rock Rebellion
Swansong Lullaby

The third opera is called A Distant England. This is a view of England seen from Graeme's home in Spain where he has been since 2000. The songs posted so far

Distant England
The Time of Morris Men Again
Children's Favourites?
The Likes of Us
The Butcher's Bill
As Harrison Said

Why this name?
It's the name of the musical project
Do you play live?
No, we can't get the sheep
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It gives a project like this wider visibility