Friday, July 27, 2007

shrigley record coming

I've always got time for David Shrigley's cartoons, they're wonderful, but I'm as much a fan of his words as his drawings, so I'm pleased to hear that - after the lovely Scout Niblett song 'Dinosaur Egg', which married Scout's music to a lyric from Shrigley's LP without music, 'Worried Noodles' - the record label TomLab have put together an entire album where some seriously good artists are given free rein to interpret some of Shrigley's imaginary songs. Brilliant.

Artists represented include the redoubtable Niblett, Deerhoof, David Byrne, Islands, Liars, Trans Am, Hot Chip, Les Georges Leningrad and Franz Ferdinand. Which all sounds rather ace.

Here are some of the words they will be singing.

Elaine is a danger
To herself
And other people
Elaine is a danger
And is not allowed
In the metal workshop
In the chemistry lab or
In the sports hall
Elaine is a danger
And must not be given pens
Elaine is a danger
And must only write in crayon
Elaine is a danger
And must not go
Near the windows
Or the fishtank
Or in the cupboard.

"The Bell (1:55)"
I heard the bell ringing
Ding-dong Ding-dong
There was a funeral
Ding-dong Ding-dong
Lots of people at the funeral
Ding-dong Ding-dong
Funeral of a rock star
Ding-dong Ding-dong
Who died in a fight
Ding-dong Ding-dong
He got his head punched off
Ding-dong Ding-dong
By a 12-foot monster
Ding-dong Ding-dong

"The King (2:52)"
I am the King of it all
And you R my subjects
I am the King of it all
And U R my subjects
Don't believe me?
Ask the police!
They will beat you up for asking.

Extract from "Ding Dang"
Squirrel squirrel
In the tree
Do me a favour
Collect Nuts for me
Do me a favour
And take the shells off
The nuts
And examine them closely
To check they are not
Before you give them to me.

Nut Nut
Beautiful nut
Salt nut
Spicy nut
You're a good old nut
And I love you

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You never update your blog anymore. Leave that poor girl alone and update your blog. You need to sort your priorities out, sunshine.