“This is the ultimate indie-kid’s collectors’ item: the poetry of cult artist and Guardian cartoonist David Shrigley given musical substance by eclectic leftfield bands (including TV On The Radio, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, Lord Cut-Glass, Aidan Moffat and David Byrne), all packaged in a little hard-backed book of Shrigley’s sprawling line drawings. The original Worried Noodles was made by Shrigley in 2006 and released as a 12-inch LP, except that it didn’t have any music, because Shrigley, in his own words, ‘couldn’t be bothered to make a record’.
This small deficiency has now been remedied, and on the resulting 39-track double album the musicians have constructed songs of all varieties around Shrigley’s spare lyrics. There are seemingly shapeless dance tracks (‘A Clash of Heads’ by Tussle, which features Shrigley reading in a monotone) and gently melodic folk (James Chadwick’s ‘The Wooden Floor’), Celtic rock (Lord Cut-Glass, ‘Maybe’) and blues/gospel (Hank, ‘Baby’s Bible’)…
Review of Worried Noodles in the Sunday Times on 11th November by Richard Clayton:Worried Noodles CD:
It’s a strength of the project that the best-known names (David Byrne, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand) turn in some of the least involving contributions. With treatments ranging from future doo-wop (Dirty Projectors) to gabba techno (Liars), the tastiest tracks, to my ears, come from Psapp (cute ambient pop), James Chadwick (unashamed folk), Scout Niblett (PJ Harveyish obsequies) and Final Fantasy (violin-chuggy prog). The greatest juxtaposition, Shrigley says, between lyrical starting point and final song is Grizzly Bear’s “Spinal Tap-like guitar ode to blackcurrant jam.
Review from the Guardian: Compilation of the month:
David Shrigley/Various, Worried Noodles 4 stars
A cartoonist’s poems set to music: just the job if you like intriguing experiments of the darkly funny persuasion, writes Stephanie Merritt Sunday October 14, 2007
KULTUREFLASH advertised the eveing thus:
Catch London electro outfit Hot Chip, performance artist Simon Bookish, indie rock duo Psapp, the Brazilian freak-folk of Cibelle, and the precocious talent of singer-songwriter James Chadwick, among others, at a live showcase in aid of Amnesty International’s Protect The Human Week. Inspired by Glaswegian artist David Shrigley’s illustrated book of imaginary songs, Worried Noodles (“The Empty Sleeve”), this eclectic group of musicians and singer-songwriters, signed to independent record label Tomlab, will bring to life Shrigley’s surreal doodles and musings. A chance to hear Hot Chip’s toe-tapping anthem “Over And Over”, and see Shrigley and his animations in the flesh, in the comforting knowledge that all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the charity. (www.kultureflash.net)