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A Celebrity Torture song by me and Mr Hobbs.

I've been fascinated by African music since I heard Franco in the early 80s and ever since then I've made various attempts to weave that influence into a song now and again. This is my latest attempt. A bit fast perhaps for a Congolese rumba (a la Franco) but I enjoyed it :-)

No guest stars thsi time so it's all me for better or worse.

Yammie 12 string to the fore!

Half way to Paris in a broken down car
Searching for the superstar shangri-la
Should get a call from the Dalai Lama
Searching for the Shangri-la

Photoshoot in Swindon on a council estate
Credibility's in question got to make it look great
Monochrome and moody, but you miss your old mates
Then you're off to find the Shangri-La

Papparazi, papparazi, papparazi, camped at your door
Papparazi, papparazi, papparazi, ma cherie amour

Celebrities need shopping like a bus needs a stop
Becks don't buy his bacon from the corner shop
You won't find Paris Hilton at the local co-op
They're shopping at the shangri-la

Maniacs with uzi's, pathological punks
Step around the dogshit and avoid the drunks
Steer clear of paparazzi cos they're smelling of skunks
They won't get in the shangri-la
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RoughRooster said 2896 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
Yes!!
Great song Dick, I love that intro!
Great sound from your acoustic, wonderful lyrics and so good to hear this again.
Great tunes you write, loved it!

Bob
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DWL said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
Thanks Bob!
Great comments!

Cheers

Dick
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MarkHolbrook said 2896 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
Oh wow...
This was not expected from DWL!!! But man I like it! That intro was out there then I got the DWL guitar work I had been waiting for!

Excellent sir!
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DWL said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
You should know by now
that I always try to present something different!

I'm pleased you enjoyed it

Thanks

Dick

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Feter said 2896 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
Superstar Shangri-La
THis is absolutely a gem ...incredible how
you mesh you rockin solid beats to ..the
guitar work blew my mind ..such authentic
thats the real deal ....DEEPEST BOW !!!!
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DWL said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
Authentic?
Thanks Feter, it's really only an approximation as I'm simply not good enough to do it well but I appreciate your generous words.

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 2896 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
Excellent
performance all round Dick.. I just love your sense of comedy in lyrics and your musical and vocal timing make it sound so polished. Your songs almost always sound like show tunes and though you speak of African influence (which of course there is) there are parts toward the end that put me in mind of a South American festival sound, but whatever.... it's all most enjoyable and the instruments sound fantastic, cheers M
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DWL said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
I must admit to being confused
I did try to for the African style of repeated phrases but somehow ended up with a Mariachi band getting involved. Well spotted!

Thanks Maurice :-)

Cheers

Dick


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ktb said 2896 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
superstar
made me smile all the way thru. Fun and upbeat. The guitar work was wonderful. Understated when it suited the vocals and simply dazzling when it stepped up front. A little Lindsey Buckingham meets Paul Simon. Bravo
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DWL said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
Smiling is recommended!
I don't often do smiley songs recently so it was nice this was a bit more upbeat.

Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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Jim Bouchard said 2896 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
heeheehee
Well, who needs guest stars? You handle this all very well. I like the chorus' reference to Lady Gaga, unintentional though it probably is. As well as the Kinks sort of feel to this, though it's way less dour than what Ray Davies would usually come up with. This is positively giddy! Didn't the Kinks have a song called Shangri-La? This is ridiculously good!
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DWL said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
Lady Ga-Ga?
You're right, it was unintentional!

I'm not sure where I was coming from when I did this. All sorts of influences were piling up and as Ray Davies has always been a favourite of mine it's quite likely I channeled him.

The Kinks did do a song called Shangri-La and I just had a listen to it. Very good but luckily very different to this.

Thanks

Dick

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Vic Holman said 2896 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
now this puts a smile on my face
absolutely great! surprise beginning and the triple threat guitar outro/solo section is an amazing piece in it's own right.
while listening to the main part of the song, I can't help but wonder if you were a Squeeze fan as well.
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DWL said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
Thanks Vic!
Nice to get the smiley comments. A bit indulgent on th eguitars perhaps but I enjoyed it

Thanks for the listen and the comments.

Cheers

Dick
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woofer3 said 2896 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
a cultured piece of music -
and different, very well written. I like everything about it, you have developed it perfectly and brought it to a fine conclusion. A track you can be poud of, this may well be a standard one day I feel. The mix is just right and the vocals sit perfectly. Bravo,

John.
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DWL said 2894 days ago (October 23rd, 2009)
Cultured?
That's a first for me ;-)

Thanks for your very generous comments.

Cheers

Dick
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blaky smith said 2896 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
Enjoyed !
Nice piece Dick, very well done on every way, I like it and It's a pleasure to hear you with these French words "ma chérie amour" !
Thanks.
Marc
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DWL said 2894 days ago (October 23rd, 2009)
Merci Marc!
Merci de l'écoute, Il me donne le plaisir que vous avez apprécié la chanson!

Amicalements

Dick
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SISTERS said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
blow me down and back up again.
excellent from start to finish. just a cool intro changing to yummy strumming that's rich and full. vocal is just swell, dick - you toss it off like it was no effort at all. the blazing, blistering section at end was nothing if not absolutely delightful. you've gone and charmed my socks off! wonderful, anne
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DWL said 2894 days ago (October 23rd, 2009)
A charmed life!
What a nice comment!

Thank you very much

Cheers

Dick
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davisamerica said 2895 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
......ah mr. langford!!
hahahaha ...this one has me grinning and tappin the foot indeed! Downloaded!!!
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DWL said 2894 days ago (October 23rd, 2009)
Ah Jack
Much appreciated my friend. Keep that tappin :-)

Cheers

Dick
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paul f. page said 2894 days ago (October 23rd, 2009)
Surprised me...
...with that opening pizz...I knew you couldn't quite stay away from the rock 'n' roll. What a great song. Just puts a smile on my face with it's cheek and driving rhythm. Your vocal (and self-harmony) is terrific. The whole arrangement just hops and skips beautifully from every angle: vocal, instrumentation, spot-on recording. You are a pro! (I don't actually get much "African music" out of this, but who cares...?)
Peace.
Paul
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DWL said 2893 days ago (October 24th, 2009)
Thanks Paul
Very generous comments.

The African influence is from Congolese rumba. There's a section in each song called the sebene where the tempo is ramped up and is characterised by very fast and fluid lead guitar patterns http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebene - this was my less than fluid attempt!

No, I can't quite stay away from rovk'n'roll!

Cheers

Dick
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richard13 said 2893 days ago (October 24th, 2009)
This is amazing!
Amazing lyrics in the best British music hall tradition, updated to this century with all sorts of in bits (Mr. Hobbs, take a bow); amazing vocal (and harmony) delivered with dexterity and clarity; amazing virtuoso playing (you can really make that Yammie sing); and amazing clear, simple and balanced production!

I've never heard a Congolese rumba or Franco (that I know of) but I look forward to hearing them. For now, I've discovered Dick Langford and I think I'm going to enjoy getting to know him (I've seen your list and already have Brown Bread on my iPod).

Cheers, Richard
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DWL said 2890 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Thanks Richard
I'm really pleased you enjoyed this. We try to make our lyrics mean something if we can and luckily Graeme manages it more often than not.

Feel free to explore and download at www.amokopera.com

Thanks again, much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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DWL said 2890 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Sandi at the Co-Op?
Blimey Martyn, you name dropper you!

Thanks for the listen and the comments. .

Cheers

Dick
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Komrade K said 2893 days ago (October 25th, 2009)
Didn't find Paris Hilton at the local coop...
... but we did have Sandi Toksvig!

Great song and such an infectious beat, I shook my leg so hard my foot fell off!!

Cheers

KK
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guitapick said 2891 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Starts...
...like a 50s sitcom...

Serious upbeat solos, man...

Great! Kudos, Dick!
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DWL said 2890 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Sitcom superstar?
Now that's a good idea.

Thanks Bob!

Cheers

Dick
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five_extra_arms said 2889 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Dick At His Best!
This is fantastic Dick. I will be blasting this throughout the day in Valrico. Thanks for the download.

The lyrics alone were a treat, but your vocal delivery makes them brilliant. It's obvious you're not from Alabama like I originally thought.

Now, excuse me for noticing, but Dick, those guitars are other worldly! I could listen to you play that all day long, in fact, I will! I am so glad there's a growing Mexican presence in Africa passing on their mariachi traditions to the locals.

You rock Dick. Have you heard that before?

Bob


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DWL said 2888 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Yo Bob!
Great comments! Thanks :-)

I'm not sure where the Mexican bit came in......

Glad you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick

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Calchas said 2889 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
You are
definitely back in the saddle Dick! Love when that acoustic comes crashing in! Hard to sit still...This is very much in the spirit of circa 1972 Kinks. Very well done man!

Enjoyed!

Be well friend!
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DWL said 2887 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
Thank you!
I'm happy being likened to the Kinks :-)

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 2888 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Really great
to hear this again Dick - it really is an astonishing achievement - everything just sounding so perfect. Absolutely wonderful and a very, very catchy song.
Cheers
Len
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DWL said 2887 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
The preview!
Thanks Len, I really appreciate it. See you next week.

Cheers

Dick
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sloparts said 2888 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
What a hoot, dick
Love the whole thing, with the tongue in cheek approach to celebrity life.

So tell me, have you got it figured, how to get in ?

Be well

Ed
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DWL said 2887 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
Still knocking on the door
Thanks for stopping by Ed!

Cheers

Dick


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jiguma said 2887 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
Shades of Rockpile
in those acoustic guitars and Kinks in the vocals. I really like this Dick. Enjoying the whole package - very nicely constructed, performed and produced. And a great listen.
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DWL said 2876 days ago (November 10th, 2009)
Sorry for the late reply Neil
Somehow got sidetracked.

Thanks for the comments, much appreciated :-)

Cheers

Dick
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PaulaMunk said 2885 days ago (November 1st, 2009)
You can
write a song about anything and make it unique and fun. Way to go. Enjoyed your lyrics. Love your easy going style. Thanks.
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DWL said 2876 days ago (November 10th, 2009)
Thanks "Paula"
If only that were true ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to write some words.

Cheers

Dick
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VicDiesel said 2876 days ago (November 10th, 2009)
Other cultures
always hard to get into the skin of different musics. This keeps sounding decidedly English, but's it's big fun anyway.

Ok, at 2:40 it actually does take on some air from the dark continent. Maybe it's something about the backbeats in the rest of the song that prevents it from being a rumba. Hold on while I whip out some Papa Wemba for comparison.

Great sounding arrangement as always.

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DWL said 2876 days ago (November 10th, 2009)
Rumba rumble?

It's too fast for one thing and only the last section was supposed to be a rumba anyway ;-) The first section drew on old ska records I used to listen to listen to. I do like to mix my genres.

Many thanks for the comments and the listen :-)

Cheers

Dick

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Bob6stringer said 2848 days ago (December 8th, 2009)
"Influenced" but very original.
Love the plucky intro, really takes me back to the old 50s and early 60s pop, followed by the main, cheerful bounce of, say the late-Kinks "Come Dancing." But I see Jim Bouchard & Mike Wark beat me to the Davies reference. Y'know, lyrically, it also carries the sarcasm and playful rhyming of a George Harrison (Check out the lyrics to on his Brainwashed album's title track and also "Vatican Blues.")

LOVE your energetic guitar soloing. (I'd lower that track 3db but that's subjective.) I have to apologize for dwelling on "influences" above when this is a great ORIGINAL piece. But a great original (of which this is one) can remind us of what we like in so many other favorites.
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DWL said 2842 days ago (December 14th, 2009)
Well Bob
Nice to get those comments. I don't often have a clue what I'm doing and it's all pretty basic stuff but getting a Kinks reference is always welcome. This is part of a bigger project (most of my songs seem to be these days) and I wanted to get back to an earlier time (the ska of the 60s and those pizzi strings!) I know we think of it being more uncomplicated although I'm never sure it was.

Cheers

Dick
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apb said 2835 days ago (December 22nd, 2009)
Marvelous

Very late in getting round to listening...

Really picks me up after 02:34 .. lovely, awesome picking... definitely some African music influence there...not easy, major kudos on the acoustic playing.

I hear also Kinks (prolly the 12-string rather than the title) with touches of the Beach Boys "Barbara Ann" in the "Pa pa pa pa pa parazzi" lead in to the exquisite solo.

Thanks for sharing.
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DWL said 2833 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Nice to see you Alan!
I'm never on time anyway.

You've picked up on most of the styles I was trying to weave in!

Well listened.

Thanks

Dick
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yes - we are loving your composition -
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D.L. your tune soon - when we get a new computer
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