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How To Dress Sensibly

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How To Dress Sensibly
How To Dress Sensibly


A bunch of eccentric musicians let loose in the studio, including Suggs, Toyah and the rhyming cockney rap of Asher Senator. To celebrate the 2012 British Olympics, Singer Records is releasing 'How To Dress Sensibly' by English Eccentrics ENGLISH ECCENTRICS are a bunch of musicians who enjoy the difference. Hear SUGGS reciting a piece by the Grande dame of English eccentricity, Dame Edith Sitwell. Hear what a Camden Town man can bring to the proceedings. ASHER SENATOR, who introduced Cockney rhyming slang to rap music with his partner Smiley Culture. TOYAH dons a sari and lets us hear her as never before, letting her voice soar for the track 'One Cup of Tea.' Toyah uses a technique to sound like an Indian siren. Suggs, born in Camden Town, is a member of Madness. His songs reflect his unconventional outlook on life, which he lives to the full. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Suggs took on the difficult task of recording the track Valse/Ladies How Vain. In the past this tongue-twisting poem by Dame Edith Sitwell has always been recited by artistes from the upper classes. Suggs reinvents it with his inimitable Camden Town accent. Toyah Wilcox has always been an anti-establishment and provocative individual. At a meeting with producer Ray Singer she mentioned her fondness for layering many tracks of voices together to make a special effect. For the track' One Cup of Tea', Toyah uses this technique to sound like an Indian siren. Belinda Low comes from the West Country and as an actress has worked with the likes of Harold Pinter, Albert Finney, Alan Bates, Mathew Modine and Michael Gambon. Her talent for acting and impersonation go hand in hand. On the track 'Must You Go', Belinda takes on the delicate demeanour of a married woman having an affair, as in the typically British movie' Brief Encounter'. ' Michael Storey commposed music for films such as 'Another Country' and Just Like A Woman' and wrote the incidental music to John Le Carre's 'A Perfect Spy'. As an ex-student of the Central School of Drama in London, Michael uses his acting skills for the track 'Must You Go'. Taking the part of a typical stiff upper lip Englishman from the 1940's, he helps tell this tale of unrequited love which begins and ends in a railway station typical of the era. Asher Senator was born in London's Brixton and writes and performs his poetry to audiences up and down the country. Arriving at the recording studios with an entourage of back-up singers ranging in age from ten to sixty, Asher proceeded to rap his insightful lyrics into the microphone and the results can be heard on the track 'Thingabout London'. James David at seventeen, is the youngest member of the English Eccentrics team. Born in London, he quit school to concentrate on his main love: music. An accomplished percussionist and composer, he co-wrote and produced 'How To Dress Sensibly' . Ray Singer was born in Kent and is a composer, actor, record producer and occasional stand-up comic. Ray has produced film music, commercials and worked with such diverse artists as Japan, Peter Sarstedt and Joan Armatrading. Ray co-wrote and produced the English Eccentrics album. Colin David was born in North London. In his spare time he plays guitar, is an accomplished chef, and designs his own fireworks. the track 'Somerset House', which he wrote especially for the album, Colin tracked his guitar many times to try and create the special atmosphere of the forecourt of one of the famous landmarks of London. Phish was born in New England and so could be said to be a New English Eccentric. He started playing the guitar when only eight, because it was: "the only instrument I could think of that wasn't a piano." Phish's cool guitar playing can be heard on the track 'How To Dress'


  1. Name
  2. How To Dress Sensibly
  3. George
  4. Never Surrender
  5. Must You Go
  6. And Now...
  7. Valse Ladies How Vain
  8. Primrose Hill
  9. One Cup Of Tea
  10. Somerset House
  11. On The Bench
  12. Pizzicato; String Quartet In F
  13. Grandfather's Clock
  14. Thingabout London
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