David Shrigley's
Worried Noodles

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tom100 - Cover Artwork (with sticker)
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David Shrigley's
Worried Noodles


Released 23/10/2007
2CD-Book (106 pages)/Digital


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“I didn’t make a record. I couldn’t be bothered to make a record. It would have been too difficult. It was easier not to make a record,”  writes David Shrigley about his LP-sized book of song lyrics. The original Worried Noodles songbook reveals a never-ending curiosity; the lyrics are simple poetry, ironic yet somehow honest, and insistently inciting. The book merged the three spheres in Shrigley’s work – art, book, and music – yet it was silent.

That first edition, also released by Tomlab, sold out within just 6 months of its publication two years ago. The book found a slew of new admirers of David Shrigley’s work in pop music circles, wherein the idea of adapting these songs to music was recognized as something that needed to happen.

In collaboration with David Shrigley, Tomlab gathered a diverse selection of musicians and bands from the unknown to the legendary to receive a copy of the book. Many were already familiar with David Shrigley’s work, and some are among his most devoted fans. Those who did not know of his work instantly fell in love with his quirky drawings and words. All of the artists wished to join this collaboration and delivered their stellar songcraft!

During the process of the collaboration, Shrigley found perhaps the best words to describe the strong enthusiasm present in the project: “Now we have opened the can of worms we have to deal with the consequences.” The can now counts 39 worms – all exclusives!


  1. Roger Ferguson – Welcome Singer
  2. Christopher Francis - One
  3. Grizzly Bear – Blackcurrant Jam
  4. R. Stevie Moore – Live In Fear
  5. Phil Elverum & Nick Krgovich - Watcha Doin’
  6. Scarlett’s Well - Maybe
  7. Psapp – Sad Song
  8. Aidan Moffat & The Best Ofs - Your Hands Are Cold
  9. Yacht – I Saw You
  10. Simon Bookish – Prince Of Wales
  11. Deerhoof – You, Dog (aka Kidz Are So Small)
  12. Hank – Baby’s Bible
  13. Mariott 1262 (TV On The Radio Portland Chapter) - Sweet, Sweet Potato
  14. David Byrne – For You
  15. James Chadwick – The Wooden Floor
  16. Islands – Joy
  17. Cotton Candy – A Sentimental Song
  18. Franz Ferdinand - No
  19. Alig Fodder – The Hole
  20. Cibelle – Elaine


  1. Dirty Projectors – Come Forward
  2. The Curtains - Show Me The Way Things Work
  3. Max Tundra – A Truce
  4. Munch Munch – Squirrel
  5. Liars – Panic Button
  6. Tussle (ft. David Shrigley) - A Clash Of Heads
  7. Trans Am – The Film
  8. John Shankie – A Song
  9. Scout Niblett – The Bell
  10. Final Fantasy - Joys
  11. Mt. Eerie – A Sentimental Song
  12. The Dead Science - Once I Found A Diamond
  13. Lord Cut Glass - Maybe
  14. No Kids  – Another Song
  15. Hot Chip - No
  16. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - The Pretty Girl
  17. Mitch Friedman - Awesome
  18. Bombay 1 - Elaine
  19. Les Georges Leningrad - Manager And Coordinator Of Prostitutes