Funky T​-​Shirt

by Wendy Lang

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"Funky T-Shirt" is a playful pop song inspired by the ongoing fashion of screen-printed t-shirts. It's about the connections we make with people whose cute or funny t-shirt designs make us smile.

(However, this song is not encouraging the purchasing of t-shirts. It is merely about the observation of a trend!).

The song teams sweet vocals, lush harmonies, honky-tonk piano, cheeky clarinet and earthy bass with a funky combination of Motown-esque drumkit rhythms and a Middle Eastern folk dance beat. Stylistically, the song is inspired by the sweet playfulness of Regina Spektor's "Dance Anthem of the 80s", the uninhibited happiness of "Jungle Drum" by Emiliana Torrini, and the get-down-and-dirty grooves of early Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

lyrics

You know, I think you’re cooler
And that, you’ve got a sense of humour
When I read what it says
Printed on your threads
And I know, you think, I’m cuter (cuter)
And that I must be a shaker and a mover
When you see what I’ve got
Printed on my

Funky t-shirt
Funky t-shirt
Funky t-shirt
We all love a funky shirt
Funky t-shirt
Everybody wants a
Funky t-shirt
Yeah I really want another
Funky t-shirt
We all love a funky shirt

The boys, they search, online
For the funkiest shirt that they can find
One that jokes of being drunk
Or shows Hendrix on the front
And the girls, they like to be cheeky (cheeky)
With tees that state they’re attention-seeking
It’s essential fashion lit
To have a quote on your outfit

They like to catch you staring, checkin’ out what they’re wearing on their

Funky t-shirt
Everybody wants a
Funky t-shirt
Yeah I really want another
Funky t-shirt
We all love a funky shirt
Funky t-shirt
Everybody wants another
Funky t-shirt
Yeah I really want another
Funky t-shirt
We all love a funky shirt

Ah, ya da da, ya da da, ya da da da da da da da
Ah, ya da da, ya da da, ya da da dada da da da

Businessmen on weekends
Streetkids on weekdays
They have have come together
For this screen print craze

Funky t-shirt
Everybody wants a
Funky t-shirt
Yeah I really want another
Funky t-shirt
We all love a funky shirt
Funky t-shirt
Everybody wants another
Funky t-shirt
Yeah I really want another
Funky t-shirt
We all love a funky shirt!

Ah, ya da da, ya da da, ya da da da da ya da da
Ah, ya da da, ya da da,
Ya da da da da ya da da
Ya da da da da ya da da
Ya da da da da ya da da
Ya da da da da ya da da
Ya da da da da ya da da
Ya da da da da ya da da
Ya da da da da ya da da

credits

released June 29, 2015
Written by Wendy Lang
Production by Wendy Lang, Andrei Maberley, Ant Aggs
Recorded by Andrei Maberley, Ant Aggs
Mixed by Adam Hawkins
Mastered by William Bowden

Performers:
Wendy Lang - vocals, clarinet, piano, Wurlitzer, ukulele, finger clicks, sewing machine
Sarah Calderwood - additional backing vocals
Ant Aggs - keyboard
Mike Taylor - darbuka
Tamara Taylor - tapan
Samuel Schlencker - drumkit
Seamus Kirkpatrick - bass

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Wendy Lang Brisbane, Australia

Hailing from the pretty subtropical city of Brisbane, Australia, Wendy Lang is a singer-songwriter-clarinettist who writes sweet, sophisticated folk pop,
combining her feminine voice with lush harmonies and world music influences.

At times playful and fun, other times poetic and ethereal, her music could be likened to that of Russian-born Regina Spektor and Iceland’s Emiliana Torrini.
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