L. Shankar—Touch Me There

Touch Me There

(L. Shankar, LP, Zappa SRZ-1-1602, September 24, 1979)

  1. Dead Girls Of London (Shankar/FZ) 5:23
  2. Little Stinker (Shankar) 3:20
  3. Touch Me There (Shankar/FZ) 3:03
  4. No More Mr. Nice Girl (Shankar/FZ) 8:16
  5. Love Gone Away (Shankar) 3:33
  6. Darlene (Shankar) 2:56
  7. Windy Morning (Shankar) 3:57
  8. Knee-Deep In Heaters (Shankar/FZ) 5:38

Produced by Frank Zappa

Recorded at Advision Studios, London, UK
Engineer: Geoff Young
Tape Operator: Peter Wooldiscroft
Overdubs at AIR Studios, London, UK
Engineer: Steve Nye
Tape Operator: Tim Cuthbertson
Mixed at Townhouse Studios, London, UK
Engineer: Mick Glossop
Tape Operator: Alan Douglas

Cover Design & Photography: Carol Friedman

Shankar—acoustic and 5 string Barcus Berry electric violin, vocals and string orchestra
Phil Palmer—mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars
Dave Marquee—bass
Simon Phillips—drums
James Lascelles—Fender Rhodes, organ, acoustic piano, synthesizer
Jack Emblow—accordion on "No More Mr. Nice Girl"

vocals:
FZ & Ike Willis—"Dead Girl Of London"
Vicky Blumenthal—chorus on "Dead Girls Of London," "Knee-Deep In Heaters," "No More Mr. Nice Girl"
Jenny Lautrec—"Touch Me There"
Shankar—"Knee-Deep In Heaters"

1. Dead Girls Of London

(Shankar/FZ)

FZ—vocals
Ike Willis—vocals
Vicky Blumenthal—chorus

Can you see what they are
Do you hear what they say
People it is sad but true
They dress really stupid but they think they're okay
And they've got no use for you
Oh the Dead Girls of London
Why do they act that way?
Phooey!

Maybe it's the water, mama
Maybe it's the tea
Maybe it's the way they was raised
Maybe it's the stuff what they read in the papers
Keeps 'em lookin' sorta half in a daze
Oh the Dead Girls of London
Why do they act that way?

We're the Dead Girls of London
We think we are fine
We ain't hittin' on nothin'
But the boutique frame of mind

You see 'em dancin' at the Disco
Every night like a bunch of little robot queens
Makin' little noises full of fake delights
But they're really just so full of beans
Oh the Dead Girls of London
Why do they act that way?

We're the Dead Girls of London
We think we are fine
We ain't hittin' on nothin'
But the boutique frame of mind

You see 'em dancin' at the Disco
Every night like a bunch of little robot queens
Makin' little noises full of fake delights
But they're really just so full of beans
Oh the Dead Girls of London
Why do they act that way?

We're the Dead Girls of London
We think we are fine
We ain't hittin' on nothin'
But the boutique frame of mind

2. Little Stinker

(Shankar)

 

3. Touch Me There

(Shankar/FZ)

Jenny Lautrec—vocals

Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
I like it
Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
Some more

Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
I like it
Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
Some more

Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
I like it
Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
Again

Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
I like it
Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
Again

Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
I like it
Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
Some more

Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
I like it
Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
Again

4. No More Mr. Nice Girl

(Shankar/FZ)

Jack Emblow—accordion
Vicky Blumenthal—chorus

 

5. Love Gone Away

(Shankar)

 

6. Darlene

(Shankar)

 

7. Windy Morning

(Shankar)

 

8. Knee-Deep In Heaters

(Shankar/FZ)

L. Shankar—vocals
Vicky Blumenthal—chorus

I'm asleep
These heaters are deep but they're really cheap
I'm knee-deep in heaters but none the less
I am rather cool
I'm sort of actually freezing too
No, I will be okay
I'm not so sad that I cannot play
Just get me some yogurt and dal
And I will sleep along the wall

La la la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la
La la la la

I'm awake
These heaters I'm using are really great
I used to be cold but I'm getting warm
I will be okay
My peacoat helps me look that way
No, I am not a fool
I bet you think that I should not stay
Just get me a bow and a string
And I will play you anything

La la la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la
La la la la

 


Notes & Comments

L. Shankar—Touch Me There

Dead Girls Of London

FZ, interviewed by Dan Forte, M.I., November, 1979

I met [Shankar] a little over a year ago in Europe—he was working with John McLaughlin. [...] The reason I wanted to sign him is because I like the way he plays. But the stuff I like best—the classical Indian stuff—he didn't want to put on the album. Shankar insisted that he didn't want to make a fusion-jazz album—he wanted to make a rock and roll record. And this album is very good; it's got a lot of stuff that's' definitely going to hit the radio right where it lives.

 


Album Printed Credits

L. Shankar—Touch Me There

(LP, Zappa Records SRZ-1-1602, 1979)

Side One
DEAD GIRLS OF LONDON 5:21
(Music: L. Shankar, F. Zappa; Lyrics: F. Zappa)
WINDY MORNING (L. Shankar) 3:57
KNEE DEEP IN HEATERS 5:36
(Music: L. Shankar; Lyrics: F. Zappa)
LITTLE STINKER (L. Shankar) 3:20

Side Two
DARLENE (L. Shankar) 2:56
TOUCH ME THERE 3:01
(Music: L. Shankar; Lyrics: F. Zappa)
NO MORE MR. NICE GIRL (L. Shankar; F. Zappa) 8:09
LOVE GONE AWAY (L. Shankar) 3:33

MUSICIANS
L. SHANKAR: Acoustic and 5 string Barcus
Berry electric violin, vocals
and string orchestra
PHIL PALMER: Mandolin, acoustic and electric
guitars
DAVE MARQUEE: Bass
SIMON PHILLIPS: Drums
JAMES LASCELLES*: Fender rhodes, organ, acoustic
piano, synthesizer
JACK EMBLOW: Accordion on
"No More Mr. Nice Girl"

VOCALS
STUCCO HOMES: on "Dead Girls of London"
VICKY BLUMENTHAL: Chorus on "Dead Girls of London",
"Knee Deep in Heaters", "No More Mr. Nice Girl"
JENNY LAUTREC: on "Touch Me There"
L. SHANKAR: on "Knee Deep in Heaters"

PRODUCED BY FRANK ZAPPA

Basic Arrangement: Ron Frangipane
except for "Little Stinker" and "Darlene"
Basic Arrangement for "Little Stinker",
"Love Gone Away", and "Darlene" by L. Shankar
Recording Arrangements and Orchestration
by Frank Zappa, except for "Love Gone Away"
by Shankar and Ron Frangipane

Recorded at Advision Studios in London
Engineer: Geoff Young
Tape Operator: Peter Wooldiscroft
Overdubs at AIR Studios in London
Engineer: Steve Nye
Tape Operator: Tim Cuthbertson
Mixed at Townhouse Studios in London
Engineer: Mick Glossop
Tape Operator: Alan Douglas

Album Design/Photography: Carol Friedman
Photographers Assistant: Jonathan Pite

*Appears courtesy of Silverscales Records.

L. Shankar published by Ganesh Music, BMI
Frank Zappa published by Munchkin Music, ASCAP

Personal management: Joseph D'Anna/Mangia management

Special Thanks:
Joseph D'Anna, John McLaughlin, Ike Willis,
Bennett Glotzer, Nat Weiss, Peter Shukat,
Mike Abbott, Elaine Rein, Henrietta Levine,
Barcus Berry, Jeremy Lascelles, Jane Friedman,
Deborah Bein, Mark Birnbaum and all at Zappa Records.

I dedicate this album to my parents V. Lakshminarayana and L. Seethalakshmi

L. Shankar

 

Shankar—Touch Me There

(CD, Zappa Records CDZAP 50, 1992)

MUSICIANS
SHANKAR: Acoustic and 5 string Barcus Berry electric violin, vocals and string orchestra
PHIL PALMER: Mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars
DAVE MARQUEE: Bass
SIMON PHILLIPS: Drums
JAMES LASCELLES: Fender Rhodes, organ, acoustic piano, synthesizer
JACK EMBLOW: Accordion on "No More Mr. Nice Girl"

VOCALS
FZ & IKE WILLIS: "Dead Girls Of London"
VICKY BLUMENTHAL: Chorus on "Dead Girls Of London," "Knee-Deep In Heaters," "No More Mr. Nice Girl"
JENNY LAUTREC: "Touch Me There"
SHANKAR: "Knee-Deep In Heaters"

TITLES

DEAD GIRLS OF LONDON 5:23
(music: Shankar / lyrics: FZ)

Can you see what they are
Do you hear what they say
People it is sad but true
They dress really stupid but they think they're okay
And they've got no use for you
Oh the Dead Girls of London
Why do they act that way?

Maybe it's the water
Maybe it's the tea
Maybe it's the way they was raised
Maybe it's the stuff what they read in the papers
Keeps 'em lookin' sorta half in a daze
Oh the Dead Girls of London
Why do they act that way?

We're the Dead Girls of London
We think we are fine
We ain't hittin' on nothin'
But the boutique frame of mind

You see 'em dancin' at the Disco
Every night like a bunch of little robot queens
Makin' little noises full of fake delights
But they're really just so full of beans
Oh the Dead Girls of London
Why do they act that way?

LITTLE STINKER 3:20
(music: Shankar)

TOUCH ME THERE 3:03
(music: Shankar / lyrics: FZ)

Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
I like it
Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
Again

Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
I like it
Touch me there
Touch me there
Touch me there
Some more

(repeat 1st verse)

NO MORE MR. NICE GIRL 8:16
(music: Shankar & FZ)

LOVE GONE AWAY 3:33
(music: Shankar)

DARLENE 2:56
(music: Shankar)

WINDY MORNING 3:57
(music: Shankar)

KNEE-DEEP IN HEATERS 5:38
(music: Shankar / lyrics: FZ)

I'm asleep
These heaters I'm using are really neat
I'm knee-deep in heaters but none the less
I'm rather cool
I'm sort of actually freezing too
No, I will be okay
I am not so cold that I cannot pay
Just give me some yogurt and dal
And I will sleep along the wall

La la la la la (etc.)

I'm awake
These heaters I'm using are really great
I used to be cool but I'm getting warm
I will be okay
My peacoat helps me look that way
No, I am not a fool
I bet you think that I cannot play
Just give me a bow and a string
And I will play you anything

Lyrics (c) 1979 Munchkin Music


PRODUCED BY FRANK ZAPPA

Basic Arrangement: Ron Frangipane except for "Little Stinker" and "Darlene"
Basic Arrangement for "Little Stinker" "Love Gone Away" and "Darlene" by Shankar

Recording Arrangements and Orchestration by Frank Zappa,
except for "Love Gone Away" by Shankar and Ron Frangipane

Recorded at Advision Studios, London
Engineer: Geoff Young
Tape Operator: Peter Wooldiscroft
Overdubs at AIR Studios, London
Engineer: Steve Nye
Tape Operator: Tim Cuthbertson
Mixed at Townhouse Studios, London
Engineer: Mick Glossop
Tape Operator: Alan Douglas
Digitally Remastered for UMRK by Bob Stone, 1990

Original Cover Design & Photography: Carol Friedman
1992 CD Repackaging: Tracy Veal Design

Shankar published by Ganesh Music
Frank Zappa published by Munchkin Music

Please write to Shankar in care of
LOLLIPOP MANAGEMENT
1230 Horn Ave (#201)
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-652-8379

Special Thanks:
Frank & Gail Zappa, Caroline, Sam, Mark Holdom, Joseph D'Anna, Ike Willis, Nat Willis Peter Shukat, Mike Abbott, Elaine Rein, Henrietta Levine, Barcus Berry, Jeremy Lascelle, Deborah Bein, Mark Birnbaum and all at Barking Pumpkin Records

I dedicate this album to my parents V. Lakshminarayana and L. Seethalakshmi

Shankar


1. DEAD GIRLS OF LONDON 5:23
2. LITTLE STINKER 3:20
3. TOUCH ME THERE 3:03
4. NO MORE MR. NICE GIRL 8:16
5. LOVE GONE AWAY 3:33
6. DARLENE 2:56
7. WINDY MORNING 3:57
8. KNEE-DEP IN HEATERS 5:38

PRODUCED BY FRANK ZAPPA

Titles 2, 5, 6, 7 by Shankar and published by Ganesh Music.
Titles 1, 3, 4, 8 by Shankar and FZ (All lyrics by FZ), published by Ganesh Music/Munchkin Music.

The album was originally released on Zappa Records, 1979.

(P) & (C) 1992 Barking Pumpkin Records.

No More Mr. Nice Girl

Michael Gula

Oddly enough, there is a selection titled "No More Mr. Nice Girl" on the first Fowler Brothers CD. A different tune?

Composer is Mr. Albert Wing.

Glenn Leonard, April 20, 2013

i just noticed on my LP copy of "touch me there" there's a typo on the label "no more mr nice guy" not "girl." this is from a zappa records LP '79.

Van The Man

jeffrey.j.rocca (December 15, 1993)

On the LP release, Stucco Homes (a pseudonym) is given credit for the vocals on "Dead Girls of London," but on the CD release, FZ & Ike are given the credit. Van Morrison provided the vocals on the original version of this song, but withdrew the use of his vocal track because of some contractual or management dispute. Frank and Ike re-recorded the vocal track for the album.

 

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