Dictafone

Dictafone

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If Neil Finn, Andy Partridge & Neil Hannon, and formed a supergroup, they would call it Dictafone.

Biography

Duncan Roberts A.K.A Dictafone, emerged from his Paris Studio in 2003 with EP1. This was so enthusiastically received by French press and radio that work started immediately on an album. Being a multi instrumentalist he did most of the recording himself, flitting between guitars, drums and keyboards with ease. Sensing the need for collaboration he called drummer Karim Benaziza and the rest fell into place with a pleasing logic; Karim brought in Vincent Guibert (Bass), who in turn brought along Didier (Keys). Dictafone the band was born.

“Wrapped up in a Five pound note” was released in May 2004 and garnered much critical and public acclaim for the CD and for the live performances where the band are particularly
impressive, drawing favourable comparisons to XTC, Crowded House & Divine Comedy.
Not content to rest on their laurels, work started on a 2nd album, based on the songs that had continued to flow from Duncan’s brain; & here’s the twist: Dictafone’s songs come into being at night while Duncan is asleep. He dreams musical dreams, of concerts and studio sessions and meetings with famous musicians (Paul McCartney, Neil Hannon, Ray Davis) and wakes with the songs clearly in mind and ready to sing into his Dictafone in the early hours of the morning. These fuzzy melodies are then worked on the next day, whilst sat with a guitar or at the piano.

With the aim of always pushing the artistic boundaries, new challenges were confronted with the recording of the 2nd CD. Parts for strings, brass and orchestra were scored and recorded in the north of England at the University of Sheffield. The recordings were then added to in Paris and worked on with the rest of the band. Multi coloured & ambitious “The Chocolate king” will be released in 2006.

Lyrics

Eel race rd

Written By: Duncan Roberts

Eel Race Rd
Arthur Rimbaud let himself go and sailed off to his doom
Erik Satie embraced crazy and hardly left his room

So you see I’m living off coffee dregs and my socks are on their last legs
I’m feeling so authentic, it’s all been done before

You are averse to my winding stairs and bridges doomed to nowhere
and a chorus of I told you so’s
You’ll have me ironing out my flannel flares and buying up some blue chip shares
and a little house on Eel Race road

Yes my dancing looks like crashing, ancestors to blame
My bad timing had me hoping you’d come round and say…

That we can make some champagne from coffee dregs and then
dance on our 2 left legs, well it’s oh so, so romantic when it’s all been done before

You are averse to my winding stairs and bridges doomed to nowhere….

More ice cream, more ice scream.
The more I scream the more I hear the seagulls

The Chocolate king pt2

Written By: Duncan Roberts

The chocolate king pt 2
Well the timing was right for the rest of his life
in a tangerine gown and his leather football boots
he looked like Stanley Mathews in drag as he set out to search for a substitute life.

Locking all the windows and the doors,
the Chocolate king stands on his porch and walks away now.

Tell me, knowing what you know now, would you do it again?
Or would you maybe change one or two things.

On a north country bus, paid the driver in fudge.
got as far as the lakes and he waded across
There was a town but he didn’t hang around
he was airlifted off, there he goes on Look North.

Waving at home counties countryside,
the Chocolate king’s in black and white, flying southward.

Tell me, knowing what you know now, would you do it again?
Or would you maybe change one or two things.

Star bar, Dairy Milk, Freddo frog, Picnic, Bourneville, Wispa, Ticket, Twirl, Flake.
Caramel & Crème Egg, Buttons in a big bag, put away that Kit Kat here have a Break.

Waving at home counties countryside with no sea for a hundred miles.
An easy sell, a chocolate coated pearl.

Queen coming home

Written By: Duncan Roberts

Who’s been sleeping in my bed?
You’ve smoothed the cover down but the imprint has remained
For every hour I’ve been away I see
Some harsh words hanging round from conversations about me

So hold that paranoia take an aspirin call a lawyer
Get your top and tails out, dust ‘em all down for the coming home

Yeh the queen’s coming home
And she likes a passion play and a well turned out parade
And she bends and turns away so the millions in the shade
Can see what kind of sun she’s selling

Who’s been crying my sleep?
That bitter chocolate sound melts away when I turn round
I swear I’ll pin it down one day
When you no longer take my off-hand comments the wrong way

So hold that paranoia take an aspirin call a lawyer
Get your top and tails out, dust ‘em all down for the coming home

Yeh the queen’s coming home
And she likes a passion play and a well turned out parade
And she bends and turns away so the millions in the shade
Can see what kind of sun…

So hold that paranoia take an aspirin call a lawyer
Dig your Cuban heels out drag yourself down for the coming home…

Yeh the queen’s coming home
And she likes a passion play and a well turned out parade
And she bends and turns away so the millions in the shade
Can see what kind of sun she’s selling

Discography

1) 2003: EP1
2) 2004: Wrapped up in a Five pound note
3) 2006: The Chocolate King

Set List

Set length anywhere from 40 minutes to 1 hr 30 minutes. Typical 1hr set below. No covers.

1. Columbo
2. Limitations
3. 10 moons rising
4. Distractions
5. Man in Gabardine
6. Small Mercies
7. The Gamblers suite
8. The Underachievers
9. The Chocolate king
10. Queen coming home
11. Eel race rd
12. Fat cat city