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Friday, 21 October 2011

QPR manager Neil Warnock has helped come to the rescue of Adel Taarabt's near-poverty status by recording a song to raise funds for his talented talisman.

"I understand living in London on twenty five grand a week can be tough, little wonder Adel has to take the bus everywhere," said Warnock.

"Adel keeps badgering on at me to put him on the same wages as Joey Barton, but it's not up to me to give him what he wants. So to help him out, I've recorded a version of Joe Dolce's classic No.1 single, 'Shaddap You Face'. I really hope it can go to the top of the hit parade as well.

"I'm really pleased how it's turned out, I've put my own mark on the arrangement and really nailed the vocals. I've changed a few of the words as well, the chorus really sums it up for me - 'What's-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect. What-a you t'ink you do? Why you look-a so sad? Loftus Road's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place. Ah shaddap-a you face!'

The song, released on Monday under the working title of 'Ade for Adel', also features several QPR players on backing vocals. "A few of the lads weren't too keen on the idea, but most came round to it. Joey Barton told me to 'Fuck off', and Jimmy Traore said he was busy with some piss-poor excuse, the stupid prick.

"But all the others chipped in. We even got Adel's favourite singer, Storm Lee, to sing a verse. If it's a big hit, hopefully we'll get on Top Of The Pops. Shaun Derry said he'd love to perform it at G-A-Y."

It's not the first time Warnock has delved into the world of charity singles. "I was good friends with Rod Hull. When he tragically died, I tried to get Emu to help me record a song for orphaned ostriches. I had the studio booked and everything, but Emu stormed out when he heard the song choice - the Robson and Jerome classic, 'Up On The Roof'. Pity really, I thought the lyrics were really poignant."

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