by carl wilson

"In This Busy, Hectic World, Who Has Time For A Whole Album?"

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Zoilus readers might recall Toronto's own Brian Joseph Davis, creator of the Theodor Adorno punk rock album, which went on from our pages to web-wide acclaim.

Now, Brian's back from his usual art and video efforts and messing plunderphonically in the boneyards of music. I was delighted to find in my mailbox this morning Brian's new CD Greatest Hit, which is, simply put, a set of six entire greatest-hits albums - by Whitney Houston, Kenny G., the Carpenters, the Police, the Rolling Stones and Metallica - each boiled down to one four-or-five-minute track, so you can take in the canons of one of these, uh, indispensible artists while wolfing down breakfast each morning and be done by the end of the week.

I can't outdo Brian's jacket copy: "Ever imagine all 22 songs of The Carpenters 1968-1983 playing simultaneously? Now you donít have to just imagine. Whitney Houstonís The Ballads starts sharing sonic space with Sainkho Namtchylak. Every track on The Police: Greatest Hits combines for a rhythmic freakout not unlike recent Boredoms." (Also the Metallica cut isn't made from a greatest hits album but from Master of Puppets, which he says was just "their last okay album.") Brian adds that the tracks were simply multitracked, not particularly manipulated, and that he is mad pranking on it, at that: "Treating this recording as a score, Davis is attempting to copyright Greatest Hit as an original composition with the U.S. Copyright Office. $2500 fine, or copyright granted? Check back in 6-8 weeks."

The digipacks (see above) made out of recycled 70s album covers are a nice touch.

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, June 22 at 12:35 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

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I want to lie and say it's Tracy Pew but yes, it's an Oatestache.

Posted by brian on June 23, 2005 10:36 PM

 

 

is that oates's moustache??

Posted by scsiduck on June 22, 2005 2:25 PM

 

 

 

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