Thursday, September 7, 2006

BANKSY owns Paris! PART 2

Paris Hilton remix - it's hard to improve on perfection but it's worth a try - YOU TUBE

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A flat-bed scanner. Some cut ‘n’ paste action. Rudimentary audio production skills. A fair bit of ingenuity. Combined, these factors will equate to your album reaching the dizzy heights of the album chart in no time. But make sure it’s your CD they’re buying..

Banksy is best known for his (now much-aped) stencil graffiti, along with more recent exploits such as sneaking some ’suggested’ art into the Louvre and taking a busman’s holiday to the West Bank barrier. Moving out of the streets and the galleries, Banksy is invading your space yet again - only this time, it’s via your stereo. Over the past week or so, if you were one of the unfortunate people to go into a music store who actually meant to buy Paris Hilton’s album, you could have inadvertently walked out with something a lot different to the dross that you’d paid to hear. Being reported in UK national newspapers and all over the web, Banksy (along with some help, no doubt) has planted 500 copies of his ‘remixed’ version of Paris’ album in a number of music stores across the country. The artwork has been doctored to feature a naked Ms. Hilton on the cover, and inside images include her stepping out of a car with a street full of homeless people behind, with the line ‘90% of success is just showing up’, and a shot of Paris holding the mic, with the head of her beloved mutt in place of hers. I guess you could call it an improvement. But Banksy hasn’t stopped at the sleeve artwork. Also thoughtfully included is a replacement CD, containing a 40 minute long track of Paris’ wonderful insights backed by a simplistic lo-fi hook.

This isn’t the first time Banksy has graced the pop charts, having previously produced the cover art for Blur’s Think Tank. The difference there was, presumably, that Blur asked for Banksy to contribute to their art direction - it’s not sure if the same can be said for Paris. The album is rapidly becoming more desirable to fans of Banksy’s work than it was before, no doubt - especially with the 500 copies being snapped up by resourceful folks who are quicker than grease lightning, along with music store staff begrudgingly returning found copies to their head offices. The ebay shitehawks may already be circling overhead (at last check, ‘legitimate’ copies were fetching bids of £300 and above), but if you wanted to sample Banksy’s recording debut, you’re in the right place - the 40 minute track is here for your enjoyment. It’s like Paris says: “That’s hot”.

Banksy Vs Paris Hilton - That’s Hot.mp3

EDIT: It appears that it isn’t the start of a blossoming music career for Banksy after all - Danger Mouse (one half Gnarls Barkley and Gorillaz producer, among other projects) has owned up as the culprit behind the 40 minute ‘remix’. In a statement from his management, he said: “it’s hard to improve on perfection, but we had to try”.

OK, so who is coming to the surprise art show with me?

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Banksy strikes Paris!

Banksy strikes Paris debut
11.37, Mon Sep 4 2006

Celebrity Paris Hilton has been hit by "guerilla artist" Banksy after he tampered with hundreds of copies of her latest album.

The underground artist doctored the album sleeves by superimposing a dog's head on top of the singer's topless body, before smuggling the copies into record shops.

The 500 "reworked" albums also came with a sticker on the cover, claiming that the album contained the hits: Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For?

A picture of the star emerging from a luxury car inside the accompanying booklet was retouched to include a group of homeless people.

The songs were replaced with a 40-minute CD remixed by an artist, only giving his name as DM, but rumours suggest it could be Danger Mouse - one half of Gnarls Barkley.

It's thought Banksy placed the albums next to the authentic Paris Hilton albums last week. The artist left the original barcode on so people could buy the CD without realising it had been interfered with.

His spokeswoman, Jo Brooks, said he had visited stores in Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and London.

She said: "They're very subtly done and do look like the original albums.

"You have to look quite carefully to see what he's done.

"I don't like to speak on his behalf but I think he's saying you can be a celebrity but you don't have to do music.

"I don't know what the reaction will be in America or whether she would even get it."

A spokesman for HMV said the chain had recovered seven CDs from two Brighton shops.

"The album hasn't been selling that well so we managed to find three in one store and four in another because there weren't that many on the shelves," he said.

"We're planning to auction them, because presumably they'll be worth quite a bit and highly collectable.

"It's not something we want to see all the time, but with an artist like Banksy we can give him a bit more leeway and he can probably get away with doing things that the rest of us can't.

"He's said something I'm sure a lot of other people will think in regard to her album and the publicity might actually help her sell some more records."

Bristolian Banksy courted controversy with his daring art projects last year when he targeted a security wall in Israel, creating nine stencil sprays on the Palestinian side of the West Bank barrier.

He also placed a painting of a can of Tesco value tomato soup and a woman wearing a gas mask in art galleries in New York.

The British Museum also fell prey to one of his most famous art pranks when he placed a hoax exhibit - entitled Early Man Goes to Market - on the wall, where it went unnoticed by staff for hours.

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