Boomkat Product Review:
Kicking off a series of LPs marking the 25th anniversary of Vicki Bennett’s plunderphonic alias, People Like Us, London’s Discrepant present Abridged Too Far - a compilation of her releases and live performances for John Peel, WMFU and Klang Galerie a.o. - pressed on vinyl for the first time.
The original compilation was released exclusively on Kenneth Goldsmith’s brilliant UbuWeb facility back in 2003-04 (go check it if you haven’t already!). The project’s relevance or use to anyone under the age of 35 beyond chill-out music for electro-swing raves is debatable nowadays, but for folk who still buy into that olde English sense of humour and can stomach the detritus of boomer culture, it’s good for a chuckle. Like a Barbara Windsor gif.
“"We strongly believe in the power of profit through free distribution. Often people have never heard of an artist because they aren't being distributed through as many channels as they should be, due to the very poor state of music/media distribution for non-major label music coupled with ignorance of the way that avant garde art forms infiltrate mainstream culture. Also many prints of a work are allowed to go out of circulation or are deleted for no reason other than cost effectiveness by a label/publisher. This makes perfect sense financially, but no sense whatsoever that a year's work by an artist should also disappear for such reasons. So get all of this while you can, and we completely endorse getting one's work out there, no matter what. If you don't share, your profit is limited." - People Like Us, 2004”
People Like Us is audiovisual collage artist Vicki Bennett, who has been making work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, performances, gallery exhibits and online streaming for 25 years. Since 1992, she has developed an immediately recognisable aesthetic repurposing pre-existing footage to craft audio and video collages with an equally dark and witty take on popular culture. She sees sampling and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Embedded in her work is the premise that all is interconnected and that claiming ownership of an “original” or isolated concept is both preposterous and redundant.”