Artist: Animal Collective
Label: White Label
Catalogue Number: N/A
Year of Release: 2006
A: Purple Bottle (Stevie Wonder version)
This was apparently released on white label, with no markings, to avoid all that pesky copyright nonsense. Which is fine, Stevie won't miss the money, and neither, I guess, would the remaining members of Nirvana.
Which reminds me. I was watching a film last night on DVD, and there was a new warning against downloading films, saying it's illegal and all that. Apart from the ridiculous representation of a computer programme downloading something (haven't seen anything that bad since ITV's Patrick Stewart vehicle Eleventh Hour, with her out of Extras in it) the main thrust of it's argument can be paraphrased thus:
You wouldn't steal a car, would you? Well downloading films is stealing, so don't do that either.
Which got me to thinking. If I lived in a society where cars were maybe £5 or so each, more for a good one, or given away free with the weekend newspapers, or accessible through some other network by buying a licence (although that would mean only having to use them at prescribed times and putting up with the adverts on some of them) and if this particular car in front of me was owned by some stupidly rich conglomerate, and if I didn't actually want to keep it, just create a copy of it to nip down the shops and back in, then actually, yes, I would 'steal' it. It probably wouldn't drive well though.
I wound myself up so much about it, that I had to download another film to watch to calm down. I watched Nacho Libre, and it was pap.
Anyway, this isn't a film review site (this is though). This record has a great version of Purple Bottle on it, with lyrics lifted from oscar-winning 'I Just Called to Say I Love You' by one Stevland Judkins (to his mam), which AC had started doing live. It's just as much fun as on the Feels LP, and obviously someone else thinks so, because they made a video response to it. Here it is. There's some live versions on YouTube as well. Free music videos, eh? Crazy. Whatever next.
The B-side cover of Nirvana's Polly is quite interesting. I never really got into Nirvana, and this track won't change that. I guess there are more rapidly strummed acoustic guitars and whooping noises than on the original, but then, in milking the Nirvana cash-cow there are apparently 8 versions out there by the band themselves, so who can say (not me, I haven't heard any of them). I'm glad they won't see a penny from this one, anyway.
One for the completists I'd say. Very limited.