People Like Us

Recyclopaedia Britannica

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Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us returns to Sucata Tapes with another epic radio collage from the archives.

“The work of People Like Us rests gingerly between two dangerous positions: on the one hand, the risk of fashioning merely stylish pastiche out of borrowed finery for the sake of self-conscious kitschiness; on the other hand, the risk of making simplistic, heavy handedly “topical” audio-jokes at the expense of one’s raw material to a smug effect. If the lounge creeps uncritically snack on their sonic ingredients and coast on being “groovy”, the cads of pseudo-critique take cheap shots at straw men and call it subversion. Happily, Vicki Bennett has yet to fall down either precipice, but yodels down contentedly from her own Alpine audio-cottage. There, with loving care, she snips and tucks at the lycra jumpsuit until the fit is snug, places every plastic shrub on the Happy Valley Ranch just so, and throws another dance record on the bonfire. Undercutting her own utopian mirages with formal breakdowns and sneaky semantic pranks, Vicki Bennett is One Funny Lady, with a deadly sense of comic timing that puts her in my personal pantheon of edit intensive music makers: -Steinski and Mass Media, Hank Shocklee, Tod Dockstader, Teo Macero, the Hanatarash, John Oswald, Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock. Serving her birthday cake with a turd, her gags are always lined with a virulent creep factor. You get the feeling that the vacancy and pointlessness of empty speech is being lampooned and mourned in equal measure. In sticking to this balance of celebration and critique, People Like Us genuinely hates and loves People Like You. The least you can do is head up to the Happy Valley Ranch for a spell and have a listen.” – Drew Daniel

People Like Us: Recyclopaedia Britannica

Another Kind Of Humor (Intro) People Like Us 00' 21''
OB & Cha Cha People Like Us 02' 22''
Guide To Broadcasting (Excerpt) People Like Us 00' 19''
Smash & Grab People Like Us 03' 06''
The Sacred Erm People Like Us 02' 03''
Sing With Melodious Inarticulate Sound People Like Us 00' 45''
A Crossed Line (Excerpt) People Like Us 00' 37''
Clippety Carl Horse People Like Us 02' 46''
In The Panto People Like Us 01' 05''
Ursula Fahrt Ski People Like Us 04' 43''
T424plu (Excerpt 1) People Like Us 03' 06''
More Plunderblunders (Excerpt 1) People Like Us 01' 25''
Ski Hell (Excerpt) People Like Us 00' 43''
We Believe (Excerpt) People Like Us 03' 58''
T424plu (Excerpt) People Like Us 05' 37''
Sound Escape (Excerpt 1) People Like Us 03' 49''
Sound Escape (Excerpt 2) People Like Us 03' 07''
HanDJob People Like Us 00' 46''
If Someone Touches You People Like Us 03' 20''
Music Of Your Own People Like Us 00' 32''
Millenium Dome People Like Us 01' 30''
My Son Jim People Like Us 04' 26''
More Plunderphonics (Excerpt 2) People Like Us 00' 31''
Oompah Pumpah People Like Us 04' 39''
I'm 89 People Like Us 02' 08''
Take A Walk People Like Us 03' 40''
Morning Pedro People Like Us 03' 36''
We Believe (Excerpt) People Like Us 01' 01''
Bran Mash & Crushed Beans (Excerpt) People Like Us 00' 49''
We're Gonna Be Around People Like Us 01' 11''

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