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The Beachles

  Click here to avoid this nonsense and listen to some free music.

  BOYCOTT EMI / CAPITOL RECORDINGS!

  If you’re looking for the Beachles, try searching torrent sites like Isohunt, PirateBay, PirateNova, MiniNova, MegaNova, TorrentSpy, or What.CD. I have no idea if the record can still be found at any of these websites, but I don’t think I’m breaking any laws by telling you that they’re excellent places to look for illegal stuff you’re not supposed to download. Also, you might try using P2P clients like Soulseek or LimeWire, but I don’t have a clue.

  Click here to listen to an interview I did for Canadian radio. Thanks, Aaron! I may post more if they are sent my way.

  Click here to download a new track I made called “Fuck EMI.” Me vs. EMI vs. King Tubby vs. Jatin Lalit vs. Sergio del Rio vs. Fernandinho Beatbox vs. Herb Alpert. I made this mix in about an hour, so don’t expect the Beachles or anything. Dig it, spin it, throw it around.

  Click here to send an email to EMI US Legal. Or, you can simply write EMI / Capitol an appurtenant letter:

        EMI Group plc
        27 Wrights Lane
        London W8 5SW

  If you care at all about freedom of thought, freedom of expression, or your digital rights, please take the time to write letters to any and every news outlet regarding this case. It’s never too late to show these guys what we’re made of, and we’re just getting started!

  I have received a cease and desist order from EMI’s legal team, and it really (as in: not joking) sounds like they want to torture me to death in some dungeon. I hope Paul and Brian come to my rescue now, ’cause I haven’t got a dime for these guys to take. I’ve been struggling as an artist for years, putting most of what little money I’ve had into recording my own music. The Beachles are still out there, though. If you want to break the law, check ‘em out. They’ve threatened to sue me big time.

  And for what? For making something? So others would look at them as inhuman monsters, utterly incapable of recognizing art? Or is it just the distribution? Nope… all three. Or so it would seem. I shouldn’t have even made  it, they claim. And they want me to give up people’s IPs. That much I can tell you because of some legal humfuddery I dreamt up, but also (and more importantly) because I have a conscience. After all, would any of you want to be sued for following a link from Entertainment Weekly ? For the record, I never sold a single copy of this piece of art—if it is  art. Fair use, in your face, come and get me. You can not take my life, Capitol Recordings. Unless you do. Could happen. I wouldn’t put it past you.

  Would any of you want to be investigated for streaming one of these songs from a blog or website? Even if you never visited this  site? Because EMI’s attorneys, in no uncertain terms, are saying that they want ALL information regarding ANY and ALL persons who, knowingly or elseways, downlaoded or streamed this media. Forget about your rights, because they don’t exist. Even if you just accidentally clicked a link to a streamable MP3, they want your name, your address, everything that I might have to give to them. I have already told them once, but I’m now telling them again, on the record, to get bent. This isn’t their Universe anymore, and even if no one else will stand with me against the corporate ogres, I will fight this battle ’til my dying breath, stabbing, perhaps ineffectually, at the stinking feet of their unthinkable contemptuousness. They’ve picked on the wrong guy this time. I’m a Leo, but I ain’t so cowardly. Rawr!

  But another thing is: what’s it worth to them? The distribution of this mutant offspring in no way detrimentally affected the sales of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Go-Gos, Gary Numan, or any number of the huge list of other Kapital artists whose work, as you all know, was used for material on this website. If anything, it’s boosted sales… people couldn’t wait to hear the originals after listening to the Beachles! I bought all of the material I used; probably the sixth or seventh time I’ve owned Sgt. Pepper’s  on disc, since CDs, as we all know, provide a lifetime of listening enjoyment, and possibly the fifth or sixth time for Pet Sounds.

  And frankly, just who in the Hell do you think you are to say what’s allowed to be made? You pump the slurry of incompetence down the sputtering, overstuffed chullet of your little mass consumerism Worldwide Freak Police Deadly Gangster Frankenstein Computer God Communism slave-machine every single day. It is you, sirs and madams, who deserve to be sued, or tried and hung, by every single one of them, for making them settle for trash for so very long. You rob them of their dreams and identities every day, O Faceless One, you disappoint them, and truly you are unashamed. You are incapable of having a heart, and that is why you could never be human. C’est la vie. You are who and what you are, and nothing will ever change that. I could never envy you soulless bastards.

  Again, who are you to tell me what I can do with my free time? Are you THOUGHT NAZIS?! Sure the FUCK seems like it to me. And to plenty of other people, too. I’ll bet you couldn’t get it up in high school, EMI. Maybe the truth is: I’m some kind of MUSICAL TERRORIST. I know that you will try to characterize me as such, but your efforts will only serve to make the bloated and disfigured countenance of your dismal charade seem that much less ambrosial to small-town folk like me. Do You feast on the bones of children? Do You mindlessly imbibe their retch as they do Yours? You have poisoned the well, and now are made to drink from it. This is  You. It was You who destroyed my dreams, but for now I rule the Day, and I’m bigger than the Beachles ever were. Suck on that.

  We’re at War. You know: Iraq. Things suck right now, all over the World, because of nescient fatcats like You. This whole culture war is Your doing. You’re the reason smart people hate you. You phonies. You lusus naturae. You don’t care about artists and art… You only give a fuck about the bottom line of the balance sheet, and You’ve doubtlessly never experienced the thrill of creating something, even if it was scrapped together haphazardly out of something else. It’s gratifying.

  You’re a lot of crybaby nobodies, just like all of those dying crybaby somebodies you bilk around the World, every day, day in and day out, sucking them dry of their meager wealth and their dignity, stealing from them any chance to succeed as thinkers, doers, and makers. But mostly just underhandedly exploiting their weaknesses and giving back very little. I demand that you hang your heads in shame. Because of this stunt of mine, some teenagers may actually BUY your shitty 40th anniversary repackaging of Pet Sounds. The only way this could be bad for business is if you also happened to own the rights to the Beachles’ record, which you don’t. My effing mind does. Try to take that  away, Big Shots.

  You should be ashamed for accepting one form of art and not another. You made me listen to shitty records all through junior high, and now I’m finally reclaiming a bit of my own integrity. FUCK Crowded House. And oh my God, I almost forgot… Sheena Fucking Easton. Jesus Christ, my skin’s crawling. Daily, you “people” force-feed innocent children your vomitous noise pollution, and then you expect for them to grow up normal? I’m a reflection of you. But I’ll always love the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Who wouldn’t? You’ll never get me alive, Copper!

  If you want for me to take this message off of my website, drop the charges. If you want for me to reimburse you for your “losses,” give me a better record deal than the ones I’ve turned down this week. It’ll be much better publicity than suing a starving artist over one of the stupidest, funniest minor success stories of the year. If you want to talk about sports, get bent. But if you want to settle this over a game of Scrabble and some drunken arm wrestling, I’m game. I will clean the floor with your lily-white asses. Ofay motherfuckers. Let’s do this thing! I mean it!

  They say their email is confidential, but it’s deliciously hateful, some of it even sarcastic. I’d like to see how legally binding it really is, but I’m not that brave. If you want juicy highlights, though, get in touch. For legal reasons, I’m not going to provide a link to my email address here, so you’ll just have to think of something. And you’ll probably have to be someone I’ve known for years. The greed is almost sexual in nature. Very disturbing. I just hope I come out of this alive. And with all of my toenails.

  Well, I guess I’m an outlaw now. And a word to anyone who disagrees: if I refuse to pay them any money, or to turn myself in, an outlaw’s what I am. They’ll have to come and get me, which is easier said than done. That line was written with tongue firmly in-cheek, but I would gladly do prison time as a show of civil disobedience. I won’t make it any easier for them, however. Believe it or not, I’m doing this for people like you—for people like everyone. I’m doing it for the dead people being sued by the RIAA, and the Grandmas who’ve never heard of Britney Spears, but who are nonetheless victims of a vicious rape-machine that is designed specifically to take, to absorb, to deceive and to extort, but never to feel. I’m doing it for all of us. Most people wouldn’t have the guts to say what I’m saying now. When’s the last time a DJ took a stand against these bastards?! The bloodsucking pirates! The insatiable mongrels!

  And you may think that I’m a bit of a bastard myself. I’m not, really, but some of you are bound to feel that way. Still, is EMI right  to sue any of us for having a good time? As mentioned before this page was preempted, no matter who you are, I’m your friend for life. I would gladly stick my neck out for any one of you who cares about little things like digital rights. And just so you know, I would hope that you’d do the same for me. Otherwise, we’d all roll over and do little tricks for these guys, and do they deserve it? What have they  done in the name of art? Except to punish those who enjoy it? And promote a vastitude of sameness? LIES!

  I have no idea what I’ll do next, but it’ll probably be from a prison cell somewhere. Thanks for listening. We love to see you smile.

  AND BOYCOTT EMI / CAPITOL!

  AND ROBBIE FUCKING WILLIAMS!

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  Following is an excerpt from the “cease and desist” portion of the letter, pertaining to hundreds of thousands of EMI’s customers. I am publishing it because I consider it to be a matter of public interest. Particular attention should be paid to section (c)(iii).

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Demand is accordingly made that you immediately and permanently:

(a) cease and desist from the manufacture, sale, offering for sale, offering for download/streaming, and/or other reproduction and distribution of the Beachles Mash-Up Recordings and the Other Mash-Up Recordings as well as any other unauthorized uses of the Capitol Recordings and/or other sound recordings owned and/or controlled by Capitol;

(b) cease and desist from the manufacture, sale, offering for sale, offering for download, and/or other reproduction and distribution of the Infringing Artwork as well as any other unauthorized uses of the Beatles Artwork, the Beach Boys Artwork, and/or other artwork owned and/or controlled by Capitol;

(c) provide Capitol with information regarding downloading and/or streaming of the Beachles Mash-Up Recordings and the Other Mash-Up Recordings to date, including but not limited to: (i) the dates on which those recordings were streamed and/or downloaded; (ii) the number of times those recordings were streamed and/or downloaded; and (iii) any and all available information regarding persons who streamed and/or downloaded those recordings;

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  Update: I have been informed by my friendly neighborhood sysadmin that records of IPs only stay on our server for three days. Since much of this Internet stuff is lost on me, there was no way for me to comply with EMI’s preposterous request to turn over the information and preserve the data. However—and it is a big however—the data may still exist on the network, and if EMI are scummy enough to subpoena records from my ISP, they may well be able to hunt you people down like the undeserving animals they think you are. I would hope they have more sense.

  EMI can take my little website away if they like, but six more will pop up in its place. I will see to it personally. They can tell me what and what not to make, but in so doing they are challenging me to outdo myself. They can sue me, but I will succeed in making a case for fair use. Copyright law in the United States is meant to protect extant material. The Beachles never existed before I created them. They are in no way intended as an explicit infringement of EMI’s copyright. I created this record as a work of satire. It is a semi-sadistic commentary on the dismal mash-up phenomenon, and a meager tribute to two of the greatest pop bands of the 20th century. And what’s wrong with that, really?

  Also, I’m not going to spend too much longer on this, but there seem to be a few mewling crybabies who still don’t understand why this record sounds the way it does. Let me clear this up. Being out of tune and sloppy is the last thing one would expect from a Beatles and Beach Boys mash-up. Any sane human would expect it to be melodic and perfectly in time. We would expect it to be crafted meticulously, over the course of years, by Brian Eno and Ray Kurzweil in a secret underground laboratory. We would expect the very best of its creator.

  Contradistinctively, the last thing we would expect is for it to be carelessly scrapped together by some hillbilly schmuck with a laptop, just like every other mash-up in existence. It is, simply, a playful demonstration of how well these songs complement one another, in spite of their many differences. If publicity was really what I wanted out of this, I would have made it infinitely more listenable, and doing so would’ve been just as easy. If you didn’t like the Beachles, I suggest that you listen to the Shaggs, who Frank Zappa once said were better than the Beatles. Get a bit of perspective. If you did enjoy yourself, however, I will gladly high-five you at my earliest convenience. Power to the people!

  For those of you who still  don’t understand, I’ll make it easy for you. I am the first to question the artistic legitimacy of this product. What it lacks in concordance and integrity, it more than makes up for in bad taste and impetuosity. Anyway, listen—I’m not gonna hold your hand through this. To anyone who didn’t enjoy this record: thank you for providing the punchline to an otherwise meaningless joke. You’re all winners in my book, though unfortunately there is no booby prize. Ciao!

In Your Face.

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  Okay, here is the full C&D, just as it appeared in my inbox. For months now, the GYBO dorks have been insinuating that I never received one, and I feel like enough time’s gone by that I don’t really need to worry about posting it anymore. Normally I wouldn’t give in to such whimpering infants, but they deserve to be proven wrong, and then shot in the face. I’ve stitched it together from screen captures, but other than that it appears unedited. Click on the image below to enlarge it.


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Gestures of Kindness

  1. Hi Clayton. What a worthy undertaking; someone pointed me to your site because, some years ago, I ruminated about the potential existence not only of the Beachles, but also the Whotles, in a blog entry. Furthermore, I’d like to add that I believe I detect some Frank Zappa synth elements from about the mid-80s as part of your inspiration for some of the tracks.

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  2. Ah! I stole your idea. Thanks. Well, there’s possibly some Zappa influence on the fourth track, but it was mostly unintentional. Actually, I’m thinking it’s a little bit Residents at times, and Matmos at others. Hope you like it.

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  3. Well, I had an abstract idea that was just whimsy. You had a similar idea, and you’ve actually made something with it.

    May I say I quite enjoy Macca Vs Ne-Yo as well!

    Cheers

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  4. sounds pretty good, but there are no links [or the linky's are broken] to a number of the tracks. I’ve only sampled snippets as I want to experience all of it at once, in order: the way the Beachles intended it.

    Braul Wilsartny was genius!

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  5. Yes, very sorry for the wait on the remaining tracks. I’m dealing with a couple of sick computers at the moment. The project is more or less done, but those tracks still need to be brought up a little.

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  6. LOL!!
    Very cool songs. Do you know Level 42, try remixing all their greatest hits, that would be really cool

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  7. Heh… well, I’m not much of a Level 42 fan, but I do like some of the stuff on Guaranteed, so maybe I’ll do something with that for you. Thanks for the kind words!

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  8. this project, though interesting in its conception, leaves me cold. i think the reason is that, while my mother loved the beach boys, and i preferred the beatles, this mash-up underscores my distate for the sappiness of the beach boys. i find paul mccartney a bit of a wanker; but this mash-up makes me realize he isn’t anywhere as insipid and insufferable as the beach boys. kudos for the idea though. it isn’t that brian dosne’t fit the music, it is that the vocals destroy the futurism of the beatles masterpiece. i mean ‘god only knows’ over the top of ‘within you without you’. i understand that paul thinks it a great song, but is that irony? i refer you to ‘god’ by john lennon, or hell even ‘hare krisna’ by george. this takes the psychedelic edge right off of a truly amazing work and makes it feel like choir music sung in a church. sorry to be so harsh. but thanks for making me appreciate paul again. as an aside i think that ‘good vibrations’ is a masterpiece to…too bad it was a rarity in an otherwise bland though “warm and inviting” oeuvre. cheers.

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  9. This project was never meant to be any kind of mellifluous combination of the two albums, and frankly parts of it make me cringe, but that’s the point. It is a forcing together of two radically different records, and is meant as a novelty. On the second song, for example, I opted to leave the vocals out of tune because, after all, that was Ringo’s song. Not that Ringo was off-key, but he does have the reputation, unfairly I think, of being the weak link. So, really, in many ways this whole thing is meant to be comical. It amazes me, though, how many bootie tweens tell me that I can’t call this a “mash-up,” as if they hold some trademark on the word. And just as curiously, it seems like many prefer Pet Sounds to Pepper’s. But it’s easy to understand its appeal. Where Pepper’s is a rock masterpiece, Pet Sounds is musically understated and lyrically innocuous. It’s more simplistic in its delivery, quite a bit more relaxed, and, to use your term, “bland.” I do still think it’s a great record, though, and I always recommend it, but there’s no question that they liked to ham it up. So, your point is well taken, and I’m glad you could at least appreciate the work that went into this. I’d much rather have used the first Pink Floyd record, but Pet Sounds was the more obvious choice.

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  10. The Masterful Fusion of Dark and Light Musical forces!

    Brilliant!!!!!

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  11. Thanks so much, guys! I’m glad so many people have been enjoying this… I’m a bit overwhelmed by the response, to be honest. Kudos to BoingBoing for posting a link!

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  12. A for effort. A lot of it is a bit of a mess to me, but the God Only Knows mash-up is pretty incredible. It totally works when it totally shouldn’t. I just purchased the newest version of Pet Sounds this week so it’s nice to compare/contrast.

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  13. Thank you. Actually, that’s one of my least favorite ones, and definitely one that took very little effort. My favorite is probably the messiest, track eleven. But I like messy things. Except for diapers.

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  14. Total Gold :)

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  15. THIS IS FUCKING BRILLIANT!

    it shows how pop music at the time was interested in expanding and not just producing the same old shit.
    AE06.

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  16. I should probably listen to Pet Sounds before this, huh?

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  17. I would hope so, but it’s not entirely necessary. It may mean that you end up hating this record. Thanks to all of you for such kind words!

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  18. This is strange and lovely. It’s disturbing my dog. It takes a lot to disturb my dog. Thank you.

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  19. Excellent stuff. Can I suggest highlighting the bit about the torrent? I went straight to download all the tracks before I read the text. Don’t want to chew up all your bandwidth.
    Maybe a stupid question, but what software do you use? I often hear a song x and think, that would go with other song y. I’d like to try my hand some time.

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  20. This is brilliant!
    I love the Sgt Peppers album and it is fun to listen to it mashed up like this!
    I’m going to point a few friends in your general direction to have a listen too.

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  21. I have long been a Beatles fan, and always read that Sgt. Pepper was highly influenced by Pet Sounds. I have even heard McCartney state this many times. However, to my untrained ear, I have never really heard a connection between the two. Now, wow!, you have really opened my eyes (or should I say ears). I think I will go back and give each album a listen again, on their own. And then, of course, I will listen to your excellent work once again. Keep up the clever work!

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  22. ps – one quick question – as a bit of “research” I would like to listen to Pet Sounds with out the vocals. Is there any easy way to do this easily (and for free)? Thanks

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  23. As one who regards these albums as the Amercian and English standards for great albums, I commend you for this incredible contribution. The ‘God Only Knows’ mash up is genius. Now if I only had the means, I would burn this to CD. ‘I Just Wasn’t made for Good Mornings’. One Word Incredible.
    Keep it up!
    Malcolm Bradley
    brad@malcolmbradley.com

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  24. A very novel idea. Very choppy but where it’s not, it’s a good indication how compatible these groups were.

    A good thing to check out to complement this is Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds. A very fun re-engineering of Pet Sounds done by some good, obscure artists.

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  25. I dig it! Mash ups are almost as good as mashed potatoes! I like this mash up with The Beatles & Pet Sounds, but I don’t like beatles or pets mashed into my potatoes.

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  26. link for Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds:

    http://www.autistici.com/petsounds.htm

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  27. Cant wait to hear these. Thanks.

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  28. You spelled “Brainiac” wrong in your original entry.

    And I loved this little experiment. Good stuff.

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  29. Yeah, I meant to do that. Okay, I’m lying. Wow! Thank you to everyone! This is incredible… in the last couple of days, I’ve been mentioned on blogs all over the place, and it seems like people are mostly enjoying themselves. Some of the stuff I’ve translated from Babelfish has been hilarious. To answer a couple of questions, yes… I recently heard the two Hippocamp reworkings (they did one for Pepper’s, as well), and both are amazing. I recommend them highly. As for the software used, this record was created almost entirely using Fruity Pro, Acid, and Sound Forge. The Beach Boys record can be heard without the vocals on the Pet Sounds multidisc set that came out a few years ago. I’m sure you can find it via Isohunt, or else Soulseek. Okay, guys. Hope that helps, and once again thanks very much. It means a lot to me.

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  30. So is it outside the realm of mashups to do a little pitch shifting? I was curious about the God Only Knows-Within You Without You collision, but without their sharing keys in a cool way it just seems unfinished. If it’s off-limits to do so, then my comment’s offbase.

    I mean, everyone loves the happy accident thing, but if they happened all the time, they wouldn’t be special, would they?

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  31. A good point, Richard. I’m not sure that my mission statement is really coming through clearly enough, and perhaps that’s how I’d like to keep it at the moment. As mentioned on this very page, if you want to hear some creations of mine that aren’t intentionally nauseating there are plenty of links provided. I will blog about this project in slightly greater detail soon, however, and if you happen to read the post you’ll have a better appreciation of my goals here. And thank you for being polite. Yes, I know how to shift pitch using simple key commands, and yes, on this record I chose not to. Except for the many places I chose to. Thanks for listening!

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  32. Fantastic! I love it.

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  33. It’s much better than I was expecting given some of the comments and defensiveness. What’s not to like?! Great contribution to the music world!

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  34. Thanks! Not trying to be defensive. I can see why you might think that, given my little rant, but I really wanted a reason to link to some of my other stuff. And also, I like to rant every so often. Please don’t tell anybody. More people seem to be enjoying it, if only in concept alone, but even if they weren’t I’d still be very satisfied. Of course, I don’t mind saying that I’m proud of it, either, because, while it is so painfully contrary to almost everyone’s hopes, it has received far more attention than I would’ve expected. You guys are the best, and thanks again!

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  35. Definitely interesting in spots, if you can handle the annoying parts. Nice effort. The very end of You Still Believe In My Friends was kind of cool. It all comes together, if only for a moment.

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  36. I’m floored. I think this is an amazing undertaking and a wonderful finished product. As a huge fan of both bands, I thank you so much.

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  37. Wow! I guess mine is more of a slightly ignorant question than comment. Where did you get the vocal-only and instrument-only tracks to be able to do this?

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  38. One suggestion-you really should add the Beach Boys standing next to the Beatles on the album cover!

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  39. A brave and worthy effort, especially considering the track-against-track limitation you imposed on yourself.
    If you enjoy mash-ups may I recommend my Beatles Mutation album? You can download it here: http://sacredcowboy.sensoryresearch.net/mutation/
    Keep up the good work.

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  40. Thanks again, everyone. Plenty of people are bound to be dismissive of this, but it’s here to stay, for better or worse. I would only suggest that they attain a better understanding of why I’ve done it before attempting to explain to me the reasons I’ve fallen short of their expectations. It’s as if they’re trying to teach me something I don’t know about music production, which is a riot.

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  41. Awesome! Can i buy the cd with artwork?
    Patrick
    pstibbs@thinksacco.com

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  42. Haha! Sorry, no, Patrick. I appreciate the offer, though.

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  43. This may be hard to rationalize right now, but you did your art. Stand proudly, this is a monster-piece.

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  44. Thank you. I need all the support I can get right now, even from the people who hate that I did this.

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  45. This is incredible. Let’s get the word out.

    But hey, leave Robbie out of this…I like him! =)

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  46. Why pick on Crowded House? Their sound and vocals sound like one of their influences was The Beatles.

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  47. Although i feel for you, you are messing with copy righted material. As a film/video guy i know the rules, you can’t use other people’s shit. However, I know you’re not selling anything so i don’t know what the fuck their point is other than making an example out of you. The record companies are dying a slow death (in my opinion) due to their inability to adapt with the technology. Let’s hope we see them die in our lifetime. On the bright side, maybe your case will set a precidence to protect others like you in the future. Holla!

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  48. The bastards didn’t sue Dangermouse, and he had thousands of copies of his record pressed to vinyl. Nor did they sue dj BC, who clearly shared his own work via the Internet. Furthermore, they cannot tell artists what art they should or should not be making. If someone’s been inundated with their horseshit all their lives, it should be their right to recycle the material. Or even if they haven’t. I’m not going to stop dissing Crowded House or Robbie Williams, though. Sorry, guys.

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  49. Found your story off of boingboing, perhaps its fate that earlier the same day someone posted a link about the First Amendment Project, a non profit organization dedicated to providing free legal services exclusively on free speech and free press issues. Seems to me that you qualify.

    http://www.thefirstamendment.org/

    Could be worth looking into.

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  50. I’m getting very fed-up with these record companys of late. I barely listen to any music and still I know if it doesn’t end soon they will devise a way to take money from people like me. I beleive it’s going to take a full fledged revolution to bring about a fair and open music economy. I bet a bard from times long past would scoff at the idea of paying for music. The idea of music as a product, not an art began with early distrabution methods where paper and later disks where required to get it around. Now, we don’t need these containers so the music should once again flow freely from the hearts of the starving artist begging for donation or lunch. No longer should a “music artist” be a billionair wearing dimond studded undergarments who’s only job it to slap together whatever passes for music these days. People are to caught up now in the rules and traditions to remember that the rules and traditions are suposed to readjust with the current curcumstances. Not the other way around… That’s just about all I have to say about that…

    P.S. Suport our troops in the middle-east by sending backup…

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  51. A letter is not confidential just because they type it in bold print at the top. Unless you signed a non-disclosure agreement, they have no reasonable expectation of confidentiality.

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  52. I’ve talked to a few attorneys today, one of whom was with the EFF. He said essentially the same thing you do… that I can publish the letter. None of them have looked it over, though, and until one of them does, I’m not taking any chances. This looks unlike any C&D I’ve ever seen, and it states in a matter-of-fact tone that if I do not relinquish IPs, they will use whatever means necesssary to obtain the information. They gave me until 5PM today, so I guess I missed their laughable deadline. w00t! So much for keeping up appearances, EMI… now everyone knows how little of a shit you actually give about art. No one should ever be be bullied for following a link. Excelsior!

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  53. I’d love it if you’d publish their threatening legal letter. Then we could see EMI speak for itself in its own words, for all to see how petty they are in squeezing the underdog.

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  54. Sorry to hear you’re having such trouble, friend. I meant to DL this off you a couple days back– now I had to go find it on SLSK… Anyways, I’ll play it tonight on my radio show– call in if you feel like it. There’s contact info at my page, and my old playlists. Good luck! –DaveX

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  55. I heard about your mashups and the EMI bullshit today and the only way I was able to get to your site is through a proxy — Time Warner is probably a co-conspirator in this madness.

    I’m definitely downloading some Beachles now… I want to hear what they want to suppress, and turn it up real fucking loud!

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  56. keep me posted and if I can help, write me …

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  57. came here via boing-boing. cory wrote this up, so eff knows about it. hopefully, they will offer some aid. hey, wait! isn’t emi supposed to use their goons at the riaa to thug up on you? anyways…

    i’m an atheist, so i don’t pray, but my prayers will be with you, even though i won’t be praying.

    sincerely, all the best to you!!

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  58. I listened to a few tracks earlier in the week and I liked them… now I can’t find them… I think I’ll need to replace limewire, it never finds anything…

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  59. You might want to try searching for “the Beachles” – without quotes. For some reason, I’m thinking that a search for “Beachles,” without the “the” in front of it, might not return anything. I’m not sure if that will work, as I’ve never used a copy of LimeWire for illegal purposes, but it could.

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  60. Amen brother, stick it to the man etc etc

    the great prophet hicks would be proud of you

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  61. Yeah, I love Bill Hicks. Too bad they had to KILL HIM.

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  62. I don’t get these clowns… You do something fun which, although perhaps of questionable legality as far as copyright goes, is certainly covered by the “it would never in a million years result in a single lost sale” argument, and they want to pull an RIAA on you?

    Joke ‘em if they can’t take a f**k. I mean, if anything, it will result in sales for both bands that wouldn’t have ever happened otherwise.

    The press they’re going to get from their response is not going to be good… What were they thinking?

    As for the confidentiality of their email… I’m not a lawyer, but as far as I know you never signed anything agreeing to any terms of confidentiality. You’re well within your rights to post it anywhere you so desire.

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  63. I own Sgt Pepper on LP and CD, Petsounds on CD, and recently downloaded the Beachles’ Sgt. PetSounds. I love all four and hate the RIAA and their music gestapo scare-tactics.
    Keep up the good work and fight the good fight, claytoncounts.
    You, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys RAWK!

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  64. errr… EMI I hate….

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  65. Dude, I haven’t heard or heard of this, but after reading that fine rant, I’m 100% behind you. And no, I don’t know why my name shows as George C. Chesbro.

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  66. Thanks a bundle, guys. Please send this rant, along with links to pertinent articles around the web, to everyone you know. Let’s bring EMI to its knees and scream Sex Pistols songs at its adipose burdened cadaver.

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  67. You should set up a legal defense fund, or at least start begging on the forums for some enterprising young law student to assist you pro-bono.

    Maybe the EFF? I know Cory over at BoingBoing used to be on their board or something. I’ll bet he could hook you up, seeing as how he’s sympathetic to the cause.

    Fuck EMI, fuck the RIAA, and fuck anyone else who thinks that there should be ANY overlap between ‘law’ and ‘art’.

    Anyhow thanks for the brief period of entertainment that wasn’t entrainment, and keep up the good fight. If you ever get that defense fund setup, I’ll donate whatever pittance I can currently afford.

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  68. If they don’t back down and shut up PDQ this ought to filter through to Paul and Brian – I don’t know much about Brian but Paul is a good guy and has a lot of pull with EMI.
    Here’s hoping. And anyway,how come the Beatles KEEP having to sue EMI for royalties, and how come they always win? Looks like EMI are a bunch of THIEVES.
    Hey EMI, I downloaded it. I have bought Pet Sounds cd once, Pet Sounds box set once, Sgt Pepper LP once, and I’ve been given another Sgt Pepper LP.
    I am the hugest Beatles fan but I only bought three of their albums on cd because the sound SUCKS. If EMI want to earn more money why don’t they treat their material with RESPECT, then I might buy it all over again (I have all the Beatles stuff on LP but I don’t get to play it because I don’t have an LP player any more). Why don’t they do their job properly instead of picking on people who are taking music forward as the Beatles did in their day? John Lennon used a couple of lines from Chuck Berry in ‘Come Together’ and got sued, he was VERY pissed off about it. It was a reference, not plagiarism. EMI have no understanding how culture develops; all they do is suck its blood.

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  69. Yeah, post the email, lots of people post these emails; if you receive a letter you have the right to publish it. Or email it to me, I’ll stick it on usenet.

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  70. well, i’m going to d/l this. it sounds awesome. i own both albums and i love good mashups.

    thanks EMI! i probably never would have heard about this without the publicity your lawsuit generated.

    corporations are slimy. we need to destroy even the very idea of a corporation beyond the powers of memory to recall that it ever existed.

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  71. Grabbed copies a couple days ago, but never dreamed that EMI would come down on yez. Bad noise, mate.

    Linked your remarks off me feeble blog and offered anyone who wants the Beachles to mail me and ask. We’ll play Spartacus in yer honor. They canna prosecute us all.

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  72. What fools they are at EMI.

    The economic gap between the suits and the people they steal from is already huge, why would they want to put themselves further on the douchebag side? Also, since they own the licensing and rights to the music, maybe they could have come up with a more creative solution – pay you for the production of the album, then release the tracks on one of the many digital music services where consumers are going to!!! Holy shit, THERE’S an idea. (I bet people would have paid for it, because people DO pay when something is worth paying for…)

    But no, whitey has to strongarm creators and listeners because when they can’t figure out a way to get their Little Piggy fingers on money, they all gather in their Little Piggy shed and snort about until they only solution they have is piss people off.

    EMI could have played the whole thing to their advantage. They could have gotten behind something creative. They could have understood the distribution platform of the internet and how consumers use it to find new and exciting artists. But instead, like all suits, they act like spoiled rich kids who think they should be the only ones who get to have nice things.

    Doesn’t surprise me. And I bet one of the white men involved in this at EMI used to actually believe in music and had a dream of finding new and exciting artists.

    Now all he thinks about is what’s for lunch.

    pJ

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  73. I love your attitude and I applaud you and would like to do whatever I can to support you in your fight against these bloodsucking robots. I’m broke so I can’t really give you cash, but I do have time.
    Is there somewhere at EMI we can write letters to?

    Just quickly poking around their website I found these:
    London
    Corporate Communications Department
    EMI Group plc
    27 Wrights Lane
    London
    W8 5SW
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7795 7000

    New York
    Corporate Communications Department
    EMI Music North America
    150 5th Avenue
    New York NY 10011
    Tel: 212-786 8000

    but if you have something more specific, please let us all know. I’m going to call the number in new york and badger them when they open on Monday.

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  74. Actually, if you really want to get down to the root of the injustice, it’s with copyright and trademark law itself. Companies that hold copyrights and trademarks are REQUIRED to vigorously pursue any case that could even remotely be considered infringement; if they don’t, it affects their ability to seek action against more clear-cut infringers (i.e. those who are in it for commercial gain) in the future.

    The lawyers who composed that cease-and-desist letter know full well that what they’re threatening is largely a bunch of baloney, but they’re forced to issue it anyway because of the way the law is set up.

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  75. It is almost tempting to boycott Capitol – but you do not want to harm the artists – Old or New.

    But SOMETHING has to be done – this is getting out of hand

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  76. Good on ya mate.

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  77. keep the article alive
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beachles

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  78. The last two EMI CDs I bought were Japanese pressings of Blur’s “Think Tank” and Radiohead’s “Hail to the Thief.” Both of them had some sort of copy-protection on them that prevented them from playing in my computer, my only CD player at the time. They had some ridiculous “player” software on them that only worked properly about 10% of the time.
    Now EMI wants to sue you and wants my IP address for taking a listen to your (non-commercial) works. Screw them. I have purchased my last EMI CD. I post this here because I assume they are monitoring this site and I want them to read this.

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  79. Downloading as we speak.

    If everyone downloads it, give ‘em the IPs. Good luck to EMI in identifying and pursuing HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of individuals all over the world for downloading a piece of art that will have no effect on sales of the original albums, nor will it make any money for its creator.

    Tilting at windmills, EMI. Your time is coming to a close.

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  80. I stumbled upon this through Techdirt’s link to the Boing Boing article (what a long, strange trip it’s been). I am currently downloading the Beachles because I feel that I must play a part (no matter how small) in this Civil Disobedience. I’m glad that you’re taking a stand, and I hope that the blood-suckers at EMI will get it through their thick skulls that they can’t treat people like crap and expect them to still support their company. Fight the power!

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  81. To an earlier suggestion that any boycott of EMI would harm the artists: EMI themselves harm the artists daily. They harm artists on their label, as well as small-time artists like me. They take unfair advantage of their own artists in every way they can, which is part of the reason that bands like the Beatles have sued them in the past. Yes, I know it was EMI’s responsibility to send out a C&D, but they do not have the right to tell people what they can or cannot make; neither do they have the right to look into your background as the result of you innocently clicking on a link. Thanks also to Erin for the McDonald’s image… I’m going to put that on a t-shirt!

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  82. this is a copy of the letter I sent to EMI:

    Dear EMI Legal Staff,
    I LISTENED to a few of the cuts of Clayton’s Beatles/Beach Boy’s mash up of Pet Sounds and Sgt. Peppers. If you’d like to file suit against me for listening to this work, my contact info is included below.
    Please don’t bother my ISP as I have a dynamic not and static connection and they have much better thing to do than try to find out who I am for you, so you can, in some sort of “barking male dog bluster” threaten legal action, to scare off a few artist types from making mash-ups by making examples of them. I doubt this strategy would work anyway.
    Please send any legal action documents to me as I will be more than happy to forward them to my legal staff. I will make you pursue this matter to prove that I did indeed download and keep the said electronic item that you say violates copy write law, with the intention of copying and distributing it, and most likely file counter suit. As I truly have nothing better to do.

    Respectfully,

    AE.06
    atomicelroy
    CHAOS Studios
    802 N. Weber St.
    COS CO. USA 80903
    http://www.atomicelroy.com
    AE blog- http://aetrinitypro.blogspot.com/
    CHAOS blog- http://chaosartspace.blogspot.com/
    NEODADA blog:http://neoantiblog.blogspot.com/
    719.634.5429

    “without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible” FZ.

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  83. wow! i read the tech-dirt article then found you here then had to go through quite a rigamarole to get the album, but it was TOTALLY worth it! awesome stuff! those are two of my favorite albums of all time and to hear them together like that is both terrifying and exhilarating. cheers. and good luck!

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  84. EMI can suck my cock. What a bunch of utter asswipes. No, wait- that’s an insult to asswipes. I guess English doesn’t have a word stupid enough to describe the anus-brained retards at EMI Legal.

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  85. Clayton,

    One word, PARODY. The unique United States fair use defense.

    1. You were making a social commentary.

    2. On the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

    3. It was a use that was unlikely to be licensed because it is a commentary on the music itself.

    Go talk to a a first amendment attorney.

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  86. That’s total bullshit, i’ve mailed EMI that they can’t be serious, and that i immediatly stopped buying emi records. I will notice this incident on the upcoming hazardgamer.com podcast (it’s in german, sorry guys) and will help to get the word around. As arecord company, emi should look foward to contribute to the music community itself! Not looking forward on how to generate more revenue through stupid lawsuits!

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  87. Good luck for your fight with EMI.
    I will boycott them forever.

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  88. just sent my mail to EMI.

    best luck.

    keep resisting!

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  89. wow

    one more reason to not ever buy another national record ever.

    way to alienate your customer base EVEN MORE.

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  90. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your situation, I’d be happy to talk to you for free. I think you’re getting screwed, and if you need a lawyer, I can at least provide a little free advice.

    Chris Odell

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  91. Thank you. It seems that Time Warner has seen fit to terminate my home Internet activity. I will be contacting some of you as soon as I have a free minute online. Thank you all so much for the support and encouragement. I will not let you down.

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  92. It’s a shame EMI objects to your work, but I doubt they’ll sue you if you remove the “offending” files from your website. Cease and desist means just that – stop – and it really wouldn’t be worth it for them to sue. I doubt they could prove a penny of monetary damages. The only point of a suit would be to get you to stop. (Unless they want to make an example, which is made more likely if everyone keeps bashing them.

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  93. As chief instigator of said bashing, I hope the World never stops. EMI can only make an example of itself, as it has done in the past. I’ve removed the files, but the presumption that I should be ashamed for what I’ve done is flawed inherently. I am standing my ground because it’s mine to stand, and I believe in what I’m doing. I doubt that many of their attorneys could say the same. But you’re right… they’ll have me killed before they sue me. According to copyright law, I am well within my rights to have created this record.

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  94. Post something like this you mean…


    I have just read the reports of your pitiful attempts to curb the distribution of the Sgt Pepper/Petsounds mashup. By all means reply and convince me that this in any way infringes your copyright of these two original works or, and I guess this is more critical from your pov, affects sales of your product. On the contrary, it is more than likely that exposure to this separate unique creation will direct listeners to the original recordings. Along with just about every family in the known universe I already own copies of both works in multiple formats so you have more than had your money’s worth from me. I will now make it my mission to obtain a copy of the mashup even though the chances are that at the age of 57 I am unlikely to view it as an improvement on the superb originals – that said I still rate Revolver as the definitive Beatles album. Or, a further thought occurs to me. Is this just sour grapes that your company didn’t think of the idea first. Whoa, a missed opportunity there. Memo to self – must be more creative…

    Regards

    Dave”

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  95. (Some Sort of)

    so clayton do I understand this correctly that EMI wants to get you because they don’t like the “quality” of art you produced here?

    If that is the case, do you know by any chance if SCOOTER or SUPERTRAMP is under contract with EMI?
    If that would be the case I fear if they somehow get the word what

    -compared to your really FUN ARTwork(!)-

    diletantic work I have created in July they will not simply send me a PM with a C&D letter, but will directly send some assasin to get me
    http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3503614/

    ;-)

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  96. Dear EMI’s

    I’m form Caracas, Venezuela and I downloaded the Beachles stuff just for my musical pleasure and without paying a cent. Am I guilty ?. Will you sue ?. Will you send a SWAT commando in order to arrest me or maybe a Scotland Yard commitive to investigate such a crime ?. Thanks for the laughs and good luck with your chase,

    Lucio Cammarata (aka AldouxHuxley)
    Caracas, Venezuela.

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  97. I just posted an article about your battle. We need another Grey Tuesday!

    I’m sending this info to Future of Music and Downhill Battle, im sure they picked up on it already.

    If youd like to come to Nashville, we’d love to have you as a speaker, compensate you for hosting a seminar. Regardless, we support you!

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  98. I wrote them and thought I’d reprint the letter here:

    “Hello,
    I just thought I’d offer my support for Clayton Counts, the creator of the Beatles/Beach
    Boys hybrid electronica project The Beachles. Considering we both know that his works
    that take samples from Capitol artists falls within the legal range of smapling from
    other materials that collage artists and electronic musicans have operated under for many
    years one can only assuem you’re attempting some sort of chilling effect against people
    who promote – and make no revenue from – the music you sell. Somehow the legal
    departments of the major labels have duped the label suits into believing that free
    advertising and promtion of their artists on the internet will lead to total financial
    ruin. Sitting around scared that a largely-unlistenable-to-the-majority-of-people track
    of 2-second clips from Eleanor Rigby is going to cost you a cent is preposterous – nobody
    is going to forego purchasing a Beatles album because the have an almost-wholly unrelated
    song that makes use of a tiny piece of a song from it, if anything it will spark interest
    in the source recordings. This cease and desist, however, will lose you money – probably
    not much, but this ongoing belligerence towards the music listener will continue to erode
    the major labels’ already failing connection to the discerning music buyer.

    I encourage you to drop any legal actions regarding the Beachles recordings, and to take
    a moment and consider the ramifications of what both this artist and your company are
    actually accomplishing.

    Sincerely,

    Morgan King
    Yer Bird Records
    http://www.yerbird.com

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  99. I’m never buying any recording from EMI AGAIN.

    Saves me a lot of money which will be spent elsewhere !

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  100. love.

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  101. I just sent a long message that didn’t go through. Anyhow the jist of it was, that you didn’t advertise for it more than to personal friends, and so the fact that people found your personal recreation in a search engine is no fault of your own. The “public showing” argument from the copyright laws shouldn’t apply here. Also, is it illegal to stream a dj set? It’s eesentially an elaborate dj performance no? There was more but that’s the short version. Talk to you soon and hope this turns out well.

    Arvo

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  102. [Versón en castellano]

    ¡¡¡ Saludos, compañero!!!

    Desde Chile, solidariza otro plunderphonic artist como tú, Clayton.

    Hace un par de días reproduje en mi blogg el presente post – que pretendo traducir al castellano dentro de esta semana, y también enviaré a EMI /CAPITOL un mail en apoyo a tú gestión y en repudio a este nuevo atentado a la libertad de creación, producción y difusión artística.

    Cuenta con todo mi apoyo

    [English version]

    Greetings from Chile, Clay.

    I’m also a plunderphonic artist myself, so count on my total support.

    I’ve also reproduced your Beachles post here on one of my bloggs – i’ll translate it to Spanish during the week. I’m also writing an e-mail to EMI /CAPITOL which I’ll also post here.

    Keep resisting!

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  103. Thank you, friends. And how the Hell are you, Arvo? Looks like I’ll be speaking about copyright sometime in November at Belmont University in Nashville. If anyone feels like attending, I’ll be sure and get you the info.

    Also, I want to briefly address some concerns that I’m deleting negative feedback from my comments. Well, truth be known, I have no interest in keeping comments that read, “Dute – y 4 u no meka sumthin’ kewl like Da Gray Albumn?!”

    This is my digital real estate, so if you have nothing constructive to offer, get the fuck bent. There’s a whole wide World Wide Web out there. Go get ‘em, Tiger! Although it should be noted that I have accepted some unflattering reviews here, and they all have one thing in common: they are polite.

    Get a clue, you whining little bitches. I never said this record was even remotely listenable, but some people obviously think it is. Take it up with them.

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  104. I can’t believe the same folks that are re-hashing Pet Sounds yet again this year to make some coin are harassing you about something that couldn’t possibly take any money out of their pockets anyway.

    I’m a huge Brian Wilson geek, and have gladly paid over and over and over for various permutations of Pet Sounds. I’m also a big fan of artists getting paid, and I respect that, but this just reeks of corporate greed.

    Maybe they should spend more time putting together some new Pet Sounds product we haven’t heard before, and less time threatening the little guy.

    Assholes!

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  105. Here’s the letter I just sent:

    Dear Capitol/EMI:

    I am writing this letter today in protest of the recent legal actions you have initiated against Clayton Counts.

    My collection of Beach Boys records, and consequently my contributions to your bottom line, could best be described as enormous and nearly completist. I have purchased every re-issue of Pet Sounds in the past, on both vinyl and CD. I’ve also purchased nearly every Beach Boys product Capitol Records has ever released, including a few several times over. I say this only to point out the fact that by any stretch of the imagination, I represent the best type of customer Capitol could possibly have. I have endured countless retreads of mostly the same old product, and throughout have remained a loyal customer.

    I find your legal threats against Mr. Counts and his “Beachles” mash-up to be completely baseless, as no one hearing “The Beachles” would forgo purchasing either Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper’s because they had already heard it via Mr. Counts’ work.

    Aside from the fact that I find your attacks on the little guy distasteful to say the least, I find it highly ironic that you would pursue such an action mere weeks after yet another re-issue of Pet Sounds, especially one that includes virtually nothing that a moderately astute Brian Wilson fan hasn’t already purchased and seen or heard elsewhere before.

    Frankly, Capitol Records would be much better served spending their time putting together worthwhile packages of material that fans have not heard before, instead of suing artists that are spurring interest in your existing products.

    Pet Sounds is my favorite album of all time, but how many more times can you re-release it? I have not yet purchased the 40th anniversary re-issue of Pet Sounds, because it’s largely material I’ve seen and heard before, and already own. The fact that you refuse to offer a commercially interesting product while attempting to sue art out of existence is utterly baffling to me. Mr. Counts is not your enemy, but whoever decided to rehash the same material again and again and again, with very little added content certainly is.

    Give me something worthwhile to buy, and I’ll gladly buy it. In the meantime, let artists be artists.

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  106. Hey man as a DJ I agree that record companies think they run things. Aside from the older genres of music, IE: Sgt Pepper etc…, I really want to say “come up with something original” I recently listened to the Young Joc CD and I have to say everything that was on that album was in another song. It was like they just made one track and remixed it 12 times or so. Part of this problem is todays youth, but when MTV controls what kids listen to, that is a problem. They control what is played and what is not. That is NOT FREEDOM. I could go on and on about what I think. Who really cares except the millions of people out there that want new music and freedom of what can be played!

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  107. They are in a losing battle. Even Paul said he heard and like the grey album.

    The record companies are desperate because they know that distribution has changed and they really can’t control anything nor can they rob us anymore.

    I would love to hear a copy some time.

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  108. I must say, I just got a chance to hear your Beachles production and uh, what can I say.

    EMI is not the party that should be preparing to sue you but if I were Sir Paul or Brian Wilson I’d hire a virtual hitman because it’s not really a parody, that is if your definition of a parody amounts to something different than a flagrant assassination of a piece of art.

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  109. It is indeed a parody of mash-up culture, a la djBC and his unavailing ilk. But you’re right… I deserve to be killed for what I’ve done. But don’t you mean two  pieces of art?

    Were you just trying to be funny, or are you really that stupid? Does it hurt?

    This record is more akin to Mrs. Miller than anything else. Next time, though, I’m going to mash-up two mash-up records. That should be a riot.

    Or else I’ll write a mash-up novel: The Diarrhea of Anne Frankenstein.

    Thanks for listening, douchebag, and please go flatten the musical panorama some more. I don’t think it’s completely dead yet.

    Cheers to everyone else!

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  110. as someone who used to represent both musicians and emi corporate, i can tell you that the purpose of emi is not to promote and support music, but to PREVENT it.

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  111. what the fuck are we talkin’ about?
    this is a wonderful idea…
    a funny idea…

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  112. hey man – congratulations on the fact that EMI predictably took you and your project from total obscurity to priceless promotion and notoriety by issuing their cease and desist. i wouldn’t worry too much about a legal department that creates a problem for itself where there once was none.

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  113. I don’t know you, but I love you, okay?

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  114. I didn’t hear about this album until all this brouhaha. I only wish that I had had a chance to listen to or download it before EMI got to it. Good luck with this.

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  115. Well, if you’d really like to download it, there’s a chance that it’s available on Soulseek, or else via torrent search engines like Isohunt.com.

    Good luck!

    And thanks, glAMOURpuss. I hardly know me, either, so that makes two of us.

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  116. I DO know you, and I love you, Okay?

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  117. Aw, Shanerlies!

    You know I love you back, right? Well, it’s true! Muah!

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  118. I already had Sgt Peppers – now I own Pet Sounds too – I bet I’m not the only one curious enough to pick up the original because of your mashup album.

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  119. MAJOR FREEKIN KUDOS.THIS IS THE FIRST I’VE HEARD ABOUT THIS…JUST AWSOME!WE HAVE SOME THINGS IN COMMON..1.I GRADUATED FROM HAWTHORNE HIGH.2.I AM A MUSICIAN AND SONGWRITER.3.AS AN INTERN FOR A&M WORKING WITH SUPERTRAMP,I MET JOHN AND RINGO LATER ON AND I AM A RAMPENT BEATLES AND BEACH BOYS FAN.WHEN I WAS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL…THE KIDS WOULD HANG AFTER SCHOOL LISTENING TO THE WILSON BOYS IN THERE GARAGE BY ANZA SCHOOL.CONTACT ME!

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  120. Good Night and Good Luck…George Clooney made this movie because Edward R Murrow the legend at CBS NEWS at the dawn of television news;who took on and took out Joseph McCarthy…the legendary prick who did the comunist witch hunt and Hollywood blacklist deal of the 1950’s.George Clooney loved Murrow because he had the balls to do the unthinkable.And someone needs to tell Clooney and Hollywood about CLAYTON COUNTS!!!Because he is the Edward R Murrow of our time in many respects. In news you have Bill at HBO ant the Comedy Central Boys.But my point is that Mr. Counts is going to have a big impact on our culture…and is due comparison to icons in history…That the frigin WORLD IS NOT FLAT!!AND HE STEPS UP TO THE PLATE AND SAYS…”I AM PICASSO”…And I don’t care if you think it looks like art or not.KEEP KICKING ASS CLAYTON!I can’t wait for your next project!!!

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  121. Comments are closed. Too many Viagra ads. Many thanks to everyone, God bless, and best wishes.

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