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Two Of The Beatles Have Died

November 13, 2010

Right. Let’s see how this goes.

Last year I released a 21-track compilation album called Two Of The Beatles Have Died (HLPN0064) on a record label called Helen Llewelyn Product Nineteen. The compilation aimed to raise money for British Lung Foundation, a charity I felt was appropriate due to its subject matter (George Harrison died of lung problems, even though a lot of people whom I explained this to at the time erroneously thought he was stabbed to death).

The inspiration for the album was a song by a Olivia North, a three-year old girl (I think she’s about seven now) who is a huge fan of The Beatles. Having asked her dad one day why she couldn’t visit the Beatles at their house, and with him having to explain a few reasons why that might not quite be possible, Olivia then wrote this song.

I asked a load of bands and artists I like to interpret the song, and the response was ace. Some remixed the track (with vocals supplied by The Debbie McGees), some covered the song, and some wrote new songs with the same theme…

Two Of The Beatles Are Dead – Keith Top Of The Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity Allstar Backing Band (mp3)

A lot of things happened – the songs got some good radio play (from the likes of Huw Stephens, Stuart Maconie and Mike Watt), one track got into the 2009 Festive Fifty, i got to do a DJ set for Dutch radio (which you can listen to here), one track got onto a compilation album by that DJ Marcelle Van Hoof, and Olivia even agreed to be interviewed about the song.

Like the sound of that? If you would like to download the album digitally it is now available on Corporate Records. You can pay as much or as little as you like, you can even get it for free if you want, although the proceeds will still go to the British Lung Foundation.

However, I’ve managed to get a few dozen copies over to Australia too, so if you come from a land Down Under and want a hand-numbered, limited edition CD of the album with sleevenotes from myself, Olivia and her Dad, then you can let me know by emailing me, or commenting here, or getting hold of me in some other manner of social networking. The album costs AUS$15 which includes free postage and packing, and again, all proceeds will go to the British Lung Foundation. It would help if you have Paypal to be honest, but we can sort something out otherwise if needed.

Links to the artists are here: Warren MylesThe Cuban Boys / Fidel Villeneuve from ApplicantsMJ HibbettOxynucidErgo Phizmiz & The CochinellesMRBLKRSHRRRRRGinger TomFeedlePaul Hawkins & Thee Awkward SilencesKeith Top Of The Pops And His Minor UK Indie Celebrity Allstar Backing BandNow33 & The ThirdsTracy Is Hot & The ClapWerkPower Up!SphincterwolfAlan MXThe Radiation LineDavid Schafer

If you click on each track on the Corporate Records page, there will be a full audio preview of each song if you want to try before you buy. It should look something like this. If I could embed it properly I’d duly do it.

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