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 People Like Us (22 Albums, 245 Tracks)

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Under the name “People Like Us,” artist Vicki Bennett has been making her work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, concert appearances, gallery exhibits and online streaming and distribution for more than 20 years. Since her first release in 1992, Bennett 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.

Most of the People Like Us back catalogue has been available for free online since 2002. For many artists, profit and publicity is more likely through free distribution (the gift economy) than independent record labels, which often struggle with limited resources. Online self-distribution allows an artist to keep their work available, resolving a tension between label production costs and the desire of an artist for work to be available.  UbuWeb generously hosts the discography and filmography in conjunction with Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico, PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania and WFMU.

As a solo artist or collaborator she has published more than 50 audio recordings and 35 video projects, with works released by labels including Illegal Art, Rough Trade, Soleilmoon, Sonic Arts Network and Touch. Vicki’s DO or DIY show on the fiercely independent New York City-market radio station WFMU has run since 2003 and has had over a million individual “listen again” downloads. Her video work has been screened at Tate Modern, the National Film Theatre/BFI, Purcell Room, the Barbican, the ICA, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Sonar (Barcelona), MAXXI/National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico City), among other institutions. Video works have been aired on Channel 4 and she has also performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. People Like Us has been commissioned by The Arts Council England, The BBC, Sound and Music, Channel 4/Animate Projects, AV Festival, Sonic Arts Network, Forma, LUX and Lovebytes amongst others.

Recent works include Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another), a live audio/video performance which received its premiere at the 2013 transmediale in Berlin; Notations (2013), a film for live improvisers which toured the UK with TUSK/Sound & Music in Autumn 2013; Gesture Piece, a film with seven invited artist soundtracks; two films for Animate Projects/Channel 4 television, UK, as part of their Random Acts series and a CD of new recordings called Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice. Bennett’s most recent solo show Shutter was at Leeds College of Art from 14 February-7 March 2014.  Vicki is currently working on a new film and performance Citation City, a project reflecting upon Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project in relation to 20th Century London.


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This Is Light Music
01. Lavender White (08:11)
02. Happy (02:25)
04. Oh Dear (01:18)
05. Ever (02:34)
06. Seven Degrees (04:01)
07. Silly (01:28)
08. Chanson Da Moo (03:25)
09. Let It Be Free (03:51)
10. Timber (00:27)
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All Together Now
01. Blue Bayou (03:16)
02. Everyday (02:12)
03. Crazy (02:41)
04. Stand By Your (03:00)
06. I Walk The Line (03:39)
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A Fistful of Knuckles
01. Hi There (05:12)
02. She'll Be (01:13)
03. Morning, Pedro (03:35)
05. My Son Jim (04:26)
07. Doo Dah Tango (00:31)
08. Just A Minute (01:29)
09. Music Alone (02:08)
10. Oh No (01:16)
12. Grandma Song (01:12)
13. Fun (01:24)
15. Oompah Pumpah (05:42)
16. Oh! Susannah (01:24)
17. Clippa Cloppa (01:32)
18. Old Cow Whoopee (03:01)
20. Thank You (00:57)
21. Bitter Dregs (03:58)
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Recyclopaedia Britannica (2002)
19. People Like Us With The Jet Black Hair People And Wobbly - If Someone Touches You (03:20)
25. People Like Us - I'm 89 (02:08)
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Thermos Explorer (2000)
02. Take A Walk (03:40)
03. I'm 89 (02:08)
04. Snippy (02:20)
05. People Like You (01:05)
06. Ipanmnmna (02:53)
07. Millenium Dome (01:30)
08. Uh Dear (01:29)
09. Cream Crackers (01:59)
11. Sugarbeat (01:01)
12. Whistle Song (04:37)
13. Caciocavallo (03:29)
14. Pauline (00:34)
15. Kitten (01:12)
17. Sardines (01:39)
18. Dolphy (01:05)
19. Sugar And Splice (05:23)
20. Nobody Does (00:47)
21. ILY (00:39)
22. People Like You (00:59)
23. Serenade (13:02)
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PLU & Friends (2002)
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Stifled Love (2002)
01. Stifled Love (05:15)
02. Well I (03:16)
03. Scott Slim (03:19)
04. Music Alone (03:41)
05. Dolly Pardon (04:40)
06. Bitter Dregs (05:50)
07. Nobody Loves U (00:41)
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User Comments

01
hogline on 04/07/09 at 12:29PM
Love the brass band bits in "I Walk The Line"
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patrickwiddess on 01/07/10 at 05:07PM
Listen to People Like Us and lots more music and spoken word on the latest edition of Headstand. http://www.209radio.co.uk/shows/profile.php?show=headstand
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misterlark on 07/27/10 at 07:26PM
You are brilliant Vicki Bennett, I am amazed, bemused and enthralled by all of your work.
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thatDonOguy on 10/04/12 at 06:29AM
I bought most of these on CD's many years, so reviewing them here is serious catch up (I'll leave it to the PLU page on Rate Your Music site. In the meantime, I'm having a blast, especially the holiday related tracks!! Take THAT, Bing Crosby!!!
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