On P2P sites, most things that seemed too good to be true actually were: SEO-baiting, fantasy-football remixes (“Big Pimpin’ Remix [ft. Eminem, Dr. Dre, DMX, Nas, Biggie and Tupac”), “covers” that were actually just the original song (“You Really Got Me” by the Who turned out to just be the Kinks’ version), or painfully obvious amateurs uploading their demos and calling it, say, “Beastie Boys— Intergalactic ALBUM VERSION.” Plenty of mislabels were obvious as soon as you previewed them, so you could simply cancel the download in progress— but this was still annoying. Considering that plenty of Napster and early P2P users had temperamental, slow-as-molasses 56k modems, these kinds of mislabels spelled nothing but frustration; they were wastes of all-too-precious downloading time. Looking back now, though, I find something almost poetic about them— inviting the listener to imagine cross-generational mash-ups and back-from-the-dead collaborations, the titles themselves read like fan fiction in miniature.

a) As usual, this is very good.

b) The one I remember most is the fake clip of Sarah Brightman performig the Diva Dance from The Fifth Element. As far as I could tell this was pure wish-fulfillment — but it seemed plausible at the time! (Actually, it probably seems even more plausible now considering she did Repo and all….)

Biggest heartbreak: “ABBA - Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” (it was some full-cast production LP version)

My contribution to the pile (half-true version): We hung out with Beth Ditto in London once and did Karaoke with her, and someone taped her doing an awesome “Son Of A Preacher Man” so I put that up on Soulseek as a Gossip rarity. Writing this down now it sounds skeevy as I didn’t ask permission, but TBH almost nobody ever downloaded it. I hope nobody ever tried to make money off it. Sorry Beth!

My contribution to the pile (untrue version): If anyone downloaded “Thom Yorke, Wayne Coyne - Bohemian Rhapsody (Glastonbury Campfire Version)” then, er, sorry. It was me, Pete B and Emma H doing Bo Rhap at the same Karaoke, and very horrible it is too. Probably almost as horrible as a Thom Yorke and Wayne Coyne collaboration would actually be. People did download this!

(Reblogged from katherinestasaph)


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