Free Album: Airstrip One – Decathlon – 2004

February 25, 2010

We used to have a myspace page, but one day we woke up and *poof* it was gone like Kaiser Soze. No idea how or why it happened. This means that there is no music by Airstrip One available online. Until now.

Back in 2004, the world was a simpler place: the LUAS was still under construction; iPhones were yet to be invented; Kelis was singing about milkshakes and The Simpsons was still funny. People were wondering what exactly Bill Murray said to Scarlet Johansson at the end of Lost in Translation, and wireless networking was something ham-radio enthusiasts did in a desperate attempt to get a girlfriend.

In about 48-hours of creative madness we managed to lash together a sports-based concept album, and lo, Decathlon was born. Amazingly, we somehow did this without using any computers at all.

Now you can download your own copy of this lo-fi electro classic completely gratis. Just click here.

In case you prefer our other stuff, we intend to have a myspace page up and running again in the near future.


Mersey Breakbeat

February 25, 2008

It’s been around for a while now, but when I first listened to the Grey Album I thought it was one of the most exciting things I’d heard in ages.  This weekend I discovered Let it Beast – The Beastles, which is basically the same idea except with the Beastie Boys instead of Jay-Z.  Let it Beast has some great moments especially ‘Buildin’ my Life’.
In a previous incarnation Airstrip One, performed a live mash-up of the Beastie’s ‘Alive’/Gomez ‘Get myself arrested’. Needless to say our efforts pale in comparison to the Beatles-related tracks. Give it up for Jigga Lennon, MC Artney, Ghostface Harrison and Notorious R.I.N.G.O.

Like most sane people I think the copyright restrictions prohibiting the distribution of these works is totally ludicrous. Musicians have been doing this sort of thing for decades albeit with different media. Think about how impoverished we’d be if Rodgers and Hammerstein went up to John Coltrane and said “‘You can’t do that to ‘My Favourite Things.’