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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Busy Banksy

Posted by on September 5 at 10:35 AM

Banksy, the practical joker from the U.K. who got his start as a graffiti artist (see here and here—the latter is on the Palestinian side of the West Bank barrier wall) and went on to kill telephone boxes and hang his own work in the Tate and the Met, has turned his sights on Paris Hilton. He’s smuggled hundreds of doctored copies of her new CD into stores—allegedly with the help of Gnarls Barkley—with tracks like “Why Am I Famous?” (Which seems as good a question for an art star as an heiress.) You can buy a burnt copy on ebay. (Currently, they’re going for $57.13.)

Full story here.

UPDATE: The above link to ebay doesn’t work—they took down the listings for the burned copies, but you can bid on an actual Banksy-Hilton CD here. Currently, the top bid is over a thousand dollars.)

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Another article on this story mentions that Danger Mouse might have collaborated on this. The doctored CDs say something to the effect "Thanks to so-and-so for introducing me to Banksy and Mr. DM." Just speculation, though.

Just got a press release confirming that Banksy and Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, Grey Album etc.) collaborated on the musical portion of this little gem. Their quote:

"Its hard to improve on perfection, but we had to try."

Obviously you don't read the stranger's other blog.

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