more cowbell
by Sean
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While we wait for today's post proper, do dig the long-thought-mythical DFA-produced Britney Spears demo.

James "LCD Sounsystem" Murphy and Tim "just awesome" Goldsworthy spent an afternoon in studio with the lady, but the result was quickly cut from In the Zone. It was, quoth the label, "too hip".

"That was weird," says Goldsworthy. "Won't do that again. No offense to her—she's lovely. Got a foul mouth, though!" The brief session came to nothing, through lack of common musical ground. "When we work with people, we hang out, listen to records, share stuff," says Murphy. "But with Britney we had absolutely no way of communicating. She didn't know anything that we knew." (Village Voice)

Britney Spears - "DFA (Demo)" [Removed at the request of parties involved.]

Oh, and how does it sound? "Too hip", really. Cool-as-Snoop beats over a cowbell ring-a-ding-ding, Britney cooing like a lady lost in a mirrorwall maze who thinks she can coo her way out. Which is probably true.

Posted by Sean at January 4, 2006 1:26 PM

It's a shame she isn't pretty or have any talent. She might go places and be somebody.

Posted by Jekylldog at January 4, 2006 2:10 PM

shes pretty and has talent - but i doubt she actually knows what to do with it when faced with people that expect 'innovation' - if that doesn't sound too pretentious. murphy/goldsworthy were probably hoping for someone who'd start playing along with the beat, rather than the beat being crafted around her. meh. p.s. sean- get julian to reply to mark's email.

Posted by gramsci at January 4, 2006 4:33 PM

Hehe. She said "piss". Mirror here (removed by request)

Posted by Michael Williams at January 4, 2006 4:38 PM

I had read in some MTV article a while ago that he had been courted by Brit. This gave me a good chuckle. thanks

Posted by Ryan97ou at January 4, 2006 4:59 PM

it's not a remix is it? it's a collaboration.

Posted by jed at January 4, 2006 5:13 PM

Yikes, you're totally right, jed. I'm a moron: got muddled and made-to-think-automatically by the filename as I received it. Thanks for the correction.

Posted by Sean at January 4, 2006 5:27 PM

d'yknow, I back-tracked the ticker in the middle just to make sure I was hearing this right? Because honestly, I couldn't take to "Toxic," but as far as demos go, this umm, "Sunset (remix)" (heh) is DFA done good.

And I am definitely feeling the Britney-as-marionette effect on this hipness--sort of what what gramsci said up there. Good sound and all, but yeah, I can hear that it would be much stronger with a presence more I.Q.-equivalent to the backing.

Posted by mox twelve at January 4, 2006 6:43 PM

Happy Birthday....Luv ya !!
Bubbie & Zaidie

Posted by Zaidie Ben at January 4, 2006 8:16 PM

The culture-bubble goes 'pop'.

Posted by pony at January 5, 2006 2:08 AM

That ain't any ordinary cowbell, that's agogo!

Posted by manfire at January 5, 2006 2:23 AM

It was removed by parties involved!!!
I need to hear this.
If anyone picked it up before hand, pls pls pls let me know.

Posted by skotbot at January 10, 2006 1:33 PM

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