Audio collage, 6:37 min, 2000.
New York City Medley was my contribution for the exhibition block at Apex Art in New York City in March/April 2000.
For New York City Medley I cut-up seven songs and re-interpreted their lyrics. The songs are dealing with New York City as a subject in the lyrics and/or are characteristic for a New York City sound. Some of the used material is well known like New York City Boy by Pet Shop Boys, Hey Manhattan! by Prefab Sprout, The Message and New York New York by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, some of the material is not that popular like Dance by ESG, Bowery Boy by Free Kitten, and My My Metrocard by Le Tigre (that song was a comment on mayor Giulianis zero tolerance policy). According to the political changes in Austria at that time - the conservative party OEVP formed a government with the right wing party FPOE - I changed the lyrics of the Le Tigre song from Oh fuck - Giuliani - He's such - A fucking jerk - Shut down - All the stripbars - Workfare - Does not work into Oh fuck The new government- They are - Such fucking jerks - Shut down The womens ministry - Workfare - Does not work. And of course I made Pet Shop Boys New York City boy a girl. (Christiane Erharter)
More info on the exhibition:
Apex Art, New York
Block at The Selection
MP3 New York City Medley (7724 KBytes/6min 37sec)