30 May 2007
Banksy Paris & Sektie
Banksy Paris Hilton CD
In August 2006 42 stores in the UK were restocked by Banksy with 500 reworked versions of Paris Hilton's debut CD. Paris's album, widely regarded as being unhindered by talent, was until this point looking a dead cert for the pound shop. But suddenly it got a whole new lease of life with up to five extra copies being sold.
There's a great video showing how this whole caper was pulled off on Youtube.
The CD itself contains a sampled track with titles such as "why Am I Famous", What Have I Done" and "What Am I For" listed on the cover. The remixing is credited as Banksy and DM - a reference to Danger Mouse who is the producer behind the second Gorillaz album, the Grey Album and Gnarls Barkley.
Inside the cover the doctored pictures have new slogans splashed across them including "Life Wasn't Meant To Be Fair", "90% of success is just showing up" and "Every time someone asks me how I am I hesitate for a little bit too long".
Anyone picking a copy up intending to buy the real Paris Hilton album shouldn't be too disappointed - the first one sold on Ebay allegedly went for £750.
STATUS: All probably now long gone from the shelves of Britain's high street retailers.
fake records, eindhoven 2005