[rumori] Jane Birkin responds

From: Vicki Bennett (peoplelikeusATmistral.co.uk)
Date: Tue Oct 03 2000 - 10:13:35 PDT

Hi Diskono,

Of course you can't be expected to know that the "Jane B" tracks by myself
and my good friend/colleague Felix Kubin were a joint project from back in
summer 1996 where we both remixed the same Jane Birkin track.

We were going to release it as a split 12" but when it didn't happen we
both released our individual tracks elsewhere. My track was first released
about a year ago on the "Female of the Species" compilation, with a nice
big credit to Klangkrieg, Felix's other project - I got ONE copy of the
compilation, and so alas could not send out copies to people like you, or

I think Felix Kubin is an amazing artist and brilliant person, and think
that our project was and is a matter between the two of us. Thanks anyway,
and sorry you had to write such a long letter.

People Like Us

>Dear Miss Bennett,
>After perusing a copy of your new CD on 'Hot Air', be advised
>that our bill for the use of "Jane B." (composed by Felix Kubin,
>as featured on Diskono 012, thanks, but no thanks for the 'remix'),
>will follow in the post.
>We deem it to be an entirely reasonable fee, considering the
>circumstances, it seems that you could not even wait until it's corpse
>was cold before chopping it up, we only released this record four
>months ago, and have yet to see a return on manufacturing.
>The simple use of the music would not have bothered us in the least,
>but this sort of conduct against so-called allies in the fight against the
>'generation of swine' who control this filthy 'music' industry and seek to
>crush us all under their Patrick Cox boot heels, seems to us in the least,
>to be both ungracious and misguided.
>You see Miss Bennet, our main gripe is not with appropriation, but with
>the outright lack of contact or even simple creditation on the matter,
>damn right bad manners!
>What the hell kind of operation are you running anyway? Or don't you
>figure you need other people to put out your music? Your pious griping
>about Staalplaat changing your releases without consultation now seems
>to us like pure hypocrisy on your part.
>Fortunately, we have enough work with other parties, we don't make big
>money, but we make enough to visit Brighton and still be able to raise
>hell when we get there. There's nothing we like better - both as a healthy
>exercise and as good material for our biographers - than to gather some
>of our ham fisted friends from the Celtic Supporters Club and clean out the
>whole town.
>Too many people in this gutless world have come under the impression
>that musicians are a race of finks, queers and candy asses to be biked,
>cheated and mocked as a form of commercial sport. It should be noted
>however, that some musicians tend to enjoy violence for it's own sake,
>and feel that a good fight, with the inevitable destruction of all nearby
>equipment and furniture, is nearly as fine for the nerves as a bottle of
>Jack Daniel's whisky.
>You may or may not have the decency to give me some reply
>Frances Lengel
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