People Like Us

People Like Us

Real Name:
Vicki Bennett
Profile:
Vicki Bennett, under the name People Like Us, has been smash-and-grabbing from the shallows of cultural waters for eleven years. Over the course of more than ten solo albums, as well as dozens of contributions to compilations and collaborations with like-minded artists, dadaist samplings and reshuffling of cultural oddities have been recurrent themes.

Likewise, the use of "found" and recontextualised recordings into entirely new soundscapes has played a major role, exposing simultaneously the ridiculous and the sinister. People Like Us expose a surreal world of bad connections and faulty communications, where presenters, interviewees, lost stars and found sounds become trapped in a misfiring loop of reference and repetition. Bellowing a gagged love song in a stifled spew, this mean mash of psychobabble is a window into a world of monotony induced trance.

Using modern tools as afforded by the advent of desktop video/audio manipulation and editing, People Like Us create new landscapes where once were merely soundscapes; the two disciplines are seamlessly melded together. There is no limit to the possibilities for new emerging narratives in the visual and aural world of People Like Us, narratives spoken in a voice unique in the world of mixed-media appropriated art.

At present is working on a commission ("in.site") for The Lux in London, for an online a piece about the benefits of keeping archives not just in the past, but available to the present. In September 2003, Vicki performed a concert at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and also took part in the symposium, Sample Culture at the Tate Modern.

Vicki also has a weekly radio show, "DO or DIY" on Wednesday evenings on WFMU in New York.
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People Like Us Discography

Albums

GBCD1 People Like Us / Abraxas (2) People Like Us / Abraxas (2) - Another Kind Of Humor / Another Kind Of Murder (Album) World Serpent GBCD1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
S.T. CD 079 People Like Us Lowest Common Dominator(CD, Album) Staalplaat S.T. CD 079 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
S.T.CD 101 People Like Us Beware The Whim Reaper (Album) Staalplaat S.T.CD 101 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
SOLV 005 People Like Us Jumble Massive(LP, Cle) Soleilmoon Recordings SOLV 005 US 1996 Sell This Version
Kleptones 1 People Like Us / Sniper (2) People Like Us / Sniper (2) - Plunderphonic(LP, Whi) Kleptones Kleptones 1 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
STCD 119 People Like Us Hate People Like You(CD, Album) Staalplaat STCD 119 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
Kleptones 4 Peoplelikeus* / Sniper (2) Peoplelikeus* / Sniper (2) - People Like Us And Sniper Play The Three DJs Of The Apocalypse(LP, Whi) Kleptones Kleptones 4 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
Kleptones 2 People Like Us / The Fuckest Uppest People Like Us / The Fuckest Uppest - Blundersonix / Special Mix(LP) Kleptones Kleptones 2 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
AUDIO 05 People Like Us & The Jet Black Hair People People Like Us & The Jet Black Hair People - People Like Us Meet The Jet Black Hair People... In Concert!(CD, Album) Audioview AUDIO 05 Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
CAD 10 People Like Us A Fistful Of Knuckles (Album) Caciocavallo CAD 10 US 2000 Sell This Version
AIRHEAD 002 People Like Us Thermos Explorer (Album) Hot Air AIRHEAD 002 UK 2000 Sell This Version
none People Like Us People Like Us And Friends (Volume 1)(CDr) Not On Label none UK 2001 Sell This Version
Mess 2 People Like Us Stifled Love Mess Media Mess 2 US 2002 Sell This Version
PLUWOB1CD People Like Us And Wobbly People Like Us And Wobbly - There Goes Nothing...(CDr, Album) Not On Label PLUWOB1CD US 2002 Sell This Version
Mess 3 People Like Us & Kenny G People Like Us & Kenny G - Nothing Special(CD, Album) Mess Media Mess 3 US 2003 Sell This Version
MEOW083 People Like Us & Wobbly & Matmos People Like Us & Wobbly & Matmos - Wide Open Spaces(CD, Ltd) Tigerbeat6 MEOW083 US 2003 Sell This Version
none People Like Us Abridged Too Far(21xFile, MP3, 192) UbuWeb none US 2004
none People Like Us All Together Now(CDr, Album) Not On Label none UK 2006 Sell This Version
SOL 156 CD People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz - Perpetuum Mobile (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings SOL 156 CD US 2007 Sell This Version
none, PLURGO1 People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz - Rhapsody in Glue (Album) Plurgo none, PLURGO1 US 2008 Sell This Version
none People Like Us This Is Light Music (Album) Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery none UK 2010 Sell This Version
IA121 People Like Us & Wobbly People Like Us & Wobbly - Music For The Fire(CD, Album) Illegal Art IA121 US 2010 Sell This Version
IA124 People Like Us Welcome Abroad (Album) Illegal Art IA124 US 2011 Sell This Version
SNIP001 People Like Us Don't Think Right, It's All Twice(CD, Album) Cutting Hedge SNIP001 UK 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

STMCD 002 People Like Us Guide To Broadcasting(CD, Mini) Staalplaat STMCD 002 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version

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earsfilled

earsfilled

June 18, 2009
...She has a gift, and she shares it well, working with NEGATIVLAND, ERGO PHIZMIZ, WFMU+++.
The work is by Vicki Bennett from the UK, doing a weekly radio show broadcast from NY "DO or DIY" coming back summer '09 on WFMU. All her work is archived on her playlist page on the WFMU website (years of weekly shows and guest fill-in's) ALL FREE!!!!
Spike Jones is commonly used in her sets, ranging from pure noise-insanity to quiet bits whistled in a melody so pure relaxation. See Also (Some Assembly Required)
behemoth

behemoth

March 15, 2003
I think this People Like Us is just one person - Vicky Henderson. Very interesting use of samples - cleanly and professionally done, but in a silly way, if that makes any sense. Everything i've heard by her has been great fun. If you like the Cuban Boys / Beatbox Saboteurs, i'm sure you'll like this.

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