Published Dec 07, 2009Gregg Gillis has built his career off of taking from other people. Performing under the name Girl Talk, his music is almost entirely based on samples of other artists' work, which are taken without permission, with the original composers seeing none of the profits. Now, Gillis is preparing to share the wealth.
Tomorrow (December 8), Illegal Art will reissue his 2006 album, Night Ripper, as a limited-edition, pink double LP, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to mycharity: water. The goal is to raise $5,000 to fund a well that will provide water to an impoverished community. The price of the vinyl is steep, running about hundred dollars, but this means that they need to sell just 50 copies to reach their goal.
If a hundred bucks for a record is out of your price range, Illegal Art has also made Night Ripper available on regular (non-coloured) vinyl, with a "pay what you want" plan that requires at least a $20 contribution. Girl Talk's other albums will also be reissued, with Unstoppable available now and Secret Diary following on January 5. "Pay what you want" is a bit of a misnomer in this case, as CD versions of the albums require at least $10; MP3s, however, are free (or, rather, the website doesn't specify a minimum amount).
Please note that only the pink vinyl edition of Night Ripper is part of the mycharity: water campaign.
If you happen to be in Australia in the new year, check out Girl Talk on his tour Down Under.
12/31 Chicago, IL - Congress Theater w/ Hearts of Darknesses & Urbindex
1/15 Auckland, NZ - Big Day Out
1/17 Gold Coast, AUS - Big Day Out
1/20 Melbourne, AUS - Palace
1/22 Sydney, AUS - Big Day Out
1/23 Sydney, AUS - Big Day Out
1/25 Newtown, AUS - The Enmore
1/26 Melbourne, AUS - Big Day Out
1/29 Adelaide, AUS - Big Day Out
1/31 Perth, AUS - Big Day Out
5/2 East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Sports Complex