January 4, 2005 at 4:15 pm #47553
Hilarious site…Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment
Pretty cool idea, they recognize that people sometimes have a difficult time breaking out of the media controlled pop star machine, need some help identifying music outside of the mainstream they may never have been exposed to. You can send in your ashlee simpson, britney spears etc cd’s & receive back maybe some Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Brian Wilson…they should definitelly include the Dinosaur Jr reissues in their cd replacement deal
They also respond to really bad tv shows, movies, even arranged for people to meet up at a Paris Hilton book signing, some hilarious pics of the event Paris Burned
The Ashlee Simpson CD Swap
by Charlie Amter
Apparently Ashlee Simpson can’t hoedown her way out of lip-synching hell.
The singer, despite numerous attempts to spin her Saturday Night Live debacle in her favor, continues to suffer backlash.
First, there were the late-night talk-show punchlines and the inevitable Milli Vanilli comparisons. Then came the Web parodies, most notably liquidgeneration.com’s Ashlee Simpson Lip-Synching Hoe-Down.
Now, a New York-based group dedicated to calling out bad music and film is offering a Simpson CD exchange.
Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment (H.O.P.E), in conjunction with Rhino Records and New York City’s Knitting Factory nightclub, is offering a deal to those former Simpson fans who bought the 19-year-old’s debut album, Autobiography, and now want to purge the CD from their collection.
Simpson lovers turned haters can swap Autobiography for a different disc, one that H.O.P.E. calls "of higher entertainment quality."
Among the choices for embarrassed former Simpson fans in the exchange: the Ramones, Ray Charles, X, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell or Brian Wilson.
While good taste may be subjective, H.O.P.E. believes it’s a good arbiter of what stinks. The group has staged protests at a Paris Hilton book signing in Los Angeles and waged an all-out war on the Jimmy Fallon bomb Taxi.
Per its mission statement, H.O.P.E. says it aims to "bring quality to the world of entertainment while working outside of the traditional network, record label, and studio structure. It is our ‘hope’ that by voicing our feelings and concerns to the powers that be a better tomorrow, and not The Day After Tomorrow, is only around the corner for the good people of the United States of America, the world, and beyond."
The Simpson CD exchange marks the first time the Internet collective has put its money where its mouth is. The group also says the Simpson swap goes beyond her SNL meltdown. "Please be advised we are accepting exchanges based on the low entertainment quality of her music as well as her live lip-synching," notes H.O.P.E.’s Website.
New York-area consumers suffering from buyer’s remorse after purchasing Simpson’s CD may exchange the disc at the Knitting Factory in TriBeCa, while others may take part in the great Simpson CD swap via the group’s Website, hopeinamerica.com.
The offer is good, as the site says, "while supplies last."January 4, 2005 at 4:53 pm #106808January 4, 2005 at 5:34 pm #106809
AnnastefkaParticipant"Coma Girl" wrote:While good taste may be subjective, H.O.P.E. believes it’s a good arbiter of what stinks.
Now there is a universal truth.January 5, 2005 at 3:48 pm #106810
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