Hit Parade
with Chris Reeves and Jacob Riddle
2012

At the beginning of broadcast radio, hit songs were originally published in sheet music format, many artists were encouraged to introduce or promote the tune in different styles, formats or areas of popularity. Up through the late 1940s, the term "hit parade" referred to a list of compositions, not a list of records. In those times, when a tune became a hit, it was typically recorded by several different artists. In later years, a re-recording of a tune originally introduced or popularized by a certain artist was called covering a song.

Hit Parade, an installation and album of covers, all of The Beach Boys' 1966 smash hit "Good Vibrations", plays on this history. The project used a song notoriously famous for being sampled excessively as a site for continued interpretations, at once a rumination on the history of the cover song, a celebration of the format, and an inquiry into the space between visual/conceptual art and pop music and the act of finding something intimate, expressive and political in even the most commercial, sampled and populist of material.

Listen to the album here.

Artists included
Jane Carver
Bartholomaus Traubeck
JD Walsh
King Blood
Leif Fairfield
Jennifer Jolley
Academy Records
Halvsies
Jarrod Welling-Cann
Monitor Lizard
Lazer Quest
towl
Michael Abitz
Paper Horse
Alex Bayer
Isaac Hand
Evolve
Sleeper
Matt Shelton
Kevin Bruce
Triangle
Chris Kulcsar
The Glass Is Greener

 
 
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