Where does a guerilla artist go after mounting his work in MoMA and creating a poignant political piece in Palestine? To fuck with Paris, that’s where! The Independent reports on Bristol graffiti artist Banksy’s latest earth-shaking actions:
The secretive artist has smuggled 500 doctored copies of Paris Hilton’s debut album into music stores throughout the UK, where they have sold without the shops’ knowledge.
In place of Ms Hilton’s bubble-gum pop songs, the CDs feature Banksy’s own rudimentary compositions. On the cover of the doctored CD, Ms Hilton’s dress has been digitally repositioned to reveal her bare breasts; on an inside photo, her head has been replaced with that of her dog.
On the back cover, the original song titles have been replaced with a list of questions: “Why am I famous?”, “What have I done?” and “What am I for?”
Instead of Ms Hilton’s own compositions, the replacement CD features 40 minutes of a basic rhythm track over which Banksy has dubbed Ms Hilton’s catchphrase “That’s hot!” and other extracts from her reality TV programme The Simple Life.
(More pics at Flickr)
Paris, you’ve been punk’d. But at least you’re not Tara Reid (video).
We couldn’t track down the 40 minute rendition of “That’s Hot!” but another subversive single taking shots at the heiress is making the rounds. Here’s a tune by a troupe calling itself The OK Go Away Paris Hilton Apparatus. It’s the anti-“Kirsten Dunst.”
Let’s leave the Paris Hilton songs to CSS. Or better yet, where’s Negativland when you need ‘em? If we’ll always have Paris, why should Banksy have all the fun?
UPDATE: Watch this video, where Bansky provides us with the anatomy of a crime:
And since someone sends us this image every couple of weeks, we’ll finally post it. (Though Neutral Milk Hilton Hotel is a mash-up we never wanna hear.)
UPDATE 2: $600 on eBay?! Jeez. (Thanks TJ.)