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COLOSSUS (PART TWO: 1994 - 2018)

COLOSSUS (PART TWO: 1994 - 2018)
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As my 50th year of existence ends I bring you COLOSSUS PART TWO.

COLOSSUS is an inconceivably massive project that consists of 50 tracks all of which are 50 minutes long.

COLOSSUS PART TWO completes this project.

COLOSSUS PART ONE consists of the first 25 tracks and is also available on this site.

Parts One and Two combined are just short of 42 hours of 'music'.

The 'songs' are extreme, simple, complex, mellow, angular and often surreal adaptations of every single hit from the last 50 years that was at Number One in the UK charts on my birthday.

The music is either in the same key or with the same notes played but in a different order, backwards or inverted. Further music and notation has been added by myself. They are absolutely nothing like the originals.

Additionally, the words to the songs are formed from the lyrics to every Number One hit from the last 50 years. But with a twist.

I have adapted the lyrics by using the William Burroughs cut up method and further changed them to make some kind of structure, but they remain predominantly abstract and nonsensical.

Many thanks to all the narrators who are individually credited on the track titles.

Further thanks to all the listeners, detractors, strangers, friends, foes and all those that were cruel or kind that have faded in and out of my existence. You, in no small way have helped me create this monolith.

Another Happy Birthday to me - here's to 101.

This recording is numerologically accurate and anagrammatically active.

MARCH 2019 : DESCEND AND DISINTEGRATE

REVIEWS

DANGEROUS MINDS
Andrei Tarkovsky called his art “sculpting in time,” but Stalker has the brisk pace of a Tom and Jerry cartoon compared to Andrew Liles’ new mega-album Colossus, a 50 LP box set released in digital form. Liles specializes in improving things, and Colossus is bigger and better music. Not only is it superior to other new records, it is superior to the 50 years of pop history it digests.

Last March, we premiered the first half of Liles’ audio monument to his half-century between heaven and earth: 50 tracks, 50 minutes each, one for every year since 1969. With the arrival of Part Two this month, the 42-hour opus is complete. It’s about three times the length of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, 25 times as long as The Concert for Bangladesh, or 360 times the album version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (irrefragably scrambled in Part One).

The tracks, named after the songs that topped the chart on each of Liles’ birthdays, are original compositions distantly related to the number ones that inspired them—per Liles:

The music is either in the same key or with the same notes played but in a different order, backwards or inverted. Further music and notation has been added by myself. They are absolutely nothing like the originals.

Additionally, the words to the songs are formed from the lyrics to every Number One hit from the last 50 years. But with a twist.

I have adapted the lyrics by using the William Burroughs cut up method and further changed them to make some kind of structure, but they remain predominantly abstract and nonsensical.

Part Two brings us from 1994, represented by Mariah Carey’s “Without You,” to the present, and it is here that Liles really shines, because the hits are so much worse. If you listen to the originals, Celine Dion’s abominable “My Heart Will Go On”—bad enough in 1997-‘98—sounds like a Bach concerto next to what came after: Madonna’s “American Pie,” Westlife’s “Uptown Girl,” Chico’s “It’s Chico Time.” But when pop goes low, Liles goes high. Colossus draws strength from the passage of time that saps and enfeebles the top ten, right through the irresistible one-two combination that closes the album. By the time Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots performs “Shape of You,” named after Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit, and David Tibet narrates “God’s Plan,” after Drake’s supermarket sweep of last year, you may imagine that pop music is Tom Skerritt’s character in Alien, cocooned and begging for death, and Colossus is the muscular, merciful Sigourney Weaver who sets him on fire.

There is a lesson here for despairing pop fans: dross can be transformed into solid gold! All you have to do to make an Ed Sheeran song listenable is remove all of Ed Sheeran’s contributions to it, find a better Edward to sing it, and radically rewrite the music and lyrics. Then set it on fire. You can keep the original title, no problem.

Andrew Liles is a prolific solo artist, producer, remixer and sometime member of Nurse With Wound and Current 93.

Guide to downloads:

Green Border: Liles Solo Releases.

Green Image: Monster Releases.

Green Circles: Monochromatic Releases.

Grey with Liles Black Metal Logo: Moral Nihilist Releases.

Green Dots: Live Recordings

White Border: Collaborations and Remixes.

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Andrew Liles - Without You (Narration by John Doran)
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Andrew Liles - Think Twice (Narration by James Worse)
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Andrew Liles - How Deep Is Your Love (Narration by M S Waldron)
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Andrew Liles - Mama (Narration by Bobbie Watson)
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Andrew Liles - My Heart Will Go On (Narration by Sylvie Mae Smith)
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Andrew Liles - When The Going Gets Tough (Narration by Jon Seagroat)
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Andrew Liles - American Pie (Narration by Jean-Hervé Peron)
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Andrew Liles - Uptown Girl (Narration by Maniac)
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Andrew Liles - Anything Is Possible (Narration by James Worse)
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Andrew Liles - Beautiful (Narration by Bobbie Watson)
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Andrew Liles - Toxic (Narration by John Doran)
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Andrew Liles - Dakota (Narration by Brian Poole aka Renaldo M)
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Andrew Liles - It's Chico Time (Narration by Edward Ka-Spel)
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Andrew Liles - Shine (Narration by Jon Seagroat)
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Andrew Liles - Mercy (Narration by Bobbie Watson)
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Andrew Liles - Right Round (Narration by M S Waldron)
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Andrew Liles - Pass Out (Narration by Madeleine Rae Smith)
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Andrew Liles - Someone Like You (Narration by Sylvie Mae Smith)
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Andrew Liles - Somebody That I Used To Know (Narration by Madeleine Rae Smith)
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Andrew Liles - Mirrors (Narration by Benjamin Louche)
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Andrew Liles - My Love (Narration by Sylvie Mae Smith)
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Andrew Liles - King (Narration by M S Waldron)
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Andrew Liles - 7 Years (Narration by Madeleine Rae Smith)
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Andrew Liles - Shape Of You (Narration by Edward Ka-Spel)
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Andrew Liles - God's Plan (Narration by David Tibet)
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