Jim Carroll

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The £100 single: is it a record?

Dan O’Connell is The Thurston Revival, the Maidstone-born, Vancouver-based one-man band who is laying claim to releasing the most expensive debut single ever. O’Connell intends to sell 100 copies of his Somewhere There’s an Angel single (albeit on high- quality …

Fri, Aug 17, 2007, 08:48

   

Dan O’Connell is The Thurston Revival, the Maidstone-born, Vancouver-based one-man band who is laying claim to releasing the most expensive debut single ever.

O’Connell intends to sell 100 copies of his Somewhere There’s an Angel single (albeit on high- quality 12-inch vinyl, with artwork desiged by 10 rising UK artists) at £100 a go.

In an era of download over- load and free CDs with the Sunday papers, this may smack to some of insanity. Yet O’Connell and his backers, music industry website Record of the Day, view the price tag as a statement about the value of music. While the tune can be heard for free from today on O’Connell’s MySpace site, the artefact will remind people that music is, after all, supposed to be art.

As with all bright ideas, if it works expect others to emulate O’Connell. We’re sure the late great Tony Wilson, someone who also viewed pop music as art, would approve