Arthur Loves Plastic

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Arthur Loves Plastic
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Background information
Birth name Beverly Joy Stanton
Born (1966-10-19) 19 October 1966 (age 48)
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Ambient
Downtempo
Electronic
Electronica
Trance
Years active 1994–present
Labels Machine Heart Music
T.E.Q. Music?
Hexagon Records
Associated acts Lisa Moscatiello
Miserichord
The Space Dots
Then There Were None
The Window Shoppers
Website arthurlovesplastic.com

Arthur Loves Plastic or ALP is the performing name of Washington, D.C. based electronic music recording artist Bev Stanton.

Biography[edit]

Stanton was born in the Bahamas in 1966 and raised near Walt Disney World. She recorded ALP's first project, Sperm Warfare, in her basement, and it was released in Europe by Britain's T.E.Q. Music?. After T.E.Q. folded, Stanton has independently released most of her twenty one studio albums. Her early efforts at internet promotion prompted Keyboard Magazine to feature her in a cover story on indie-music promotion.

Stanton also plays bass in the Baltimore band The Window Shoppers and is an honorary Space Dot. ALP's part-time vocalist, Lisa Moscatiello, featured 3 ALP tracks on her latest solo CD Trouble from the Start.

Band name[edit]

Stanton’s performing name is taken from her cat Arthur’s fondness for plastic grocery bags.[1] Arthur Loves Plastic is regularly included in internet lists of weird/funny/worst band names.[2][3]

Remixer[edit]

The Washington Post has referred to Stanton as a "remix master" for her work with artists such as Basehead, Emmet Swimming, Lisa Moscatiello, Nebulae, Sounds of Mass Production, Techno Squirrels and Trisomie 21.[4]

DJ[edit]

Since 2002, Stanton has performed as a Beltway club DJ - initially as a member of the First Ladies DJ Collective.[5][6] She describes her style as "downtempo, progressive house, trance with original ALP tracks thrown in".[6]

Awards[edit]

Stanton and ALP have won over twenty Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards) in the Electronica category, including the 2008 Electronica Recording Wammie for the album Brief Episodes of Joy.[7][8] In addition, ALP has been awarded the Electronica Emeritus Award (2008 Wammies) and Emeritus Standing in the Electronica Performing Artist (live) category (2006 Wammies), while Stanton has been awarded Emeritus Standing in the Electronica DJ category (2006 Wammies) - an honour handed out to a select few artists which acknowledges their continuing success in these fields.[9][10]

Music in other media[edit]

Advertising[edit]

"Feel the Love", "Boogie Bonnie Bell", "Ravish" and a brief biography for ALP feature in the GEICO Cavemen campaign's virtual website Caveman's Crib.[11] The track "I Can Dream" was featured on Pumawomen.com.[12]

Dance[edit]

Stanton produced the avant-garde piece "Fragile" for use in performances at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C.[1][13]

Film[edit]

"Ooh Baby" and "If I Fell Off This Earth Tonight" feature on the soundtrack of the Canadian TV movie Apartment Story, while "Revolution (Reprise)" appears on the soundtrack of film short Paradise Attempted.[14][15][16] The track "Afterglow" is featured in its entirety in the film-poem To Suffer Is to Slip Unnoticed, while "Klondyke 5" appears in the film-poem To Mock the Purists in Their Rabidity and "Falling" appears in the film-poem Purple Ganymede.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

Television[edit]

ALP tracks have appeared on Access Hollywood, American Idol, America's Most Wanted, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Extra, Lesbian Sex & Sexuality, Mind of Mencia, MTV Cribs, Sexy Girls Next Door, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Undressed.[4][23][24][25]

Theatre[edit]

Eleven ALP tracks feature in the Solocat Productions Los Angeles premiere of David Hare's play The Blue Room, and are included on The Blue Room soundtrack album.[26][27][28] In the Rogue Machine production of Diana Son's play Stop Kiss, the track "Yeah Baby" is featured in a scene at a lesbian club.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Openly gay, Stanton is a regular performer at Queering Sound, an annual festival staged in Washington, D.C. which focuses on alternative artists from the LGBT community.[30][31]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lane, Michael (31 March 1999). "Arthur Loves Plastic: One Woman Show". Monk Magazine. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Canonical List of Weird Band Names". Bright Lights Film Journal. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "World's Worst Band Names". South Beach Magazine. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Kleiner, Carolyn (16 November 2001). "Arthur Loves Plastic: Representation Without Taxation". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Carino, Paula. "Arthur Loves Plastic: Biography". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Residents - Arthur Loves Plastic". First Ladies DJ Collective. Retrieved 30 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Wammie Winners 1985 - 2009". Washington Area Music Awards. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "23rd Annual Wammies - Nominees & Winners". Washington Area Music Awards. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Klimek, Chris (16 February 2009). "Live Last Night: The Wammies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "2006 Wammies - Nominees & Winners". Washington Area Music Awards. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2008. 
  11. ^ Stanton, Bev (8 September 2007). "Blog - GEICO Caveman's Crib 2.0". Arthur Loves Plastic. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  12. ^ Stanton, Bev (10 November 2006). "Blog - I Can Dream". Arthur Loves Plastic. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  13. ^ "Arthur Loves Plastic CD". CD Baby. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  14. ^ "Apartment Story". The General Coffee Company Film Productions. Retrieved 7 February 2009. 
  15. ^ "Paradise Attempted". Resolute Pictures Incorporated. Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  16. ^ "Filmography - Arthur Loves Plastic". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 September 2008. 
  17. ^ Stanton, Bev (1 November 2008). "Blog - To Suffer Is to Slip Unnoticed". Arthur Loves Plastic. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  18. ^ "Sir Richard Wadd - To Suffer Is to Slip Unnoticed". Infinitive Ink Limited. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  19. ^ Stanton, Bev (21 December 2008). "Blog - To Mock the Purists in Their Rabidity". Arthur Loves Plastic. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "Sir Richard Wadd - To Mock the Purists in Their Rabidity". Infinitive Ink Limited. Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  21. ^ Stanton, Bev (21 March 2011). "Blog - ALP as Seen on TV: Purple Ganymede". Arthur Loves Plastic. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  22. ^ "Sir Richard Wadd - Purple Ganymede". Infinitive Ink Limited. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  23. ^ Stanton, Bev (4 May 2007). "Blog - Arthur Loves Jersey". Arthur Loves Plastic. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  24. ^ Stanton, Bev (26 May 2008). "Blog - As seen on TV". Arthur Loves Plastic. Archived from the original on 27 August 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  25. ^ Stanton, Bev (14 October 2006). "Blog - In the Background". Arthur Loves Plastic. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  26. ^ Stanton, Bev (27 March 2010). "Blog - The Blue Room". Arthur Loves Plastic. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  27. ^ Haithcoat, Rebecca (1 April 2010). "Theater Review: The Blue Room". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on 13 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  28. ^ Ziemba, Christine N. (3 April 2010). "Theater Review: The Blue Room at the Odyssey". LAist. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  29. ^ Stanton, Bev (12 July 2009). "Blog - Stop Kiss!". Arthur Loves Plastic. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  30. ^ DiGuglielmo, Joey (16 February 2012). "Queery: Bev Stanton". Washington Blade (Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc.). Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  31. ^ "QUEERING . SOUND". ARF/STUTTERtones. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 

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