The Kleptones

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The Kleptones
Origin Brighton, United Kingdom
Genres Experimental, mashup
Years active 2002 – present
Website Kleptones.com
Members Eric Kleptone

The Kleptones are a one-man English electronic music group fronted by music producer and DJ Eric Kleptone. They are best known for their Internet-exclusive mashup albums. Typically, Eric Kleptone mixes rock/R&B instrumentals with rap and hip-hop vocals in a style that is "fun… and often surprising".[1] Both his name and the group's name are parodies of the famous guitarist, Eric Clapton, and a play on the fact that he is a "klepto of tones" (that is, he "steals" others' music).

History[edit]

The group's first release was a mix of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips with hip-hop/rap vocals and various soundbites from television programs and movies entitled Yoshimi Battles the Hip-Hop Robots.

A Night at the Hip-Hopera was the group's breakthrough and most highly acclaimed album, fusing Queen's rock music with rap vocals and many soundbites from movies and other sources. On November 8, 2004, Waxy, the main site that was mirroring A Night at the Hip-Hopera, received a cease and desist notice from the Walt Disney Company for illegal sampling of songs by Queen, similar to the banning of DJ Danger Mouse's The Grey Album.[2]

From Detroit to J.A. was created originally for the radio program The Rinse on XFM, and was originally broadcast on January 23, 2005. Subsequently, it was released as an internet-only album, which fused R&B instrumentals with pop, rap, and R&B vocals.

In mid-2005, Eric Kleptone was awarded the Webby Award for Artist of the Year by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, who stated he had "taken the art of mash-up to a new level" and become "a global sensation".[3]

In 2006, the group released 24 Hours, a double length album. The release of 24 Hours was preceded by three EP length releases, EP1, EP2 and EP3. Each EP was available for download for a limited time—EP2 replaced EP1, and in turn was replaced by EP3. EP3 itself was removed when 24 Hours was released.

In May 2006, the Creative Commons-licensed film project A Swarm of Angels announced the Kleptones as soundtrack producers.[4]

In late 2006, Eric Kleptone was invited to speak at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, as half of "The Pirate and the Suit", a head-to-head discussion with EMI Music vice-Chairman David Munns.

On December 7, 2006, Eric Kleptone posted a podcast, titled Hectic City on the Kleptones' blog, stating that the intention is to make it a weekly release. The podcast contains mash-ups by the Kleptones, and other artists.

In early 2008 the group released Live'r Than You'll Ever Be - Bestival 2007, a live album containing a recording of their show at Bestival, in the Isle of Wight, on Saturday 8 September 2007.

On January 1, 2010, Uptime / Downtime was released. One preview of the album, the track "Voodoo Sabotage" was released on the Kleptones blog a few weeks prior to release. Later that year, on the 9th of August 2010, a collection of B-sides and tracks that didn't make it onto an album, Shits & Giggles was released.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Remix albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
Yoshimi Battles the Hip-Hop Robots
A Night at the Hip Hopera
  • Released: 2004
  • Format: Digital download
From Detroit to J.A.
  • Released: 2005
  • Format: Digital download
24 Hours
  • Released: March 2006
  • Format: Digital download
Uptime / Downtime
  • Released: 1 January 2010
  • Format: Digital download
Shits & Giggles
  • Released: 9 August 2010
  • Format: Digital download

Live albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
Live'r Than You'll Ever Be - Bestival 2007
  • Released: December 2007
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Never Trust Originality
  • Released: 2003
  • Format: Digital download
EP1
  • Released: 2006
  • Format: Digital download
EP2
  • Released: 2006
  • Format: Digital download
EP3
  • Released: 2006
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Madonna Is a Breeder" 2002 Non-album singles
"Bling Crosby" 2003
"Bo Rhap" 2004
"Careless or Dead" (Bootie version) 2006 24 Hours
"Jump You Fucker" 2010 Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New stuff from The Kleptones". Wired. 2006-03-25. 
  2. ^ Baio, Andy (2004-11-17). "Disney Suppressing the Kleptones". waxy.org. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  3. ^ Webby Special Achievement Awards
  4. ^ Doctorow, Cory (2006-05-09). "Kleptones join Swarm of Angels film project". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 

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