The Bran Flakes

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The Bran Flakes are a sound collage pop group with members in the United States and Canada who specialize in creating music from pre-existing sources. The group's members include Otis Fodder (in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and Mildred Pitt (in Seattle, WA).

Career[edit]

Along with other bands such as Negativland, Evolution Control Committee, Stock, Hausen & Walkman and Messer Für Frau Müller the Bran Flakes make extensive use of sampling, recontextualizing the samples into new works, often resulting in ironic statements about modern pop and media culture. The group scours thrift shops for obscure and quirky LPs; some of their songs also make use of recognizably famous basslines, television shows, and soundtracks from video games. The unauthorized nature of such sampling has prevented much of the band's work from official commercial release. However, they did contribute six tracks to the fully authorized Raymond Scott Rewired, an album of Scott remixes (including tracks by The Evolution Control Committee and Go Home Productions) which was released in February 2014 on the Basta label.[1]

Following the 1998 release of I Remember When I Break Down on Ovenguard Music, on which Otis Fodder was sole writer, the group's first album as a duo (Otis Fodder and Mildred Pitt) was in 1999, with Hey Won't Somebody Come and Play on Ovenguard Music. I Don't Have a Friend was released in 2001 on Lomo Records. Their 2002 album Bounces! was released on the band's own Happi Tyme Records, and contained one of their most popular songs; "Good Times a Goo Goo", which sampled extensively from Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear's performance of "Moving Right Along" from The Muppet Movie.

In 2008 the band signed with the label Illegal Art, known for such acts as Girl Talk and Steinski.

Discography (LP)[edit]

  • The Bran Flakes - Ultimate Hits (2016, Future Logic Development Corporation) [2]

Discography (CD)[edit]

  • The Bran Flakes - I Remember When I Break Down (1998, Ovenguard Music)
  • The Bran Flakes - Hey Won't Somebody Come and Play (1999, Ovenguard Music - Reissue 2003 on Happi Tyme)
  • The Bran Flakes - I Don't Have A Friend (2000, Lomo)
  • The Bran Flakes - Bounces! (2002, Happi Tyme)
  • The Bran Flakes - Bubbles (2007, Happi Tyme)
  • The Bran Flakes - I Have Hands (2009, Illegal Art)
  • The Bran Flakes, The Evolution Control Committee, and Go Home Productions - Raymond Scott Rewired (2014, Basta)[3]
  • The Bran Flakes - Ultimate Hits (2016, Future Logic Development Corporation)
  • The Bran Flakes - HELP ME (2017, Happi Tyme)

Remixes[edit]

  • R. Stevie Moore - Midi-Bran Piano-Rolls (2001, RSM Compact Cassettes)
  • Tipsy Remix Party (2002, Asphodel)
  • End - The Sick Generation (2005, Hymen)
  • Jean-Jacques Perrey & Dana Countryman - The Happy Electropop Music Machine (2006, Oglio)
  • R. Stevie Moore - Sentimental Ties (2009, RSM Compact Cassettes)

Compilations[edit]

  • Various Artists - This Is Ovenguard Volume 1 (1998, Ovenguard Music)
  • Various Artists - This Is Ovenguard Volume 2 (1998, Ovenguard Music)
  • Various Artists - This Is Ovenguard Volume 3 (1999, Ovenguard Music)
  • Various Artists - Meet The Sonicabal (1999, Sonicabal)
  • Various Artists - Industrial Goat Frenzy (2000, Noisegood)
  • Various Artists - Commercial Ad Hoc (2000, Illegal Art/Seeland)
  • Various Artists - The R. Stevie Moore Family Album Volume 3 (2001, RSM Compact Cassettes)
  • Various Artists - Sonicabal 2 (2001, Sonicabal)
  • Various Artists - We Bore 2 (2003, Toast & Jam)
  • Various Artists - My Malady (2003, Mental Monkey)
  • Various Artists - Porky Pig: New Music Series No. 1 (2004, Standard Oil)
  • Various Artists - Il Programma Di Religione (2005, Boyarm)

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