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Popshoppers' Shopping Guide

DIG010 LP (limited gatefold double vinyl with bonus tracks)

release date, Germany: 3rd of november 2003

With the album Popshoppers' Shopping Guide, which is their debut as composers, the Popshoppers present luscious music for imaginary commercials and products in the style and sound of the 1960s and 70s.

Musically the Popshoppers stroll between the pop-eras, quoting Beat, Jazz, Surf, Bossa, Latin, Disco, Rap and Easy Listening. They take up the naive humour and the blatant joy of consumption of old commercials and use it as a topic for their songs.

An unique group of guests out of the show- and music business are participating in this project as singers, speakers or musicians:
Mr. Afri Cola Charles Wilp, Rocko Schamoni, Motorpsycho, Anke Engelke, Götz Alsmann, Helge Schneider, Egon Hoegen, Bastian Pastewka, Suzie Kerstgens from KLEE, the 80 year old german pop legend Botho Lucas and many more.

DJ Seņor 45 (Peter Tünnessen), specialist for Rare Grooves, compiled the first compilation with original commercial music of the 60s and 70s in 1999. Popshopping Vol.1 was very successful, even internationally. The follow up, equally successful, was Popshopping Vol. 2, as well as the Remix-EP Popshopping – Mixed Up (all 3 on Crippled Dick Hot Wax), for which Seņor 45 teamed up with Mr. Alfa (Alfa Kay) to produce a remix of the all time commercial classic Moulinex.
The Popshoppers were born: Seņor 45 & Mr. Alfa took to refurbish old commercial music, a part of the pop culture which no one paid attention to so far. They decided to produce and to compose the appropriate music from this affectionate ironic point of view. Most of the instruments are played by the Popshoppers themselves, additional instruments were played by outstanding guest musicians. Working with Botho Lucas (the Popshoppers wanted to pay homage to), they got the idea to invite more celebrities for singing and speaking parts. Fortunately all of them joined in.

The original commercial music of the 1960s and 70s (how documented by the Popshopping -Compilations) gains its attraction clearly from the fact that the composers tried to adapt styles of music which were hip at that time. That lead (intentional or unintentional) to a very continental European pop music. It was typical for the commercial music of that time, that a lot of tracks were instrumentals, produced as a soundtrack to the product. Some slogans were dropped from time to time, or they were placed on the beginning or the end of the track. The Popshoppers took up this principle: Half of the songs have complete lyrics like a pop song, the other half are instrumentals with slogans on the beginning or during the track.

The double vinyl gatefold contains 3 bonus tracks.