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The Mighty Boosh Announced As UK Ambassadors For Record Store Day

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Joseph Lynn

The Mighty Boosh are the UK ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day.

Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are the first comedians to step into the role, which is usually held by musicians. To honour their position, the duo are releasing the Mighty Boosh radio series on vinyl for the first time on April 13 (Record Store Day). Barratt said:

“We are approaching singularity, when computers will overtake and replace us. Therefore, it suddenly felt prescient to outwit them and somehow save our precious early recordings onto a format that the dawning artificial intelligences will not see as a threat. In the feint hope that one day, thousands of years from now, when the human race is decimated and bereft, its ephemeral digital archive wiped by the powerful shockwaves of the ‘magneto-pulse’, a solitary humanoid survivor, scavenging and in the dark tunnels beneath the humming glistening exo-skin of the earth… will discover this disc abandoned in a cave, and trace its long fingernail across the patterned surface only to drop in shock as it hears my rich and resonant voice echoing through the cave”

Fielding added: 

“People that work in record shops are often obsessed with vinyl and music and bands and can steer you in the right direction and tell you about things that you would never know about. Whereas you can’t do that on the internet. It’s not possible. You want some vinyl expert to tell you about a record you’ve never heard of. That’s the beauty of it.”

The pair follow in the footsteps of Slaves, Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Kate Tempest, Kate Nash, Izzy Bizu, and Rag'n'Bone Man, who championed the event last year.

Pearl Jam, meanwhile, are the global ambassadors for RSD 2019 and succeed Run The Jewels, St. Vincent, Metallica, Jack White, Dave Grohl and Chuck D in taking the title.

The full list of records, which totals 400, can be viewed here. It includes two Prince titles, a new LP from the Flaming Lips, a new EP from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus' Nothing Breaks Like A Heart, a collaborative single between Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes, as well as releases from R.E.M., Mastodon, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Steve Earle, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Joe Strummer, U2, Gorillaz, Rolling Stones, Devo, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Parker, Greta Van Fleet, Courtney Barnett, John The Martyr and Soccer Mommy, plus many more.

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