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Records as Art — David Shrigley.

David Shrigley is a hugely popular artist, sculptor and poet. He has recorded a number of singles, albums, CDs and cassettes with a variety of coworkers. Other artists have recorded his poems. As I wrote in a recent post, I first came into contact with Shrigley’s art when I bought Castle Face Record’s cover of the Velvet Underground & Nico‘s seminal album, for which Shrigley had re-imagined Andy Warhol’s Banana cover.

Since then I have so far come across twenty-nine records, books (with records), cassettes and CDs that feature Shrigley’s conceptual art.

BallboyA Guide for the Daylight HoursCD2002
BlurGood SongDVD2003
David ShrigleyForced to Speak With OthersLP2006
The Singing AdamsProblemsCD2005
David ShrigleyDing Dong7″2006
Belle & Sebastian / David ShrigleyCasaco Marron (LateNightTales)7″2006
DeerhoofThe Perfect MePIC 7″2006
DeerhoofFriend OpportunityLP2007
Malcolm MiddletonA Brighter BeatLtdCD2007
Malcolm MiddletonA Brighter BeatCD2007
R. Steve MooreShrigley Field Vol 1CDr2007
Various ArtistsHallam FoeCD2008
Various ArtistsWorried NoodlesCD/Book2008
White NightWhite NightPic7″2008
Jason MrazWe Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.2LP2008
Malcolm MiddletonA Brighter Beat / A Point of Light7″2008
David Shrigley Forced to Speak With Others / Thee Oh SeesBong Your Dong Against the Gong / The Tree / Ugly Man /Girls Who Smile2 x pink 7″ (200 copies)2011
David ShrigleyBrain ActivityBook/7″2011
Various ArtistsVelvet Underground & NicoLP2012
Stephen Malkmus & FriendsCan’s Ege BamyasiLtd red LP2013
Iain Shaw & David ShrigleyAwesomeCassette2013
Iain Shaw & David ShrigleyAwesomeCDr2013
David ShrigleyI Am an ActorPic7″2013
Malcolm Middleton / David ShrigleyMusic + WordsLtd LP2014
Iain Shaw & David ShrigleyListening to Slayer7″EP2016
Lord Stornoway (Iain Shaw) & David ShrigleyDon’t WorryPink LP2016
David ShrigleyGoat MusicBook/LP2019
Daphne & CelesteA.L.T.O. (David Shrigley / Lee baker Remix)Cassette2019
David Shrigley & Régis LaugierPlay Something AwfulLtd LP2020
David ShrigleyEmpty Record SleeveBook2011
David Shrigley discography 2020

Several have been released in association with exhibitions of his work in galleries and museums. The earliest release that I have thus far found that features Shrigley’s art is for a 2002 CD A Guide for the Daylight Hours by Ballboy. Paul Coombs tipped me off about the second David Shrigley cover for Blur’s Good Song DVD release. David Shrigley had directed the music video and drew the cover art for the DVD single.

In 2006 Shrigley released an LP and CD entitled Forced to Speak With Others: the LP included a poster. The same year he released a seven inch single, Ding Dong, that played a doorbell’s DING on side A and the same doorbell’s DONG on side B. Brilliant conceptual art! This single was released in connection with Shrigley’s exhibition at the Dundee Contemporary Arts museum. In December 2006, Deerhoof released a picture disc single, The Perfect Me, from their forthcoming Friend Opportunity album and original copies of the LP contained twelve different cover variations which Shrigley painted .

Three releases with Shrigley’s cover art appeared in 2007: Deehoof’s Friend Opportunity in January and a soundtrack collection CD called Hallam Foe. In addition a book with a series of tracks by a variety of artists recording of Shrigley’s lyrics called Worried Noodles was released. Shrigley had had an exhibition at the Center for Curatorial Studies’ Bard Museum between September 30 – December 14, 2001. Apparently the museum released a book called Worried Noodles in the form of an LP record, though it only contained a card printed to look like an LP.

More recent exhibitions include one at the BQ Gallery in Berlin in 2018. The Gallery had already released Shrigley’s I Am an Actor 7-inch picture disc single in 2013 and released an LP for this exhibition called Don’t Worry. This was a further collaboration with guitarist Iain Shaw.

Probably the rarest of Shrigley’s exhibition releases is the split release together with the band Thee Oh Sees (a.k.a Osees), released as a limited edition (200 copies) double 7-inch on pick vinyl in special packaging drawn by Shrigley.

I suspect that David Shrigley is as obsessed with records as I am. He has designed a frisbee with the text I Collect Records — I Am Obsessed With them.