Cassetteboy is the stage name of Mark Bolton and Steve Warlin from Brixton, London. It was only upon the confirmation of their third album’s release date in 2008 that they came forward and made their identities known.
Their musical approach can be traced from the origins of sampling, musique concrète and the modern approach sometimes called Plunderphonics. Most pieces are painstakingly constructed from thousands of audio snippets taken from TV, radio, film and popular music. 2002’s The Parker Tapes was constructed using the laborious, primitive process of manually splicing segments of audio together via a two-deck tape system but later albums were constructed digitally using sound editing software.
They have produced two albums of their own and have appeared on an album with DJ Rubbish entitled Inside A Whale’s Cock Vol 1, which includes humorous cover versions of songs by Alanis Morissette and Jennifer Lopez (a skiffle cover of Jenny from the block), along with a parodical take on a song by The Streets.
The context of their work is often political, but always maintains a humorous aspect. Their most watched YouTube video is Cassetteboy Vs The Bloody Apprentice and currently has had over 4 million views as of May 2012.
In their own words Cassetteboy are a double act who edit footage they’ve nicked off the telly to make celebrities swear and here is the best of their work so far.
Cassetteboy vs The Streets
The Streets were a British hip hop and UK Garage project from Birmingham, led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Skinner and has included myriad other contributors.
Cassetteboy vs The Bloody Apprentice
The Apprentice (UK) is a British reality television series in which a group of aspiring young businessmen and women compete for the chance to win a £100,000-a-year job as an apprentice to the British business magnate Lord Sugar.
Cassetteboy vs Nick Griffin
Nicholas Griffin is a British politician, chairman of the British National Party (BNP) and Member of the European Parliament for North West England.
The British National Party (BNP) is a British far-right political party formed as a splinter group from the National Front by John Tyndall in 1982. It restricted membership to “indigenous British” people until 2010, after a legal challenge to its constitution. The BNP advocates “firm but voluntary incentives for immigrants and their descendants to return home”, as well as the repeal of anti-discrimination legislation.
Cassetteboy vs The One Show
The One Show is a topical magazine-style daily television programme broadcast live on BBC One. It runs every week of the year, excluding a two-week break for Christmas and generally lasts 30 minutes.
James Bond vs The Recession
Cassetteboy vs Dragons’ Den
Dragons’ Den is a series of reality television programmes featuring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas in order to secure investment finance from a panel of venture capitalists.
Harry Potter and The X-Rated Trailer
Cassetteboy vs The Only Way Is Essex
The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) is a television show based in Essex. It shows “real people in modified situations, saying unscripted lines but in a structured way.”
Cassetteboy In 2011
The best of Cassetteboy from last year, including Carry On Downton, President Obama’s speech on ‘Operation: Kill Bin Laden’, Celebrity Come Poo With Me, Channel 4’s anti-riot trailer, Cat Boy, Embarrassing Bodies, the many reasons not to be cheerful in a Conservative Britain and more.
Cassetteboy vs The News
Good evening and welcome to the BBC’s News taken out of context. The top news tonight is the battle over bonuses, how much alcohol is too much, the market town of Hereford and more.