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Band News (more headlines) 01-02-2001

The Cucumbers Launch 2001 With A Napster Hit Selection

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Music: http://www.mp3.com/cucumbers
When the ball dropped in Times Square in a blaze of music and lights, Napster, Inc. was ringing in the new Millenium hand in digital hand with Hoboken pop-rock cult legends The Cucumbers, featuring the band's newly-recorded holiday rocker "Auld Lang Syne" for their online community of more than 30 million music lovers.

"You'll taste slices of Pop, New Wave, and a hint of Surf Punk when you bite into the Cucumbers," the site's promotional squib enthuses.

The Cucumbers recorded their rough mix of the song specifically for the Napster featured holiday slot; it is available only in mp3 format on the Napster network and on the band's download page at mp3.com. "We knew Napster was looking for a terrific new tune to feature for the New Year," said explains Linus Gelber of Home Office Records (HO), the band's independent New York label. "The Cukes had been recording for their next CD anyway, so we asked them to squeeze this song into the schedule. It came out gangbusters."

"Auld Lang Syne," with words from the poem by Robert Burns, has been a favorite at seasonal sets by The Cucumbers over the years. This is the first time that their version has been recorded.

Late Friday afternoon on December 29, 2000, Napster posted "Auld Lang Syne" on their Featured Music page at http://artist.napster.com -- and by the end of that night over 1,500 fresh browsers had visited the Home Office Records web site for The Cucumbers. Since then some 3,000 Napster visitors per day have dropped in to visit the band's garden patch, and Cucumbers downloads on mp3.com have increased by hundreds of marks. Each week since late summer, the controversial and high-profile peer-to-peer file sharing company has highlighted a wide selection of new music from Napster-friendly artists, featuring six carefully-chosen songs in each seven-day whirl of promotion.

The Cucumbers were first thrust into Napster's spotlight over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when Napster featured their uptempo original tune "Charlie," a cut from the band's last record, "Total Vegetility" (Home Office Records, 2000). "If anything, the wave of new fans this time out is even higher than the last one," commented Gelber. "This totally doesn't suck!"

Gelber and Home Office Records have been outspoken supporters of Napster since the networks early troubled days. HO recording artists Pawnshop were featured at the dawn of the Discover New Music program in September, and an upcoming promotional compilation CD to be released by Napster this month will contain a track by HO's upstart performers The Dan Emery Mystery Band.

"We know the music world is changing," said Gelber, addressing the legal battles and bitterness that are inseparable from the current state of the Napster phenomenon. "I don't know where we're going to end up; neither do you, and if anyone tells you different they're dead wrong. In the meantime, we're happy to be guinea pigs. It's an exciting time, and we're glad to be in the middle of it."

"Auld Lang Syne" will remain on The Cucumbers' mp3.com pages through the month of January.

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