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Arthur Loves Plastic

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  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s

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All Music Guide:

Though perhaps unintentional, the image of a cat (the titular, dearly departed Arthur) romping with a grocery store bag evokes the kind of playful resourcefulness that fuels Bev Stanton's techno sound adventures. The D.C.-area producer creates multi-layered, hyperkinetic atmospheres from a simple basement setup, often incorporating the passionate vocals of local jazz-folk singer Lisa Moscatiello, as well as potent soundbites and other ephemera. Stanton's prolific discography varies in tone from album to album, but a festive, danceable thread runs through them all. The Bahamian-born, Florida-raised Stanton has released about one full-length work per year since 1995 (mainly on her own Machine Heart Records), punctuated by the occasional spirited remix collection, and has won multiple "Wammies" (Washington Area Music Awards). She has also created sounds for theater, television shows, dance pieces, and advertising, and has become a popular Beltway club DJ.

Wikipedia:

Arthur Loves Plastic or ALP is the performing name of Washington, D.C. based electronic music recording artist Bev Stanton.

Biography[edit]

Stanton was born in the Bahamas in 1966 and raised near Walt Disney World. She recorded ALP's first project, Sperm Warfare, in her basement, and it was released in Europe by Britain's T.E.Q. Music?. After T.E.Q. folded, Stanton has independently released most of her twenty one studio albums. Her early efforts at internet promotion prompted Keyboard Magazine to feature her in a cover story on indie-music promotion.

Stanton also plays bass in the Baltimore band The Window Shoppers and is an honorary Space Dot. ALP's part-time vocalist, Lisa Moscatiello, featured 3 ALP tracks on her latest solo CD Trouble from the Start.

Band name[edit]

Stanton’s performing name is taken from her cat Arthur’s fondness for plastic grocery bags. Arthur Loves Plastic is regularly included in internet lists of weird/funny/worst band names.

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Remixer[edit]

The Washington Post has referred to Stanton as a "remix master" for her work with artists such as Basehead, Emmet Swimming, Lisa Moscatiello, Nebulae, Sounds of Mass Production, Techno Squirrels and Trisomie 21.

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DJ[edit]

Since 2002, Stanton has performed as a Beltway club DJ - initially as a member of the First Ladies DJ Collective. She describes her style as "downtempo, progressive house, trance with original ALP tracks thrown in".

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Awards[edit]

Stanton and ALP have won over twenty Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards) in the Electronica category, including the 2008 Electronica Recording Wammie for the album Brief Episodes of Joy. In addition, ALP has been awarded the Electronica Emeritus Award (2008 Wammies) and Emeritus Standing in the Electronica Performing Artist (live) category (2006 Wammies), while Stanton has been awarded Emeritus Standing in the Electronica DJ category (2006 Wammies) - an honour handed out to a select few artists which acknowledges their continuing success in these fields.

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Contents

Music in other media1.1 Advertising1.2 Dance1.3 Film1.4 Television1.5 Theatre

Music in other media[edit]

Advertising[edit]

"Feel the Love", "Boogie Bonnie Bell", "Ravish" and a brief biography for ALP feature in the GEICO Cavemen campaign's virtual website Caveman's Crib. The track "I Can Dream" was featured on Pumawomen.com.

Dance[edit]

Stanton produced the avant-garde piece "Fragile" for use in performances at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C.

Film[edit]

"Ooh Baby" and "If I Fell Off This Earth Tonight" feature on the soundtrack of the Canadian TV movie Apartment Story, while "Revolution (Reprise)" appears on the soundtrack of film short Paradise Attempted. The track "Afterglow" is featured in its entirety in the film-poem To Suffer Is to Slip Unnoticed, while "Klondyke 5" appears in the film-poem To Mock the Purists in Their Rabidity and "Falling" appears in the film-poem Purple Ganymede.

Television[edit]

ALP tracks have appeared on Access Hollywood, American Idol, America's Most Wanted, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Extra, Lesbian Sex & Sexuality, Mind of Mencia, MTV Cribs, Sexy Girls Next Door, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Undressed.

Theatre[edit]

Eleven ALP tracks feature in the Solocat Productions Los Angeles premiere of David Hare's play The Blue Room, and are included on The Blue Room soundtrack album. In the Rogue Machine production of Diana Son's play Stop Kiss, the track "Yeah Baby" is featured in a scene at a lesbian club.

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Personal life[edit]

Openly gay, Stanton is a regular performer at Queering Sound, an annual festival staged in Washington, D.C. which focuses on alternative artists from the LGBT community.

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