The Streets’ landmark debut album Original Pirate Material is the latest record to be celebrated by one of Tim Burgess’ legendary listening parties. The Charlatans’ frontman’s Twitter party kicks off at tonight, 29 May, at 10pm BST.
Tonight is a night Streets fans will be waiting for with great excitement as Burgess’ listening party will be followed at 11pm by the YouTube premiere of The Streets’ documentary, The A-Z Of How To Make A Mixtape at Noisey Music, which delves into the making of Original Pirate Material. Following that, The Streets’ Mike Skinner will be doing a live Instagram Q+A with some special guests dropping in to chat.
NEXT FRIDAY 29 MAY – 10pm – #TimsTwitterListeningParty for Original Pirate Material, then over to Youtube for the premiere of The Streets @NoiseyMusic documentary, then over to IG Live for a Q+A and then some special guests dropping in to chat. @Tim_Burgess pic.twitter.com/Oi7lAVuFIa
— Mike Skinner (@mikeskinnerltd) May 22, 2020
Original Pirate Material is the debut studio album by English rapper and producer Mike Skinner, released using music project name, The Streets. Recorded mostly in the south London house that Skinner was renting, using a laptop with digital audio software, the album is musically influenced by UK garage and US hip hop, while the lyrics tell stories of British working-class life. It was supported by four singles, ‘Has It Come to This?’, ‘Let’s Push Things Forward’, ‘Weak Become Heroes’ and ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’.
The album’s instrumental tracks were created on an IBM ThinkPad, while Skinner used an emptied out wardrobe as a vocal booth, using duvets and mattresses to reduce echo. Direct influences on the album included the 2000 film Gladiator which inspired the lyrics of ‘Turn The Page’, the opening track to the album. Skinner eschewed analogue recording equipment and recorded and mixed the album entirely on Logic Pro, a digital audio workstation.
The album originally rose to number 12 on the UK Albums Chart in 2002, and then peaked at number 10 in 2004 after the release of the chart-topping second Streets album A Grand Don’t Come for Free. Original Pirate Material received widespread critical acclaim, with many reviewers praising the originality and humour of Skinner’s lyrics, and subsequent critics’ polls have placed it among the best albums of the 2000s.