MJ Hibbett & The Validators – Shed Anthems

You remember when the Internet was going to change everything? Record labels were going to become obsolete because bands were all going to release their music themselves. Fans would go out and find music themselves instead of having it rammed down their throats by old men in suits disguised as trendsetters. No more CD’s either, everything would be downloaded. Yes, it was all going to be so perfect. Except that the idea was inherently flawed and simply didn’t work. Except in the case of MJ Hibbett.

Okay, MJ Hibbett doesn’t entirely fit in with the purist’s view. He is signed to record label (but it is called Artists Against Success and he does co-own it, so it probably doesn’t count) and he still releases CD’s. He’s succeeded because he has embraced and modified the new technology like no one else. His online single Hey Hey 16k (the first ever, according to AAS) has now been turned into a video by B3ta.com’s Rob Manuel and within the first 48 hours of it’s release it became the fifth most popular download on the whole internet. It seems, after years of hard graft, MJ Hibbett has made it, despite the fact that almost all of the mainstream media pay him no attention whatsoever.

This new EP is the follow-up to last year’s excellent album, This Is Not A Library. The release ties in with Euro 2004 including, as it does, Hibbett’s own crack at the football song genre, The Fair Play Trophy (Again), which focuses more on the reality of English football than all the other songs it’s up against and pleas for our nation team to win the Fair Play Trophy. Preceding this song is Things’ll Be Different (When I’m In Charge), taken from This Is Not A Library and featured here by popular demand. The rest of the EP is made up of two new songs (City Centres and Let The Weird Band Win), a live favourite (Billy Jones Is Dead) and a re-recording of an old song as voted for by fans (The Primal Rhythms Of The Bolivian Nose Flautist).

It doesn’t finish there though. Oh no. In addition to the six tracks available to you on your CD player (seven if you count the hidden track – an all-time MJ Hibbett classic!) you can also access some “futuristic multimedia” through your computer. This gives you lyrics, annotations and at least one alternative version of every track on the EP, as well as fourteen additional unreleased songs. I dare you to argue that this CD isn’t amazing value for money!

Listen ye to MJ Hibbett. He is a man of wisdom and also a giver of chuckles.

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Release date: 7th June 2004


  • Things’ll Be Different (When I’m In Charge)
  • The Fair Play Trophy (Again)
  • Billy Jones Is Dead
  • City Centres
  • The Primal Rhythms Of The Bolivian Nose Flautist
  • Let The Weird Band Win
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