Langley Schools Music Project -
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The Langley Schools Music Project is a collection of recordings of children’s choruses singing pop hits by artists including The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, and David Bowie. Originally recorded in 1976–77, they were rereleased in 2001 and became a cult hit and a successful example of outsider music.
The project was undertaken in 1976–77 by Canadian music teacher Hans Fenger with students from Langley School District in British Columbia. Recordings were made in a schoolgym in Langley, in Metro Vancouver. Two LPs were released, Lochiel, Glenwood, and South Carvolth Schools in 1976 and Hans Fenger/Wix-Brown Elementary School in 1977. Fenger later said:
I knew virtually nothing about conventional music education, and didn’t know how to teach singing. Above all, I knew nothing of what children’s music was supposed to be. But the kids had a grasp of what they liked: emotion, drama, and making music as a group. Whether the results were good, bad, in tune or out was no big deal — they had élan. This was not the way music was traditionally taught. But then I never liked conventional ‘children’s music,’ which is condescending and ignores the reality of children’s lives, which can be dark and scary. These children hated ‘cute.’ They cherished songs that evoked loneliness and sadness
The recordings were little known until Brian Linds, a Victoria record collector, found the first record in a thrift store in 2000. He sent it to Irwin Chusid, a proponent of outsider music. After ten labels had rejected them, Bar/None Records released Innocence & Despair, a single-CD compilation of the two LPs.
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