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The Codfish Suit





THE CODFISH SUIT, Stockholm 1997. CD (Firework Edition Records 1005)

The Codfish Suit, from 1996, is a sound version of Elggren and Liljenberg’s book Experiment with Dreams. The texts are hysterically funny. In 1995, for example, they wrote the following letter to Brigitte Bardot: ”We are planning to start a fish factory in Lofoten, Norway. Our plan is codfishing, but we are not interested in the fish, but what’s in the stomach of the codfish. So we will have a lot of fish-refuse that we now will offer you. We know that you are a great friend of animals and perhaps this could serve as catfood? Looking forward to your answer.” Similar letters are written to Elton John, Neil Armstrong and Yasir Arafat, among others. The CD is these letters read aloud during a gallery performance in affected voices, treated with primitive echoes and electronics.” (Kenneth Goldsmith; New York Press, 2000)

All material on this CD was performed and recorded live May 10, 1996, at Garden Hotel, Malmö, Sweden. Whole Wide World was performed over telephone from Malmö to Stockholm in connection with the opening of the exhibition (EN)DURANCE, Kulturhuset, Stockholm. Lyrics from the book Experiment With Dreams by Leif Elggren/Thomas Liljenberg.


WHOLE WIDE WORLD: 1. Vegetable Kingdom 2. Double Heart 3. Odur 4. Smoked Sclimps 5. San Quentin 6. Fantasy of Margreth 7. OJ Simpson 8. Kick-a-King 9. Opera 10. Ordinary Livingroom 11. Supreme Court 12. To All Women In The World 13. Ebola 14. Dog Want Job 15. Freddies Friends THE CODFISH SUIT: 16. Mis Madexx 17. Dik The Trik 18. Codfish Factory 19. Royal Castle 20. Mr Eastwood 21. Shithouse In Essen 22. Gautrimok 23. Caroline 24. Brand New Ideas 25. To All Artists 26. Nose Workers 27. Shell 28. Music Tapes 29. Special Price 30. Fertilization 31. Inside Man 32. FBI 33. Hans Titmeyer 34. Swedish Dreamers 35. Dalai Lama 36. After Work

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