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Alcopop! Records to release QI podcast on vinyl

By | Published on Tuesday 15 September 2015

No Such Thing As A Fish

Here’s an interesting record deal. Alcopop! Records has signed up QI’s ‘No Such Thing As A Fish’ podcast to release an exclusive episode on twelve-inch vinyl. And you have to admit, there is something quite delightful about something as purely digital as a podcast being released on vinyl.

Discussing how the project came about, Alcopop! boss Jack Clothier tells CMU: “It actually all kicked off – although we didn’t know it then – when we started working with the fundamentally awesome Emperor Yes, who provide the ‘No Such Thing As A Fish’ theme tune. Dan [Schreiber], one of the QI Elves, and I met at a typically hazy night at Ash [Gardner] from Emperor Yes’s studio, got chatting over recording some dinosaur pop music I was working on, and then decided that this would be an awesome thing to do”.

“I challenge anyone who’s ever met anyone NOT to want to work with them!” he adds of the team behind ‘QI’ and its podcast. “They are a wonderful bunch, super fun – and wise to boot, as you may have guessed from the podcast. It was a really extravagant project, I love the show, and they wanted to be podcast rockstars. Releasing the show on vinyl and getting Corey involved are the first steps”.

Corey? Corey who? Well, alongside the usual panel of QI Elves, the Alcopop! edition of the show will include a guest appearance from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor (apparently a “massive QI fan”) discussing his “favourite fact EVER”.

On releasing a podcast on vinyl, Clothier adds: “I don’t really believe in decreeing that certain mediums belong on certain formats, and it’s something that we try very hard to mix up and make interesting at Alcopop! The podcast medium is a wonderful thing, but there’s no reason we can’t do something exciting physically – with exclusive episodes and bundles of downloads. Sales are suggesting it’s been a popular move so far!”

As for whether podcast releases like this could become a regular thing for his label, he adds: “Nothing in the pipeline yet, but who knows. We’ll never say never if there’s an interesting project that we can bring something to. There’s so much scope for running an indie label in 2015, and so many interesting ways to make it happen. So working with our favourite podcast in the world seemed like a good way to take things forward”.

The record will be officially launched at the upcoming ‘No Such Thing As A Fish’ live show at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End on 20 Nov. Purchasing it will also give you access to the first year of podcasts, which are currently unavailable elsewhere. So pre-order here like a sensible person would.