Listen: Art Brut - 'Modern Art' [Record Store Day 2020]

on Saturday, August 29, 2020
Words: Saam Das

Having been moved back already on multiple occasions, Record Store Day UK 2020 finally launched today, August 29th. The "Day" has, in fact, been separated into three dates - with releases also due on 26th September (including 'Say My Name' by Destiny's Child on 12" vinyl) and 24th October (featuring Eminem's 'My Name Is' on 7"). For today's releases, we'd like to highlight Art Brut's special 'Modern Art' project, with three hundred personalised record sleeves, organised and released by Alcopop Records.

'Modern Art' might be a track that you're already familiar with, the anarchic anthem originally released as a single in 2004 on notable indie label Fierce Panda, as well as appearing on Art Brut's 'Bang Bang Rock & Roll' debut album. Having to signed to Alcopop in 2018 and appearing on our list of Record Store Day 2019 picks, the band have spruced things up with a sixteen minute live version of the track, befitting of its core sentiment - "Modern art makes me want to rock out!"

Arguably, the biggest attraction is the individual hand-made pieces of "modern art" on each of the Record Store Day release sleeves - including two writers on this very website! (As seen in the video below, you can spot my dog-infused sleeve at 0.56 and Kieran's money-laden collage at 1.04) Oh and the likes of Frank Black and John Cooper Clarke also contributed.

Art Brut - 'Modern Art'

'Modern Art' is available to buy at Record Store Day 2020 participating stores. Find more about Art Brut at and Alcopop Records at

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