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Butchery Obituary: The Death Of V/Vm

James Kirby's pop music butchery project ends...

After 13 years of top chart pop butchery, James Kirby's V/Vm and its record label V/Vm Test Records (which Kirby co-founded with Andrew McGregor in 1996) has called it a day. Over the years, and under a variety of monikers, V/Vm released a multitude of remixes and hacks of popular hits such as the release by Chris De Burger & Lion El Glichie "Lady In Red (Is dancing with meat)"/"All Night Long (Butcher All Night)" and a remix of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Relax". On The official V/Vm website Kirby writes that although V/Vm as an ongoing concern is finished, "I am able to say categorically that the closure will result in more output and new projects appearing" which will begin with a planned 7CD retrospective boxset due out late 2009. Kirby will continue developing his current project The Caretaker, which like V/Vm (a champion of online file sharing) has a large amount of work available online for free download.