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Paper – The Get Out Clause (CCTV music video)


Unable to afford a proper camera crew and equipment, The Get Out Clause, an unsigned band from the city of Manchester, decided to make use of the surveillance cameras seen all over British streets.

They set up their equipment, drum kit and all, in eighty locations around Manchester – including on a bus – and proceeded to play to the cameras.

Afterwards they wrote to the companies or organisations involved and asked for the footage under the Freedom of Information Act.

“We hit upon the idea of going into Manchester and setting up in front of cameras we knew would be filming and then requesting that footage under the Freedom Of Information act.”- guitarist Tony Churnside

Only a quarter of the organisations contacted fulfilled their obligation to hand over the footage – perhaps predictably, bigger firms were reluctant, while smaller companies were more helpful – but that still provided enough for a video with 20 locations.

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