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Our third album together, A Working Museum - eleven Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby originals, recorded, mixed and ready for release.

The third album is quite often a problem, everybody in the pop business knows that. A lot of touring, no time to write new material, and all the good tunes used up on the first two. We rather cleverly circumnavigated this problem by making our second album, Two-Way Family Favourites, an collection of cover versions. We didn't do it deliberately of course, it just happened that way.

So for the third Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby album we've written eleven original tunes separately and together. The album is recorded, mixed and ready to be mastered and we want to release it on vinyl, CD and as a download.

It's going to be called A Working Museum because with a combined 70 year musical career that's probably what we are at this point. There's something unnatural (though hopefully not undignified) about people our age making pop music and hacking round the club circuit, but that's what we do. It's better than being referred to as a Heritage Act - heritage acts present themselves as the embalmed remnants of a bygone era . We try to keep moving.

We both started out during the punk era and continue to embrace the DIY ethic. As with our other records we recorded this album in our own studio, and played all the instruments ourselves. Except that this time we had some help from Chris Butler (of Waitresses fame) who played drums on several tracks.

The stories and the sounds piled up in layers – improvisations, personal histories, psychedelic interludes, the threat of disco, Amy playing a dodgy Crumar Insta-Piano, Eric manipulating the sound as it went down, the past tumbling out of a box in a storage space, amplifiers in the kitchen, guitar shredding, singing, silly dancing, sombreros, age and innocence...

We work to our own schedule, and having achieved the impossible by making an album in the midst of a ridiculous touring schedule and during a massive relocation (Europe to America) we feel it would be a shame to have to wait a year or so for a record label to pick us up and programme an album release. We've got our own Southern Domestic label so all we really need to do now is raise the money to manufacture the thing.

So here we are. Hope you find something of interest.

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  • Simple (and sorry for just posting FAQs now - the same info in "Updates" may be hard to find by now) - with any pledge of $25 and over you'll get a free download of the album, vocals included.

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  • All postage is included in the pledge amount. We have friends at the post office (not that it'll make any difference with the shipping costs...but we'll have a nice time down there when we put your rewards in the mail).

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  • So bring a spouse or friend you're willing to bunk with, or come on your own - the B&B reward is good for a single or couple.

    We stay in a lot of places and think it must be an interesting challenge to run a decent B&B. This is a chance to do that on a limited basis, for people who at very least have taste in music.

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  • We're astonished to have reached our goal in just under a week. We aimed low because we couldn't risk not making our goal and going back to square one. And we could never have imagined the response. The album is already made, we're excited about it, we've started booking dates in the US and UK for the fall, and time waits for no man.

    Even though we've reached the target we only have the bare minimum needed to master & manufacture CDs and vinyl, pay for artwork processing, a publicist to spread the word etc...

    We've still got plenty of rewards and two weeks left to go so feel free to keep pledging - let's see how far we can go with this!

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    An original hand-written set list from the last five years of Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby. Mounted on card with one of Eric's distressed (used) guitar picks attached (he's incapable of ever throwing them away except on stage).

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    CD album of A Working Museum autographed by Eric and Amy + an original hand-written set list from the last five years of Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby. Mounted on card with one of Eric's distressed (used) guitar picks attached.

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    Singalong without Eric & Amy - A Singing Museum, an autographed CD of the album backing tracks complete with a lyric/instruction booklet. Fun for the whole family or just listen in the privacy of your bedsitting room and figure out how we do it.

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    Signed CD A Working Museum + Singalong without Eric & Amy - A Singing Museum, an autographed CD of the album backing tracks complete with a lyric/instruction booklet.

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    Linoleum print postcards (approx 6" x 8") hand-made by the young Amy Rigby in 1985 advertising a show by Last Roundup, the first group she was ever in. There are only three of these artifacts in existance. Picture available on Amy's site - www.amyrigby.com

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    CD plus vinyl album plus download of A Working Museum plus Singalong Without Eric & Amy, A Singing Museum

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    At Home With Eric & Amy – a unique and strange concert in their own house. See the room we recorded the album in. Get the real feeling of actually being Eric and Amy. A true Working Museum experience! We've done it once before – we can do it again. Date to be finalised according to audience preference and our tour schedule but projected for a weekend in September.

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    Eleven Stations Of The Album – each song title illustrated by Amy. Acrylic on canvas board, one painting per song. Titles allotted on a first come first served basis. Choose from one of the following: A Darker Shade Of Brown, Rebel Girl Rebel Girl, The Doubt, 1983, The Days Of Jack & Jill, Genovese Bag, Sombreros In The Airport, Zero To Minus One, Tropical Fish, Do You Remember That, Valley Liquors

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    Twenty small paintings by Eric, acrylic on plywood, varying sizes. Electric guitars, Rotosound string packets, amplifier fronts... Photos of the work will appear on his site over the next two weeks – www.wrecklesseric.com/artwork All paintings are the same price regardless of size or intricacy. Backers will be able to choose which painting they have on a first come first served basis.

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    One of Eric's paintings plus A Working Museum CD and free download of the album. The paintings can be seen on Eric's site: http://wrecklesseric.com/?page_id=189 Send a message via Kickstarter to lay claim to the one you'd like.

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    One of Eric's paintings plus A Working Museum vinyl album and free download of the album The paintings can be seen on Eric's site: http://wrecklesseric.com/?page_id=189 Send a message via Kickstarter to lay claim to the one you'd like.

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    A Working Museum vinyl album plus one of Eric's paintings plus an original hand-written set list with attached (used) guitar pick

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    A Night At The Museum - bed and breakfast chez Eric & Amy. View the clutter in Eric's office, marvel at Amy's paperwork, soak up the atmosphere in the studio. We'll cook dinner for you and regale you with tales of the unexpected. Clean sheets, a comfortable bed, a hot shower (with water pressure!), breakfast, musical tips, beautiful Catskills scenery...

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    One of Eric's paintings plus one of Amy's album illustrations plus A Working Museum vinyl. Eric's paintings can be seen on Eric's site: http://wrecklesseric.com/?page_id=189 Send a message via Kickstarter to lay claim to the one you'd like. This reward includes a free download of the album.

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    Record a track with Eric & Amy at The Southern Domestic Facility – spend a day with us in our studio recording a track of your choice. If you don't have a song we'll help you write one. Take the lid off the mystery... see how we do it... come away sounding exactly like us... And if you need accommodation we'll put you up for the night. This offer is designed for individuals, not to bands without prior agreement. This reward includes a free download of the album.

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    House concerts in the UK – the Working Museum comes to you - Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby performing in your own home. We'll play anywhere!! We provide everything needed including PA. You push the furniture back, roll up the carpet and invite your friends and family. Enquiries as to feasibility via our websites.

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    House concerts in the USA – the Working Museum comes to you - Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby performing in your own home. We'll play anywhere!! We provide everything needed including PA. You push the furniture back, roll up the carpet and invite your friends and family. Enquiries as to feasibility via our websites www.wrecklessseric.com www.amyrigby.com.

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