In Surveillance Video, Band Rocks Big Brother

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When Manchester, England's The Get Out Clause didn't have enough money to make a video for their new single, the group conjured up a novel idea: Why pay for cameras when cameras are everywhere?

With the help of the country's 4.2 million closed-circuit TV security cameras and an armload of information requests, the band had a rock video.

"We tried to position ourselves right in front of these cameras, to make sure the CCTV footage was the best shot we could get," guitarist Tony Churnside says. "We had no idea at all how it would look."

Churnside says they played for 80 to 100 cameras over a period of a week. Then they spent three weeks asking individual businesses to release the footage. That was a task made easier by a British law that requires all public cameras to feature a sign listing contact information for the owner of any public camera.

The result — partly mesmerizing, partly chilling — has gained the band widespread attention.

"I think this was just a nice, original idea that we're pleased to do before anyone else," Churnside says. "Now we have to top it with the next video."

>> Maybe Google Earth is next? Rock out with your own idea on the Bryant Park Project blog.

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