New music: Cornershop – What Did The Hippie Have in His Bag?

The ever-inventive Cornershop engage in child's play – but in a good way

Released as part of Cornershop's ongoing The Singhles Club in which the band email out brand new tracks to fans as MP3s, the brilliantly titled What Did The Hippie Have in His Bag? is also part of the forthcoming Manchester international festival. After seeing Cornershop's video for Soul School, the festival organisers contacted the band and asked if they and Rude, the design company behind the video, would like to be involved in Music Boxes events, which basically involve kids aged between six months and seven years old having the opportunity to mess about with music. Cornershop and Rude came up with Pop 'O' Motion, allowing kids the chance to make their own version of the video to What Did The Hippie Have in His Bag? (premiered here exclusively) as a way of exploring the relationship between sound and moving image. Featuring a choir of youngsters from Bolton's Castle Hill primary school and a charmingly bonkers video complete with rows of crayons, a half-Welsh dragon and a reference to Kurt Vonnegut, it's child's play but in a good way.

• What Did The Hippie Have in His Bag? is released on 27 June. Music Boxes events start on 2 July


Michael Cragg

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