In Case You Missed It

November 15, 2009, 8:49 pm
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When it comes to music, we all have those tried-and-true songs we love to listen to as we get ready to go out for the night, or the ones we squeal giddily to when a DJ spins them on. But one of the great things about recent technology is that almost anyone can become a DJ–and a pretty decent one, at that–by being able to create song mash-ups. Now while this post isn’t directly about the Internet, I definitely think song mash-ups are a crazy phenomenon that certainly only spread through viral videos and the Internet, otherwise you would only hear such mixing if you went to see a professional DJ at a bar or club.

I mean, look at Girl Talk. He had a nine-to-five job as an engineer but was able to quit his job in 2007 to become a professional DJ and tour around the world. And he also allowed fans to buy his 2008 album, Feed The Animals, online for any price they were willing to pay, a la Radiohead.

Girl Talk aside (Although you should DEFINITELY check him out if you haven’t heard of him, seriously) I am posting today some common mash-ups of Top 40 songs that we all know, so that you can recognize how badass the mash-up is in action. The first is a combo of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” I felt this one was important to include because “Rick Rolling” is also a viral video that took off a couple years back online, and so I thought this would pay homage to that.

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Another mash-up I liked and thought was worth adding was Biggie Smalls’ “Party and Bullshit” and Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” I like this mash-up becuase…well, of any two artists you could try to get to do a duo, Biggie and Miley would be the least likely. And not even just becuase Biggie is dead…it would just NEVER happen.
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And last but not least I included a mash-up of Black Eyed Peas’ “Lady Lumps” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” just because this seems like a classic club mash-up that I could see being played at any bar in any college town, including ours. Enjoy!
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