Thursday, January 10, 2008


Early each year, I watch boingboing for news of the Best of Bootie compilation. Bootie is a mash-up club night, and generally produces some entertaining stuff. My theme song, for instance, is "Badd to Me," from the 2005 comp, which combines the Cure with the Ying-Yang Twins. This year's has some stand-out tracks, which I will enumerate.
  1. Detox (Amy Winehouse vs. Britney Spears) - King of Pants. Two things I love about Mash-ups. The mashers have awesome nomes de mash, and some of the best mash-ups are not just fun to dance to, or neat sounding, but make some broader* point. "Detox" combines two songs I like already and pokes fun at the whole celebrity rehab thing. It's a little sadder and creepier when you realize that "Toxic" was released before Britney's life went to crazy shit.
  2. Tequila Lip Gloss (Lil Mama vs. the Champs) - DJ Paul V. Sometimes, all a mash-up does is make a song better. Adding the Tequila song to that damn Lip Gloss song does this.
  3. Illiterate city (Jackson 5 vs. Guns 'n' Roses) - Divide & Kreate. This one's fun. It takes the "A-B-C, easy as 1-2-3" song and puts the guitars from "Paradise City" behind it. It doesn't entirely live up to it's promise (I'd love to hear L'il Michael Jackson rocking the fuck out), but it's a bunch of fun. A plus D's "Don't Stop Believin' in Planet Rock (Journey vs. Afrika Bambaataa)" does something similar.
  4. Fade to Pretty Vacant (Visage vs. Sex Pistols vs. the Charlatans, vs. Fun Lovin' Criminals vs. Nouvelle Vague) - Copycat. Pretty much unrecognizable, which is part of the fun of mash-ups. I can just about pick out the riff from "Pretty Vacant" in here, but that's about all.
There's more, certainly. There's another Britney song, an an Unk/Avril mash-up, and a fantastic John Williams/Chemical Bros collaboration. I'd highly recommend checking this out. And the two previous ones.

*meta, I think is the hip term for this.

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