How do you fancy an example of the ancient art of the mash-up? Featuring PiL’s debut single and Macy Gray? By Soundhog? It’s a good ‘un. There are more PiL mash-ups, John Lydon stuff and so forth at Fodderstompf.

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Top Gear

Cars don’t going to feature here at Bagging Area very often but today’s post is car inspired if not a full discussion and comparison of motors that would keep Clarkson happy.

We have two cars. One is an increasingly shabby Volkswagen Polo that trundles between home and my workplace, rapidly approaching the eighty thousand miles mark. It’s pleasingly basic- steering wheel, three foot pedals, hand break, gear stick, cassette player, working electric window on the driver’s side, broken electric window on the passenger side. It’s full of old compilation cassettes, fag ash, wrappers and packets, pebbles and grit, and the mp3 adaptor thing that means the cassettes are only there for mp3 player battery dying moments. The other car, the ‘family car’, I only really get to drive at weekends. I suppose it’s our son’s car really, seeing as part of I.T.’s disability benefit pays for it and he qualifies for it through the Motorbility scheme. It’s got electric everything, and a sensor that beeps to warn you when you’re reversing too near a wall. Not that this stopped me reversing into a wall a few weeks back. It’s got a cd player, which was the most exciting thing about it for me, and it’s various storage compartments are bursting with homemade compilation cds, mainly filled up with tracks from blogs better and older than this one.

To cut a long winded post short that isn’t really about cars at all, I reached in one of the storage areas yesterday and pulled out a cd cleverly titled Easter 08, stuck it in the player and this came on- Freelance Hellraiser’s mash up of Christina Aguilera and The Strokes, A Stroke Of Genius. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis reckoned this was the song of the last decade. It’s one of those songs the whole family can sing along too, including the instrumental parts. Ace. When I last posted a mash up, a reader at the back-up, WordPress version of Bagging Area left a comment saying ‘But who listens to mash up’s anymore?’. Well, when they’re this good I do.

a stroke of genius.mp3

Why Oh Why Oh Why?

The mash up artist Dunproofin’ has pushed it too far- taken Andrew Weatherall’s Feathers and mashed it up with- wait for it- Girls On Film by Duran Duran.

There are plenty of 80s pop bands you can say good things about. Duran Duran are not one of them. Duran Duran were always awful. Early stuff- awful. The rest- awful, vapid nonsense.

So, download it, listen to it once, then go and wash your ears out with soap. And delete it.


Go Home Productions The Smiths v Destiny’s Child ‘How Soon Is Independence’

I love these little internet coincidences. Earlier today I posted Can’s I Want More, mentioning it’s influence on Johnny Marr writing How Soon Is Now. Idly surfing a while ago I came across this, Go Home Productions mash up of The Smiths’ masterpiece How Soon Is Now and Destiny’s Child’s Independent Woman. These two songs go together far better than you’d expect, in fact the fit is hand in glove. Ha. Incidentally get over to gohomeproductions.co.uk for a whole load of other mash up fun. Mark Vidler, GHP, has been at this for years, most famously producing the ace Sex Pistols v Madonna Ray Of Gob (which I can’t find my mp3 of, can’t believe I deleted it). This one may be his best yet though, a beauty.

how soon is independence.mp3

The Stone Roses versus Lily Allen ‘Water Lily’

Recent posts here at Bagging Area on both Lily Allen (with Mick Jones) and The Stone Roses reminded me of this- a mash-up of The Roses’ Waterfall and Lily’s LDN. Loads of bloggers seem to trail mash-ups with ‘I don’t like many of these new-fangled mash-ups, but this one’s good…’ , and I’m not going to stray far from that. This was done by a DJ from Blackburn called Sam Flanagan and works pretty well, depending on how much you like either or both of the mashees involved. I think it’s good although I’m sure some Roses fans will see it as sacrilege, but then many of them have stood through Ian Brown mangling Roses songs at gigs, so what do they know?

water lily.mp3

Primal Scream versus Tweet ‘Oops I’m Loaded’

I’ve just nipped to the supermarket for a few odds and ends, thought I’d whip through the self-service bit, and been a victim of the bagging area- ‘unauthorised item in the bagging area’ three times. There’s some grim irony for yer. A neighbour saw me and asked ‘why do you do it to yourself?’. At this point I was about to rip the display screen from its mooring. I was already talking in an agitated way to the machine- ‘I’ve put it in the bagging area. No there isn’t. You authorised it. What do you want me to do? Why should I wait for assistance- the whole point here is that I can do it myself’. Grrrr.

Anyway. The mash-up. So mid-noughties don’t you think? But good fun when done well. The bloke behind Go Home Productions has done it as well as anybody, and recently re-appeared with a Thin Lizzy/ Christina Aguilera mash-up. Which sent me back to this one, from several years ago. The vocal from Tweet’s Oops (Oh My), the one where she sees a man in a club, gets hot thinking about it and, um, pleases herself, placed over Loaded, Primal Scream’s blast off and Andrew Weatherall’s starting point. He’s getting everywhere round here at the moment. This is good- two very different songs, spliced together, done with a sense of humour and adding something to both.

oops i’m loaded.mp3