Friday, September 24, 2010

For Module 4

In the interest of contributing to next week’s discussion on the topic of mashups – by way of classroom-style instructional fair use - I submit the following for your consideration:

A Collection of Mashups for Module 4
The individual tracks
The entire collection in a zip file

As an avid fan of the mashup genre, I've assembled here a collection - 20 tracks, about CD's worth - of some of the more historically significant examples of mashups, as well as some interesting recent works. While a fair number of these can still be found, with some effort, on the open web, I'm intending this to be more of an introduction for the uninitiated, as well as an audio supplement to the readings for Module 4 (and to be honest, just because some of you might actually enjoy it). If you're curious, feel free to download it, load it in your iPod (or whatever) and check it out.

The track list:
For the tracks that have been the subject of legal action, I’ve added links to more information.

1. Soulwax/2 Many DJ’s - Smells Like Booty (Destiny's Child vs. Nirvana)
2. Yold - Initials D.D. (Serge Gainsbourg vs. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg)
3. A Plus D - Beethoven's 5th Gold Digger (Kanye West vs. Walter Murphy)
4. DJ Lobsterdust - It's Fun To Smoke Dust (Queen vs. Pastor Gary Greenwald vs. Midfield General)
5. Danger Mouse - Encore (Jay-Z vs. The Beatles)**
6. Pilchard - Macamuppet (The Muppets vs. The Doors vs. Los Del Mar)
7. The Evolution Control Committee – Rocked By Rape (Dan Rather vs. AC/DC)
8. RIAA - St8 Outta San Jose (Dionne Warwick vs. N.W.A.)**
9. Negativland – U2: Special Edit Radio Mix (U2 vs. Casey Kasem & others)**
10. 10,000 Spoons - This Charming Caravan (The Housemartins vs. The Smiths)
11. Freelance Hellraiser - A Stroke of Genius (Christina Aguilera vs. The Strokes)
12. DJ Moule - Give This Way (Aerosmith vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. The Chemical Brothers vs. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas)
13. Wax Audio - Whole Lotta Sabbath (Led Zeppelin vs. Black Sabbath)
14. DJ Schmolli - Don't Cha Rock My Milkshake (Zoe vs. The Pussycat Dolls vs. Kelis)
15. Norwegian Recycling - How Six Songs Collide (Jason Mraz vs. Howie Day vs. Boyzone vs. Five For Fighting vs. Angela Ammons vs. 3 Doors Down)
16. Loo & Placido - Safari Love (Aretha Franklin vs. The Beatles vs. Elton John vs. Bob Dylan)
17. Go Home Productions - Rapture Riders (Blondie vs. The Doors)
18. Dean Gray - Boulevard of Broken Songs (Green Day vs. Oasis vs. Travis vs. Eminem)
19. Half Mast/Hat - Poker Faces (Lady Gaga vs. Christopher Walken vs. Eric Cartman)
20. DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2009 (Blame it on the Pop) (a mashup of the top 25 most popular hit songs of 2009, according to Billboard Magazine).

** - Parental Advisory: contains strong language.


  1. Thanks for compiling this Frederick! :)

  2. Thanks, also, Frederick. I am very "uninitiated" but I was very curious about this music from the readings. You saved me some time looking them up! This is not my cup of tea, but I appreciated learning the history behind the music -- the Beatles, Guthrie, and Dylan references are the most interesting to me, but I have heard many of other names and I respect them for being pioneers (well, pioneers in a new way).

  3. Nice list. You should check out Q-Unit. It's a Queen 50 Cent mashup. Warning: Cursing and drugs references abound.

  4. Cursing and drug references have never bothered me. I heartily endorse both. And yeah, that Q-Unit album was an inspired piece of work. I found an old interview with the guy behind that project. It's interesting to note it was, apparently, his first attempt at mashup. Beginner's luck, I guess.