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A Marvelous, Monstrous Musical Mashup

Dean Gray\'s American EditI’ve only recently become aware of the musical phenomenon known as “mashups“, where DJs and remixers take what would seemingly be incompatible musical pieces and create coherent songs using said music. For example, Jay Z released an a capela version of his “Black” album which lead to the creation of several mashups based on his vocals and others’ music. DJ Danger Mouse was the first to remix Jay Z’s album, mixing it with the Beatles’ “White Album” resulting in the “Grey Album“. DJ Cheap Cologne chose to mix it with Metallica’s “Black Album” to create the “Double Black Album” (actual recordings of both the Grey and Double Black Albums are available via .torrents at BannedMusic.org, while a video of the Grey Album’s rendition of “Encore” is available from other sources). Philly Native DJ Uh…Mike mixed it with Weezer’s “Blue” album to form the “Black and Blue Album“. Each of those efforts is well worth a listen, although I do think that the Grey Album is the best of the three and works best musically.

While those are certainly interesting efforts, I simply must draw your attention to an “album” by “Dean Gray” – American Edit. Jeff Harrell initially pointed me to this mashup which takes Green Day’s “American Idiot” as its base and turns out an album that is far superior to its punk underpinnings, albeit in an extremely bizarre fashion. For instance, “Dr. Who on Holiday” combines Green Day’s “On Holiday” with the Dr. Who theme to very catchy effect, while “Impossible Rebel” combines Green Day’s “She’s a Rebel” with the “Mission: Impossible” theme, the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” and Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”. It’s bizarre, it sounds unlikely, but oh, does it work! See also “American Jesus” for Green Day + Johnny Cash + Bryan Adams + a dance remix of “American Idiot” or “Boulevard of Broken Songs” for Green Day + Oasis + Aerosmith.

Then, if that whets your appetite for mashups, you’d be well served to check out the Kleptones’ Yoshi Battles the Hip Hop Robots and A Night at the Hip-Hopera, a combination of classic hip hop and Queen riffs (see Waxy.org’s complete track listing to see just how many hip hop artists were combined with Queen).

Wicked.

Lyrical note: Each of those projects is based on the work of musical artists whose lyrical vocabularies tend to range from “blue” to “very blue” to “cuss like a sailor blue”, so please treat each link as if it had a “Parental Advisory” sticker on it. You have been warned.

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  2. Boulevard is really just the oasis song with different lyrics and effects on the guitars. The first time I heard it, I started singing Oasis. Two days later, I heard the remix. Hilarious. Good links, man.

  3. We heard the Boulevard mix on the way back from Brad’s wedding. It blew our minds. I’ve heard it only one other time, when I was driving back from Cleveland. Guess my little bo-dunk radio stations aren’t interested…

  4. That’s right, I had forgotten about that, Andy. I knew I had heard the song before, but I couldn’t recall for the life of me where.

  5. […] I pretty much knew this was going to happen: Warner Brothers Records has C&D'd the wonderful American Edit mashup I mentioned a couple of days ago. All hope is not lost for those who neglected to grab it while it was online, however. Enterprising fans of mashups/bootlegs have organized Dean Gray Tuesday, a virtual replay of the Grey Tuesday protest organized around DJ Danger Mouse's remix of Jay Z's "Black Album". December 13th, volunteers from all over the Internet[s] will be hosting complete copies of Dean Gray's American Edit to protest the illegitimate legal action WBR has taken (in short: since "Dean Gray" was making no profit off of the enterprise and Green Day couldn't conceivably be deprived of album sales, the mashup should be considered Fair Use). […]

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