Archive for March, 2010

Oops! I did it again…

March 31, 2010

I really must keep up with this thing. This is only a test post for @michlan on twitter anyway, and I’ve no idea what sort of music she likes, although I think she may have mentioned going to see Scouting For Girls once, which is a tad worrying.

Anyway, Mashup Monday on a Wednesday, I’m afraid it’s one of mine again as I can’t work out how to embed soundcloud or fairtilizer on here. A really old one from 2004 with video by ThriftshopXL.

Mashup Mond…oh shit, it’s Tuesday

March 23, 2010

Due to various reasons I haven’t been around as much as I wanted to be, but I’m determined not to let this go the way of other blogs I’ve opened, so with a slight delay, it’s Mashup Monday! It’s probably a Monday on Mars, or one of Jupiter’s moons, anyway.

This little beauty is by French bootlegging genius Sugamotor, sticking Rihanna’s erectile dysfunction anthem Rude Boy over Placebo. And it’s a bit good:

More stuff coming soon, honest!

It all sounded the same…

March 16, 2010

First Men At Work get sued by a bunch of Girl Guides (well, pretty much), and now Eddy Grant is jumping on the plagiarism gravy train, accusing Gorillaz of nicking a three-note keyboard riff from his 1983 song, Time Warp. (My opinion? Same key, different tempos, probably accidental and I’d be very surprised if Eddy got any money out of it. But what do I know?)

Anyway, leading on from that here’s the first in a new series called Separated At Birth – two records that I think sort of sound a little bit similar to each other if you’re not listening too closely and have your head stuck in a bucket of custard. Jane’s Addiction and The Cure… but which came first? The Cure song was released a year before the Jane’s song, but there’s live footage on Youtube of the Jane’s song which (it is claimed) is from a year before the Cure song was released, so who knows? Who cares? Tune in next week for another episode!


Mashup Monday

March 15, 2010

Normally I hate the word “mashup” – when I started doing them in my bedroom twenty-odd years ago they were called “bootlegs” if they were called anything, and when releasing them over the interweb in 2003 the term “bastard pop” was also being thrown about – but like it or not, “mashup” has become the preferred term for two or more records mixed together. Nobody really uses the term “bastard pop” any more, and “bootleg” confuses the hell out of people who come looking for old Hawkwind concerts recorded by Thomas Edison on shellac discs in 1873 (or something).

Mashup Monday, then. Every Monday I’m going to post a mashup by someone – either a video, or a streaming player, or something that enables you to listen to said mashup without buggering off somewhere else. Sometimes if I’m feeling lazy they’ll be old ones of mine, like this from 2005 (I think) – it’s LFO vs The Communards, released under the nom de boot of Fudge Tools. Video by Tim Instafingerbeartrouble Cubmaticradio Mutantclashpop (or whatever he’s called this week)

By The Rivers Of Babble-On

March 13, 2010

I was listening to Radio Babylon by Meat Beat Manifesto the other day when something bleedin’ obvious struck me. Have a listen and see if you can guess what:

No, not the fact that Liam Howlett half-inched the breakbeat for Charly a year later, nor the fact that the bassline sounds very similar to FSOL’s Papua New Guinea (but not identical, as I once proved to Tim from Mutant Pop/Radio Clash by singing both basslines to him – he wasn’t entirely convinced, but I was drunk).

It’s not even the fact that this was one of the very first proto-jungle tunes (although it was).

Nope, it’s the source of the main vocal sample.

“Baaaa-by-lon!”

Now where the hell have I heard that before?

Oh yeah! A fifth birthday party, in Bedford, in about 1980. Probably my own fifth birthday party. It’s fucking BONEY M!!!!*

I revealed this little-known factoid on Twitter yesterday, and here’s Luke Dsico‘s response:

Well, it made me laugh anyway.

(and I always, ALWAYS end up singing “how shall we sing the Lord’s song in Australia”. WHY?!?!!?)

*I don’t usually do multiple exclamation marks, but they’re entirely justified in this case

Yep, another music blog

March 12, 2010

I’ve been meaning to start one of these for ages, so here goes. It’s a music blog (how 2007!), and occasionally I might post a link to the odd mp3, but more than that, it’s somewhere for me to waffle on about the music that, well, sets me ears alight…

Yes, that’s Desmond Dekker’s Me’Israelites. Which leads me to this remake from 1992:

I’m probably going to be posting a lot of old skool rave, but also hip hop, indie, jungle, acid house, bootlegs, mashups, some modern stuff, and the odd rant about the unbearable shiteness of Scouting For Girls. Whatever takes my fancy really. As I make my own mixes too, I’ll leave you with one from 2007, which features the Chops-EMC and Extensive track above (mixed with Soft Cell!): have a listen here.