Stephen Belatedly Gets Into Transformative Remixes

I’ve never listened to a lot of mashups. I appreciate a lot of vs. songs, like most of Party Ben’s, more than I enjoy them. That’s especially true of the Evolution Control Committee’s “Pwn Monkey”, which layers the vocals from Jonathan Coulton’s “Code Monkey” over thirty different songs, all chosen to match the vocals’ chord progressions. The song reminds me of constrained writing like a lipogram or a Yngwie Malmsteen solo: technically proficient but not a lot of fun. Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album would be much better if I enjoyed Jay-Z, and Sgt. Petsound’s Lonely Hearts Club Band left me cold.

Why, then, can I not stop listening to Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals”? In a lot of ways it’s like “Pwn Monkey” in that it uses a tremendous number of samples and provides the cheap entertainment of “hey, I recognize that sample!” Yet in this case the songs make me happy as songs above and beyond any nostalgia encoded in them. Give a listen to “Hands in the Air” on Girl Talk’s MySpace page and see if you can sit still.

If you want mp3s of the album, Girl Talk will sell them to you for any price, including $0. So, really, why not give them a listen?

3 thoughts on “Stephen Belatedly Gets Into Transformative Remixes

  1. Not to mention, that’s the coolest “Young Turks” has EVER SOUNDED. That’s been stuck in my head for two days now.

  2. Yeah. Amy played this album while I was in the room messing with my laptop. I think my brain broke at point when the gangsta rap was laid on top of the Hammond organ from “Whiter Shade of Pale.” I spent the rest of the album randomly screaming obscenities into the room as the “sound” part of my brain instantly recognized samples for which the other parts of my brain couldn’t “look up” the title and artist. I was much better at hearing a tiny sample and singing the tune (or beat) from there than I was at naming.

    From the description that Adam gave, I expected it to be a mess. I’m like Stephen and typically don’t like mashups, but these just work.

  3. So I can see you’ve made a Buh-fly and a robot. Both of which are really cute! If you’re venturing out into sewing machine land… I’ve got to pass on this great little tutorial I found at Lucky Beans – Simple Monster Softie (
    I was so inspired I made one myself… ( I’m thinking I might pass it on to one of my girlfriends who has little ones for Christmas!
    It was pretty fun to make and fairly easy really – when I added the skirt it became a bit more complicated… but not too bad.

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