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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

But I look around me and I see it isn't so....

It's just possible that the rest of the world is already aware of this, but I've just uncovered a fantastic little album:

"Night Ripper" by Girl Talk

Apparently it describes itself as a "plunderphonics party record". Well, I don't know about that (I don't even know what that means, to be honest), but it is fantastic fun. Put simply, it's a mash up record. Except that instead of banging two or three songs together into a vaguely coherent whole, this record takes seven or eight songs at a time ... more... and throws them all into a splendidly joyous mix.

The samples and snippets of song just fly by and are sometimes just fantastically eclectic: alongside 2 Live Crew, 50 Cent and 2Pac, we've got Wings ("Silly Love Songs", no less!), Paula Abdul, Elastica, Oasis, Foo Fighters, Phil Collins Kelis, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Marky Mark, The Pixies, Britney... there's literally hundreds of them.

2 Many DJs is kind of hard to beat, but this is really good.

Amazingly, if one review I've read is to be believed, these samples have been used without clearance. Apparently the label are prepared for any potential litigation by arming themselves with a "Fair Use" argument, citing an artist's right to liberally sample in the creation of new works.

Good luck with that (especially as I heard a bit of "Bittersweet Symphony" on there... The Rolling Stones legal team have probably already been on the phone... 100% royalties sound reasonable for a 10 second snippet to you?)

Still. It sounds great - well worth a look.


  • At 9:05 pm, Blogger Mark said…

    the killer is that the orchestral strings used on "Bitter Sweet Symphony" aren't even performed by the Rolling Stones, and only appear on an ancient "Swinging Orchestra Plays The Songs Of The Stones" - so the Stones have nothing to do with it, apart from the fact they are litigious twats.

  • At 10:33 pm, Blogger Stef said…

    Hey, what's with the "litigious"? ;-)

    Sounds like a bit of a laugh. Is it better that 2 many DJs though? Thanks to a certain bloke I have about 8 different Radio Soulwax mixes which is probably more mash up than any man needs!

    PS. Cheers for those Mark! :-)

  • At 5:15 pm, Blogger HistoryGeek said…

    I'll have to see if I can find this. You know I love me some mash-up!

  • At 8:07 pm, Blogger Jenni said…

    I am reposting your CD AGAIN this week as I haven't heard from you that you've received it. I am thinking about sending 10, just to insure one arrives!


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