February 18, 2004

Grey Album

So, I heard the DJ Danger Mouse Grey Album the other day. I guess I have a hole in my musical tastes.

There is some rap music that I can enjoy in small doses. But I can’t seem to get used to the monotonal droning of voiceovers.

In the case of that “Grey Album”, I made an effort to look for the good in it. What I found was that the good parts were the parts directly from the Beatles’ White Album. The rapper is talking over them and I find it supremely annoying. I won’t deny that this remix (and a number of other remixes I’ve heard) exhibit a lot of cleverness and creativity. Mash ups that I’ve heard before have nearly all fallen short of my expectations. The Every Breath You Take/Peter Gunn Theme mix off the Sopranos: Peppers and Eggs Sountrack:[Sopranos soundtrack] is more of the sort of remix I enjoy. Both songs are evident, and little additional material is interfering, so you get a gestalt. Another is a remix of Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride. I think the remix is the work of Fatboy Slim. It’s got the punch of the original without the long trippy (and, IMHO boring) instrumental interlude.

So, something is obviously passing me by with mash ups and remixes. I shouldn’t have to try so hard to like something.

Posted by James at February 18, 2004 2:16 PM
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i agree with ya on remix taste. The Neptunes do a really cool remix of Sympathy For the Devil by the Stones. Very cool, check it out.

Posted by: at February 18, 2004 3:12 PM

I'm always willing to listen to new remix examples. I will check it out.

Posted by: James at February 18, 2004 3:49 PM

Sorry, but the only Dange Mouse for me is, well, Danger Mouse!


As Penfold would say, "Ooh, crumbs!"

Posted by: Patti M. at February 19, 2004 1:28 PM

yay Dangermouse! Loved that series. wish someone would bring it back. Crikey

I have to say that musical remixes and dj versions of songs are a pet peeve of mine. I simply abhor these exercises in 'me-tooism'. I mean, write a song for god's sake! make up your own riff. I don't mind sampling, but when all you've done is take an existing good song, add a different drum track to it and then rap over it, well, please go home. You've just ruined a song for me.

Hip-hop was vibrant 20 years ago, now it's a creativelly bankrupt minstrel show. It's the bigmac of music.

And don't even get me started on R&B/Soul. What's with all the yodeling?


Posted by: Rui Campos at February 21, 2004 7:25 PM

I have to agree with you about hip-hop. I've seen some people calling this a classic but the cuts I've listened to so far sound like uninspired rap songs. A couple of the sampling choices are interesting but the overdubbed vocals are monotonous. Eminem's best stuff blows this away.

Posted by: Mike at February 24, 2004 12:09 PM

I agree. Not a huge fan of Eminem myself, but he's much better than this. Some of his tracks really stick in the mind and in the ear. These don't. Not in mine, anyhow.

Posted by: James at February 24, 2004 1:13 PM

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