It’s been a very long time since I entered a mashup contest at Mashstix. The last time I did that, I ended up winning. I was hoping to continue that streak; that task would have been easier if there weren’t thirteen other entrants!
Truth be told, the theme of January’s contest, Decades, was pretty great. Suppose you made an A/B mashup and one of your sources was from the 90s. Your other source could come from the any decade up to and including the 1970s, or from the 2010s. However, the 1980s and 2000s would be off limits. These rules were more complicated as the number of sources increased, but you’ve got the basic idea.
I didn’t plan to enter this contest, but once again, a trip to the library sparked a mashup idea. I ended up pairing a jazz song from 1965 with an alternative rock tune from 2001. If that concept sounds as interesting to you as it did to me, you’re my target market for this release.
I’ve had this idea for a while, but I had to let it simmer before I was comfortable enough to give it a try. Right before I did so, I considered mashing up Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” with Adele’s “Someone Like You” instrumental, which would have been one heck of a genre clash. My main reason for going with the Dan The Automator remix of Willie Bobo’s “Fried Neck Bones And Some Home Fries” is that this track is much more obscure, so the surprise factor is maximized in any given mashup.
I’ve owned the first three CDs in the Verve Remixed collection for many years, so the opportunity to use one of its songs in a mashup is a real treat.
I’ve been itching to make this mashup official for a long time. I originally completed it in early May for a Mashstix challenge. All entries were required to use at least one source from a movie or TV theme song.
If you haven’t clued in yet, this challenge was right up my alley.
Still, the idea for this mashup didn’t hit me immediately. I initially considered songs from movies like Life Of Pi, The Artist and Slumdog Millionaire; I ended up using a song from the last movie for “Everybody’s Escape”. As usual, when I wasn’t trying to think of a mashup combination, that’s when this one came to me. It played out much like the conception of “Sandman P.I.”: riding the subway, idea coming from nowhere, laughing my head off.
Fortunately, no one thought I was laughing at them this time.
I had another mashup idea. Heck, I even started working on it. However, a sudden flash of inspiration derailed that plan very quickly.
I suddenly made a connection between two songs which I hadn’t listened to in a while. While the challenge of turning the nine-minute instrumental into something manageable was daunting, it’s also what lured me into giving this idea a chance. I ended up having to reject the second half of that song; it would have been too much to use the whole thing.
That said, there’s one part in the first half which I did use without making any alterations. Among other things, that means I didn’t use the acapella in any part of it.