“Guess I’m Falling Into Bubbles” was a RIAA mashup I made a few years ago that has beeen one of my more unexpected "hits." Who'd have thunk that mixing a U.S. Army Airborne marching cadence version of Don Ho’s Hawaiian lounge classic “Tiny Bubbles” with an instrumental version of The Velvet Underground’s “Guess I’m Falling in Love” + sound fx would prove to be so popular (at least in the rareified world of internet mashups)? It has popped up again, this time on Richard Metzger's "Dangerous Minds" blog, accompanied by a groovy psychedelic video by Marc Campbell. Thank you Mr Campbell, you did a great job on this one, love it. But with gyrating '60s go-go dancers abounding, what's not to love?
"Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour online radio project, curated by
Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) with AV Festival 12."
Vicki asked me if I would like to be one of the many who contributed mixes to this mammoth project, e.g.: Carl Stone, Chris & Cosey, Tim Maloney, Ergo Phizmiz, Matmos, Dave
Joyce of Negativland, David Toop, Jared
Blum and GiganteSound, Felix Kubin, The Long Now Foundation (w/Brian Eno), DJ/rupture, and Lloyd Dunn of the Tape-Beatles. Alas, I had to turn her down (I'm still retired until I get my new studio set up), but she graciously included a few RIAA faves in her mixes.
Needless to say, it's a stupendous project, chock full of fantastic audio goodness. You'll never say "There's nothing to listen to" again.
I am proud to be featured on a show with a name like 'The Hour of Crap.' Especially when it's a special dedicated to odd Burt Bacharach interpretations. Yep, selections from the 2006 release by RIAA, "Dirt Bacharach," pops up amidst the zaniness. The show kicks off with 'Birds.' (Oh, and the rock band backing the 'Wives & Lovers' mashup is Ministry.)
Episode 142 of the Chemical Heritage Foundation's podcast used my spooky theremin instrumental "Thereming," a tune that was originally included as part of Katya Oddio's 2006 v/a comp "Calling All Fiends." The show deals with "how intentional mutations of plants were interpreted in the 1950s...Then we look at how these scientific advances were interpreted through cinema in the same period, launching prolific characters like Godzilla." Awright! Science education and Godzilla? I am proud to be associated with this show. Check it here: Episode 142: Midcentury Mutants
And to tie it all together, here's a vid I found on Youtube of a Godzilla theremin:
Here it is, at long last! 21 big hunks of mashup/sound collage goodness. Unreleased songs from unrealized projects, and previously uncollected compilation tracks..and probably some things that I didn't release for good reasons, heh heh. Since these were produced on a now-dead computer, I don't have the files for each song, hence, I'm listing each song's ingredients from memory. If I got anything wrong or incomplete, let me know, eh?
Lotsa rock 'n' roll with this batch, not as much weird thrift-store kitsch as previous RIAA releases, but there's still some silliness. And, of course, I reserve the right to reactivate RIAA whenever I feel like it. I'm planning to get into live instrument/vocal weirdness in the future...but I'm sure I'll still use sampling - I have too much old vinyl to ignore.
1. "The Wonderful World of Sound" - 15 minute mash-mix includes: Monty Python, Laurie Anderson "From The Air," Television "Marquee Moon," Bob Marley "Is This Love," LaTour "People Are Still Having Sex,"John Williams "Cantina Band," Donna Summer "Love To Love You Baby," Dean Elliot interview, Bonzo Dog Band "Joke Store Man," "Softly As I Leave You," a few seconds of Whitehouse, radio PSAs, some drum break instro, The Feathers "Give Him Love," Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam "I Wonder If I Take You Home" bonus beats, stereo checkout album, Pink Floyd "Breathe," Kommunity FK "No Fear," Talking Heads "Road To Nowhere," Her Space Holiday "The Young Machines," Stooges "TV Eye"
2. "Come As The Eighties" - Nirvana "Come As You Are" vs the song they ripped off: Killing Joke "Eighties;" one of our most popular songs, despite the somewhat rough technical quality (no Cobain acapella available at the time); check the nice fan-made video and comments!
3. "I Got Soul and Rhythm" - Erik B and Rakim "I Know You Got Soul" (which, in turn, sampled James Brown), The Feelies "Raised Eyebrows," Bobby Darin "I Got Rhythm." Check it out:
4. "Split Myself And Go" - Meat Puppets "Split Myself In Two" vs Yaz "Don't Go"
5. "Autumn Money Pledge" - R. Stevie Moore "Pledge Your Money," NASA w/David Byrne & Chuck D. "Money," Yo La Tengo "Autumn Sweater"
6. "Tipsy Socialist" - J-kwon "Tipsy" vs PiL "Socialist"
7. "Hu-Man" - dialogue from "Rugrats," and the classic '50s badfilm "Robot Monster," tv announcer I got off youtube, The Grippers "Terror," Bob Seger "Hollywood Nights," latin percussion track
8. "Shimmy Like a Man" - Ol' Dirty Bastard "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" vs The Four Seasons "Walk Like A Man"
9. "I Am Learning How To Spell" - Mormon children's record cut-up; I am going to hell for this track alone
10. "Surf Tricks" - Phantom Surfers "Banzai Run" vs Kelis "Trick Me"; as I've said before, I dreampt up this one. Yup, woke up with this combo in my head. So big ups to my subconscious! 11. "Surf Riot" - intro: dialogue from "Faster Pussycat Kill Kill," Dick Dale "Surf Beat" vs Sonic Youth "Teenage Riot," beat: Afrika Bambatta "Kick Out The Jams;" this and the previous song were originally on the various-artists collection "Summer Booty 2010," compiled by DJ Useo
12. "What a Wonderful Sidewalk" - Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World," a fairground organ version of "The Sidewalks of New York," HAL9000 from "2001: A Space Odessey," some real outer-space sound fx; originally on the 2010 various-artists collection "Off The Beaten Meter: MashUps Beyond 4/4" compiled by DJ Not-I.
13. "Seen Your Video on the Discovery Channel" - The Replacements "Seen Your Video," Bloodhound Gang "The Bad Touch," Candy Girls feat. Sweet Pussy Pauline "Wham Bam," Spragga Benz "Pussy"
14. "Born to Run Run Run-DMC" - Bruce Springsteen "Born To Run," Run-DMC "My Adidas," Velvet Underground "Run Run Run"
15. "Shut Up And Take The Night" - Chelley "Took The Night" vs The Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go"; this one was Mrs Fabs' idea: she used to hear "Took The Night" at her workout classes, and even came up with a new RIAA tag: "Rosemary's Inspiration: Aerobic Activity."
16. "Colors Inside My Heart" - Charlie The Hamster (a christian Chipmunks ripoff); Ice T "Colors," Stevie Wonder "Superstition," Link Wray "Jack The Ripper," Hal Lindsay from "1980s Countdown To Armageddon"
17. "Rectangle of the Beast" - The Church Universal and Triumphant Inc. feat. Elizabeth Clare Prophet "Dedication To The Tackling Of The Beast And The Dragon-The Momentum Of Rock And Roll" vs Gigi D'Agostino "Rectangle"
18. "I Found That Jesus Rare" - Adrian from the Bootie mashup club nights (where I've been known to dj) and the live mashup band Smashup Derby singing Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" vs Gang of Four "I Found That Essence Rare"
19. "Porn-Again Christian" -The Chakachas "Jungle Fever" vs a bunch of songs from a thrift-store christian record
20. "I'm a Pink Soldier in Army Room of the Lord" - David Lynch "The Pink Room" vs The Soul Stirrers "I'm a Soldier in Army of the Lord"
21. "Saturn Sea Organ" - the worlds' first sound-effects mashup? A "sea organ" (pitch-shifted to give it melody) vs radio emissions from the planet Saturn, I believe the same fx used on "What a Wonderful Sidewalk"
Much thanks to Mrs Fab, Adrian & Mysterious D, DJ Useo, DJ Not-I, windbag (for the Mormon record), acapellas4u and all the nice people who made available the acapellas. The next step in my musical evolution is forthcoming. So long and thanks for all the fish...