Early Achievements In Mash-Up History
:: Club House - Do It Again/Billie Jean ::
The kids love their mash-ups, don't they? Christina Aguilera vs. The Strokes, Destiny's Child vs. Nirvana, Kelly Clarkson vs. just about anybody. Hell, just last weekend Phil and I were grooving to Dangermouse's Grey Album (on vinyl of course, we have standards.) Well this here is a mash-up, sort of. Back then, they quaintly called it a medley. Some enterprising DJ or producer realized a similarity in the bass lines of Michael Jackson's then-ubiquitous Billie Jean and the yacht rock classic Do It Again by Steely Dan, and blessed the post-disco club culture with this funky Frankenstein.
It actually works pretty well... but frankly it's rather dull. It doesn't make me want to dance, not even mockingly. It does however make me miss buying waxpacks of baseball cards and opening them in front of the tube while watching Greatest American Hero. My biggest problem with it is that they've recreated the music rather antiseptically instead of combining the original songs. They probably didn't have that technology, or else we'd have surely gotten a controversial mash-up of I Want A New Drug and Ghostbusters. Also, the Donald Fagen dude, while doing a respectable imitation of him, sounds like English is his second language, giving it a surreal quality like it was ripped from a karaoke scene in a David Lynch movie. But hey, it was 1983. People were actually buying crap like Stars On 45, which is even more sterile and less adventurous than this.
I am sure this has likely appeared elsewhere, probably on some aerobic workout club mix that's gone platinum in Europe, but here you get it with all the pops and crackles, as Vinyl Jesus intended.