Friday, April 2, 2010

Beatles/LCD/Kinks mash-up

Mashing up two songs is challenging in and of itself. But to successfully add a third requires a gifted touch. Just thinking of a trio of tracks that might blend together with some coherence would seem difficult. Then there's the actual execution.

Entitled "The Brits Are Playing at My House," this Beatles-related mash-up combines The Fabs' "Get Back," LCD Soundsystem's "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House," and The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" - three terrific songs - into one busy, propulsive, and exciting collage of sound.

It's clearly no amateur job. The editing is very precise, the sense of timing deft, and the selection of tracks inspired.

Furthermore, a problem that often plagues these mash-ups is that, early in the proceedings, they show their hand, i.e., they demonstrate the trick of how the songs will interact with one another, and then quickly become repetitive and much less interesting. Working against this pitfall, "The Brits Are Playing at My House" is short (just 2:34), meaning it doesn't stay around long enough to stumble into the trap of repetition. Second, by bringing in "You Really Got Me" roughly halfway through the running time, the song stays fresh and dynamic.

Overall, it's a fun romp.

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