Bootie Top 10 - August 2007
I think this whole "we're gonna post the Top 10 around the 15th of the month" thing is fast becoming a thing of the past. Now that we're doing Bootie in New York City every third weekend, we just don't get around to picking out our favorite mashups until we get back to San Francisco. Oh well...
Right now, we're knee-deep in pre-playa preparations, as we get ready to head out to Black Rock City to do Bootie at Burning Man a.k.a. "Burning Bootie" for the second year in a row. Woo-hoo! But we wanted to get the Top 10 posted before we left, so here you go, for your downloading pleasure.
Our ten favorite current mashups – and yes, we're really digging Amy Winehouse right now. She makes three appearances in this list (although one of them is a bonus track ... does that count?)
A plus D - Pour Some Hot Sugar (Mims vs. Def Leppard) - San Francisco
I will forever associate this mashup with the videogame Guitar Hero, since I "played" a version of this in front of 1300 people at the Bootie 4-Year Anniversary Party this past month! Thanks to Kingpin for liking it enough to hack Guitar Hero so he could play some Mims Leppard, too! (And for sending us a copy as well!)
Carty - Boogie Woogie Candyman (Christina Aguilera vs. The Andrews Sisters) - The Netherlands
An obvious match, seeing as that Ms. Aguilera was going for that whole boogie-woogie '40s vibe on "Candyman" anyway. Still, it's nice to hear music in a mashup that's NOT something from the past three decades! Add some beats from '80s cult fave Fun Boy Three, and some soldier marching chants, and you've got a track chock-full of vintage goodness.
Ian Fondue - Edit! (Bodyrox vs. everybody!) - London
I'm gonna let Ian explain this one himself: "Anyone who's spent any time talking to me at Bastard (London bootleg party) knows I have a bit of a habit of trying to stick different vocals over whatever is playing, even if it's already a mashup. The idea here was to make a fun dance floor track that captures the disposable idea ethos of Bastard and tie it in with said habit of trying to fit one or two lines of various songs over the same tune in quick succession." Needless to say, he succeeded. A bootleg tour de force!
The Illuminoids - Solta O Space Frango Woman (Bonde Do Role vs. Wolfmother vs. MSTRKRFT vs. Deep Purple) - Los Angeles
We love that MSTRKRFT remix of Wolfmother's "Woman," and The Illuminoids just stepped it up by adding in our latest Brazilian obsession, Bonde Do Role. Toss in a dash of Deep Purple, and you've got something made for both an iPod and a dance floor! Indie-tastic!
King Of Pants - Ring The Go Alarm (Beyoncé vs. Tones On Tail) - Seattle
DJ Freddy, King of Pants, made this as an exclusive for Bootie LA the last time he DJed down there. We love the lyrical connection of each song's respective "Go!" -- plus, we think the world needs more Tones On Tail mashups. Did you say "Who?" Kids, today, I tell ya...
Kro - The World Changes On Its Own (Amy Winehouse vs. Eric Clapton)
This one is so seamless, it barely sounds like a bootleg! In fact, we had to go and download the respective originals just to double-check it was indeed mashed-up! Really well done, and a great song as well. This one's a beauty.
Party Ben - Rehab (Can't Help Myself) (Amy Winehouse vs. The Four Tops) - San Francisco BOOTIE EXCLUSIVE!
Well, it's about time! We've been waiting for some mashups of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab," but without an available acapella, we've had to wait a couple months. Party Ben's is a more traditional take, finding a parallel between Winehouse's current hit with the '60s sound of The Four Tops that she so genuinely apes. Get it? Rehab? She can't help herself?
Alternate "Rehab" bonus track:
DJ Topcat - Young Folks Rehab (Peter, Björn & John vs. Amy Winehouse) - Seattle
Topcat's version relies more heavily on the "Young Folks" remix, but splashes just enough "Rehab" in there for us to get away with dropping it at Bootie. Either one you choose, it's a win-win!
DJ Paul V. - Phantom On The Bottom (The Lady Tigra vs. Justice) - Los Angeles BOOTIE EXCLUSIVE!
Although we weren't familiar with this hot new Lady Tigra track, after hearing it – with the perk of it being mashed up with Justice – we're now instant fans. But this is no new hip-hop diva. Remember Tigra and Bunny, the girls who liked "the cars that go boom?" Well, Tigra's all growed up now, and damn if she doesn't sound good rapping over the latest French electro sensation! Old school goes new school times two!
DJ Schmolli - Don't Cha Take A Robot Around South Of Heaven (Daft Punk vs. Slayer vs. Pussycat Dolls vs. Limp Bizkit) - Vienna, Austria
The bar staff at the DNA Lounge (where we do Bootie SF) are always telling us that we need some Slayer mashups. Now, thanks to DJ Schmolli, we can offer them this. This even manages to make the insufferable Limp Bizkit sound tolerable. RAWK.
DJ Zax - Hollywood Wondergroove (Madonna vs. Missy Elliott vs. Maroon 5) - San Francisco
I hate you Zax, for tricking me into listening to Maroon 5. I hate them! But by taking the "mashup commercial" that Madonna did for The Gap – the one that sampled both "Into the Groove" and "Hollywood," with Missy throwin' in some verses – and mashing it up with Maroon 5, he created a great, groovy track.