I do have a whole bunch of current songs in my head where I mash up with other much older tracks, so here is a sample that I have in my head as of late among the more current hits:
Some Nights – fun. (2012) / Japanese Boy – Aneka (1981) / Monday Morning – Fleetwood Mac (1975) / Second Hand News – Fleetwood Mac (1977) / Pilot of the Airwaves – Charlie Dore (1979). While browsing through some Wikipedia articles about pan-European No. 1 hits, I came across this song entitled “Japanese Boy” by a singer named Aneka. I was intrigued by that song’s name as I never heard of it before, and after seeing the silly, cheesy, and now-politically-incorrect vision of a comely Caucasian singer in a Japanese costume singing an utterly catchy disco-ey Oriental-styled number (as Aneka herself noted, it’s a flop in Japan because the music actually sounded Chinese instead of Japanese–with the tonal melodies employed in this song, she is actually absolutely correct), it became one of my biggest guilty pleasures of all-time. Little did we know that she later on had a more dignified, though lower-key, career as a folk singer specializing in traditional Scottish folk songs under her real name, Mary Sandeman. Now back to the novelty song–when I listened to fun.’s more serious and earnest hit song, the “woh-oh” lines reminded me of similar parts of “Japanese Boy”, and even if on the surface they would be totally incompatible, they actually would segue well together–the lyrics of “Some Nights” could be the point of view of the “Japanese Boy” in Aneka’s song and could offer an explanation why he abandoned his lover as expressed in the lyrics of “Japanese Boy”. Now, lead singer Nate Ruess’s voice somehow reminds me of a younger version of Lindsey Buckingham, though it’s hard for me to find those 1970s Fleetwood Mac hits that would fit in the mix–until I searched for well-regarded album tracks “Monday Morning” from the 1975 eponymous album (and Lindsey and Stevie Nicks’s debut in the band) and “Second Hand News” from their best-selling 1977 follow-up Rumours. Finally, the way the opening lines of “Some Nights” are sung in chorus a cappella style reminded me of the intro to Charlie Dore’s 1979 hit “Pilots of the Airwaves” (though not the rest of Charlie’s song, which are rather incompatible), so we can also add that element in the mix.
“Adorn” – Miguel (2012) / “Just the Two of Us” – Grover Washington, Jr. featuring Bill Withers (1981) / “Sexual Healing” – Marvin Gaye (1982). I only got to pay attention to this No. 1 R&B hit by Miguel only after the Grammys, and I’m digging the song ever since. It seems obvious now that this song easily is an excellent fit to be mashed up with the late Marvin Gaye’s last big hit (a mash-up was created for those two songs already), but oddly enough, I didn’t think of Marvin Gaye at the time–the first thing that came to my mind was that this could’ve been perfect to segue to “Just the Two of Us”. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to add the Grover Washington / Bill Withers jam to add a touch of romance and a bit of innocence before the more obvious invitation to the boudoir offered by Miguel and Marvin Gaye.
“Domino” – Jessie J (2012) / “Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” – Billy Ocean (1988) / “Dancing In The Moonlight” – Toploader (1999). Jessie J’s song was one of my favorite ear candies. But oddly enough, I couldn’t help but sing the chorus of the Billy Ocean song when I listen to the verses. Then, when we get to the chorus, I couldn’t help but remember Toploader’s slick, poppy version of the 1973 King Harvest hit, and the “dirty dancing in the moonlight” lyrics in the chorus just made it an obvious match.
“Without You” – David Guetta featuring Usher (2011) / “With or Without You” – U2 (1987) / “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams (1985). I wanted this song to become a big No. 1 hit, but it only peaked at No. 4 in the US. It’s one of those rare dance-oriented songs that moved me emotionally–I sense Usher was not only singing about a girl but also about seeking God and felt his vocals took it to church. The lyrics can be interpreted in both a spiritual and an earthbound sense. There is one other song, with a similar title and similar lyrical sentiments, that also could be interpreted both ways, and it could be updated with the groove David Guetta provided in this track–U2’s mega-hit “With or Without You”. I heard an earlier mash-up where they used the David Guetta instrumental to this song over Bryan Adam’s “Summer of ’69” and I loved it. I also saw a YouTube video of a live medley of band named Dan N’ Roll performing “With or Without You” and “Summer of ’69” so perhaps it can make sense to fuse all three songs together…
“Harlem Shake” – Baauer (2012) / “Gimme Some Lovin'” – Spencer Davis Group (1966) / “Boogie Wonderland” – Earth, Wind & Fire featuring the Emotions (1979). The current internet meme craze is musically not what I’m into, but well, it’s now so prevalent that I can’t get it off my head anymore–and for some odd reason, I then segued to the rhythmic intro of the Spencer Davis Classic and then break to Steve Winwood’s singing. Then, on some other days, I then imagined the groove of that danceable EWF classic, “Boogie Wonderland”. Perhaps this amelodic noisy electro hit may serve as an unlikely bridge to mash up those two differing classics.
Admittedly some of my ideas could be a bit kooky and off-the-wall–imagine how weirder it gets when I bring out my take on K-Pop…