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This Beatles/Ke$ha Remix Reminds Us That Mashups Can Be Awesome

This Beatles/Ke$ha Remix Reminds Us That Mashups Can Be Awesome

By Brandon Specktor

We're generally pretty skeptical of corny attempts to modernize the Beatles—but, great glitterbomb, Batman! This new "TiK ToK"/"Come Together" remix by soundcloud DJ doctordude is inexplicably awesome.

According to Ke$ha's TiK-Tok-ing stopwatch in this clubby, clappy Abbey Road remix, it is well past the hour to get your Fab Four on the Floor. For three pulsing minutes (that's shorter than either of the original songs) the Glitter Queen's farty computer synths march behind that signature McCartney hippie babble, and it's not long before those feet down below your knees start a-wigglin'.

Say what you will about the endless bastardization of the Beatles, this remix just weirdly works. And, like all effective music, it got us thinking about other songs that just weirdly work. Here's five more unlikely mashups to waste away the evening hours with:

1. "Jolene's Lockdown"
by doctordude
samples: Kanye West and Dolly Parton

Not quite as meme prone as the doc's Beatle$ mix, this simple juxtaposition of '70s and 2000s heartbreak is nonetheless an endlessly replay-worthy endeavor. Next to Kanye's AutoTuned pouting, Dolly's country-crisp plea for mercy takes on an even weirder power. This mix is another great reminder: Try not to break someone's heart if they have an international audience and a microphone.

2. "Honey Pie"
by Grant Lazlo
samples: The Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet & Barbara Lea

This recent mix by DJ Grant Lazlo takes a slightly different tack at beefing up the Beatles than his Ke$ha-sampling Soundcloud bro's does. Thanks to some groovy horn and guitar parts from three depression-era jazz masters, the Beatles' White Album trudge through the rain becomes a free-wheeling swing stomp.

3. "Television Rules The Nation/ Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
by Daft Punk
samples: themselves!

A lethargic digi-DJ doesn't have to do much more than push play at a live show to get the job done these days. Contrary to convention (is that a French thing?), robot dance jockeys Daft Punk decided instead to mash-up their entire discography for the duration of their 2007 world tour. This remix of their "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" claim to fame (and future Kanye mashup fodder) is the most radio friendly track from the tour—but if you've got some time on your hands and really wanna shake dat [insert jiggly bit of anatomy here], try "Prime Time Of Your Life / Brainwasher / Rollin' and Scratchin'" too.

4. "Gimme Gimme"
by The Kleptones
samples: The Rolling Stones, Rick James, and Black Sabbath

In this cut from self-admitted music thief Eric Kleptone's 2010 remix LP, the lead riff from Sabbath's "Supernaut" adds some chunky gravity to Rick James' hovering horn groove, turning the Stones' famous anti-war lament into a sudden-onset disco. Bonus: the song comes attached to a mesmerizing YouTube video of a dude tickling some capybaras!

5. "Play Your Part (Pt. 2)"
by Girl Talk
samples: Lil Wayne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Electric Light Orchestra, George Harrison and oh so much more

Girl Talk is dance music for the tumblr-obsessed. Never lingering on one motif for more than 30 seconds or so, a typical Girl Talk mashup is a glittery puree of classic rock, pop and hip-hop  hooks, sometimes raving on for seven or eight minutes. Throughout this three-minute album closer from 2008's Feed The Animals, our intrepid beatmaster combines AC/DC, Soulja Boy, Journey, OutKast, and several bajillion other samples, but the coup de grace comes in the first minute when he successfully links the dour guitar fills of the Chili Peppers' "Under The Bridge" with Weezy's "Lollipop." You will never be more emotionally invested in whether or not Shawty finds her thug.

What do you think of "TiK ToK Together"? What are your favorite mashups to make mashed potatoes to ? ? ?

Topics: Music, Life
Tags: the beatles, music, pop music, mashups, ke$ha

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Brandon Specktor

For 22 years, Brandon was a fat kid living in Tucson, AZ, which gave him lots and lots of time to write. He now works at a magazine in New York City, but still loves writing almost as much as he loves muffins.

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