“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed” – Thomas Moore
Sometimes I spend so much time brainstorming, planning, and crafting these videos that I begin to go a little insane. By the time I’ve spent another 20 hours mashing up samples and slicing videos, I honestly can’t tell if it’s even funny anymore. And after something like that, it always feels good to slap a video together that’s just completely insane.
Hideki Naganuma is an acclaimed videogame music composer best known for his work on the Jet Set Radio series. However, he also produced tracks for other lesser known games like Sega Rally 2006, Ollie King, and Sonic Rush. Blending elements of techno, funk, hip hop, and madcap sampling of the big beat genre, Naganuma’s style is often both wildly eclectic yet instantly recognizable.
I’m a die hard Naganuma fan and decided to produce this mix in honor of the re-release of Jet Set Radio on Xbox 360 and PS3. While not all encompassing, I think it gives you good taste of his defining uptempo tracks. It’s a bit wild in parts for sure, but I included some visual elements in the video to break down what’s happening in the mix.
Be sure to check out Naganuma on iTunes and Amazon – Sega just re-released the original Jet Set Radio soundtrack. Also, check out this recent interview with him over at RadioSega.net
Finally, to download the mix as a video or MP3, use the links below.
Last week, an unknowing longtime contributor to the Big Hot Sho passed away. Ted Stevens was many things to many people, a senator, an Alaskan patriot, and to some, a shady embezzler. But here at BHS, we’ll always remember Ted Stevens for his greatest contribution, the revolution of the internet.
During a daring speech in the summer of 2006, Stevens discovered that the internet was not just a big truck, but in fact a series of tubes.
In addition, I threw in some internet favorites like Punch Out, as well as some classic mashups I completely forgot to post many moons ago. Here’s the complete track list:
“The Internet” – Ted Stevens
“Whole Lotta Rosie” – AC/DC
“Right There, Ride on” – Hideki Naganuma
“Blinded by the Light” – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
“Fight Theme” – Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
“Evil Woman” – Electric Light Orchestra
“OMG” – Usher ft. Wil.I.Am
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
“Don’t Bring Me Down” – Electric Light Orchestra
“I See You Watching (TV Rock Remix)” – Tune Brothers
I’m visiting William in Baltimore this weekend, so that means a lot of driving listening the radio. And by a lot of radio, I mean Top 40. And by Top 40 I mean about 8 songs. Over and over again. For 900 miles.
So I figured I’d condense the entire awful experience into a “Summer Hits” mix. With one oldskool jam thrown in for good measure. Here’s the songs I mixed:
California Gurls (Katy Perry)
Rock That Body (Black Eyed Peas)
Baby (Justin Beiber)
Hello Seattle (Owl City)
Break Your Heart (Taio Cruz)
Walking on Broken Glass (Annie Lennox)
My First Kiss (3OH!3)
Young Forever (Jay-Z)
I’m getting BHS back on track now, and plan to get a new mix up every week. Hit up the forums if you have any thoughts.
So I’m not a huge fan of Fat Boy Slim or Queen. But they do have their moments, and what’s better than bringing two great moments in music together?
Free booze. And hot chicks. And money. Okay I guess there are a couple things better than this track. Not much though.
FatBoy Slim’s The Rockafeller Skank is one of those songs you can’t help but jam to – even though it makes no sense. Is he saying “R-r-r-r-r-Russell Stovers. Russell Stovers” Or is that just because I think about cupcakes constantly?
Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now is easily the band’s greatest track, with Freddy Mercury’s insane vocals and bizarre lyrics providing the perfect backdrop to a kick-ass rock song.
Also, one day I will be Flavor Flav. You mark my words.
Another week, another pop that has been chopped. Again, I’m all about blending the old favorite with the new hit. Brewer and Shipley’s “One Toke Over the Line” is seminole 70’s swing rock produced at the height of the experimental drug culture in America.
On the other hand, T.I.’s “Whatever You Like” is about getting life’s greatest excesses – cars, planes, and bling. Keeping in mind it is track six on his album “Paper Trail”, and track five is “Live Your Life” (featuring Rihanna), which states at the beginning:
“What you need to do is be thankful for the life that you got. You know what I’m sayin’. Stop lookin’ at what you ain’t got and start bein’ thankful for what you do got.”
Ah, the double-sided coin of modern hip hop. Still, the mixture of excessive drug use and excessive material wealth seem to be a proverbial chocolate and peanut butter. To quote a great sage.
If you have any suggestions for next week’s mashup, email me here.
This week’s mashup combines a new favorite of mine with an old classic. Not only does 3OH!3’s “Don’t Trust Me” have some pretty slammin’ beats, it also degrades women AND Helen Keller. Everything a growing boy needs.
Haddaway’s “What is Love” is decidedly one of the most awesome 90’s club jams, spawning forth and even more amazing sketch series and film (which just so happens to be patterned after my life).
So grab some headphones and get ready to get your masochistic swerve on.
Alright, so it’s been a few months since my last DJ post, and I bet you kids are thinking, “Whatever happened to Trust Hustlers?” Well I moved to Baltimore and I’m minus two hustlers, so I figured now would be a good time to invent a new brand. Introducing…
Now with 48% more nudity! This demo track is nearly 10 minutes in length and mixes over 80 artists from across 5 decades of pop music. It’s got classic rock, hip hop, techno, motown, and of course, obligatory 90’s dance. What kind of set would this be without Space Jam?
I’ve set up a website over at PopChopper.com that has some more details as well as contact info, in case you want live in the Baltimore area and want to spice up your party.
Since BDPE is all about games, I figure most of you sexually crippled nerds probably aren’t huge fans of pop music. You prefer the finer things, like chiptunes and the theme song to Gundam Wing.
Well fear not! I recently stumbled upon a nice set of SNES music I’ll be mashing up for you next week, so keep an eye out. If you have any suggestions or request for SNES Pop Chop, post ’em in the forums here.