Today BFBS announced a new radio show called Monster Mash. Listerners are asked to identify 2 songs mashed together to win a mug...
Well, it's been quite some time since DJ Danger Mouse mixed together The Beatles' White Album and Jay-Z's Black Album for his "The Grey Album". And it seemed like the new genre of bastard pop, formed around such pioneers as 2 Many DJs aka Souldwax, was slowly sinking into music history.
Call it mashups, bastard pop, superconstructs or bootlegs. Remixes like Green Day vs. Oasis vs. Travis - "Boulevard of Broken Songs", The Strokes vs. Christina Aguilera - "A Stroke of Genius" or "Smells Like Bootylicious" - Destiny's Child vs. Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit got instant classics. Even some hits spawned, including the publicly performed Kylie Minogue vs. New Order's Blue Monday - "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" version. Later songs like Aretha Franklin vs. George Michael vs. The Beatles vs. The Scissor Sisters - "No One Takes Your Freedom" etc followed.
That was then, but these days, new superconstructs begin to appear again. Keep your ears open!