Emotional Mashup 2: Elliott Smith & Heatmiser

I am a mahoosive fan of Elliott Smith and his former band Heatmiser and weirdly until this year I have never mashed or remixed his work. His chords and keys are quite complex, although as I found if you go back to what he cribbed (the Beatles mainly) you can sidestep that. Also until the rise of AI extraction – we had no acapellas or stems. Now the world is our oyster! So here are three Elliott Smith mashups – well Heatmiser really.

tbc aka Instamatic - Plainclothes Ticket Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs The Carpenters) mashup

WINNER of the Crumplbanger Challenge!

The latest Crumplbanger Challenge set by vixoriadrift is limited to a few artists – one of which is Elliott Smith – so I had to breakl my hiatus to do a few E.S. mashups. 

I chose Plainclothes Man cos it’s my favourite Elliott song, I indeed used to dream in black and white for decades (and used to do film photography, developing etc) so, that lyric hit me like a brick, I totally know what he means about gradual decline and photographs not only documenting that but reminding you of happier times. I don’t like looking at my old photos for this reason.

So to make it REALLY hard, I decided to have not one but two tracks with tempo/bar issues (one is pre click track helpfully with no drums in most of it, yeah, classic unequal bar length stuff, weirdly at the same points which helped, also I only have Lite so I can’t do fancy ‘Follow BPM’ so if someone suggests that, they can pay for my copy of Studio :-P), and also some fun extraction gremlins which I kind of tried to make a sort of feature interweaving the vocals…so it sounds less unintentional. 

I also had to do a lot of hopefully subtle sneaky re-ordering.for key/sequencing reasons that you might spot if you know the Carpenters track well but hopefully it’s not obvious.

Also I worked out how you beat Elliott’s musical tricks – go to the homework he cribbed 🙂

tbc aka Instamatic – Plainclothes Ticket Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs The Carpenters)

tbc aka Instamatic - Autumn Man (Elliott Smith vs Ed Sheeran) mashup cover

The latest Crumplbanger Challenge set by vixoriadrift is limited to a few artists – one of which is Elliott Smith – so I had to breakl my hiatus to do a few E.S. mashups. 

My favourite Elliott track is Not Half Right which I mashed with Billie Eilish, but my second is Plainclothes Man, partly cos of the ‘I dream in black and white’ line cos I used to do just that for decades…it’s a bit of a cheat cos it’s a Heatmiser track, but he covered it later solo.

In my head this isn’t a massive genre clash, but it’s an era clash and indie vs pop. Not a fan of Ed’s but this does work mood wise. I tried to redirect the purpose of the Ed Sheeran track about his friend to be about my feelings re: Elliott, still gutted he’s gone…and the 747 line and the mashup cover are both a reference to the cover of Mic City Sons album, where this song is from.

tbc aka Instamatic – Autumn Man (Elliott Smith vs Ed Sheeran)

tbc aka Instamatic -Not Lovely Or Half Right (Elliott Smith vs Billie EIlish & Khalid) mashup cover

Another one for the Crumplbanger Discord Challenge – (I usually avoid making these melancholic mashes unless I am drunk) emotional mashups – and I made the most depressing mashup EVAH! Go me. It’s about my depression, mixing Billie Eilish & Khalid’s lovely with Elliott Smith’s Half Right (although officially this is the Heatmiser version).

Cheery. This is the sound playing 24/7 in my head though, why I create silly mashups to drown it out.

Image is Mini Dall-E’s ‘idea’ of Eillott and Eilish together. Weirdly even munged like that, it looks like them.

tbc aka Instamatic –Not Lovely Or Half Right (Elliott Smith vs Billie EIlish & Khalid)

Disco Mashups – Gossip vs Gloria Gaynor & Lady Gaga vs Chic & Dua Lipa

Since Sowndhaus has gone done a few times recently including last night, it’s reminded me of the massive backlog of tunes I never posted here – mostly challenge tunes, but all good pieces including these two queer disco mashups for Crumplbangers Discord challenge.

Disco mashups - We Are Physically Born This Way (Lady Gaga vs Dua Lipa vs Sister Sledge) Standing In The Way of Survival (Gossip vs Gloria Gaynor) mashups

I think have got better and better in the last year or so of challenges – tempted to make an album, but first I need to post around 6-8 months (!) worth of work here. Not everything, but all the good or interesting ones….they need to have a home if Sowndhaus goes down for good. It’s a chore to post them here…but luckily they do have artwork and blurbs, so that’s not too bad.

And these were my first mashups on the new laptop….

Our barricades are our dancefloors, our resistance is queer joy.

Surprised no-one in the challenge used these tracks – nor has made this mashup (AFAIK – did a quick Google and YT and Bootie Mashup DB search, but didn’t spend hours looking…so apologies if it’s an accidental reboot) but this is an obvious quick Av sB joining new and old queer anthems – I Will Survive from the pre-AIDS disco era and until today, and Gossip’s Standing In The Way of Control which is the same theme for my generation.

Captain Obvious – Standing In The Way of Survival (Gossip vs Gloria Gaynor)

Created for the recent Crumplbangers Challenge from DJ Firth and oki who wanted us to create a confidence inspiring song with pride – well Pride came early, as I wanted to create a defiantly queer banger to resist what’s going on in Qatar and the sad shooting at Club Q in Colorado, echoes of Pulse – and it was Trans Day of Remembrance yesterday.

So here is my first ever Born This Way mashup – including Dua Lipa cos she said HELL NAW to playing Qatar and made clear she only would if they improved their human rights – sadly many others have taken the blood money, shame on them. And Sister Sledge as a nod to my roots and it featuring in The Birdcage movie – which I desperately wanted to use Gloria Gaynor’s I Am What I Am but couldn’t get it to work with anything, so this will have to do.

And yes despite the title, it is a collab between Instamatic and Captain Obvious! I am not totally sure about the Gaga vocal, it needs fixing in places, but it was such a faff to do, not sure when or if II’ll go back to it. Maybe nearer Pride next year.

Thanks to Ian Fondue for the Deelay recommendation, used that to good effect on both tracks

Instamatic vs Captain Obvious – We Are Physically Born This Way (Lady Gaga vs Dua Lipa vs Sister Sledge)

Instamtic - R.I.N.A. / This YMCA Hell (Rina Sawayama vs Village People) mashup cover disco pop

Also a bonus for another challenge – a Rina vs YMCA mash!

Well I started making this for Pride / my Crumplstock set, then while working on it I realised Pride is an emotion so fits this week’s Crumplbanger Discord challenge as pride is an emotion! And also the song includes a variety of emotions, defiance, resistance, anger, camp – is camp an emotion? This is the most proudly camp mashup I’ve done since Madonna vs Junior Vasquez or Scissor Sisters vs Madonna!

Thanks to Cecile DeMilla for introducing me to the Rina track.

Instamatic – R.I.N.A. / This YMCA Hell (Rina Sawayama vs Village People)

Collaborations – DJFnoFno and InsToTomatic +2 Bonuses

Myself and DJNoNo don’t so collaborations as much as we should, but there was a challenge to do so – hence these tracks from DJFnoFno (fnogg and DJNoNo) and InsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic).

Also we have +2 Bonuses (Bonusii?) of lost tracks from DJNoNo.

DJ Fno Fno (fnogg and DJNoNo) Royals At The Gay Bar (Lorde vs Electric Six) collaboration mashup

I bring you: DJ Fno Fno! (Messrs fnogg & DJNoNo) and their Royals At The Gay Bar – Lorde – Royals vs Electric Six – Gay Bar for the Crumplbangers Challenge Collab Week. This got a special mention cos of the name 😉

Idea was from fnogg entirely, production was shared between them, passing Ableton Live projects back and forth a few times.

fnogg did the first rough demo pass with YT ripped stems, DJNoNo then recreated a HQ Electric Six instrumental from the stems with a totally new instrumental mix (we couldn’t find a HQ of the instrumental), and then edited it to the demo to fnogg’s template. He then added that and the Lorde and Gay bar vocals HQ stems to match and created the breakdown and ending which wasn’t in the demo.

fnogg then took it over and then redid the Gay bar timings and added more in, and did the drop/cutins and the whoops and basically made it 100% funnier. Passed it back to DJNoNo for final massaging, mastering, production and general faffing. 

Artwork was a shared collab too, with DJNoNo at the controls and input, advice and other concepts from fnogg.

DJ Fno Fno (fnogg and DJNoNo) Royals At The Gay Bar (Lorde vs Electric Six)

nsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic) - Alright Here Comes The Lollipop Police (Blondie vs Supergrass vs Police vs Eurythmics vs Wannadies vs Millie) collaboration mashup

Another mashup from the Crumplbanger Discord Collab challenge. This got 3rd place and “Best Multimash’ special mention 🙂

Us two? Doing multimashes? With our A vs B reputations?

Started as a demo from ToTom with just the Supergrass and Blondie and nothing for the verses or ending. Invaluably he had marked out the segments with key shifts, which was a great help with my lack of music theory.

After some Ableton Live tech woes where I had to sort of rebuild the project by pasting it into Ableton Live Lite a bit at a time (!), I added the others but there was a lot of back and forth swapping certain bits out, finding out what artists we hate 😉

Some artists came and went but it became a narrative theme multimash about obsessive love and we had a lot of fun with the call and response).

Production/mastering is my fault (and proved to me that I really should use my nicer headphones rather than the in-ear buds, it’s how I spotted that the original instrumental was out of phase!).

InsToTomatic (ToTom & Instamatic) – Alright Here Comes The Lollipop Police (Blondie vs Supergrass vs Police vs Eurythmics vs Wannadies vs Millie)

DJNoNo - Royal Tribes Go To War (Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs The Beef Seeds)

FIRST BONUS! Not a collaboration but a lost DJNoNo demo for a collaborative compilation.I rummaged around NoNo’s closet and this fell out. It was created for a bluegrass compilation that didn’t happen (?) and was rejected anyway cos they didn’t want covers or humour – it uses a cover of The Beef Seeds covering Lorde’s Royals – yes another Royals mashup – so was abandoned. Listening back it’s classic NoNo and works pretty well.

And given what’s happened to the royals and war since, weirdly prophetic.

DJNoNo – Royal Tribes Go To War (Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs The Beef Seeds)

DJNoNo - Oops Oh My Superman (Tweet vs Laurie Anderson)

DOUBLE BONUS! Another lost mashup – this time for a challenge, not sure whay he was thinking about when he made Laurie Anderson’s artpop O Superman into a twerking RnB sexy mess, but here we are. Tweet never sounded so….arty? It was an RnB challenge so I guess he thought it was funny. It works weirdly very well.

(“This is your mother” made me LOL for reals…I had forgotten that bit)

DJNoNo – Oops Oh My Superman (Tweet vs Laurie Anderson)

Whispering Forests and Paranoid Androids

Hardcure was a ‘unhappy hardcore’ Cure project that never happened. This is the final version, but I’m posting the original demo as well cos they are radically different – the one I played at Crumplstock is the second version, the one you might have heard on Dunproofin’s streams is the demo.

BTW Whispering Grass is one of my favourite songs of all time, of course these two are from AInt Half Hot Mum, I still quote Winsor Davies all the time. It was supposed to be quite Crumpl but ended up quite….spooky? So I amplified that with some speech from Night of The Demon – also sampled by Kate Bush for Hounds of Love, fact fans! It’s apparently one of her favourite movies.

DJNoNo – Let’s Go To A Whispering Forest (The Cure vs Jimmy J & Cru-L-T vs Winsor Davies and Don Estelle)

Whispering Forests and Paranoid Androids whispering forest

Hardcure was a ‘unhappy hardcore’ Cure project that never happened, you might have heard this version on Dunproofin’s stream; it was really a demo at this point, but I’m releasing both the demo and the final version cos they are radically different – the one I played at Crumplstock is the second version.

DJNoNo – Let’s Go To A Forest (Hardcure Demo) (The Cure vs Jimmy J & Cru L-T)

Whispering Forests and Paranoid Androids marvin paranoid

An epic mashup – Radiohead’s Paranoid Android mixed with the depressed robot that inspired that title from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – 3 songs from him in fact. Yes Marvin did several singles in the 80’s – well Stephen Moore did as Marvin.

I suspect someone might have done one of the tracks, I doubt they would have done all 3.

For the Crumplbangers Character Challenge – it was 2nd.

DJNoNo – Marvin The Paranoid Android (Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy vs Radiohead)

And BONUS from another robot, a small less depressed red one, s this frankly silly DJNoNo Theme Song ffrom last year I never uploaded, intended as an intro to DJNoNo but got played at Crumplstock 10 so now uploading it. It’s silly and a bit OOK.

DJNoNo – NoNo Limits (2Unlimited vs Ulysses 31)

We Hate Drum and Bass and Sea Shanties

DJNoNo - Pröpänë Kïckstärt (Mötley Crüe vs Pendulum vs Adriana A) (Salty Version) mashup cover

DJNoNo’s response to the Crumplbangers Hair Metal is to add pounding drum and bass – it’s been ages since he did a rock Pendulum bootleg, it still works so well….

And given the criticism from certain quarters, here’s an appropriately respectful mashup *ahem* from him, it’s ages since he did a rock vs Pendulum bootleg, and why not choose the dreadful poodle rockers Müttlëy Crüdë to do it with?

BTW the title is Pröpänë Kïckstärt not Propane Kickstart, he hopes to crash your Twitch feed with too many umlauts. Maybe you’ll get a Derailed Hype Train instead :-p

There is a salt-free version for those with södiüm issüës and don’t want the shade further down the page!

DJNoNo – Pröpänë Kïckstärt (Mötley Crüe vs Pendulum vs Adriana A) (Salty Version)

DJNoNo - Pröpänë Kïckstärt (Mötley Crüe vs Pendulum) (Salt Free version) mashup cover

This is the salt-free shadeless version of this mashup also created for the Hair Metal challenge over at the Crumplbangers Discord, to celebrate that in fact Adriana DOES like drum and bass if it’s mixed with Muttley Crude as DJNoNo calls them…

The original got a great reaction on the Mashup Listening Bootie Twitch a few nights ago, which prompted me to get this out there before I go on my travels.

The only thing I think DJNoNo and Motley Crowd agree on is the impröpër üsë of ümläüts which will probably crash your computer or something….

DJNoNo – Pröpänë Kïckstärt (Mötley Crüe vs Pendulum) (Salt Free version)

Also this track was rebooted/built upon by the excelllent iWillBattle for a Halloween crumplbanger adding some of Rina Sawayama who I am very mucn a fan of:

DJNoNo - Hog Eye Dust (Martin Carthy vs DJ Fresh) mashup cover

DJNoNo introduces Shanty n’ Bass – a new genre! Yes this isn’t the rudest – pretty rude though if you listen to the lyrics (err what goes chuff chuff?!?), it’s not what it seems…and it’s an OG shanty – 1860’s.

Probably the only time Martin Carthy has met drum and bass also.

Created for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge – YARR!

DJNoNo – Hog Eye Dust (Martin Carthy vs DJ Fresh)

BONUS MASHUP!

We Hate Drum and Bass and Sea Shanties all the lubbers

Continuing the sea shanty theme – It didn’t win the challenge yet it got ‘special mention’ and made DJNoNo laugh and is very Crumpl. A reminder that sea shantys are not Wellerman and are usually rude af. 

Very old shanty/rugby/drinking song Good Ship Venus – here by Loudon Wainwright III – meets Kylie’s All My Lovers. I’m sure Kylie fans will hate it also 🙂

Again for the Sea Shanty Challenge….it’s very rude!

DJNoNo – All The Lubbers (Good Ship Aphrodite) (Loudon Wainwright III vs Kylie)

Whistle Loudly/Quietly Through The Night (Drumsound & Bassline Smith vs Pablo Beltrán Ruiz)

DJNoNo - Whistle Loudly / Quietly Through The Night Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Through The Night vs Pablo Beltrán Ruiz - El Silbido (El Pito) mashup bootleg bastard pop Senor Coconut boogaloo boogalu latin drum and bass swing and bass

EDIT: This won the challenge! Although I do find it interesting that I win the challenge yet both have gotten get zero likes on Sowndhaus. :-/

DJNoNo decided to have another go at the Crumplbangers Discord Spanish Challenge, he felt more bangin’ drum and bass was needed, but after a failed attempt to meld Cuando Cuando Cuando with Shy FX (watch this space, likely a non-Spanish version might appear in future) he then found this track called El Silbido (El Pito) (The Whistle in two languages?) by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, the Mexican bandleader who wrote the song that became “Sway”.

So he mixed it with Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Through The Night, but very strangely for him also liked the non-banging version just using the synths and acapella from that. He hopes this track is in Spanish, he can’t make out the words? It’s quite a short set of lyrics…but definitely by a Spanish speaking artist.

It’s Drum n Boogaloo, or Swing n’ Bass, Latin bugalú meets drum and bass, I have to say I am fast preferring the synthy less busy and less beat-y quiet version more and more.

So here are both, they are separate entries and mixed and tweaked differently – one a quiet whistle, another a loud one. Very much inspired by Senor Coconut and London Elektricity.

And again, DJNoNo never makes political statements but he feels that this needs to be dedicated to the people of Ukraine, who need help to make it through the night atm.

Which is far too serious for a DJNoNo mashup! But we live in serious times.

Whistle Quietly Through The Night (Drumsound & Bassline Smith vs Pablo Beltrán Ruiz)
Whistle Loudly Through The Night (Drumsound & Bassline Smith vs Pablo Beltrán Ruiz)

DJNoNo at Crumplstock 9: Angry & Anti

Crumplstock 9 DJNoNo Anti Angry Set mashup plunderphonic mashcore does it bang gabba breakcore bootleg white label disco cover

DJNoNo’s Anti Angry set (starts 7 mins in) for the still-going Crumplstock 9 is up – yes didn’t take him weeks to post it! And he goes HARD and intense and fast – think silly plunderphonic mashcore, donk, Does It Bang?, gabba, breakcore, bootleg, white label, classical techno, even a bit of disco and strange Xtian music. And that’s just the danceable bits.

Extreme BPMs, dumb noise and very angry and a wee bit offensive. To anyone with ears, basically. Can you survive the DJNoNo Set Survival Challenge?

It’s made of WRONG. So it’s very crumpl. pure Crumplbangers! ;-(

Download it here (59:32. 87MB) or listen to past Crumplstock sets here (weirdly I never really posted the older mixes here, but over at Radio Clash – not sure why)

  • SPYRO – Nobody Likes The Records
  • Phil Mac – Welcome To The Jungle
  • Malcolm Middleton And David Shrigley – When Words Fall In A Toast
  • Spongebob Squarewave – Feel Da Luv
  • Audiotist – Gimme Gimme
  • G3RSt – Gimme Pussy! (ABBA vs. Rammstein)
  • Little Marcy – I Love Little Pussy
  • JAKAZiD – Donk Español
  • Petrol Hoers – Baby Donk
  • DJNoNo – Eva’s Polkka Donk Troosers (Bilal Göregen vs Donald Where’s Your Troosers vs Donk)
  • Classical Techno – Vivaldi 2000 (club mix)
  • Edwin Triumph – Music Banger
  • rastatroll – Big Up (feat general levy)
  • JAKAZID – Wanasthasia (T99 vs. Spice Girls)
  • Alien Hand – Zaggacore
  • Katy Stott – Chirpy Chirpy Cheep (Disco Version)
  • Rokhausen – Pianomang
  • DJNoNo – Leave Home For A Watermelon Tonight (Too Busy Edit) (Savoy Havana Band vs Chemical Brothers)
  • Dsico – Compton Magic (N.W.A. vs. Olivia Newton-John)
  • Sarah Brightman – Who Wants To Live Forever (Xenomania Club Mix)
  • Moped – Livin’ on A Prayer
  • GFOTY – GFOTY – Creep (Ur A)
  • Spongebob Squarewave – Witney Riddim
  • pomDeter – Annie’s Napalm

Ska N’ Tetris (Ass N’ Tetris Ska version) (Prince Fatty vs DJ Assault)

Ska N' Tetris (Ass N' Tetris Ska version) (Prince Fatty vs DJ Assault) mashup bastard pop cover DJNoNo

DJNoNo has been so busy trying to sell knock-off Gameboys and novelty facemasks – I told him it’s a bit late for both – that he asked me to post this for him. An entry to the Crumplbangers Reggae weekly challenge, it seems to be a ska Tetris theme / DJ Assault ‘Ass N’ Titties’ crossover partly nicked from CheapyD but different sources, so not totally a reboot? Who knows with DJNoNo.

It’s very rude,crumpl and err, 8 bit? Well 64 bit since he handed me a crumple dirty fag packed with the sources scibbled on – it’s DJ Assault – Ass n Titties (Remix?) vs Prince Fatty – The Good, The Vlad and the Ugly and some N64 beeps. As you do.

DJNoNo – Ska N’ Tetris (Ass N’ Tetris Ska version) (Prince Fatty vs DJ Assault)

Fugees Reggae Mashup Unlockdown Summer #1 – Ready or Not for the Afterglow

Nextmen & Eva Lazarus - Afterglow Dub Fugees - Ready or Not Smash & Grab - Ready or Not Fak Scratch & Mooncat - Ready Or Not mashup bastard pop ragga jungle cover Reggae Mashup Unlockdown Summer #1

It increasingly looks like the unlocking of the lockdown will be delayed…which makes this yearning ragga jungle call to return back to clubbing either very topical or very redundant. Created for the Crumplbangers Reggae Challenge, I loved the new reggae cover of 2013’s Wilkinson single Afterglow by Nextmen featuring Eva Lazarus so much, I made a ragga jungle version!

This calls back to DJ Zinc’s Fugees 2003 bootleg by recreating it with two other Ready or Not sampling jungle tracks with the original Enya-sampling track. Are you ready for the Afterglow? Or not? Take It Slowly (like the probable date for opening up).

Instamatic – Ready or Not For The Afterglow (Take It Slowly) (Nextmen & Eva Lazarus vs Fugees vs Smash & Grab vs Fak Scratch & Mooncat)

Sweet Banana Meatball (Banana Splits vs Aphrodite vs RTJ vs Blazer Fresh)

Sweet Banana Meatball (Banana Splits vs Aphrodite vs RTJ vs Blazer Fresh) cover mashup bootleg bastard pop crumplbanger crumplebanger crumpl

Niu DJNoNo and tis BANANAS! Sweet banana banana meatball in fact!

4 da Crumpelchallenge on ze Discords.

Aphrodite – Sweet Mind
Banana Splits – The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)
Run The Jewels – Banana Clipper
Blazer Fresh – Banana Banana Meatball

Let’s make a pattern
Okay, here’s one
Banana – Banana – Meatball
Banana – Banana – Meatball
Banana – Banana – Meatball
Banana – Banana – Meatball
Banana – Banana – Meatball
Banana – Banana – Meatball

Download Sweet Banana Meatball (Banana Splits vs Aphrodite vs RTJ vs Blazer Fresh) ere.