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)

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons rainydaywordgame@0.5x

Trying something rather emotional MoodyMash with a rainy day breakup theme for the Crumplbanger Discord Film Music challenge.

More experimental downtempo and layered than my usual stuff, trying to push the tbc/downtempo stuff into interplay and more variety of sources – I mean Aphex, Burial, Scott Walker, Magnetic Fields AND Nina Simone? With MY reputation? And more inspired by the old Colatron snootlejams of old.

Oh it uses Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent) written for For All Mankind. a documentary film about the Apollo space missions. Also there aren’t many Magnetic Fields mashups at all – this uses All The Little Words, and far too fiew Burial and Nina Simone ones.

tbc aka Instamatic – Rainy Day Word Game (Scott Walker vs Magnetic Fields vs John Legend vs Brian Eno vs Burial vs Aphex Twin vs Nina Simone)

Emotional mashups 1: Rainy Days and Hexagons turquoise hexagon sun

Created for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge for ’emotional’ mashups, there aren’t enough folk mashups, especially with electronica, and I’m a massive Sandy Denny fan, which her Quiet Joys of Brotherhood was a Fairport Convention track originally but this is a later version with her solo….a paean to lost times where man was in sync with the land. And yes that is Greta Thunberg wandering in during the mix.

Big fan of Boards of Canada – and yes had a lot of fun quietly working a lot of hexagons in this video – my first real Davinci Resolve Fusion animations…woo! Learning a lot about the deeper features of Resolve, kind of why I am doing these videos to thoroughly learn the package as I tend to stick to editing and composite modes usually.

tbc aka Instamatic – Turquoise Blues For A Dying Planet (The Quiet Joys Of Hexagons) (Sandy Denny vs Boards of Canada)

tbc aka Instamatic - The FIrst And The Last Time (I Walk Away) (Roberta Flack vs Low).

BONUS – I missed this one. Low isn’t mashed much – if at all… and this has a real vibe. And given the recent death of Mimi Parker this mash has new and deeper meanings….

A cri de coeur; I love the HEY WHAT Low album especially ‘Don’t Walk Away’ – it has a lot of personal resonance for me, and the very experimental layered production. And Roberta Flack’s The First Time oddly works with it – the first flush of love with the last goodbye, so I made a mashup that has both, as a sort of call and response. The memory of what once was (intentionally Day Before You Came esque) and the call to try and save it, the probable ending.

Far from a happy pop banger; and won’t go near any frontpages any time soon, but it’s what I am feelimg.

tbc aka Instamatic – The FIrst And The Last Time (I Walk Away) (Roberta Flack vs Low).

Whitesnake vs H.E.R. / Joji vs P!NK revolutionary mashups

I am getting more and more political in my old age with current events. Here are two revolutionary mashups – well they might not be musically revolutionary but they have a revolutionary message. H.E.R. goes all Whitesnake and Joji’s sadbanger goes all P!NK.

Instamatic - Fight For Your Love (H.E.R. vs Whitesnake)

Created for last week’s Hair Metal Challenge on the Crumplbangers Discord, a groovy slow soulful take on Is This Love? Turns out, you take the guitars and synths off you can hear that David Coverdale was a blues and soul man at heart.

And yes, the lyrics of Fight For Your Love talking about resistance and coming from the Fred Hampton movie, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, present and correct like my last X mashups including stealth politics in my mashups supporting resistance and revolution. 

We desperately need one. Now.

Instamatic – Fight For Your Love (H.E.R. vs Whitesnake)

Whitesnake vs H.E.R. / Joji vs P!NK revolutionary mashups what glimpse of us

Created for the Crumplbangers ‘Fresh’ Challenge where you had to use a very new track, I was obssesed by this Joji track released in May…mixed with 2017’s very timely ‘What About Us’ by P!NK. Can you say emotional banger? Emobanger? Tried to interplay the vocals to make up for the rather repetitive backing and basically restructured the P!NK song from scratch partly cos my instrumental sounds different – remake?

The challenge was double for me, because the reason for ‘2 ear mix’ is my right ear has been blocked for nearly two weeks and my first mix of this only my left ear was functional, and I couldn’t hear hardly anything from the left (30-35% if that). It turns out it’s REALLY hard to mix mashups without stereo hearing…

Today it cleared, so I could finish this mashup and post it, although the ‘1 ear mix’ wasn’t far off in fact, although it turns out it’s hard to judge vocal volume on one ear…I added a bit more layering, the idea was to have these spooky background vocals, with Joji backing Pink, and Pink backing Joji, like a round or circular mashup. 

And yes in this ’emobanger’ the political subtext is 100% intentional:

“Sticks and stones they may break these bones 
But then I’ll be ready, are you ready? 
It’s the start of us, waking up, come on”

Instamatic – What Glimpse Of Us (Joji vs P!nk) (2 Ear Mix)

Manfred 2 Mann / Do Wah DiddyMen Had A Stripper Farm (Man 2 Man ft Man Parrish vs Manfred Mann vs Ken Dodd)

DJNoNo Manfred 2 Mann  / Do Wah DiddyMen Had A Stripper Farm (Man 2 Man ft Man Parrish vs Manfred Mann vs Ken Dodd and the Diddymen) mashup bootleg crumplbanger silly bastard pop

DJNoNo has done his worst for the Crumplbangers Discord Artist Pun challenge…Probably the Crumpliest Flakiest thing DJNoNo has ever done, a bit like watching a car wreck in slow motion while huffing petrol.

There are a few extra special secret bits for Richest Llama and Titus Jones (oh hai!) but can you guess the two bits that DJNoNo was in stitches doing? A

Also contains TWO puns, an artist pun as requested but also a side-pun…Ken Dodd’s Diddymen vs Do Wah Diddy – which might have been done before , but NOT like this, LOL.

Richest Llama who was judging the challenge said ‘In my judging spreadsheet, for pun score I wrote “wow” and track score I wrote “insanity.” I still don’t know if I get it, but I kinda love it, it was like a fever dream turned into music? Please explain it to me.’

It’s not that explainable really…who knows how the mind of DJNoNo works.

Ingredients:

Man 2 Man ft Man Parrish – Male Stripper
Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy
Ken Dodd & The Diddy Men – Old McDonald Had A Farm
Ken Dodd & The Diddy Men – The Diddy Men Make A Record

DJNoNo Manfred 2 Mann / Do Wah DiddyMen Had A Stripper Farm (Man 2 Man ft Man Parrish vs Manfred Mann vs Ken Dodd and the Diddymen)

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)

Crazy Loco (Gnarls Barkley vs Luisa Fernandez vs El Risitas)

Oh dear who told DJNoNo about a certain AI extraction site for the Crumplbangers Discord Spanish challenge? o.O

DJNoNo Crazy Loco (Gnarls Barkley vs Luisa Fernandez vs El Risitas) mashup bootleg bastard pop spanish disco laughing man

He wanted to have a go, and he took his favourite Spanish Disco Poppet (TM) Luisa Fernandez – Loco Por Ti (more famously know as Lay Love On You, it’s English version) and mixed it with Gnarls Barkley – Crazy and the legend that was El Risitas to create a 1978 Spanish disco crumplbanger.

It’s actually the English version as a background, but it’s almost identical to the Spanish version, but he used the Spanish lyrics for Luisa, and basically recreated the original.

He wants to dedicate this to the ‘Spanish Laughing Man’ Juan Joya Borja, aka El Risitas who we lost last year, Now out on his own net record label, ‘You Won’t Like It’

DJNoNo – Crazy Loco (Gnarls Barkley vs Luisa Fernandez vs El Risitas)

GOh Beat! (The Linda Lindas vs The Go Go’s)

GOh Beat! (Linda Lindas vs Go Go's) mashup instamatic bootleg bastard pop new wave punk

Probably the first Linda Lindas mashup?

This was done for this week’s Crumplbanger’s Challenge which was from Will Battle – and he challenged us to use a track from a band on the When We Were Young festival. A lot of bands I am not into, but at the bottom is The Linda Linda’s which I LOVE.

Listening to their last but one single ‘Oh!’ I was reminded of the Go Go’s and We Got The Beat, so I mashed the two together. A short pop punk gem, if I say so myself.

This was awarded 4th out of a massive week of 35 entries! Very proud of that.

GOh Beat! (Linda Lindas vs Go Go’s)

A Message To Artists (In The Middle Of The Crowd) (Jimmy Eat World vs Etherwood vs Charles Bukowski)

A Message To Artists (In The Middle of the Crowd) (Jimmy Eat World vs Etherwood vs Charles Bukowski) tbc aka instamatic mashup bootleg remix bastard pop drum and bass poetry
Original drawing of Bukowski by Graziano Origa under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

A message of support to all artists out there – especially those who feel they don’t fit in, they suffer from the ‘wisdom’ of the crowd, and worry that their art isn’t perfect in an imperfect world that really doesn’t get what they do.

This again is very personal, and is as much a message to myself.

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head, you feel left out
Or looked down on
Just do your best
Do everything you can
And don’t you worry what their bitter hearts
Are gonna say

Jimmy Eat World – THe Middle

Not many mashups include Charles Bukowski’s poetry (any?) – especially The Genius of the Crowd, nor do I think many combine Jimmy Eat World with Drum and Bass? I’ve always loved ‘The Middle’ and it’s message of not conforming and worrying what people think, but when combined with Etherwood’s Amongst The Crowd and his poetry it gets a totally different take of artistic defiance.

Not Being Able
To Create Art
They Will Not
Understand Art

They Will Consider Their Failure
As Creators
Only As A Failure
Of The World…

And Their Hatred Will Be Perfect

Like A Shining Diamond
Like A Knife
Like A Mountain
Like A Tiger
Like Hemlock

Their Finest
Art

Charles Bukowski – The Genius of the CRowd

Originally done for the Crumplbangers ‘When They Were Young’ challenge – incidentally two of my tracks came 3rd and 4th, I will post those shortly.

A Message To Artists (In The Middle of the Crowd) (Jimmy Eat World vs Etherwood vs Charles Bukowski)

Over Reckoning (Fleetwood Mac vs Radiohead)

tbc aka Instamatic - Over Reckoning (Fleetwood Mac vs Radiohead) mashup bootleg bastard pop ambient AOR

A mashup I started and pretty much finshed in 2021 for a Crumplbangers Challenge and never released. I rediscovered it yesterday on my backup MP3 player and went ‘why did I never release this?!’

It’s not the first Radiohead vs Fleetwood Mac mashup I’ve done, not even the first vs Christine McVie (Surprise Daddy is the first)! But it’s my first using Reckoner and Over and Over, and has a real vibe.

I even snuck in the Tusk dog on the artwork 😉

tbc aka Instamatic – Over Reckoning (Fleetwood Mac vs Radiohead)

End Credits (Well Happier) (Billie Eilish vs Taylor Swift)

Rolling the credits on 2021…as Billie Eilish says, Fuck You to 2021.

tbc aka Instamatic End Credits (Well Happier) (Billie Eilish vs Taylor Swift) mashup bootleg bastard pop downtempo cover 2021 All Too Well Happier That Ever red scarf man underwater

There was a Crumplbangers Discord challenge last week to make an ‘ending’ mashup for 2021 using only 2021 sources, so I decided to use two tracks I loved and actually only heard this year – Taylor’s Version of ‘All Too Well’ and Billie Eilish’s hit ‘Happier Than Ever’.

I realised while I was tweaking it what it was about, I lost a close longterm friend a year ago over his behaviour which had been a problem for a long time, but I had been dealing with it alone, keeping it under wraps. He then chose to escalate it to the circle of mutual friends and tread over my boundaries, which was far from acceptable. It wasn’t acceptable to begin with, but I felt if I could control it, keep the peace, it’d be fine (stupidly), but as soon as it broke those bounds I couldn’t really see how I could carry on pretending it’s OK anymore.

Yet I never closed the door and made it clear what my boundaries were but that he could contact me when he wanted to be a friend and be there for me. Sadly a year later it’s still total radio silence, so this has very deep personal meaning since the anger at what he did is still there, and the sadness of that loss was basically my 2021.

But also feeling better without that negativity, because I didn’t realise how much manipulation had gone on til I stopped and had to explain it to that mutual friend. I realised how much it was affecting my mood, it was a weight lifted. To be constantly aware that any positive thing about myself would be pounced on as ‘bragging’ or get bitchy criticisms when drunk I could not answer to because then the tantrums and sulking would start.

So this is the end credits on 2021 but also unless a miracle happens, probably rolling the sunset end credits on that friendship.

BTW this combo has been done before (as far as I can find) but only as the reverse – Taylor Swift’s vocals over Billie Eilish’s instrumental, so I think this is an original and not a reboot.

P.S. All original artwork, well the photos are CC Zero – background from Engin Akyurt and the red man is from khezez, but the montage and post production is all mine. It took a lot to find an image relating to the ‘red scarf’ of All Too Well, the man overboard is my friend (or me), and the underwater part is from video of Happier Than Ever.

I do think about these things far too much! Then again, looking at Billie Elish’s video and Taylor Swift’s short film, so do they.

tbc aka Instamatic – End Credits (Well Happier) (Billie Eilish vs Taylor Swift)