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)

Everything But The Girl vs Kylie / Eurythmics Shame megamix

Instamatic - Missing Head (Everything But The Girl vs Kylie) mashup cover

A side product of trying to do an instrumental vs instrumental mashup for this week’s crumplbanger challenge – it’s a mix like it’s 2002 all over again! Bastard Pop rules! Everything But The Girl’s Missing and Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head are basically the same song, but from different angles, I think.

(Pretty sure this hasn’t been done as there wasn’t a Missing acapella in the past, but it sounds so obvious it should have been done.)

Instamatic – Missing Head (Everything But The Girl vs Kylie)

Instamatic - Eurythmics - Shame (Switching Channels Minimix - Two Door Cinema Club vs Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrisy vs Chic vs Vybz Kartel vs Beatles vs Maria Callas vs Nu Shooz vs Rolling Stones) mashup cover

This is closer to a remix/megamix/minimix mashup medley than my normal AvsB – based around Eurythmics – Shame. It was done fo Last Week’s Crumplbangers Challenge where you had to use songs that referenced others songs or bands.

Shame mentions two bands and references two songs directly in the lyrics- Rolling Stones – We Love You and Beatles – All You Need Is Love. Unfortunately those are both in the wrong key, so could only use drop ins and not the whole track.

So I wanted to include more as it talks about various other subjects so I included various bands and track titles referencing that (had to play fairly loose with those). Getting the mix was fun (!) as was extracting or finding all the bits needed. It’s also probably the only entry that has both opera (Puccini) AND Dancehall!

Instamatic – Eurythmics – Shame (Switching Channels Minimix – Two Door Cinema Club vs Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrisy vs Chic vs Vybz Kartel vs Beatles vs Maria Callas vs Nu Shooz vs Rolling Stones)

Instamatic vs iWillBattle – Beatles Got Back

Instamatic vs iWillBattle Beatles Got Back (Sir MixALot vs The Beatles vs Channel One) Paul McCartney Got Back mashup bootleg bastard pop

Probably the world record for fastest reboot/remix?

I asked iWillBattle if it was OK to reboot his mashup ‘Paul McCartney Got Back’ , a brilliant combo of The Beatles with Billy Preston – Get Back vs Sir MixALot’s Baby Got back inspired by Paul McCartney’s Got Back tour poster. That was released just 24 hours ago because I wanted to take it in another direction. He said yes, and is happy for me to release this (I checked with him because the first time I did this the person wasn’t happy with it, only really done this 3 or 4 times in nearly 20 years!).

Here is his original:

And here is my take:

I wanted to add the beat from the original, which turns out is a sample itself – an early house track by Juan Atkins and Doug Craig (Carl Craigs brother) aka Channel One -Technicolor, and add more Beatles in, and generally beef it up.

This is very much the ‘maxi’ extended version to the original, which still stands up as a classic A vs B, but I wanted to have fun glitching to the beat and making more of an Instamatic version. Also his doesn’t have the intro, so I added that back in, because I think it’s a really iconic part of that track, but spun to the Beatles studio chat…. ‘Lorreta!’.

Proudest bit is in the drop – sometimes the simplest ideas are the best!

Anyway it’ s been interesting talking to Will comparing our different approaches, and looks like he might make a video of this, so it comes back around 😉

Instamatic vs iWillBattle Beatles Got Back (Sir MixALot vs The Beatles vs Channel One) Paul McCartney Got Back mashup bootleg bastard pop
Download my version ‘Beatles Got Back’ here, or Will’s Paul McCartney Got Back’ over at Sowndhaus.

Nas Tripper (Lil Nas X vs Beatles again!)

Lil Nas X vs Beatles Nas Tripper cover Day Tripper Montero Call Me By Your Name mashup bastard pop bootleg hiphop rock 60's

Not one but TWO Montero / Beatles Mashups? With MY reputation? And I’m supposed to be retired and all…yeah…seems to be a short retirement now I’ve gotten Black Block out of the way. That was indeed blocking me and getting me down along with other stuff…but no promises, we’ll see if it lasts. I also fixed the key issues with the first one as well.

Also I wouldn’t let this acapella beat me, because it was frustration with that which made me gently ragequit.

Just following the orders of ‘Tiger Mom of Mashups’ Adriana of Bootie about making more Montero genre clash mashups…done for the Montero Genre Clash challenge on the Crumplbangers Discord.

This was my original idea, to use the acapella with a heavier track until I came across ‘You Never Give Me My Money’ – but now I know the actual KEY (D Sharp Phrygian? Weird) I found a Beatles track in that actual key – Day Tripper AND it does a key change like the chorus. Woo!

Pun name doesn’t work as well, but you can’t have it all…I bet UMG will hate this too!

Thanks to vixoriadrift for the advice on some timing issues on v1 of this mashup and key help, and Leandro Moniz and many others for the original acapella advice.

Nas Tripper (Fuck It Let’s Ride – Lil Nas X vs Beatles)

You Never Give Me Your Montero (All Good Children Go To Hell mix – Lil Nas X vs Beatles)

Lil Nas X Montero Call Me By My Name vs Beatles You Never Give Me Your Money mashup bootleg bastard pop cover

New mashup and everyone is making Lil Nas X – Montero mashups so I thought I’d get down with the kids and have a go, since I love it and he has raised the game as a queer artist. Also Adriana from Bootie challenged people to make more original Montero mashups with more genre clash sources, so thought I’d have a go.

EDIT: New version of my Beatles vs Lil Nas X – Montero mashup. Yes still retired but I have unfinished business with that fricking acappella.

It’s apparently D sharp Phrygian. Really?

This is one of my favourite Beatles tracks – You Never Give Me Your Money – vs Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and is about that controversy when they well removing Montero from streaming services – what was that about? And of course I had to add in the children’s song at the end, but it’s more good children go to hell, right? Well us queer ones do, apparently.

I gave it a psych spin – set phasers to stun! Actually the acapella is quite psychedelic llike the video if you listen closely, a lot of strange production – and that auto-chorus/Vocoder From Hell which caused me problems otherwise this would have been up many days ago. Still not perfect, but if I get it 100% on my usual schedule, it’d be released in 2022!

Instamatic – You Never Give Me Your Montero (All Good Children Go To Hell mix – Lil Nas X vs Beatles)

There are more mashups to come, I’ve just been in a funk about polishing them, it seems a lot of work to get the last 1% perfect…but I have some really nice ambient ones coming up using my favourite band (not Beatles, no)

tbc – Helicon John (Beatles vs Mogwai)

tbc - Helicon John (Beatles vs Mogwai) Master of the Orpheus Legend The Death of Orpheus fourth quarter 15th century NGA 43957
“Master of the Orpheus Legend, The Death of Orpheus, fourth quarter 15th century, overall (diameter): 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.) gross weight: 61 gr, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1957.14.235”

I don’t usually do tribute mashups but was wanting to do something for the podcast to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of John Lennon, something with ‘In My Life’ and this popped out with Mogwai’s New Paths To Helicon 1 live at the BBC. Also includes clips from John Lennon RKO Interview on December 8, 1980 and a recording of NY FM radio the next day when his death was announced.

Very ambient, reflective, deep and very much me. And I don’t really care if anyone likes it, it needed to be done. This is for me.

The cover image is the death of Orpheus, killed by the Thracian Maenads for refusing their advances. Apparently “the river Helicon sank underground when the women that killed Orpheus tried to wash off their blood-stained hands in its waters…so as not to lend it’s waters to cleanse manslaughter.” – seemed oddly appropriate, but Mount Helicon is also the famous home to the Muses.

tbc aka Instamatic – Helicon John (The Beatles vs Mogwai vs John Lennon’s last radio interview)

DJNoNo @ Crumplstock 2020

aahoy m8eeys! NoNo No NOOOOOO! I am ALIVE! No COVEFE-19 shiz wiv me! COUGH COUGH oh noes…

Just bin hiding on me topical aisland, wiv my botty treizure and faxxing a pile of hot steaming meeja to Crinklestuck 1820 or summat which ya can hear below. Boom Boom INNA DA NAPOLEON!

DOWNLOAN HERZEZ: CrumplStock 2020: Mashup Poor Hoor aka Dancing Alone With Toilet Paper In My Eyes (1:05, 91Mb)

Anywayz, did me usual after parteeeeee set and a main sett, with vido too – gr8 connecshun on this topical aiisle, located near the suncreamz n’ Boots.

  • Mitchell & Webb – After The Event
  • Captain Tractor – London Calling
  • The Prodigy – Ghost Town
  • Generation X – Dancing On My Own
  • Jamie Derelict – It’s The End Of The World (And I’m Going Insane) (REM vs Cypress Hill)
  • Bill Withers Drug PSA
  • Hackney Colliery Band – No Diggety
  • DJLex – Closer To Hell (Lizzo vs Nine Inch Nails – Dirty)
  • DJNoNo – Ludasifinado (Ludacris vs Laurindo Almeida)
  • With Or Without You vs Da Funk (White Label)
  • The Avalanches – Electricity
  • Vaughn Mason Crew – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (Part 1)
  • Slay Duggee – Baby Shark
  • Instamatic – Ghost Rats Get Fatter (B.Dolan vs Ghost)
  • Leo Moracchioli – Dancing Queen
  • Negativland – This Is Not Normal
  • Robyn – Dancing On My Own (Fred Falke Radio Edit)
  • Titus Jones – I Wanna Bulletproof Dancer (La Roux vs. Whitney Houston vs. Robyn vs. Taylor Swift)
  • YITT – Let It Breathe (Green Day vs. The Beatles)
  • Boney M. – Somewhere in the World [Original 12” Version]

BUT my after parting IT DID A WRONG UN,SO I reamayde it. Shiny, deluxx and all so soapy lovely. Wash yer hands to this – fuck 20 seconds, 59 minutes should get em nice and clean:

DUDLOAD ere: CrumplStock 2020 After Party mix (59:47, 83Mb)

  • The Two Leslies – Don’t You Know There’s A War On
  • BigBadBaz & Fountain of Wayne – Stacys Mom (Remix)
  • The Beatbox Saboteurs – Benny Hill
  • Boney M vs Doop – By the rivers of Doop (Sir Hank on Dope Mashup)
  • Mondo Grosso – Fight For Your Right (Vocals By Kelis)
  • DJ Morgoth – You’ve Got Another Firestarter Comin’ [The Prodigy vs. Judas Priest]
  • DJ Fresh & High Contrast – How Love Begins (feat. Dizzee Rascal) [Hardcore Will Never Die Edit]
  • The Nextmen & Gentleman’s Dub Club – Raised on the Amen (feat. Gardna)
  • Classical Techno – Vivaldi 2000 (club mix)
  • Associated Rediffusion – Boris Johnson is a C**t
  • DJNoNo – Supercalibreakz (Shy FX vs Julie Andrews)
  • The Beatbox Saboteurs – MF Knees Up
  • PETROL HOERS – #Horseproblems
  • DJNoNo – Jungle Monkees (DJ Krust vs Monkees)
  • Igorrr – Very Noise
  • Ten Masked Men – Physical
  • Richard Cheese – Enter Sandman
  • DJNoNo – Mexican Love War (Public Enemy vs Geoff Love)
  • DJ Schmolli – In The Mood For Some Killing (Glenn Miller & His Orchestra vs Rage Against The Machine)
  • 5th Dimension – Those Were The Days