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)

London Booted – Spanish Bombs (Over Baghdad) (The Clash vs Outkast)

London Booted – cover Clash mashups Spanish Bombs (Over Baghdad) Instamatic

In honour of the 25th anniversary of Clash’s London Booted Richie over at CultureDeluxe decided to get everyone to mash up the whole album, Grey Album stylee back in Jan/Feb 04…I got ‘Spanish Bombs’, which was a very Strummer polemic about Lorca, the Spanish Civil War and ETA…I prevaricated (even wrote long words like that) until the night I was actually starting it the Madrid bombs went off – so I had 2 choices…either be silly or make a point, but the latter seemed forced on me, really.

It’s a topical political mashup, using Outkast’s Bombs Over Baghdad with the Clash…got quite a few comments about this on blogs and Boing Boing, and even reviews in Catalan Yahoo (which I couldn’t read – well have YOU ever seen Catalan as one of the options over at Babelfish?!?)

The London Booted site is currently down, but apparently this and the other tracks might be err ‘seen’ again later this year…I’m saying no more :-X

Spanish Bombs (Over Baghdad) from London Booted