29
Jan
08

Mashup Monday (on time)


One of the most famous (and controversial) examples of the mashup genre is Danger Mouse‘s “The Grey Album”. Released in early 2004, it layered the a cappella version of Jay-Z’s The Black Album over instrumentals created from unauthorized samples from The Beatles’ self-titled double album more commonly known as The White Album. White + Black = Grey, get it?

Needless to say EMI popped a vein slapping cease & desist orders on anyone distributing the limited copies Danger Mouse produced (rumored to be in the neighborhood of 3,000). This somewhat defensible protection of EMI’s copyright led to an impressive grass roots movement to distribute the record over the internet led by the folks at Downhill Battle. Dubbed “Grey Tuesday”, February 24th, 2004 saw roughly 170 sites hosting the album for download. Estimates range up to 100,000 copies dl’ed that day. Happy to say I’m one of ‘em. Hurray for internet civil disobedience!

Two of my favorite tracks:
Encore
December 4th

There’s also this fabulous video for “Encore” directed by the Swiss duo Ramon and Pedro (aka Laurent Fauchere and Antoine Tinguely). I can’t decide what I like best, scratching Ringo or headspinning John…


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