Sunday, November 12, 2006

RIAA: "Dirt Bacharach"

RIAA Presents: "Dirt Bacharach," a 15-track download-album pitting the lush, sophisticated melodies of Burt Bacharach's '60s classics vs the sometimes harsh sounds of modern music and life.

Some are straight-ahead mash-ups. In "Birds,"
The Carpenters' "Close To You" gets twisted into dark satire. Others are complex Negativland-like sound-collages, such as "Magic Moments," in which excerpts from a documentary on inner-city children are ironically juxtaposed against the corny sentimentality of Perry Como. And then there's some silly sound-effects-laden novelties, and Alanis Morrisette gets a long-overdue smack-down.


SONG NOTES: (Many of the Bacharach instrumentals used are from the following albums: "Music Minus One: Bacharach For Pianists," Enoch Light & The Light Brigade "Spaced Out," Christopher Scott "Switched-On Bacharach")

Birds: The Carpenters "Close To Me," BJ Thomas "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Scientific American" podcast, NPR news stories

Always Something Rollin': "Always Something There To Remind Me" vs Limp Bizkit "Rollin'" censored acapella, which sounded dumb, hence the on-line dictionary guest vocals

You Oughta Shut Up:
"The Look of Love" vs Alanis Morrissette "You Oughta Know," The Cranberries "Zombie," John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) on drums, a wee bit of Dusty Springfield, sound fx, and Run-DMC saying "shut up"

Reach Out for the Queen:
"Reach Out For Me" vs Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen"

5. Bite The Hand That Walks On By: "Walk On By" vs Nine Inch Nails "Bite The Hand That Feeds"

Burning Wives: "Wives and Lovers" (performed by Frank Sinatra) vs Ministry "Burning Inside"

Str8 Outta San Jose:
"Do You Know The Way To San Jose" vs an AT&T Text-To-Speech version of NWA's "Straight Outta Compton"

I Hate Your Little Red Book: "My Little Red Book" (Love and Cal Tjader versions) vs Kelis "Caught Out There"

I Don't Give Paper Mache: "Paper Mache" vs the censored version of Li'l John "I Don't Give A..." which sounded dumb, hence the sound effects

Say A Little Prayer For Religion:"Say A Little Prayer" vs PiL "Religion"

Falling Away From Bond Street: "Bond Street" vs Korn "Falling Away," "Twist"

Guys In Love: "This Guy's In Love With You" (Herb Albert) vs Charles Bukowski "The Closing of the Topless and Bottomless Bar,""Love"

Magic Moments: "Magic Moments" (Perry Como) vs public radio documentary "Ghetto Life 101"

Beware of Poland, Baby: "Beware of the Blob," "Make It Easy On Yourself" (Percy Faith, and Walker Brothers versions) vs Foetus "Meet Me In Poland, Baby," NPR clips

Knowing When To Put Down the Guns: "Knowing When To Leave" vs JG "Put Down The Guns," Public Enemy "Make Love F--- War"


mrdantefontana said...

Cool! I know this will be a nice one and played en masse coming days. Thanks.

mrdantefontana said...

Yes It was really fab, Mr. Fab. Loved it.

farbror_traktor said...

Thanks for the great $hieeet!!!
You're KILINK music!

Anonymous said...

Awesome I love Burning Wives It puts a dark overtone on such a light song.

Alanis finally gets what she desrved shes really annoying and whiney.

Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff - will play it on DO or DIY in our December special. Vicki - People Like Us

Anonymous said...

Superb mashing, Mr Fab, as always! Many thanks for filling up my iPod :)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Thanks for such provoking stuff. Fucking great, and I mean it.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! First heard this on Radio Clash and luv luv luv it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Y'all are fucking awesome!

Anonymous said...

Skirts fine line between incisive
social commentary(iraq war/NPR
ghetto violence spoken word overlays ala Simon and garfunkle's
silent night/vietnam track), and
intentionally hilarious juxtapositions. This is an absolute masterpiece of pastiche and collage.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Creative and fascinating. A work of art.

Anonymous said...

The term mash-up has been tainted. But this is something that thinks about the concept. The album is very quickly growing on me. And has helped me through the first week of 2008. Seriously good. Will be playing this on my radio show in Melbourne, Australia

Anonymous said...

Cheers and thanks!