Bastard Pop

by Buttress O'Kneel

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before the name "mash-up" somehow took over, the results of placing the vocals from one song over the music of another had a variety of names: "mash-up", "bootleg", "bastard pop", etc. my favourite was "bastard pop" - because the results were so totally poppy, and yet were conceived outside of formal institutions, "illegitimate" children of respected mainstream parents. however, the phrase "bastard pop" seems to have gone the way of the VHS cassette, and so "mashup" it now is.

this orphanage of illegitimate children was collated in 2003, some thirteen years ago now, but many of the tracks therein are waaaaaaaay older. many of these pieces are downright embarrassing now - my skill levels were poor, my software was dodgy, my patience was limited - but they're included here because, well, i dunno exactly. i guess i'm trying to come to terms with how certain parts of yr persynal hystory are embarassing and lame and shitty, but they are all part of who you are, the real you, and so should be just as exposed as the parts of yourself that yr proud of. or something. bad realness > good fakery?

so: some of these tracks i'm really proud of. some are terrible: i've made the very worst ones (personal opinion) only available as bonus tracks, so they're generally hidden but people can still download them if they really want to. they are pretty much good for nothing but source material for someone else's cutups, really - compop for someone else's permaculture. i'm okay with that.

1) outkast / múm
2) eminem / eminem (i remember at the time everyone was putting eminem over other stuff, and i decided it might be fun to put one eminem vocal over a different eminem song - the idea was that most people might not even notice that i'd done anything (which is kinda the master concept behind bastard poppery anyway, isn't it?) it turned out okay, a bit sloppy, but well, it's done now.)
3) tortoise / missy e (still one of my absolute faves.)
4) eminem / vanilla ice
5) afx / tlc
6) george michael / busta (got the george michael off a record, you can hear the crackle at the start - love this track, so dumb!)
7) eminem / beatles
8) doors / missy e
9) busta / neneh cherry
10) beatles / michael jackson (kinda sorta doesn't really work - but kinda sorta almost does.)
11) alicia bridges / tone loc
12) morbid angel / eminem (this one is technically pretty shabby, but i actually love the way the vocals go in and out of time, so it's become one of my personal favourites.)
13) ice t / michael jackson
14) lard / destiny's child (really pretty shoddy, but i like the idea)
15) coldcut / eminem (i think this was my first ever "bastard pop" piece - i was experimenting with being less "arty" and more "accessible". i still dig this one lots.)

extra-shit bonus tracks for diehard collectors:

Get Your Friends (led zeppelin /missy e)
Hazardous Tunnel (múm / eminem)
Surviving the Hula (queens of the stone age / destiny's child)


released March 5, 2003




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“Words like "mashup" and "remix" don't really do justice to Buttress O'Kneel's method - Top 40 pop crap gets sliced, diced, and tossed into a dizzying, exciting hardcore electro stew. Compared to other djs who timidly drop a Vanilla Ice acapella over a Chemical Bros intro just to move a dance floor, O'Kneel shreds copyrights with a blood-curdling vehemence. Smash the state!”
- Music 4 Maniacs
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