Bootie Top 10 - June 2009
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A Plus D - Stanky Whip (GS Boyz vs. Devo) - San Francisco
This utterly ridiculous rap is getting a bunch of airplay and tons of kids on YouTube have already made their own "Stanky Legg" dance videos. You can tell the Dallas-based GS Boyz want so badly for this to be the next Soulja Boy-style dance sensation. All we know is, it sure sounds better with Devo!
Daw-Gun - Don't You Forget American Boy (Estelle vs. Kanye West vs. Simple Minds) - New York City
Stretching the shelf life of "American Boy" just a LITTLE bit longer, this mashup brings back a gem of an '80s song that everyone forgot how much they loved. We didn't realize it either until we watched an entire dance floor at Bootie shout out, "Hey, hey, hey, hey!"
Dunproofin - Lily & the Robot (Lily Allen vs. Röyksopp vs. Robyn) - Scotland
Dun might call this one "a quickie," but sometimes when a bootleg comes together quickly, it's simply because it just WORKS. Lily Allen sounds shockingly awesome fronting the electro-dance throb of Rökysopp, and dueting with Robyn takes it up another notch. Well spotted!
DJ Earworm - Heartless (In A Bottle) (The Fray vs. Black Eyed Peas vs. The Police vs. 2Pac vs. Alan Parsons Project) - San Francisco
The bootleg scene's resident mashup genius is back with another multi-layered, multi-faceted production, using The Fray's cover of Kanye West's "Heartless" as a base, then interweaving several other elements. It's slow and melancholy and utterly gorgeous.
Elocnep - I Believe It's Not Fair (The Darkness vs. Lily Allen) - France
We love it when a bootlegger we've never heard of comes out of nowhere with something as cheeky and wonderful as this. Newcomer Elconep pairs the over-the-top falsetto vocals of The Darkness with a galloping spaghetti western instrumental -- which is, interestingly enough, from the same Lily Allen song above that Dunproofin took his vocals from. Totally unexpected and inspired!
g4gorilla - I Wanna Dance With One Of These On My Mind (Pet Shop Boys vs. Whitney Houston vs. Eagles) - Newcastle, Australia
Well, it IS Gay Pride month here in San Francisco (and LA and NYC). So we gotta represent! The Eagles have never sounded so gay! "Comin' up behind you, one of these nights" takes on a whole NEW meaning in THIS context! And the Pet Shop Boys and Whitney Houston together up the gay icon ante!
Immuzikation - Help, I'm Alive (Immuzikation B-ting Like a Hammer Remix) (Metric vs. Immuzikation) - Athens, Georgia
It's our token "Electro-Bootie" track on the Top 10, a bootleg remix of the first single from Canadian indie band Metric's new album, courtesy of Immuzikation, our favorite remixer from Georgia. It's an awesome song to begin with, and we are loving this version because it gets it ready for the dance floor.
Mighty Mike - Fall Out Gloria (Fall Out Boy vs. Gloria Gaynor) - France
Part of the reason we love mashups is that, in the hands of the right producer, a song you just can't stand can magically get turned into something listenable. That's exactly what Mighty Mike has done with Fall Out Boy, giving them a '70s disco makeover that sounds shockingly suitable!
Winkar Lopez - So Fine In The Sun (Mary J. Blige vs. Weezer) - Mexico City
This is such a sunny, seamless combination, that if you weren't familiar with either song, you would probably mistake this for an original song from a band with two vocalists, one an R&B singer, and the other a guitarist who writes all the songs and insists on singing on the choruses.
World Famous Audio Hacker - If U Seek Lucretia (Britney Spears vs. The Sisters of Mercy) - Portland
Our goth roots are showing again. How could anyone possibly make Britney sound kinda dark and cool? Well, pairing her with a classic Sisters of Mercy song is a start. But it's WFAH's additional beats and production that really elevate this, giving Britney an edge that she (or rather, her producers) never even dream of.