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AN ALTERNATE TOP 10 THE ANTI-HIT LIST, by John Sakamoto The year's best mash-ups
[ONT Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Date: Dec 23, 2006
Start Page: H.9
Section: Arts
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The past 12 months have seen the mash-up attain a degree of legitimacy - most notably with the sanctioned release of Mark Vidler's masterful Doors/Blondie concoction, "Rapture Riders," albeit three years after its creation - yet also get shunted further to the margins as the form's novelty wears off. That duality may help explain the vitality of the highlights below. They reflect the push to go pro vs. the pull to remain purely amateur, which, come to think of it, is itself a mash-up.

While the latter's "Crazy" spawned a seemingly endless array of mash-ups, this combo stands out for its simplicity [NELLY FURTADO]'s vocal track, lifted from a version she performed on British radio, laid on top of the original backing track. An honourable mention goes to "Crazy Logic," which incorporates Supertramp's "The Logical Song," The Who's "Go to the Mirror Boy," and one-hit wonder Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me." (rebeldjs.com/#mashups; and artyfufkin.com/ ?p=30)

The lineage of conceptual full-length mash-ups is a spotty one Danger Mouse's The Grey Album, Dean Gray's American Edit, and now Flying White Dots' Staring at the Sky. The conceit is simple Create new lysergic epics by combining laughably unlikely acts. This raucous combo of "The Message" and "Hush" takes a couple of listens to kick in, but once you get past the first chorus, there's no turning back. (From Staring at the Sky, myspace.com/ flyingwhitedots)

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