Who ya gonna call? The Beastie Boys, that’s who! For his Halloween 2020 mashup, remixer William Maranci managed to combine Ray Parker, Jr.’s Ghostbusters theme with Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock’s hit Intergalactic. We can totally see them wearing proton packs with their white and yellow uniforms.
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It’s impossible to listen to the Young MC track Bust a Move without doing exactly what its title says. Remixer Bill McClintock combined MC’s infectious rhythms with Buffalo Springfield’s timeless protest song For What It’s Worth, giving it a groovy new sound. Listen close, and you’ll catch some Def Leppard, GN’R, and Van Halen too.
(PG-13: Language) Using footage from 1980s and 1990s action movies, mashup filmmaker Antonio Maria Da Silva (Hell’s Club) created an entire feature-length film that brings together stars like Bruce Willis, Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Nic Cage to defeat an army of killer dinosaurs.
SAVE MOTHRA!!! took footage from the “running in high heels” scene from Jurassic World, and added new audio, using the goofy Kirin J Callinan track Big Enough to underscore the action, and to give the prehistoric creatures voices of their own. Play it loud for optimal effect.
Do you remember… the 21st month of 2020? Musical mashup artist William Maranci gives Earth, Wind, and Fire a dose of Radioactive energy with his latest unexpected combo, mixing the track September with Imagine Dragons’ alt-rock sound and resulting in a dark new vibe.
The Martin Scorsese classic Taxi Driver and the TV series Taxi have at least a few things in common: a New York City setting, an ensemble of quirky characters, and… taxi cabs. So it made perfect sense to video editor kingkida to combine the two, giving Robert De Niro a starring role on a 1970s ABC sitcom.
The Simpsons’ resident bully Nelson Muntz spends his days in Springfield, and his evenings in Midnight City. Or at least that’s what we’ve been lead to believe by Teo Domani, who figured out that Nelson’s familiar “Ha-Ha!” taunt fits perfectly into the electronic sounds of the track by M83.
What happens when you combine the power rock vocals of DragonForce’s track Through the Fire and Flames with the ’80s-soaked synth beats of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights? As YouTube commenter Ozan Emre Keser put it, you end up with a Journey song you never heard before. A stellar mashup from William Maranci.
Detective Eddie Valiant has a tough case on his hands. Will he figure out who murdered novelty mogul Marvin Acme, or will he come up empty? Tune in, and find out as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” meets “Unsolved Mysteries” in this hilarious mashup from the guys at Nerdist.
Pomplamoose mashes up three very different tracks into one, combining Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up The Sun,” Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning,” and OMC’s “How Bizarre.” The marriage of these three strange musical bedfellows was the brainchild of guitarist Brian Green and backing vocalist Erin Bentlage, and it worked out brilliantly.
If there are two musicians we never thought we’d mention in the same breath, we’re thinking that Elton John and Soulja Boy would probably be somewhere on that list. Regardless, mashup artist William Maranci managed to find a way to combine “Bennie and the Jets” and “Pretty Boy Swag” into a cohesive track.
Back in 1978, Little Roger and the Goosebumps figured out that the lyrics to the theme from Gilligan’s Island lined up perfectly with Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. While we loved the novelty of the classic mashup, Puddles Pity Party really ramped up the vocals and theatricality. Oh, and on a related note…
(PG-13: Language) If Trent Reznor was making music during the 1970s, it might have sounded something like this industrial-disco smashup by editor William Maranci, who once again proves that there are no two genres that can’t be combined as Lipps, Inc’s Funkytown and Nine Inch Nails Closer become one.
Aerobics videos were one of the hallmarks of 1980s cheese. And while they might have been incredibly campy when set to Olivia Newton-John music, this video shows how they can be improved upon when the choreography lines up with Rob Zombie’s Dragula. It also works well with Superbeast.
Oo-ohh, here he comes… Remixer DJ Cummerbund presents a love letter to Danny Devito’s “Man-Cheetah” from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with a track that manages to blend Hall and Oates, The Strokes, The White Stripes, and Chris Isaak into a deliciously spicy bowl of musical gumbo.
Video artist Donato “Milkyeyes” Sansone combined footage of Olympic athletes performing a variety of movements, from gymnastics to diving to track and field events, seamlessly melding together their motions so they look like one extended routine. The technique is a refinement of his earlier clip, Concatenation.
What happens when put two earworms in a jar, poke some holes in its lid, and leave them to get freaky? You end up with something like DJ Cummerbund’s combo of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and Lizzo’s Good as Hell. Toss in a little Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, TLC, and Rihanna, and you have a meta-hit on your hands.
Imagine if you will, that the 2002 Star Wars prequel Attack of the Clones was actually a buddy movie about a pair of P.I.s who use their Jedi powers to investigate crimes in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant. That’s what you’ve got here, courtesy of trailer editor Imperator Cuts in a playful nod to Shane Black’s The Nice Guys.
Remember that John Hughes movie where Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith engineered their own unrealistic fantasy woman? Well what if her name wasn’t Lisa, but instead was Black Betty? Imagine no longer. Thanks to mashup artist DJ Cummerbund, we have our answer. Bam-ba-Lam, mama-sa, mama-koosa!
Music mashup master Bill McClintock is at it again. This time, he managed to combine the Motown sounds of The Isley Brother’s classic Shout! with the metal edge of Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, giving frat boys a whole new kind of chant for their toga parties. Shoo-be-doo-wop-bop.
(PG-13: Gore/Language) Need advice on how to survive during a viral outbreak? Check out filmmakers Evan Gorski’s and Michael Dougherty’s clip “Everything I Need to Know to Survive COVID-19 I Learned by Watching Sci-fi and Horror Movies.” We’re still going with “Have a nice cold pint… and wait for all this to blow over.”
What happens when you replace the F-14A Tomcats in Top Gun with X-Wing Fighters? Movie magic. Jackson McKay combined the Kenny Loggins’ classic Danger Zone with footage from Star Wars episodes IV through IX and Rogue One, giving us the only Star Wars soundtrack that works even better than one by John Williams.
If Van Halen made disco music, it might have sounded something like this crazy mashup by DJ Cummerbund that blends together the hair band’s rock hit Jump with Gloria Gaynor’s dance floor anthem I Will Survive. It’s hard to believe these songs were released just 5 years apart.
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