THE BEATLES Re-Mashed x 2 (+ 5)

Hate (2006)
Everyday Chemistry (2009)
The Fabs & Ex-Fabs Re-Realized

Two clever mash-ups of The Beatles’ music from two different angles. Hate came out around the same time as The Beatles’ own official, Cirque du Soleil mash, Love. And, while its title seemed an obvious pun, its anti-war sentiment actually generated its own measure of hate in the often uptight Beatles community (seemingly insulted by all the title bastardization). When I finally heard it, I was pleasantly surprised by its professionalism and sonics. I quite liked “Horny Pie,” dubbed and slowed to a crawl (making beats sound like distant bombs) infused with “Blue Jay Way”-ish atmospherics. Lennon’s overdubbed harmonies on “War Fields Forever” is a cool listen, acting as an introduction to a series of war-related sound clips, some from FOX “News.” EMI was not amused (naturally) and – according to a deleted wiki page – they issued a cease and desist. But… the files are still freely available at the Hate website. So, maybe the wiki entry (temporarily cached here) was just myth-building, along with the mention of its purported 17 million downloads and the name behind it all. (@192)

Everyday Chemistry, on the other hand, purposely began with mythology
, at a website called The Beatles Never Broke Up, which tells a first person story of someone finding a cassette tape filled with unknown Beatles songs. As hooks go, there have been worse, and the ruse is designed merely to drive clicks, not to fool anybody. The collection is unique as it’s a mash-up of The Beatles solo work, presenting choruses from one ex-Beatle gracing another’s songs backed by guitars or background aahs from more exes. Like a swirling loop of phrases and clips weaving in and out of each other – all driven by independent beats. While the juxtapositions are pretty well done, the overall effect is rather claustrophobic and busy, what with all the audio layering and all. “Saturday Night,” below, is one of the cleaner fusions. Still, if (like myself) you’re an irreverent type, you understand that The Beatles are already etched in stone for whenever anyone needs them – and what others decide to create from the debris is nothing to get hung about. (@224 VBR)


HATE
Revolution 23
(Intro) (1:00)
Drive My War (2:25)
Tomorrow Never Blows (3:13)
Day Reaper (3:33)
From Me To Whom? (2:13)
Bomb Together (3:18)
What’s The New Sarah Jane? (1:01)
I’m Nuking Through You (2:26)
Lovely Retard (2:40)
You’ve Got To Hide Your Hate Away (2:39)
Horny Pie (2:34)
Why? (3:10)
Buddy Girl (3:01)
Sadness Is A War Gun (1:51)
War Fields Forever (13:01)

EVERYDAY CHEMISTRY
Four Guys (4:18
)
Talking To Myself (3:38)
Anybody Else (6:02)
Sick To Death (2:55)
Jenn (3:34)
I’m Just Sitting Here (3:22)
Soldier Boy (3:22)
Over The Ocean (3:36)
Days Like These (3:22)
Saturday Night (3:22)
Mr Gators Swamp Jamboree (3:24)

Plus Five More …


We’re Late For Class The Act You’ve Known For All These Years (2010)
Sacred Cowboy Mutation (2006 )
dj BC The Beastles (2004)
dj BC Let It Beast (2006)
Danger Mouse The Grey Album (2004)
A big thanks to Contact for generously providing links to his collection of Beatles mash-ups. We’ve also included We’re Late For Class’s all-Beatles mash (more cut and paste than mash) that came out a month after we first posted this. It’s cool because, instead of the typical beats-on-top-of-music or the fusion of two melodies blueprints, WLFC uses only individual Beatles music (from their experimental solo albums) so every sound is The Beatles… in a more avant-garde setting (“Space Fantasy Peace (Intro)“). The Grey Album is probably the most famous of all these posted here as Danger Mouse uses Beatles samples as a backdrop for an original rap attack (“Encore“). Sacred Cowboy’s Mutation is a skewed mix of the original tracks (“Assault On Pepper), while dj BC performs a loving mash-up of The Beatles & The Beastie Boys across two releases, The Beastles (“Tripper Trouble) & Let It Beast (“Buildin My Life). Thanks again, Contact.

39 Comments

  • 1
    Capt. Willard
    November 28, 2009 - 15:12 | Permalink

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  • 2
    Timmy
    November 29, 2009 - 02:34 | Permalink

    I hated "Love" and now, I can almostly safer than not, say: I hate Hate. Maybe not as much, but still, I hate it. THANX!

  • 3
    Capt. Willard
    November 29, 2009 - 05:55 | Permalink

    I liked Love. I enjoy hearing the old stuff in new ways (one of the reasons I'm into session outtakes). What I didn't like about the new remasters was the rigid adherence to the old mixes. Yes, the sonics were greatly improved, but there are bootlegs of the early albums that sound more alive than the remasters, and that's not right. I know why it had to be that way (purists), but still…. The remasters should have sounded like we were live in the studio with The Beatles. Instead… they sounded like we were in the studio with The Beatles' tapes. But, what do I know?

  • 4
    Anonymous
    November 29, 2009 - 06:03 | Permalink

    Plenty. i bought the remastered white album, and the purple chick version sounds just as good, if not better.
    I also liked LOVE, although a few moments seemed forced, and hope I like HATE as well.
    Thanks Willard.

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    November 29, 2009 - 06:23 | Permalink

    Hate's no match for Love… it's merely a clever spin. But, it's fun if you don't take it too seriously. Thanks for all the comments.

  • 6
    Festus
    November 29, 2009 - 10:47 | Permalink

    Never have heard the chemistry tapes looking forward to it. I know a couple of Beatles fanatics that found no humor in the "Hate Mixes" which is their loss. The Hard core Beatles fan that consider anyone plays with their music as sacrilege should probably go to the same alternate universe as the Star Trek Junkies. Thanks Willard!!!

  • 7
    Art Ducko
    November 29, 2009 - 10:56 | Permalink

    In some of Lennon's last interviews, he spoke of how he wanted to remix all the Beatles material. I think he would be quite in favor of the mashup material out there now, especially in how the "Hate" material is being used as an anti-war prop. Like Willard said, the Beatles canon is there for the faithful, but look at all the variations that can be done with it, & it all still sounds great. That's the mark of true art.

  • 8
    Argantonio
    November 29, 2009 - 11:07 | Permalink

    The story behind EVERYDAY CHEMISTRY reminds of a superfilm called EL EFECTO PILGRIM. About 3 guys looking for Mr. Pilgrim, a guy who………The Beatles……….and……………but…
    Willard, you'd love it.

  • 9
    Argantonio
    November 29, 2009 - 11:11 | Permalink

    sorry, it-s EL FACTOR PILGRIM

    http://www.cuentosweb.com/cine/team.php?quina=1816&cat=cine

  • 10
    Capt. Willard
    November 29, 2009 - 13:17 | Permalink

    I've already had my say, so I'll just mention that I dreamt of monkeys last night.

  • 11
    Art Ducko
    November 29, 2009 - 08:25 | Permalink

    In answer to Willard's thoughts on the current remasters, the new (& expensive) limited edition Granny Smith Apple USB thingie has the Beatles catalog in FLAC form & though I know you're not fond of the format (neither am I), it's supposed to be the next best thing to being in the studio with the boys. I don't have the $280 for it, so I'll stay content with my boots & mono remasters. By the way, I love Love & love Hate, but I think Mike Love is not so great.

  • 12
    Capt. Willard
    November 29, 2009 - 17:00 | Permalink

    Hey Contact,

    Many, MANY thanks for the links from your Beatles Mash Up collection. Very appreciated. I went ahead and added them to the post so folks (who don't commnent) wouldn't miss them. Thanks again for the contribution.

  • 13
    Contact
    November 30, 2009 - 07:05 | Permalink

    Willard,

    I thought I was being generous, but you wrote the book!

    -Contact

  • 14
    Capt. Willard
    November 30, 2009 - 15:02 | Permalink

    Not at all, I appreciate the help.

  • 15
    Anonymous
    December 3, 2009 - 02:17 | Permalink

    The Beasties used to get on my nerves. Always liked the sample work, just couldn't stand the vocal delivery. That said, this is fuckin' brilliant.
    Hats off to ya, Willard.

  • 16
    Capt. Willard
    December 3, 2009 - 02:20 | Permalink

    Thank Contact for the 2 Beasties, but thanks for commenting just the same.

  • 17
    benny
    December 3, 2009 - 09:40 | Permalink

    had the grey album for a while but not any of the others – looking forward to seeing how a sacred cow is approached after the remasters non event

  • 18
    Modern Relic
    December 6, 2009 - 19:20 | Permalink

    Love the blog, Willard! Thanks for this, and several other fantastic shares I've found here.

  • 19
    hippybear
    December 18, 2009 - 20:31 | Permalink

    I can't believe nobody dug this up yet, but the answer to "why are there so many references to another dimension connected to Everyday Chemistry?" comes from this website which was apparently created to announce the project:

    http://www.thebeatlesneverbrokeup.com/

  • 20
    Big Daddy Malcontent
    December 22, 2009 - 02:08 | Permalink

    Thanks also for publishing a cool, cool blog.

  • 21
    Capt. Willard
    December 22, 2009 - 02:24 | Permalink

    Cool… thanks for the follow up. It's very appreciated.

  • 22
    pj
    February 15, 2010 - 21:47 | Permalink

    As requested (way back in Nov.) here is some artwork for Everday Chemistry.
    http://rapidshare.com/files/351025519/folder.zip

  • 23
    annmargretfan
    March 4, 2011 - 06:11 | Permalink

    Very interesting. Thanks

  • 24
    Rein Schommer
    June 20, 2011 - 16:00 | Permalink

    Wow, thanks Willard. These are awesome. The Beastles in particular are great fun.

  • 26
    Visions
    November 23, 2011 - 11:10 | Permalink

    There are 7 CDs of highly interesting remashes/remixes from The Beatles Remixers Group that you might consider. They’re generally called “Tuned to A Natural E.” Some of it is superb, some of it misses the mark, but it’s all a gallant effort.

    • 27
      Willard
      November 23, 2011 - 11:32 | Permalink

      Thanks for the tip. I’m only a fair-weather mash up fan, myself. I posted the first two because the second one was brand new, and the others just kind of got added on as we went along. I’ll check them out though, thanks.

  • 29
    Anonymous
    November 23, 2011 - 19:06 | Permalink

    I’d like to hear the early albums remixed. George Martin’s objection that they weren’t recorded in a way that makes good stereo viable is contradicted by the incredible Pet Sounds remix from several years back. I still haven’t heard the later remasters yet (I keep getting distracted by stuff like this :-). Thanks Willard!

  • 30
    Steward
    November 25, 2011 - 17:08 | Permalink

    Since the slippery slope of mashups is being approached, may I suggest CCC’s “Revolved” (http://www.revolved.blogspot.com/) and “Cracked Pepper” (http://cracked-pepper.blogspot.com/)? The files don’t seem to be available on the web sites anymore, but I doubt they’d be hard to locate. He’s working on an Abbey Road/Motown mashup, see http://mashups.blogspot.com/

    • 31
      Willard
      November 25, 2011 - 19:16 | Permalink

      Thanks Stu.

    • 32
      Visions
      November 26, 2011 - 23:47 | Permalink

      Both “Revolved” and “Cracked Pepper” are clever and entertaining. I’d forgotten about them.

  • 33
    oedipa
    May 16, 2013 - 19:22 | Permalink

    Hi Willard — long time fan, first comment here. Do you know where I can get the Remixers Group Vols. 3 and 4? Thanks!!

  • 35
    oedipa
    May 19, 2013 - 08:19 | Permalink

    Thanks! I’d kicked around over there but missed these somehow…thanks again!

    • 36
      Willard
      May 19, 2013 - 08:56 | Permalink

      I think they were just posted a day or two ago… and it looks like he’s just put up another – so Octaner is the man to see for these apparently.

  • 37
    February 16, 2014 - 00:16 | Permalink

    Have you heard the “Beachles” mashup… Sgt. Petsound’s? I haven’t been able to find it.

  • 39
    February 16, 2014 - 06:51 | Permalink

    Oh, it’s supposed to be a mashup between Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper and is supposed to be really good, from what I’ve read. It’s from 2006, I think. It’s called “Sgt. Petsound’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The cover is even a mashup between both album covers.

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